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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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Middle-earth Menu: “Brandywine Meatloaf”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Frodo Baggins might be smiling because he’s about to permanently visit the Grey Havens, but he could just as well be wistfully smiling about this mushroom-stuffed meatloaf. I’ve been a fan of Elijah Wood since he debuted in Back to the Future Part II (1989), playing a rather snotty kid picking on Marty McFly. I’m glad ...

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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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Middle-earth Menu: “Buckland Steaks”

By Astrid Tuttle Winegar Our next mushroom-heavy recipe is bound to a favorite on the enormous Buckland table. As shown in the photo, your best choices for dinner sides are mashed potatoes and some sort of green vegetable, such as peas. Beer is optional; pretty much any beverage will go well with this comforting meal. You know, my favorite hobbit ...

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