Ingredients 1 small onion diced 20g (¾oz) butter 200g (7oz) watercress  75g (3oz) cooked potato 1 litre (1¾ pints) vegetable or chicken stock 400g (13oz) salmon fillet, skinned 4tsp half-fat crème fraîche, optional Sauté onion gently in the butter for 8 minutes. Roughly chop the watercress, add to onion[…]

Watercress and Flaked Salmon Soup

  Ingredients 1kg (2lb) butternut squash, cut into cubes, seeds reserved 3 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely sliced 2 tsp cumin seeds 1 red chilli, finely chopped 600ml (1pt) vegetable (or chicken stock, for a non-veggie version) 4 slices sourdough, toasted 75g (3oz) soft goat’s cheese extra-virgin olive oil,[…]

Butternut, Chilli and Cumin Soup with Goat’s Cheese Toast

  Ingredients 1 large butternut squash 1 onion, peeled and thickly sliced 2 garlic cloves, unpeeled 1tbsp rosemary leaves, finely chopped salt pepper 4-5tbsp olive oil 200g whole chestnuts 1.5 litres vegetable stock 1-2tsp smoked paprika handful dried wild mushrooms   Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, Gas 6. Peel[…]

Butternut Squash and Chestnut Soup

Ingredients 2 x 15g Japanese miso paste sachets (we used Clearspring) 1 chicken breast, skinned and sliced 1 clove garlic, crushed ½ tsp grated ginger 8 shiitake mushrooms, sliced Dash of soy sauce ¼ Savoy cabbage, finely shredded Method   Pour 600ml (1 pint) boiling water into a pan and[…]

Chicken Miso soup

This simple healing ritual is for someone who has a virus or other debilitating condition. The virus may be affecting the whole body and not responding to treatment. The ritual incorporates the four main stages of a spell described on page 40 and can work equally well for a solitary[…]

A Healing Ritual For An Absent Person

As well as magical sachets, you can make herbs into infusions. Add one level teaspoon (5 ml) of coarsely chopped dried herbs or two level teaspoons (10 ml) of freshly chopped leaves or flowers to a cup of boiling water; leave it for five minutes and strain. Once the liquid[…]

Herbal Infusions

*Anise* Planet: Mercury/Jupiter Element: Air Main magickal uses: Contacting other planes, divination, love, passion, preventing nightmares, protection, psychic development, psychic protection, purification Other magickal uses: Clairvoyance, cleansing, consecration, fertility, gain, good luck, happiness, money, weddings Lore: Paul Beyerl attributes anise to Mercury and Apollo, and suggests that it be partnered with amber stones[…]

Kitchen Herbs for Witches

Ingredients 2 handfuls nice mixed ripe tomatoes 1 small bunch fresh basil , leaves picked sea salt freshly ground black pepper olive oil good-quality white wine or herb vinegar Method The bread is best sliced 1cm thick and toasted on a barbecue, but it can also be done in a[…]

Bruschetta with tomato and basil

Ingredients 1 ¼ lb (570 g)small grape tomatoes 1/4teaspoon fine salt 1/4teaspoon each: dried thyme, dried basil, dried oregano (optional but recommended) 2teaspoons olive oil for brushing Olive oil for covering (optional, see note)   Halve tomatoes lengthwise. If using larger tomatoes, cut out the core. Arrange the halved tomatoes[…]

Sun dried Tomatoes

  Ingredients 100g (3 1/2oz) cashew nuts 2 cloves garlic 50g (2oz) Parmesan large bunch basil 150ml (1/4pt) olive oil This deliciously creamy cashew nut pesto makes the perfect accompaniment to pasta, chicken or even spread on some crackers. The cashew nuts add a buttery, creamy deliciousness and are a fun[…]

Cashew Nut Pesto

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