Saturday, 25 August 2012

Vodou Cookies - Metaphysical Munchies

When you hear the phrase "food for the soul" do you too think of chicken soup and matzo balls? I'm not even Jewish, and yet it's there in my subconscious. It's comfort from within with a metaphysical twist. That's how you could describe this set of articles - comfort from metaphysical munchies!

The Vodou Man
& the Yummy

This time we will look at a Vudon charm fit to make the mouth and the eyes water.

Vodou originates in the 18th century, when Africans were suppressed their religious practices. It began in the Frenchised slave colony of Saint-Domingue. African slaves were forced to convert to Christianity - mainly Catholism. It's predecessor being West African Vodun (as practiced by the Fon and Ewe). Vodou also incorporates elements and symbolism from Roman Catholic Christianity and European mysticism.

Vodou is a Haitian Creole word that formerly referred to only to a small subset of Haitian rituals. It is descended from an Ayizo word referring to "mysterious forces or powers that govern the world and the lives of those who reside within it, but also a range of artistic forms that function in conjunction with these vodun energies."
- Haitian Vodou From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

When referring to the Haitian religion, Haitian Practitioners and scholars now generally avoided the term 'voodoo' (which was once so common), thus to avoid confusion with the Louisiana voodoo, and all the misconceptions the term has 'acquired' through popular culture.

The vices of dishonour and greed are the focus in Vodou. While the ability to protect one's own is fundamental.
"Houngans (Male Voodoo Priest) or Mambos (Female Vodou Priest) are usually people who were chosen by the dead ancestors and received the divination from the deities while he or she was possessed. His or her tendency is to do good by helping and protecting others from spells, however they sometimes use their supernatural power to hurt or kill people... There are clergy in Haitian Vodou whose responsibility it is to preserve the rituals and songs and maintain the relationship between the spirits and the community as a whole..."
Haitian Vodou From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The recipe I have, connects to Vodou is the Vudon Cookie.

Vudon Cookies

I n g r e d i e n t s:

    1 1/2 cups butter, softened
    2 cups caster sugar
    4 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    5 cups plain flour
    2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp salt
    Red food coloring
    Ginger Bread Man cookie cutter
    Small heart cookie cutter

M e t h o d:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C / 400F / Gas 6.
  2. Beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth. beat in the eggs and vanilla. Then fold in the flour, baking powder, and salt to get a smooth paste.
  3. Separate a small section of dough and fold in a few drops of redfood coloring.
  4. Cover both,and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
  5. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut plain dough into men with the Ginger Bread Man cookie cutter. Cut out a small heart in the center of the cookie.
  6. Cut small hearts with the red dough.
  7. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Place the small red heart in the center of the cookie.
  8. Bake in the oven for 6-8 minutes, or until pale golden-brown.
  9. While cookies are still warm, poke in the toothpicks wherever you see fit.

This recipe was adapted from the Resourceful Girl collection.

I hope to see you back here for some more Metaphysical Munchies.


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