Fall is the perfect time to try something new! Year after year we enjoy the same old comforts of putting on cozy clothes, hanging out by the fire, and reading a good spooky book. But, what if we threw in a new idea? We all love that warm feeling inside that we get from having a full belly, so what better way to start a new tradition than to try out some recipes inspired by some of our favorite literature! Take a look at the ideas below for some inspiration in your kitchen.
1. Grilled Cheese Sandwich (The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger)
Possibly one of the most popular, the ultimate comfort food, would be the classic grilled cheese sandwich! Depicted as such in The Catcher in the Rye when Holden Caulfield orders it with a side of malted milk after a date gone horribly wrong. Gooey cheese, warm toasted bread, need I say more? Add some tomato soup on the side for an all-American classic! For anyone who hasn’t mastered this art of grilled cheesy goodness, you can find a recipe here.
2. Turkish Delight (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis)
Turkish delight has been around for centuries, but many people have become familiar with it more recently thanks to Edmund and his sweet tooth from the enchanting story The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Classically, Turkish Delight is flavored with lemon, mint, or rosewater, but you can modify most recipes to create your own modern flavors like berry, pomegranate, and pistachio! Check out a traditional recipe here.
3. Beef Hand Pies (The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien)
I’m not sure that much can compare with a hearty hand-held pie inspired by the hearty appetite of dwarves and the fantastic kitchen skills of the hobbits! These beef hand pies are traditionally Irish, known also as “pasties,” and are a perfect staple for anyone needing to rest after an adventure. Find one of my favorite recipes here.
4. Fudge Walnut Brownies (Chocolat by Joanne Harris)
Chocolate desserts and delicacies are strewn throughout Joanne Harris’ story, Chocolat, and I couldn’t help but dig up one of my favorite recipes for fudge walnut brownies; the thought inspired entirely by leading lady Vianne Rocher!
5. Fish Finger Sandwich (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: A Play by J. K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany)
There are countless recipes that have been inspired by one of our all time favorite series of books, Harry Potter, but one in specific that caught my interest when thinking about comfort food is from a recent reference in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: fish finger sandwiches. It is such a simple, quick, and tasty recipe that includes fried fish (one of my personal favorites) and it’s hard to mess it up!
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