Recipes

Jaclyn Moriarty’s favourite chocolate brownies

2018-09-08T16:12:41+00:00 Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , |

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Jaclyn Moriarty loves chocolate and she wrote much of The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlesome while sitting in her gorgeous local chocolate shop. So it is not surprising that chocolate features heavily in the book and there is special mention of chocolate brownies. Jaclyn says she switches chocolate brownie recipes all the time, always looking for the ultimate one.

Lauren Chater’s Estonian lamb, mash and root veg

2018-08-27T17:15:04+00:00 Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |

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The Lace Weaver, the novel by our guest Lauren Chater, is set in Estonia during World War II so I thought I’d cook a feast inspired by that country’s Slavic cuisine. The recipe for Estonian Lamb Shanks is based on one I found on the BBC website, from ‘The Hairy Bikers – Northern Exposure’ show". The Hairy Bikers are David Myers and Simon King, who first met while working behind the scenes on a TV show and soon discovered they shared a passion for cooking and food.

Raymond E. Feist’s fave? Cajun steak

2018-08-07T17:08:46+00:00 Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |

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Fantasy master Raymond E. Feist uses food when writing fantasy in many ways, one of the most common of which is to build his characters: "It's the common things," he says. "The things that we all share." In real life, he proclaims himself a "steak and potatoes" kind of guy, and he is something of a grilling aficionado. His favourite meal is Cajun steak. It must, he insists, be served with sauce.

Joanne Harris’s Chocolat

2018-07-03T17:10:42+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |

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This week, we’re barreling forward in time to contemporary literature and the year 1999 to recognise the book that to many proved the definitive and final word on the relationship between food and literature. Chocolat is so laden with food quotes it is difficult to pick just one, so we narrowed it down to three. Joanne Harris’s Chocolat not only contains a slather of iconic literary food moments, it is the iconic literary food moment.

Our take on Jennifer Egan’s cherry pie

2018-06-17T10:16:28+00:00 Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |

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Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan's husband is a brilliant cook, so she rarely enters the kitchen. That is, except, to bake. Jennifer has a soft-spot for baking, having inherited a very special pie pastry recipe from her grandmother.  We didn't press her to divulge her heirloom recipe and instead went straight to Jamie Oliver for inspiration for the pie crust, then scanned the web for a magnificent cherry filling, cherry being a favourite of Jennifer's.

Charles Dickens’ sage-and-onion roast goose

2018-06-25T16:43:54+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Iconic literary food moments
A Christmas Carol is one of Charles Dickens' most-loved and best-known novels. Tens of millions, if not hundreds of millions of people have either read the book or watched the film and cartoon adaptations that are broadcast globally each Christmas. Written in 1843 and originally titled A Christmas Carol in Prose, Being A Ghost Story of Christmas, it features a Christmas feast, the centrepiece of which was a goose stuffed with sage and onion.

Fannie Flagg’s fried green tomatoes

2018-06-04T16:56:52+00:00 Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Iconic literary food moments
Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe contains some of the most jaw-dropping moments in literary food history. The most iconic of these is when the 'good guys' serve up the ribs of Ruth Jamison’s abusive husband Frank Bennett to the detective investigating his disappearance - definitely the piece de resistance.