Bilbo’s Sponge Cake – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

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“We’re all right! I’ve just found some sponge cake.”

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Bilbos Sponge Cake - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

I’ve watched The Fellowship of the Ring so many times I’ve lost count. I can practically recite the whole thing beginning to end, but something magical happened when I watched it for the first time with my “foodie glasses.” I decided to turn on the subtitles just to make sure I didn’t miss any food references, and boy am I glad I did!

When Gandalf arrives at Bag End in the beginning of the movie, Bilbo bustles off to gather food for tea time. While Gandalf looks around the house at the maps and different things, Bilbo is in the background muttering about what to fix for Gandalf. Out of the dozens and dozens of times I’ve watched this movie, I’ve not paid any attention to what Bilbo is actually saying because it’s so muffled and not the focus of the scene. But with the subtitles on, I was able to see all the good food Bilbo is muttering about.

Most of the food is the same as what’s listed in The Hobbit book during the “Unexpected Party,” such as chicken and pickles and apple tart. But then, Bilbo speaks the little line quoted at the top of this post. Sponge cake! I thought that sounded lovely, so I set out to recreate what I thought the sponge cake Bilbo found would have been like, since we never actually see it on screen.

Lord of the Rings Sponge Cake

I researched English sponge cake (since the food in Middle Earth is so close to English food…I wonder why! 😉 ) and found all sorts of recipes for Victoria sponge cake. This is a traditional tea-time English sponge cake that became popular in Victorian times, hence the name. The cake always has jam sandwiched in the middle, and more recently it usually also has whipped cream inside, though that part is optional.

I adapted this “Victoria sandwich” recipe, and the resulting cake was so scrumptious, I could hardly believe it. So, do yourself a favor and serve Bilbo’s sponge cake at your next tea party.

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Bilbo's Sponge Cake - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 cup strawberry jam
  • 1 cup whipped cream optional
  • extra powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Mix together the eggs, powdered sugar, flour, butter, salt, and baking powder until smooth.

  2. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan well, and distribute the cake batter dough evenly in the pan.

  3. Bake the cake at 350 degrees F for 25 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.

  4. Turn the cake out onto a wire rack to cool.

  5. When the cake is completely cool, use a serrated knife to slice the cake in half horizontally.

  6. Take the top layer off of the cake, and spread the jam evenly across the bottom layer.

  7. Distribute the whipped cream evenly across the jam, and replace the top layer of the cake, sandwiching the jam and whipped cream in the middle.

  8. Dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar before serving. I like to use a powdered sugar shaker to make it quick and easy.

Recipe Notes

Once again, the whipped cream is optional, but I think it adds something special to the cake.

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Moroccan Couscous Recipe – Inspired by Secondhand Lions

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moroccan couscous recipe

As you may have read in my previous post, I am hosting Food N’ Flix this month! The film I chose is Secondhand Lions, and I am so excited to see what kinds of recipes everyone creates inspired by one of my favorite movies.

As I was thinking about what to cook after watching the movie, I was inspired by the flashback scenes to Morocco. These scenes are some of the most exciting and exotic in the movie, and I love how food can transport us to places where we might never step food in person. I don’t know much about Moroccan food, but I do love the Morocco pavilion at EPCOT, and I started thinking about the food at the restaurants there. I remembered a yummy couscous salad they serve there, and I decided to recreate that recipe, with a little bit of a twist.

I modified this bell pepper couscous recipe, and to make it a bit more reminiscent of the movie, I added corn! I know that makes this dish not very authentic, but I felt like I couldn’t very well make a recipe inspired by Secondhand Lions without including corn. “Corn, corn, corn…Nothin’ but corn.”

The best part about this couscous recipe is that you can eat it hot or cold!

moroccan couscous recipe
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Moroccan Couscous Recipe - Inspired by Secondhand Lions

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 bell peppers diced
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn kernals
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. oregano dried
  • 2 cups couscous
  • lemon slices

Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a pot on medium heat.

  2. Add the minced garlic, and cook it in the oil for about 2 minutes.

  3. Add the water, bell peppers, corn, onion powder, salt and pepper, and oregano to the pot, and boil for 5 minutes.

  4. Add the couscous, cover the pot, take it off the heat, and let it sit for 5 minutes.

  5. Fluff with a fork, and garnish with lemon slices.

  6. Serve hot or cold, and squeeze the juice from the lemon slices on top of the couscous before eating.

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Aunt Beru’s Celery Soup – A Star Wars Recipe

Aunt Beru's Soup - A Star Wars Recipe

Whenever someone asks me which of the Star Wars movies is my favorite, I have difficulty answering. I like lots of them for lots of different reasons. But, I think if I really had to choose just one to be my favorite, it would be the original. After all, where would we be without A New Hope? All that is awesome about Star Wars stems from that movie in some way.

While Star Wars has got a lot going for it, there isn’t much in the way of food scenes, which is why I chose to be a little creative for this post. In Star Wars Episode IV, there’s a scene early on where Beru is making some kind of steamed vegetable concoction. She’s just dropping random veggies into a device with steam coming out of it.

What’s cookin’, Beru?

In doing some research online, I found that a lot of people believe that the vegetable Beru uses in this scene is fennel. I disregarded that because I don’t like fennel. Instead, I used celery to make a yummy celery soup.

Celery is green, sturdy, and kinda leafy just like the veggie in the picture above, and it offers great flavor to this soup. Add potatoes to bulk it up, plus a few other flavors and there you have it: a yummy soup straight outta the Star Wars Universe!

Aunt Beru's Celery Soup - A Star Wars Recipe
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Aunt Beru's Celery Soup - A Star Wars Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 stalks celery diced
  • 2 large potatoes peeled and diced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. onion powder

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients into a pot on the stove.

  2. Heat the soup for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are really soft.

  3. Blend the soup until smooth. You can use a traditional blender, an immersion blender, or a food processor. Whatever works for you! If the soup gets too dry, you can add a bit more broth or water until it reaches the desired consistency.

Recipe Notes

Different veggie broths will give different tastes and colors to the soup. Mine turned out really orange because the broth I used had a lot of carrot in it. It was yummy!

 

Aunt Beru's Celery Soup - A Star Wars Recipe

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Bilbo’s Birthday Cupcakes – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Bilbo's Birthday Cupcakes Recipe

It has been remarked by some that hobbits’ only real passion is for food—a rather unfair observation, as we have also developed a keen interest in the brewing of ales and the smoking of pipe weed.

-The Fellowship of the Ring-

There are few movies that I like equally as well as the books from which they were adapted. The Lord of the Rings fits nicely into that category, though. I adore these movies just as much as the books, and I think it’s because they capture the spirit of the books so well.

One of my favorite scenes in The Fellowship of the Ring is the chapter titled, “Concerning Hobbits.” This scene makes me feel all warm and snuggly. The Shire is one of my favorite lands in Middle Earth, and I’ve given a lot of thought as to why that is. I think I love the concept that beauty and contentment can be found in a simple life. I feel like I can identify a lot with hobbits. “Where our hearts truly lie is in peace and quiet.” There’s nothing I like more than getting cozy in the peace and quiet of my own home with a select few close friends and family. But, I do love a good adventure once in a while to shake things up, which is probably why Bilbo Baggins is one of my very favorite literary characters of all time. He’s a got an adventurous side that’s tempered a bit by his introversion. Just like me!

In the “Concerning Hobbits” scene, we see the hobbits setting up for Bilbo’s birthday party. Among these preparations, a hobbit snatches a cupcake off a tray being carried to the party. I wanted to recreate these cupcakes as an ode to one of my favorite scenes in The Lord of the Rings.

Now, I have a confession to make: I am terrible at making cakes from scratch. I mean, absolutely terrible. This is something I’m working on, but I’m still not confident enough in making cakes to provide you with an elaborate cake recipe here on this blog. I usually just stick with boxed cake mixes, so for this recipe I’ll just say to use either a boxed yellow cake mix or your favorite yellow cake recipe.

On the other hand, I love making frosting from scratch, so you’ll find my favorite chocolate frosting recipe below. Combine the yellow cupcakes with this frosting and some rainbow sprinkles, and you’ve got cupcakes fit for any eleventy-first birthday party.

Bilbo's Birthday Cupcakes - A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Bilbo’s Birthday Cupcakes – A Lord of the Rings Recipe

Ingredients

  • Yellow cupcakes
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 to 3 Tbsp. milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • Rainbow sprinkles

Directions

  1. Combine the butter, powdered sugar, and cocoa powder until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla.
  3. Pour in the milk one Tbsp. at a time until the frosting reaches the desired consistency. You may not need it all.
  4. Frost the yellow cupcakes with the chocolate frosting.
  5. Sprinkle the rainbow sprinkles generously on top of the frosting.
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Anastasia’s Stroganoff Recipe

I never cared for stroganoff.

-Anastasia

stroganoff recipe

Did you read that like a Romanov?

Alright everybody, it’s time to make a recipe inspired by one of my favorite animated musicals, Anastasia! This is one of only a handful of non-Disney animated movies that I actually like, and I think the best part of it is the music. Yes, this movie is grossly inaccurate, historically speaking, but if you look at it just as a work of fiction, not based on real life, it’s a great story!

In one of the songs, Anastasia comments that she “never cared for stroganoff.” So, for this recipe, I figured I’d alter it a bit by taking out the only ingredient in stroganoff that I hate: mushrooms. Maybe it’s the mushrooms Anastasia never cared for. In that case, I bet she’d love this version, and I hope you do, too.

Anastasia's Stroganoff Recipe

Anastasia’s Stroganoff Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup sour cream

Directions

  1. Brown the ground beef in a large pan, and drain off the excess grease.
  2. Add to the ground beef the butter, onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and Worcestershire sauce, and mix well.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the beef broth and flour until no clumps remain.
  4. Add the broth/flour mixture to the pan with the seasoned beef.
  5. Heat the beef mixture over medium high heat, stirring constantly until the liquid thickens.
  6. Turn the heat off, and stir in the sour cream.
  7. Serve on top of egg noodles.
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Chop Suey – A Lady and the Tramp Recipe

Chop Suey - A Lady and the Tramp Recipe

When most people think of Lady and the Tramp, they think of the iconic scene with the spaghetti and meatballs. While I love spaghetti and meatballs, I don’t feel like it’s an interesting enough recipe to warrant its own blog post. So, in seeking to do a recipe based off of Lady and the Tramp, I went a little more obscure.

When Darling is pregnant, there’s a scene where she asks Jim Dear to go out and get her some foods she’s been craving in the middle of the night. One of those foods is chop suey. I love this detail, because it is so authentic to the time period. Chop suey was one of the first American Chinese food dishes, and it was immensely popular in the United States in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Chop suey is a simple dish, and it can be made with a variety of meats and vegetables, so feel free to switch up this recipe according to your tastes.

 

Chop Suey Recipe - Lady and the Tramp

Chop Suey – A Disney Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
  • olive oil
  • 3 cups of chopped vegetables, such as:
    • broccoli
    • carrots
    • onions
    • bell peppers
    • baby corn
    • cabbage
  • 2 Tbsp. oyster sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. chicken broth

Directions

  1. Cook the chicken pieces in the olive oil on medium-high heat, turning until they are just cooked on each side.
  2. Add the vegetables to the pan with the chicken, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a small bowl mix together the oyster sauce, soy sauce, cornstarch, garlic powder, salt and pepper, and chicken broth.
  4. Add the sauce mixture to the chicken and veggies in the pan, stirring well.
  5. Coook for an additional 5 minutes.

Serve this yummy dish over rice or noodles. Enjoy!

 

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Rey’s Sauteed Spinach – A Star Wars Recipe

Rey's Sauteed Spinach - A Star Wars Recipe

I’m back with another Star Wars recipe for this month’s Fandom Foodies theme, hosted by My Main is a Cook. #MaytheFork be with you!

In The Force Awakens, Rey’s Portion Bread seems to get all the attention, and with good reason! It’s pretty neat to see the bread bubble up from just powder and water. But, along with the bread, Rey cooks up sauteed greens of some kind to eat with her bread. They’re only shown on screen for a brief moment, so I’m not entirely sure what kind of plant this dish comes from in the Star Wars universe, but I figured spinach was a pretty close approximation in our world.

I love spinach, and I don’t understand how anyone could dislike it! This sauteed spinach recipe is so easy to make and is perfect as a nutritious side dish to any meal. You can change up the ingredients however you like, too.

Rey’s Sauteed Spinach – A Star Wars Recipe

Ingredients

  • spinach, 1 block frozen or 1 bag fresh baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Place the spinach and water in a frying pan.
  2. Heat the spinach until it is wilted and warmed through, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix until combined.
  4. Serve hot with any meal you like!

You can use either fresh or frozen spinach for this, but I used frozen spinach since it more closely resembled the portion packet Rey receives. This is very basic food, but that’s perfect because it’s what Rey lived off of for so long. It still tastes great, though. Enjoy, and may the force be with you!

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Apple Dumplings Recipe – Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang

Apple Dumpling Recipe - Disney's The Apple Dumpling Gang

I’m generally not a huge fan of the Disney movies that were made in the 1970s, but The Apple Dumpling Gang is a definite exception. As I’ve mentioned on this blog before, I was fascinated with frontier and pioneer life as a child, and The Apple Dumpling Gang fed that fascination nicely. This movie is exciting, endearing, and funny (mostly thanks to the ever hilarious Don Knotts). Even as an adult, I enjoy rewatching this movie. Just as charming as ever!

In the movie, Celia says that their new adoptive dad, Mr. Donavan, will allow them to eat all the apple dumplings they want. Sounds good to me! Apple dumplings are super easy to make, too, which is a huge plus.

Apple Dumpling Recipe – Disney’s The Apple Dumpling Gang

Ingredients

  • 4 apples, peeled and cored
  • pie crust, cut into 6-inch squares
  • 5 Tbsp. butter, divided
  • 4 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar

Directions

  1. Place each of the apples onto a square of pie crust.
  2. Stuff the hollow center of each apple with 1 Tbsp of brown sugar, 1 tsp. of cinnamon, and 1 Tbsp. butter.
  3. Wrap the pie crust around the apple, pinching it closed on top.
  4. Place the wrapped apples into a deep baking dish.
  5. Place the water, white sugar, and 1 Tbsp. butter into a pot.
  6. Heat the sugar/water mixture on medium heat until it starts to bubble, stirring constantly.
  7. Pour the sugar syrup over the apple dumplings. This will form a sweet, sticky sauce on the bottom of the pan.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F fro 45 minutes, or until the dumplings turn a golden brown color.

Serve the dumplings warm, and spoon some of the sauce on top of each serving. These are also great served with ice cream.

 

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Wookiee Cookies – A Star Wars Recipe

Wookiee Cookies - A Star Wars Recipe

Update: I am submitting this recipe to the monthly Fandom Foodies link-up! This month is Star Wars themed, hosted by My Main is a Cook. Check it out! #MayTheFork be with you!

 

I started this blog because I wanted to cook and eat the foods that the characters in my favorite fiction actually ate. When searching for recipes based off my favorite books and movies, I always found tons of recipes or food ideas that were cutesy in name or shape, but that weren’t actually foods that were found in the story. I was always disappointed in this, because I wanted to feel immersed in the story and feel like I was a part of it. Not to say that cutesy things are awful, but it’s just not what I wanted. And it’s not what I wanted this blog to be. That’s why, in general, the recipes you’ll find on this blog are an attempt to recreate actual foods that your favorite characters actually ate…with rare exceptions.

This recipe is one such exception. I have no idea what makes these cookies “wookiee cookies,” other than the fact that the Star Wars Cookbook called them that. BUT, these cookies are too delicious not to share. Plus, it’s just fun to say “wookiee cookies.”

I received the Star Wars Cookbook as a gift years ago (what can I say, my family knows me well), and while most of the recipes are just normal foods with cutesy names, many of the recipes are really good. (And the photos are hilarious, too!) When I tried this recipe from the cookbook, it quickly became one of my favorite cookie recipes. I hope you enjoy it!

Wookiee Cookies – A Star Wars Recipe

Adapted slightly from the Star Wars Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Beat together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until well incorporated.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla, and beat well.
  3. Sift the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon over the wet mixture, and mix until just incorporated.
  4. Add the chocolate chips.
  5. Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough onto a baking sheet.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

The combination of the milk chocolate and cinnamon in these cookies is fantastic!

 

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Rey’s Portion Bread – Star Wars Recipe

Rey's Portion Bread - Star Wars Recipe

Update: I am submitting this recipe to the monthly Fandom Foodies link-up! This month is Star Wars themed, hosted by My Main is a Cook. Check it out! #MayTheFork be with you!

 

I’ve been a Star Wars fan ever since I was a kid, and I’ve seen all of the movies so many times I’ve lost count! I know there were mixed feelings on The Force Awakens from Star Wars fans everywhere, but I loved it! In fact, I’d say it’s currently my second favorite Star Wars movie, the original being first, of course.

There isn’t a whole lot of food in the original Star Wars trilogy, so fans have had to be really creative when it comes to finding Star Wars recipes. I loved that The Force Awakens gave us a few more options.

The little loaf of bread Rey makes with the powder in her portion pack was such a fun detail! She mixes the powder with water and a cute little loaf of bread bubbles up.

I’ve seen a few recipes for Rey’s portion bread, but most of them are microwaved quick breads. I get that the microwave method is the most authentic we can get to having the bread form the way it did in the movie, but I don’t think the final product is very authentic. It will be soft and crumbly and may need to be eaten with a fork. The bread in the movie is sturdy, and Rey is able to easily hold it in her hand.

So, for my version of Rey’s portion bread, I decided to try to be more authentic in the final product, even if the method is less authentic. I went with traditional yeast rolls, and I decided to add spinach to give it the green color from the movie. I adapted this recipe for spinach bread that I found from The Novice Housewife.

Rey’s Portion Bread – Star Wars Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 packet rapid-rise yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 10 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese powder
  • 1 1/4 cup warm water
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast, flour, salt, and sugar.
  2. Add the spinach, garlic powder, and parmesan.
  3. Mix in the water and olive oil, and stir until smooth.
  4. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes, either by hand or using the dough hook attachment on a mixer.
  5. Place the dough in a greased bowl, and allow it to rise in a warm place for about an hour.
  6. Punch down the dough, and form it into individual rolls.
  7. Place the rolls on a baking sheet, and allow them to rise one more hour.
  8. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until browned on top.

These rolls are delicious, and they’re heartier than other rolls, which makes them perfect for surviving in the deserts of Jakku!

 

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