This recipe was one of the many health hints “Sleeping Prophet” Edgar Cayce recorded in his writings. In the book ” Edgar Cayce on Diet and Health”, by Read, Ilstrup and Gammon, I came upon this unusual story and concoction.
Edgar Cayce had a psychic dream on December 2, 1937 about early Egypt and the discovery of ancient records. In the dream, a mummy came to him to assist with translations of those records and at the same time gave detailed instructions on how to make one of her favorite foods!
Cayce awoke and wrote the recipe down – hence, “Mummy Food”.
At various times he dreamed of this mixture again for its many healing properties. Here is reading #275-46:
“…and for this especial body, a mixture of dates and figs that are dried, cooked with a little corn meal – a very little sprinkled in – then this taken with milk, should be almost a spiritual food for the body.”
…and later he was given more detailed instructions: #274-46
“…Equal portions of black figs or Assyrian figs and Assyrian dates – these ground together or cut very fine, and to a pint of such a combination put half a handful of corn meal or crushed wheat. These cook together.”
In order to make this more “user-friendly”, over the years it has been simplified to as follows:
1/2 cup chopped pitted dates 1 to 1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup chopped dried black figs 1 heaping tbsp. corn meal
Cook over low heat. Bring to slow, low boil. Reduce heat more. Stir constantly for 10+ minutes. Serve with milk or cream. Serves 2 to 4.
If allowed to cool, this dish can be sliced and sauteed like polenta, then served with fresh fruit, a dusting of powdered sugar, or a little syrup. But be warned – it is super sweet from all the dried fruit. I like adding a dash of sea salt. Try it!
I always enjoy making it as closely to Edgar Cayce’s original rendition as possible. Somehow it seems more spiritual that way. Plus it’s fun trying to locate all those exotic and organic ingredients!