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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

Cheers to Butterbeer!

What is Butterbeer?

“Butterbeer is a popular wizarding beverage described as tasting “a little bit like less-sickly

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butterscotch.”  Butterbeer is served cold in bottles and hot in “foaming tankards”. In Hogsmeade, it’s sold at The Three Broomsticks and The Hog’s Head, although the fact that the latter pub’s stock was

described as “very dusty” suggests that it was

not sold there very often. In Diagon Alley, the drink has been known to be sold at the Leaky Cauldron.

Sounds familiar?

Butterbeer has appeared in 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.

Alcoholic

It may have a very slight alcohol content, which could get house-elves in a drunk-like state,though an antidote to this exists. It seems to have aless pronounced effect on humans than smaller creatures such as house-elves, but humans can still fall “under the influence” of it.

Where to get some?

Butterbeer can be found at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida, Universal Studios.  It can be served either cold with a taste similar to cream soda or frozen as a slush with a butterscotch-like foam on top.  Butterbeer is also served at The Warner Brothers Studio Tour in London, England.

Roots?

Butterbeer may be based on Buttered Beer, which was a real drink. The earliest reference to Buttered Beer is from, ‘The Good Huswifes Handmaide for the Kitchin’ published in London in 1588 A.D., made from beer, sugar, eggs, nutmeg, cloves and butter back in Tudor times. Another old recipe for Buttered Beer, published by Robert May in 1664 A.D., from his recipe book, ‘The Accomplisht Cook’ calls for liquorish root and anniseeds to be added. British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal recreated it for his Tudor Feast.”*

*Adapted from Harry Potter Wiki

Can’t make to the pub?

No worries, sometimes it’s just too cold to make the trek.

Here’s how you can make your own butterbeer at home!

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Ingredients:

  • 1-355 ml bottle of old fashioned cream soda (I used Stewarts)
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla butter or vanilla extract
  • 2 tbls. Butterscotch (sundae topping words great)
  • 1 tbls. water

Topping:

  • 1 heaping tbls. of whipped topping
  • 1 tsp icing sugar

Directions:

  1. Add vanilla, butterscotch and water at the bottom of a glass and stir until dissolved.
  2. Pour in a little cream soda stir well, and then top off with the remaining cream soda.
  3. Mix whipped topping and icing sugar until smooth.
  4. Spoon over top of the butterbeer and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy a little bit of the Three Broomsticks come to life!  Until next time…

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

Star Wars – Blue Milk

Starting off with an easier recipe… Blue milk.

Background

Blue milk comes from the series Star Wars, you may have heard of it…  Blue milk has made an appearance in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, along with many comics, animated series and books, to name a few.

Blue milk is one of the obvious food items you find in the movies due to it’s popularity and obvious blue colour, it really stands out.

Here is the ‘definition’ of blue milk found on Wookieepedia.

Blue milk

Blue Milk

Luke Skywalker pours a glass of blue milk – Wookieepedia.

Blue milk, sometimes known as Bantha milk and Tatooine milk, was a blue-colored liquid produced by a female bantha’s mammary glands. It could be found on most planets across the galaxy. The milk was well known for being very rich and refreshing, its opaque coloring suggesting that it was also sweet. The milk was also used to make a variety of yogurt, ice cream, and cheese. Its ubiquity inspired the military phrase “blue milk run.” Dex’s Diner served blue milk.”*

*The full article can be found here.

Recipe

You can find many recipes for blue milk on the internet.  It all really depends on your interpretation and imagination.  The default thought of this recipe is regular milk and blue food coloring, although functional, this recipe may give a slight bitter taste as food coloring can be detected by some people.

My recipe below involves a fruity addition.

BlueMilkIngredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 oz. 5% cream
  • 6 oz. blueberry smoothie
  • 1 heaping tablespoon white sugar
  • 4-5 drops of neon blue food coloring

Directions:

  1. Pour milk, cream, blueberry smoothie and white sugar into a 500 ml measuring cup.  Stir well until all ingredients are incorporated and sugar disolved
  2. Add 4-5 drops of neon blue food coloring.  Mix well until evenly distributed.
  3. Pour into class and enjoy.

There will be a blueberry flavour undertone, this drink is sweet and creamy, great for any fan to enjoy during a Star Wars marathon or a late night snack.

Wanna see a food item come to life?

Leave a comment below or follow and tweet me on Twitter @nahrenshamoka.  I’d love to create more recipes and bring foods to life.

May the force be with you,
Nahren

Writers Block

I have been wanting to blog for the last 12 hours, and I just can’t.  I don’t think I’ve ever had such a bad case of writers block before.

Re-evaluate

This past week, we were told to re-evaluate our blog and think of our audience.  There was an article about 7 mistakes done in blogging.  The one that really stood out was ‘the blog is not for you, it’s for your audience’.  I thought to myself, I’m missing something.

I had a goal of blogging to you everyday, and gladly.  I was really enjoying my little daily notes (and still am), but I realize now, it needed more depth, more to give.

Audience

Audience

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So, who do I hope to attract as my audience…

Geeks, nerds, fans, sci-fi and fantasy enthusiasts as well as food lovers.

I plan to create a blog based on themed foods.  Foods you read about in books, see in movies and TV shows.  Anything from pumpkin juice to blue milk and themed menus for a Big Bang theory and Harry Potter marathons.

I really hope you enjoy my upcoming endeavors.

How about you?

Anything you’re a huge fan about and want to see that food come to life?  I know I have, but I’ll save that for a future post ;)… But here’s a hint :p.

Pumpkin Juice

Cheers,
Nahren

Baking is my Zen

January was a bit of an interesting month.  Getting back into the swing of things, full force ahead.  Sometimes, that can be a little stressful, so I try to find ways to deal with my stress… Thus baking and cooking.

When I started class this term, we were doing blogs as a part of our social media class.  Choosing a blog topic, naturally food came to mind.  I decided to bring my blog one step closer then pictures alone, I started bringing in Monday class treats!  This has been a great way to unwind from the week and look forward to a new week ahead and the week’s upcoming class.

Food Photography

Food - Pulled Pork and Pork and Ginger Dumplings

As I am quite proud of what a bake and cook, I started taking photos of my food in 2005.  I started using Flickr in 2007 and from there, added them slowly to Facebook and Twitter. I would like to improve my photography skills, but that is for another day, another post.

As I added more and more, friends and family didn’t mind if I brought samples around, I even received a few requests…  So I thought, instead of teasing the class, let’s start off each class on a sweet note.

Food Zen

It’s not only the cooking, baking (and eating) for me, I also love to read cookbooks and foodie writings, watch food network, talk about cooking and baking with friends, so and so forth.

I’m not sure why or how I got into food so much, but I’m glad I did, it’s something we can all relate to and enjoy!

What is your food Zen?  Do you have one?

Cheers,
Nahren

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