A Feast for Soror Estai

A bowl of chutney

The Greater Feast of Soror Estai, Jane Wolfe, is today, March 29.

Born March 21, 1875, in St. Petersburg, Pennsylvania, Jane Wolfe was a silent film actress. In 1918, Jane Wolfe began corresponding with Aleister Crowley. In 1920, she gave up her Hollywood career to join Crowley at his Abbey of Thelema in Cefalù, Sicily. She lived at the Abbey until it closed in 1923, keeping records about her magic practice which were later published by the College of Thelema of Northern California as The Cefalu Diaries.

Wolfe was also involved in founding Agape Lodge in southern California, and was for a time its lodge master. She died March 29, 1958.

This recipe was passed along by Br. Bruce Raeburn, who is both a gentleman and a scholar.

From the kitchen of Mrs. Felicia Heidrick:
Jane Wolfe’s Chutney Recipe (variations by Phyllis Seckler)

A bowl of chutney4 cups sliced papaya or melon
4 cups chopped pineapple and peaches (or loquats seeded and chopped)
2 cups seeded raisins
3 chopped lemons with skins left on
1 medium onion chopped
4 oz. chopped green ginger root (or preserved ginger)
2 cups brown sugar or part honey
4 cups apple cider vinegar
Approximately 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp mustard seed, 1 tsp celery seed
2 tsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp hot red pepper dried (in jar)

Adjust seasonings to taste.

Boil sugar and vinegar together for 15 minutes. Add other ingredients, with lemon going in first as skins need to soften. Cook slowly, stirring often to prevent sticking. Cook 3/4 to 1 hour. Spoon into sterilized jars, clean off rim, add sterilized covers, fasten tightly. When lid clicks downward, the jar is sealed.


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