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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 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 [...]

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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 time. And while Gollum’s motto of “Sushi-grade or else, precious!” certainly lands him on the good side of many local health regulations (which are, by [...]

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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 course, in order to do so, there must be provisions; food for the trip! Salted meats and fishes prevailed on sea journeys, whereas waybreads, dried [...]

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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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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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Cookbook Cover and New Site!

Greetings, folks!  Welcome to the brand new home of Dillicious Foods, your new home for the Dillicious food blog, as well as the upcoming book Medium Rare and Back Again:  Food from the World of Middle-Earth.  Here’s a sneak peek at the cookbook cover!

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