Recipes for Anthesteria

Wine popsicles for Pithoigia

1 1/4 cups pomegranate juice (or whatever juice you prefer)
1 1/4 cups red wine
1 plum, chopped fine
honey to taste

Heat the juice, wine and honey enough to thoroughly combine and dissolve the honey. Add chopped plum, and pour mixture evenly into six popsicle molds. Freeze until hard.

Pomegranate chicken for Choes

1 chicken, 3-4 pounds
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup red wine
2 cups pomegranate juice
1/4 cup honey
pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rinse chicken and pat dry, place in deep baking dish and sprinkle with salt.

Combine butter, wine, pomegranate juice and honey in a pot and simmer gently for about 20 minutes, long enough to reduce the volume of the liquid by approximately half. Pour liquid over chicken and place on the middle rack of the oven.

Roast for 1 hour, 20 minutes, basting every 20 minutes or so until chicken develops a nice glaze.

Serve garnished with pomegranate seeds.

Panspermia for Chutroi

It is best to make panspermia from grains, seeds and legumes that are grown locally, if possible, or which are at least native to one’s region. Examples include barley, oats, wheat berries, rye, millet, corn, beans, lentils, quinoa and buckwheat. (Note: some dry beans may need to be soaked overnight beforehand.)

Combine a handful each of at least three types (and as many as seven), along with a tablespoon of olive oil and a few bay leaves, in a pot, cover with an inch of water, bring to a boil, and then simmer for at least 40 minutes, until tender. Drain any remaining water, and place in an offering bowl. Optional: swirl a little honey on top before presenting the panspermia.

Note: not for human consumption! This is to be offered solely to Hermes Chthonios and the Dead.