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Happy Birthday to Bilbo and Frodo!
9/22/2009 7:59:44 AM
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Happy Birthday to Bilbo and Frodo
The 22nd of September, Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday, is becoming my most important holiday. It also happens to be the first day of autumn this year, which is also important to me. The summer heat is difficult for me. The fall also has always hinted at a sense of adventure and a time for new things. I think this is because it is when Frodo sets out for Rivendell (September 23rd).
This year I will celebrate with a small private birthday party and feast. The menu will be a gratin of potatoes and mushrooms, along with a bottle of the Old Winyards and two beautiful round seed-cakes.
Which brings me to the other reason why today is so special this year. It is the official release date of The Lord of the Rings Cookbook. I have been working on this for about a year and a half. The book details every mention of food in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, along with recipes and whimsical notes.
As a sample, here is the recipe for Bilbo’s seed-cakes:
Two Beautiful Round Seed-cakes
3 cups flour
2 cups wheat flour
2 packets of yeast
¼ cup Ale at room temperature
¼ tsp. salt
6 oz. (1 and ½ sticks) sweet butter
1 and ½ cups sugar
4 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons seeds (crushed anise, caraway,
or cardamom – choose your favorite)
1 and ½ to 2 cups milk
Sift the flour and salt together into a large bowl. Dissolve the yeast in the ale, along with a tablespoon of the sugar. Cream the butter and sugar together in a separate bowl. Beat in the eggs and seeds. Make a well in the flour and add the dissolved yeast. Fold the flour into the yeast mixture, then fold in the butter, sugar and eggs. Slowly beat in enough milk to make a smooth, thick batter. Pour the batter into two 8 inch round greased cake pans. Bake in the middle of your oven at 350° F for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let the cakes cool slightly before turning onto a cake rack.
I do hope that you consider purchasing a copy and will enjoy it as much as I am. There is an electronic version you may sample for a very modest fee to find out if you want the hardback.
Finally, tomorrow I will begin the Walk to Rivendell challenge:
I will attempt to follow in Frodo’s footsteps from Bag End to Rivendell.
This is 458 miles. I won’t make it by October 20th like the Hobbits did, but hope to complete it by the end of the year.
Enjoy! And feel free to send me a note telling how you plan to celebrate the day.
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