A Charm of Powerful Trouble Recipe

Looking for something special for this holiday?  How about a charm worked up for just the right effect?

A Charm of Powerful Trouble

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.


Lizard Legs for a Powerful Charm
Select only the freshest lizard’s legs

1 fillet of a fenny snake, backbone removed (reserve for stock)

1 eye of newt, fresh (use the other eye quickly or feed it to the cat, dried newt’s eyes lose their potency almost immediately)

1 toe of frog, dried or fresh, (toxic toad toe, optional)

1 cup wool of bat

1 dried tongue of dog, taken from a dog that died of natural causes

1 adder’s fork (reserve the rest of the adder for a nice casserole)

1 tbsp. blind-worm’s sting

2 lizard’s legs

1 owlet’s wing

2 cups baboon’s blood


  1. Build up the fire under your cauldron. Wait until thrice the black cat haw mews, and thrice and once the hedge-hog whines.
  2. Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble for about 3 minutes.
  3. Round about the cauldron go, in the poisoned entrails throw,  adding all ingredients except the blood.  In the cauldron boil and bake for approximately 9 minutes.
  4. Remove from the fire and cool it with the baboon’s blood, then the charm is firm and good, like a hell broth boil and bubble, double double, toil and trouble.
  5. Walk around the cauldron thrice to thine, and thrice to mine, and thrice again to make up nine.  Peace! The charm’s wound up!
  6. The charm is ready when the hurly-burly’s done, when the battle’s lost and won. (That will be ere the set of sun.)

Serving Suggestion: Fair is foul, and foul is fair, hover through the fog and filthy air. Dry ice can create some wonderful fog effects for serving.  Use a chalice and drop a chunk down into the potion for best effect!


(with apologies to Shakespeare 😉 )

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