A witch was standing in the middle of her hut, stirring the brew with a wooden ladle in a big cauldron. The liquid was boiling and once in a while some bubbles popped out on it`s surface...

Round about the cauldron go;

In the poison'd entrails throw.
Toad, that under cold stone
Days and nights has thirty-one
Swelter'd venom sleeping got,
Boil thou first i' the charmed pot.

Have you ever wondered how to make witches brew? This soup is amazing all through the year, but it really comes into its own at Halloween - for obvious reasons! It is ready in 20 minutes and will be a hit on your Halloween party. It has magical and healing properties too. Peas are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, folic acid. They are rich in zinc, provide iron and are high in fiber and low in saturated fats.

Recipe adapted from Bbc Good Food 

Witches brew (Pea chowder)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 650g frozen petits pois
  • 750ml vegetable stock
  • 6 jamon serrano or rashers streaky bacon
  • 1 tbsp butter, optional
  • salt, pepper

Heat the oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and gently cook over a medium heat for 5-6 mins until softened but not coloured. Add the garlic and cook for a further min. Stir in three-quarters of the petits pois, then pour in the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10-12 mins. Meanwhile, grill jamon serrano until crisp.

Allow soup to cool for a few mins, then carefully transfer to a food processor and whizz until smooth. Return the soup to the pan and add the remaining petit pois. Bring to the boil and simmer for 2 mins or until the whole peas are tender. Season to taste, then stir in the butter, if using. Break the bacon into pieces and scatter over bowls or mugs of soup. The soup can be made up to a day ahead; just grill the jamon/bacon on the day.