New Orleans Voodoo Lucky Penny Stew

| Wednesday, June 2, 2010 | |
New Orleans Voodoo Lucky Penny Stew Cover
For Mardi Gras, I thought it might be fun to post this recipe for Voodoo Stew from Samantha Kaye's Cajun Voodoo Love Cookin' which is available exclusively through

PURPOSE: Bring luck and money into your life!


* 1 quart boiling water
* 1 cup beef stew meat
* 4 cups cut up cabbage
* 1 large white onion, chopped
* 2 large tomatoes,
* 1 cup fresh spinach, washed and torn into small pieces
* 1/2 cup raisins
* 1/4 cup garlic powder
* 1/4 cup onion powder
* 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 bay leaf
* 1/2 cup dark red wine


1 white candle 1 green candle 1 white egg upon a small saucer 1 glass of white milk 38 very shiny pennies (polish them yourself and thereafter do not handle them with your fingers, but rather with a clean soft cloth) 1/2 cup of water 2 white paper bowls


1. Line up your candles one before the other (in a vertical line) anywhere in the kitchen. Put the white one in back, and the green one in front, about 6 inches apart. Put the egg and milk between them. Surround the whole setup with 36 of the shiny pennies. (The egg, milk and candles are to remain in place overnight.)

2. Go to any corner of the kitchen with the 1/2-cup of water. Sprinkle some water from your fingertips in the corner three times.

3. Go to the candles. Stamp the floor three times. Light the white candle in back and say:

"Hey, Legba" the gate and let my words carry to the other side."

Pause a moment. Light the green candle in front, clap your hands three times and say:

"A"ida, A"ida, A"ida Ou'edo" am poor and unlucky" of the heavens, bringer of clouds, " of wealth, listen to me" want good fortune and an abundance of money"ida, I ask this of you" me in providing for my family, myself, " others that may be in need" me into your rainbow of fortune" me down to a land of abundance" me with the riches" your raindrops of success and good-luck " happiness about me" this for me."

4. Begin your food preparation with your desire for having good luck and financial means in mind. Keep this desire in mind and honor A"ida during the making of the stew either repeating over and over "I will never be hungry again," or singing Pennies from Heaven.


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 1/2 cup red wine to pot and stir. Remove the bay leaf before serving. Serve with black-eyed peas to insure prosperity.


1. Put out the front green candle and say:

"Thank you, A"ida, " hearing my cry and making my desire come true" it pleases you, you may now depart."

Pause a moment. Put out the rear white candle and say:

"Thank you, Papa Alegba" it pleases you, you may close the gate."

2. Spoon out a little of the stew into each of the paper bowls. There are two shiny pennies left. Drop one into each paper bowl of stew.


* Take the paper bowls outside and go to the base of a tree, telephone pole, lamppost or fence post.
* Stamp the ground three times with your foot.
* Put down one stew and say: "Papa Alegba, this is for you."
* Put down the other bowl of stew and say: "Blessings and thanks to you, Queen A"ida."
* Turn your back and walk away, leaving them there overnight.


1. Bury the pennies there at the tree or post. If the stew is still there, pour the stew into the hole where you bury the pennies. Throw away the paper bowls.

2. Take the egg and milk and candles out to a street corner and place them there. Do not be noticed doing so, and leave quickly.

by Samantha Kaye at

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