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Pumpkin Pasties for all!

What is a Pumpkin Pasty?

Pumpkin Pastie

“Pumpkin Pasties are a wizarding food sold by the Honeydukes Express on the Hogwarts Express. They are sort of like a Cornish Pastie, but filled with pumpkin instead.

Harry Potter Background

Harry Potter tried them for the first time on the Hogwarts Express, at the start of his first year, when he famously impressed Ron Weasley by buying everything from the trolley saying “we’ll take the lot”. He bought some of everything off the food trolley, and then shared his food with Ron Weasley.

Pumpkin pasties were referenced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Define Pasty

Pasties are a traditional baked meat and pastry pie. This indicates that Pumpkin Pasties are similar fare, using pumpkin as the filling instead of meat and vegetables.”*

*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki

Bakery sold out?

No worries, you can make your very own pumpkin pasties!

Pumpkin Pasties

Makes 16 large pasties

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Ingredients:

  • 2 packages of Pillsbury pie crust
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 extra beaten egg for egg wash (optional)

Directions:

  1. Take pie crust and cut into quarters.  You should end up with 16 triangles.
  2. Mix eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk and brown sugar in a bowl until incorporated.
  3. Add cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt, stir well.
  4. Take a triangle of crust and pinch together two ends so that you are left with a cone.
  5. Scope in 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin mixture into the cone and seal shut.
  6. Brush with egg wash – optional
  7. Repeat until all the crust is done.  You may have extra filling, you can always put it in a ramekin and bake it to enjoy.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.
  9. Let sit at room temp or refrigerate for an hour before enjoying.

Enjoy your Monday class treat #BSMRCCE!

Cheers,
Nahren

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Pi Day

Do you know what March 14th is?

It’s Pi Day!

Image brought to you by SeattlePi.Com

What is Pi day?

Pi

What is Pi?

“Pi Day is an annual celebration commemorating the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (or 3/14 in the month/day date format), since 3, 1, and 4 are the three most significant digits of π in the decimal form. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day.

Pi Day has been observed in many ways, from eating pie to discussing the significance of the number π.”* – *Adapted from Wikipedia

Where did Pi Day come from?

Larry Shaw

“The earliest known official or large-scale celebration of Pi Day was organized by Larry Shaw (Photo, right) in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where Shaw worked as a physicist, with staff and public marching around one of its circular spaces, then consuming fruit pies.

The Exploratorium continues to hold Pi Day celebrations.*” – *Wikipedia

Awesome reasons for eating pie on Pi day?

  • A pie is a circle… (coincidence?)
  • It’s March 14th (3/14)
  • Albert Einstein’s Birthday is on March 14th (Happy Birthday to him!)
  • My birthday is on March 14th ;)!
  • It’s always a good time to eat Pie!

Can it get more awesome then that?

But it’s March 18th?

There is nothing wrong with a belated celebration.  Also, please refer to the last bullet in the aforementioned list :).

With that, I leave you with this awesome Pi Day pie chart from Shutterstock (very neat, totally check it out)!

Cheers,
Nahren

Mmmm #Doughnut? Oh what can it be, #BSMRCCE?

DISCLAIMER: This is a post for my class, Building Social Media Relationships at The Centre for Continuing Education at McMaster University.  This doughnut was free and this review was requested!

Note: Yes, that is my favourite clip!

You ever notice how our favourite shows make food taste even better.  Such as the beloved Homer Simpson of The Simpsons.

Homer Simpson – Wikipedia

doughnutSo, why am I writing about Homer Simpson?

When I think of doughnuts, I think of Homer Simpson!

Our teacher Jarod, just gave us a FREE doughnut.  We have to review said doughnut.  I happen to choose a blueberry fritter… which, if you didn’t know, its one of the yummiest doughnuts around ;)!

We also got a honey cruller Timbit, which are also lovely…

I, digress… Do you know why we got these doughnuts?

I do

Muahahahahah!!

Cheers,
Nahren

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans

In a previous post, I touched base on Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.  I discussed existing flavours, experiences, all in a quick review with a lovely photo.  But, I think I’d like to explain Bertie Botts a little more in detail.

What are Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Bean?

Bertie Bott – Image brought to you by Harry Potter Wiki

The history in the Harry Potter series states that “Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans are one of the most popular sweets in the wizarding world. They are the same as Muggle (non-magical folk) jelly beans, except the range encompasses every flavour imaginable. There is also no way of telling for sure what flavour any given bean is without tasting it, although you can try and guess by the colour.

The inventor of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans was Bertie Bott, who created them in mid-20th century by mistake. He was planning on making tasty sweets from food, but accidentally made one taste like a dirty sock. He immediately recognised the sales potential of “a risk with every mouthful!””*

A compilation of known flavours can be found on Mugglenet.

-*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki.

How did we get Bertie Bott’s here in the ‘Muggle’ world?

“In the real world, Jelly Belly released jelly beans with selected flavours from the series. There are currently 25 flavours available. The Bertie Bott’s candies may have been inspired by Jelly Belly, which produces jellybeans in unexpected flavours like jalapeno and encourages consumers to eat different-flavoured jellybeans in combination to create different flavours.”*  -*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki.

Jelly Belly

Try, if you dare…

Today, you will have a harder time finding the interesting flavours from the times of Bertie Bott, but Jelly Belly does have lovely jelly beans with a very neat spectrum of flavours.  Give them a try, they are delicious and very realistic!

In regards to Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, I did try a few, rotten cheese, pencil shavings, black pepper… Very, um, different.  It wasn’t very tasty and the point was proven, “a risk with every mouthful”!

Cheers,
Nahren

Harry Potter – Pumpkin Juice

    “What did you expect? …Pumpkin juice!?”
    —Madam Pomfrey after Harry Potter spat out the Skele-Gro.

What is pumpkin juice?

“Pumpkin juice is a beverage made from pumpkins. Manufactured since 1837 by London Pumpkins & Sons, it is extremely popular in the wizarding world, particularly among the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is drunk at any occasion, such as breakfast, lunch, at feasts or on other occasions. It seems to have taken on the same role that orange juice has in the Muggle world. Pumpkin juice is readily available, and can be purchased on the Hogwarts Express”*.

-*Adapted from the Harry Potter Wiki

Appearances

Pumpkin juice has appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

You can also purchase pumpkin juice in the Muggle world at the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Orlando.

Broom in the shop?

No problem!  You can make your own pumpkin juice at home!

Pumpkin Juice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Water
  • 3 cups Apple Juice
  • 200 ml Apricot Nectar
  • 1 1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 tbls. Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 tbls. Sugar

Directions:

  1. Add sugar and pumpkin pie spice together in a separate bowl and set aside.
  2. Pour water, apple juice and apricot nectar into a large bowl and stir.
  3. Whisk in pumpkin puree until fully incorporated.
  4. Take sugar and spice mix and add to juice mixture, mix well.
  5. Serve chilled or strained with ice.  Enjoy!

Cheers,
Nahren

Monday’s Class Treat is Back – Licorice Wands from Harry Potter!

Hogwarts Express Food Trolley

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Upon reading the Harry Potter series and watching the movies, one of the first treats you hear about are licorice wands.  Licorice wands have appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

What is a licorice wand?

“A Liquorice Wand is a wizarding sweet that is presumably shaped like a wand. They are sold on the on the Hogwarts Express food trolley and at Honeydukes in Hogsmeade.”

History

  • 1991 – Harry Potter bought every sweet available from the food trolley on the Hogwarts Express, including some Liquorice Wands, as he had never had wizarding sweets before and wanted to try everything he could.
  • 1994 – On the Hogwarts Express, Ron thinks about buying one before realising that it was too expensive.
  • 1995 – “Liquorice wand” was one of several password guesses Harry Potter made when he wanted to gain entrance to the Headmaster’s office, so that he could tell Albus Dumbledore about a vision he had involving Lord Voldemort.
  • 1996 – Horace Slughorn invited several students to his compartment on the Hogwarts Express, in order to find new members for the Slug Club. He told his guests that he had brought his own lunch, as he recalled the trolley being “heavy on Liquorice Wands,” and felt that such things would not sit well with “a poor old man’s digestive system.””*

*Information adapted from the Harry Potter Wiki.

How to make your own Licorice wands!

Licorice Wands

Licorice wands are very easy to make!  It is mainly up to your creativity, You can dip licorice in milk or dark chocolate if you prefer, with or without sprinkles, or just plain licorice with a paper handle, the sky is the limit!

This is my take on licorice wands.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Melt white chocolate chips/candy melts in a double boiler until smooth and fully melted.
  2. Dip and twist 1/4 of the licorice in melted chocolate and tap off excess.
  3. Roll in sprinkles or sugar until fully covered.
  4. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Take the licorice wands out of the refrigerator and let them get to room temperature.
  6. Share and enjoy!

Licorice wands should be enjoyed freshly made but will last about three days at room temperature or a week in the fridge, in an air tight container.

Now, repeat after me… Accio Licorice Wand,
-Nahren

ET’s favourite snack – Reese’s Pieces

E.T. –  What a classic!

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – Wikipedia

For those who aren’t familiar with the great 1982 film, E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, here is a little description:

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (often referred to simply as E.T.) is a 1982 American science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Peter Coyote.

It tells the story of Elliott (played by Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, dubbed “E.T.”, who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help the extraterrestrial return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T._the_Extra-Terrestrial

Here is the original trailer:

Why Reese’s Pieces?

Reeses PiecesMost of you may have noticed that E.T. enjoyed Reese’s Pieces throughout the movie.

For those of you who are not familiar with the candy, you can read more about Reese’s Pieces on Wikipedia.

“Visionary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has always been a step ahead, and his 1982 alien romp E.T. blazed the trail for modern day product placement. The film was to have a scene where a boy coaxes an abandoned alien by leaving a trail of candy ground.

But not just any candy. The choice was made months prior to production when Spielberg looked for a partnership with a candy company that would promise promotion for his film. The very droppable M&M’s were selected, but the suits at Mars, Inc. refused to have their treats associated with E.T.

However, Hershey was not bothered, as they were hoping to bolster their Reese’s Pieces line. An agreement was made to produce a million dollars’ worth of advertisements for the film, and they plastered E.T.’s face right on the candy’s packaging.

Most Popular Scene:

The product is never mentioned by name here, though customers still had no problem identifying it by the package (as proven by 65% spike in Reese’s Pieces sales after the movie hit theaters).”

The aforementioned, quoted information was adapted from Cracked.com.

Are you impressionable?

Do you fee like eating some Reese’s Pieces right now?

Sadly, I am and yes I am eating some at the moment…

Cheers,
Nahren

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