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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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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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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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Apple Tart, with Gandalf's "G" Rune

Apple Tart Recipe, with Gandalf’s Rune

The most iconic food moment of The Hobbit is the Unexpected Party, where Bilbo’s comfortable hobbit-hole is beset by a small horde of hungry dwarves.  Once the thirteen dwarves have arrived, they proceed with no undue haste to request what can comfortably be considered a significant portion of Bilbo’s (well-stocked) pantry. “… I hope there [...]

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Smoky Balrog Wings

Perhaps the most hotly contested debate within the Tolkien fan community is “Do Balrogs have wings?”  “Yes!”, “No!”, the people shout, but surprisingly, the schism persists.  (Okay, so, honestly, the actual discussion is a little more nuanced.  And lengthy.)  In this fierce argument, however, it is important not to lose sight of two key facts: [...]

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