Whether you're celebrating Ostara, Spring Equinox, or even Passover or Easter, you can call in the energy of the season with a feast. I've got 50 simple, everyday recipes to celebrate Ostara that will invite fertility and abundance into your life. It's gonna be awesome.
I am truly a modern witch, practical in every way. Sure, I love a ritual with a bit of theatrics now and then, but most days, my magic is all about just getting through the day. When I want to celebrate a sabbat, I don't want to go out and buy a bunch of weird ingredients or make some ancient recipe that possibly tastes like garbage. That does not raise my vibration.
You know what does raise my vibration? Making and eating simple recipes that I know taste great, and cooking them with a bit of extra intention for the special occasion. Let's take a look at some common ingredients associated with Ostara, their symbolism, and then some really tasty recipes to celebrate Ostara that you can make with them.
What is Ostara?
In case you've never heard of Ostara, it's a neo-pagan/Wiccan/witch holiday, known as a sabbat. It's the spoke in the Wheel of the Year marked by the spring or vernal equinox. It's the day when night and day are equal. Are you thinking that word sounds a lot like Easter? That's not a coincidence.
The spring festival honoring the goddess Eostre predates the festival of Easter. This is a time of fertility and new life. Ever wonder where the Easter bunny and Easter eggs came from? These are Ostara traditions, both symbolizing fertility and abundance. Of course, our current version of Ostara is based on a mixture of myth and more modern traditions. To me, it's an opportunity to pause and show gratitude for the change in seasons and the bursting abundance of nature.
The exact date of Ostara changes a bit form year to year. In 2021, the spring equinox happens at 9:37 am UK time on the 20th of March in the Northern Hemisphere. Some people believe there's a window of a few days to celebrate. But the best thing about being a witch is that you can do whatever works for you.
The most obvious symbol of this season is eggs. Cultures around the world have traditions of decorating eggs, some extremely elaborately. Eggs symbolize both fertility and protection, so let's eat as many of them as we can.
- Buffalo Deviled Eggs - Incorporate a bit of fire energy and speed things along.
- Goat Cheese Souffle - There's something about goat cheese that just feels springy to me. Plus cheese has properties of success and happiness.
- Secret Ingredient Deviled Eggs - What's the secret? Is it magic? Maybe, but also it's butter.
- Spinach & Cheese Baked Eggs - Spinach is in season at the moment and has properties of love, prosperity, and wealth
- Eggs in Purgatory - Can eggs and tomatoes be a religious experience? Will they lead you toward heaven or hell? You decide.
- Turkish Eggs - This fiery dish will super charge your energy.
- Egg & Mango Chutney Flatbread - Mango energy is all lovey dovey, so it's a perfect pairing for the season.
- Jalapeno Deviled Eggs - For when you want some fertility in a hurry.
- Egg Tortilla Pie - There's cheese and ham hiding on the inside as well.
Okay, so truly traditional animal proteins at this time of year would be rabbit because of their prolific fertility, or lamb because of the season. I can't get rabbit at my local supermarket, and I'm not partial to lamb, so I usually go for ham. I don't know that it has any magical properties, but given that it's still the start of spring, our ancestors would be using up the last of the preserved meat at this time of year. Seems like a good enough reason to eat something salty and delicious.
- Chicken & Ham Pie - Fill it with lots of spring vegetables to call in all sorts of good energy.
- Red Currant Glazed Ham - Adapt this recipe to fit your intention and your needs.
- Ham & Potato Soup - Ground that abundant energy of spring with this earthy soup.
- Ginger Glazed Gammon Steaks - Ginger brings its own powerful magic to the party.
Since we're celebrating the start of a new season, it makes sense to celebrate with what is abundant right now. This will vary from location to location. The best thing to do is go to the local farmer's market and see what they've got. If you're like me and there's not a farmer's market near you, you can always google it. If you're in the UK, Eat the Seasons is a great place to start. As a certified picky eater, this means lots of spinach and green onions for me. If you're looking for meatless recipes to celebrate Ostara, you'll find a few here.
- Potato & Spinach Curry - Use new potatoes here for extra spring energy.
- Chef's Salad - Make a salad even picky eaters will love with fresh spring greens, ham, and bonus points for adding hard boiled eggs.
- Bacon Goat Cheese & Green Onion Biscuits - Cut your biscuits into egg shapes or carve sigils into the dough before baking.
- Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Shells - Do pasta shells look like eggs?
- Corn & Green Onion Biscuits - Corn is also a powerful fertility symbol.
- Chickpea & Spinach Curry - Topped with a jammy boiled egg.
- Spinach Alfredo Mac & Cheese - It's just really yummy.
Again, check for what's available in your area. We're pretty far north here in Scotland, so we're looking at rhubarb, and imported fruits like citrus, pineapple, banana, and a personal favorite, passion fruit. I haven't looked it up, but I don't see how passion fruit, with it's many creepy looking seeds, could not be a powerful symbol of fertility. Oh, and we're finally getting into the sweet stuff!
- Lemon Meringue Fool - Perfect for the kitchen witch who can't cook, and bonus points for meringue made from egg whites.
- Crunchy Lemon Chicken - We also snuck some good cinnamon magic in this one.
- Santa Lucia Mocktail - A bright and fizzy non-alcoholic libation.
- Lemon Loaf Cake - Welcome back the sun with a slice of this beauty.
- Lemon Linguine - Made with long pasta to symbolize the lengthening days.
- Vanilla Lemonade - A family friendly drink full of happy energy.
- Citrus Cocktail Cupcakes - A playful, sunny treat to share with your coven sisters.
- Whole Wheat Lemon Chia Seed Waffles - May your prosperity grow like a chia pet.
- Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes - Wake up to something sunny.
- Lemon & Thyme Pound Cake - Fresh herbs add extra magic and extra flavor.
- Lemon Polenta Cake - Gluten-free and full of abundance energy.
- Lemon Champagne Punch - Might as well make it a party.
- Citrus Bundt Cake - Citrus fruits have powerful cleansing energy.
- Spaghetti with Lemon & Garlic Bread Crumbs - A meatless pasta dish with powerful protection.
- Citrus Gin Fizz - Call in the energy of juniper with this sunny cocktail.
- Passion Fruit Margaritas - Cheers to an abundant season.
- Passion Fruit Victoria Sponge - Nothing says celebration like a layer cake.
- Passion Fruit Curd - Use this in the cake above or in whatever way makes you happy.
- Lemon Risotto - Stir in all your Ostara intentions.
- Whipped Ricotta - Topped with lemon zest and a variety of herbs and spices, this is the perfect vehicle for kitchen magick.
Chocolate eggs are a relatively new invention, starting with 18th century pastry chefs showing off their artistic skills. However, chocolate is basically a spiritual experience for me, so I'll take any excuse to incorporate it into my celebrations. And I think Easter chocolate is superior to all other holiday chocolate. I can't explain it. Must be magic.
- Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Orange Frosting - A pretty little cake with sunny orange flavors.
- Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies - Okay, not super witchy, but how can you resist?
- Practically Perfect Chocolate Cake - Decorate this with your favorite chocolate eggs or edible flowers.
Mint is well-known for prosperity and money magic, but given its ability to grow so prolifically, I'd say it's definitely got some fertility energy as well. Plus, it's just so bright and springy. Seems like these would be perfect recipes to celebrate Ostara. Oh, and we're bringing back some of that chocolate.
- Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies - Make a classic all little bit more magical.
- Mint Limeade - Prosperity in a glass.
- Chocolate Mint Cupcakes - These are made with ground amonds to bring a bit of that fertile nut energy.
- Mint Brownies - A cheeky layer of peppermint ganache hidden between rich chocolate layers. It's pure awesomeness.
A few extra spring recipes
There were a few more recipes that just felt right to me, and every witch knows that trusting your intuition is paramount. I think you'll love them.
- Goat Cheese Crostini - Topped with honey and macadamia nuts, this has the promise of spring.
- Jam Tarts - If it's still too early for a lot of fresh fruits and berries where you live, these jam tarts let you make the most of the last of the winter preserves.
- Dutch Baby - There's realy never a wrong time for this vehicle for whatever fresh fruit or other toppings you might have on hand.
Whether you're celebrating with your family or your coven, this turn of the wheel of the year is filled with promise. If you make one of these recipes to celebrate Ostara, I'd love to see it. Share your photos on Instagram, and hashtag them #awesomeon20.
And be sure to check my Kitchen Magick page for specific correspondences of various ingredients.
Ostara blessings to you, friends. Make it awesome.