On January 13, 2017, Netflix released season 1 of A Series of Unfortunate Events, and what better way to binge watch the show than to pair it with some of the food featured in the books? Cooking instructor Lynley Jones has you covered.
Jones found unexpected inspiration when her son began reading the popular Lemony Snicket series A Series of Unfortunate Events. She noticed the central role that food played in the books, and she started a cooking class for kids called “A Series of Unfortunate Cooking Lessons.” Curious eaters the world over can appreciate the strange food endured by the Baudelaire children throughout the series by visiting Jone’s blog, Adventure Kitchen.
Although the Baudelaire children had to endure some horrible food, like Aunt Josephine’s cold cucumber soup, Jones uses her exceptional cooking skills to revamp the recipes into something edible. For authenticity, of course, they resemble the dishes in the book, but these recipes are much more appetizing. “I always want kids in my classes to learn to appreciate the difference between badly prepared food and bad food,” Jones says. She points out that the cucumber soup from the book was badly made, and that such a recipe doesn’t have to be horrible. To mark the difference between her tasty soup and Aunt Josephine’s less than tantalizing soup, Jones has called this recipe, “Not Aunt Josephine’s Chilled Cucumber Soup.”
One of the most popular food dishes featured in Snicket’s series is Pasta Puttanesca. In the first book of the series, A Bad Beginning, Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire make this pasta dish for Count Olaf at his demand. You might recall, the kids end up enjoying their time spent together cooking, even though Count Olaf is displeased.
Jones recreated several other notable recipes from the books such as, Coconut Cream Cake, Cinnamon-Cranberry Muffins, and Salmon Puffs.
If you choose to make Chilled Cucumber Soup, Pasta Puttanesca, or any of the other “Unfortunate Recipes,” hopefully you will be immersed in better company than the Baudelaire kids as you partake of these whimsical and literary concoctions.
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