How did Esmeralda Quist start baking with beetle wings and spider webs?

Paula R:  This question is for Esmeralda Quist in the novel, Lord of the Mill.  Ms. Quist,   we are led to believe that you are some kind of demi-witch in the beginning of this book, but then, later on it seems like you’re just a really weird woman who sells really really weird pastries.  Could you tell me what your background is?  People don’t just spontaneously start baking croissants with beetle wings and spider webs…at least I hope they don’t.

EsmereldaEsmeralda Quist:  (chuckling quietly)   …hee, hee, hee.  Yes, if you haven’t tried one, I suppose it doesn’t sound very appetizing.  But then if you think about caviar or where pate comes from…or where eggs come out of, a lot of it is in your mind.  But, you’re right, my dear.  They say the nut doesn’t fall too far from the tree.  You can thank Mommy Dearest for that.  Would you like to see a photo of her?  Well, you can’t.  It’s a trick question.  Real witches, like real vampires don’t photograph very well. …hee, hee, hee

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