Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Bilbo's Afternoon Tea // Fictional Feasts


 Fictional Feasts is a project that I'm really excited to begin, because it mixes together my love for reading, my love for baking and cooking, and my love for photography. Over the next few weeks, I'll be trying to make some of the foods that are talked about in some of my favorite books. I hope you enjoy seeing the results!

     "A little beer would suit me better, if it is all the same to you,
my good sir," said Balin with the white beard. "But I don't mind
some cake
— seed-cake, if you have any."
     "Lots!" Bilbo found himself answering, to his own surprise;
and he found himself scuttling off, too, to the cellar to fill a pint
beer-mug, and then to a pantry to fetch two beautiful round
seed-cakes which he had baked that afternoon for his after-
supper morsel."
The Hobbit (p.9), J. R. R. Tolkien

 Yesterday I made Seed Cake, which is a traditional British cake mentioned in Tolkien's books as a favorite treat of the Hobbits. I had never made anything like it, so I was excited to see how it would turn out.


  I really liked how the cake turned out. The caraway seeds and the orange zest give it a very unique flavor. My family liked it, too - there wasn't much left of it by the end of the day!

 If you're wanting to try out something different, I definitely recommend giving this cake a try.

 There are lots of seed-cake recipes out there. I used *this one* from"The Hobbit Second Breakfast" website. For those of you in countries that use different measurements, though, you might find *this recipe* more convenient.



 I wanted to ask you all:

Are you interested in seeing more Fictional Feast posts?

If so, do you have any ideas for other treats talked about in books? I'd love to hear your ideas.


love,
Hannah

20 comments:

  1. That cake looks really yummy, and I love your hobbit-ish set-up :) And I hope to see some more Fictional Feasts!

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  2. This is an awesome idea! :) I love your hobbity table setting. :) I love how important food is in so many cozy classics, like the Chronicles of Narnia and the Lord of the Rings and The Wind in the Willows. I've often read certain foods mentioned and wondered what exactly they were. I'm definitely interested in seeing more Fictional Feast posts!

    P.S. Like I said elsewhere, you are really inspiring me to reread LOTR soon. And that's good, because when it comes to that trilogy I definitely need inspiration. And a lot of will power. :)

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    1. Thank you very much, Kristin! I'm so glad you liked it.

      Wow, I'm glad to have inspired you to reread LOTR :) It *is* quite a wordy trilogy, but it's definitely worth it, eh?

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  3. Yes! oh yes do post more!

    (I'm hungry. this was a bad time to read this post. or, was it good?)

    What about any of the Redwall books? I don't even know if its possible to read five chapters without mention of food, and when I was reading through that series, I ate like an elephant due to it raising how hungry I was. XD

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    1. Thanks Ashley! And, oh my goodness, Redwall is actually what I was planning to do next (or at least, very soon)! I even borrowed a Redwall cookbook from a friend. So cool you mentioned that! :)

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    2. Redwall is just a first for me when people mention "food" and "books" in one breath, that's just where my mind goes. XD

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  4. I can't wait to try this recipe! Please do write more fictional feasts posts. It's really a brilliant idea.
    (-: Elizabeth

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    1. Thanks! If you do try out this recipe, let me know how it goes!

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  5. Oh, I love literary recipes! I've done several for The Book Chewers (Turkish Delight from Narnia, an enormous chocolate cake from Matilda, etc.) and I've got a list of recipes that I'd like to make in the future. If you're interested, I can send you a list of cookbooks and blogs that are entirely about literary-inspired food.

    That seed cake looks pretty great, btw. And the photos are fantastic. :) We're planning to do a Hobbit month at some point on TBC, so I've been thinking about all the foods I can make. There are a lot of options . . . Tolkien did not skimp on the food, which is awesome.

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    1. Thanks Lydia! I'll have to check out the recipes you made on The Book Chewers.
      Oh, and it would be *awesome* if you could send me a list - I know that there is a lot of great literary recipes out there. Have you heard of fictionalfood.net? I was definitely inspired by that to start up this project.

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    2. Oh, I haven't seen that website yet. It's fantastic! I thought you were a kindred spirit when I saw your list of favorite books, and this kind of cements it. ;)

      You mentioned Redwall, so you should definitely visit this blog: http://theabbeyskitchen.blogspot.com/

      Some other good blogs: http://www.foodthroughthepages.com/
      http://yummy-books.com/
      http://paperandsalt.org/

      And book-wise, I would recommend The Book Club Cookbook and The Book Lover's Cookbook.


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    3. Wow, thanks so much! I checked out those websites and they're awesome. They'll definitely come in handy for my future projects :)

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  6. I have always been partial to the stew the trolls were making in The Hobbit. Not sure however, where you can find a sprinkle of squirrel dung. Ooh. That is beautifully balanced, that is!

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    1. Hehehe! I might skip over that recipe...

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  7. This is an awesome idea! I cook fairly well, but not enough to do a whole series on baking. That's a whole lot of baking, and I tend to fail the first time I try a new recipe. But the seed cake looks yummy! I should try to make it someday... (but if course my brothers and sisters might not eat something with seeds in it)

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    1. I'm not an amazing cook or anything myself...but I'm hoping this series will be good practice for me. Thanks for the comment, Hannah!

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  8. This is SO COOL. Love the idea, and your pictures are so springy!! Could you maybe do something Narnian? Turkish Delight, perhaps? ;) I dont know how hard that would be to make...

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  9. ohhhh btw (sorry for the double comment!) I've nominated you for the Liebster blog award! Details are on my blog if you're interested. :)

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  10. Oh my gosh, this is TOO adorable.

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