Tirian’s Captivity Provisions – The Chronicles of Narnia

The Last Battle Menu

“Here is cheese, Sire,” said the first Mouse, “but not very much, for fear it would make you too thirsty.” And after the cheese they fed him with oatcakes and fresh butter, and then with some more wine.”

-The Last Battle-

Though it is beautiful and wonderful, The Last Battle is definitely the most depressing book in the entire Narnia series. It deals with a lot of dark themes. So, when I decided to make a menu based on this book, I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t find anything inspiring in the book, food-wise. There are no fancy feasts or cozy teas. But I did find this one little instance quoted above.

King Tirian is taken captive by a false Aslan. While he is tied up, a group of loyal mice visit him and bring him a meal. They are too scared of the false Aslan to untie him and help him escape, but they feel that the least they can do is feed him. It’s really a very touching little scene that warms up my heart.

So here’s a simple but appetizing and heartwarming menu from The Last Battle.

Tirian’s Captive Provisions – The Chronicles of Narnia

Oatcakes

These are simple, yummy, and filling. I’m sure Tirian was grateful to the mice for bringing him something so delightful.

Cheese

Eat the cheese on its own, or pile it on top of the oatcakes for a little sandwich of sorts. Any cheese will do, just pick your favorite!

Butter

I think butter is my favorite food. Really. I love butter. So it’s no surprise that I enjoyed slathering butter on the oatcakes I made.

Grape Juice

Yeah, the mice bring Tirian wine, but I don’t drink alcohol, so I substituted grape juice. But you go ahead and drink whatever your taste buds fancy.

This menu would be perfect for tea time, a light lunch, breakfast, or snack. Basically, any time of the day you want something light but filling, bring up this menu and you’ve got what you need. Best part is there are no fancy, hard-to-find ingredients.

 

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Narnian Oatcake Recipe – The Chronicles of Narnia

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Oatcakes show up a lot in The Chronicles of Narnia. They are often eaten as traveling food, which makes sense since this oatcake recipe makes cakes that are hearty but also sturdy. When I saw oatcakes mentioned in The Last Battle, I knew I wanted to recreate them.

I turned to The Official Narnia Cookbook. This book has loads of delicious recipes. Some of them are directly from the books, and others are simply inspired by certain scenes or characters.

The cookbook has two different oatcake recipes: one using a yeast dough, and one using a quick dough, almost like cookie dough. I went with the yeast-free kind this time because it sounded easier, quicker, and tastier. Win win win. I’ll save the yeast oatcake recipe for another time.

Narnian Oatcake Recipe – The Chronicles of Narnia

Adapted from The Official Narnia Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. butter, room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp. milk

Directions

  1. Mix together the dry ingredients.
  2. Cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it forms a crumbly mixture.
  3. Add the milk and mix well.
  4. Grab 2 or 3 Tablespoons of the dough and roll it into a ball. Flatten the ball onto a cookie sheet as flat as you can get it.
  5. Repeat with the remaining dough until you run out.
  6. Bake the cakes at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

These oatcakes are so good! Nutty and a little bit sweet, they’re perfect for any kind of meal. They can be eaten with honey and jam, or you can take it a more savory route and pair this oatcake recipe with butter and cheese. I also like to just eat them plain like cookies.

 

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Ben Wyatt’s Calzone Recipe – Parks and Recreation

Get ready for the Low-Cal Calzone Zone

“Pizza is your grandfather’s calzone.”

-Ben Wyatt, Parks and Recreation-

When Ben Wyatt finds himself unemployed, he hits a bit of a rough patch. He uses his free time to explore different hobbies, like creating claymation movies and perfecting his calzone recipe.

Throughout the rest of the series, Ben’s love of calzones is referenced many times. Ben loves calzones almost as much as Leslie loves waffles. Almost as much as Ben and Leslie love each other.

I used this calzone recipe from allrecipes as inspiration for Ben Wyatt’s calzone recipe, but I made a few alterations to fit more appropriately with Ben’s version of the calzone. For one thing, although authentic Italian calzones do not have marinara sauce inside them (rather, marinara sauce is served on the side as a dip), Ben mentions several times that his idea of a perfect calzone is one with marinara sauce inside, and you can see the sauce oozing out of the calzones as he makes them. So, even though it’s less authentic to traditional calzones, I included marinara sauce inside these calzones to be more authentic to Parks and Recreation.

If you really want to be true to the show, you should also use healthier, low-fat ingredients so that your calzones will fit perfectly in the “Low-Cal Calzone Zone.”

So, roll up your sleeves, channel your inner Ben Wyatt, and let’s make some calzones!

“Pizza? Never heard of it.”

Ben Wyatt’s Calzone Recipe – Parks and Recreation

Ingredients

  • 1 packet yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. white sugar
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • spinach, mushrooms, broccoli, and other nutritious toppings

Directions

  1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water.
  2. Add the oil, sugar, salt, and 1 cup of flour. Mix well.
  3. Stir in the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time until a smooth dough forms.
  4. Knead for 5 minutes, either by hand or using a dough hook on an electric mixer.
  5. Place dough in a greased bowl.
  6. Cover the bowl and leave the dough in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes.
  7. Mix the egg, ricotta, and mozzarella together, and let it chill in the refrigerator while you wait for the dough to rise.
  8. Divide the dough and roll it into about a dozen small circles.
  9. Place a few Tablespoons of the cheese mixture on each circle.
  10. Place whatever toppings you desire on top of the cheese.
  11. Seal each calzone by folding them closed on top of the cheese and toppings. Crimp the edges with a fork.
  12. Bake the calzones at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

These calzones will not betray you!

 

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J.J’s Diner Waffle Recipe – Parks and Recreation

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Transport yourself to J.J.’s Diner with this waffle recipe inspired by Parks and Recreation!

“Every diner claims their waffles are the best waffles in the world. But somewhere, in some town, there really are the best waffles – so rich, and so gold-brown, and so delicious that anyone tasted them would decide never to leave that town. Somewhere, those waffles exist. Why can’t it be here?”

-Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation-

Anyone who has ever watched Parks and Recreation knows that Leslie Knope love waffles more than almost anything. But not just any waffles. Leslie’s favorite waffles come from Pawnee’s own J.J.’s Diner.

When I set out to recreate Leslie’s favorite waffles, I knew that not just any waffle recipe would do. They had to be perfect. Slightly crisp on the outside, fluffy on the inside. Golden brown with plenty of whipped cream on top.

I searched online for tips to make the best waffles and combined several of the tips I found. I used this recipe from Fifteen Spatulas as inspiration and added a few steps from there. Without further ado, here is the best waffle recipe around!

J.J.’s Diner Waffle Recipe – Parks and Recreation

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 Tbsp. sugar

Directions

  1. Set aside the egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg yolks, milk, butter, and vanilla.
  3. Sift the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt into the liquid mixture, and stir to combine.
  4. Add the sugar to the egg whites and beat the mixture on high speed until stiff peaks form.
  5. Gently fold the egg white mixture into the rest of the waffle batter.
  6. Cook the batter in a waffle iron for about 3 minutes for each waffle.

Tip: To keep the waffles crispy while you finish cooking, place cooked waffles in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place them in a warm oven (less than 200 degrees F) until you’re ready to eat them.

Top the waffles with plenty of whipped cream to enjoy thoroughly. If you’re anything like Leslie Knope, you’ll want two cans of whipped cream on hand: one for using on the waffles, and one for squirting directly into your mouth. J.J. would be proud!

 

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Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe – The Chronicles of Narnia

In The Magician’s Nephew, Polly and Digory plant a piece of toffee into the magical Narnian ground, and the next morning they find a toffee tree has grown in its place.

“Just beside them was a little, very dark-wooded tree, about the size of an apple tree. The leaves were whitish and rather papery, like the herb called honesty, and it was loaded with little brown fruits that looked rather like dates…

Polly and Digory got to work on the toffee-tree. The fruit was delicious; not exactly like toffee — softer for one thing, and juicy — but like fruit which reminded one of toffee.”

-The Magician’s Nephew-

I figured it would be pretty impossible to recreate the fruit of the toffee tree in real life. It’s got to look like a date, taste like toffee, and be juicy. While I was puzzling over how to pay homage to the toffee fruit, I discovered this sticky toffee pudding recipe from Nigella. It was the perfect compromise. It has dates and toffee in it, so I like to think this is what toffee fruit would taste like if it were baked into a pudding. Plus, sticky toffee pudding is a traditional English dish, and many English dishes are also traditional Narnian dishes. Fancy that!

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe – The Chronicles of Narnia

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups dates, chopped
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 cups boiling water

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and butter a large pudding dish or souffle dish.
  2. Combine the 1/2 cup brown sugar with the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the milk, egg, vanilla, and melted butter, and stir until incorporated.
  4. Fold the dates into the batter, and pour the batter into the pudding dish.
  5. Sprinkle the 1 cup of brown sugar evenly on top of the batter.
  6. Dot the top of the brown sugar with the 2 Tbsp. of butter.
  7. Pour the boiling water over the whole mixture.
  8. Bake the pudding for 45 minutes, or until set.

After this pudding cooks, it will have a springy, almost cake-like upper layer, with a bottom layer of sticky toffee sauce. The dates added to this sticky toffee pudding recipe gave it a nice texture, and the toffee sauce was absolutely divine. It tasted almost as magical as I’m sure fresh toffee fruit tastes. Yum!

 

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Soft Caramel Recipe – The Chronicles of Narnia

In The Magician’s Nephew, Polly and Digory are on a quest in Narnia and are desperate for something to eat for dinner. The only thing they have available is a bag of toffees in Polly’s coat pocket. They eat all of them but one, and they plant the final toffee in the ground to grow a toffee tree. More on that later 🙂

“The little paper bag was very squashy and sticky…it was more a question of tearing the bag off the toffees than of getting the toffees out of the bag. Some grown-ups (you know how fussy they can be about that sort of thing) would rather have gone without supper altogether than eaten those toffees.”

-The Magician’s Nephew-

One of my favorite things about C.S. Lewis’ writing in The Chronicles of Narnia is how he talks about grown ups. It cracks me up and makes me realize that I am still a kid at heart. Toffee is delicious, even if it is “squashy and sticky.”

The way this toffee is described, it sounds more like caramel than toffee to me. Most toffee recipes produce a hard, crunchy candy. I love hard and crunchy toffee, but it is more difficult to make, as it requires a candy thermometer and can be easily burned. Plus, a soft caramel recipe would be more authentic in this situation, I think. So, that’s what I did.

I adapted this soft caramel recipe from Creme de la Crumb, and it did not disappoint!

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Soft Caramel Recipe – The Chronicles of Narnia

Ingredients

  • 10 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Combine the butter and the sugar in a saucepan, and stir it until the combination is melted and incorporated together.
  2. Add the corn syrup and the sweetened condensed milk. Whisk the ingredients together until the mixture boils.
  3. Lower the heat to medium-low, and whisk the mixture constantly for about 10 minutes. The mixture should be bubbling softly the whole time. You’ll know when to take it off the heat when it turns a golden brown color and starts to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  4. Add the vanilla and pour the mixture into a pan lined with parchment paper.
  5. Allow the caramels to cool completely.
  6. When the caramels set, cut them into squares and wrap them in pieces of wax paper.

This soft caramel recipe produces candies that are buttery and sweet and definitely squashy and sticky. Perfect for growing a toffee tree!

 

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The Magician’s Nephew Feast – Chronicles of Narnia

The Magician’s Nephew is the prequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It tells the story of how Narnia was created, and also how it was discovered by a young boy and girl, named Digory and Polly, from our world. It is a magical tale, and made even more lovely by the featured food.

Magician's Nephew Feast

Tuck in to this glorious Magician’s Nephew Feast

There aren’t many specific foods mentioned in this book, but the ones that are mentioned usually have a sort of magical quality to them. So, what this Magician’s Nephew feast lacks in quantity, it makes up for it in pure magic.

The Magician’s Nephew Feast Menu – The Chronicles of Narnia

Grapes

Digory’s mother is ill, and it is implied that she is dying. This is of course very distressing for Digory. When a neighbor brings over some fresh grapes for Digory’s mother, Digory hears his aunt remark that only fruit from the land of youth would do his mother any good.

Apples

Digory remembers this comment his aunt made about fruit from the land of youth when he is in the newly formed Narnia. He asks Aslan if there is any magical fruit in Narnia that could make his mother well. Aslan directs him to a tree with beautiful shining apples.

Toffee or Caramel

This was a bit difficult, because the book mentions toffee that Polly has brought to Narnia in her jacket pocket. Toffee, by modern definition, is hard and crunchy. However, the toffee in Polly’s jacket pocket is described as being “squashy and sticky,” which to me describes caramel rather than toffee. I decided to remain true to this description and make some “squashy and sticky” caramel wrapped in wax paper.

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Now this bit of the story is my absolutely favorite because it is so very magical. Because Narnia is so new, the ground is still infused with Aslan’s magic, so that anything planted in it will grow. Digory and Polly see a bar from a lamp post grow into a lamp tree after it is flung into the dirt. (By the way, this is the very same lamp tree that Lucy encounters many years later in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.)

Later, when Digory and Polly are hungry, they decide to plant one of the toffee pieces they brought so that it will grow into a toffee tree. The toffee tree grows overnight, and the fruit it bears is described as looking like dates.

Rather than try to recreate this toffee fruit in and of itself, I decided to use those two elements (toffee and dates) to make a delicious sticky toffee pudding. What makes it even better is the fact that this is an English recipe, which meshes well since Narnia has many English influences.

This Magician’s Nephew feast is so delightfully indulgent. I just know you’ll love it. I feel like it perfectly harnesses the magic that is The Magician’s Nephew.

 

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Beef Ragout Recipe – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

In the “Be Our Guest” song in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, beef ragout (also spelled beef ragu sometimes) is one of the few main dishes mentioned, so I knew I had to come up with a beef ragout recipe to round out the Be Our Guest menu.

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Be Our Guest with this beef ragout recipe!

I found a lot of different recipes for inspiration, and they were all a bit different, but the one thing they all had in common was beef and tomatoes. So, I decided to come up with my own beef ragout recipe. I made it in my slow cooker, so it was nice and easy.

Beef Ragout Recipe – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 bell pepper (any color)
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can marinara sauce
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef broth

Directions

  1. Brown the ground beef in a pan, and drain off the excess grease.
  2. Peel and dice the potato, carrot, and onion.
  3. Add the ground beef and vegetables into the slow cooker.
  4. Pour the diced tomatoes and marinara sauce over the meat and vegetables.
  5. Add the garlic powder, salt, pepper, and beef broth.
  6. Cook on high for 2-4 hours, or until the vegetables are soft and the juice is bubbly.

Once you complete this beef ragout recipe, you can serve it over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. It is hearty and filling, and it warms you to the bone.

 

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The Grey Stuff Recipe – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

“Try the grey stuff, it’s delicious!”

-Lumiere, Be Our Guest-

Yes, indeed it is, Lumiere. When I was looking for a grey stuff recipe for the Be Our Guest menu, I found tons of blogs and websites that featured a cookies and cream pudding recipe based on “the grey stuff” served at the Be Our Guest restaurant at Walt Disney World. I’m not sure who was the first to post this recipe, so I went with the earliest blog post I could find, which came from The Disney Diner.

The Grey Stuff really is delicious!

I was excited to find an appetizing grey stuff recipe, since I’m pretty sure the grey stuff in the movie was supposed to be something savory like pâté, which sounds gross. Yep, pudding is much more appetizing. So here’s the yummy recipe!

The Grey Stuff Recipe – Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Ingredients

  • 1 3.4-ounce packet of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 15 regular Oreos
  • 1 8-ounce tub of Cool Whip
  • 3 Tbsp. instant chocolate pudding mix

Directions

  1. Whisk together the vanilla pudding mix and the milk, and allow it to set in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.
  2. Crush the Oreos into a fine powder using a food processor, and mix the Oreo crumbs into the vanilla pudding.
  3. Gently fold in the Cool Whip.
  4. Add the chocolate pudding mix and stir together.
  5. Allow the mixture to set in the refrigerator for an hour.
  6. Place the pudding into a large plastic bag, and snip off one of the corners.
  7. Use the bag to pipe the pudding onto a plate in a swirled formation. Use images from the scene in the movie to guide you!

Not only is this grey stuff recipe super easy, but it is oh so yummy, too. Lumiere was not lying!

 

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Centaur Breakfast Menu – The Chronicles of Narnia

“A centaur has a man-stomach and a horse-stomach. And of course both want breakfast. So first of all he has porridge and pavenders and kidneys and bacon and omelette and cold ham and toast and marmalade and coffee and beer. And after that he attends to the horse part of himself by grazing for an hour or so and finishing up with a hot mash, some oats, and a bag of sugar.”

-The Silver Chair-

I adore this quote from The Silver Chair. It’s just so whimsical and fun, I knew I had to try to recreate a typical centaur breakfast for myself. Since I only have a human stomach, I took just a few elements from the horse breakfast and incorporated them into the human-style breakfast.

Graze happily with this centaur breakfast menu from Narnia

Centaur Breakfast Menu – The Chronicles of Narnia

Oat Porridge with Sugar

The reference in The Silver Chair does not mention what type of porridge the centaurs eat, so I thought I’d make it an oat porridge with sugar mixed in to incorporate some of the horse food items that the centaurs eat at the end of their breakfast.

Pavender Fish

Pavender fish can only be found in Narnia, but you can substitute any kind of fish that you like. Pavenders are rainbow colored, so perhaps trout is the best substitution from our world. Since I do not like fish, I left this part out of my centaur breakfast entirely.

Kidneys

Okay, gross. Sorry, centaurs. If you want to be thoroughly authentic, cook up some kidneys. I decided against it, however. 😉

Bacon

Always a good idea.

Omelette

Again, this reference doesn’t specify the type of omelette the centaurs eat. I created a spinach and parmesan omelette, but I think an herb omelette would work well, too, if you happen to have fresh herbs around.

Cold Ham

I left out the cold ham when I recreated this breakfast, since I think bacon and ham in the same meal is a bit overkill. But feel free to add it to your own menu.

Toast and Marmalade

This one was simple and yummy. I used orange marmalade.

Beer and Coffee

I don’t drink either of these things, so I enjoyed this breakfast with some milk and juice.

While there’s nothing too fancy about this centaur breakfast, it is hearty and filling. Plus, I love the thought that I am eating like a centaur. It makes me feel all magical and noble. 😉

 

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