Tuesday, September 25, 2012

In the Kitchen: Second Breakfast

I feel like I have been going almost non-stop since Friday and anytime I have sat down to relax for a minute I have not felt like blogging. So, I am extra sorry about not having an "In the Kitchen" for this past weekend, so today will have to do.

The table, nothing fancy, just good food.
Is anyone else as into Tolkein's books (aka The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings) as I am? I love, love, love them. The movies are mostly pretty wonderful as well. Anyways, it was the 75th anniversary of The Hobbit last Friday and some group or other was putting on this second breakfast thing (since hobbits love food...as do I) on the internet. Basically, they wanted everyone around the world to celebrate The Hobbit by having  a second breakfast. They even provided a beautiful, free, printable bunting, along with other things. Luckily, our new upstairs neighbors (well, Becky, that is) is just as into Tolkein as I am! So, we had her and her twins over for a little second breakfast. We had a lot of fun and it went as well as any little party can with three toddlers, not quite enough chairs, and a bowl of sugar cubes.

Three little hobbits.
I made Caraway Seed Cake (sorry, Mom, I did not make yours, mostly because I went to one store for the stuff and they did not have imitation brandy, but did have caraway seeds, and I did not feel like making another trip).  I love Caraway Seed Cake! It has a very distinctive flavor, and is sweet, but not really in the cake way. It is more like a sweet bread, is great with tea (we had licorice spice) and is very British. I made a recipe that bakes it in a loaf pan (many recipes bake it in a cake pan), because there were only two of us (and three little hobbits). I also made Mushrooms with Bacon and Sage, which when I think of hobbit food, I think of the food Farmer Cotton serves the four hobbits. Anyone following? Anyways he serves some sort of bacon and mushroom dish and I wanted to make that. It was delicious. I could eat a whole bowl of it. Yum.
The seed cake,  not the best picture, but I had little ones keeping me busy...
Recipe for seed cake here.

Recipe for mushroom and bacon dish here.

Becky also made some delicious strawberry jam scones, which I don't have the recipe for, but my mom's recipe for scones is here.
The Hobbit bunting--beautiful! In between each letter is a painting from the story (i.e. Hobbiton, Rivendell, Misty Mountains, eagles, and Smaug).

 We had a fun time and good food. Anyone want to do a bigger version of this for "The Hobbit"movie coming out December 14? I know I do.


  1. Just FYI: I want to do a bigger version of this for the Hobbit movie.
    It was awesome, and I love food.
    And Tolkien.

  2. I'm putting that bunting up in my room. :)

    Thanks for sharing, Elizabeth! You've inspired me, as I'm trying to figure out how I'll be celebrating The Hobbit premiere (aside from, of course, seeing it at midnight).