Nerdie Foodie: A Series of Unfortunate Events

Another week of summer has come and gone, Nerdie Foodies. But never fear, the weekend is just around the corner for some experimenting in the kitchen! Now if you’ve ever binged the Netflix series: A Series of Unfortunate Events, based on the book series by Daniel Handler (aka. Lemony Snicket), you understand that what you are about to see is really a series of unfortunate events for the Baudelaire children. But a common thread in this 13-book series, there food dishes and recipes that stand out. So, in preparation for Season 2, fortunately, we have found a few of the recipes from both the book series and television series!


Continue if you dare…

Book Series Recipes

The Bad Beginning: Pasta Puttanesca

The Bad Beginning is the first book of the series where we meet the Baudelaire children: Violet, Klaus and Sunny. The recently orphaned children had to make dinner for Count Olaf and his theatre troupe. So, the children decided to make pasta puttanesca. Check out the recipe below from Nerdy Nummies!


The Reptile Room: Uncle Monty’s Coconut Cake

In Book #2, the children are sent to live with their Uncle Monty, herpetologist Dr. Montgomery Montgomery. Here, the children find out that not only does Uncle Monty have a reptile collection, but also a love for coconut cake. Alison (from Alison’s Wonderland Recipes) shares with us her coconut cake recipe here which I think Uncle Monty would be proud of.

(Photo Credit: Alison’s Wonderland Recipes)

The Wide Window: Aunt Josephine’s Chilled Cucumber Soup

After the untimely demise of Uncle Monty (that means the early death of Uncle Monty), Mr. Poe sends the children to stay with their Aunt Josephine in Book #3. Unfortunately, Aunt Josephine is scared of pretty much everything, including turning on the stove. This is great for the summer months because it means that this chilled cucumber soup does not require the use of a stove! This recipe is also from Alison and you can see her interpretation here!

(Photo Credit: Alison’s Wonderland Recipes)

The Slippery Slope: Beatrice’s Black Bean and Mango Salad

This dish is a favourite of the elusive (meaning difficult to find) Beatrice. The recipe presented itself in Book #10: The Slippery Slope. This is the final recipe (so far) that Alison shares with us. You can find her interpretation of the recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Alison’s Wonderland Recipes)

Television Series

Chicken with a Side of Tragedy

For a brief while, the Baudelaire children were staying with Mr. Poe and his family while Mr. Poe was making arrangements to find the children a suitable caregiver. Lynley Jones (from Adventure Kitchen) has more on that here. During their brief stay, Mrs. Poe makes chicken for dinner which is said to be quite bland. Check out Lynley’s recipes for chicken and a side dish of green beans here and here! It actually looks quite delicious and not bland at all!

(Photo Credit: Adventure Kitchen)

(Photo Credit: Adventure Kitchen)

Cupcakes and Catastrophe

One food favourite of the children is raspberries. It is apparently well known and Count Olaf uses this knowledge to his advantage under false pretense as you can find out here, thanks to Lynley’s investigations. Thankfully, you can make your own Count Olaf-proof raspberry cupcakes that are actually made with raspberries thanks to Adventure Kitchen’s recipe here and the accompanying lemony-basil buttercream recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Adventure Kitchen)

Bonus Recipe: From the Files of Lemony Snicket

Lemony Blueberry Sweet Rolls

As a bonus recipe, this one is from the recipe files of Lemony Snicket himself. Jennifer Moorman (from The Dreaming Museum) finds out in his second novel series All the Wrong Questions, a good friend is someone who will look for you when you are missing and give you a freshly baked cinnamon roll. Yum! Check out Jennifer’s recipe here!


(Photo Credit: The Dreaming Museum)

Hopefully the outcomes from your kitchen fair much better than the lives of Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire.

‘Til next time,

Stay nerdalicious!

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