Top Ten Tuesday ~ Book Food

It’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday! Yay!

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned In Books (Does a character eat something you’d love? Or maybe the book takes place in a bakery/restaurant that makes yummy things? You could also talk about 10 of your favorite cookbooks if you don’t read foody books.)

Hmm. I have a huge suspicion that Harry Potter foods are going to come up on these lists a LOT. I will admit, that’s the first set of book food that came to my mind. I have plenty of other book food items on my list too, but there will be at least a little Harry Potter food mentioned. Especially since I have been to the Harry Potter section of Universal Studios, and so have tasted something that approximates the food from the books. (Butterbeer. Yum. Especially the hot version.)

Okay, anyway, on with the list:

Top Ten Yummy Foods Mentioned in Books

  1. Butterbeer (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling) ~ I can’t help it. This will probably be on more lists than any other book food this week, but I’ve had butterbeer. And it’s so good.
  2. Lembas (Lord of the Rings series by J.R.R. Tolkien) ~ Long before I wanted to try any of the foods in the Potter books, I was drooling over the idea of lembas. It didn’t hurt that when I was young we did a lot of camping and backpacking. The idea of a food that tasted good and wouldn’t take up tons of space in our backpacks was really appealing.
  3. Butter chicken (The Case of the Deadly Butter Chicken by Tarquin Hall) ~ I haven’t read this book yet (it’s on my TBR list) but I have made butter chicken. I love that dish, which is why I was drawn to this book in the first place.
  4. Hot chocolate (Sorcery and Cecelia: or the enchanted chocolate pot by Patricia Wrede and Carolyn Stevermer) ~ I love good hot chocolate. This was described as good chocolate, and served in a pretty set. And it turned out that the chocolate itself wasn’t even poisoned. Sounds perfect!
  5. Bakery goodies! (Wishcraft Mystery series by Heather Blake) ~ The magical people in this series each have a specialty. One of the characters can do magic with baked goods. I want to eat cookies made at that bakery. Yum.
  6. Klah (Pern series by Anne McCaffrey) ~ Klah is described as something that sounds like a cross between coffee and chai and cinnamon tea. It sounds fascinating, and I want to try it.
  7. Bubbly Pies (Pern series by Anne McCaffrey) ~ I loved baked goods, and these sound amazing – especially when piping hot.
  8. Pretty much anything from a Hobbit’s larder (The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien) ~ I’m not picky. It all sounded good (except the mushrooms).
  9. Brownies (Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates) ~ This is a “Magical Bakery Mystery.” So again – magical baked goods? Yes please! (As long as they aren’t designed to hurt me, which these aren’t.)
  10. Atticus’ teas (The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne) ~ Teas which stop aging and provide general well-being? Yes please!

Well, that’s my 10! What about you? Do you have any favorites that I’ve missed?


Friday Reads ~ in which I remember the Cat Who

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Do you have any fun things planned for this holiday? I do, and they are all food-related. For dinner tonight I am making Mr. Wyrm and my favorite stew, the Drunken Irish Stew, though I am making it on the stove-top instead of in a slow-cooker. (It works just as well, you just have to adjust cook times.) I am also making Irish Soda Bread. This will be a first time for this particular soda bread recipe for me – I have one that’s been passed down by a friend which I love, but I want to compare it to other recipes and see if I can pick up any extra tweaks. And then on Sunday, family is coming to visit, and I am going to make corned beef and cabbage for dinner that night. I’ll be trying a new (to me) slow-cooker recipe for that, too, again to see if I can pick up any tweaks to my standard version.

Anyway, enough about food before I make myself hungry. Now on to the books!


I finished listening to The Silver Chair, the 4th of the Chronicles of Narnia. Still love that book. I think it’s my favorite of the series.


I’m still listening to The Last Battle, the final Narnia book. It’s taking a while because I DO NOT LIKE the beginning of this story. I understand why it’s there, but the part with the ape and the lion skin drives me nuts. This time around I’m having one heck of a time getting to the part of the story I like. I might skip ahead, since I know well what happens in the story.

I’m almost-but-not-quite done with The Cat Who Could Read Backwards. This is a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading about Qwill and Koko when they were established friends; reading about how they got to that point is a lot of fun too. I’ve been remembering the feel I liked about this series when I read some of the books (in random order) the first time, and it’s nice to know I still like it.

And I’m still reading Kat Among the Pigeons on my eReader. Still enjoyable, just taking this at my standard slow eBook pace.


Um. Oops. When I swung by the library to drop off books, I accidentally ended up in the Science Fiction / Fantasy section and two more books came home with me. So next up with be either The Ripper Affair (Bannon & Clare #3) or Trailer Park Fae, both by Lilith Saintcrow.

Next eBook will almost certainly be one of Lizette Gifford’s books that I have on my phone. No idea which one, though. I’ll pick among the two or three I have when I finish this one.

For my next audio book, I want to pick something fun. Something I will be able to just plain enjoy, no work required. I’m not sure what that will be. I might see about adding to my Harry Potter audio book collection, and picking up whatever the next in that series is which I don’t have. We’ll see.

Ten On Tuesday ~ Football Foods

The Ten On Tuesday prompt for September 13, 2016 is 10 Favorite Football Foods. As in, your favorite things to eat while watching football.
Have fun!

Um. Favorite foods to eat while watching football? I only watch – at most – one game a year, and that’s only when our friends have a Superbowl party. And even then, we’re only kinda watching the game. But I guess I can list my favorite foods to eat at that party. That should count.

  1. Meatballs. You know, the Crock Pot version with the BBQ sauce.
  2. Chips and dip. Preferably the French Onion kind of dip with Ruffles.
  3. Cheeseburgers. Home grilled. Yum.
  4. Cake! Our friends’ party is a potluck, and it’s a tradition that one other couple always brings a cake. Usually decorated in one football them or another. (It’s been a football field, a football itself… you get the idea.)
  5. Veggies with ranch dip. Have to get the vegetables in somewhere.
  6. Nachos! Another Crock Pot favorite.
  7. Pigs in a Blanket. Sometimes I remember to make these for the potluck, and sometimes someone else does, but they’re always tasty whenever someone remembers them.
  8. Chocolate! Someone usually brings a box of Sees or Godiva. (Sometimes it’s me.)
  9. Hot dogs. Not quite as preferred as the cheeseburgers, but also tasty.
  10. Cookies! Again, someone always brings cookies. Usually chocolate chip, though sometimes other flavors. And I always eat them. Because cookies.

Have a great day!

Ten On Tuesday ~ Dessert!

Sorry for the blog silence last week. Last week’s 10 on Tuesday prompt didn’t spark any creativity in me, so I didn’t end up writing it, and then I got busy with other things and just didn’t make it to the blog. But this week’s 10 on Tuesday prompt is one that I really like, so here goes!

The Ten On Tuesday prompt for Tuesday, May 24, 2016 is 10 Favorite Desserts. I can’t believe we haven’t done this before but I checked and double checked and couldn’t find it. If we have please don’t tell me and just do it again!
Have fun!

Yum! This is my kind of prompt. Here are ten of my favorite desserts in the order in which I think of them. I’m not playing favorites today!

  1. Port Wine Brownies! AKA brownies (from a box mix) made with port wine substituted for the water. You add a little more wine than the recipe calls for water, because it evaporates differently. But they are so good! And of course, it’s best when you can then drink the remaining wine while eating the brownies.
  2. Tiramisu. A good standard.
  3. Cheesecake Factory Cheesecakes. I can’t pick just one flavor; so many of them are good. My current favorites are the Dulce de Leche, Pecan Turtle, and Tiramisu cheesecakes.
  4. Ice Cream! Again, I can’t pick just one flavor. But I do love most of the cherry ice creams (such as Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia), the mint chip varieties, and a good fudge swirl ice cream. The problem with the fudge swirl varieties, though, is finding one that is actual fudge making up the swirl, rather than fudge-flavored ice cream.
  5. Strawberry Shortcake!! I love this. It’s one of my three favorite summer desserts, because the strawberries need to be fresh.
  6. Strawberry Tarts and Pies! This is the second of my three favorite summer desserts. I used to live across the street from a Nation’s Burgers, and I would wait anxiously for them to start offering their strawberry tarts. (Speaking of, it’s about that time again…)
  7. Peach or Apricot Cobbler!! The third of my three favorite summer desserts (but which one I like best varies day to day). We have a family recipe which is a good (IMO) blend of sweet and tart, especially when made with apricots. (The peach version is a bit sweeter and less tart, as you would expect from peaches.)
  8. Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting. This has been my birthday cake of choice ever since I can remember. I just adore it, which is why I keep neither the cake mix nor the frosting in my pantry. I’d be too tempted.
  9. Jian Dui – known to most Americans as sesame seed balls. These are a favorite Chinese dessert often served with dim sum.
  10. Nian Gao Another Chinese dessert, this one specifically made for lunar new year. (Though, since I know the recipe, I can make it any time I want.) It’s essentially brown sugar and water, with a bit of rice flour for consistency. Very sweet, very sticky, and very good – if you’re used to these kinds of flavors. It can be an acquired taste, though.

Have a great rest of the week! I hope there’s a yummy dessert in store for you this week.

Ten On Tuesday ~ Mom’s Cooking

Happy Tuesday and happy May, everyone! It’s turning into a lovely spring here in California (our April weather was downright weird, but so far May has been nice). I hope things are nice where you are, and you can spend some time outdoors!

The Ten On Tuesday prompt for Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, is 10 Favorite Foods Your Mom Used To Make.
Have fun!

Well, my mom still makes many of these recipes, but she no longer makes them for me on a regular basis since I haven’t lived at my parents’ home for some time now. These are my favorites from when I did live at home (but in no particular order):

  1. Potatoes Romanoff – This is still a staple at family gatherings, but now it’s usually me or my sister who cooks it. (The recipe is very like the one in the link, though not exactly.)
  2. Tomato Beef over Rice – I rarely make this one because it’s time consuming, but it’s SO YUMMY.
  3. Seven-Layer Salad – When I mention this salad, most people think I mean “bean dip”. If I meant bean dip, I’d say bean dip. I mean a salad, with iceberg lettuce as the base. It’s best for gatherings, though, because it makes a large salad and you can’t scale it down easily.
  4. Roast Chicken with gravy – Just a basic roast chicken, but it tasted so yummy. Actually – I just got a roasting pan this past Easter (I never was responsible for the meat dishes at large gatherings before, so never bought one) so I could do my own roast chicken easily now, too. Hmm. Ideas…
  5. Beef & Broccoli – I think this started out as my grandma’s recipe, but I’m used to my mom cooking it more than my grandma. It’s another good standard recipe.
  6. Brownies! – I’m not sure if she did anything special to the box mixes or not, but my mom’s brownies always tasted better than anything I made for myself.
  7. Banana Bread – I don’t like most banana breads. They’re too dry and gross. But my mom’s recipe is AWESOME. So moist and flavorful. (And also full of butter and sugar, so not very healthy, but the bananas balance that out, right? Right?)
  8. Jook – This is an AMAZING soup made with little other than turkey, rice, and bouillon. (We always got to have it after holidays, when we had a leftover turkey carcass.) The link isn’t to the recipe we use (which was handed down from grandma), but it’s pretty close. (We always added some chicken bouillon toward the end to enhance the flavor.) And it usually makes a huge batch, so there’s lots of leftovers.
  9. Mulled Cider – Okay, so it’s a drink and not a food. It’s still a favorite.
  10. Orange Bread. – So yummy! I must make this myself sometime, but it’s a bit time consuming. (You great a syrup with the orange peel, and that takes a while to simmer properly.)

… and now I’m hungry. Oh well! Maybe this list will be my inspiration for next week’s meal plan…

Ten on Tuesday ~ Comfort Food

The Ten On Tuesday prompt for Tuesday, March 15, 2016 is 10 Favorite Comfort Foods.
Have fun!

Well, this should be a fun one. I love comfort foods!

  1. Baked potatoes. With all the trimmings. Yum!
  2. Soup. Pretty much any kind.
  3. Shepherd’s pie! Though I usually make the cottager’s pie version, since I have easier access to ground beef than ground lamb.
  4. Freshly baked bread. Many kinds, though especially a good honey wheat bread.
  5. Toast. Probably at least in part because this was a staple sick food when I was young.
  6. Potatoes Romanov. Why yes, potatoes do feature heavily on this list. What of it?
  7. Rice with butter. Rice makes a great addition to any meal, but plain white rice with butter is the comfort food version.
  8. Stew. With carrots and potatoes. Lots of carrots and potatoes.
  9. Cherry ice cream. When I need a hot-weather comfort food. Or an “I’m really depressed so I’m going to eat the whole pint of ice cream at once” comfort food.
  10. Tom Ramen. Yes, it’s a soup, but it’s also its own thing. When I was in school, we used to bring the ramen packages as snacks, and eat them dry. (You crunch up the noodles and dip them in the sauce packet. Sometimes, if you weren’t sharing with anyone, you’d lick the noodles first so more of the dry sauce mixture would stick.) I’m sure it wasn’t good for us, and I doubt that kids in areas with a smaller Asian population did this, but it’s something I remember as a happy moment from my childhood. I no longer eat ramen dry, but cooking it still brings back the memories.

And now I think I want potatoes. Good thing I’m planning on cooking them with my corned beef later this week!

Ten on Tuesday ~ Fall Foods

The Ten on Tuesday topic for Tuesday, September 15, 2015 is 10 Foods You Are Looking Forward to Eating Now That Fall is (Almost) Here.

Have fun!

Well, I have to say, there aren’t a whole lot of foods (other than seasonal fruits and veggies) that I reserve for one season or another. For me, it’s mostly foods that other people offer/make which I consider seasonal. However, there are some foods which happen in a higher quantity in colder weather, so I guess I’ll include those as well.

(On the other hand, last week during our heat wave, I made a pot of soup for dinner. So I’m probably not the best judge of seasonal foods.)

  1. Pumpkin pie. (One of the few foods that is truly seasonal for me.)
  2. Moon cakes. (A Chinese dessert which is associate with Harvest time. Another truly seasonal food.)
  3. Oven-roasted chicken (or turkey) and gravy. (Not truly seasonal, but more common in the fall/winter.)
  4. Lots of soup.
  5. Chili. Preferably with cornbread topped with honey butter.
  6. Ramen!
  7. Also pho! (See? Lots of soup.)
  8. Anything cooked in the crockpot.
  9. Spiced cider. (Not really a food, since it’s a drink, but close enough.)
  10. Green bean casserole. (Again, not truly seasonal, but it’s a staple for our family holiday gatherings, and I start thinking about it once the weather turns colder.)

Great. Now I’m hungry.