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Be it Easter or Eid, holidays in the Levantine region of the Middle East are incomplete without a shortbread cookie called maamoul. Stuffed with date paste or chopped walnuts or pistachios, and dusted with powdered sugar, these buttery cookies are the perfect reward after a month of fasting during Ramadan or Lent.

The dough is made with wheat flour or semolina (or a combination of the two), then pressed into special molds, traditionally carved in wood. And the fillings are fragrant with rosewater or orange blossom.

In the weeks leading up to Easter, the Beirut sweet shop Helwayat Al-Salam becomes a veritable factory of maamoul. Owner Mitri Hanna Moussa dips pitted dates into rosewater, then passes them through a meat grinder to make a paste. Mitri’s mother, Samira, a small, older woman with wrinkled hands but perfectly manicured nails, sits at a makeshift table sorting pistachios. She makes sure that neither a speck of shell nor a single shriveled pistachio makes its way into their renowned cookies. Once all ingredients are ready, Mitri and his assistant pinch off balls from their mountain of semolina dough. They shape the dough balls into small cups which they stuff with either date paste, pistachios or walnuts.

Then, Samira presses each stuffed dough ball into an antique wooden mold, which she thwacks against a wooden stump to toss out a perfectly formed cookie, ready to be baked. In a matter of minutes, the three of them prepare dozens more.

Maamoul: An Ancient Cookie That Ushers In Easter And Eid In The Middle East

Photo: Amy E. Robertson for NPR

Basics of Kitchen and Cottage Witchcraft

Kitchen witches believe that the kitchen is a sacred place where all of the magick happens. They focus on the use of edible ingredients and kitchen tools.  A cottage witch is a witch that brings magick into the house and are protectors of the hearth and home. They bring cheer and warmth to every room they enter. Their focuses are on the family, home, and daily needs. Both the cottage and Kitchen witch believe that by honoring the home it honors the Gods and Goddesses. They bring magick into everyday life and daily chores.

Ways a Kitchen and Cottage witch can bring magick into a home:

  • Create a kitchen altar
  • Stock your shelves with herbs and spices
  • Bring maximum feng-shui to your home
  • Keep the home physically and spiritually clean
  • Paint the house walls in colours that bring happiness, warmth, and coziness
  • When making a sandwich put mustard or mayo sigils on it
  • When making meals add herbs that correspond to your magickal needs
  • Decorate the home according to the sabbats
  • Brew some special teas
  • Make your own candles, salves, and tinctures.
  • Make offerings to Gods and Goddesses of hearth and home.  
  • Ask your deities to keep your house safe and healthy.
  • Create your own recipes and add your own touch of magick to them
  • Put intent into everything you cook and clean
  • Make an incantation or short song to sing while you stir.
  • Inscribe your wooden spoons with sigils  
  • Carve your wooden shelves with sigils - carve them at the bottom of the cupboard to remain discreet
  • Craft oils, incense, soaps, potions, and salves.
  • Make herbal remedies
  • Chant while cleaning or preparing a meal
  • Use numerology in their practices by the number of times they stir or the number of times they knead dough.
  • During the mead moon, brew mead with magickal intent.
  • Decorate the home with your own art or art done by your children, poems, knits, woodcraft’s, paintings, quilts, diy’s, or tapestries.
  • Enchant your crafts.
  • Use weather magick, candle magick, ribbon charms, and anything else used to add magick to your home.
  • Honour the ancestors.
  • Bless the home.
  • Start a garden and will it with organic and in season fruits and vegetables.
  • Charge herbal oils by moonlight or candlelight to heal, bless the home or to clean and protect the woodwork she polishes with it.
  • Scatter charm bags, witches ladders, chimes, and bells around the home.
  • Grow an indoor jungle
  • Learn herbal remedies to treat MINOR injuries
  • If you work with meat make sure to thank and honour the animal it came from.
  • Sing or play music to raise good vibrations
  • Bake and cut cookies in shapes to match your intentions
  • Provide someone in need with a free meal
  • Volunteer at a local soup kitchen to bring magick into it

What their altar may display:

  • Candles
  • Tools used for sacred use
  • Four elements
  • Statues of the honoured deities
  • A doll weaved of corn
  • A kitchen witch’s altar is often displayed in the corner of the kitchen and is not permanent
  • Food made by the witch left as an offering

Some beliefs followed:

  • Magick is not used to inflict pain on others or block anyone’s free will
  • Believe in living simple lives
  • Believe in using organic items, products that aren’t animal tested, recycling, and composting.
  • Creativity is a form of devotion
  • Keep peace in the household
  • May the home always contain good food, good talk, and good company
  • Welcome guests into the home with open arms

Cottage and Kitchen witch superstitions/wives tales:

  • Stir clockwise to bring good luck
  • Never stir with a knife as it is considered bad luck
  • Place a piece of amethyst near the stove top to make the food cooked there tastes better
  • If an apple bursts in the oven while baking it means good luck is on its way for the cook
  • Eggs that are cracked while they boil is a sign that visitors are on their way
  • Dropping silverware means that company is coming
  • Spilling water on the table cloth means that rain is on its way
  • Seeing a spider in the house is good luck, killing it is bad luck
  • Wild animal tracks in the snow encircling your house is a sign of good luck and protection
  • When your cupboard doors are left opens it means that people are gossiping about you
  • If a broom drops across the doorway it means that you will soon head off on a journey
  • If you spill salt throw it over your left shoulder to undo any bad luck
  • To keep evil spirits away chop an onion in half and place it on the window sill

Chosen tools:

  • Wooden spoons
  • Knife
  • Bowls
  • Cooking pot or cauldron
  • A ritual knife used to only cut spiritual ties
  • A Fire place
  • Broom
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Kettle
  • Jars and bottles
  • Sewing kit
  • Cook books

Spells are cast to bring:

  • Healing
  • Prosperity
  • Protection
  • Abundance
  • Happiness
  • Fertility
  • Harmony
  • Peace

Deities worked with:

  • Hestia
  • Frigga
  • Brighid
  • Demeter

May your house stay warm and full of magick!

==Moonlight Academy==

anonymous asked:

I was on your side. I was like "it's obviously a cup". But at the end, you said you have some sort of weird cup/bowl hybrid, and idk wtf that's about, but it's a cup.

love is compromise.

i had been giving her shit for 12 hours. like the least i can do was be like ok bb its some sort of weird hybrid, lets go watch jurassic park i’ll brew cafecito and pour it in the bowl.

(its totally a cup. if i died tomorrow, showed up to hell, and satan himself told me it was a bowl i’d fight him too. esp him. who the fuck is satan to tell me what human things are. like ur the overlord of hell - not kitchens. what suddenly u are the master of all kitchenware? suddenly u cook satan? bc fried human doesn’t count. u have fire everywhere. that shit is a 1-2 easy bake oven easy breezy beautiful covergirl meal. like do u actually cook. do u even eat. does satan even consume nutrients to maintain his corporeal form? u know what. no fuck this. i take this all back. cuban coffee was 100% made by the devil. nothing that potent is made by anything good or pure. i take that back. ok. ok. rewind. ok so! if i died tomorrow, showed up to hell, and satan himself told me it was a bowl - i’d still fucking fight him because that shit is a cup)

so anyway like i was saying, love is a compromise and

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I made some dried orange peel today! It is very fragrant and 1 orange makes about 2 tbsp of orange peel.

I peeled an orange (make sure you get as much pulp off as possible), cut it into tiny pieces, preheat oven to 200 F, bake them on parchment paper for about an hour or until they are dry, or leave them out for 4-5 days. So easy to make and made from what you usually throw away! 

🍊Orange Peel Correspondences: love, luck, money, house blessing, prosperity, joy

Planet: 🌞Sun

Element: 🔥Fire

Nursey Week Prompt #5 - Muse/Tomorrow.


“Nurse, if you move again, I will stab you with a paint scraper,” Lardo snaps out, not looking up from her canvas. She scratches her thumbnail over an imperfection in the white expanse in front of her, flicking off the offending fleck.

Nursey sniffs from across the room, muttering to himself.

“What was that?” Lardo says, looking up at him sharply.

“Nothing, Lards! Nothing at all.” He’s quiet for another few seconds. “My nose itches.” Lardo drops her head down to her chest and lets out a long-suffering sigh. She tosses her pencil into the wells at the bottom of her easel and circles her easel.

“Don’t. Move.” She chides him. Carefully, she reaches out and scratches gently along the bridge of Nursey’s nose.

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