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Middle-Earth Menu: Ori’s Cinnamon Sticks

You might remember that Balin was featured in my last post. Balin was a kind dwarf who became rather friendly with Bilbo Baggins. He wore a scarlet hood and played a large viol. Relatively long-lived, he knew both Thrain and Thorin; eventually he settled in Khazad-dum where he became king. Unfortunately, he was killed by Orcs there—the Fellowship sees his ...

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Bilbo’s Special Ham and Eggs for Thorin: Tolkien Cooking

“Bilbo’s Special Ham and Eggs for Thorin” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Finally, after much discussion of what the dwarves have planned and why they need the assistance of this burglar (I mean, hobbit, sorry…), Thorin Oakenshield imperiously states that he likes “six eggs with my ham, when starting on a journey: fried not poached, and mind you don’t break ’em.” ...

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Narnia Inspired Recipes: “A Faun’s Favorite Sugar-Topped Cake”

“A Faun’s Favorite Sugar-Topped Cake” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar In The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Lucy Pevensie sits down to have a “wonderful tea” with the Faun, Mr. Tumnus: “There was a nice brown egg, lightly boiled, for each of them, and then sardines on toast, and then buttered toast, and then toast with honey, and then a ...

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Hobbit Inspired Recipes: Thranduil’s Spice Pastries

Thranduil’s Spice Pastries by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Bilbo’s innate resourcefulness rescues them all from the gruesome fate of becoming an arachnid’s entrée. Circumstances lead Bilbo and company into yet another stressful chapter wherein the dwarves are captured by the Wood-elves. Tolkien’s elves and dwarves generally do not get along, to put it rather mildly (a situation mostly remedied in The ...

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Tolkien Inspired Cooking Out of Mirkwood: Tauriel’s Venison

Tolkien Inspired Cooking Out of Mirkwood: Tauriel’s Venison by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Bilbo and company do not meet elves again until after their disastrous journey through the forest of Mirkwood. You’ll remember Beorn warning them not to drink or touch the water here and not to eat the wildlife. Well, of course, circumstances affect judgment, and one dwarf’s physical problems ...

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“Elrond’s Bannocks”: Food Inspired by Middle-Earth

“Elrond’s Bannocks”: Food Inspired by Middle-Earth by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Our culinary story continues in The Hobbit. Tolkien’s version of elves feature prominently in both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. They are immortal, tall, and elegant, though they seem mocking and merry in their initial meeting with Bilbo and company in The Hobbit. Jackson’s film version of ...

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Mr. Tumnus’ Toasty Muffin Bread: Baking Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia

Mr. Tumnus’ Toasty Muffin Bread: Baking Inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia by Astrid Tuttle Winegar The world of Narnia is certainly filled with references to food. I’ve just recently read the series again, for maybe the billionth time. This time, however, I made a point of paying closer attention to the food/drink references to see if anything might inspire ...

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Tolkien Cooking: “Mirkwood Biscotti”

“Mirkwood Biscotti” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar Alas, their time with Beorn must end, but now that he is their friend he lends the company a few pack animals and provides them with good foods that will travel well: “nuts, flour, sealed jars of dried fruits, and red earthenware pots of honey, and twice-baked cakes that would keep good a long ...

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Tolkien Cooking: “Beorn’s Comforting Chai”

Tolkien Cooking: “Beorn’s Comforting Chai” by Astrid Tuttle Winegar I believe Beorn would also be inclined to use cream instead of milk in this recipe. He probably metabolizes cream better than you or I can since he changes into a bear—I imagine that kind of metamorphosis takes an enormous amount of energy. There is no such thing as cholesterol in ...

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Halloween Cooking with Tolkien: Zeldóshâkh’s Gnarly Bones

Zeldóshâkh’s Gnarly Bones by Astrid Tuttle Winegar I was asked me to submit something special for Halloween, “perhaps something Sauron-themed and scary?” But I told him that there are… So, I figured I could send over these slightly spicy pastries, perfect to accompany soups or stews. Now I know these aren’t exactly real bones ripped right out of some elf ...

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