I’ve been out of town so I wasn’t able to do a Disney meal. But check out the great appetizer I made for the 4th on our new website! – http://disneymeals.me/bacon-wrapped-jalapeno-poppers
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I’m so rumbly in my tumbly. Time to munch an early luncheon. Haha. I had forgotten how clever and witty Winnie the Pooh was. I was smiling the whole time and it really brightened my wife’s mood. Of course, when you think of Pooh bear, you automatically think of honey. I love honey. So this week was amazing for me.
Pooh loves his honey. Here’s some honey!
Pooh’s Hero Cake
At the end of the flood, Pooh erroneously gets made into a hero for eating honey out of a pot while he floated down the river. Graciously, Pooh let little Piglet join in later in the movie. Even though Piglet was the real hero. It amazes me how loving and unassuming all the characters are.
My wife wanted to try this soda cake recipe. Since we don’t really know what kind of cake Christopher Robin and friends are eating (other than it was pink with chocolate frosting), we decided to make it.
Pooh's Hero Cake
Piglet Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam
Along with the Hero Cake, there were some cookies with jam centers.
Piglet Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam
|1/2 teaspoon||almond extract|
|1/2 teaspoon||vanilla extract|
|1/2 cup||Jam for the centers|
- Cream butter and sugar
- Beat in extract
- Gradually blend in flour
- Cover and refrigerate for an hour
- Roll into one-inch balls and place one inch apart on un-greased cookie sheet
- With the end of a wooden spoon make a indention in the ball and fill with jam
- I have used Variety of jams and jellies Raspberry being the best! but Apricot is yummmie too, along with apple, blackberry, blueberry the possibilities are endless.
- Bake at 350 for 14 to 18 minute.
Rabbit’s Wheat Bread
Pooh invades Rabbit’s house to get something to eat. Rabbit offers Pooh some bread with condensed milk or honey. Pooh responds “Honey please, but no bread” Oh silly bear.
But we made some wheat bread like rabbit and tried eating it with honey AND condensed milk
Rabbit's Wheat Bread
|2 3/4 cups||Hot water|
|1/3 cup||olive oil|
|7 1/2 cups||wheat flour|
|2 tbs||dry active yeast|
- Place the first five ingredients in the bowl and mix.
- Add: 2 Cups 100% Whole Grain Wheat Flour. (to cool the water and end up with warm dough) Mix then add 2 Tbs of Dry Active Yeast. If your not sure about your yeast proof it in a little warm water first.
- Add: 4 Cups of 100% Whole Grain Wheat Flour.
- Mix until the consistency is some what even. Then continue to slowly add flour 1/2 Cup at a time until the dough quits sticking to the sides of the bowl. It should be tacky to the touch. The trick is to have enough consistency to stand up with the least amount of flour so the bread will be fluffy. It will most likely be 6 1/2 cups but in any case do not exceed 7 1/2 cups of wheat flour. You can trade one cup of wheat flour for one cup of all purpose white if you wish. Don’t over mix or the bread will be tough.
- When your dough is finished, leave it in the mixer, cover the bowl and let it rise for about 30-45 minutes. The dough will be larger but it doesn’t need to double.
- Grease two bread pans with Crisco. You can also flour the pans to reduce sticking.
- Mix the dough again just enough to knock it down at least close to the original size.
- Drop the dough on a floured surface so you can work the dough and shape it. Shape it with your hands to make a nice ball getting enough flour on it so it isn’t sticky. Divide the ball in half and do it again. Shape the loaves by turning the dough under it’s self over and over. When the dough is shaped the sides and ends will be sealed and all you will see is a nice oblong shaped loaf with smooth sides and top. Drop the loaves in your bread pans and let them rise until almost doubled. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 36 minutes. If you forgot to preheat 41 minutes. (gas oven).
- When done turn the bread out of the pan to a rack to cool. You can eat it right away (a great time for real butter) don’t wrap it until completely cooled. (Condensation will make it soggy) Put in tinfoil to store on the counter. If you put it in the refrigerator it will turn into a brick. Enjoy.
Pooh gets fat and gets stuck in Rabbit’s hole. Gopher is hired to get him out. In the middle of the night he appears with a mighty fine lunch. Summer squash, Summer salad, succotash, and honey.
Since summer squash and summer salad are pretty straightforward, and we already covered honey, we made some succotash. I had never really known what it was. It actually is a pretty tasty side.
|2 cups||fresh or frozen lima beans|
|2 teaspoons||white sugar|
- Melt 1/2 cup butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in lima beans and salt, and cook until tender, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan heat tomatoes, sugar and remaining 1/2 cup butter.
- Cook until tomatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
- Stir tomatoes into lima beans and add corn; cook 10 minutes more.
I love Winnie the Pooh. The show was so great and the food was tasty. I could probably just eat all the honey just like him. The cake had a nice twist. The bread was nice and moist and tasted great with honey and not as good with condensed milk, but still good. The cookies were nibbly numbly. The succotash was something I didn’t expect. It made for a great side. I might make it more often.
Honey – 15/10
Hero Cake – 8/10
Hero Cookies – 9/10
Wheat bread – 8/10
Succotash – 7.5/10
Robin Hood and Little John chilling in the kitchen, breakin’ eggs, stewin’ beef and eatin’ the day away. This is one of my wife’s favorite Disney movies. Mostly because she thinks Robin is a “fox”.
It is a really good, classic Disney movie with some good food to boot!
Little John Burnt Beef Stew
When Robin and Little John are chilling in the forest, they have a giant cauldron over a fire. It starts burning and bubbling over.
Incidentally, when I was making the stew, I forgot to turn down the heat and my stew started to burn. So I guess it’s super authentic to the movie.
Friar Tuck then makes an appearance and tastes it.
He finds it to be fairly spicy. So I searched for a suitable medieval stew I could make. I think I found one that’d be pretty close to what Robin and John were making
Little John Burnt Beef Stew
|3 lbs||Stewing Steak|
|oil for frying|
|1/2 tsp||ground cinnamon|
|1/4 tsp||ground mace (or chili powder)|
|1/8 tsp||ground cloves|
|4||black peppercorns (crushed)|
|1||large onion (finely chopped)|
|6||large sprigs of parsley (finely chopped)|
|4 cups||beef stock|
|2-3 pieces||stale whole wheat bread|
|3 tbs||cider vinegar|
|1 pinch||saffron (or 1/4 tsp turmeric as a sub.)|
- Toss the beef with the flour to coat.
- Cover the base of a large frying pan with a thin layer of oil and place over a medium high heat.
- Add the beef and fry, stirring occasionally, until browned.
- Add the spices, onion and parsley with a splash of the stock and fry, stirring frequently and scrapping up the crusty layer from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, for about 5 minutes until the onions have started to soften.
- Dump contents into large pot with its juices.
- Add the rest of the stock with a pinch of salt and bring to a gentle boil. Cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1hr 40 mins, until the beef is tender.
- Meanwhile, soak the bread in the vinegar with the saffron .
- After the beef is tender, stir into the stew and simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes until the bread has broken down and the stew is thick.
- Taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Serve with buscuits
Trigger’s Blackberry Pie
After the archery tournament, Robin gets chased around by Prince John’s guard. Trigger, the vulture takes cover in a pie stand selling blackberry pies.
Trigger's Blackberry Pie
|1/4 cup||red wine|
|1/2 cup||chopped dates|
|1 pinch||saffron (or leave out if not available)|
|1/8 tsp||ground mace (or chili pepper)|
|1/8 tsp||ground cloves|
|2||pre-baked pie shells|
- In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream, wine, saffron and other spices, and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat.
- In a separate container, beat egg yolks and honey together.
- While beating, add a bit of the hot milk mixture. Pour this back into the pot with the hot liquid while whisking furiously.
- Place the cut blackberries and dates in baked pie shells and spoon the cream mixture over fruit and into the shells.
- Bake at 375° F for 45 minutes, or until the filling has set.
Maid Marian’s Currant Pie
In the same scene, Maid Marian starts throwing pies to help Robin escape.
We wanted to find real currants, for the pie, but we couldn’t. However, Google told me that Blueberries are a close second. So we made a blueberry pie.
Maid Marian's Currant Pie
|2 1/4 cups||red currants (blueberries)|
|1||ready to bake pie crust|
|1||pie crust mix|
|1/2 tsp||lemon zest|
- Prepare the pie crust mix as directed, but add 1 egg yolk and the lemon zest
- In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.
- Gradually stir in sugar and cornstarch; beat for 5 minutes.
- Fold currants (blueberries) into mixture and pour into pie crust.
- Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.
Not-in-Nottingham Prison Gruel
Toward the end, the rooster narrator is in jail with the rest of the town. He sings Not In Nottingham. We then see the mama rabbit feeding her baby rabbits something from a bowl.
In general, gruel is a common food for prisons. I’ve always wanted to taste it. So I made it. It tastes like watery oatmeal.
They also showed biscuits. We cheated and made some from a Pillsbury roll. They were great with the stew.
Not-in-Nottingham Prison Gruel
Aside from the gruel, not a bad run. The blackberry pie was super sweet. The beef stew was good, and I think if it weren’t burnt, it would have been even better. And the currant (blueberry) pie was delicious
Stew – 7/10
Blackberry pie – 7.5/10
Currant (blueberry) pie – 9/10
Gruel – 4/10
Everybody wants to be a cat! Aristocats doesn’t feature much food, but the food it does show isn’t half bad. It’s set in Paris, so the food has a lot of French influence. There are a couple dishes that range from a simple dessert to a high-end meal. So check out the recipes from Aristocats.
Creme de la Creme ala Edgar
Edgar is almost up there in evilness with Cruella Deville. Though he is quite a bit more idiotic. To get rid of the cats, he concocts a creme for the cats with a mountain of sleeping pills in it. This is one of the few recipes where you actually see the whole making of it in the movie.
I tried to recreate this recipe as closely as I could from the film. Its a tasty way to get some shuteye. And of course, you can enjoy it with a cracker.
Creme de la Creme ala Edgar
Uncle Waldo’s Goose ala Provencale Stuffed with Chestnuts and Basted with White Wine
One of my favorite characters in the movie is Uncle Waldo, the goose sister’s drunk uncle. He takes the crew to a restaurant that has a sign in the front for Goose ala Provencale.
Ala Provencale means a dish prepared with a tomato/garlic/onion/olive sauce. Even though it didn’t show the meal, I decided to make it anyway. Sadly, I couldn’t find a goose, so I had to do it with duck. It still was really good.
Uncle Waldo's Goose Provencale Stuffed with Chestnuts and Basted with White Wine
|1||Red Bell pepper|
|1||Yellow Bell Pepper|
|1 tbs||olive oil|
|2||Garlic Cloves (minced)|
|1 cup||White Wine|
|1 small can||tomato paste|
|1 can||petite diced tomatoes|
|1 cup||chicken stock|
|3/4 cup||black olives (pitted)|
|1 cup||chestnuts (or hazelnuts as a sub.)|
|1 stick||butter (divided in half)|
|2||Slices of bread|
|salt and pepper to taste|
|2 tsp||crushed bay leaves|
- Preheat the oven to 450F
- Boil some water and dump it over defrosted goose to tighten up the skin
- Rub 4 tbs butter over the entire goose
- Stick in a baking dish
- Place bell peppers on a baking sheet and roast them in oven for ~15 mins
- Place onion in a pan and cook, stirring occasionally over a medium-high, for 5 minutes or until golden.
- Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until aromatic.
- Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes or until reduced by half.
- Add the bell peppers, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, bay leaves, stock and thyme.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- In a separate pot, melt 4 tbs butter.
- Add in chestnuts and 1/4 c. wine.
- Bring to boil and let simmer for 15 minutes, until the chestnuts start getting a little soft.
- Stir in the shredded bread and olives.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Place the chestnut mix inside the goose
- Pour sauce over goose
- Place the goose in the oven
- Cook for 1 hr 45min (or until goose is brown and meat thermometer reads 175F), flipping the goose over every 35 mins. You may baste the goose with white wine every 30 minutes as well.
- Keep covered for first 30 minutes and then only partially covered for the rest
Edgar’s French Onion Soup
The last food shown is when Duchess and the kittens return. Edgar is cooking a red-looking soup in the kitchen. I divined that it was French Onion soup (because they’re in France, so why not?)
Edgar's French Onion Soup
|2||medium onions, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced lengthwise|
|3 sprigs||fresh thyme|
|2||Turkish bay leaves or 1 California|
|1/2 stick||unsalted butter|
|2 tsp||all-purpose flour|
|3/4 cup||White Wine|
|4 cups||beef broth|
||diagonal slices of baguette|
|1 (1/2-lb)||piece Gruyère, Comte, or Emmental (I just used mozzarella)|
|2 tbs||grated Parmigiano-Reggiano|
- Cook onions, thyme, bay leaves, and salt in butter in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, uncovered, stirring frequently, until onions are very soft and deep golden brown, about 45 minutes.
- Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
- Stir in wine and cook, stirring, 2 minutes.
- Stir in broth, water, and pepper and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.
- While soup simmers, put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
- Arrange bread in 1 layer on a large baking sheet and toast, turning over once, until completely dry, about 15 minutes.
- Remove bread from oven and preheat broiler.
- Put crocks (I used pyrex glass bowl) in a shallow baking pan.
- Discard bay leaves and thyme from soup and divide soup among crocks, then float bread in each. Slice enough Gruyère (about 6 ounces total) with cheese plane to cover tops of crocks, allowing ends of cheese to hang over rims of crocks, then sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano.
- Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat until cheese is melted and bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes.
The Creme de la Creme ala Edgar was actually really good. Very calming. I actually drank it right before writing this article and now I’m pretty tired. I shouldn’t have put in the melatonin. Haha.
The Goose (duck) was good. Not AMAZING, but really good nonetheless. It was best when eaten with the chestnut stuffing.
The soup was a little salty (I think I might have used salted butter), but it was good as well, especially with the melted cheese bread on top.
Creme – 8/10
Goose – 7.5/10
Soup – 6.5/10
Baloo is one of the greatest Disney characters in my opinion. He’s just so chill. And boy, he knows how to eat. Almost all of the food mentioned in the movie comes from one song, Bare Necessities. There isn’t really a recipe, just lots of different fruits. So I did some fun things with them.
Bare Necessity Fruit Salad
I put all of the food mentioned and shown into one fruit salad.
They actually blended well. One thing I found out is that a Pawpaw is actually another word for papaya. One sad thing, I wasn’t able to find a prickly pear. I went to 5 different places and couldn’t find any. 😦 Instead I used an Asian Pear, because Jungle Book takes place in India, India is in Asia, same thing right?
Bare Necessity Fruit Salad
|2||prickly pears sliced (cactus pears)|
|1||coconut with water|
|1-2 tablespoon||lemon juice|
- Cut all fruit except coconut and put in a bowl
- Sprinkle with lemon juice.
- Crack the coconut, sprinkle coconut water over fruit.
- With a spoon, scrape some coconut shavings and place on top (to your liking).
- Chill 1-2 hrs before serving.
I had to use it all for something. I made some Filipino Adobo chicken the same night I was making the fruit salad, so I decided to make a sauce to go with the chicken. So I found a base for a sweet fruit bbq sauce and altered it to make Pawpaw BBQ sauce. Its a great blend of sweet and spicy!
|1 tablespoon||vegetable oil|
|1||sweet onion finely diced|
|1 1/2 teaspoons||crushed red pepper|
|1/2 teaspoon||chili powder|
|1/2 cup||lemon juice|
|1/2 cup||seasoned rice vinegar|
|5 cups||large, diced papayas|
|2 teaspoons||kosher salt|
- Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat, and add in the onion.
- Cook, until the onions are translucent, stirring continuously to ensure the pieces do not brown.
- Sprinkle the sugar, peppers, chili powder, and lemon juice over the onions, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Pour in the rum, water, and vinegar.
- Bring the ingredients to a boil.
- Add in the diced papaya, and adjust the seasonings with the salt, if desired.
- Bring the mixture to a boil again, reduce the heat to med-low and simmer covered for 45 minutes.
- Take the pan off the heat, and let the mixture cool slightly.
- Mash with potato masher for a courser sauce or transfer the mixture to a blender, and puree the sauce until smooth.
- Transfer the BBQ sauce to a bowl, and set aside until ready to serve.
You Eat Ants?
During Bare Necessities, Baloo talks about eating ants and tell Mowgli that he’ll love the way they tickle.
And yes, despite the disappointment from last week, this week I actually ate a bug. I ate a few ants that I found crawling on the sidewalk. I was going to try and get more, but birds kept on eating the ant food I laid out!
Here’s the proof.
The fruit salad was alright. I actually found out I don’t really love pawpaw. Its ok, but not great. Maybe the papaya I got wasn’t the best. I know the large one wasn’t super ripe, but the small one I got was ripe enough. I LOVED the bbq sauce though. It was DELICIOUS. And the ants, well in such low quantity, they didn’t have much of a taste, but they were slightly tart.
Fruit Salad – 6.5/10
BBQ sauce – 9.5/10
Ants – meh, alright/10
I think Sword in the Stone is one of the least plot driven movies in the Disney Universe. Arthur (Wart) basically has fun with Merlin until he randomly pulls out the sword and is king. End movie. It’s a fun movie though…although, it doesn’t have much food.
By Merlin’s Tea and Cookies!
The first food shown is when Arthur falls into Merlin’s place. He has some tea and cookies ready for him.
I wanted to make digestive cookies, because I really like those. However, I don’t think they existed in the 14th century. So I found a great recipe for shortbread cookies!
By Merlin's Tea and Cookies!
|2 1/4 cup||flour|
|1 teaspoon||almond flavoring|
- Cream butter & add sugar gradually.
- Mix in almond flavoring.
- Cream thoroughly.
- Add flour 1/4 cup at a time.
- Mix well.
- Divide dough into several portions.
- Flatten one portion at a time on lightly floured surface with hands.
- Roll out smooth with lightly floured rolling pin.
- Cut into desired shapes & place on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake at 325°F for 10-15 minutes until golden brown around edges.
Kay’s Turkey Leg
Keeping with the medieval times, Sir Kay is shown devouring a turkey leg.
I have made full turkeys before and didn’t want to make another, so I went to my supermarket and bought a pack of turkey legs. They were fun to cook and actually tasted better than the turkey legs you get at Disney parks (heresy, I know)
Kay's Turkey Leg
|1/2 cup||Chicken Stock|
|Salt/Pepper to taste|
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- Soften the butter
- Coat the legs in butter
- Coat the legs in spices
- Place drumsticks in baking dish with chicken stock
- Cook in oven for about an hour or until legs reach a temp of 180F
I JUST ATE A BUG!
I’m going to be a disappointment here. When Arthur is a fish, his fishy instincts gain hold of him and he eats a water strider perched on top of the moat.
I went out a few times to search bodies of water in hopes to catch a water strider and eat it, but I wasn’t able to find one (but I did get attacked by mosquitos). If I ever find one, I’ll cook it up and eat it.
Part of a meal shown in the movie was a full roasted pig.
They also show some ham and stuff, but of course, we’ve made that stuff before.
This was another kinda cop-out. I don’t have the resources to cook a full pig on a spit. However, there is a restaurant kinda near me in Chicago called Sun-Wah BBQ. They often have full roasted pigs hanging in the window.
So I went there and ordered some roast pig. It was delicious.
But if you so desire to roast a pig on a spit, you can find directions at this site.
Along with the roast pig, there is some kind of domed cake.
I wasn’t sure what it was, but after some research, I decided that Honey Cake was a popular medieval dish, so I made that. It didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted, but it was still tasty, albeit very sweet.
|1/2 tsp||Baking Powder|
|1||Extra Large Egg White|
- Preheat the oven to 350F (or 325 if using a glass bowl)
- Beat the eggs until extra frothy.
- Gradually add most of the honey to let mixture thicken.
- Fold in flour and pour mixture in a small cake tin. (I used a pyrex glass bowl to get the dome effect.)
- Cook for 45m-1hr. Use a toothpick to see if the middle has cooked
- Remove from heat
- Add honey frosting on top.
- Warm honey in a saucepan on low
- Combine the whites, salt and vanilla.
- Beat with a mixer on slow speed until the whites stiffen
- Pour the honey into the mixture
- Beat for 10 minutes on high until the mixture stiffens again
This week wasn’t the best overall week for food. The drumsticks were delicious and the shortbread cookies were tasty.
I thought the honey cake was too sweet and I didn’t get to eat the water strider (though that might have been a good thing.)
Shortbread Cookies – 9/10
Turkey Leg – 9/10
Water Strider – ?/10 – Sorry to disappoint 😦
Roast Pig – 9/10
Honey Cake – 7/10