Monday, 14 July 2014

Fandom Food: Recipes of Literary Characters

When I feel frustrated, I bake. There are a number of things we all do to deal with stressful situations, trials and tribulations. Since I was a teenager, my default option has been to bake.

I don't know why, but I find some peace and soothing in the creaming of butter and sugar, the combination of flour and flavorings to create something edible that, in its own way, soothes you too.

This post was going to be a different topic entirely, but life happened - as it has a habit of doing - and with my head melted and my feelings fraught, it's become something else and the topic I had in mind will have to wait for my head to clear.

But before this state came to be, I had an idea while in work yesterday, inspired by this random article:

Ignoring the colossal amount of food in that one recipe, it struck me that there's a pull of interest where food and famous people meet. A little while ago, I came across a book that containing the favourite recipes of famous actors and a quick Google search with similar terms offers a smorgasbord of dishes. Perhaps it's a by-product of our fame obsessed age, but it's safe to say I'm not the only one who finds the marriage of famous people and cooking intriguing.

Thinking of my other passion - books, in case you missed the memo - I pondered over what my favourite literary characters' recipes might be. Yes, they're fictional people, unlike the celebs (although that is a sort of fiction in itself), but when you know and love a character, they become a living being in your mind. They have likes and dislikes, personalities and temperaments. So with a bit of imagination, I've come up with a collection of go-to recipes for some of my favourite fictional characters. Each one reflects a bit of their character.

I hope you enjoy. If anyone needs me, I'll be in the kitchen, covered in flour.

Mucho Love,

Vicky xoxo

Catherine Earnshaw's Rocky Road 

Like the rocks that Catherine compared her and Heathcliff's love to, this treat is multi-layered. 

450g milk chocolate, broken into pieces
200g dark chocolate digestives, broken into 1cm chunks
100g mini marshmallows
2 x 40g Crunchie bar, broken into even chunks

1. Line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper. Melt the chocolate in a bain-marie on a medium heat. 
2. Stir in the other ingredients then transfer to tin, spreading it out evenly. Refrigerate for two hours (minimum) before slicing/cutting into squares. 

Lady Macbeth's Boysenberry Pie

A dark and tart dish to match the lady's soul. Wringing of hands when stained with juice optional. 


Flour, for dusting
1 pre-made pie crust 
6 cups boysenberries
¾ cup sugar, plus 1 tbsp. for sprinkling
3 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. grated lemon zest
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tbsp. water

1. On a lightly floured surface, roll 1 disk of dough into a 12" round. Fit into a 9" pie plate. Trim edges, leaving 1" dough overhanging edge of plate; chill 30 minutes.

2. Heat oven to 400°. Combine 1 cup berries, ¾ cup sugar, cornstarch, cinnamon, zest, and salt in a bowl; mash and mix together. Stir in remaining berries; pour over dough. Roll remaining disk of dough into a 12" round and place over top of pie. Pinch top and bottom edges together and fold under; using the tines of a fork, press edges to seal. Brush with egg mixture; sprinkle with 1 tbsp. sugar. Cut several 1"-long slits in top of pie. Bake until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 1 hour. Let cool completely before serving.

Original recipe here 

Katiniss Everdeen's Roast Turkey 

Peeta would probably be the one doing the actual roasting, but Katniss hunted the turkey herself. 

2 turkey breasts
2 OXO chicken stock cubes
70g of butter 
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup of  chopped fresh thyme and marojam 
1 white onion, chopped into chunks 
4 slices of prosciutto

1. Rub butter over the breasts. Crumble the OXO cubs into the herbs and rub mixture over turkey. Season with salt and pepper. 
2. Wrap breasts  in prosciutto. Spread the onions over a deep dish oven tray before placing breasts on top. 
3. Cook in a pre-heated oven at 180-190 degrees for forty minutes, basting twice in that time. 

Lady Chatterley's Angels On Horseback   

Not seen much anymore, this classic recipe is the perfect entree for Lady Chatterley's romantic dalliances. 

4 shucked oysters
4 slices of thick rasher

1. Roll each oyster in a slice of rasher, securing with a cocktail stick. 
2. Grill on a high heat for 5-6 minutes on first side and 2 more when you flip them over. 
3. Serve with chilled champagne and flattering lighting. 

Elizabeth Bennett's Shortbread 

In a time when visits to another's house were much more formal, shortbread is the perfect food to bring when having tea in the drawing room. 

  • 150 grams plain flour
  • 100 grams margarine
50 grams caster sugaR

1. PREheat oven 160C, Gas mark 6.
2. ream together the butter and sugar in a bowl. Gradually mix in the flour. Using your hands knead the mix together into a smooth ball3. Roll out to about 1/2 cm thick. Cut out your shapes and place on baking tray.
Bake for 10-15min. Sprinkle with a little sugar while they cool.

Original recipe here 

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