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