Sunday, September 27, 2015

SFF: The 5 Foods You've Read About in Books, But Want to Try In Real Life

The Sunday Fun Five #37

Sunday Fun 5:
For the 11th of October #38: The 5 Scary-Sounding Books You Want to Read

A Countdown of

The 5 Foods You've Read About in Books, But Want to Try in Real Life

5. Kimchi (Nothing to Envy by Barbara Demick)
I've never had fermented cabbage, but when you read about people starving to death it starts to sound good. Definitely not my usual choice, but I think it would nicely round out my experience of the book.

4. Chocolate Frogs (Harry Potter)
Harry Potter will feature strongly in this list because of the close association with my fonder childhood memories. Chocolate Frogs happen to be one of my fascinations growing up- food that could be an animal and then chocolate? I'm not sure if it's vegetarian-friendly in the Wizarding World, but I wouldn't mind trying one.

3. Butterbeer (Harry Potter)
I think it would be hard to read the Harry Potter series without recalling the drink of champions wizards, butterbeer. Because of this, it is on my list of recipes to make, even though it might not be my thing. I'm not one for rich-tasting beverages.

My basket of thai basil (Siam Queen variety, I believe)

2. Thai Rice (Heart Like Mine)
^I call it Thai Rice because it didn't have a definitive name to it. The recipe calls for a chunk of ginger, coconut milk, Thai Basil (which I happen to be growing because it's pretty), and basmati rice (1 cup). It made my mouth water a little while reading.

1. Treacle Tart (Harry PotterSoulless,  Among Others)
I've been trying to find 'golden syrup' to make a treacle tart for the longest time- I may end up ordering it online at this point, but because it features strongly in several books I've read, I've wanted to try it. The recipe vaguely reminds me of my grandma's pecan pie.

Notable Exclusions:
I definitely DON'T want to eat the raw potatoes featured in The Martian by Andy Weir, nor do I want Puking Pastilles (again from Harry Potter- because J.K. Rowling is a boss at food-building worldbuilding).

Have you read about any food in books that you'd like to try?


  1. Artisan soy sauce mixed in Sprite from Soy Sauce for Beginners. Sounds gross but supposedly good.
    I have a butterbeer recipe. You soften some vanilla ice cream. Mix in a stick of softened butter and enough cinnamon and nutmeg to get it well spiced. Re freeze. Use it to make floats in warm apple cider. Very rich but very good.

    1. Your butterbeer recipe sounds better than most of the recipes I found! The soy sauce sounds like it could be good, but I have a penchant for massively messing up anything vaguely sweet and sour. If I stick with one spice palette (as in sweet or sour), I'm usually better off.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Heather!
      ~Litha Nelle


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