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3. Lembas Bread: Used by the elves in J.R.R. Tolkein's Lord of the Rings and Hobbit to give travelers long-lasting energy, Lembas Bread is more like unleavened bread or dense crackers. My daughter actually got to try making this in her Food and Nutrition class last year! They made their bread with banana, but what else could you use? Thanks to her amazingly creative teacher, the class actually wrapped them in fancy, green, leaf-like papers.
2. Butterbeer: Okay, not technically a food, but still one of my favorite fantasy concoctions. A Harry Potter favorite, butterbeer is a bit like butterscotch flavored root beer, but smoother, richer and not quite as fizzy. Recipes found online vary from site to site because butterbeer was actually imagined into being by J.K. Rowling. I was always a huge fan of the fuzzy, butterscotch candies my grandpa used to keep in his pocket. He’d use them to bribe us into going out for a walk with him, in order to give my grandma a bit of peace and quiet. Imagine: Rootbeer float meets butterscotch candy. Delicious! Let us know if you find a promising recipe!
1. Turkish Delight: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Growing up in America, I had no idea what Turkish Delight was. I think, each time I read C.S. Lewis’ magical book (at least once a year), I would imagine Turkish Delight as something new. Divinely melting chocolate, savory beef stew, or perhaps delicate, snowflake-shaped ice candies. Years later, my mother-in-law bought Turkish Delight from a specialty shop. Similar to gumdrops, but square, dusted with powdered sugar, and slightly chewier, Turkish Delight wasn’t quite as delicious as I imagined. However, it is still worth trying, and a fun addition to any Christmas party.
What did you think Turkish Delight was the first time you read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe?