'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.
A treat for Spring time or any time for that matter.
2oz coconut, desiccated
1 Tbsp caraway seeds
Cream butter and sugar and using a blunt knife, cut in the coconut, sifted flour and caraway seeds to make a dough. Bring together to form a ball, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove from the fridge and take small spoonful’s and shape into a round. Place on a baking tray and gently flatten the top with a fork. Make another indent with the fork in the opposite direction to resemble solar cross patterns. Bake at 180˚C for 9 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and place the cookies on a baking rack to cool completely. Makes 16.
Witchy note – Don’t be tempted to add more Caraway seeds until you try the recipe with this amount first. They can take over the whole flavor if too many are added.
Now this is a real nice treat for Autumn with the abundance of pumpkins around at the moment.
250g gingernuts, crushed
100g melted butter
Mix together and press into a 20cm round tin, refrigerate until firm.
250g cream cheese
½ c golden sugar
1 c sour cream or yoghurt
2 Tbsp flour
2 tsp heaped ground cinnamon
2 tsp ground ginger
½ tsp mixed spice
¼ tsp ground cloves
Beat together cream cheese and sugar until smooth, beat in eggs one at a time then add the sour cream. Sift dry ingredients and beat in as well. Pour mix onto the chilled base and bake at 215˚C for 15 minutes then turn the oven down to 150˚C and bake a further 45-50 minutes. Turn off the oven and leave to cool in the oven for an hour with the door ajar. Cool at room temperature for the remainder cooling process then refrigerate overnight still in the tin.
When ready to serve the following day, remove the cheesecake from the tin and cover it with chocolate ganache. Serve with maple syrup drizzled over whipped cream or thick yoghurt and some chopped walnuts or pecans.
120g dark chocolate 60% - 72%
1 Tbsp cream
Place into a glass bowl and gently melt together over a pan of simmering water.