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Kitchen/Cottage Witch Magick
« on: March 21, 2013, 01:59:03 am »
Hello everyone - I'm new around here! I mentioned in my introduction post that I am a kitchen/cottage witch and it sparked another member, Olie, to ask me to post some related recipes, etc. I wasn't exactly sure where to do that but seeing as so much of kitchen witchery is related to the everyday, I thought this board might be appropriate (if there's a better place, let me know!)

While refraining from copying and pasting my entire Book of Shadows into a post... here are a few things I've added in recently:

Leftover Eggshell Garden Fertilizer: Rinse and pat dry eggshells and leave on a clean baking sheet in a warm, dry place. Once dry, crush eggshells with a mortar and pestle or with a kitchen mallet and a paper towel. Sprinkle around roses, potted plants and vegetables or mix into soil.

Hot Cross Buns: I'm not sure it's entirely clear whether or not hot cross buns actually predate Christianity or whether the cross on top has been reinterpreted by modern pagans but from a pagan perspective, the cross can represent the balance of day and night at the equinox. Personally, they're just really tasty! My recipe was adapted from Epicurious.com and Joy of Cooking.

1 cup warm milk (105°–115°F.)
two 1/4-ounce packages (5 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 sticks (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter
2 large eggs
1 large egg yolk
2/3 cup raisins
Zest of one lemon, finely grated
Zest of half an orange, finely grated
3 tablespoons superfine granulated sugar

1 1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 cup ice water

In a small bowl stir together milk, yeast, and 1 teaspoon granulated sugar. Let mixture stand 5 minutes, or until foamy.

Into a large bowl sift together flour, allspice, cinnamon, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar. Cut butter into bits and with your fingertips or a pastry blender blend into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse meal. Lightly beat 1 whole egg with egg yolk. Make a well in center of flour mixture and pour in yeast and egg mixtures, raisins, and zests. Stir mixture until a dough is formed. Transfer dough to a floured surface and with floured hands knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Transfer dough to an oiled large bowl and turn to coat. Let dough rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.

Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.

On a floured surface with floured hands knead dough briefly and form into two 12-inch-long logs. Cut each log crosswise into 12 equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball and arrange about 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets. Let buns rise, covered, in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F.

While buns are rising, lightly beat remaining egg with superfine sugar to make an egg glaze. Mix remaining flour, sugar and salt until combined. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender. Slowly sprinkle in ice water until a smooth dough is formed. On a lightly floured surface with a floured rolling pin roll out pastry dough into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Slice into strips.

Brush buns with egg glaze and arrange 2 pastry strips over center of each bun to form a cross (dab a bit of egg glaze between strips so they stick together. Brush strips with egg glaze.   Bake buns in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching position of sheets halfway through baking, until golden, about 12 minutes. Transfer buns to a rack to cool slightly.

Spell to Open Your Heart to Love:
Bake a batch of chocolate cookies, stirring in organic dried rose petals and freeze-dried raspberries.
Light a white candle and meditate, focusing on opening your heart to love and attracting a healthy, fulfilling relationship into your life.
Drink a glass of red wine with at least one of the cookies.

I think one of the things I love about kitchen/cottage witchery is just the simplicity - if you understand magickal correspondences and your oven temperature, you're pretty much golden. :) Are there any other kitchen witches on here? I'd love to chat!

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Re: Kitchen/Cottage Witch Magick
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2013, 02:13:11 am »
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Leftover Eggshell Garden Fertilizer: Rinse and pat dry eggshells and leave on a clean baking sheet in a warm, dry place. Once dry, crush eggshells with a mortar and pestle or with a kitchen mallet and a paper towel. Sprinkle around roses, potted plants and vegetables or mix into soil.

 
I just toss mine into the composter.  :D:
Oh, is it time again to say "Fuck Trump gently in the ear with a swarm of pissed-off hornets?"?

Okay. Fuck Trump gently in the ear with a swarm of pissed-off hornets.

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Re: Kitchen/Cottage Witch Magick
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2013, 02:50:33 am »
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I just toss mine into the composter.  :D:

 
Haha, that works too!!

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Re: Kitchen/Cottage Witch Magick
« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2013, 10:33:05 am »
Quote from: Tenae;102128
Hello everyone - I'm new around here! I mentioned in my introduction post that I am a kitchen/cottage witch and it sparked another member, Olie, to ask me to post some related recipes, etc. I wasn't exactly sure where to do that but seeing as so much of kitchen witchery is related to the everyday, I thought this board might be appropriate (if there's a better place, let me know!)

woot i got a first post mention! hahaha

this is all spiffy tho! kitchen witchery seems so easy! i really like the eggshell one since i eat eggs like all the time but never really thought of usin the shells for anything.
whats the hot cross buns one for? celebratin the equinox? or somethin?

also also do you hafta cast a circle? i think i heard once thatcha did but i was never sure how to cast a circle around a stove...
« Last Edit: March 21, 2013, 10:33:51 am by Olie »

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Re: Kitchen/Cottage Witch Magick
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2013, 01:56:57 pm »
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woot i got a first post mention! hahaha

this is all spiffy tho! kitchen witchery seems so easy! i really like the eggshell one since i eat eggs like all the time but never really thought of usin the shells for anything.
whats the hot cross buns one for? celebratin the equinox? or somethin?

also also do you hafta cast a circle? i think i heard once thatcha did but i was never sure how to cast a circle around a stove...

 
Yes, hot cross buns are for celebrating the spring equinox (although they could easily be made for the autumn equinox as well.) I don't cast a circle although some kitchen witches do, I suppose. It depends on how formal you are and how closely tied to Wicca you are. Personally, the only things I really draw from Wicca are the holidays which are actually seasonal and not necessarily specific to Wicca to begin with.

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Re: Kitchen/Cottage Witch Magick
« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2013, 01:59:01 pm »
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woot i got a first post mention! hahaha

this is all spiffy tho! kitchen witchery seems so easy! i really like the eggshell one since i eat eggs like all the time but never really thought of usin the shells for anything.
whats the hot cross buns one for? celebratin the equinox? or somethin?

also also do you hafta cast a circle? i think i heard once thatcha did but i was never sure how to cast a circle around a stove...

 
My understanding of kitchen-witchery is that it's closer to traditional Gaelic practices - where the whole day is filled with little prayers of thanks or asking

No, you don't have to cast a circle around the stove/sink/fridge/whatever - it's pretty much what's called 'low-magic' - where as 'high-magic' is ceremonial in nature, low magic is very down-to-earth and natural. It's little rituals, no circle, no calling elements, just a relaxed atmosphere and incorporating those into daily life

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Re: Kitchen/Cottage Witch Magick
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2013, 12:57:36 am »
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It depends on how formal you are and how closely tied to Wicca you are. Personally, the only things I really draw from Wicca are the holidays which are actually seasonal and not necessarily specific to Wicca to begin with.

 
is casting a circle wiccan? i didnt know that...im not wiccan either but im still gunna do it haha.

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No, you don't have to cast a circle around the stove/sink/fridge/whatever - it's pretty much what's called 'low-magic' - where as 'high-magic' is ceremonial in nature, low magic is very down-to-earth and natural. It's little rituals, no circle, no calling elements, just a relaxed atmosphere and incorporating those into daily life

ohhh i didnt know thats what low and high magic was. i could totally get into low magic if thats the case cuz i procrastinate on spells a lot when im too lazy to cast circles and work up all that energy

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Re: Kitchen/Cottage Witch Magick
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2013, 01:22:06 am »
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is casting a circle wiccan? i didnt know that...im not wiccan either but im still gunna do it haha.


Wiccans usually do it, but it's not a practice exclusive to the religion. Magic circles are also used in Western Ceremonial magic.

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ohhh i didnt know thats what low and high magic was. i could totally get into low magic if thats the case cuz i procrastinate on spells a lot when im too lazy to cast circles and work up all that energy

 
Low magic's still a lot of work - it just tends to be more practical. As with all magic, building up all that energy is one of the important parts if you want the spells to actually work.

(I've seen Goetic magic referred to as 'low' before.I suppose demons are practical...? But it requires magic circles and arm waving and whatnot. Sooo... yeah, who knows.)

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Re: Kitchen/Cottage Witch Magick
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2013, 01:23:06 am »
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is casting a circle wiccan? i didnt know that...im not wiccan either but im still gunna do it haha.


ohhh i didnt know thats what low and high magic was. i could totally get into low magic if thats the case cuz i procrastinate on spells a lot when im too lazy to cast circles and work up all that energy

It's not only done by Wiccans but it is particularly common among more formal rituals that stem from Wicca.

I think low magick certainly fits into the average everyday life better than a lot of traditional high magick. It does take a lot of concentration though - if you're not focusing on what effect you want a spell to have or aren't all that aware of your correspondences, you'll end up with a lot of great food but no magickal results.

EDIT: Haha, on the same page, Mama Fortuna! :D
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« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2013, 01:27:40 am »
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EDIT: Haha, on the same page, Mama Fortuna! :D

 
As my mother says, "great minds think alike; fools seldom differ!"

...which means we're both great. Of course. XD

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Re: Kitchen/Cottage Witch Magick
« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2013, 12:34:48 pm »
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It's not only done by Wiccans but it is particularly common among more formal rituals that stem from Wicca.

I think low magick certainly fits into the average everyday life better than a lot of traditional high magick. It does take a lot of concentration though - if you're not focusing on what effect you want a spell to have or aren't all that aware of your correspondences, you'll end up with a lot of great food but no magickal results.

EDIT: Haha, on the same page, Mama Fortuna! :D

 
hah thats funny XD you guys are like conjoined brain twins

im gunna go get all up in some kitchen witch books and try stuff out now! C: thankshhhh agaaiiin

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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2013, 02:04:02 pm »
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Are there any other kitchen witches on here? I'd love to chat!

I love the down to earthness of kitchen witchery. It did take a lot of study because of correspondences. Seriously.

I'll post one of mine. I do this at spring cleaning. You can add it to a larger ritual if you want.

I find it make a small little bag. 3x3 works great. Get salt. Place salt in bag. Chant a mantra, small prayer or what ever you wish and then tie with a white ribbon. Then place at the heart of your home. You have to figure that out.

It absorbs negativity and I generally redo it at Yule. You can add herbs and stones or make it entirely different. Just visualize a peaceful house and sage often.

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Re: Kitchen/Cottage Witch Magick
« Reply #12 on: March 24, 2013, 01:43:12 am »
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I love the down to earthness of kitchen witchery. It did take a lot of study because of correspondences. Seriously.

I'll post one of mine. I do this at spring cleaning. You can add it to a larger ritual if you want.

I find it make a small little bag. 3x3 works great. Get salt. Place salt in bag. Chant a mantra, small prayer or what ever you wish and then tie with a white ribbon. Then place at the heart of your home. You have to figure that out.

It absorbs negativity and I generally redo it at Yule. You can add herbs and stones or make it entirely different. Just visualize a peaceful house and sage often.

 
I really like this! It reminds me a little of a ritual I do at Imbolc with saltwater and a white candle. Those correspondences can really be a killer though, it's so true!

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« Reply #13 on: March 24, 2013, 03:45:19 am »
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I really like this! It reminds me a little of a ritual I do at Imbolc with saltwater and a white candle. Those correspondences can really be a killer though, it's so true!

Really cool.  :-)
Are you interested in medicinal herbalism?

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« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2013, 05:04:04 pm »
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Really cool.  :-)
Are you interested in medicinal herbalism?

 
Somewhat. I don't know all that much about it but my mother's been into homeopathic remedies for many years so I've always found it interesting. Do you work with it?

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