Nerdie Foodie: Literary Eats & Sweets

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By Jenine Lee, (@Niners_9)

Hi all and welcome back to another edition of Nerdie Foodie! This week we are all about literature here in the Foodie corner. We’re going to look at just a few selections of some of my favourite books ever! I mean, how can you not have food in stories?? Here we go!

Anne of Green Gables

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Who does not love this spirited red-head from Prince Edward Island? A kindred spirit to (almost) everyone she meets (especially to one Diana Barry and one Gilbert Blythe). There was one particular moment in the first book of this series by L.M. Montgomery where she and Diana are having afternoon tea with Raspberry Cordial (or, at least it was supposed to be Raspberry Cordial….Anne may have not read the labels on the bottle before she brought it to the table) and let’s just say Diana may have just experienced her first ever hangover. Moral of the story: Read all labels before you serve your guests the wrong item. If you want to make your own Raspberry Cordial, check out this excellent tutorial by Ian Chin here. If you are more of a cookbook type of person, check out the recipes (including Raspberry Cordial) from the official Anne of Green Gables cookbook here!

Dr. Seuss

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(Photo Credit: Seuss.wiki.com)

When it comes to Dr. Seuss and food, how can one not automatically come to the conclusion of green eggs and ham? So it was a no-brainer to add this classic children’s book into my list of literary foods. Now green eggs are totes not natural. If you want to just do them up quick, you can use food colouring if that is your preference (easy-peasy, plain and simple). However, if you want to keep the recipe food colouring free, check out Lisa Leake’s version of Green Eggs and Ham on her website 100 Days of Real Food here!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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Who loves chocolate? Raise your hand(s)! I am totally a chocoholic, and I am proud to be one! There were a lot of yummy chocolate creations. If I could, I would love to go for a visit at Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. But in the meantime, to tide us over that bucket list trip, check out this simple recipe for Wonka’s Fizzy Lifting drinks here. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want to float like an astronaut by drinking a fizzy drink?? Although, I cannot guarantee that you will float in the air like Charlie and Grandpa George! And of course, how can we forget about that chocolate waterfall inside the chocolate factory? To replicate the taste, check out this recipe from the official website of Roald Dahl here! Now if you don’t care for that much chocolate, check out Cupcake Jemma’s (aka. Jemma Wilson of Crumbs and Doilies in London, England) Violet Beauregarde Blueberry Bubble Bombes (take that alliteration!) here!

Little House on the Prairie

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(Photo Credit: goodreads.com)

This book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder tells the vivid stories and family adventures by Laura and her family. In the first book, Little House in the Big Woods, Laura and her family make snow candy during the winter. So for all you folks on the East Coast, you can test out this recipe this winter! Just make sure that it’s the freshest layer of snow that you’re collecting. Check out how to make snow candy here from the official Little House website.

Harry Potter

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I cannot have an article about literature and not include the Harry Potter series. It would be blasphemy since the Hogwarts feasts in the Great Hall, the train’s food trolley, and Hogsmeade all have such delectable eats and treats! So it is only fitting that I present to you a channel on YouTube called Let’s Eat Fiction. Red Reyna shows us how to make both hot and cold Butterbeer from the Three Broomsticks Inn. Check out her recipe!



And how can you drink Butterbeer without consuming some chocolate frogs?? Check out Bryton Taylor’s Food in Literature recipe for chocolate frogs! And no, the frogs will probably not jump out of your hands and out into the world.



Seriously, how cool is this? I have an itch that needs to be scratched – the cooking and baking itch that is!

Till next time,

-Jen


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