September 18, 2018

Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal Raisin Cookies | Nightbooks

"She opened the door all the way, allowing Alex a view of a comfortable-looking couch and a coffee table piled with oatmeal-raisin cookies and pumpkin pie. Across from this cozy setup, a huge TV played the black-and-white images he longed to see: Barbara staggering toward the farmhouse, where she would be trapped for the rest of the movie, with zombies in hot pursuit. Alex took a step forward, entranced."

September 13, 2018

Dragon Berry Jelly Tarts | The Dragon Prince

         The Dragon Prince from Wonderstorm is one of the Fall Netflix premiers that I've been greatly anticipating and it's finally arrived (Sept. 14)!! One of the things that got me really excited for the show, aside from the fact that it's an awesome-looking animated fantasy, is that The Dragon Prince has a couple of the creative minds behind "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and promises action, character depth, engaging story, and humor (the voice actor of Sokka is even in it!). Wonderstorm is even working on a video game based in the same world (release TBA)!

"Uhh, jelly tart?"
–Crown Prince Ezran, "The Dragon Prince"

September 6, 2018

Blackberry Bread Pudding | The Tale of Peter Rabbit

"Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail, who were good little bunnies, went down the lane to gather blackberries..."

"...Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cotton-tail had bread and milk and blackberries for supper."

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

          Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit might be a relatively short story, but there are so many mentions of food (even rabbit pie, oh no!). the focus and action of the tale is Peter and his escapades in Mr. McGregor's garden (I made savory scones inspired by this), but I like how there is a bit of coming around with the story, the beginning showing mischievous Peter's three sisters being sensible and picking blackberries, and then at the end having them eat the blackberries, along with milk and bread, as a nice treat (while Peter was sent to bed with no dinner for getting into so much trouble!). I knew I wanted to make something simple that included those three ingredients, but what? Blackberry bread pudding, of course!

September 5, 2018

Red Velvet Cupcakes | The Lunar Chronicles

(This recipe was originally posted July 2015 for Fiction Kitchen Podcast Episode 17: Cinder.)
          These rich little cupcakes are inspired by the main character of Marissa Meyer's young adult, futuristic Cinderella retelling, Cinder, book one in The Lunar Chronicles series. There is a strong red theme throughout the book and series as a whole, so of course I went with red velvet (with chocolate pudding!). Cinder is a mechanic and a partial cyborg so I put special gear and nut (like “nuts & bolts”) sprinkles on top from The Geeky Hostess, but they are sadly no longer available! *In light of this, you could use silver and gold decorating sugar and/or a gear/cog/screw mold (like this one) for fondant or chocolate!

Hibiscus & Ginger Mocktail | The Lunar Chronicles

(This recipe was originally posted July 2015 for Fiction Kitchen Podcast Episode 17: Cinder.)
          I concocted this easy-to-make drink for Marissa Meyer's young adult, science fantasy, fairytale retelling series The Lunar Chronicles (particularly with the first book, Cinder, in mind). It'd be great for a bookclub, party, or simply to sip on your own (I actually like to drink it over the course of a few days because I prefer it when the soda's gone flat).
          The red hibiscus tea inclusion is for the various reds and crimsons described in the story, plus the red theme of The Lunar Chronicles covers (each cover has a red object in it). Hibiscus is a good source of vitamin C, so that's a nice plus (haha, "C" for Cinder). :) The addition of ginger (in this case ale soda) is for the future Chinese society in which Cinder takes place, ginger being a staple ingredient in Chinese cooking. A cool tidbit; Marissa said that she set Cinder in a future version of China to pay homage to the fact that some folklorists believe that the earliest version of the Cinderella tale came from China.

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