October 18, 2012 • Cookbook: Baking, Cookbook: Desserts, Cookbook: Snacks, Fiction: MG & YA
For those that love words and those that love food, the combination is heaven. I first learned how literary food could make my mouth water and tongue slurp like Wile E. Coyote through Dr. Seuss. Green Eggs and Ham, man. Then, I remember reading how Edmund couldn’t resist Turkish Delights and loved how an author could make a sugary treat sound so tempting. I don’t need that much convincing, but it’s always pleasant to experience lovely language mixed with food. Preview: Dainty slapjacks garnished with honey and puddings made of delightful creaminess.In short I became very ravenous, especially for pudding, figuring out which literary recipes to present. You might too.1. Turkish Delight (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe): In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Edmund inhaled the Snow Queen’s Turkish Delight (pictured above!) and betrayed his siblings! Then, he had the gall to ask for more. Sheesh.Turkish Delight is comprised of sugar, gelatin, water, and cornstarch, and it is commonly flavored with rosewater, lemon or mint. History says a Turkish man named Bekir Effendi, who opened up a confectionary shop in Istanbul in 1776, unveiled the delicacy in his sweet boutique. Legend has it that an Englishman stumbled upon the treat and began shipping cases back to Britain calling it “Turkish Delight.”Soon, it became a ritual among socialites to exchange Turkish Delights wrapped in silk handkerchiefs as gifts. [Recipe]2. Pickled Limes (Little Women): The youngest sister, Amy, in Louis May Alcott’s Little Women was crazy for pickled limes. Pickles limes were the iPhones of today, the Tamagotchis and Pogs of the nineties."Why, you see, the girls are always buying them, and unless you want to be thought mean, you must do it too. It's nothing but limes now, for everyone is sucking them in their desks in schooltime, and trading them off for pencils, bead rings, paper dolls, or something else, at recess. If one girl likes another, she gives her a lime. If she's mad with her, she eats one before her face, and doesn't offer even a suck."So, you see, anyone who is anyone eats pickled limes. [Recipe]
September 7, 2012 • Cookbook: Baking, Cookbook: General, Cookbook: Snacks
Though the idea of exploring fantasy worlds through their food has been around for decades, sharing recipes taken from the pages of favorite books has become a rising online trend. If you know where to look, you can find instructions for baking lembas bread, groosling stew, or Fruity Oaty Bars.
Some enterprising chefs and fans of Game of Thrones have even ventured into the world of medieval grilling with wild boar, snake, and birds not commonly found in the refrigerated case at the grocery store.
Many of the web sites devoted to fictional feasting are still growing, but their collaborative efforts bring cooking, community, and literature together in one place. Check out a few of them with the links below:What recipes from your favorite books are you dying to try?
August 24, 2012 • Cookbook: Snacks
Have you ever had an entire steak meal in a soft, flour tortilla? Well, now is your chance. Make yourself some steak fajitas.
Pre-marinate the skirt steak with seasonings and herbs. Pierce it all around and let the flavors blend. Meanwhile, heat up some flour tortillas. Prepare the vegetable garnishing. Pan sear and sizzle the steak to a magnificent medium rare. You can do this stove top on a grill pan or grill it outdoors. Either way, once the steak fajitas are all done, the garlic-onion-herb aromas are unbelievable.
July 9, 2012 • Cookbook: Snacks
Waffles and picnics are two words rarely seen together in a sentence, but thanks to Dorie Greenspan's inspired recipe, the two might be seen in public more often this summer. Forget what you think you know about this breakfast food staple: after pressing the waffles into shape, add them to a 200F oven for a good hour and a half to get them crisped to nacho-like perfection.
July 5, 2012 • Cookbook: Desserts, Cookbook: Snacks
Okay, so these aren’t quite ice cream, but they’re packed with fruit and simple, delicious ingredients like yogurt and honey.
Break the mold with these creamy treats worthy of National Ice Cream Month.
Berries and Buttermilk Smoothie Ice Cream Pops
Sweet, simple, and with a tang of buttermilk, these smooth ice cream pops are fun to make. Feel free to use any variety of frozen fruit that you have on hand.