0

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


IMPORTANT NOTICE:

We’re upgrading to a custom domain! Starting this week, the blog will now live here: http://disneymeals.me! I’ll have a link from the old site to the new site next week too if you forget. Also, with that change, over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be giving the site a visual facelift. So keep on checking back for the shiny new upgrades. Now onto the post


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!

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Honey!!!

  • Servings: Honey
  • Time: honey?
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
  • Print

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!

vlcsnap-error896

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.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

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
  • Print

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

IMG_20150628_215716

Piglet Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam

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

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Piglet Hero Shortbread Cookies with Jam

  • Servings: 24
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

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.

IMG_20150630_1724115_rewind

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.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

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
  • Print

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.

IMG_20150628_183642

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.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

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
  • Print

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.

IMG_20150629_194108


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

0

Alice in Wonderland – Drink Me (Layered Drink), Eat Me (Sugar Cookies), Bread and Butterflies, Oysters on the Half-shell, Unbirthday Cake, Edible Plate, Mushroom

Quick links: Drink Me | Eat Me | Bread and Butterfly | Oysters | Unbirthday Cake | Edible Plate | Mushroom | Verdict

I’ve always wanted to eat a plate. This was my chance. There is tons of crazy food in Alice in Wonderland. And the best part is that, since it takes place in a “wonderland” there is no wrong way to make the food.  It was great fun experimenting how to do the Drink Me and finding a way to make an edible plate. Now, before you ask, we didn’t eat a clock. That is one of the most memorable things in the movie, but since it wasn’t prepared as a food, we didn’t make it. Sorry 😦

I forgot how entertaining Alice in Wonderland is too. The last time I had watched it, I was a little kid and half the movie went right over my head while the other half scared me. Watching it as an adult was much more enjoyable.

Drink Me (Cherry Tart, Custard, Pineapple, Roast Turkey Drink)

So you fall down a rabbit hole and land in a mysterious place? What is the first thing you do? Well drink a strange drink sitting on a table of course.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

She even examines it and notes that it might be poison, but downs it anyway.

Well it never really shows what is inside the “Drink Me” bottle, but she describes the flavors. At first it tastes like cherry tart, and then like custard, then pineapple, then roast turkey. That meant I got to make a multi-layered drink!

Drink Me

  • Servings: 6
  • Time: 60 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Print

Ingredients:

Cherry Tart

1 pound red cherries
2 pounds sugar
1/2 pint water
3 bottles carbonated water (soda)

 

Custard

1.2 cups milk
1/4 cups cream
4 eggs yolks
2 Tbs sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pineapple

1 can Pineapple
1/4 c Sugar
1 tsp Lemon Juice

Roast Turkey

1/2 c Turkey
1/4 c Gravy
2 Tbs Cranberry Sauce
1/2 c Water
1/8 tsp Chicken Bouillon
Salt to Taste

Cherry Tart

  1. Put the clean, seedless cherries and sugar in a saucepan. If you want your cherries on the super-tart side, add less sugar.
  2. Cover the pan and leave at room temperature for 2 hours. The cherries need time to soak up the sweetness of the sugar. It’ll be so tangy that you’ll need the water to dilute it later.
  3. Add the 1/2 pint of water and stir until all the sugar dissolves. You’re looking for one mostly uniform consistency (the cherry chunks will keep it from being entirely uniform).
  4. Bring the contents up to a boil.
  5. Then reduce the heat and simmer for fifteen minutes. It should maintain a light bubble the entire time, reducing the liquid and turning almost syrupy.
  6. When finished, strain the mixture.
  7. Squeeze all the moisture from the cherries into a separate saucepan. Don’t just strain it — really squeeze out all the juices. Simmer the strained liquid until it thickens like maple syrup.
  8. Then take the pan off, let it cool to room temperature and move it to a sealed vessel for storage in a refrigerator
  9. Put one or two spoons of it into a glass of soda water. Sparkling water (or even just water) works, too.
  10. Feel free to experiment with the ratio to find your personal taste. It may take a try or two — but once you find the right combination, it’ll be easy.

Custard

  1. Bring milk and cream to a simmer slowly on low heat.
  2. Whisk the sugar and cornstarch together, add the egg yolks, combine well.
  3. Slowly whisk the warm milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly. Add vanilla. Return to the saucepan and stir gently until thickened. Serve hot, or cool to use as a layer in trifles, or fill tart pans.
  4. Tip. If using it hot, it can be kept warm in a jug set in a pan of hot water with a bit of cling film on top to prevent a skin forming.

Source: food.com

Pineapple

  1. Put all ingredients into a blender
  2. Blend
  3. Chill

Roast Turkey

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender
  2. Blend
  3. The mixture should be thick, but still able to move when you tilt the container.

Layering

There are a couple ways to layer the drinks. The first way is the way I used for the tube. Tilt the container pour each of the liquids, starting with the bottom-most liquid, slowly into the container. The contents should slide down the side of the container and rest on top of each other.

For more open-faced containers, you can use the spoon method. Pour the first liquid into the bottom of the container. Then place a spoon upside-down and at an angle, so the tip of the spoon is resting just above the bottom layer, and pour the second layer onto the spoon slowly. Move the spoon to cover the whole first layer.

IMG_20150419_165029

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Eat Me Sugar Cookies

After she foolishly drinks the luckily-not-poisoned, but enlarging drink, she goes on and eats some strange cookies that appear out of no where in the hopes that she will shrink back down.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

These look like regular sugar cookies. We found a great recipe and whipped some up.

Eat Me Sugar Cookies

  • Servings: 4 dozen
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients:
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 tablespoons buttermilk
sprinkles or colored sugar for decorating
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in dry ingredients. Add enough of the buttermilk to moisten the dough and make it soft, not wet.
  4. Roll rounded teaspoons of dough into balls and place on a ungreased cookie sheet. With a brush or fingers, moisten the top of each cookie with the remaining buttermilk and slightly flatten the top of each cookie. Sprinkle with raw sugar or colored sprinkles.
  5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden. Let stand for 2 minutes before removing to cool on a rack.

IMG_20150419_194438

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Bread and Butterflies

Ok, so this one is a little out of place. I’m combining two recipes. In the Walrus and the Carpenter section, the Carpenter makes some bread to go with the oysters,

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

and later on, we see some wonderful, punny creatures, bread and butterflies. So here is the recipe for the bread, and then how to make the bread and butterflies. We weren’t exactly successful in making the bread and butterflies, but it was fun to try.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Bread and Butterflies

  • Servings: 10
  • Time: 2 hr
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard
  • Print

Ingredients:
4 cups white flour plus extra for dusting
7 grams fast-action dried yeast (one packet)
1 teaspoon salt
1.5 cups lukewarm water (give or take a little)
a little oil for greasing
  1. Make the dough by tipping the flour, yeast and salt into a large bowl and making a well in the middle.
  2. Pour in most of the water and use your fingers or a wooden spoon to mix the flour and water together until combined to a slightly wet, pillowy, workable dough – add a splash more water if necessary.
  3. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for at least 10 mins until smooth and elastic.
  4. This can also be done in a tabletop mixer with a dough hook.
  5. Place the dough in a clean oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise until doubled in size.
  6. Heat oven to 430F/220C/fan 200C/gas 7.
  7. Knock back the dough by tipping it back onto a floured surface and pushing the air out.
  8. Mould the dough into a football ball shape that will fit a 900g loaf tin and place in the tin.
  9. Cover with a clean tea towel and leave to prove for 30 mins.
  10. Dust the top of the loaf with a little more flour and slash the top with a sharp knife if you want.
  11. Bake the bread for 15 mins, then reduce the heat to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5 and continue to bake for 30 mins until the loaf sounds hollow when removed from the tin and tapped on the base.
  12. Leave the bread on a wire rack to cool completely.
  13. The loaf will stay fresh in an airtight container for 3 days or can be frozen for 1 month

Bread and Butterfly

  1. Get a pipe cleaner and fold it in half.
  2. Twist the ends together, but leave them seperated a bit to make antenna.
  3. Take a piece of bread and roll it over the pipe cleaner.
  4. Wet the edge of the bed so it sticks to itself in the roll.
  5. Slice 2 more pieces of bread for wings.
  6. Stick toothpicks in the bottom of the bread.
  7. Stick the wings into the body.
  8. Put honey at the top of the body and attach 2 googley eyes.
  9. Spread butter on the wings.

IMG_20150418_211812 IMG_20150418_214744_rewind

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Little Oysters on a Half-shell

The Walrus and the Carpenter is a pretty messed up story. They eat little baby oysters. Now, people do that all the time, but these were cute anthropomorphic little oysters. The carpenter goes into what he’s putting into the sauce to eat with the oysters. It turns out he was probably describing a mignonette. So I found a good recipe and made it with the raw oysters. Both me and my wife aren’t fond of oysters, but we stomached them anyway.

Little Oysters on a Half-shell

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients:

Oysters

10-20 Oysters
Crushed Ice or rock salt

Mignonette

1 tablespoon coarsely ground white or black peppercorn (vary amount according to taste)
1/2 cup white wine vinegar (I used red, but white would be more accurate)
2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots or sweet onions
1 tsp Ground mustard seed
salt to taste

 

 

 

 

Oysters

  1. Clean the oysters really well under running water with a course brush. Dirt is everywhere, so be sure to scrub, especially around the hinge
  2. Insert a butter knife as far into the hinge as possible.
  3. Rock the knife gently up and down as you push the knife further into the oyster
  4. The oyster will finally open.
  5. Detach it from the top and bottom of the shell, but leave it in the bottom.
  6. Place in crushed ice or rock salt.

Mignonette

  1. Combine all ingredients
  2. Chill for at least an hour.
  3. Serve with the Oysters


IMG_20150418_211759

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

A Mad Unbirthday Cake

This was another fun recipe. When Alice meets the Mad Hatter, he gives her an unbirthday cake.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

We know what the outside looks like, but there was no way of knowing what the inside was because it explodes into a firework. So, it being wonderland, we had to do something interesting, so we made a multicolored cake!

A Mad Unbirthday Cake

  • Servings: 12
  • Time: 40 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Print

Ingredients:
1 box white (vanilla) cake mix
food coloring
2 cartons pink frosting
water **according to cake package
egg white **according to cake package
oil **according to cake package
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
  1. Prepare cake mix according to package directions, add vanilla and milk.
  2. Blend well.
  3. Separate into 3 bowls.
  4. Dye each bowlful a different color.
  5. Pour batter into three 9″ cake pans that have been greased and floured.
  6. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool completely.
  8. Cut into cakes with 3″ and 6″ rings starting in the center (this will make it look like a target).
  9. Take the largest ring of one color, the 6″ ring of another color, and the 3″ center piece of the last color and put them together.
  10. This creates a new bottom layer.
  11. Frost.
  12. Continue to do this for all 3 layers.
  13. When you cut into the cake it will make a checkered pattern.
  14. Use pink frosting and white icing. Put one “trick” candle on top.
  15. Merry Unbirthday!

IMG_20150419_214701

Edible White Chocolate Plate

Another fun recipe. We see the mad hatter dip his saucer into his tea and take a bite out of it.

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

Now, I wasn’t too keen on ingesting glass, so I decided to make an edible saucer. I went through a few different possibilities. I thought about making sugar glass, but I wasn’t sure how to make it white. Then I thought, why not make it out of white chocolate, that’s already white.

I found a tutorial on how to make a mold. And made one for a plate. Note: I didn’t use nearly enough silicone. I would say use between 20-30 oz, not 10 like I did.

Edible White Chocolate Plate

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 2 hr
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Print

Ingredients:
1 Package white chocolate chips
 3 10oz tubes Silicone
1/2 c dish soap
 64 oz water
  1. Follow the instructions here to make a mold of a plate
  2. Melt the white chocolate chips either in the microwave, on the stove or double boiler.
  3. Pour the melted white chocolate into the mold.
  4. Chill for 1-2 hrs
  5. Remove from mold and there you have your saucer..

 

 

 

IMG_20150419_214456

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Mushroom to Help you Grow Big and Strong

Another thing Alice eats on the trust of others. The caterpillar just tells her to eat a mushroom when around 50% are inedible, 20% are toxic and 1% are deadly (Not sure if this is a credible source).

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

(Credit: Disney)

But lucky Alice, she didn’t die, just grew really big again.

Mushroom to Help you Grow Big and Strong

  • Servings: 2
  • Time: 10 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Get a mushroom. Steam it in a steamer. Eat it. (You can put some salt or something on it)

IMG_20150421_191511


Will it Send you Down the Rabbit Hole?

Not the absolute tastiest movie, but one of the funnest cooks. I loved being able to try and figure out the different ways to make some of the stuff.

The Drink Me was interesting. It was fun being able to go through all the flavors. The cake and the cookies were probably the best part.

If you like oysters, then maybe you’ll like the oysters and mignonette, I dunno.

The edible plate was a good idea in concept, but for some reason, I couldn’t get the chocolate to melt right and I didn’t have enough silicone to make a full plate mold. If I had gotten it melted right, and had more silicone, I think it would have turned out better

IMG_20150419_214434

IMG_20150419_194433 IMG_20150419_194854

Verdict:

Drink Me – 7/10 (Cherry) 8/10 (Custard) 8/10 (Pineapple) 4/10 (Roast Turkey)

Eat Me Sugar Cookies – 9/10

Bread and Butterfly – 7/10

Oysters – 5/10 (Raw Oysters), 3/10 (Boiled Oysters) 7/10 (Mignonette)

Unbirthday Cake – 9/10

Edible Plate – 6/10

Mushroom – 6/10 (Would be better with seasoning)

2

Bambi – Red Currant, Acorns, Grapes, Red Clover, Bark, Grass, Thumper Salad

Quick links: Red Currant | Acorns | Grapes | Red Clover | Bark | Grass | Thumper Salad | Verdict

This week, we’re featuring venison! Say goodbye to Bambi’s mom! Ok,not really. The food featured in Bambi isn’t the tastiest, probably because it’s not really meant for human consumption. However, most of the animal food featured in Bambi is edible to humans. So consider this a survivalist article. So get ready to eat nasty food and feel bad about humans existing.

Momma Bird Red Currant

Within the first few minutes of the movie, we see a mommy bird bringing pink berries for her babies.

vlcsnap-2015-02-15-13h49m05s128

While it was tempting just to go to Pinkberry and get some frozen yogurt, I decided to stay true to the movie and get some actual berries. I searched pink berries and found a certain berry called a Snowberry. That is probably the type of berry the mother is feeding her babies. However, I also found that snowberries cause stomach aches, so I opted for Red Currants instead, which can be pinkish as well.

Red currants are actually in the gooseberry family (see my Snow White article). They are VERY tart but they mix well with other foods. I was able to find them at my local grocery store. Although, in the theme of making this a survivalist article, here’s a link to some common wild berries so you know what you can or cannot eat.

Squirrley Acorns

We next see a squirrel and a little chipmunk sleeping under its bushy tail. I love how the chipmunk and squirrel are friends. They nibble on some acorns.

(credit: Disney)

Acorns are actually edible. However, you need to soak them in warm water until they aren’t bitter anymore. The soaking takes out the toxins in the acorns so you don’t die. Sadly, I was not able to get my hands on any acorns. Online I only found fake acorns for arts and crafts and since it’s winter here and I didn’t stock-pile up the acorns beforehand, I had trouble finding them on the ground. Maybe I need to make a couple more squirrel friends.

Grapes for the birds

This one was easy. When Bambi and the bunnies are prancing around, Bambi stumbles across some birs eating, what looks like, grapes (they might be some other kind of berry, but they really look like grapes).

(credit: Disney)

Thumper comes along and tries to teach him the correct way to say bir-Ds. Well, you don’t need to be a bird to enjoy grapes. I’m just not sure if you’ll be able to find grapes in the wild.

Big Feet Red Clover

Who wouldn’t love a food that cute widdle Thumper loves? Bambi seems to like it too.

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)

Red clovers are actually really useful for humans too. They are used for cancer prevention, indigestion, high cholesterol, whooping cough, cough, asthma, bronchitis, menopause symptoms, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), skin cancer, skin sores, burns, chronic skin diseases and even flavoring. (source: WebMD). Thats not even to mention that the greens make long ears and great big feet according to Thumper!

However, I found that it isn’t the greens that are awful to eat, it is the blossom that he loves so much.

IMG_20150216_185236

I tried some clover sprouts and they were actually pretty tasty, but then when I tried some clover blossom….bleh! So bitter and disgusting. I even tried to steam it….but that made it worse. It smelled bad too. It’s supposed to be good for you though!

Starving Bambi Bark

When in the harsh winter, Bambi and his mom resort to stripping bark off of the tree. It’s the only thing they got. It would have been a pretty bad death if we had to see Bambi’s mom slowly die of starvation.

(credit: Disney)

(credit: Disney)

For humans, you can actually eat pine bark with very little preparation. Some of the main ways of eating it are boiling it and frying it. I tried it fried.

You’re supposed to get the inner-most bark. That is apparently the most palatable. I don’t think the bark I got was deep enough. I had to act quickly when I was stripping off the bark because I was stealing it from a neighbor’s tree in the middle of the night. I didn’t want anyone to come out of the building and question why I was digging into their pine. The chips I got were kinda red and not the inner-tree white.

It tasted fine, It kinda crumbled in my mouth. I was thinking it was going to be crispier. It turned into a powder when I chewed. I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat it, but if I were starving in the wilderness, I wouldn’t mind snacking on pine bark. It would keep me from getting scurvy.

Fried Bambi Bark

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 25 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients:
A couple strips Pine Bark
Some Oil and salt
  1. Peel off the outermost bark of a pine tree.
  2. Peel strips of the white inner bark.
  3. Rinse the peeled bark.
  4. Heat up a little oil in a frying pan.
  5. Fry the bark.
  6. Add salt if you wish.

    Cooked Bark

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Blades of Grass!

After the harsh winter, and right before the sad part of Bambi’s mother dying, Bambi finds a patch of grass and starts chowing down.

bambigrass

(credit: Disney)

Well I tried eating grass. It’s wheatgrass. You might recognize it from your local Jamba Juice.

IMG_20150217_075830

It tastes like…well, grass. Nothing special. I’m not going to use at as a midnight snack though. I only wish I could be as excited as Bambi to eat it.

IMG_20150216_185026_rewind

Thumper Salad

So we wanted to make something using lots of the food shown in Bambi as ingredients, so we made a salad! I actually found that the gross red clover can make a fairly tasty salad dressing too.

So without further ado, here is Thumper Salad.

Thumper Salad

  • Servings: 5-7
  • Time: 20 min
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Print

Ingredients:

Thumper Salad

1 cup Baby kale
1 cup Spinach
1 cup Chard
1/2 cup Clover sprouts
1/4 cup Wheat grass
3/4 cup Grape halved
1/3 cup Dried red currants
1/4 cup Acorns (must be pre-soaked)
Pine bark, fried sprinkle over salad to taste

Flower Salad Dressing

1/2 cup Water
1-2 tablespoon Dried red clover blossom
1 tablespoon Red wine vinegar
1/4 cup Olive oil
3 tablespoons Honey
1/4 teaspoon Salt (kosher)
1/8 teaspoon *A dash black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Lemon juice *optional

Thumper Salad

  1. Mix kale, spinach, chard, sprouts, and grass.
  2. Throw with grapes, currants, and acorns.
  3. Sprinkle fried bark on top to taste.
  4. Dress with Flower Salad Dressing

Flower Salad Dressing

  1. Boil water and red clover blossoms together for 7-10 minutes.
  2. Strain out and discard blossoms.
  3. Reserve the water.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients to the water, mix well.
  5. Pour over salad and enjoy!

IMG_20150216_192946

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Will it save your mother from Man in the forest?

Well, like I said earlier, none of the food was really super tasty…but it wasn’t supposed to be. You could learn to live with it, if it were your only food source. The Red Currant was extremely tart, the grapes were good, the red clover made my stomach turn, the bark, and the grass tasted like grass.

IMG_20150216_184329

The salad was pretty good. It wasn’t anything special. I think I might have used too much Red Clover dressing.

IMG_20150216_192744

Verdict:

Red Currant – 5/10

Acorns – ?/10

Grapes – 7/10

Red Clover Blossom – 2/10

Red Clover Sprout – 4/10

Bark – 3/10

Grass – 3/10

Thumper Salad – 5/10

Bambi’s Mom Venison – ?/10 (they better have used Bambi’s mom to feed a starving family)