A Witch in the Kitchen: Food Superstitions

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.Who couldn’t use a little help in the luck department?

You throw rice at weddings and snag the long end of the Thanksgiving wishbone, toss salt over your left shoulder, blow out the candles on your birthday cake, and clink wine glasses together before taking a sip. We all have our superstitions. And look how many of them revolve around food.

Superstitions can defy logic, scientific knowledge, and rational thought. They are beliefs without scientific foundation; a way to understand the incomprehensible. The funny thing about superstitions is that they are all a matter of perspective. One person’s superstition is another’s cultural or religious truth.

Here are some of our more common food-related superstitions:

Thunder will turn your milk sour, and moonlight will spoil a ham.

Take the last cookie and you’ll end up an ‘old maid.’

Two yolks in an egg means a marriage is coming soon. A spot on a yolk is a bad omen, but nowhere near as bad as an egg with no yolk at all.

Timing is everything: Bake your cake while the sun is rising, and never gather blackberries after October 11th.

Rub rum on a bald man’s head to grow hair.

Drop your silverware and company will come calling: a fork means a woman will visit, a knife means a man will visit.

.You can laugh at broken mirrors and take a black cat for a walk under a ladder on the next Friday the 13th. Health, wealth, happiness, and true love can all be yours when you eat your way to a lucky break.

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4 Responses to A Witch in the Kitchen: Food Superstitions

  1. Janice says:

    Martin-
    You know, i debated delving into the sources of various superstitions. I thought it was interesting stuff, but worried others might not appreciate it, and even find it tedious. Some, you can kind of figure out, like taking the last piece made a woman an old maid because she was either too aggressive or ate too much, or eggs and fertility. Others, like ham in moonlight? Who knows.

  2. Janice says:

    Lora-
    Whoa. You don’t want to mess with that!

  3. Lora says:

    In Germany you have to look the person in the eye when you clink glasses or you will have seven years of bad sex!

  4. G Martin says:

    Interesting post. My mother taught me the one about tossing spilled salt over the left shoulder, otherwise you would have bad luck. I’ve also heard that taking the last slice of pizza means you’ll become an old maid. Never heard any of the other ones before, but they are indeed interesting. Wonder where they originated from.

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