Make Your Hobbit Hole Smell Like Christmas with Small Adventure Sized Mincemeat Pies

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Small Adventure Mincemeat Pies

If you enjoy the hundreds of free recipes here at Kitchen Overlord, help me keep the lights on by picking up a cookbook or two. As a historian who grew up reading Tolkien, An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery is one of my favorites.  (You know you’re a hardcore nerd when you’re super excited about using international

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Hobbit Week: Stuffed and Roasted Mushrooms

No hobbit meal is complete without a mushroom dish. These stuffed, roasted mushrooms make a great main course for nights when you’re too tired from adventuring to make a rack of lamb or roast a chicken. In middle class Victorian households, stuffed vegetables were a way to make a meal look a little fancy while also being economical. Instead of

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Hobbit Week: Shire-tastic Seed Cake

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Shire Seed Cake Recipe

Many modern readers imagine seed cake to be chock full of sunflower or pumpkin seeds, but it turns out Tolkien grew up on a decadently buttery version of pound cake full of caraway seeds. They have a sweet, licorice flavor reminiscent of a milder, earthier version of anise seeds. You can find them at most Indian groceries. They’ve been out

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How to Eat Like a Hobbit in Seven Steps: Dinner

It’s no surprise potatoes are one of the only three new world crops Tolkien couldn’t bear to ban from the Shire. (He also let them keep coffee and tobacco.) Sure, parsnips and turnips were more nutritious English root vegetables, but nothing can replace the cheap versatility of the simple potato. Boxty was a thick, family sized potato cake cooked in

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How to Eat Like A Hobbit in 7 Steps: Supper

No hobbit meal is complete without a mushroom dish. These stuffed, roasted mushrooms make a great main course for nights when you’re too tired from adventuring to make a rack of lamb or roast a chicken. In middle class Victorian households, stuffed vegetables were a way to make a meal look a little fancy while also being economical. Instead of

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How to Eat Like a Hobbit in 7 Steps: Afternoon Tea

It’s hard to believe something so delicious only has four ingredients. The key to this simple recipe is to embrace your inner love of butter. If you use enough natural dairy goodness, the shortbreads will practically leap off the pan instead of clinging to it like a desperate lover. Save yourself some heartbreak by being generous with the fat. Shortbread

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How to Eat Like a Hobbit in 7 Steps: Luncheon

Stewed Hare with Root Vegetables and Herb Dumplings Until very recently, rabbits were a common source of protein. Before refrigeration, their small size made one rabbit the perfect amount of meat for a single family’s meal with no worry about waste or spoilage. It wasn’t uncommon for country families to keep chickens and rabbits as both pets and food. Their

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How to Eat Like a Hobbit in 7 Steps: Elvenses

Kitchen Overlord Hobbit Week - Shire Seed Cake Recipe

While second breakfast was all about hearty, durable foods you could tuck in a pack and use as adventure fuel, Elevenses is full of more delicate breads, best served fresh and hot from the oven with a dab of butter and fresh country jam. Think of it as a chance to relax with an assortment of light treats, maybe interspersed

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How to Eat Like a Hobbit in 7 Steps: Second Breakfast

In honor of our last cinematic trip to Middle Earth, this week Kitchen Overlord is treating you to one recipe per day from each chapter of An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery. Second Breakfast is the perfect time for adventuring. Make these sturdy hand pies at night and they’ll hold up great when you sneak over the

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How to Eat Like a Hobbit in 7 Steps: Breakfast

In honor of our last cinematic trip to Middle Earth, this week Kitchen Overlord is treating you to one recipe per day from each chapter of An Unexpected Cookbook: The Unofficial Book of Hobbit Cookery. While there’s nothing wrong with some cold chicken and pickles for a quick bite on a busy morning, if you want to impress visiting wizards,

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