No matter what the path, biscuits always work, now most of us live very busy lives and sometimes we do not have the time to bake so store bought biscuits or a packet mix will do.
But if you add a little ritual to things you can make things fun. Now living a pagan life no matter the path is about the divine and your connection to it, some role we assign to gods and some to goddess. And although men have great skill prescription drugs in the kitchen the kitchen is assigned to the woman and in turn the goddess and creativity.
The kitchen in my house is the heart of creativity and I love to cook. But the other night I got bored so looked in the cupboard to see what was their to be honest not much end of month syndrome so with basic ingredince so decided to make some cookies I had to make some adaptation to my basic biscuit receipt I created a big batch of cookie dough and split the mix and added drinking choc to one half. I made a batch of white cookies, choc biscuits and a version of black and white cookies.
I created a huge batch of cookie playing with what was in cupboard to some I added jam; some sprinkles and others sugar ground in pestle and mortar and drip one side of cookie in egg white then ground sugar.
There were so many biscuits I gave some to my best mate and her children who raved about them so I promised to make a batch, which they could freeze so yesterday pop off to supermarket and got the bits to make a batch and some other shopping and grabbed some drink and came home unpacked and cleared a space for Ingredients. What started out as a cookie making session started to become ritualised that state that when you doing something very normal starts to have other meanings and a ritual starts to form.
It becomes an important issue and you start taking notes. The moment I started to feel my action where becoming ritualised I ran back and forth to pc jotting notes which is now forming this article.
Now this is a very informal ritual and take about an hour and music is option, as I said these cookies could be frozen so you can use when you need
So here is the ritual of the cookie. This is a fun ritual and designed to bring into understanding nothing has to be hard to do and should not difficult to perform and above all be fun. And as reminder to all the goddess should never be confined to the kitchen she has other need too.
1 large mixing bowl (white and ceramic if poss.)
Bottle of favourite drink.
Plastic knife or spatula
250g butter, softened
1 egg yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
250g plain flour
100g ground almonds
Extract / flavour to suit ritual or path
Toppings (up to you)
NB if you double the ingredients the only thing you will need to measure is sugar
Look around the kitchen and gather ingredients invite the goddess to join you.(create your sacred space)
Pour yourself a drink and raise a glass goddess and say,
“a task that will end in fun will be created with joy and freedom”
Pour all ingredients in to bowl leaving out egg and extract.
Using you dominant hand mix ingredince as you sip your drink. You could meditate on the goddess as you pour energy in to the bowl.
Once all the ingredients have come together take the egg and think of it symbolisation and crack the egg into the bowl (and extract if using).
Again using you dominant hand, mix the egg (and extract if using) until it completely incorporated you can focus on joy and happiness pouring it into the mix.
Scrape excess mix off hand and leave to stand for about half hour. Pour your self another drink and go watch some TV or listen to music.
After about half hour return to bowl using the plastic knife cut sigils of peace and harmony into the mix. One you have carved your sigils and have obliterated them.
Take your cling film a lay a length on a flat surface (1 cm per cookie plus 4 inch each end).
Spoon out cookie dough to required length and size (diameter of raw cookie dough will double when cooked).
Wrap cling film to produce sausage shape once wrapped and desired width is reached twist excess cling film and tie to a knot do this both ends so the cookie dough is in a tight sausage shape.
Depending on size of mix and cookie size will relate to number of sausages you get.
Once bowl is empty end the ritual by saying.
“Now the mix is made the duty of the goddess is paid” smile and raise your glass what remains is a gift to the goddess and should be poured on the ground (outside).
The grounding for this ritual is the cleaning up.
For black and white cookies.
Divide the mix in two to one half add coco powder choc chips and meditate on the balance (your own personal symbolisation can be used for this.) make a sausage of white mix and make a sausage of dark mix and place next to each other on cling film and wrap the same way to produce sausage..
For some rituals using appropriate flavours is appropriate just add extra flavours in the form of extract or topping.
Using cookies mix
If using fresh let chill for an hour. From frozen defrost completely and slice into 1cm discs remove cling film place in oven at 200 degrees for 15 mins give or take depending on size