New Website & Bealtainn Love Cake
After many years we have finally updated the website including a whole new look, format and many fabulous extras. We have been working with the fantastic group called Smokey Lemon from New Plymouth who I can only say were amazing to work with. For one such as myself whom many of you will know, I do not do the modern world very well so computer terms, gadgets and other paraphernalia was enough to make this Witch run back to the hills! However the team at Smokey Lemon were wonderful, they made it as easy as possible, kept me updated, explained everything and ensured that I was happy with it all, not to mention the quick witted, fun but very professional team there. Anyhoo without further ado, I introduce our new look website.
As you can see Loki still guards the site whilst sitting on his favourite window perch. He is joined with Morrison the Horned owl and a few other props from the Wycksted House itself. There is also the Witches blog that I will update weekly with the goings on around us and a newsletter will be sent out via a technical system called Mail Chimp. It is all rather exciting and I feel like a kid at her first Witches meet!
We hope you will enjoy the new look and tools that have been included to make this website fantabulous. We will still be adding stock and making a few changes as we go, so do let us know if we have missed something and please ‘bear’ with me as I learn these new terms and gadgets that have entered my world.
So until such time, merry ye meet, merry ye part and merry ye meet again.
All customers new and old will be required to sign in again. This will not only update our records but ensure that you are on our mailing list for specials, events, information or just a Witches chat.
Our address and Contact details will still be the same as before.
Bealtainn Love Cake
Now although Beltane was celebrated on the 31st of October (Southern hemisphere) is does not mean that we have to stop with the treats of the season. The following recipe is from the Wycksted Seasonal Witch, Beltane Course. A slice of this cake eaten is said to gladden the heart and draw positive love and happiness towards you. Ideal for use in Beltane Rituals and as a love food.
½ c sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp rosewater
1 ½ c flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 Tbsp Strawberry jam
¼ c chopped glace cherries
¼ c chopped almonds
1 Tbsp desiccated coconut
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh red rose petals, approximately 9 good sized petals
Cream butter and sugar, beat in yolk, vanilla and rosewater. Using a blunt knife, mix in the sifted flour and baking powder until a dough is formed. Press the dough into a lightly greased 18x18cm square tin. Spread the base with jam, sprinkle over the cherries, almonds, coconut and rose petals. Bake for 20 -25 minutes in a 180°C. Remove from oven and leave to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before tipping out. Cut into squares when cooled completely, makes 16. Store in an airtight container.