Monday, March 08, 2010

Witches Brew Ingredients

Ingredients of the Witches Brew

The three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth, who fell under the protection of Hecate, prepared a "charmed cauldron" whose ingredients are precisely listed (act 4, scene1). In the kettle, which is surrounded by elf spirits, the first witch placed the first ingredient, a toad. (129) The second witch added more ingredients :

Fillet of a fenny snake
In the cauldron boil and bake :
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing *
The third witch had even more to offer :

Scale of dragon, tooth of wolf,
Witches' mummy, maw and gulf
Of the ravined salt-sea shark,
Root of the hemlock, digged i'th' dark;
Liver of blaspheming Jew,
Gall of goat, and slips of yew,
Slivered in the moon's eclipse;
Nose of Turk, and Tartar's lips,
Finger of birth-strangled babe,
Ditch-delivered by a drab,
Make the gruel thick and slab,

For the finale, Pavian's blood is added. Unfortunately, Shakespeare does not reveal how the witches' gruel is used.

"Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg and owlet's wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble..."

William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act IV, Scene I


Here is an easy witches brew that you can consume safely :)


Orange sherbet
Ginger ale

Place a scoop of orange sherbet in a tall glass. Pour ginger ale slowly over the sherbet. Serve with a curly straw and spoon.

A witchy snack (party mix)


Wheat Chex - "Snake skin"
Rice Chex - "Toads feet"
Pretzel rings - "Owl eyes"
Chocolate chips - "Witch warts"
Candy corn - "Vampire fangs"
Alphabet cereal - "Spell binders"
Gummy spiders - "Black widows"

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