As a devotion for the Feast of Hekate today (13th of August) which honours her storm aspect, I personally like to leave offerings at crossroads to appease her. This is one of my mother’s recipes which I feel is very apt as an offering for Hekate:
Anastasia’s Spiral Pita
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ tablespoons of medium or short grain rice
1 onion, finely diced
6-8 spring onions chopped
400g frozen spinach, thawed, drained, chopped and squeezed dry
150g feta cheese, crumbled
125g cottage or ricotta cheese (I like to use a hard Greek cheese grated like Kasseri or Kefalotyri or alternatively I just use more feta)
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
1 generous pinch of nutmeg
1 packet filo pastry
Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius.
Place olive oil in a fry pan and heat. Add rice and onion and slowly cook until transparent and tender.
In a bowl place spring onions, spinach, feta, cottage cheese (other cheese preferred), egg, dill and nutmeg. Mix through with clean fingertips ensuring mixture is thoroughly blended.
Place unrolled filo pastry sheet on a floured flat surface and cut into strips approximately 12cm wide.
Evenly spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of the mixture in the middle of the filo pastry strip.
Fold the vertical ends of the filo strip over so they touch ensuring the mixture stays within and pinch the filo together forming a tube around the mixture. Pinch the ends as well so the mixture doesn’t seep out.
Take one end of the filled strip and roll it towards itself until it forms a spiral. You have now created a spiral pita.
Repeat with remaining filo until you have used all of the filling.
Arrange spirals on a large baking tray at least 5cm apart and brush with a little olive oil.
Bake 15 -20 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
Note: I have family members who instead of adding 125g of other style cheese they add 125g of mushed pumpkin or zucchini.
I love how the Greek word for sorcery also means poison especially since many sorcerers work with baneful herbs. Even though some translations of pharmakia also include the word witchcraft, I tend to use the Greek word “μαγισσα” for witch even though it more accurately translates to female magician (μάγος for male).
“To me a pharmakia is someone well versed in herb lore who utilizes their skills in the adaptation of sorcery.” T . Georgitsis 2014
I am the Sybil,
The Slayer of Secrets,
Voice of Hidden Things
I am blind until the moment I see through another soul’s eyes
I am the cup of the lotus opening
I am the Sister of the Dark, speaking dreams clothed in flesh
I am Siren and Friend and Sorrower
I am Light, the White,
the Infinite, the Veil of Brilliance
I shall lighten the valley
I am the Sorceress, the Mother of Jackals the Friend of Sparrows the Weeper of Tears
and the Singer of Songs
“In the beginning there wasIsis:
Oldest of the Old,
she was the Goddess from whom all Becoming Arose.
She was the Great Lady,
Mistress of the Two Lands of Egypt,
Mistress of Shelter,
Mistress of Heaven,
Mistress of the House of Life,
Mistress of the Word of God.
She was the Unique.
In all her great and wonderful works she was a wiser Magician and more excellent than any other God.”