Twice-Baked Cakes

Twice-Baked Cakes – Fat Rascals

So much of Tolkien’s writing involves travel and journeys that it is quite natural that much of the food in his books is suited particularly for transport and long shelf ...

Gollum's Ruined Fish

Gollum’s Ruined Fish

While it is somewhat widely agreed that a good grilled fish is a delight, it’s possible that spending 500ish years as a shriveled, sparsely-toothed creature may change one’s tastes over ...

Bannock

Bannock

Over the span of history, the desire to explore – to wander – to discover new places… this has been a driving force in many of mankind’s greatest accomplishments. Of ...

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Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips

Fish and chips, that delightful British comfort pub food.  Since frying, as we know, makes everything better, and furthermore, battering and frying makes everything better-er, why not fry half of a meal and batter-and-fry the other half? ‘…I’ll cook you some taters one of these days.  I will:  fried fish and chips served by S. [...]

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Quick-poached eggs

Poached Eggs

Quick: name a food that’s more versatile than the egg!  Even if you limit yourself to their uses in a breakfast – scrambled, fried, omeletted (that’s a word, right?  sure…), poached, hard boiled, soft boiled – eggs have myriad options that go well with bread, potatoes, vegetables, ham, bacon, sausage.  They’re awesome.  Thus it’s no [...]

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Honey-cake with Clotted Cream Frosting

Clotted Cream

Clotted cream, a close cousin to butter, is a wonderful delicacy that originated (and is predominantly found) in the British Isles.  It’s fairly easy to make, if you have the luxury of time; the actual work involved entails only a few minutes, but it cooks for many hours.  And, of course, it’s found in Middle-earth, [...]

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Cold Chicken and Pickles

Cold Chicken and Pickles

As part of the week leading up to Hobbit Day, here is the first in a series of recipes coming from my forthcoming book Medium Rare and Back Again: Food from the World of Middle-earth. Here, I’ll explore one method of pickling cucumbers – quick-pickling – in homage to Gandalf’s request at the Unexpected Party: [...]

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Red Pepper Chili Oil

Chili oil is one of those ingredients that turns good dishes into great ones.  From the fiery, mouth-numbing Mala sauce used in Szechuan cooking and spicy hot pots, to the rich soy sauce mix of many Jiaozi dumpling dips, chili oil adds a big bark to any good, delicious bite. Unfortunately, it’s also one of [...]

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Fizzy Ent-Draught

Fizzy Fangorn Ent-Draught

“The drink was like water, indeed very like the taste of the draughts they had drunk from the Entwash near the borders of the forest, and yet there was some scent or savour in it which they could not describe: it was faint, but it reminded them of the smell of a distant wood borne [...]

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Links I Like: Dry-Fried Szechuan Chicken, and Szechuan Eggplant

At one of my recent jobs as a software engineer, here in tech-heavy suburban Boston, I had a few coworkers – let’s call them Fans of the Spicy (FOTS).  One of these jovial nutters had a half-dozen small bottles of hot sauce on his desk, which he’d bring to lunch every day, to jazz up [...]

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Links I Like: A Pair of Ceviches

Ceviches are a fun, light option for serving fresh fish, which (probably) originated in Peru.  You can think of it as a salsa of sorts – acidic juice, small chunks or strips of fish or shellfish, plus herbs and/or spices and some vegetables. The Spanish influence is clear, though many ceviches also include South American [...]

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Medium Rare and Back Again Cover

Cookbook Update: We Have a Publisher!

Exciting news!  I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve signed with Oloris Publishing, for the production and publication of Medium Rare and Back Again!  You can read the press release at http://olorispublishing.mymiddleearth.com/2013/04/07/medium-rare-and-back-again/!  Needless to say, I’m thrilled! What does this mean for the cookbook?  Well, first, it means that the cookbook will have professional editing and [...]

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Chinese Five-Spice Smashed Potatoes

It’s always fun to take a recipe and put a couple twists on it. Here, we’ll combine a wonderful roasted smashed potato recipe with some Asian flavors and a brief marinade, to give a crispy-on-the-outside dish with a sweet, smooth center, topping it all off with some candied bacon! Many restaurants serve “smashed” potatoes – [...]

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