Monday, July 11, 2016

Redwall August!

Get ready for an awesome Redwall Feast!

Starting August 1st, 2016, share your Redwall food and drink creations using the hashtag #RedwallAugust! Foods and drinks can be items mentioned in the books or animated series directly, from The Redwall Cookbook, or simply inspired by the world of Redwall!

#RedwallAugust is open to everyone; seasoned fandom foodies and novices alike!

If you create a recipe post (this can be on a blog, tumblr, instagram–anywhere you can type up a recipe with a photo) share the link here on the #RedwallAugust Feast Link-Up! Sign up below to be notified when the link-up goes live on August 1st, or simply for a reminder about #RedwallAugust.

(Your email will be used only once for #redwallaugust. The email list will then be deleted)

Note: The recipe post must be of your own creation (meaning don't link-up to someone else's recipe), and if the food you made is from another source, like The Redwall Cookbook, make sure you give proper credit.

P.S. If you'd like to use the #RedwallAugust tag to share non-food related (GASP!) Redwall things like cosplay, figures, book collections, fond memories, etc. you are more than welcome to! The link-up that will appear here on August 1st will be for recipes only, but we'd love to see Redwall love of all kinds across all of the social medias!

#RedwallAugust came about from a conversation prompted by a Redwall-inspired recipe The Gluttanous Geek shared and a Redwall-themed picnic I was baking for around the same time. The Inn at the Crossroads joined in the conversation as well as Witchy Kitchen, and the idea for a fun Redwall food collaboration was taken to and embraced by the Fandom Foodies group on Facebook. Huzzah! #RedwallAugust was born and is open to all!

The Redwall series by Brian Jacques is a twenty-two novel, three storybook (including a story cookbook!), one graphic novel collection published between 1989 - 2011 chronicling the struggles and successes (and FOOD) of woodland creatures in a medieval setting. There is also a three season animated series that ran from 1999 - 2000.

For more information about the Redwall series, visit the links below:
Redwall Abbey: The Official Brian Jacques Website
The Redwall Wikia
Redwall on Wikipedia

**Please feel free to use these images to promote #RedwallAugust + a link to this info. post!**

Monday, June 20, 2016

Café Diary #6: Changes + Where to Find Me

          Hi, all! I hope this Summertime is treating you well. This update is in part to let you know that I'm discontinuing the every Monday recipe post schedule. I'll still be making fandom/fiction foods (my brain won't let me stop!), but at least for the time being there won't be set schedule.

          I started the once-a-week schedule officially a couple of years ago (though I was posting at least once a week since the blog started in 2013) to give myself more structure (a weekly goal) and to pace myself (from doing too much!). Combined with my other endeavors and responsibilities though, the weekly post schedule has become pretty stressful; it's so time and energy consuming–time and energy I can't afford to stretch so thin anymore (as Bilbo said, like "butter scraped over too much bread").

          For those who subscribe to my newsletter, you'll still receive an email when a new recipe is up on the blog, it just won't be weekly as it has been. Also, when the newsletter arrives, it won't necessarily be on a Monday, it'll be whatever day the recipe is posted.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Knedle (Plum Dumplings) | Houdini & Doyle

          I've really been enjoying the new FOX show "Houdini & Doyle", starring Michael Weston as Harry Houdini and Stephen Mangum as Arthur Conan Doyle. It's a historical fiction drama that follows the friendship of these two famous characters, the former a spiritual sceptic and the later a hoper and believer in the beyond, as they help solve crimes for Scotland Yard. "Houdini & Doyle" is a joint British, Canadian, and American production and it's only 10 episodes long for the first season–I hope it gets a season 2 order!

          Last Monday's episode, titled "The Monsters of the Nethermoor" (S1EP6), saw Houdini enjoying some homemade knedle (roughly pronounced "k-ned-luh"), a Central and Eastern European potato dumpling with a plum center, from an elderly Slavic woman named Marta (Martha). Having been born in Budapest, Hungary, it was a real treat for Harry.

Marta: Houdini? What kind of a name is that?

Houdini: A stage name. I was born Erich Weiss.

Marta: A Jew. You must try my knedle.

Houdini: You make knedle?

Doyle: What's "knedlay"?

Houdini: Knedle. [takes bite] Perfect.

–"The Monsters of the Nethermoor", S1EP6, "Houdini & Doyle"

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