Middle Earth Magic: Inspired Ideas and Seasonal Spells for Your Enchanted Life

I grew up on a farm in West Virginia and learned much about herbs, trees, animals, gardening, foraging  and so much about nature. I incorporate this wisdom I learned from elders in my family into my spellwork. When I finally left the farm, I majored in Medieval Studies, my attempt to emulate my idol, J.R.R. Tolkien. All these influences led me to my own blended brew which I call "middle earth magic," containing a mix of the modern and the time-tested "old ways." 

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Gathering the Tribe Nut Roast

Nuts are some of the best food we humans can eat; they are packed with positive proteins and beneficial oils and are very tasty. This nearly effortless nut roastie is a great snack for movie night at home or party time anywhere and makes a savory appetizer for special meals. Here is what you need:
  • 10 ounces mixed nuts
  • 8 ounces of day-old bread
  • 1 medium-sized white onion, chopped
  • 1 1⁄2 cups veggie stock
  • Soy or tamari sauce
  • 2 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
Preheat your oven to 350°F and sauté the onion in the butter until softened. Mix the nuts together with the bread in a food processor or stir vigorously until blended well, then transfer to a large bowl. Heat the stock to boiling and pour into the mixture in the bowl. Stir in the onions. Season as you see fit with salt, pepper, and sage. Pour in a tablespoon of the soy or tamari sauces to add zing to your roast and give one last stir. Spoon the roastie mix into a greased baking dish and bake for a half hour. Take note as your kitchen fills with a fantastic aroma. Heating the nuts brings out more of their natural oils and intensifies the flavor. Like herbs and flowers, nuts have magical properties which are mainly to increase love as well as feelings of conviviality and peace, thus the name of this dish. When you serve this roastie, you are quite literally “sharing the love.”
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    Cerridwen Greenleaf has worked with many of the leading lights of the spirituality world including Starhawk, Z Budapest, John Michael Greer, Christopher Penczak, Raymond Buckland, Luisah Teish, and many more. She gives herbal, crystal and candle magic workshops throughout North America. Greenleaf's graduate work in medieval studies has given her deep knowledge she utilizes in her work, making her work unique in the field. A bestselling author, her books include Moon Spell Magic, The Book of Kitchen Witchery, The Magic of Gems and Crystals and the Witch’s Spell Book series.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.  


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