Smiley Breakfast Porridge – Disney’s Mulan Recipe

“Got breakfast for you! Look, you get porridge! And it’s happy to see you!”

-Mushu, Disney’s Mulan

Smiley Breakfast Porridge - Disney's Mulan Recipe

In Disney’s Mulan, there’s a cute scene where Mushu wakes up Mulan for her first day of training. He’s made porridge for her, and he even arranged the bacon and eggs to form a smiley face. Cute!

While researching Chinese rice porridge, I came across several recipes for what’s called congee. It’s a savory porridge made of rice that has been boiled in a lot of water until it is soft and mushy. It was really simple to make. I’ll show you how!

Smiley Breakfast Porridge – Disney’s Mulan Recipe


  • 1/2 cup rice
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 slice of bacon
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Mix together the rice and water in a pot on the stove. I know this may seem like way too much water, but this porridge is supposed to be mushy.
  2. Bring the water and rice mixture to simmering, and simmer it for about 1 1/2 hours, or until it reaches the desired consistency. Make sure the rice doesn’t boil.
  3. In a separate pan, fry two eggs and one piece of bacon. Fold the bacon over into a smiley shape as it cooks.
  4. Transfer the porridge to a bowl, and place the eggs and bacon on top of it in the form of a smiley face.
  5. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto the eggs and porridge as desired.

This recipe is super simple, but it makes sure that your morning is a happy one!


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Bifur’s Apple Tart – The Hobbit Recipe

Bifur's Apple Tart - The Hobbit Recipe

When Bilbo finds himself hosting an “unexpected party” of dwarves (plus one wizard), he scurries around gathering food items to serve his guests. As each dwarf appears on his doorstep, he requests a new food item. Bifur requests “raspberry jam and apple tart.”

Though in the context of the book, I think Bifur was asking for raspberry jam and apple tart separately, I decided to combine them! When I found this recipe for a rustic apple tart, it called for a few Tablespoons of apricot preserves. When I read this, I knew instantly that I wanted to incorporate Bifur’s request and change the apricot preserves to raspberry jam.

The resulting apple tart turned out beautifully. The red color of the jam made the tart more visually stunning, and it added a depth of flavor that made me want to eat this entire apple tart in one sitting.

Bifur’s Raspberry Jam and Apple Tart – The Hobbit Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups plus 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 12 Tbsp. butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch-thick pieces
  • 1/3 cup ice-cold water
  • 3 1/2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 2 large apples, peeled, cored, and cut into thin slices
  • 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 Tbsp. seedless raspberry jam, melted


  1. Add the 1 1/2 cups of flour, the salt, and the cold butter to a food processor, and pulse until a crumbly mixture forms.
  2. Add the cold water, and pulse for a few more seconds until combined (the mixture will still be a bit crumbly).
  3. Pour the crumbly dough onto a floured surface and knead it for a few seconds until the dough comes together in a ball.
  4. Flatted the ball of dough, and roll it out in a round shape until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  5. Place the dough round onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  6. In a small bowl, mix together 2 Tbsp. of sugar with 1 Tbsp. of flour.
  7. Sprinkle the sugar/flour mixture onto the dough round.
  8. Place the apple slices on top of the flour/sugar mixture. Arrange them in a circular overlapping pattern, leaving a couple inches of dough free around the edges.
  9. Fold over the edges of the dough, overlapping the apples a bit.
  10. Brush the melted butter on top of the apples.
  11. Sprinkle the top of the tart with 1 1/2 Tbsp. of sugar.
  12. Chill the tart in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  13. Bake at 400 degrees F for about an hour. If the tart starts to get too brown before the hour is up, place a layer of aluminum foil on top to keep it from burning.
  14. Brush the melted raspberry jam on top of the cooked tart, and allow it to cool slightly.

This apple tart was so easy to make, but it still looked beautiful and tasted amazing. It made me want to plan a trip to the Misty Mountains. If only…


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Mr. Tumnus’ Sugar-Topped Cake – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Recipe

Mr. Tumnus' Sugar-Topped Cake - Narnia Recipe

In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which is the first book in The Chronicles of Narnia, Lucy meets a faun in the woods. This faun, named Mr. Tumnus, invites Lucy to come have tea with him. This is possibly one of the most iconic scenes in the book, and it’s no doubt why. The combination of the beautiful snowy scene with the meeting of a magical creature is the stuff of fantasy.

C.S. Lewis goes into great detail describing the contents of the table at that tea, and among them is a “sugar-topped cake.” There have been many interpretations of this cake on different blogs and cookbooks, and each author has their own idea as to how that cake might have looked and tasted.

In the Official Narnia Cookbook, the cake is described as one with bits of dried fruit inside. I thought that sounded gross, as I’m not a huge fan of dried fruits in baked goods. The recipe also says that the cake is topped with a sugar icing, and not just sugar on its own. The icing seemed too fussy for me for an everyday sort of tea like this one, though.

Taking these things into consideration, I decided to make a crumb coffee cake dusted with powdered sugar. I know this is pretty inauthentic but, it’s my blog and I’ll cook what I want to! 😉 Plus, this coffee cake was yummy.

I adapted this recipe from Martha Stewart.


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • powdered sugar


  1. Mix together the egg, milk and vanilla in a large bowl.
  2. Sift 1 1/2 cups of the flour together with the sugar, baking powder and salt on top of the wet mixture.
  3. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together.
  4. Pour the batter into a well-greased square or round dish.
  5. In a separate bowl, stir together the brown sugar, cinnamon, and remaining 1 1/4 cup flour.
  6. Pour the melted butter over the brown sugar mixture, and toss until it forms a crumb texture.
  7. Sprinkle the crumb mixture over the batter in the baking dish.
  8. Bake at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes, or until done in the center.
  9. Once cool, dust the top of the cake with powdered sugar.

Serve up this cake as part of an afternoon tea party, just like the one Mr. Tumnus threw for Lucy.


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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


  • 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


  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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Fruity Oaty Bars – Serenity

Fruity Oaty Bars Recipe - Serenity

I’ve been trying to make up some Fruity Oaty Bars for a really long time! I’ve tried a bunch of different recipes, and none of them turned out well at all. I truly almost gave up, but I decided to give it one more go…and this batch actually turned out okay!

For those “non-Browncoats” out there, Fruity Oaty Bars are featured in the movie Serenity, which is based off the TV show, Firefly. In the movie, there is a TV advertisement for a product called Fruity Oaty Bars. It has a catchy little tune, too 🙂 Well, the advertisement turns out to have some serious subliminal messages hidden within it, which causes a bit of a problem for the crew.

In the animated advertisement, the bars are rainbow colored. I tried my best to recreate that, but if you don’t want to dye the dough, you don’t have to. Just leave that step out.

I used this recipe from CookFiction as inspiration and adapted it slightly to suit my tastes.

Fruity Oaty Bars – Serenity


  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • food coloring (optional)
  • 1 cup jam (any flavor)


  1. Beat together the butter and sugar.
  2. Add the oats, flour, and salt, and mix until crumbly.
  3. Add the egg, applesauce, and vanilla and mix until just combined.
  4. Divide the dough evenly into 4 small bowls.
  5. Mix each portion of dough with a different color of food coloring.
  6. Press half of the dough into the bottom of a square pan, alternating colors to form a rainbow look.
  7. Spread the jam on top of the dough.
  8. Sprinkle the remaining dough on top of the jam, again alternating colors.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes.
  10. Slice the bars across the colored strips to form a rainbow.

I love the combination of jam and oats in these bars, and the pretty colors make them extra fun to eat!


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Link’s Fried Egg and Curry Rice – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

zelda curry rice recipe

I’ll start with a bit of a disclaimer: I have not yet played Breath of the Wild, since I do not own a console to play it on. However, I am a huge fan of The Legend of Zelda. The first Zelda game I ever played was Ocarina of Time of the N64, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I love exploring the different worlds and meeting the different characters.

I’ve often wondered what Link and other Hyrulians eat each day, then I heard that Breath of the Wild has a cooking component, and I knew I had to research all the recipes from the game. So, though I haven’t played the game, I’ve loved discovering recipes that some of my favorite characters may eat.

For this recipe, I merged two recipes listed for the game: curry rice and fried egg and rice. I thought a plain fried egg on plain rice sounded a bit boring, so I merged it with the curry rice recipe and came up with this tasty concoction.

The curry rice tasted so delicious and warmed me right up, and the fried egg added some substance to the dish. It was the perfect early lunch.

Link’s Fried Egg and Curry Rice – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup diced bell peppers
  • 1 Tbsp. curry powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the rice and bell peppers, and cook for about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the curry powder and water, and stir until all the rice is coated in seasoning.
  4. Crack the eggs evenly over the top of the rice.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Cover the pan and cook until the eggs are done to your liking.

The recipe I found online calls for Goron spice, but I think curry powder works just fine, too. 😉


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Deanna Troi’s Ultimate Chocolate Sundae – Star Trek: The Next Generation

Ultimate Chocolate Sundae Recipe - Star Trek

Hey! It’s my first Star Trek recipe! In trying to think of recipes inspired by Star Trek, I’ve had a bit of a hard time since a lot of the foods mentioned are made from foods that are not found on Earth. But then I started thinking about Counselor Troi and her love of chocolate…

For me Star Trek: The Next Generation falls into that “so bad its good” sweet spot. It’s so nerdy and so 80s, but so captivating. Part of the appeal for me, I admit, is that I have many fond memories of watching TNG and Voyager with my family growing up.

Deanna Troi is one of my favorite characters on this show, and I think it’s because of her heightened emotions and sensitivity. I love that her high sensitivity is seen as an asset to the crew of the Enterprise, rather than a detriment. I think we, as a society, could learn something from that. It’s okay to be sensitive and to make decisions based on intuition and feeling. There should be plenty of room for people like that in our society, and they can help us all if we let them!

One of Counselor Troi’s favorite things is chocolate. She’s always replicating some kind of chocolate concoction, whether it’s a mug of hot chocolate right before bed, or a delicious hot fudge sundae after dinner.

Enter the ultimate chocolate sundae. Almost all of the components are chocolate! I almost dipped the maraschino cherry in melted chocolate, too, but I figured the red would give a nice pop of color to the photograph.

Below are two really easy recipes: one for homemade hot fudge, and one for chocolate whipped cream. Use these recipes to make the most decadent hot fudge sundae you’ve ever eaten!

Easy Homemade Hot Fudge

From The Pioneer Woman

homemade hot fudge recipe


  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/4 cups chocolate chips


  1. Add both ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on high for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir until smooth.

Chocolate Whipped Cream Recipe

Adapted from The First Year

chocolate whipped cream


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar


  1. Dump all ingredients into a mixing bowl.
  2. Beat until the ingredients are well incorporated and stiff peaks form.

Deanna Troi’s Ultimate Chocolate Sundae – Star Trek: The Next Generation


  • Chocolate ice cream
  • Hot fudge
  • Chocolate whipped cream
  • Chocolate chips
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Any other chocolate-y ingredients you can find!

Layer all of the ingredients to your liking, and enjoy!


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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


  • 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


  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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Homemade English Muffins – A Little Princess

homemade english muffin recipe

A Little Princess was one of my favorite books when I was a child. I loved being transported into Sara Crewe’s magical world. One of the most special scenes in this novel is when a mysterious benefactor arranges a delicious hot breakfast for Sara and Becky, seemingly by magic. They wake up in the morning to find the breakfast all laid out on the table.

One of the items on this breakfast table were “muffins.” There is no other description of these muffins in the book, but somehow I just couldn’t imagine anyone in Victorian England eating muffins like we imagine them today. So, I researched a bit about “Victorian muffins” and learned some really interesting things!

Muffins as we know them are a relatively recent invention. In Sara Crewe’s England, what they called “muffins” is what we would call “English muffins” today. In fact, when we hear about “The Muffin Man,” that is referring to a baker who carried around a basket of English muffins, selling them on the streets to passersby. That sounded a whole lot more authentic, so I set out to make my own English muffins in honor of A Little Princess.

I loosely followed this traditional recipe. Be warned that this recipe requires a total of about 12 hours of rising time for the dough. But, don’t let that scare you. The recipe isn’t difficult at all, you just have to be home basically all day to make it.

These scrumptious muffins are worth the wait, though! So much more flavorful than store-bought English muffins.

Homemade English Muffin Recipe – A Little Princess


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 packet yeast (not rapid-rise yeast!)
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup cornmeal (or more, if needed)
  • 2 Tbsp. butter or oil


  1. Mix together the flour, salt and yeast.
  2. Add the milk, honey, and egg white to the flour mixture, and stir well.
  3. Cover the bowl with a cloth, and allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about 3 hours.
  4. Cover a cookie sheet with a thick layer or cornmeal. Make sure that the entire baking sheet is covered. This is to prevent the dough from sticking. I didn’t put nearly enough cornmeal on the sheet I used, and I had some problems, so the more cornmeal, the better!
  5. Portion out the dough onto the cookie sheet into about 12 little mounds.
  6. Sprinkle some more cornmeal on top of these dough mounds, and cover the cookie sheet with plastic.
  7. Allow the dough to rise in a warm place for about 9 hours (see note at bottom about rising time).
  8. Melt the butter or oil in a pan on the stove on medium heat.
  9. Add the muffins to the griddle, and cook them until brown on the bottom.
  10. Flip the muffins over and cook until brown on the other side, too.

A note on rising times: The original recipe called for 4-5 hours of initial rising, followed by 12-42 hours of rising in the refrigerator once the muffins are formed. I just simply didn’t have the fridge space for that, so I adapted the rising times and temperatures to meet my needs, and the muffins still turned out great, but if you want to be totally authentic, follow the rising times in the original recipe!

Once the muffins are cooled, split them in half by running your fingers along the edges. You can toast them and eat them with butter, honey, or jam. You can also eat them plain, because they are just that good! I don’t think I’d ever eat a store-bought English muffin plain, but these are good enough to do just that.


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Cheese Straws – Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey cheese straws recipe

Recently I rewatched most of Downton Abbey to take note of the food references, and the show was just as captivating as it was when I first watched it. I had forgotten about some events in the story, and even the ones I remembered were still exciting the second time around.

In Downton Abbey, there are a few scenes that revolve around food, but there are also a bunch of foods mentioned just in passing by one of the characters. These are actually my favorite food references, because it’s just a little something to lend an authentic feel to the world, rather than to move the story along.

One of these such references was to cheese straws. During a scene in the kitchen, Daisy mentions casually that she is going to make some cheese straws. I love cheese, so I looked up a good traditional recipe for cheese straws to recreate and share with you. I found a recipe from BBC Food and adapted it to my tastes.

Cheese Straws Recipe – Downton Abbey


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese
  • 3 Tbsp. parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne powder
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 Tbsp. cold water (or more, if needed)


  1. Sift together the flour and salt.
  2. Add the butter, and crumble it together with the flour with your fingers until it is well incorporated.
  3. Add the cheddar, parmesan, cayenne powder, and egg yolk and mix.
  4. Pour some cold water into the mix, a few Tbsp. at a time until a stiff dough forms.
  5. Chill the dough for about 30 minutes
  6. Roll out the dough until it is about 1/4-inch thick.
  7. Cut the dough into thin strips (mine were a bit too thick in the photos…now I know for next time!)
  8. Lay the strips onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  9. Bake the cheese straws at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes.

What I loved about this recipe is that most tea-time recipes I find online are sweet, and this is the perfect tea-time snack with a savory flavor. So, make up a batch of these Downton Abbey cheese straws before your next tea party!


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