Hi all and welcome back to another edition of Nerdie Foodie! This week is all about the literary eats and sweets. We’re going to look at just a few selections of some of my favourite books ever! I mean, how can you not have food in stories?? Here we go!
Anne of Green Gables
Who does not love this spirited red-head from Prince Edward Island? A kindred spirit to (almost) everyone she meets (especially to one Diana Barry and one Gilbert Blythe). There was one particular moment in the first book of this series by L.M. Montgomery where she and Diana are having afternoon tea with Raspberry Cordial (or, at least it was supposed to be Raspberry Cordial….Anne may have not read the labels on the bottle before she brought it to the table) and let’s just say Diana may have just experienced her first ever hangover. Moral of the story: Read all labels before you serve your guests the wrong item. If you want to make your own Raspberry Cordial (with a maple sponge pudding bonus
recipe), check out this excellent tutorial by YouTuber Ian Chin (aka. The Baking Chin) below!
Green Eggs and Ham
When it comes to Dr. Seuss and food, how can one not automatically come to the conclusion of green eggs and ham? So it was a no-brainer to add this classic children’s book into my list of literary foods. Now green eggs are definitely not natural. If you want to just do them up quick, you can use food colouring (easy-peasy, plain and simple). However, if you want to keep the recipe food colouring free, check out Lisa Leake’s (from 100 Days of Real Food) green eggs and ham here!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Blueberry Bubble Bombes
Who loves chocolate? Raise your hand(s)! I am totally a chocoholic, and I am proud to be one! There were a lot of yummy creations. If I could, I would love to go for a visit at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory for a visit! Check out Jemma Wilson’s ( Cupcake Jemma of Crumbs and Doilies in London, England) Violet Beauregarde Blueberry Bubble Bombes (take that alliteration!) recipe here!
I cannot have an article about literature and not include the Harry Potter series. It would be blasphemy since the Hogwarts feasts in the Great Hall, the train’s food trolley, and Hogsmeade all have such delectable eats and treats! So it is only fitting that I present to you YouTuber Demi Siriusly’s attempt at Butterbeer. I think it turned out really well as she used Recipe #1 from Wizarding World Park’s compilation which you can find here. Check out her attempt below and the full recipe is in the description box!
And how can you drink Butterbeer without consuming some chocolate frogs? Check out Bryton Taylor’s (from Food in Literature) recipe for these edible frogs! And luckily for you, the frogs will not jump out of your hands and out into the world.
Seriously, how cool is this? I have an itch that needs to be scratched – the cooking and baking itch that is!
Till next time,