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Aristocats – Creme de la Creme ala Edgar, Goose ala Provencale stuffed with Chestnuts and basted with white wine, French Onion soup

Quick links: Creme de la Creme | Goose | French Onion Soup | Verdict

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.

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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.

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Creme de la Creme ala Edgar

  • Servings: 3
  • Time: 15 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 cups milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
3 Tbs sugar
10mg Melatonin (optional)
  1. Mix all of the ingredients in a sauce pan.
  2. Over a medium-high heat, whisk the contents constantly until the milk starts to boil
  3. Remove from heat
  4. Let cool and enjoy.

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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.

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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

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 3 hr
  • Difficulty: Medium-hard
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Ingredients:
1 Red Bell pepper
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1 tbs olive oil
1 Whole Goose/Duck
2 Onions (wedged)
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
8 sprigs thyme
  1. Preheat the oven to 450F
  2. Boil some water and dump it over defrosted goose to tighten up the skin
  3. Rub 4 tbs butter over the entire goose
  4. Stick in a baking dish
  5. Place bell peppers on a baking sheet and roast them in oven for ~15 mins
  6. Place onion in a pan and cook, stirring occasionally over a medium-high, for 5 minutes or until golden.
  7. Add the garlic and cook for 2 minutes or until aromatic.
  8. Add the wine and cook for 2 minutes or until reduced by half.
  9. Add the bell peppers, tomato paste, diced tomatoes, bay leaves, stock and thyme.
  10. Season with salt and pepper.
  11. In a separate pot, melt 4 tbs butter.
  12. Add in chestnuts and 1/4 c. wine.
  13. Bring to boil and let simmer for 15 minutes, until the chestnuts start getting a little soft.
  14. Stir in the shredded bread and olives.
  15. Salt and pepper to taste.
  16. Place the chestnut mix inside the goose
  17. Pour sauce over goose
  18. Place the goose in the oven
  19. 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.
  20. Keep covered for first 30 minutes and then only partially covered for the rest

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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

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 1.5 hrs
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
2 medium onions, halved lengthwise, then thinly sliced lengthwise
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 Turkish bay leaves or 1 California
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 stick unsalted butter
2 tsp all-purpose flour
3/4 cup White Wine
4 cups beef broth
11/2 cups water
6
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1 (1/2-lb) piece Gruyère, Comte, or Emmental (I just used mozzarella)
2 tbs grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  1. 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.
  2. Add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute.
  3. Stir in wine and cook, stirring, 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in broth, water, and pepper and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.
  5. While soup simmers, put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
  6. Arrange bread in 1 layer on a large baking sheet and toast, turning over once, until completely dry, about 15 minutes.
  7. Remove bread from oven and preheat broiler.
  8. Put crocks (I used pyrex glass bowl) in a shallow baking pan.
  9. 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.
  10. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat until cheese is melted and bubbly, 1 to 2 minutes.

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Will it make you want to be a Cat?

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.

Verdict:

Creme – 8/10

Goose – 7.5/10

Soup – 6.5/10

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Jungle Book – Bare Necessity Fruit Salad, Pawpaw BBQ Sauce and ants

Quick links: Bare Necessity Fruit Salad | Pawpaw BBQ SauceAnts | Verdict

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.

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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

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 15 min (1-2 hr chill time)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 small papaya
2 large bananas
4 black plums
2 prickly pears sliced (cactus pears)
1 coconut with water
1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Cut all fruit except coconut and put in a bowl
  2. Sprinkle with lemon juice.
  3. Crack the coconut, sprinkle coconut water over fruit.
  4. With a spoon, scrape some coconut shavings and place on top (to your liking).
  5. Chill 1-2 hrs before serving.

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Pawpaw BawBawQuaw

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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!

Pawpaw BBQ

  • Servings: 5.5 cups
  • Time: 1 hr 15 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 sweet onion finely diced
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup rum
1 cup water
1/2 cup seasoned rice vinegar
5 cups large, diced papayas
2 teaspoons kosher salt
  1. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat, and add in the onion.
  2. Cook, until the onions are translucent, stirring continuously to ensure the pieces do not brown.
  3. Sprinkle the sugar, peppers, chili powder, and lemon juice over the onions, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  4. Pour in the rum, water, and vinegar.
  5. Bring the ingredients to a boil.
  6. Add in the diced papaya, and adjust the seasonings with the salt, if desired.
  7. Bring the mixture to a boil again, reduce the heat to med-low and simmer covered for 45 minutes.
  8. Take the pan off the heat, and let the mixture cool slightly.
  9. Mash with potato masher for a courser sauce or  transfer the mixture to a blender, and puree the sauce until smooth.
  10. Transfer the BBQ sauce to a bowl, and set aside until ready to serve.


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You Eat Ants?

During Bare Necessities, Baloo talks about eating ants and tell Mowgli that he’ll love the way they tickle.

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(Credit: Disney)

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.

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Will you Love the Way they Tickle?

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.

Verdict:

Fruit Salad – 6.5/10

BBQ sauce – 9.5/10

Ants – meh, alright/10

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Sword in the Stone – Shortbread Cookies, Turkey Leg, Water Strider, Roast Pig, Honey Cake

Quick links: Shortbread Cookies | Turkey Leg | Water Strider | Full Roast Pig | Honey Cake | Verdict

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.

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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!

  • Servings: 20-30
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup Butter
2 1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon almond flavoring
  1. Cream butter & add sugar gradually.
  2. Mix in almond flavoring.
  3. Cream thoroughly.
  4. Add flour 1/4 cup at a time.
  5. Mix well.
  6. Divide dough into several portions.
  7. Flatten one portion at a time on lightly floured surface with hands.
  8. Roll out smooth with lightly floured rolling pin.
  9. Cut into desired shapes & place on ungreased cookie sheets.
  10. Bake at 325°F for 10-15 minutes until golden brown around edges.

Source: http://www.food.com/recipe/shortbread-cookies-70641

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Kay’s Turkey Leg

Keeping with the medieval times, Sir Kay is shown devouring a turkey leg.

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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

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 Turkey Legs
4 Tablespoons Butter
1/2 teaspoon Basil
1/2 cup Chicken Stock
Salt/Pepper to taste
  1.  Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Soften the butter
  3. Coat the legs in butter
  4. Coat the legs in spices
  5. Place drumsticks in baking dish with chicken stock
  6. Cook in oven for about an hour or until legs reach a temp of 180F

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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.

Roast Pig

Part of a meal shown in the movie was a full roasted pig.

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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.

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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.

Honey Cake

Along with the roast pig, there is some kind of domed cake.

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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.

Honey Cake

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:

Cake

3 Eggs
3/4 cup Honey
1  cup Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt

Frosting

2/3 cup Honey
1 Extra Large Egg White
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

Cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350F (or 325 if using a glass bowl)
  2. Beat the eggs until extra frothy.
  3. Gradually add most of the honey to let mixture thicken.
  4. Fold in flour and pour mixture in a small cake tin. (I used a pyrex glass bowl to get the dome effect.)
  5. Cook for 45m-1hr. Use a toothpick to see if the middle has cooked
  6. Remove from heat
  7. Add honey frosting on top.

Frosting

  1. Warm honey in a saucepan on low
  2. Combine the whites, salt and vanilla.
  3. Beat with a mixer on slow speed until the whites stiffen
  4. Pour the honey into the mixture
  5. Beat for 10 minutes on high until the mixture stiffens again

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Will it make you King of England?

This week wasn’t the best overall week for food. The drumsticks were delicious and the shortbread cookies were tasty.

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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.)

Verdict:

Shortbread Cookies – 9/10

Turkey Leg – 9/10

Water Strider – ?/10 – Sorry to disappoint 😦

Roast Pig – 9/10

Honey Cake – 7/10

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Sleeping Beauty – Cake with no wands & Cake with wands, Strawberye, Bread Pudding, Gingersnaps, Hippocras (Spiced Wine), Brussel Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes, Almond Rolls with jelly, Pistachio-Almond Rice Pudding, Berry cake with Lemon Icing.

Quick links: Gingersnaps | Strawberye/a> | Bread Pudding | Hippocras | Brussel Sprouts | Almond Roll | Rice Pudding | Sweet Potatoes | Cherry Berry Cake | Cake with and without wands | Verdict

My last encounter with the Sleeping Beauty universe was Maleficent. While the movie itself was entertaining, I hated that it completely ruined one of the greatest villains of all time. She was basically the devil-herself. She reveled in evil. She didn’t secretly watch after Aurora, and develop a bond for her. Her motive was revenge and hate.
Now that I got that out of my system, food isn’t a huge part of this movie. The most notable food in sleeping beauty is the horrendous cake Fauna tried to make. However, you may remember the feast the kings stand by when they drink and sing their “Skumps” song. We skipped over the ham, fish and the turkey that was shown in that scene, for those recipes, see Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, Pinocchio, and Make Mine Music.

Merryweather Gingersnaps

The first food shown was soon after the first encounter with Maleficent (the actual evil one, not the Angelina Jolie look-alike). They are debating what to do with Aurora and Merryweather conjures tea and gingersnaps out of the air.

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These were easy to make and delicious. Our dog loved them too.

Merryweather Gingersnaps

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 30 min (+ chilling time)
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2¼ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 Extra Large Egg
1/3 cup dark molasses
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Make the dough. You can do this part up to three days in advance.

  1. SIFT the flour, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
  2. PLACE the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  3. SWITCH the mixer to low speed and gradually add the egg, molasses and vanilla extract. Increase the speed to medium and beat until smooth.
  4. SWITCH the mixer to low speed and add the dry ingredients in 3 additions, pulsing the mixer to incorporate each addition before adding the next one.
  5. TURN the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead a few times to incorporate any crumbs.
  6. DIVIDE the dough in half. Roll each half into a log about 1½ inches in diameter and 12 inches long. As you roll, gently push the ends toward the center to prevent air pockets and to keep the logs at an even thickness.
  7. WRAP the logs in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours or up to 3 days.

Bake the cookies.

  1. PREHEAT the oven to 400°F. Line the bottoms of two 12″ x 18″ sheet pans with parchment paper.
  2. REMOVE the logs from the refrigerator and unwrap them. Using a ruler and a sharp knife, cut each log into rounds ¼ inch thick. If the dough crumbles as you cut it, reshape each slice.
  3. PLACE the rounds on the prepared pans, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake on the middle shelves of the oven, rotating the pans 180° halfway through the baking time, until the cookies are set but soft enough to hold a slight indentation when pressed with a fingertip (about 7 to 10 minutes).
  4. LET cool completely on the pans on wire racks. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week. Yield: 50-60 2-inch cookies.

Source: http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/cookies/cookies2/ginger-snaps-recipe.asp

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The Medieval Feast for Kings

Now onto the feast for the kings. It is really hard to identify lots of the food on the table. If anyone can tell what a certain food is, let me know and I’ll remake it. We scoured over a bunch of medieval recipes to try to find foods that fit. Even if they aren’t the exact food, it was really fun making some authentic 14th century food.

Strawberye

The first food is a dish of purple stuff on the far left.

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I found a recipe for a food called Strawberye. It’s a fruity dish that’s kinda a mix between a jelly and pudding. I really enjoyed it.

Strawberye

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
2 cups strawberries
1 cup red wine
1 cup almond milk
tablespoons corn starch
1/4 cup Mixed berries
pinch saffron
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/8 teaspoons pepper
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Clean and quarter strawberries.
  2. Simmer them in red wine until soft.
  3. Force berries and wine through a strainer to remove seeds and pulp.
  4. Add almond milk, currants, and spices, and return to low boil.
  5. Add in corn starch and stir until thick.
  6. Remove from heat, garnish with pomegranate seeds if desired, and serve warm.

Source: http://medievalcookery.com/recipes/strawberye.html

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Bread Pudding

One of these white dishes could be bread pudding which was popular in the medieval times.

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I made a mistake and used rolls to make it. The extra crusts make the pudding too tough. It still tasted good.

Bread Pudding

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
4 slices thick bread
1 cup red wine
1/2 cups honey
1/4 cup raisins or other dried fruits
1/8 cup sugar
1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
Ground coriander and sugar (optional)
  1. Lightly toast the bread (the original recipe says to fry it – you can toast it any way you wish).
  2. Meanwhile, beat the egg white into the wine.
  3. Add raisins, honey, sugar, and spices and set to simmer on the stovetop.
  4. Simmer until the raisins plump and you can mush them with you whisk or spoon.
  5. Add the toasted bread (you may need to break it in half).
  6. Smash the bread into the syrup and let sit until the bread absorbs all the liquid.
  7. Serve in a dish and sprinkle with coriander/sugar.

Source (changed to my liking): http://www.greneboke.com/recipes/paynefoundewe.shtml

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Hippocras for the Bard

During the Kings’ talk, they call in a servant to bring them wine.

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I initially wasn’t going to bother with this, because I made the decision not to include alcohol in this blog, but I found a recipe for Hippocras or Spiced Wine, which was non-alcoholic. It had a very Christmas-y flavor to it.

Hippocras for the Bard

  • Servings: 10
  • Time: 45 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 quart Grape Juice
1 cup honey
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1 inch fresh ginger
1-2 stick cinnamon
1 medium rosemary sprig
1/2 whole nutmeg, chunk
  1. Combine all ingredients in a two quart saucepan.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Simmer mixture until it is reduced by half.
  4. Strain mixture through fine sieve or cheesecloth to remove spice pieces. (Alternately, you might put all the spices into a cheesecloth or muslin spice bag at the start.).
  5. Mix the resultant syrup with water, to taste.

Source (changed to my liking): http://www.food.com/recipe/hippocras-non-alcoholic-157091

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Surprisingly Good Brussel Sprouts

I’ve never been a fan of brussel sprouts, so when I saw a dish that was most-likely brussel sprouts on the table (toward the right side), I was half-tempted to lie and say it was something else.

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But I succumbed and found a recipe that made some surprisingly good brussel sprouts!

Surprisingly Good Brussel Sprouts

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1-1/2 pounds brussels sprouts, halved, stems and ragged outer leaves removed
3 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
teaspoons honey
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. In a large bowl, toss brussels sprouts with 2 tablespoons olive oil, kosher salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer the brussels sprouts to baking sheet and roast, stirring occasionally to ensure even browning, until tender and caramelized, about 20 minutes.
  4. Place brussels sprouts back in bowl. Add remaining tablespoon olive oil, balsamic vinegar and honey and toss to coat evenly. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary, then serve.

Source: http://www.onceuponachef.com/2009/11/roasted-brussels-sprouts.html

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Almond Rolls with jelly

This one was kind of a cheat. In the scene, there are a few bowls that have a rolled up pastry of some sort in them. (See the left hand side of the screen)

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I had a really hard time figuring out what they were. I did find a recipe for Almond Rolls that were popular in the middle ages. So I made those. I didn’t style them exactly to how it showed in the movie. So they might not be exactly what was shown. They were delicious none-the-less

Almond Rolls with jelly

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
3/4 cups granulated sugar
1/4 cups almond paste
1 1/2 cups 1-1/2 water divided
2/3 cups all-purpose flour (plus some for dusting)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoons salt
4 large eggs
1  teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar, divided
2/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. To prepare cake, combine granulated sugar and almond paste in a blender or food processor; process until well blended. Set aside.
  3. Coat a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with wax paper. Coat paper well with cooking spray. Dust with 2 teaspoons flour; set aside.
  4. Lightly spoon remaining 2/3 cup flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl, stirring with a whisk.
  5. Place eggs in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at high speed until pale and fluffy (about 4 minutes).
  6. Gradually add granulated sugar mixture and vanilla, beating at medium speed until smooth (about 3 minutes).
  7. Sift half of flour mixture over egg mixture; fold in. Repeat procedure with remaining flour mixture.
  8. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.
  9. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until cake springs back when touched lightly in center.
  10. Loosen cake from sides of pan, and turn out onto a dishtowel dusted with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar; carefully peel off wax paper.
  11. Sprinkle cake with 2 tablespoons powdered sugar; cool 1 minute. Starting at narrow end, roll up cake and towel together.
  12. Place, seam side down, on a wire rack; cool completely (about 30 minutes).
  13. Unroll cake carefully; remove towel. Spread jam over cake, leaving a 1/2-inch margin around the outside edges. Reroll cake; place, seam side down, on a platter.

Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/almond-jelly-roll-with-raspberry-filling

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Pistachio-Almond Rice Pudding

Another one of the white, greenish dishes.

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(Credit: Disney)

Rice pudding was popular in the middle ages too. However, their rice pudding was more of a sweet rice.

Pistachio-Almond Rice Pudding

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 1.5 hrs
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
1/2 cup rice
2 1/2 cups water
pinch saffron
1/8 cups sugar
1/4 cup rose water
2 1/2 tablespoons almonds, crushed
2 1/2 tablespoons pistachios, crushed
  1. Wash the rice several times and soak in water to cover for 30 minutes. Drain.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, stir in the rice and cook over low heat, partially covered, for 25 minutes.
  3. Stir in the sugar, saffron, rose water and almonds. For instructions on how to make rose water, see here.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Fold in pistachios.
  6. Serve cold.

Source (changed to my liking): http://www.godecookery.com/friends/frec63.htm

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Sweet Potatoes

Sitting by the turkey were some potatoes.

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(Credit: Disney)

Due to their shape, we deduced that they were sweet potatoes. So my wife made some amazing baked sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 70 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
4 Potatoes
Olive Oil to coat
salt to coat
  1.  Preheat the oven to 400F
  2. Stab the potatoes to let in air
  3. Dress the potatoes with olive oil and kosher salt
  4. Bake for 1 hr
  5. Serve with butter

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Purple-ish Berry Cake

This was another recipe that I wasn’t quite sure on. There were little purple cakes that had cherries on top.

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(Credit: Disney)

My wife found a recipe for a cherry cake that worked out well. I added some berries in it to give it a purplish color. I should have colored the icing on top too, but I failed to do so, sorry.

Purple-ish Berry Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 1.5 hrs
  • Difficulty: Easy-medium
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Ingredients:

Cake

10 oz Maraschino cherries
1 cup self-raising flour
1 1/2 cups 1-1/2 water divided
3.5 tablespoons softened butter, plus extra for greasing
3/4 cups caster sugar
1 lemon, finely grated zest only
2 oz ground almonds
1/2 cup mixed berries
3 Large Eggs

Icing

1 cup Powdered Sugar
1 Lemon, juice only
5 maraschino cherries, halved
  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease a 23cm/9in bundt tin or savarin mould with butter.
  2. Cut the cherries into quarters. Set aside five of the cherries (halved) for the decoration later.
  3. Measure all the remaining ingredients into a large bowl and beat well for two minutes to mix thoroughly.
  4. Lightly fold in the cherries.
  5. Turn into the prepared tin.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until well risen, and a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out and cool on a wire rack.
  8. For the icing, mix the icing sugar together with the lemon juice to a thick paste.
  9. Drizzle over the cooled cake using the back of a spoon, place the reserved cherries.

Source (changed to my liking): http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/marys_cherry_cake_17869

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Fauna’s Magical and Non-Magical cakes

Finally, this is the main edible attraction to the movie. On Aurora’s birthday, the fairies want to throw her a surprise party. They try (unsuccessfully) to prepare it without magic. Probably the most humorous attempt is Fauna’s cake. It looks ridiculous and starts to fall over.

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(Credit: Disney)

She even gives a partial recipe as she makes it. After the fairies fail miserably, Merryweather decides to go get their wands. Fauna then makes a great cake.

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(Credit: Disney)

The recipe she gives is slightly different when she directs the ingredients to make the cake themselves. I kind of combined both recipes shown and made 2 mini-cakes out of it. One was a leaning cake tower which actually burnt in the oven, so it was as failed as Fauna’s first attempt and the other was a nice-looking 3-tiered cake.

Recipe 1

  • Servings: X
  • Time: X min
  • Difficulty: XXXX
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Ingredients:
3 cups Flour
1 cup milk
3 eggs
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 package yeast
1 teaspoons salt
1 cup sugar (plus 1 tsp for the yeast)
4 tablespoons butter
frosting
  1. Stir the yeast and 1 teaspoon of the sugar into 1/4 cup warm water in a small bowl and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the flour, remaining sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the yeast, milk, nutmeg and eggs and beat until smooth.
  4. Add the butter and beat vigorously until the batter is silky.
  5. Scrape down the sides, then cover and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 45 minutes
  6. Lightly butter a 9-inch tart pan or cake pan.
  7. Stir down the dough, turn it onto a lightly floured counter and gently shape it into a disk.
  8. Set it in the pan and flatten it with your hands.
  9. Rub the softened butter all over the top, then cover with the sugar, using all of it. Let rise for 30 minutes. during the last 15 minutes, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  10. Bake the cake in the center of the oven until well risen and the sugar has begun to melt and brown, about 20-25 minutes.
  11. The surface should be covered with cracks.
  12. When done, let it cool
  13. Frost when completely cool

Source (directions only, ingredients taken from movie): http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/yeasted-sugar-cake-14995

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Will it Give Your Worst Enemy a Touching Backstory?

I was very happy with all the meals made. My favorite were the Gingersnaps and the Almond Roll. But you can’t go wrong with any of the meals. I’d eat any one of them rather than watch Maleficent any day!

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Verdict:

Gingersnaps – 10/10

Strawberye- 8/10

Bread Pudding – 8/10

Brussel Sprouts – 8/10

Almond Roll- 10/10

Cherry Berry Cake – 10/10

Sweet Potatoes – 8/10

Almond-Pistachio Rice Pudding – 7/10

Hippocras – 8/10

Cake – 9/10,  Burnt Cake – 6/10

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Lady and the Tramp – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Breadsticks, Donuts and Coffee, Rib-eye and Mushy Peas, and Wedding Cake

Quick links: Wedding Cake | DonutsRibeye and Mushy Peas | Spaghetti and Meatballs | Breadsticks | Verdict

Probably one of the most famous Disney food scenes out of all of the animated movies. The spaghetti kiss. We tried recreating the famous scene, but our dog wasn’t as willing as Lady. All-in-all, Lady and the Tramp had a good haul of food. And our greyhound loved the food too.

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Passed-up Wedding Cake (with fondant)

Toward the start of the movie, Tramp was looking for a good place to eat, before settling on Tony’s. One of the options is a cake shop.

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(Credit: Disney)

We have made lots of cake throughout this blog, but never a wedding cake. So we made a delicious wedding cake, with fondant and everything

Wedding Cake and Fondant

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 50 min (overnight fondant setup)
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard
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Ingredients:

Cake

1 package (18 ounce) betty crocker white cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3 whole eggs (even for white cakes)
1 cup water
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon almond emulsion (stronger than flavoring) (or 2 teaspoons almond extract)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Fondant

1 package (16 ounces) white mini marshmallows (use a good quality brand)
2 5 tablespoons water
2 pounds (about 8 cups) sifted confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

Cake

  1. In a bowl, mix 1st 3 ingredients. (see notes below) Set aside.
  2. Place remaining ingredients in mixer bowl then add the dry.
  3. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds, until dry ingredients are incorporated; mix at medium 2 minutes.
  4. This makes 1 & 1/2 times the usual batter than a ‘straight’ cake mix. It will fill one of the following pans: 8″ sq; 12″ round; 9x13x2; OR one 10″ and 6″ round.
  5. Pour into pan(s) and bake as you usually do. I prefere to bake at 300 degrees F. for 20 minutes, then turn oven up to 325 degrees F. for an equal time OR until you can smell cake If it has pulled away from the edges of the pan it is *over done*. You should have a flat cake that won’t (usually) need leveling & is not sticky on the top when it cools.

Special NOTES:.

  1. There is NO oil, butter or margarine in this recipe.
  2. Use large eggs.
  3. If almond extract (not emulsion) is used, add 2 teaspoons or to taste.
  4. Can use ANY cake flavor.
  5. Flavorings can change depending on cake flavor you use. Try a combination of 1 part vanilla, 1/2 part butter flavoring and 1/4 part almond.
  6. It is important to mix the dry ingredients well especially if using a chocolate mix or you will have white spots in the finished cake. I use a wire whisk.

Fondant

  1. To make marshmallow fondant, place marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds on high; stir until mixed well. Continue microwaving 30 seconds more; stir again. Continue until melted (about 2 1/2 minutes).
  2. Place 3/4 of the confectioners’ sugar on top of the melted marshmallow mixture. Fold sugar into marshmallow mixture. Flavoring can be added at this point if desired. Place solid vegetable shortening in easily accessed bowl so you can reach into it with fingers as you are working. Grease hands and counter GENEROUSLY; turn marshmallow mixture onto counter. Start kneading like you would dough. Continue kneading, adding additional confectioners’ sugar and re-greasing hands and counter so the fondant doesn’t stick. If the marshmallow fondant is tearing easily, it is too dry; add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time) kneading until fondant forms a firm, smooth elastic ball that will stretch without tearing, about 8 minutes.
  3. It’s best to allow Marshmallow Fondant to sit, double-wrapped, overnight. Prepare the fondant for storing by coating with a thin layer of solid vegetable shortening, wrap in plastic wrap and then place in resealable bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible. Marshmallow Fondant will keep well in refrigerator for several weeks.
  4. When not working with fondant, make sure to keep it covered with plastic wrap or in a bag to prevent it from drying out. When ready to use, knead fondant until smooth. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick.
  5. To color fondant: If you need to tint the entire batch of fondant, add a little icing color to the melted marshmallow mixture before adding confectioners’ sugar. For smaller amounts of tinted fondant, add icing color to portions of fondant as needed.

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Donuts and Coffee for your pooch

Disclaimer: DO NOT feed your dog donuts and coffee. Caffeine is toxic to dogs. But that didn’t stop Jim Dear. While having his morning coffee and donut, he decided to give Miss Lady some.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Even though it’s a bad breakfast for dogs, it’s a perfectly good breakfast for humans. We found a great donut recipe that fits the time period of the movie well.

Early 1900's Donuts

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup sweet (aka whole) milk
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
lard or oil, for frying
extra flour
  1. One egg, one cup of sugar, two tablespoons of butter, beaten together till creamy.
  2. Add one cup of sweet milk, a pinch of salt, two teaspoons of baking powder stirred into two cups of flour*.
  3. Add one-half teaspoon of ginger and one-fourth teaspoon of nutmeg to the flour.
  4. Beat well, roll out about one-fourth of an inch thick.
  5. Cut out all the cakes before beginning to fry.
  6. Cook in deep fat that will fry a small walnut-sized ball of the dough in about sixty-five seconds.
  7. Do not let the fat get above that degree of heat.

*NOTE: I don’t know if I messed up the recipe or what, but I had to add about double the flour asked for. The dough was too sticky to shape so I just added more flour until I could shape the donuts to fry, which I used 2 different sized lids to make the circle shape and the circle hole.

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Lady’s Rib-eye Steak and Mushy Peas

:Poor Lady didn’t get a chance to eat the juicy steak she envisioned.

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(Credit: Disney)

and instead got a face-full of mushy peas

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(Credit: Disney)

Even though Lady wasn’t a fan of the peas, our greyhound loved them.

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For the Rib-eye steak. I salted the meat beforehand, and then threw it on the grill until I got a medium-rare cook.  The mushy peas recipe is as follows.

Mushy Peas

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 (10-ounce) package frozen green peas
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Bring a shallow pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add frozen peas, and cook for 3 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Drain peas, and transfer to a blender or large food processor.
  4. Add cream, butter, salt and pepper to peas, and process until blended, but still thick with small pieces of peas.
  5. Adjust seasonings to taste, and serve immediately.

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Tony’s Famous Kissing Spaghetti and Meatballs

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the famous spaghetti and meatballs. Its such a beautiful scene on a bella notte.

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(Credit: Disney)

We tried to recreate the scene with our dog, but Roxie wasn’t so sure about sitting at the table. We did manage to get a semi-decent picture.

Tony's Famous Spaghetti and Meatballs

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 1.5 hrs
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes undrained
1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
1 1/2 cups 1-1/2 water divided
3 tablespoons grated onions
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons 1-1/2 dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 1/4 teaspoons 1-1/4 salt divided
1 teaspoon minced garlic divided
3/4 teaspoon pepper divided
6 slices day-old bread torn into pieces
2 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 pound ground beef
hot cooked spaghetti
additional parmesan cheese optional
  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, onion, sugar, oregano, bay leaf and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, garlic and pepper. (NOTE: I’d also add some crushed red peppers)
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/4 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, soak bread in remaining water. Squeeze out excess moisture.
  5. NOTE: I’d skip on the soaked bread and add 2 cups of bread crumbs and 1/4 cup milk
  6. In a large bowl, combine the bread, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and remaining salt, garlic and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  7. Shape into thirty-six 1-1/2-in. meatballs.
  8. Place meatballs on a rack in a shallow baking pan.
  9. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes or until no longer pink; drain.
  10. Transfer to spaghetti sauce.
  11. Simmer, uncovered, until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  12. Discard bay leaf.
  13. Serve with spaghetti with additional Parmesan if desired.

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Tony’s Breadsticks

Accompanying the spaghetti is a bowl of breadsticks. Mary had made this recipe before, so we decided it would be good. However, when I made it, the bread turned out too sweet. I’m not sure why. So just a forewarning while making it, maybe add a little less sugar.

Tony's Bread Sticks

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 50 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1.5 cups Water
1 pkg. Yeast
1.5 Tbs Sugar
3 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
  1. Mix ingredients
  2. Knead for 3 mins.
  3. Let raise for 10 mins
  4. Roll out on parchment paper to the size of a cookie sheet.
  5. Cut into 1.5 in strips
  6. Spread with butter
  7. add garlic, salt and Parmesan cheese on top
  8. Let rest for 10 mins
  9. Bake at 350F for 20 mins

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Will you call it a bella pasto (beautiful meal)?

Overall the recipes were good. I was a little tired and out of it when making the spaghetti and meatballs. I would have made the meatballs a bit spicier if I were on my game, and probably used bread crumbs as opposed to soggy bread. But they still turned out pretty good.

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The donuts and hot chocolate were a great pairing. Part of a balanced breakfast.

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And the cake was amazing. We got lots of compliments on that. I highly recommend it.

Verdict:

Wedding Cake – 10/10

Donuts – 8/10, Donuts dipped in hot chocolate 9/10

Rib-eye Steak – 9/10

Mushy Peas – 7/10

Spaghetti and Meatballs – 7/10

Breadsticks – 6/10

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Peter Pan – Pineapple Rum Codfish and Potatoes

Quick links: Pineapple-Rum Codfish | Verdict

I’ve had lots of people tell me that they can’t wait for me to do Peter Pan because all that food the lost boys eat looks amazing. What they don’t realize is, that’s Hook with Robin Williams. Peter Pan actually didn’t have any food in it whatsoever, besides some rum and a bowl of fruit.
However, I didn’t want to leave everyone hanging. So here’s a recipe inspired by Peter Pan brought to you by me and a robot. (What?! A robot? Read on and find out)

Hook-is-a-Codfish Codfish

Since Peter calls Hook a codfish, and the croc ALMOST eats Hook,

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(Credit: Disney)

I decided to make some Hook-inspired piratey codfish.  I used a cool webapp called Chef Watson. It uses IBM’s super computer Watson to pair up common ingredients and generate a recipe based off of other recipes. You can actually find a bunch of awesome inspiration on there.

I knew I wanted to use codfish and rum. I also wanted it to have a Caribbean flair. I was able to generate a recipe based on those perimeters. However, I did do some tweaks I added some pineapple to give it a little  So without further ado, Here is Hook is a Codfish Codfish.

Hook-is-a-Codfish-Codfish

  • Servings: 2-3
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
1.5 lbs Filleted Codfish
1/2 cup Rum
1/2 teaspoon Anchovy Paste
1/2 tsp Red wine vinagre
1/3 cup Coconut water
1/3 cups Peanut or Canola oil
6 Red Potatoes
2 Minced Shallots
1 Chopped Vine-ripe Tomato
1/3 cup Water
1/4 cup creme fraiche
1/4 cup whole milk
3 tbs coconut oil
1/4 c crushed or pureed pineapple
Sea salt, pepper, cumin, basil to taste

 

  1. Bring rum, shallots, coconut water and vinegar to boil in heavy small saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat and cover.
  4. Let stand at room temperature.
  5. Preheat oven to 400 fahrenheit.
  6. Place each russet potato on separate sheet of foil, rub in oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and wrap tightly.
  7. Bake about 1 hour.
  8. Remove foil; cool to just warm, about 20 minutes.
  9. Cut lengthwise in half.
  10. Scoop flesh into medium microwave-safe bowl, leaving 1/4-inch-thick potato shell.
  11. Add the canola/peanut oil and milk to russet potato in bowl; mash well.
  12. Stir in creme fraiche.
  13. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  14. Loosely cover shells and filling separately and let stand at room temperature.
  15. Rewarm russet potato shells, then filling.
  16. Stir anchovy paste into filling; season with sea salt and pepper.
  17. Mound filling in shells.
  18. Sprinkle basil.
  19. Place tomatoes on top.
  20. Place 212 fl oz water and cod fillets in heavy large skillet; sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  21. Cover; steam over medium-high heat.
  22. Meanwhile, rewarm rum-shallot reduction over medium-low heat.
  23. Add coconut oil and pineapple, alternating 1 tablespoon at a time, whisking continue whisking until beurre rouge is thick (do not overheat or sauce may separate).
  24. Season with salt and pepper.
  25. Spoon sauce onto 4 plates.
  26. Place russet potato on the remaining side.
  27. Arrange the cod strips atop sauce on each plate; sprinkle with cumin and basil.

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Will it Make you Fly off to Neverland?

Watson, by George we’ve done it. (Ok, wrong movie). But this recipe turned out great.

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The potatoes were a great paring to the pineapple rum codfish. I was thinking it would be a good addition to add a tangy piña colada-type sauce on top of the cod. So if someone makes this and comes up with such sauce, let me know.

Verdict:
Codfish – 8/10
Potatoes – 8/10

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The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad – Tea & Crumpets, Turkey, Roast Quail, Raspberry Pie, Donuts, Ham, Red Velvet Cake, Cherry Cupcakes, Rolls, Corn on the Cob, Biscuits, Summer Pudding, German Chocolate Cupcakes, Roast Beef Sandwich, Pecan Shortbread, Hardboiled Egg, Mashed Potatoes

Quick links: Tea & Crumpets | Roast Turkey | Roast Quail | Raspberry Pie | Donuts | Baked Ham | Red Velvet Cake | Cherry Cupcakes | Sweet Rolls | Corn on the Cob | Biscuits | Summer Pudding | German Chocolate Cupcakes | Roast Beef Sandwich | Pecan Shortbread | Hardboiled Egg | Mashed Potatoes | Verdict

The main mystery of Ichabod Crane is not how the headless horseman came to be, but how he can stay so skinny. He must have the metabolism of a hummingbird (which eat 1.5x-3x their weight each day). He is eating in almost every scene of that movie, which caused a lot of cooking for us. To help decrease the amount of work and cost, anything shown in Ichabod Crane that had been shown in another Disney movie that we’ve done, or is a common food, we skipped. Sorry for skimping a little on this one, but it was a big ask.
Mr. Toad on the other hand only had the appetite for speed. There was hardly any food shown in that movie.
Even though both of these stories have fallen into the shadows of the Disney universe, they’re very enjoyable. I’m just mad that Disney World doesn’t have Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride anymore. Can’t they have both Winnie the Pooh and Mr. Toad?

Tea & Crumpets with a Rat

The only food shown in this wild ride is the classic tea and crumpets. I had never actually had crumpets before, but that is my go-to word when I’m trying to talk in a British accent (and failing). They actually taste like English Muffins. I think I made mine a little thick and didn’t cook them for long enough, so it was a little soft in the center. But it was still tasty.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Tea & Crumpets with a Rat

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 90 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
450 grams strong plain flour sifted (1lb)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons fast-rising active dry yeast (1x7g sachet)
300 milliliters warm milk (1/2 pint)
300 milliliters warm water (1/2 pint)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
vegetable oil
  1.  Note – you will need 4 crumpet rings, or egg rings or 7.5cm (3in) plain pastry cutters, greased. I didn’t have any, so I folded a sheet of aluminum foil a few times and then made a ring.
  2. Place the flour and salt into a large bowl and stir in the sugar and yeast making a well in the centre.
  3. Pour in the warm milk and water and mix to give quite a thick batter.
  4. Beat well until completely combined and cover with a tea towel or cling film.
  5. Leave in a warm place to rise for about an hour until it’s a light, spongy texture.
  6. Stir well to knock out any air, add the bicarbonate of soda and pour into a large jug – mix well and allow to stand for a further 30 minutes.
  7. Heat a non-stick frying pan, or a greased griddle, over a very low heat with a drop of oil or butter.
  8. Wipe the pan with kitchen paper to remove excess oil/butter.
  9. Sit the greased crumpet rings in the pan and leave to heat up for a couple of minutes.
  10. Pour in enough mixture to fill the rings just over halfway up the sides. Leave to cook until lots of small holes appear on the surface and the batter has just dried out. This will take about 8-10 minutes.
  11. Remove the rings and turn over the crumpets to cook for a further minute or two on the other side. Sit the first batch of crumpets on a wire rack whilst continuing to cook the remaining crumpets.
  12. Serve the crumpets warm, generously buttered. If you are making crumpets in advance, then reheat them by toasting lightly on both sides before serving. (Prep time includes rising time for the yeast dough.).

Source: food.com

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Ichabod’s Turkey Addiction

I am amazed at how skinny Ichabod stays, judging by how much he eats. Towards the end of the movie, I began to wonder if he had a stomach parasite.

Ichabod’s main addiction is turkey (and other poultry. This is somewhat cannibalistic, because of his own bird-like qualities.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

We have made chicken in a couple of other movies like Pinocchio and Make Mine Music, so we just cooked a turkey. Luckily it was around Easter, so we got a good deal on a 22lbs turkey from our local grocery store! In the picture, it looks like there are chestnuts around the turkey. Chestnuts make a good turkey stuffing. Unfortunately, chestnuts weren’t in season and I couldn’t find a store that sold them. Luckily, Google said that pecans were a good chestnut substitute.

Ichabod's Turkey Addiction

  • Servings: 8+
  • Time: 5hr +
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:

Bird

1 Turkey
1.5lbs butter
2 tsp salt
Basil, rosemary, and parsley to taste

Stuffing

2 cups Chestnuts
1.5 cups Margarine
0.5 cup chopped onion
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
 1 tsp basil
2 loaves day-old bread (cubed)
3 eggs
1/4 cup milk

Bird

  1. Remove neck and gibbets and do any other turkey prep needed.
  2. Rub salt all over turkey.
  3. Melt butter and rub all over turkey.
  4. Rub additional spices on turkey.
  5. Stuff with stuffing.
  6. Place onions and extra stuffing around turkey.
  7. Bake for about 13 minutes per pound, basting with extra butter every hour or so.

Stuffing

  1. With a sharp knife, cut slits in the surface of the chestnuts. Place chestnuts in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover, and bring to a boil. Cook 25 minutes, or until tender. Drain, peel, and chop.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Melt margarine in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in chestnuts, onion, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning, and cook until onions are tender, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a medium baking dish, and mix with the cubed bread.
  4. In a small bowl, beat together eggs and milk, and drizzle over the cubed bread mixture.
  5. Bake 30 to 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until surface is crisp and lightly browned.

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Invisible Roast Quail

Going along with Ichabod’s poultry love, he eats what looks like a small chicken. I know that in Ichabod Crane’s time period, people ate quail and squab (pigeon). I looked all around for quail or pigeon, but couldn’t find any. I didn’t want to go out into the streets and catch a city pigeon either, because that would be disgusting. So sadly, there will be no quail/squab recipe to try.

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One of the Many Pies (Raspberry)

There are TONS of pies shown in this movie. A lady carries pies on her head,

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school chidren bring pies to school,

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and there’s even a pie at her picnic.

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They never really show what kind of pies there are, except for the close-up of the school-child’s pie, which looks like some kind of berry pie, so I decided to make a raspberry pie. If you want recipes for other pies, see Snow White, Pinocchio, and Melody Time.

One of the Many Pies (Raspberry)

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  • Time: X min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients (Filling):
1 1/3 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
5 cups fresh or frozen unsweetened raspberries thawed
1/4 cup water

This recipe uses prepared pie dough. For a pie dough recipe, see Melody Time.

  1. Place the water and the sugar in a pot, stir vigorously until the sugar dissolves, then bring to a boil.
  2. Add the raspberries and let simmer for 5-10 minutes
  3. Add cornstarch and stir until sauce thickens.
  4. Add the berry mixture to the prepared pie crust and bake on 350F for 35-45 minutes or until the crust is a golden brown.

The finished.

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Do-Ray-Mi Donuts

Ichabod woo’s ladies with his deep bass singing voice. The secret is probably the donuts next to his piano. We made some home-made puff pastry donuts. They were delicious but oh so fattening. Perfect for deepening your voice.

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Do-Ray-Mi Donuts

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
vegetable oil for frying
2 cups powdered sugar
4 tablespoons milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. On a lightly floured surface, roll out puff pastry.
  2. Cut circles out of puff pastry using two different sized circle cookie cutters, a larger circle for the outside and a smaller circle for the center.
  3. Fill a large pot with an inch of vegetable oil and heat over medium-high heat.
  4. Cook donuts in hot vegetable oil, flipping when one side is golden.
  5. In a mixing bowl, whisk together sugar, milk and vanilla to make glaze.
  6. Warm the glaze in the microwave, or else it will flatten the donuts
  7. While the donuts are still hot, dip them in the glaze. Alternatively, use a spoon to drizzle the donuts with glaze.

Source: sixsistersstuff.com

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Ichabod’s Such a Ham

If turkey is Ichabod’s first weakness, ham would be his second. There is a lot of ham in this movie as well. Maybe ham is just easy to illustrate.

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Again, watching this around Easter had it’s advantage. I got a cheap ham and it was amazing.

Ichabod's Such a Ham

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 2hr 25 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 (12-pound) shankless skinless smoked cured ham
whole cloves for studding ham
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup prepared mustard
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
variation: glazed ham steak with brown sugar mustard glaze
1 to 2 inch ham steak
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup prepared mustard
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Score top of ham into diamonds and stud center of each diamond with a clove.
  3. Place ham on a rack in a roasting pan and bake for 1 1/2 hours. In a bowl combine the sugar, mustard and vinegar and spread glaze evenly over ham.
  4. Bake for another 35 minutes
  5. Transfer ham to a platter and let stand 15 minutes before carving.

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees

    Combine cloves, sugar and mustard and brush over Ham Steak. Bake in baking dish in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes until heated through.

Recipe courtesy of Georgia Downard

Source: foodnetwork.com

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Sly Red Velvet Cake

Another couple hundred calories into his black hole of a gut. He is even sneaking food when dancing with the lovely Katrina.

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Sneaked Red Velvet Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 70 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
250 grams butter softened
600 grams caster sugar (or bakers sugar)
6 eggs
2 tablespoons red food colouring
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
375 grams flour
250 milliliters buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 200 2 (200g) tubs cream cheese
350 g white chocolate
250 g butter, softened

 

  1. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas mark 3. Grease and flour three 20cm tins.
  2. In a large bowl, cream 250g butter with sugar.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Mix food colouring with cocoa and add to mixture.
  5. Add flour alternately with buttermilk. Add vanilla and salt.
  6. Mix baking soda with vinegar, and gently stir into mixture. Be careful not to over mix.
  7. Divide cake mixture into three prepared tins. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Allow to cool.
  8. To make the White Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing: Melt the white chocolate and allow to cool to lukewarm.
  9. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  10. Gradually beat in melted white chocolate and softened butter.
  11. Beat until it is the consistency of whipped cream, then use to fill and ice the cake.

Source: allrecipes.co.uk

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Cherry Cupcakes

Over to the left, there are some cakes. I assumed they were cherry cupcakes. So I made those. A note after making these, double the amount of cherry juice. Or maybe add some cherry extract. There wasn’t enough of a cherry flavor.

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Cherry Cupcakes

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 55 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
4 egg whites
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup buttermilk or sour milk
1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
12 maraschino cherries halved
maraschino cherry with stems (optional)
  1. Allow butter and egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, line twenty-four 2 1/2-inch muffin cups with paper bake cups or coat with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
  3. In a 2-cup glass measuring cup combine buttermilk and cherry juice; set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
  6. Add sugar, vanilla, and almond extract; beat until combined.
  7. Add egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  8. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to beaten mixture, beating on low speed after each just until combined.
  9. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Use the back of a spoon to smooth out batter in cups.
  10. Press a cherry half into batter in each cup.
  11. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched.
  12. Cool cupcakes in muffin cups on wire racks for 5 minutes.
  13. Remove cupcakes from muffin cups.
  14. Cool completely on wire racks.
  15. Using a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip, pipe Cherry-Almond Butter Frosting over cupcakes. If desired, top with cherries with stems.

Frosting

  1. Allow 1/2 cup butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Gradually add 1 cup powdered sugar, beating well.
  4. Beat in 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice or milk and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract.
  5. Gradually beat in 3 cups additional powered sugar.
  6. If necessary, beat in additional juice or milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until frosting reaches piping consistency.
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Katrina van Tassel’s Sweet Rolls

This is kinda hard to see. In the picnic scene, where this group of men are swooning over Katrina, there is a bowl of white balls. I guess they are rolls. That’s a good picnic food.

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Katrina van Tassel's Sweet Rolls

  • Servings: 24-36
  • Time: 40 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
1 package dry yeast
1 cup warm water
2 eggs beaten
3 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup oil or melted shortening
6-7 cups flour
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. In large bowl mix eggs, sugar, and salt.
  3. Add oil. Add yeast mixture.
  4. Mix flour 1 cup at a time; stir well.
  5. Cover bowl with cloth and let rise until double.
  6. Punch down. Make into rolls.
  7. Cover and let rise until double again.
  8. Bake at 400 until golden brown.

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Corn on the Cob

Corn wasn’t in season for us, so the corn on the cob we made wasn’t particularly great.

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Corn on the Cob

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  • Time: X min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Boil desired amount of corn until tender. Serve with butter and salt.

Biscuits

Same image, but there are some biscuits on the left side. My wife has a great recipe for biscuits. Her dad makes biscuits and gravy all the time and it is delicious.

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Biscuits

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  • Time: X min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups self-rising flour (Plus extra for flouring your surface)
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 cup chilled buttermilk (Plus 1-2 tablespoons if needed)
1 tablespoon melted butter to brush on top
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Prepare a floured surface for shaping the dough and have an ungreased baking sheet ready
  3. Whisk together flour, sugar and salt in a medium-sized bowl.
  4. Using a fork or a pastry blender cut in the shortening and butter.
  5. Work quickly, you don’t want the fats to melt – the key to fluffy biscuits is minimal handling.
  6. The mixture should be crumbly.
  7. Make a well in the flour mixture, and pour in the buttermilk.
  8. Stir with a spoon and blend just until the liquid is absorbed and the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl – add 1-2 tbsp more buttermilk if the dough is dry.
  9. Do not over mix; the dough will be tacky, neither wet nor dry.
  10. With lightly floured hands, turn out the dough onto a lightly-floured surface and gently fold it over on itself 2 or 3 times.
  11. Shape into a 3/4” thick round. If you use a rolling pin, be sure to flour it first to keep the dough from sticking to the pin.
  12. Using a 2-inch biscuit cutter, cut out the biscuits pressing straight down (avoid the temptation to twist the cutter as twisting keeps the biscuits from rising).
  13. Dip the cutter in flour between cuttings to keep the dough from sticking to the cutter.
  14. Place biscuits on the baking sheet so that they just touch (for crunchy sides, leave space in between).
  15. Reshape scrap dough and continue cutting.
  16. Remember to handle the dough as little as possible.
  17. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly golden brown on top.
  18. Turn the baking sheet around halfway through baking.
    Optional: Brush the tops of the biscuits with melted butter.

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Summer Pudding in the Fall

I wasn’t sure what this pink blob was. I did some research and found out that it is a British dish called Summer Pudding. It’s a chilled fruit dish inside a bread pudding-like shell. I absolutely loved it. I’ll definitely be making it again.

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Summer Pudding in the Fall

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  • Time: X min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
300 grams strawberries
250 grams blackberries
100 grams red currants
500 grams raspberries
OR
12 ounces mixed berries of your choice
3 tablespoons golden caster sugar (ultra-fine bakers sugar)
6 slices day-old white bread from a square, medium-cut loaf
  1. Bring out the juices: Wash fruit and gently dry on kitchen paper – keep strawberries separate. Put sugar and 3 tbsp water into a large pan. Gently heat until sugar dissolves – stir a few times.
  2. Bring to a boil for 1 min, then tip in the fruit (not strawberries).
  3. Cook for 3 mins over a low heat, stirring 2-3 times.
  4. The fruit will be softened, mostly intact and surrounded by dark red juice.
  5. Put a sieve over a bowl and tip in the fruit and juice.
  6. Prepare the bread: Line three 3″ molds with cling film as this will help you to turn out the pudding.
  7. Cut the crusts off the bread. Fit the bread to the mold Let the edges overhang by about 15cm.
  8. Build the pud: Dip the whole piece of bread into the juice for a few secs just to coat.
  9. Push this into the bottom of the mold.
  10. Now spoon in the softened fruit, adding the strawberries here and there as you go.
  11. Let flavours mingle then serve: Dip the bread in juice and place on top – trim off overhang with scissors.
  12. Keep leftover juice for later.
  13. Bring cling film up and loosely seal.
  14. Put a side plate on top and weight down with cans.
  15. Chill for 6 hrs or overnight.
  16. To serve, open out cling film then put a serving plate upside-down on top and flip over.
  17. serve with leftover juice, any extra berries and cream.

Source: bbcgoodfood.com

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German Chocolate Cupcakes

On this massive platter of food, there are a bunch of things that we didn’t bother making. We have made a few cakes, so we didn’t make the pink frosting cake, there’s the quail that we couldn’t find, a sandwich which we made later, some grapes, celery, a round log which I assumed was possibly liverwurst. I bought some of that from the store. It wasn’t very appetizing. Then there was a delicious-looking german chocolate cupcake. I just had to make some of those.

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German Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 40 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  1. Buy a box of German Chocolate Cake mix.
  2. Follow instructions
  3. Frost with store-bought coconut pecan frosting
  4. Add Maraschino cherry on top

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Roast Beef Sandwich

Just like I promised, a roast beef sandwich. There were a couple sandwiches featured in the movie. It is hard to tell what kind they are, but this one looks like it could be roast beef. So I decided they were ALL roast beef. So here’s a simple roast beef sandwich recipe.

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Roast Beef Sandwich

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 5 min
  • Difficulty: Insanely Hard
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You should know how to make a sandwich by now.

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Pecan Shortbread

I kinda had a hard time distinguishing what the cookie-type things were at the bottom-right of this picture were.

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I finally settled on pecan shortbread. They look about the same.

Pecan Shortbread

  • Servings: 20
  • Time: 65 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
3/4 pound unsalted butter room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups small diced pecans
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, mix together the butter and sugar until they are just combined.
  3. Add the vanilla and almond extracts.
  4. In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and salt, then add them to the butter/sugar mixture.
  5. Add the pecans and mix on low speed until the dough starts to come together.
  6. Dump onto a surface dusted with flour and shape into a flat disk.
  7. Wrap in plastic and chill for 30 minutes.
  8. Roll the dough 1/2-inch thick and cut into 2 1/2-inch squares with a plain or fluted cutter (or cut into any shape you like).
  9. Place the cookies on an ungreased baking sheet.
  10. Add a whole pecan to the center of each cookie
  11. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until the edges begin to brown.
  12. Allow to cool to room temperature and serve.

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Shortbread stuff

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Paprika Pyramid Hardboiled Egg

This was a fun one. The reddish powder that Ichabod sprinkles on the egg could be a number of things. He ends up eating it and getting hot in the face. So I decided it was probably either chili powder or some paprika. I went with paprika. I almost choked. I coughed for 5 minutes after.

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Paprika Pyramid Hardboiled Egg

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: Easy, but a killer
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Hard-boil an egg. Peel the shell and dump a gratuitous amount of paprika on it. Take a big bite and choke on the spice.

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Mashed Taters

Finally, at the end of the movie, we see a giant feast. I hope Ichabod brings in enough money for this huge family, his huge wife and their (probably) huge appetites. We had gone through and made most of the stuff on the table already, except for the bowl of white stuff with brown chunks. If someone knows exactly what it is, let me know. I couldn’t figure it out. It looks like it could be mashed potatoes with the skins. So thats what I made.

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Mashed Taters

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  • Time: X min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
8-10 potatoes washed
1/4-1/2 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
salt to taste
pepper to taste
  1. Chop and boil potatoes unitl soft.
  2. Strain water out (save some for the gravy if you’re making any).
  3. In pan add butter, milk, salt and pepper.
  4. Mix with hand beater or potato smasher until creamy. Enjoy!

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Will it Make you Lose your Head?

Surprisingly, there wasn’t really a dish that I didn’t like this week, except for maybe the hardboiled egg. Wow, that was a lot of spice. Everything else tasted amazing.

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I loved the ham and turkey. The summer pudding was divine. I was excited for the Cherry Cupcakes, but they didn’t taste cherry enough. I think it needs more maraschino cherry juice.

A crowd favorite were the German Cupcakes, even though it was just a boxed cake and store-bought frosting. But you can’t go wrong with any of the meals this week.

Verdict:

Tea & Crumpets – 7/10 (would be more if I had cooked them longer)

Roast Turkey – 10/10

Roast Quail – ?/10 (I need to find my huntin’ rifle)

Raspberry Pie – 10/10

Donuts – 9/10 (And will fatten you up)

Baked Ham – 10/10

Red Velvet Cake – 8.5/10

Cherry Cupcakes – 8/10

Sweet Rolls – 8/10

Corn on the Cob – 7/10

Biscuits – 9/10

Summer Pudding – 10/10

German Chocolate Cupcakes – 10/10

Roast Beef Sandwich – 6/10

Pecan Shortbread – 7/10

Hardboiled Egg – 3/10

Mashed Potatoes – 9/10