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Middle-earth Menu: “Bamfurlong Cabbage”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar When Mrs. Maggot wants her humble cabbage to be a little more special, she breaks out some wine and Herbes de Provence in this delicious side dish which can be paired with many of your favorite recipes. Perhaps she partakes a bit of a tipple of that wine when she cooks. Sometimes she might even add ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Solid Farmhouse Fare”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar I’m sure Mrs. Maggot would be fond of this convenient, rib-sticking casserole. It would utilize many of those lovely root vegetables from her well-tended garden. She (or you) might assemble the dish in the morning or even the night before she expects company. You’d want to cover and refrigerate it overnight and take it out about ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Maggot’s Mighty Bacon Mushroom Dish”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Now we come to Bamfurlong, which belongs to Famer Maggot and his family. The farm is guarded by some vicious canines named Grip, Fang, and Wolf. Here, the hobbits are treated to a bustling dinner for fourteen. Tolkien writes, “a generous supper was laid on the large table. […] There was beer in plenty, and a ...

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Narnia Menu: “Prince Rilian’s Pigeon Pie”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar In a Dark Castle in The Silver Chair, Jill, Scrubb, and Puddleglum encounter a mysterious, yet annoyingly charming nonetheless, Knight. He treats them to a feast of “pigeon pie, cold ham, salad, and cakes.” He is obviously spellbound and tells his guests that he will “turn into the likeness of a great serpent, hungry, fierce, and ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Red Book Comfort Soup”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar I like to imagine that the recently-nine-fingered Frodo Baggins would whip up a pot of this oh-so-savory soup and enjoy it while writing his memoirs. It’s got plenty of his favorite mushrooms, enough bacon to satisfy any hobbit, and plenty of spinach to give him much-needed strength. Please follow this link to my blog for the ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Spinach Mushroom Salad”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar It’s springtime and the weather is warm—so it’s the perfect time to make a mushroom salad for lunch or dinner! If you’re in a questing mood, you could try finding more exotic mushrooms; to make your salad sparkle, you could justify buying some chanterelles, enokis, or oysters for fun. If you can find some Hen of ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Baggins Stuffed Mushrooms”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Serve these substantial mushroom treats with a salad for dinner or as a savory knife-and-fork appetizer at a party. Conversely, you could pick one up and place the whole thing in your mouth at one time, as shown in the photo above. That’s not polite and will probably make a mess, but you never know what ...

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Narnia Menu: “The House of Harfang’s Cock-a-Leekie Soup”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar As we continue with The Silver Chair, you might recall we last saw our brave mighty girl, Jill Pole, being petted and cooed over by the Queen Giantess. Later, she is treated to what C. S. Lewis calls a dinner, though it was apparently closer to tea time. This substantial meal consisted of “hot roast turkey, ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Mushroom Trenchers”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar You can bet a character like Frodo Baggins would be well versed in simmering some freshly picked mushrooms in a gorgeous, savory, brown gravy—it is the perfect accompaniment to a steak or a thick slice of buttered bread. In Medieval times, your plate just might be a stale piece of bread (and would now be called ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Button Pickles”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Oh look! Pippin has found some wild forest mushrooms. Pippin (and I) know Frodo would appreciate a few mushrooms pickled up in an herby brine. Well, it might be a good idea to harvest fresh mushrooms such as these from a Middle-earth forest, but this is probably not the best thing to do in this world. I would ...

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