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.
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
- Build up the fire under your cauldron. Wait until thrice the black cat haw mews, and thrice and once the hedge-hog whines.
- Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn and cauldron bubble for about 3 minutes.
- 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.
- 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.
- Walk around the cauldron thrice to thine, and thrice to mine, and thrice again to make up nine. Peace! The charm’s wound up!
- 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 😉 )