CrazyCook, and the Kitchen Witch
Oct. 16, 2012 1:50 am
Updated: Oct. 17, 2012 11:40 pm
It's been many years since I've had a "kitchen witch" hanging in my kitchen. Folklore is, that the friendly witch will ward off bad spirits, and promote safety and productivity in your kitchen. She is also known to help your breads and pastries rise
properly, your roasts will not burn, and your pots will not boil over...
The origin of the kitchen witch is unclear. Some say that she is from Norway, though others believe her to be from Germany. She dates back to the 1500's or before, and cohabitates with fairies, who will visit a clean kitchen at night - so it is beneficial
to leave your kitchen clean and tidy at night...
These witches are not ugly old hags who visit only in October, but kinder looking witches who wish you only good fortune all year long.
CrazyCook has decided to make some "dolls," which back in the day were called a "poppet," to share with friends this December... a token of my good wishes for all of my friends who are passionate about cooking.
While I've only briefly looked at this concept, I have noticed that there are herb sachets, special oils, and even lotions and soaps, common to the average kitchen witch, all of which I would presume promote well being and good luck. I've also read that those
who believe in the kitchen witch also often hang wind chimes outside doors and windows near the kitchen, to protect from evil...
I'm wondering if my lack of a kitchen witch may be the reason that my breads keep flopping, that I keep burning food to the bottom of a saucepan, and the like! I most certainly will be keeping one of these poppets for myself, and will indeed put the windchimes
back up that were hanging just outside my dining room sliding door!
Be happy, be healthy, and ask yourself if you could benefit by having a kitchen witch...