Monday, May 4, 2015

In Which We Feast Like Hobbits

I've been planning to write this post for months, now, and I just kept forgetting or getting sidetracked by other, more timely, posts.

But, here were are, finally, where I got to talk about the wonderful terribleness that is a HOBBIT FEAST.

What's a Hobbit Feast, you ask?

A Hobbit Feast is where you eat all the typical meals of a hobbit (First Breakfast, Second Breakfast, Elevenses, Luncheon, Afternoon Tea, Dinner, Supper, Dessert)(period appropriate food, too, of course) while watching a marathon of the extended LoTR movies.

My brave family and I decided to give this a try, and what better time and place to do so than winter, up at our cabin!

We split up the meals, so no one had to do too much cooking. The recipes all came from a middle earth database of middle earth dishes. And here is photo documentation of all of the food that was consumed.

FIRST BREAKFAST: Beorn's Honeynut Cake--made by Twin

The cake was okay. We felt with Twin's baking skills, she could have made something better

SECOND BREAKFAST: Strawberry French toast, Bangers and Bacon--made by my dad

Delicious. Also of note, the banger sausages were made by myself, Twin and Brother, since we have a killer banger recipe

ELEVENSES: Lembas Bread and Merry's Mulled Cider--made by Twin

The Lembas bread really had no flavor, though the texture was good. Another one we thought we could do better ourselves

LUNCHEON: Po-tay-to Soup--made by my mom

Really frickin good. One of the best courses

AFTERNOON TEA: Bilbo's Tea Cake, Lemon Muffin, Tea--made by Twin and myself

Another disappointment of baked goods. Especially since we have a killer lemon muffin recipe

DINNER: Balin's Spiced Beef--Made by my brother

Delicious. You can't really go wrong with a roast beef

SUPPER: Mrs. Maggot's Cottage Pie--made by me

Also delicious. Like the roast beef, you can't really go wrong with a shepherd's pie

DESSERT: Ten Cup Ranger Cookies--made by my brother.

Not bad, but again, we have better cookie recipes we could have gone with

Pretty much every two hours you eat another meal. They're really just tasting portions, so you're not eating a lot with each meal.

Honestly, the hardest part was sitting there, watching the movies all day long. It's a long marathon. By then end we were exhausted and we decided that if we would do the feast again, that we would allow activities while the movies are playing (i.e., board games or something). Overall, the entire feast and movies lasted 11 hours and 45 minutes.

The meals themselves were hit and miss. Any sort of baked goods were pretty much a failure and if we were to go it again in the future we would follow our own, much better, recipes. But the other meals were good.

Now, whether or not we'll do this again this winter, I don't know. I'm sure distance will make us grow fond again, but I suppose we'll have to wait and see.


Matthew MacNish said...

I am so jealous right now. And hungry.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's cool you did the full feast along with the movies. I keep saying we'll do a marathon at our house, but with over eleven hours of movie to watch, it just hasn't happened yet.

Rena said...

Bummer about the baked goods, and i totally get that. We have some good recipes too, and I'm always frustrated by lack luster muffins.

Anonymous said...

I love this idea! I may have to try it out with friends one weekend! Since it seems y'all didn't have much luck with the baked recipes on the middle earth database, might just make our own for that.

mshatch said...

Strawberry french toast, bangers, and bacon. Yum.

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