This week my theme across all social media has been the goddess Hecate as we officially round the corner into Samhain as she is a goddess I strongly associate with the holiday. I wanted to share with you a specific recipe for making offerings to Hecate which is one of the common ways people work with any deity: make offerings and petitions, good things come! While most of the recipes I’ve seen across the internet are sweet (like this Dark Chocolate Cheesecake) I prefer the idea of something on the savory side. Especially when honoring her during Samhain I feel like something less sugary feels more appropriate to me. So, today I’m sharing with you a recipe for skordalia; a traditional garlic-based sauce.


Original photo by    https://gathervictoria.com/    who has a ton more great info including a    sweeter Hecate offering recipe   !Original photo by    https://gathervictoria.com/    who has a ton more great info including a    sweeter Hecate offering recipe   !

Original photo by https://gathervictoria.com/ who has a ton more great info including a sweeter Hecate offering recipe!

Hecate & Garlic

Skordalia is an extremely traditional Greek garlic sauce that might more accurately be called a “paste” as it is very thick! Versions of this yummy, savory dish go as far back as Ancient Greece. Just as important to this dish is the procedure of making it. Among those native to the culture, the process becomes a sacred rhythm of mixing, crushing, and stirring. I look at offering Hecate foods native to Greece like offering a house guest the same food they eat at home in order to make them feel comfortable and at home there. We all find comfort in the dishes we grew up with and while I can’t find any specifics, I would bet money on the theory that skordalia was often made as an offering to Hecate among those who regularly petitioned and worked with her.


I am making this assumption on the fact that garlic has long also been associated with Hecate. Garlic has long been heralded for its ability to cure illness which connects to Hecate’s status as an herbalist and healer. And even before garlic was specifically associated with Hecate, it was said to repel snakes, scorpions, and drive away madness. It was well documented that wreaths of garlic were included in offerings to Hecate at crossroads (where her offerings are typically left). So making her skordalia is not too far of a leap to connect to this very traditional offering! -
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I am making this assumption on the fact that garlic has long also been associated with Hecate. Garlic has long been heralded for its ability to cure illness which connects to Hecate’s status as an herbalist and healer. And even before garlic was specifically associated with Hecate, it was said to repel snakes, scorpions, and drive away madness. It was well documented that wreaths of garlic were included in offerings to Hecate at crossroads (where her offerings are typically left). So making her skordalia is not too far of a leap to connect to this very traditional offering!

Skordalia Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium (tennis ball-sized) Yukon gold potato

  • 3 thick slices of stale bread without crusts

  • 6 cloves garlic

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • Ground white pepper (to taste)


Procedure - Boil potato whole until tender. Set aside to cool.Peel garlic cloves and, using a mortar and pestle, crush garlic with salt until it forms a paste. Peel and mash potato.Add garlic, lemon juice, and vinegar.Dip each slice of bread quickly into a bowl of water and squeeze it out. Crumbled into potato mixture and crush/mix to combine.Add olive oil a tablespoon at a time, whisking well after each addition until very smooth.. Add pepper to taste.
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Procedure

  1. Boil potato whole until tender. Set aside to cool.

  2. Peel garlic cloves and, using a mortar and pestle, crush garlic with salt until it forms a paste.

  3. Peel and mash potato.

  4. Add garlic, lemon juice, and vinegar.

  5. Dip each slice of bread quickly into a bowl of water and squeeze it out. Crumbled into potato mixture and crush/mix to combine.

  6. Add olive oil a tablespoon at a time, whisking well after each addition until very smooth.. Add pepper to taste.

I would suggest “serving” your skordalia within some of the crusty bread that you got your sliced bread from. Or, if you prefer to keep it completely traditional, a flat bread would be an excellent choice to go along with it, also. Offerings to Hecate are traditionally left at crossroads, like I mentioned above, or at altars dedicated to her. Consider perhaps the opening of a trail head or anyplace where a road makes a “T” shape. Offerings should always be left without looking back over your shoulder once placed.

Do you leave offerings for your patron deities? What types of things do you prefer to leave for them/do they enjoy? Tell me about it in the comments below!


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