The Last Battle

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

narnian oatcakes

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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