Summer Salad – A Redwall Recipe

Redwall summer salad recipe

Summer salad appears in many of the different books in the Redwall series. Pretty much whenever there’s a meal during summer, it includes summer salad. However, the specific ingredients of the salad are never mentioned, so I had to get a little creative with this one.

I started with lettuce, of course, then decided I wanted to include some fresh summer produce. Well, my very favorite fruit is strawberries, and I love strawberries on salad, so that was an easy choice. I knew this salad had to have some nuts and cheese on it, since Redwallers are all so fond of those two ingredients. Almonds are my favorite nut, and they taste great with strawberries. Finally, for the cheese, I went with crumbled bleu cheese to really give the salad a punch of flavor.

This salad is so easy to make, and you may just feel like a squirrel or a mouse while you eat it.

Summer Salad - A Redwall Recipe

Summer Salad – A Redwall Recipe

Ingredients

  • Lettuce or leafy greens of your choosing, chopped
  • Strawberries, sliced
  • Bleu cheese crumbles
  • Sliced almonds
  • Balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Directions

  1. Slice the strawberries and chop the lettuce.
  2. Add all the ingredients into a big bowl and toss to combine. Easy!

 

Summer Vegetable Soup – A Redwall Recipe

Vegetable Soup - A Redwall Recipe

Ever since I first discovered the Redwall books about 15 years ago, I’ve always wanted to be transported to Mossflower wood to live at Redwall Abbey. Life just seems so simple and beautiful there. To me, the food these peaceful creatures eat perfectly embodies the magically simple lifestyle they lead. The creatures of Redwall are vegetarian, with the exception of fish, and most of the food they eat is either grown right on the Abbey grounds or foraged in the surrounding forest. I often wonder what my role would be if I lived at Redwall Abbey. Gardener? Cook? Record keeper? I don’t think I’d mind doing any of those things, especially if it meant I could live in comfortable simplicity.

This vegetable soup recipe was inspired by a scene in¬†Doomwyte, where the characters have a glorious summer picnic by the banks of a river in the middle of the woods. A vegetable soup is mentioned briefly, and I knew immediately that I wanted to recreate it. Since this was a summertime picnic, I knew this soup had to be light and summery, rather than a heavy winter soup, so the ingredients reflect that. Also keep in mind that in order to remain true to the source, I used vegetable broth to make this soup truly vegetarian. Chicken broth or beef stock would taste wonderful in this soup, but then it wouldn’t be something out of Redwall, so keep that in mind if you’re tempted to make substitutions ūüôā

Summer Vegetable Soup - A Redwall Recipe

Summer Vegetable Soup – A Redwall Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 5 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 1 cup green beans, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot on the stove.
  2. Add the onion to the butter and cook until translucent (this should only take a minute or so).
  3. Add the broth, potato, carrot, and celery to the onion.
  4. Cook the broth and root veggies on medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until the veggies start to become soft.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the soup, and stir well.
  6. Cook the soup for an additional 10 minutes.

This soup is light but delicious, perfect for a summer feast. I do hope that cooking and enjoying this soup will help to transport you to Redwall Abbey, even if only for a moment.

 

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Blueberry Pear Crumble – Redwall – Doomwyte

Blueberry Pear Crumble Recipe - Redwall

I didn’t discover the Redwall books until I was a teenager, but once I did, I was hooked. I love everything about these books. The simplistically beautiful setting, the adorable characters, and of course the descriptions of food! Food plays a major part in the lives of the creatures who live at Redwall Abbey, and the author goes to great lengths to describe the feasts in detail.

In Doomwyte, which is the 20th of the 22 books in the series, the characters have a marvelous picnic feast by the riverbank. Included in this feast is “damson pear crumble.” After some research, I discovered that damson is a kind of plum. I love plums, but they are not in season right now, so I had to leave them out. Pears aren’t in season either, but it is really easy to find canned pears…not so much with canned plums. To give the crumble a bit of the purple color missing from the plums, I added some frozen blueberries to the mix.

A “crumble” is also what we might call a “crisp.” Usually a base of syrupy fruit cooked with a crumbly oat topping. The great thing about this crumble is that it is really adaptable. You can make it all year long, using whatever fruit happens to be in season or whatever fruit you can find canned.

Blueberry Pear Crumble Recipe –

Doomwyte – Redwall

Ingredients

  • 2 cups pears, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen or fresh
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 5 Tbsp. quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp. nuts (optional)
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, cold

Directions

  1. Place the pears and blueberries into a pie dish or deep baking pan.
  2. Sprinkle the lemon juice on top of the fruit.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the brown sugar, oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, and nuts.
  4. Cut the cold butter into the oat mixture until combined and crumbly.
  5. Sprinkle the oat mixture on top of the fruit.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20 minutes.

I think the Friar might suggest serving this crumble with ice cream or whipped cream, but it is also perfectly delightful on its own.

I chose to leave out the nuts, because I don’t like them, but adding nuts would give this dish a distinctly Redwall feel.

 

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Banana Almond Bread Recipe – Redwall

Nut breads make many appearances throughout the Redwall series, and it makes sense. Squirrels, mice, and other small critters do eat a lot of nuts and seeds. This banana almond bread was inspired by the nut bread Matthias eats for breakfast in the first Redwall book.

As a kid, I was never a fan of banana nut bread, but then I realized that it was the walnuts everybody used that I didn’t like. Banana bread is delicious, but I am not a fan of walnuts. So, when I decided to make a nut bread inspired by¬†Redwall, I set out to find a recipe that used a different kind of nut. I found all sorts of interesting recipes, including a coconut bread with macadamia nuts, which sounded amazing, but I figured macadamia nuts were a little too exotic for¬†Redwall. I finally settled on a banana almond bread recipe from Your Cup of Cake. I altered the recipe a bit to fit my needs. First, I incorporated the almonds into the bread itself, whereas the original recipe put the almonds on the top. Second, I divided the recipe in half to make only one loaf instead of two.

Cook up a loaf of this banana almond bread for the perfect Redwall breakfast.
Cook up a loaf of this banana almond bread for the perfect Redwall breakfast.

Banana Almond Bread Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (1/2 stick), softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup slivered or sliced almonds

Directions

  1. Beat together the butter and sugar until well incorporated.
  2. Add the egg, and mix until fluffy
  3. Pour the milk and flavor extracts into the mix, and stir well.
  4. Sift in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and mix until just incorporated (don’t overmix!)
  5. Add the bananas and almonds and mix until you can’t see big chunks of banana anymore.
  6. Pour the batter into a greased loaf pan.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees F for 60 minutes, or until cooked through and browned on top. If the bread starts to get too brown on top before it’s finished cooking in the middle, cover it with some foil for the duration of the cooking period.

Let me tell you, this almond bread smelled absolutely divine while it was baking, and it tasted amazing, too. I can’t wait to experiment with other nut breads in the future, perhaps for another Redwall breakfast menu!

 

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Simple Redwall Breakfast Menu

Redwall is the first book in a long series by Brian Jacques. This series follows the mice, squirrels, hedgehogs, and other animals who live in the iconic Redwall Abbey. It is one of my favorite series, and I just love to get lost in its world. In the Redwall series, food is practically a supporting character. Mr. Jacques describes the food in great detail, and it really gives the reader a good idea of what life is like at the Redwall Abbey and beyond.

Sometimes Redwall Abbey hosts great feasts, but other times characters dine on simpler fare. Such is the case with this Redwall breakfast menu. This is one of the breakfasts that Matthias, the main character in the first book, eats while he tries to figure out how to defend Redwall Abbey from Cluny the Scourge.

Fuel up for the day with this Redwall breakfast.
Fuel up for the day with this Redwall breakfast.

The creatures of Redwall Abbey are pescatarians, meaning they do not eat meat, but they do eat fish. Their diet mainly consists of foods made with nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables. This particular meal consists of nut bread, apples, and fresh goat’s milk. If you’re not a fan of goat’s milk, I’m sure substituting cow’s milk or a non-dairy milk would still be in the spirit of¬†Redwall.

Redwall Breakfast Menu

Check out the recipe I used for banana almond bread, or make your own nut bread. Since the book was non-specific as to what kind of nut bread Matthias ate, you can have some fun with it and use your imagination. Use any kind of nut you choose. You can also make pumpkin nut bread or coconut nut bread, or another variation other than banana bread.

Pair your favorite nut bread with some fresh apples and a bowl (or cup) of goat’s milk to really transport yourself to Redwall Abbey. Yum!

redwall-breakfast-menu

 

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