vegetable soups

Soups! Kitchen Witch Masterpost

One of the easiest and most heartwarming recipes for a kitchen witch, soups! Their recipes are easily manipulated to suit your intention, plus they’re perfect for the upcoming winter!

Basic Ingredients:

- Carrots, Onions, Celery. These are the holy trinity. I also like to add garlic, potatoes, tomatoes, and others.

- vegetable/chicken broth and/or water.

- many recipes call for crushed tomatoes. I like diced, and can find them canned in any grocery store, but it’s up to you!

- (Optional) beans or lentils (if you buy dried lentils, cook them beforehand)

- (Optional) meat–sausage, beef, chicken. Cook before adding to the soup please!

Directions:

1. Cut up vegetables and sautee them in a big pot for about eight minutes. This is to soften them up and sweeten up the onions. Don’t add herbs yet!

2. If you bought canned beans, drain and rinse them. If you want thicker broth, you can crush up a can of beans into a paste and add them to the broth, or even throw them into a blender.

3. Set pot aside. Add tomatoes, beans, meat, broth. Bring to a boil, then let simmer for 20-30 minutes. Add any herbs you wish.

Common Vegetables:

Carrots - sex (with parsley for best results), fertility

Cabbage - lunar food, protection, wealth, prosperity, luck

Onions - protection, purification, healing, exorcism, wealth

Celery - sex, peace, psychic powers, mental strength

Beans - wealth, sex, protection

Potato - protection, compassion

Mushrooms - psychic powers, strength

Common Herbs:

Thyme - love, psychic powers, purification

Basil - love, protection, money, exorcism

Rosemary - protection, consciousness, memory, healing, love

Parsley - protection, sex, love, wealth

Dill - wealth, love, consciousness, studying, luck

Bay - protection, psychic powers, healing, purification, strength

Garlic - protection, healing, strength, psychic powers, exorcism

Ginger - love, wealth, strength, success

Black Pepper - protection, purification, exorcism

Salt - purification, protection, healing

Most herbs are not put into the broth until the broth is simmering, to prevent burning. The exception to this rule is bay, which is put in at the beginning. BEWARE of pepper! The longer the pepper cooks in the soup, the spicier the soup will be!

IF YOU’RE ADDING MEAT:

- Do not cut your vegetables with the same knife you cut meat with.

- Cook meat beforehand, but remember that it’ll be cooking in the broth for a time afterwards, or be careful not to overcook.

- Most meat is diced into half-an-inch-squares.

Other Tips:

- Stir clockwise to create, counter-clockwise to take away.

- You can carve sigils into some vegetable slices.

- Cook with a crystal near your pot to boost a spell’s effectiveness.

- Fire and water are prominent elements here! Draw upon their power.

And that’s it!! Have a lovely winter full of great company and nourishing meals!

**if there are any additions feel free to add, and if there are any corrections, message me! :)

Cream of Vegetable Soup

Difficulty: Easy, Serves 4 with leftovers, 1 hour

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • ½ stick butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 carrots
  • ½ a head of broccoli
  • ½ a head of cauliflower
  • ½ cup radishes

Cut up the (peeled) carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower. Slice up the radishes, cutting off the ends. You can peel the radishes if you want to. I ain’t got time for that. Steam them, either on the stove or in the microwave. Set aside to cool.

I ended up boiling the cauliflower and broccoli, and microwaving the carrots and radishes.

Chop your onion. Put the butter in a big heavy pot (preferably a dutch oven) and melt. Sautee the onions until translucent. When they are, pour in the flour and constantly stir until the flour becomes fragrant. Pour in the vegetable broth and boil.

Cook until the mixture thickens. After, bring the temperature down a bit. Stir in your milk, cream, salt, pepper, basil, and garlic powder.

Gently put in your vegetables. Bring to a simmer and simmer for about 5 minutes.

This soup is very nice and not too heavy! It’s really good with some bread, like a dinner roll.

Celebrating Lughnasadh:

Lughnasadh, also known as Lúnasa, Lùnastal, Luanistyn or Lammas, is a Gaelic festival of the first harvest, which also corresponds with other European early harvest festivals. It is held on the 1st of August, halfway between the Summer Solstice (Litha) and the Autumn Equinox (Mabon).

The festival is named after the Celtic god Lugh, and part of the festival is often offering some of the first harvest’s bounty in gratitude, and feasting or athletic competitions. Historically, journeys to sacred wells or holy shrines, or climbing mountains or hills have been popular, and in some places are still observed. Lugh is often seen as a personification of the first harvest, or the corn itself, and he is sometimes recast as folkloric figures such as John Barleycorn.

 Lughnasadh colours: gold, orange, yellow, green, light brown

 Lughnasadh crystals: amber, citrine, aventurine, peridot

 Lughnasadh foods: Bread, corn, soup, root vegetables, berries, mead, rice, barely, nuts, seasonal fruits, roasted meats, honey, beer

 Ideas for Lughnasadh celebrations:

  • Bake bread! Baking bread is one of the most traditional ways of celebrating this festival, and the first of the grains have been harvested. Consider baking different types of loaves, experiment with plaiting the dough or drawing designs on the top. Add seasonal berries, nuts or seeds to the dough to add flavour and interest
  • Have a picnic with friends and family – with lots of bread!
  • Go on a walk up a mountain or hill, or visit a sacred place such as a shrine, holy well, stone circle or burial mound (or just somewhere sacred to you if none of those are available)
  • Play games with friends or family, have a sports contest such as a running race or a tug of war
  • Make a donation of food to your local food bank or donate money to a charity
  • Hold your own Lughnasnadh ritual, light a fire and offer some food to the god Lugh and thank him for your harvest, and feel gratitude in knowing that all your efforts are coming to fruition
  • Make corn dollies, instructions for lots of interesting designs can be found online, or make sculptures and decorations out of salt dough
  • Light a candle and make a list of all that you are thankful for, and meditate upon this
  • Go on a foraging trip, look for early apples, plums, berries and edible fungi (ensure you are certain of what you are harvesting before you eat it!)

A blessed Lughnasadh to all, however you chose to celebrate it, and may your August be fruitful, prosperous and full of joy :)

budget/healthy vegan grocery list & meal planning

so I do shopping for a house of 4, and one of the people I live with has type 2 diabetes. So I thought I’d share the types of things I get that are both healthy and cost effective.


Breakfast

  • Instant oatmeal (we buy sugar free brown sugar flavor, but you can also just buy a big tin of instant oatmeal and add stevia or sugar free maple syrup and cinnamon+allspice)
  • Bananas (good to add in oatmeal)
  • Cereal and a milk alternative (most cereals besides kellogs are vegan, try to find a cereal and milk that’s fortified with b12)
  • French toast (mash a banana with either 3/4c milk alternative or the juice from a can of chickpeas, then add a tsp vanilla, 1-2tsp cinnamon, and ¼ tsp allspice. dip bread in mixture on both sides and then fry in a pan with 1 tbsp butter/coconut oil/nonstick spray on high heat and fry till desired on both sides. makes about 6 slices and is super good topped with syrup!)
  • Tofu scramble with toast (to make tofu scramble add onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, nutritional yeast and break up the tofu in a skillet with a fork and heat it up) goes great with a side of baked beans too


Lunch

  • sweet potato and beans (microwave sweet potato 6-9 minutes depending on size, rinse beans and microwave for 1-2 minutes and then season both the beans and sweet potato however you like!)
  • chickpea salad sandwich (microwave 1/2c chickpeas for about 25 seconds, then mash them with a fork and add 1 tbsp hummus, garlic powder, onion powder, dill weed, parsley all to taste and 1-2tsp spicy brown mustard) tomato slices are a good addition
  • Veggie hummus wrap (buy cauliflower and broccoli by the head, it’s cheaper. Spread hummus on a tortilla. Chop up cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots(or veggies of choice) and assemble the wrap)


Dinner

  • Burritos (microwave instant brown rice to instructions, then add hummus and salsa. microwave beans and season as desired. assemble burrito with rice, lettuce, beans, and guacamole(optional). It’s even better if you turn a skillet on high and grill the tortilla first and assemble the burrito in the skillet, then slide it onto a plate once it’s nice and browned on the outside and wrap it up! Takes maybe 2 minutes extra to do this but it’s so worth it)
  • Curried veggies with rice (I just microwave frozen veggies and then add them to whatever curry I’m making. Walmart carries a “golden curry” that comes in a shiny box and dissolves in water to make a thick curry sauce. But there are tons of other options for curry sauce out there!)
  • Soups like progresso (their tomato basil soup, garden vegetable, lentil soup are vegan just double check the labels!) Campbell’s condensed tomato soup is also vegan. It’s also really good to add some cooked rice to tomato soup!


Snacks

  • Cauliflower/fresh veggies or rice cakes with hummus
  • Popcorn (tons of “buttery” microwave popcorns are vegan. But you can also buy a jar of popcorn kernels, paper bags, and add 1c of kernels with a tiny bit of olive oil to it and fold the top of the bag so it doesn’t open and microwave for 1-2 minutes or until kernels have mostly stopped popping, then add salt and/or nutritional yeast!)
  • Canned fruit or fresh fruit that’s in season/on sale
  • Apples or oranges (buy them by the bag)

I’m sure there’s things I’m missing and I know this list isn’t super extensive but this is what we’ve been keeping in the house recently for dietary reasons while also being concious of our low budget. I’ll add more if I think of anything but feel free to ask questions or add to this list!


Being poor while trying to eat healthy can be a challenge, but it isn’t necessarily impossible either.

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Dill Pickle Soup
Hearty, healthy, delicious and budget friendly! I first tried this soup at a local cafe and loved it! I had to try to make my own. I think it turned out amazing. Let me know what you think!

It’s stupid, like most of the things Nicky does.

They’re in the car, driving to the mall because buying groceries together is the new height of family-bonding and because Andrew will murder someone if he has to eat vegetable soup one more time, and Aaron took over the backseat. Shotgun wouldn’t be so bad if only Nicky would shut. the fuck. up. 

But alas, it’s Nicky, and Andrew may have only known him for three months but he’s already aware that the day his cousin will keep his mouth close is the day he’s on his deathbed. Something to think about, actually.

It’s stupid because they’re barely at the crossroad and the car that cut their way may have been going much too fast but still missed them of three feet. 

Nicky wasn’t even at the ‘stop’ line yet, but he caught the movement by the corner of his eye - nice to know he can pay attention to the road and blabber their ears off at the same time - and slammed on the brakes, stealing a loud curse from Aaron in the back.

Point is, Andrew saw the car. Andrew knew they weren’t going to get into an accident and he knew, because his cousin is an anxious mess, that Nicky would have made a big deal out of it.

Point is, Andrew did not foresee Nicky’s arm snapping his way. So now he stands still and ignores his cousin’s curses to stare at the limb across his chest, a vain attempt to keep him to the seat and out of the potential hypothetical collision that never happened.

“Fuck,” Nicky breaths one last time before turning once to him and then to Aaron behind them. “You guys okay? That asshole.”

Andrew would call him out, since his driving skills are terrible too, but he doesn’t. He glares at the arm still in front of him until Nicky realizes and pulls it back with an hastened apology. Aaron comments on the other car and the two of them get lost in insults as they start again toward the mall.

It’s stupid, because Nicky is stupid. Because it was clear that they weren’t going to get hit, and even if they got into a car accident for real it wouldn’t be Nicky’s arm that saved Andrew’s life, that’s a given. He would know, he’s already been in one after all.

But Nicky is stupid and this is stupid and Andrew is stupid for the weird thing making his pulse accelerate just a bit.

He scolds himself, because this is no reason to lower his guard, because this is no debt he owes to no one. Just because he would bet that none of his past foster families would have done the same - except Cass, Cass would have, she would -, it doesn’t mean Nicky gets special treatment. At all.

“Okay, here we are, stop brooding and get off the car or you won’t get a say in choosing ice-cream flavors. I’m joking, Andrew, don’t kill me!”

Andrew had yet to glare at him today, he’s glad he’s given a chance to do it.

He only gets off the car for the ice-cream, that’s it. He doesn’t care about his cousin, and he doesn’t care about his chats, and he doesn’t care about an arm around his chest that would do jack shit in an accident. It’s stupid, all of it is, Nicky is.

He changes his mind many, many months later, when some assholes put their hands on his cousin and honest to God believe they could get away with it.

That is really stupid.

Black Bean Soup

This may very well be my original bulk cooking meal. My mom made it very often while we were growing up, though hers was chronically underseasoned (sorry, but not sorry). I made various versions during my time at college because it was so cheap, so filling, and yielded so much frickin’ food with a decent amount of protein. I could just freeze it up and not have to fuss with preparing food again for much of the week again. Time was a primary objective at school. It has evolved into this current iteration. 

Fun fact, one of the reasons this appealed to me so much in college was because it’s vegetarian. Meat was prohibitively expensive on my student budget and the thought of keeping raw meat in my cramped student fridge was a nauseating prospect. Oh! Another fun fact! I have: perhaps, an irrational fear of contracting foodborne pathogens Anyway–

  • 2-1 lb bags of dried black beans (soaked and cooked to package instruction)
  • 2-3 TBSP of a mildly flavored cooking oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2-3 carrots, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 2 jalapenos, diced and deseeded
  • 2 TBSP ground cumin
  • 1 tsp Mexican oregano
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 2 TBSP sherry wine
  • 2 TBSP apple cider vinegar (or any other transparent cooking vinegar)
  • 1 quart of vegetable or chicken stock (one step vegan conversion when using vegetable)
  • 15 oz can of diced tomatoes

Directions: Soak and cook your black beans in advance. While you could use cans that would be a whooooole lot of cans. It’s much cheaper and efficient to use dry beans here. Prepare your vegetables. In, once again, the biggest pot you have, heat up the oil over a medium-high heat. Saute the onions and garlic until soft and fragrant, then add the carrots and bell pepper to do the same. Next, add in the jalapenos, a pinch of salt, and stir. Add the cumin and oregano, allow it to heat up and become fragrant, then hit it with the wine and vinegar. Bring the heat down to a medium-low and let it sizzle then simmer for a few minutes. 

Add in the cooked black beans and the majority of the salt you planned to use (beans are greedy). Finish with black pepper, then stir the contents until combined. Add in the stock, stir. Bring the heat up to high and let it come to a boil before covering with a lid and bringing it down to low heat. Simmer for 15 minutes. Take an immersion blender and give about a dozen jolts with it. We do not want to blend the mixture completely smooth, just break up some of it. If you do not have an immersion blender to do this, just transfer 3-6 cups of the soup into a traditional blender or food processor, blend smooth, and add it back to the pot. I’m tellin’ you, though, that the $40 on an immersion blender is beyond worth not dealing with that mess. Anyway–that was a tangent. Let the soup continue to simmer. Add in the drained diced tomatoes and any desired seasoning adjustments. Let it simmer again for about another 15 minutes. Good serving items with this include lemon wedges and cilantro.

When The Apocalypse Actually Comes

All the preppers who go ‘I have a year’s worth of food in my basement!!!’ “WE ARE PREPARED”

(1 year 3 months later)

Preppers “WE ARE STARVING PLEASE HELP US”

Me, munching on some roasted maple seeds and crickets fried in duck fat, stirring a wild and cultivated vegetable and rabbit soup “Goddamnit how did you find my cave this is friends only go away.”

Taking Care of a Sick Yoongi

Originally posted by queen-of-suburbiaa

You woke to the sound of a coughing fit. Rolling over you found your boyfriend curled into a ball as coughs shook his body.

“Yoongi?” you mumbled. The coughing finally stopped. He sniffled as he turned over to face you in bed and grumbled incoherently at you. Worry seeped into your face and you reached out to put your hand on his forehead. It radiated heat. “You’re burning up Yoongi.” Any sleepiness you felt rushed away. Quickly, you got out of bed and grabbed some cold pills from the bathroom cabinet. You also got a cold washcloth to cool down his fever. When you reentered the bedroom, Yoongi had already fallen back asleep.

You brushed his hair out of his face and kissed his cheeks to wake him up. After being with him for a while you learned a gentle approach tends to result in a less grumpy Yoongi. His eyes finally fluttered open. “You need to take some medicine.”

“Alright,” he mumbled. You helped him sit up in bed before  handing him the medicine. He took it in one gulp then slumped back down into bed. Before he could fall back asleep you placed the cold cloth onto his forehead. You turned around to leave but felt a hand grab your wrist.

“Stay,” he said in a groggy voice. Smiling, you slipped back into bed and cuddled him from behind.

Once you were sure he was in a deep sleep you slipped away. Quickly, you brewed some herbal tea that tasted terrible but did wonders on the immune system. The mug was set on the bedside table for when he woke up. As he was still sleeping, you decided vegetable soup would be a good meal for him. You called Jin.

“Hey Jin, do you know any good vegetable soup recipes? Yoongi’s come down with a cold and I think it’d be nice on his throat.”

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