#100WCGU – Wk64 – Prompt: A witch’s recipe – 100 words – “Ratatgooey”

30 Oct


Serves the average coven.


Stagnant swamp water

7 ogres’ eyeballs

7 naughty boys’ toenails

13 rats

7 diced devilled eggplants

7 tablespoons of castor oil



7 vampire bat wings

7 babies’ cries

Mouldy vegetables


1.  Fill the cauldron with swamp water.

2.  Add devilled eggplants, castor oil, mouldy vegetables.

3.  Bring to a boil adding wolfsbane and hemlock to taste.

4.  Reduce to a simmer.

5.  Add the eyeballs, toenails, rats.

6.  Bring to a boil then allow to simmer for an hour.

7.  Add the cries of 7 babies for added taste before serving.

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20 responses to “#100WCGU – Wk64 – Prompt: A witch’s recipe – 100 words – “Ratatgooey”

  1. Paul

    October 30, 2012 at 13:06

    In our version of this time honored recipe, we add the toenails well before the eggplant and mouldy vegetables.

    • Ross Mannell

      October 30, 2012 at 15:48

      Thanks for the comment.

      I suppose a witch’s recipe only has a limited number of exotic ingredients to use. 🙂

  2. Chelle

    October 30, 2012 at 16:36

    My favorite ingredient: the naughty boys’ toenails. Enjoyed this.

    • Ross Mannell

      October 30, 2012 at 17:23

      Thanks for the comment.

      I’ve been told only naughty boys’ toenails add enough tang to the flavour. 🙂

  3. Lucid Gypsy

    October 30, 2012 at 17:05

    Heehee we have similar thoughts!

    • Ross Mannell

      October 30, 2012 at 17:24

      Thanks for the comments.

      I think if I took the advice from young children, there might have been even more gruesome ingredients to add. 🙂

  4. Lisa Wields Words

    October 30, 2012 at 20:32

    Sounds disgustingly delicious. I love the title of the recipe.

    • Ross Mannell

      November 4, 2012 at 19:29

      Thanks for the comment.

      The title was by chance as I had the TV on and saw a recipe for ratatouille, a much tastier dish. The “rat” was a tempting prompt. 🙂

  5. annahalford (@anhalf)

    October 31, 2012 at 03:30

    Mmmm, made my mouth water; I’m on my way. Mwah ha ha 🙂

    • Ross Mannell

      November 4, 2012 at 19:27

      Thanks for the comment.

      I wonder, if not knowing the ingredients, a dish might taste better than one with known ingredients? Ignorance is bliss. 🙂

  6. brudberg

    October 31, 2012 at 04:11

    This is actually one of tastier witches’ recipes I’ve read sofar 🙂

    • Ross Mannell

      November 4, 2012 at 19:24

      Thanks for the comment.

      It seems the ghastly culinary experts have been pushing the ingredients limits. 🙂

  7. Delft

    October 31, 2012 at 06:30

    Hmm. Did I mention I’m on a diet?
    Luckily, due to the scarcity of ogres’ and their eyeballs, the dish isn’t served all that often.

    • Ross Mannell

      November 4, 2012 at 19:23

      Thanks for the comment.

      Yes, supply and demand is a problem for exotic ingredients, especially if a dish is popular. 🙂

  8. newpillowbook

    November 1, 2012 at 07:30

    Wouldn’t it be better to saute the eggplant and vegetables lightly in the castor oil first?

    Sounds really unyummy! Good job.

    • Ross Mannell

      November 4, 2012 at 19:20

      Thanks for the comment.

      The option for sauté would be good but the word limit needed to cut some corners. 🙂

      • newpillowbook

        November 4, 2012 at 22:36

        Good point – there seems to be an unending demand for simplified recipes! 😉

  9. Kokomo

    November 5, 2012 at 02:11

    Nooooooooo! I loved he title, until I saw you were throwing it rats… 😦 This makes a sad rat-owner. How about next time you make a mince… I mean mice-pie?!

    • Ross Mannell

      November 5, 2012 at 07:45

      Thanks for the comment.

      You’re quite right about a rat alternative. Rats certainly have more personality than mice, at least in my opinion, so perhaps there should be an alternative to real rats such as tofu rats. Even a witch’s recipe should have healthier meat free options. 🙂

      • Kokomo

        November 5, 2012 at 07:46

        hah, I like where you’re going there! 🙂


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