Fantastic foods to take you to another world
Through: Kelly Chia, Editor-in-Chief
I often fantasize about the types of foods my Dungeons and Dragons character eats: soups, breads, and large chunks of meat and veg laid out like a magnificent feast. And during the Halloween season, what better time to dress up as a favorite fantasy character and eat what he would eat? Here are five recipes tolp you truly embrace the life of anyone (or any) fantastic creature you dress up with.
Lembas bread for a day in the woods
My current character is a young elf who loves to snack on buns with her brother. Also known as Elven bread in the Lord of the Rings, this is the type of food I imagine she would bring with her. Supposedly eating lembas bread will support you for twelve days. While I’m not sure it will last that long, this bread is an easy treat that will satisfy your sweet tooth!
- 1 cup of butter
- Â½ cup brown sugar
- 2 cups unbleached flour
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
- Beat the butter and sugar together. Then add the flour and mix. Add a little flour to a surface and start kneading the dough for about five minutes.
- Roll dough Â¼ inch thick and cut into 3 to 4 inch squares. Mark the squares with a knife diagonally. Place on a buttered baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes.
This recipe uses just three essential baked goods that you will easily find in your home: butter, brown sugar, and unbleached flour. That makes six servings, and you can wrap them in banana leaves to make them really feel like the ones in the Lord of the Rings.
I would possibly associate this bread with jam or honey to sweeten the deal!
Cream of mushroom soup to soothe the soul
A classic soup, Taste of the HousesThe cream of mushroom recipe tends to be rich and is perfect for a cozy night’s sleep. It is essential to have some kind of soup or stew with your fancy meal because it is easy to make in large quantities and it is really filling. Soup is the perfect thing for awaken the soul of the tired adventurer as you dress up this Halloween.
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- Â½ pound of sliced ââmushrooms
- Â¼ cup chopped onions
- 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- Â½ teaspoon of salt
- â teaspoon of pepper
- 2 cans of chicken broth
- 1 cup half and half cream
- Â½ cup of white wine
- Garlic powder (to taste)
- Thyme (to taste)
- In a large saucepan, set over medium-high heat and brown the mushrooms and onions.
- Add half a cup of white wine to the mushroom and onion mixture. Stir in the flour, salt, pepper and 1 can of broth to the mixture. Bring to a boil.
- Cook and stir for two minutes, or until the mixture has thickened.
- Lower the heat, add the cream.
- Simmer approximately 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
The acidity of the white wine really helps the soup pop. This recipe makes six servings.
Bonus: To take it a step further and have that rustic feel, serve the soup in bread bowls. Here is a recipe to prepare your own.
Gotcha pork roast of Food wars
This dish is a real wonder: it looks like roast pork, but is actually mashed potatoes wrapped in bacon. Based on the hilarious anime, Food wars, where each episode brings explosive new recipes that everyone will love, your friends will love this huge dish. After all, every feast needs something to watch, and it’s a beautiful dish!
- 6 white potatoes
- 3 eringi mushrooms
- 1 large white onion
- 1 sprig of rosemary
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- 2 packages thick sliced ââbacon
- 250 ml of red wine
- Â¼ cup sweet sake
- 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
- 1 sprig of parsley
- Salt (to taste)
- Set the oven to 375 degrees.
- Peel and cut the potatoes into quarter slices.
- Cut the mushrooms and onions into small cubes.
- Cook the potatoes over medium heat for about 15 to 20 minutes.
- In a separate saucepan, add a tablespoon of butter. Put on medium heat and brown the onions and mushrooms until they are caramelized.
- Mash the potatoes in a large bowl and add the onion and mushrooms until well combined. Add a little salt.
- Remove the rosemary and set aside.
- After five minutes or when the mixture is cool to the touch, begin shaping the mashed potatoes into a log shape.
- Place all the bacon slices on a baking sheet. Then, taking the potato mixture in the shape of a log, place it in the center slices of bacon.
- Start wrapping the bacon around the potato mixture, making sure to cover as much of the area as possible.
- Tie the string around the roast a few times. Add the rosemary under the string.
- Place the roast in the oven for 30â45 minutes. Turn the roast halfway through cooking.
- Meanwhile, add the wine to the pot. Bring it to a boil.
- Add the butter and soy sauce, cook 2-3 minutes. It will be your sauce.
- Remove the roast from the pan, remove the rosemary and string.
- Pour the sauce over the roast, add the garnish and serve.
My friends and I decided to make this dish on a whim after watching the first episode of Food wars where this is presented. It is so good on a cold scary Halloween night. This makes 6 to 8 servings.
Quincy’s Caps’ n Maggots (Chicken, mushrooms and pot of rice)
This recipe comes fromm TikUser Tok Quincy who makes all kinds of recipes at their online tavern, Quincy’s! I share this recipe in part because their videos are so heartwarming and capture the warmth you are meant to feel in a tavern. This recipe is no exception.
Based on a pirate feast from the game, Sea of ââThieves, this protein-rich dish is especially perfect if your group of friends are dressing up like a roving group of hackers (or hungry college students). The best part? All of this can be done in one pot!
- 2 chicken breasts
- Â½ of a yellow onion
- 6-8 small mushrooms
- Salt (to taste)
- Pepper to taste)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 can of cream of chicken soup
- 4 cups of chicken broth
- 2 cups of rice
- Mince the onion and mushrooms.
- Cut the chicken breasts into cubes.
- Set the heat to medium-high. Add oil to the pan, then sautÃ© the chicken for about five minutes or until cooked through.
- Remove the chicken, then add the onion and mushrooms to the pot. SautÃ© for about two minutes, or until fragrant.
- Add the cream of chicken, chicken broth and rice. Cover and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
This hearty recipe is pretty creamy, with easy-to-obtain pantry ingredients! It makes four servings.
Hot cider to be happy
Finally, your drink of choice! There is nothing quite like cider for a tavern table and it certainly takes less time than making your own mead. The scents of cinnamon and apple will truly evoke the comfort of fall, and your kitchen will smell delicious for the Halloween party you are organizing.
- Â½ gallon of apple cider (alcohol-free)
- 1 orange
- 12 whole cloves
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 15 allspice berries
- 2 tablespoons of unwrapped brown sugar
- 3 Â½ tablespoons of cumin *
- 3 Â½ tablespoons of coriander *
- Set the heat to medium-high. Pour the apple cider into a saucepan, cover and heat.
- Cut the orange into thin slices and add them to the pan. Then add the rest of the ingredients to the pan.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture, covered, for about 20 minutes.
- Strain the mixture through a sieve into cups.
* The recipe recommends that you use 7 cilantro pods, but in case you can’t find this in your supermarket, I’ve included this alternative, which should still give the drink some earthy warmth!
If you want, you can add a little rum or bourbon to your drink to add a little spice, but this drink will warm you up just fine without it. Citrus fruits and spices will definitely go well with any of the other foods on this list. This recipe makes eight servings.