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 life (saddlebag-life?) Beorn’s twice-baked cakes are no exception! “…he would lade them with food to last them for weeks with care, and packed so as [...]
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, [...]
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: [...]
These are not for the faint of heart. By this, I mean that they’re decidedly not for people suffering from acute heart disease. Or for vegetarians. Pork pies are really, seriously not for vegetarians. If you fall outside the union of those two categories, plough ahead and read on!