My Top 5 Favorite Recipes

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Last month, I celebrated the one-year anniversary of this blog! I started this blog because I wanted to reconnect with two passions of mine: fantasy stories and food! What started as just a fun little hobby has turned into much more than that. Through re-reading my favorite books, rewatching my favorite movies, and creating delicious new foods, I really feel like I have rediscovered a piece of myself that I had previously let fall by the wayside. In addition to that, I’ve met lots of wonderful people and discovered that there are tons of fans out there who love recreating fantasy foods as much as I do!

As part of my celebration of blogging for one whole year, I decided to make a list of my top 5 favorite recipes on this blog. These are all recipes that just felt so magical to me, like I was stepping straight into a fairy tale. If you’re a more recent follower, some of these recipes may be new to you. Regardless, I think they are all worth revisiting. Enjoy!

Apple Dumpling Recipe - Disney's The Apple Dumpling Gang

The Apple Dumpling Gang was one of my favorite movies as a kid. When I started up this blog, I realized I had never tasted an apple dumpling, let alone made one, so I knew I had to turn it into a blog post. I’m so glad I did! Apple dumplings are so easy to make and they have that “down home cooking” taste. Even if you’re not familiar with the movie, give this recipe a try!

Another favorite story from my childhood! I’ve always loved English muffins, but had never even attempted to make them from home until I wrote this post. These English muffins may not be much to look at, and the dough can be a bit tricky to work with, but don’t let that put you off. Homemade English muffins taste infinitely better than the store bought kind! They were so flavorful that I could eat them plain, without any jam or even butter. Couldn’t do that with a store bought English muffin.

Bilbo Baggins Seedcake Recipe Hobbit Lord of the Rings

I absolutely felt like I had stepped into the pages of a storybook when I created and ate this seedcake, and you all seem to agree! This recipe for Bilbo’s seedcake is by far the most popular recipe on my blog. If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for? It will make you feel like a hobbit, I promise.

I got this recipe from the official Narnia cookbook. I just love official fandom cookbooks, don’t you? These cakes were like a more rustic fantasy version of an oatmeal cookie. They were so yummy and sweet, but with really simple ingredients. In fact, if you bake often, you probably have all the ingredients you need to make these oatcakes right now. Go for it!

As a girl, I loved all the American Girl books, and my American Girl Doll, Kirsten, went everywhere with me (seriously no exaggeration! I have a very vivid memory of flying home after visiting my grandparents, and I had to place Kirsten on the security belt to be x-rayed at airport security. I was so worried to let her out of my sight!) I have a copy of Kirsten’s cookbook that I received as a gift when I was a little girl, and it is well worn because the recipes in it are out of this world. One of those recipes is for a traditional Swedish spice cookie called Pepparkakor. My whole family loves Pepparkakor cookies so much that the cookbook automatically opens to that page after over two decades of use. Even if you couldn’t care less about American Girl dolls or books, check out this recipe. It’s a perfect Christmas cookie.

 

So there you have it! My favorite recipes on this blog (so far). I look forward to spending another year reading enchanting books, watching awesome movies, and cooking and eating delicious food. Won’t you join me?

Good food is meant to be shared!

Food ‘N Flix August Round-Up – Secondhand Lions Recipes

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This month it was my privilege to host Food ‘N Flix, an online movie club where we watch different movies and cook food inspired by those films. I chose the movie Secondhand Lions, because it is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I loved all the recipes everyone came up with! In this post, you’ll find a round-up of all the recipes. Enjoy!

Colleen from Faith, Hope, Love & Luck Survive Despite A Whiskered Accomplice made these wonderfully unique Jalapeño and Peach Cornbread Dinner Donuts. She says, “In my mind, it’s the kind of food a bunch of crazy and adventurous old uncles would let you eat for dinner.”

Deb at Kahakai Kitchen was inspired by all the corn in the movie, too, with her Moroccan Corn Chowder. She “wanted to make a corn chowder as a nod to all that corn…And I wanted to add some Moroccan ingredients and flavors to change it up from the many corn chowders and corn soups.”

Heather from All Roads Lead to the Kitchen shared a great Homemade Creamed Corn recipe with us. She says that when the uncles were “…left with an awful lot of corn. It was actually kind of glorious. That corn was the inspiration for my recipe this month.”

 

Most people were inspired by the corn in the movie, and it’s no wonder, but Debra at Eliot’s Eats gave us a delicious recipe for authentic Moroccan Sand Cookies. She says, “I definitely wanted to do something a bit different for this round and I was more inspired from the Moroccan flashbacks…I finally settled on “Sand Cookies”, a version of  Moroccan Ghoriba Cookies.”

Amy from Amy’s Cooking Adventures joined in with a yummy recipe for Puppy Chow (or Lion Chow if you prefer!) “The uncles order a lion for some hunting, but inadvertently purchase a sickly ex-circus lion.  Walter convinces them to let him nurse the lion back to health and more antics ensue. Including a purchase of a large quantity of “Purina Lion Chow”. And that ended up being my recipe inspiration! Puppy chow = lion chow.”

Camilla from Culinary Adventures with Camilla was inspired by Jasmine, the love of Hub’s life, with The Jasmine McCann. She says, “Inspired by Hub and Jasmine’s romance, I knew that I wanted to use fresh jasmine blossoms. I asked all my local gardening gals and found a blooming bush. Though true love never dies, the jasmine bush does. I picked just a few sprigs.”

Evelyne from CulturEatz was also inspired by Morocco with her Moroccan Corn Chickpea Salad. She says, “My recipe inspiration came from the old stories of times past spent in North Africa, probably mostly Morocco.”

Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm shared a family favorite recipe for Corn Casserole. She says, “I had to go with corn though.  Those poor guys were eating corn until it came out of their ears.”

And finally, the recipe I made for Secondhand Lions was Moroccan Couscous. I of course included some corn in the recipe, too!

moroccan couscous recipe

I had so much fun hosting this month, and I hope you had fun following along! Eliot’s Eats will be hosting Food ‘N Flix for September, and the chosen film is To Kill A Mockingbird, a classic!

 

Good food is meant to be shared!

Announcing August’s Food ‘N Flix Pick: Secondhand Lions

Texas BBQ, anyone?

This month I am hosting Food ‘N Flix here at Fictional Fare! Food ‘N Flix is an online club where we cook and eat food inspired by different movies. Each month, a different blog hosts and chooses the theme. I’ve participated a couple times but am so excited for my first time hosting! The film I chose for August’s theme is a little-known movie called Secondhand Lions.

Y’all, this movie is such a gem. It’s one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time. Starring Haley Joel Osment, Michael Caine, and Robert Duvall, Secondhand Lions is a coming-of-age story that just makes me feel happy, no matter my mood.

The movie is set in Texas in the 1950s, but there are lots of flashback scenes to exotic places, like Morocco. I love the visual imagery in this movie, and the story is heartwarming and family friendly.

Now, I don’t want to oversell the movie and leave you disappointed, so I will say that it is not perfect. (I’ve got a few issues with the ending…but won’t mention those specific issues here for fear of spoilers 😉 ) But, despite its issues, this movie never fails to make me laugh and cry. I hope you find it as charming as I do. If not, that’s okay, but let me down gently, will ya? 🙂

So, if this sounds like fun to you, here’s how you can participate in Food ‘N Flix:

  1. Watch Secondhand Lions (of course!) You can check it out here.
  2. Take inspiration from the film to cook up something tasty.
  3. Post about your recipe on your blog, linking back to this announcement post and the Food ‘N Flix website…OR…Post a photo of your creation on your public Instagram account with the recipe in the caption, along with #FoodNFlix
  4. E-mail your entry to me at fictionalfare@gmail.com and cc heather@foodnflixclub.com , including in your e-mail:
    • Your name
    • The name of your blog or Instagram account
    • The name of your recipe and the direct link to the post about it
    • A photo of your creation, or permission to pull a photo from your blog post
    • The subject line: “Food ‘N Flix Submission”

The deadline for submission is Tuesday, August 29. I will e-mail you a confirmation when I receive your submission so you’ll know if I got it! I’ll also share your post on my Facebook and Pinterest pages with #FoodNFlix

I do hope you’ll join us this month, and let me know if you have any questions! Check out the Food ‘N Flix guidelines for further details about participation if you’re stuck. So excited to see what you all come up with!

 

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Good food is meant to be shared!