Cock-a-Leekie Soup – A Narnia Recipe

 

Narnian cock-a-leekie soup

The meal — which I suppose we must call dinner, though it was nearer tea time — was cock-a-leekie soup, and hot roast turkey, and a steamed pudding, and roast chestnuts, and as much fruit as you could eat.

-The Silver Chair

In The Silver Chair, the children, along with Puddleglum the Marshwiggle, become hopelessly lost in their quest to find the prince. They are tired and freezing cold when they find the House of Harfang, which they soon discover is a royal court filled with giants. The giant king and queen take them in and give them warm clothes and a hot meal, including cock-a-leekie soup.

Pole, Scrubb, and Puddleglum are super creeped out by these giants, even though they are being nice, and it turns out they have good reason to be creeped out, as the giants are not as nice as they seem! Still, the soup seemed hearty and comforting, so I wanted to recreate it.

Outside of the Narnia books, I had never heard of cock-a-leekie soup before, and I actually had no idea what it even was. So, I did some research and found out that cock-a-leekie soup is a traditional Scottish dish made of chicken and leeks (hence the name). Before making this soup, I had never purchased or cooked leeks before in my life. I don’t even think I had ever eaten leeks before, though it’s possible I have and just didn’t realize it or don’t remember. Either way, this was a new and interesting experience for me!

Cock-a-leekie soup is traditionally thickened with rice or barley. I love barley in soup, but I couldn’t find any barley in the store I normally shop at. I had rice at home, but I have a strong aversion to rice in soup (the reasons for which I will not get into on this blog!). In my research, I did find one source that stated potatoes could be used in place of barley or rice, so I went with that.

Traditionally, cock-a-leekie soup also contains prunes, but my sources say that it is acceptable to leave them out, and I went with that because prunes are gross 😉 .

This soup was rather unique and very enjoyable. I look forward to making it again when I can get my hands on some barley.

Cock-a-Leekie Soup - A Narnia Recipe

Cock-A-Leekie Soup – A Narnia Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 3 bone-in chicken thighs (or 4 bone-in chicken drumsticks)
  • 1 leek, sliced (see bottom of page for more info)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. dried parsley

Directions

  1. Place the chicken stock, carrot, celery, potato, onion, and chicken in a large pot, cover the pot, and cook on medium-high heat for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the chicken from the pot, remove the meat from the bones, and place the chicken meat back into the pot. Discard the bones.
  3. Add the leeks, salt, pepper, and parsley to the pot.
  4. Cook for 30 more minutes on medium heat.

For anyone like me who has never cooked with leeks before, here’s how to slice a leek: Cut the bottom root off the leek (about 1/2 inch off the white bottom). Cut about half of the green part of the leek off the top. Discard the roots and the tops of the leaves. Wash the leek well, as it may have dirt in the little crevices. Slice the remaining parts of the leek, white parts and green parts. The white part of the leek resembles an onion both in taste and appearance.

Lemon Tart – An American Girl Recipe

lemon tart recipe

In Happy Birthday, Molly! we meet Molly’s friend Emily. Emily is an English girl who comes to live with Molly and her family in the US during the war. She moves in just before Molly’s birthday, so Molly tries to include her in the party planning. The girls plan a traditional English tea party, and everything seems to be going well until Emily suggests serving a lemon tart instead of a birthday cake. Molly just can’t imagine her birthday without a cake. I have to say, I’m on Molly’s side with this one.

Still, I thought a lemon tart sounded delightful for a non-birthday party. This tart is very rich, so much so that I could only really stomach a small sliver at a time, but it was still delicious, and it makes plenty to share! I used this recipe to make this tart, and I think it turned out well.

Lemon Tart - An American Girl Recipe

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

Filling

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • powdered sugar, for dusting

Directions

  1. Mix together all the ingredients for the crust until it forms a crumbly dough.
  2. Press the dough into a tart pan or pie tin.
  3. Bake the crust at 350 degrees F for about 15 minutes.
  4. Mix together the filling ingredients until smooth.
  5. Pour the filling into the baked crust.
  6. Bake the tart for an additional 20 minutes. Wrap the edges with aluminum foil to prevent burning on the edges (as you can see in the photos, I neglected to do that part 😉 )
  7. Allow the tart to cool, and dust it with powdered sugar before serving.

Honeyed Berry Crepes – A Legend of Zelda Recipe

Honeyed Berry Crepes - A Legend of Zelda Recipe

I think this is my favorite Zelda recipe I’ve made so far! It was so easy to make, yet so delicious. In Breath of the Wild, there are a lot of different crepe variations, but this one sounded the most delicious to me.

I used strawberries for the topping, but you can substitute an equal amount of any kind of berry you prefer. If you use smaller berries, like raspberries, blueberries, or blackberries, you won’t have to dice them, which will save you some time in the kitchen, but strawberries are my favorite still!

Using honey as a sweetener always makes me feel like a forager…which I guess is the whole point of this recipe!

Honeyed Berry Crepes - A Legend of Zelda Recipe

Honeyed Berry Crepes – A Legend of Zelda Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries, diced
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted

Directions

  1. Combine the strawberries and honey in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat the berry mixture over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  3. In a blender, blend together the remaining ingredients (flour, eggs, milk, salt, and butter).
  4. Heat up a greased medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup of the crepe batter into the pan and tilt the pan around until the batter is evenly distributed on the bottom.
  6. Cook the crepe for about 2 minutes.
  7. Flip the crepe over and cook for about 1 more minute.
  8. Transfer the crepe to a plate, and repeat the process until the batter is gone.
  9. Fold the crepes into triangles and pour the berries on top.

Eggs Machiavellian – The Sims Recipe

eggs machiavellian

I think this Eggs Machiavellian recipe is my very favorite recipe based on The Sims. First of all, the name just makes me laugh. Second of all, it’s one of the most unique recipes you can find on The Sims.

To make Eggs Machiavellian on The Sims, you only need eggs and watermelon, but when you see the dish plated, there is obviously bacon on the plate. The proportions here are based on the individual serving plate in the game.

I thought the combination of watermelon and fried eggs sounded repulsive at first, but I tried it out for novelty’s sake, and guess what? It was actually pretty good! I’m not sure if I’d ever make this dish again, but it was a fun thing to eat at least once.

So, be adventurous and make yourself some Eggs Machiavellian for breakfast!

Eggs Machiavellian - The Sims Recipe

Eggs Machiavellian – The Sims Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 slice of bacon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 slices of watermelon, cut into triangles
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Crack the eggs into a large skillet, heated on a stove, and place the bacon and watermelon beside them.
  2. Season the eggs and watermelon with salt and pepper.
  3. Cook for about 1 minute, then flip the watermelon pieces over.
  4. Cook for 1 more minute, remove the watermelon pieces to a plate, and turn the bacon over.
  5. Cook for 2 more minutes, or until the bacon and eggs are cooked to your liking.
  6. Place the bacon and eggs onto the plate next to the watermelon.

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.

Samantha’s Pink Lemonade – An American Girl Recipe

Pink Lemonade Recipe - American Girl

In Happy Birthday, Samantha! Samantha throws a “grown-up” tea party in honor of her 10th birthday. They serve tea sandwiches, petit fours, peppermint ice cream, and pink lemonade.

When I re-read this book recently (for the first time since I was a child), I started wondering about pink lemonade and how it was made. I mean, I knew it wasn’t made from pink lemons, but I never considered pink lemonade being a thing back in the early 1900s. I always just thought the pink color came from artificial coloring. I’m sure that’s where the color comes from nowadays in premade pink lemonade mixes, but it wasn’t always that way. It turns out, pink lemonade is traditionally made with a splash of cranberry juice.

So, while this recipe is incredibly simple, I really wanted to share it with you in case anyone else out there would love to make their own pink lemonade!

Samantha's Pink Lemonade - An American Girl Recipe

Samantha’s Pink Lemonade – An American Girl Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • extra sugar, to taste

Directions

  1. In a small pot on the stove, melt the water and 1 cup of sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Allow the sugar mixture to cool to room temperature.
  3. Combine the sugar water, lemon juice, and cranberry juice in a pitcher, and stir well.
  4. Chill the lemonade in the refrigerator, and add extra sugar if you think it needs it. If you use 100% cranberry juice, you will probably want more sugar. If you use a cranberry juice cocktail, you likely will not need more sugar.

I love the idea of pink lemonade as a tea alternative at a tea party. It’s still fun and fancy, and it’s perfect for serving with fancy tea-time treats.

 

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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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Meat Pie – A Downton Abbey Recipe

Meat Pies - A Downton Abbey Recipe

In Downton Abbey, most of the food we see is the fancy stuff that the “upstairs” folks eat. A lot of this fancy food looks beautiful and delicious, but some of it just sounds gross. However, we don’t see a lot of what the “downstairs” servants eat. So, when I saw an opportunity to recreate some more common English foods, I knew I had to take it.

In one of the episodes where Alfred is learning to cook, Jimmy makes fun of him for cooking such fancy things. As a retort, Alfred says, “We can’t all live off of battered fish and meat pies.” Well, that actually sounds pretty good to me.

English meat pies can be made with a variety of different meats and vegetables, but the most common vegetables are potatoes, carrots, and peas. I left the peas out of this pie because my husband hates them (which really stinks because peas are my absolute favorite vegetable!) But I’m going to include peas in the list of ingredients for you because they really give an added element of authenticity to these pies. You can make one big pie, like I did, or you can make smaller individual pies. It’s really up to you.

Meat Pie - A Downton Abbey Recipe

Meat Pies – A Downton Abbey Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground beef, browned
  • 1 medium potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup sweet peas
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup beef gravy
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 pie crusts
  • 1 egg

Directions

  1. Boil the potato pieces and carrot pieces in a pot of water on the stove for about 10 minutes, or until the vegetables start to get soft.
  2. Drain the water from the carrots and potatoes.
  3. Combine the browned beef, cooked potatoes, cooked carrots, peas, onion powder, worcestershire sauce, gravy, and salt and pepper into a large bowl, mixing well.
  4. Line a pie dish or a deep pan with one pie crust, and pour the meat mixture on top of it.
  5. Place the second pie crust on top of the meat mixture, sealing the edges closed.
  6. Cut some slits into the center of the crust.
  7. Whisk the egg in a small bowl, and brush the top of the pie with egg.
  8. Bake the pie at 375 degrees F for about 45 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown.

 

Goopy Carbonara – A Sims Recipe

Goopy Carbonara - A Sims Recipe

One of my favorite game mechanics in the Sims is the cooking! I love that you can level up your Sim’s cooking abilities, and I also love that the available recipes to cook change according to the time of day. Another fun thing about the cooking on the Sims games is when one of your Sims craves a certain food.

One food that seems to be popular with my Sims when I play is Goopy Carbonara. I don’t blame them, as this recipe is delicious. Plus, it’s just fun to say “goopy carbonara.” I made this recipe a bit different than traditional spaghetti carbonara, as I knew I had to make it extra “goopy” to live up to its name.

Goopy Carbonara - The Sims Recipe

Goopy Carbonara – A Sims Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 Tbsp. flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • parsley, fresh or dried, to garnish

Directions

  1. Melt the butter in a pot on the stove.
  2. Stir the flour into the melted butter.
  3. On medium heat, add the milk to the butter/flour mixture, whisking until well incorporated.
  4. Allow the sauce to cook on the stove until it is thick and bubbly, making sure to stir constantly to keep it from clumping.
  5. Add the parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to the sauce, and set aside.
  6. Cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions.
  7. Drain the water and return the spaghetti to the pot.
  8. Add the olive oil to the spaghetti, tossing until it’s well coated.
  9. Add in the crumbled bacon.
  10. Pour the sauce over the spaghetti and bacon, and sprinkle with parsley.

There you have it! A goopy spaghetti dish that’s delicious and filling.

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 🙂

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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