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A Recipe Review

This post by Robyn Kraft originally appeared on the Oloris Publishing website, here: http://olorispublishing.com/2016/11/16/a-recipe-review/ Ye Olde Director of Poetry here. This last year hasn’t found me in the kitchen all too often, which is a real shame. During grad school stress baking was a very real thing I would indulge in. Everyone around me gained weight. I enjoy the simplicity of ...

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Author Interview: Astrid Tuttle Winegar

Any regular visitor to the Legendarium site is no doubt aware of Astrid Tuttle Winegar’s wonderful fantasy-inspired recipes. In addition to being a staff writer, Astrid is also the author of Cooking for Halflings & Monsters: 111 Comfy, Cozy Recipes for Fantasy-Loving Souls, now available for pre-sale through Oloris Publishing and releasing soon. The Legendarium team is thrilled to support Astrid in this endeavor ...

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Narnia Menu: “Pole’s Pucker-Up Posset”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar In The Silver Chair, poor Jill, Eustace, and Puddleglum end up in the company of giants. The Queen takes a “liking” to Jill, who understandably has lost it and is now indulging in a good cry. “Give her lollipops, give her dolls, give her physics, give her all you can think of—possets and comfits and caraways ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Miss Primula Brandybuck’s Mushroom Pie”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Perhaps Miss Primula Brandybuck favored a somewhat lighter dish when dining at her father’s generous table. Primula was the youngest daughter of the influential Gorbadoc Brandybuck. She married Drogo Baggins and had one child, Frodo. She was mostly memorable for this special child and her unfortunate death by drowning. Accident? Murder? And if murder, was she ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Drogo’s Favorite Chicken”

  By Astrid Tuttle Winegar This is named for Frodo’s father, Drogo Baggins. He and his wife, Miss Primula Brandybuck, are the subject of some gossip early in The Lord of the Rings, where a few hobbits are trading stories at The Ivy Bush about Frodo’s background and how he eventually came to live with Bilbo. Apparently, Drogo’s father-in-law kept ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Brandy Hall Beef Stew”

  By Astrid Tuttle Winegar After his parents died and before being formally adopted by Bilbo, Frodo Baggins temporarily lived in the spacious home owned by the Brandybuck family. Brandy Hall was a large smial (which is Tolkien’s word for a large residential tunnel, where rather wealthy hobbits would live—Bilbo’s home Bag-End was also a smial) located beneath Buck Hill ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Frodo’s Favorite Mushrooms” 

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar I’m pretty sure Frodo Baggins, like all hobbits, loves a broad spectrum of foods and drinks. However, he does admit a weakness for mushrooms. My original cookbook gathered 11 mushroom-centric recipes in one chapter entitled “Frodo’s Favorites.” But for Legendarium, I’ll break this up with a couple of Narnia recipes. After Frodo, Sam, and Pippin leave ...

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Narnia Menu: “The Dufflepuds’ Mushroom Soup”

Image source: http://narnia.wikia.com/wiki/Dufflepud By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace share a meal prepared and served by the Dufflepuds. It was… well, interesting, to put it mildly. It was also particularly messy, since their invisible hosts “progressed up the long dining-hall in a series of bounds or jumps. […] When the dish contained anything like soup or stew the ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “The Ivy Bush Eleventy-First Birthday Cake”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar To finish a grand party like this one, you need a show-stopping cake. Bilbo would have this specially made at The Ivy Bush, a small inn frequented by Sam’s father, the Gaffer. Make this impressive cake the night before you want to serve it. “The Ivy Bush Eleventy-First Birthday Cake” 1½ pounds fresh strawberries 8 ounces ...

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Middle-earth Menu: “Bullroarer Took’s Pickled Cauliflower”

I am naming this for Bilbo’s legendary ancestor who was apparently so big (for a hobbit) he could actually ride a horse. Bullroarer Took was known for attacking some goblins during a particular battle and “knocked their king Golfimbul’s head clean off with a wooden club. It sailed a hundred yards through the air and went down a rabbit-hole, and ...

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