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The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh – HONEY!, Hero Cake, Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam, Succotash, Wheat Bread

Quick links: Honey! | Hero Cake | Hero Cookies | Wheat Bread | Succotash | Verdict


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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.

Honey!!!!!

Pooh loves his honey. Here’s some honey!

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Honey!!!

  • Servings: Honey
  • Time: honey?
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
1 Honey Honey
3 Honeys With Honey
Honey to taste
  1. Stick your hand in honey pot or bee hive
  2. EAT EAT EAT!

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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.

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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

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 Box White Cake Mix
1 Can Strawberry Soda
1.5 containers Chocolate Frosting
  1. Place cake mix in the bowl. Don’t add any of the ingredients mentioned on the box.
  2. Mix in strawberry soda
  3. Put into baking pans and bake as instructed on box
  4. Let cool and then frost with chocolate frosting

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Piglet Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam

Along with the Hero Cake, there were some cookies with jam centers.

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Piglet Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 cup Butter
2/3 cup Sugar
 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/2 cup Jam for the centers
  1. Cream butter and sugar
  2. Beat in extract
  3. Gradually blend in flour
  4. Cover and refrigerate for an hour
  5. Roll into one-inch balls and place one inch apart on un-greased cookie sheet
  6. With the end of a wooden spoon make a indention in the ball and fill with jam
  7. 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.
  8. Bake at 350 for 14 to 18 minute.

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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.

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But we made some wheat bread like rabbit and tried eating it with honey AND condensed milk

Rabbit's Wheat Bread

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 2 hr 30 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
2 3/4 cups Hot water
1/3 cup olive oil
 1/3 cup honey
2 tbs molasses
1 tbs salt
7 1/2 cups wheat flour
2 tbs dry active yeast
  1. Place the first five ingredients in the bowl and mix.
  2. 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.
  3. Add: 4 Cups of 100% Whole Grain Wheat Flour.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Grease two bread pans with Crisco. You can also flour the pans to reduce sticking.
  7. Mix the dough again just enough to knock it down at least close to the original size.
  8. 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).
  9. 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.

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Gopher’s Ssssssssuccotash

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.

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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.

Gopher's Ssssssssuccotash

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 cup butter
2 cups fresh or frozen lima beans
 1/2 teaspoon salt
4 fresh tomatos
2 teaspoons white sugar
3.5 cups corn
  1. 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.
  2. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan heat tomatoes, sugar and remaining 1/2 cup butter.
  3. Cook until tomatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  4. Stir tomatoes into lima beans and add corn; cook 10 minutes more.

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Will it Stop the Rumbly in your Tumbly?

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.

Verdict:

Honey – 15/10
Hero Cake – 8/10
Hero Cookies – 9/10
Wheat bread – 8/10
Succotash – 7.5/10

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Robin Hood – Little John Stew, Blackberry Pie, Currant Pie, Gruel

Quick links: Little John Beef Stew | Blackberry Pie | Currant Pie | Prison Gruel | Verdict

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.

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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.

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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

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 2 hr 30 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
3 lbs Stewing Steak
3 tbs flour
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.)
  1. Toss the beef with the flour to coat.
  2. Cover the base of a large frying pan with a thin layer of oil and place over a medium high heat.
  3. Add the beef and fry, stirring occasionally, until browned.
  4. 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.
  5. Dump contents into large pot with its juices.
  6. 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.
  7. Meanwhile, soak the bread in the vinegar with the saffron .
  8. 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.
  9. Taste and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  10. Serve with buscuits

source: http://ginandcrumpets.com/medieval-spiced-beef-stew/

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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.

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Trigger's Blackberry Pie

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
3/4 cups cream
1/4 cup red wine
5 egg yolks
1 whole egg
2 cups blackberries
1/2 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup honey
1/4 tsp ginger
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
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream, wine, saffron and other spices, and bring to a boil.
  2. Remove from heat.
  3. In a separate container, beat egg yolks and honey together.
  4. While beating, add a bit of the hot milk mixture. Pour this back into the pot with the hot liquid while whisking furiously.
  5. Place the cut blackberries and dates in baked pie shells and spoon the cream mixture over fruit and into the shells.
  6. Bake at 375° F for 45 minutes, or until the filling has set.

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Source: http://www.innatthecrossroads.com/2011/06/17/medieval-fruit-tarts-blueberry-strawberry-apricot-cherry/

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Maid Marian’s Currant Pie

In the same scene, Maid Marian starts throwing pies to help Robin escape.

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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

  • Servings: 8
  • Time: 45 min
  • Difficulty: Easy-medium
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Ingredients:
2 egg whites
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
2 1/4 cups red currants (blueberries)
1 ready to bake pie crust
1 pie crust mix
1/2 tsp lemon zest
1 egg yolk
  1. Prepare the pie crust mix as directed, but add 1 egg yolk and the lemon zest
  2. In a medium bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.
  3. Gradually stir in sugar and cornstarch; beat for 5 minutes.
  4. Fold currants (blueberries) into mixture and pour into pie crust.
  5. Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes, or until top is lightly browned.

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Source: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/red-currant-pie/

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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.

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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

  • Servings: 1-2
  • Time: 12 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
3 tbs oatmeal
2 cups water
salt to taste
  1. Mix the oatmeal with a little cold water to make a paste
  2. Put the rest of the water in a pan
  3. Add the mixture and boil for 10 minutes
  4. Add the salt

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Will it Steal from the Rich and Give to the Poor?

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

Verdict:

Stew – 7/10

Blackberry pie – 7.5/10

Currant (blueberry) pie – 9/10

Gruel – 4/10

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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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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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(Credit: Disney)

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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(Credit: Disney)

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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(Credit: Disney)

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.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

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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(Credit: Disney)

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.

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(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