Some Witchy Recipes:
Many of us answer to the name “witch”. We take pride in it, bandy it about, cackle like one, have a collection of witch hats, pointy boots, black capes, carpet bags, bottles with labels, cats galore, and use this name in reference to our spiritual path. I have never taken “offense” to the name witch when attached to me; in fact I like it. I feel like it makes me “special” in a world that is encouraged to stamp out “unique” individuals.
I was told when I was a little witchling that every “real witch” (this term real witch could be an excellent blog) starts either in the kitchen or in the garden learning her trade and polishing her skills. I have found this particularly true in the South if you ask enough people they concentrate usually in one area or another. Me, I chose the kitchen and later delved into a bit of gardening. Honestly though I enjoy “brewing up teas and concoctions”, making special cakes and pies and delightful treats. I find my heart singing, and my lips peeled back in a smile I cannot contain.
I rune my pies, I whisper over my cookies, I talk to my cake batter, I sprinkle herbs, spices, flavorings, like a witch from a painting taking time to do everything with a flourish and grand gesture because why not enjoy what you are doing? But the real important ingredient in Kitchen witchery is not only having good ingredients, a good recipe, great stove, good pots and pans and a love for the craft of it in you heart it is one thing--- LUCK. Yep, you need luck if you are going to not “over cook” something or if you are really going to go on your instinct “and throw in a dash of oregano” in a chocolate pie.
How does one guarantee luck? Well that takes surrounding yourself with lucky objects does it not, or possibly asking your Gods or Guides to assist you in the kitchen? Witches know how to attract luck, that is why many wear lodestones. Of course growing shamrocks in in your kitchen does not hurt. Hanging a kitchen witch and charging her in the kitchen definitely turns the tide in your favor. What about a few gnomes or house elves? Just like ingredients make up a recipe, so do “kitchen helpers” in a witch’s life. AND kitchen witches truly in the heart believe that there is no limit to when you can cook “fun” what others would call “haloweeny” dishes and desserts. Because, to a witch every day is Halloween!
Keeping this in mind, I am going to share a couple of recipes I cooked this last week for a ghost hunting workshop that was done at my home. Of course, I know it was not Halloween but it sure was fun making Mummy Dogs and Eye of Newt Deviled Eggs and Ghost cookies! I do not feel that these recipes should be limited to Halloween they should be made any time of night or day when you just need to smile or take life less seriously!
EYES OF NEWT: Yields2 dozen newt eyes
- 12 eggs
- 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 pinch celery salt
- 1 tablespoon prepared yellow mustard
- 2 drops green food coloring, or as needed
- 1 (6 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained
- Place all of the eggs into a large pot so they can rest on the bottom in a single layer. Fill with just enough cold water to cover the eggs. Bring to a boil, then cover, remove from the heat and let stand for about 15 minutes. Rinse under cold water or add some ice to the water and let the eggs cool completely. Peel and slice in half lengthwise.
- 2 (11-oz.) cans refrigerated breadstick dough
- 24 bun-length hot dogs (choose turkey or chicken or vegan)
- Vegetable cooking spray
- Whole Cloves
- 2 Cups mustard, 1 Tbsp chili powder, and 1 Tbsp or real honey for Dipping Sauce
- 1. Preheat oven to 400°. Unroll breadstick dough, and separate into 12 strips at perforations. Gently stretch each strip to a length of 8 inches.
- 2. Wrap 1 dough strip lengthwise around each hot dog. Secure with wooden picks, if necessary. Coat lightly with cooking spray. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet.
- 3. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes.
MAKE your Dipping Sauce and make sure you put it next to them in a FUN bowl (I use a cauldron)
I hope these recipes give you a taste of what it is like to eat at my table, and to dance in my kitchen! I enjoy the little things as they call it because I know the little things not only add up and make big things but that the Goddess is always in the details! So relish your kitchen witchery, put on that big hat whilst cooking, but always take the time to invoke LUCK while baking up a brew!