'Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble,
Cauldrons burns and brews will bubble,
From your kitchen, magick will come
To nourish the soul, and feed the tum!'
'Kitchin Witchin' is all about the magic in food and how the kitchen can become a sacred place filled with spell binding aromas. Your kitchen is a place full of magic, a place to conjure up brews and potions of old and new using the tools that are all around you. The natural tools of fire as you use your stove, the water from the tap, the steam representing air as your food cooks and the food itself, an earthing tool.
Cauldrons, pots, pans and bowls of all shapes and sizes become magical cooking vessels as you visualize their contents bringing love, happiness, protection and health. Spoons, also known as kitchen wands, help you stir these brews, sunwise of course. The magical knife, consecrated and used specifically within the kitchen helps to cut and prepare herbs and foods. And last but not least, visualization, which plays a big part in any magical working.
With all these ingredients, your kitchen will become more than just a place that pushes out a meal, it will become a place filled with magic and mystery. That pantry that was once taken for granted will become a cupboard of seasons, Sabbats and ritual foods. The old pot that was once used for making the Sunday pot roast will now transform as you take it out of the cupboard to prepare a dish overflowing with love and happiness. Allow your kitchen to come alive with magic, let it spill into the rest of your home and your lives. Cook with love and visualization. Allow the magic within an let the cooking begin!
WITCHY PLANETARY DAYS
Days of the week lend their magickal energies to the foods that are being cooked and served. For example, if you would like help with a project then make a dish of the corresponding foods needed and cook it on a Thursday to give an added planetary boost. To help with a relationship, serve love foods on a Friday and so on…
Monday – Moon. Insight, creativity, nurturing, moon and goddess magic.
Tuesday – Mars. Strength, issues with the law and court, combat and strategies.
Wednesday – Mercury. Communication, imagination, natural flow.
Thursday – Jupiter. Money matters, dedication, commitment to a project or cause.
Friday – Venus. Love, relationships, creativity and productivity.
Saturday – Saturn. Banishing and cleansing, as you sow, so shall you reap. Fruition, change.
Sunday – Sun. Solar and foods for the gods, strength, courage, healing, leadership.
Eggshells - Never burn eggshells, otherwise Hens will cease to lay-1853 Sussex.
Lemon Peel - Lemon Peel Divination c.1760. A lady is to take two lemon peels in the morning and wear them all day under her arm pits, and at night, rub the four posts of her bed with the lemon peels, then place the peels under the pillow.In her sleep, her desired will come to her in her dreams and present her with lemons. If no-one comes, there is no hope!
Onions - An onion placed under the sink is said to absorb negativity. Discard onion monthly during the Waning Moon and replace with a new onion.
Kitchen Pantry Protection Sachet
In a circle of muslin or cotton material, place the following herbs:
9 whole clove buds for protection
1 crumbled bay leaf for purification
1 tsp thyme to maintain good health
1 tsp marjoram for happiness within the kitchen
Pinch basil for peace
Tie the sachet together with black thread and place in the pantry, preferably up high. This sachet should be replaced monthly between the waning and new moon phase.
KENTUCKY BOURBON PUMPKIN PIE
If you like pumpkin and a tipple of Bourbon, then this pie is for you. A real Autumn treat.
20g brown sugar
20g chopped pecans
4 Tbsp iced water
Sift flour and sugar, rub butter in until it resembles breadcrumbs, add the chopped pecans and mix in water to make a sift dough. Wrap in greaseproof paper and refrigerate for 30 minutes before rolling out onto a lightly floured surface. Line a 22cm round pie dish. Refrigerate for another 30 minutes then bake the base in an 180˚C oven for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven, pour in the filling and bake a further 35 - 40 minutes, the middle should be set and still a little wobbly. Serve warm or cold with cream and maple syrup, cut into 8 wedges.
300g cooked mashed pumpkin
50ml maple syrup
30ml Kentucky bourbon
20g brown sugar
1 tsp mixed spice
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ ground cloves
¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Beat filling ingredients together and pour into the base.