New Orleans Voodoo Lucky Penny Stew
(from “Cajun Voodoo ™ Love Cookin’” by Samantha Kaye and Hyacinth de la O)
1 quart boiling water
1 cup beef stew meat
4 cups cut up cabbage
1 large white onion, chopped
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 cup fresh spinach, washed and torn into small pieces
½ cup raisins
¼ cup garlic powder
¼ cup onion powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 bay leaf
½ cup dark red wine
1 green candle*
3 shiny pennies*
*Before beginning your cooking,
set up a green candle in the kitchen and
surround it with 3 shiny pennies.
Light the candle and say,
“Hey, Legba, open the gate, let my words carry to the other side.
Thank you.” Pause a moment. Then say, “Capitaine Agouer
I humbly ask that you help me in providing for my family,
myself, and others that may be in need.”
Then begin your food preparation with your petition in mind.
Keep your petition in mind and honor Capitain Agouer during
the preparation of the food.
Add all ingredients except the meat, cabbage, spinach,
and raisins to the pot of boiling water and reduce to a simmer.
Add in the meat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add in the rest of
the ingredients and cook for 40 minutes at a low simmer.
Turn off flame and add ½ cup red wine to pot and stir.
Remove the bay leaf before serving.
Serve with black eyed peas to insure prosperity.
BEFORE YOU EAT: Before you eat the stew,
take ½ cup out and put it in a pretty paper cup or bowl.
Place it in front of the burning candle as an offering to
Capitaine Agouer. After the meal, take the food offering
and the three pennies outside and leave it under a tree.
Stamp the ground three times with your foot and say,
“Blessings and thanks to you Capitaine Agouer.”
Recipe copyright © 1997, Samantha Kaye