The Witches’ Tea 2014

It’s THAT time of the year again, when the witches, spirits, and vampire rule the nights.  It’s also time once again for my witches, Witch Agate, Witch Broomhilda, and Witch Hazel, to gather for our annual ritual, The Witches’ Tea!

It wouldn't be a Witches' Tea without a proper Witches' candle!

It wouldn’t be a Witches’ Tea without a proper Witches’ candle!

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BLT salad with bleu cheese dressing

BLT salad with bleu cheese dressing

Roast beef with horseradish cream, smoked salmon and cream cheese, hummus and cucumber, and Nutella and biscoff sandwiches

Roast beef with horseradish cream, smoked salmon with dill cream cheese, hummus and cucumber, and Nutella and Biscoff sandwiches

Mocha pyramid, raspberry cheesecake, chocolate moussecake

Mocha pyramid, raspberry cheesecake, chocolate mousse cake

Assorted French macarons, petit fours, brownie triangles, and lemon squares with clotted cream

Assorted French macarons, petit fours, brownie triangles, and lemon squares with clotted cream

Witches Tea favors, ripe with magick herbs and spices

Witches Tea favors, ripe with magick herbs and spices

DSC03998 (Small)Masala chai
(adapted from Anupy Singla’s Vegan Indian Cooking)

1 3 in. cinnamon stick
4 green cardamom pods
1 black cardamom pod
1 star anise (or 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds)
1 (1 inch) slice of fresh ginger
2-4 whole cloves
2 black tea bags or 2 tsp. loose leaf black tea
1/2 cup milk or non-dairy milk (optional)
1 tsp. sugar, or sugar to taste (optional)

Using a mortar and pestle, lightly pound the spices until scents are released.  Add the spices to 4 cups of water in a saucepan. Boil water until it turns light to medium brown. Add 2 black tea bags and simmer for 2 minutes until dark brown. Discard tea bags. Add ½ cup milk and 1 tsp. sugar, or sugar to taste. Strain tea before serving. Enjoy!

DSC04008 (Small)Masala chai powder
(adapted from Anupy Singla’s Vegan Indian Cooking)

2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground cardamom
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. ground cloves
1 black cardamom pod
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
1/4 tsp. ground fennel

Ground the black cardamom pod in a spice grinder.  Mix spices together.  Keep in airtight container for 6 months.  To make chai, add 1 tsp. of the masala mixture to boiling water.  Add 2 black tea bags or 2 tsp. loose leaf black tea, 1/2 cup milk or non-dairy milk and 1 tsp. sugar, or sugar to taste (optional).  Enjoy!

Last but not least, the best part of the Witches’ Tea … Witches tea fashion!  Fantastic fascinators!

Spiders and sparklies, oh my!

Spiders and sparklies, oh my!

Halloween elegance at its finest!

Halloween elegance at its finest!

Everyone has a few bats in the belfrey!

Everyone has a few bats in the belfrey!

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Black rose with black feathers and white pearls, yes please!

Happy Halloween!  Happy Samhain!

“When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.”

— Author unknown

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