She's a little warty and a little bit tattered but that's just the way I like her, thank you. Meet my kitchen witch. I have had this kitchen for over 15 years and she goes where I go. I purchased her while on holiday in Luxembourg. Never heard of a kitchen witch, Dear Readers? Well, allow me to enlighten you. Kitchen witches or cottage witches, are meant to ward off bad spirits and bring good luck. They are kind of like a blessing to a home and I will take a blessing wherever (or whenever) I am able to take one.
Kitchen witches are either Scandinavian or German in origin but wherever the witch flew in from, she comes from old(er) European customs. The kitchen witch is a good witch, meant to protect pots from over-boiling or things from burning or spilling; you get the idea right? Of course you do, Dear Readers, your'e brilliant! After all, you read MY blog...
Anyway, kitchen witches are getting more and more difficult to find, even in Europe. The lady in red was rescued from a yard sale and this adorable little lady to the left, is made of pewter and was hand painted in Germany, where I picked her up on a recent trip. Typically, kitchen witches are homemade and are not much more than an ill-formed head, wrapped in fabric and tied with string. A face is added so the thing looks like a puppet and then is hung. (Think Halloween ghost pop meets the Salem Witch Trials.) I like to suspend my witch above the sink but I have one hanging where I keep my mixers and also by a door. Blessings are like prayers and there is no such thing as too many prayers...
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