Oshun Mango Peach Salsa Recipe for Love

Oshun Mango Salsa photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

Originally thought of as an exotic fruit from paradise the sensual Mango has now become a regular item in most markets. Here in New York City vendors carve the delicacies into artful flowers and sell them on the street corner offering a unique summer treat. In Haitian Vodou the serpent Lwa Simbi is offered mangoes. Cuban Santeria, meanwhile, as the fruit as a traditional offering for both Ochosi - lord of the hunt, and Oshun- the sensual Orisha of love and dance. The mango was used in the … [Read more...]

Bourbon Bread Pudding Recipe for Marie Laveau

Bourbon Bread Pudding for Marie Laveau. Photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

There has been a recent culinary revival towards Bourbon. Those of us who are lovers of history know that Bourbon has for decades been sipped and savored throughout the Southern U.S. It's part of the Gothic mystique of the place. Fortunately no one knows mystique better than the city of New Orleans, specifically the city's powerful Voodoo community. As far as sacred spirits for the spirit go, New Orleans is famous for Absinthe, Sazerac and other liquid libations. The recent St. John's Eve … [Read more...]

St. John’s Eve Blessing Water Recipe

St. John's Eve Voodoo Blessing Ceremony preparations 2014, photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

St. John's Eve is thought of as the holiest day of the year in the New Orleans Voodoo tradition. Much of its popularity is due to the famous Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau who, it is believed, held large ceremonies for St. John Eve on the Bayou St. John and Lake Ponchartrain. There is much myth and misconception about this pioneering woman; for more information, please read the Real Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. St. John's Eve is celebrated traditionally on June 23rd. It was a sacred time occurring … [Read more...]

Juneteenth Strawberry Lemonade Recipe

Juneteenth Strawberry Lemonade Recipe photo by Lilith Dorsey. All rights reserved.

June 19th marks the day more popularly known as Juneteenth, when the Texas slaves finally, years later than they should have, heard that they were free. I wrote a bit about the history and the lore of this event in my last post, please be sure to check it out here. These days Juneteenth is celebrated with parades, reenactments, storytelling and a whole lot of food. There are a lot of different culinary traditions that are associated with the remembrance of Juneteenth. Many revolve around … [Read more...]

Juneteenth History, Herstory, and Some Stuff in Between

Photo by Laura Blanchard. Text added. Licensed under CC 2.0

Many people have never heard of the holiday Juneteenth. On June 19th 1865 the slaves in Texas finally heard the news that they were free from their chains. This occurred years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation on January 1st 1863. The late news came from Major General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers upon their arrival in the city of Galveston. You can read the full text stating "all slaves are free," at Notions Capital. Juneteenth celebrations today are a reality, a … [Read more...]

Fortitude Fried Chicken Recipe

Fried chicken photo by Mike DelGaudio. Text added by author. Licensed under CC 2.0

Onions, garlic, paprika, these are spices of life that make us strong. They were the classic ingredients of our ancestor's fried chicken recipes, and we still love to eat them today. Many of the popular soul food dishes from the Southern U.S. grew in popularity because of the necessity of the everyday lives of the slaves. Cornbread and Fried chicken both traveled well for those seeking their freedom via the underground railroad. The Underground Railroad was a complex network of safe houses where … [Read more...]

VooDoo Mama Drink Recipe

Bead Vomit 2010 photo by Lilith Dorsey.

There is nothing new about spirits for the spirit. The following uses traditional Voodoo flavors and liquors to make a drink fit for all the Voodoo Mamas out there, and maybe some big bad Voodoo Dads too. In the New Orleans Voodoo tradition we like to celebrate the sacred and the decadent side by side. This ritual drink recipe will deliciously help you do both. Iko Iko, party on!   Voodoo Mama Drink Recipe 3 ounces pineapple juice (for blessing from the mother of the Ocean) 1/2 … [Read more...]


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