Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Concerning Hobbits-Some Tasty Snacks

Like any dyed in the wool sci-fi fantasy nerd.  I am obsessed with the Lord of the Rings, at fifteen I even made a brief attempt to learn Elvish, yes there are nerds so devoted that they speak and write in it, however my patience and talents for it where akin to my patience and talents for high school French so I gave up very quickly.    Every Christmas the whole Urban Hounds family  (myself, husband, dogs, and cats)  watches the Lord of the Rings Trilogy on DVD, it is a ritual I consider of up most import, as utterly essential to the Yule Tide Celebration as the tree and the gifts.  So you can imagine my excitement when I went to see The Adventures of Tin Tin and during the vast slew of previews that now precedes every movie I saw the one for The Hobbit:

It completely overshadowed the movie for me which I thought was only so-so.
I was in nerd nirvana.  

Any way today is JRR Tolkien's birthday, he was born in 1892 and passed away in 1973.   So I thought it was a fitting day to make some hobbit inspired snacks (as Tolkien notes Hobbits love to eat and drink, something that along with being quite short, I have in common with them.)  

Hobbits are particularly fond of mushrooms (one of my favorites) and young hobbits often participate in mushroom hunting, our outright mushroom thievery. So an appropriate Hobbit inspired snack is Mushrooms on Toast excellent for elevenses, tea, or second breakfast.)

1 container of button mushrooms, washed and sliced (about 2 cups total)
3 tbsp butter
1 tsp truffle oil (or regular olive oil)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/4 cup sour cream
2 slices of wheat toast or white toast

Heat the butter and oil in a skillet or pan over medium heat until frothy.  Add the mushrooms and stir about seasoning with the salt and pepper.  Cook for three minutes.  Add the sour cream and stir well.  Let the mushrooms simmer in the sour cream mixture while you make the toast, serve.  (If you want to dress it up a bit add some minced parsley).

I also think that these Walnut Tarts

being small, homely, and tasty would be excellent Hobbit fair.  Perfect for tea with Gandalf.

Walnut Tarts


> 4 oz Cream cheese
> 1 stick butter
> 1 cup all purpose flour

> Filling

> 2/3 cup chopped walnuts
> 1 egg
> 3/4 cup brown sugar, sift out lumps
> 1 tsp vanilla
> Dash salt

> Let cream cheese & butter soften at room temp, and then combine ingredients
> for pastry in food processor until firm dough forms. Remove from machine,
> form into a ball and refrigerate for about one hour. Shape in 2 dozen 1"
> balls. Place in ungreased mini muffin pans, press dough against bottom & sides. 

> WALNUT FILLING: Beat together egg, brown sugar, butter, vanilla & salt just
> till smooth, stir in chopped nuts. Fill in pastry lined pans. Bake in low
> oven (325 degrees) 30 min. Cool & remove from pans.

I dream of one day living in my own hobbit hole 


but in the meantime I can eat my snacks with my hounds at my sides and count down until December 2012 when I can go the theatre and see The Hobbit on the big screen.

Its Tasty Tuesday


  1. I didnt get much into the lord of the rings but I was a harry potter fan for awhile :) now im into the vampire thing - true blood :) the recipes look delish!

  2. Great recipes! We here love Lord of the Rings too. Can't wait to see the Hobbit. :)

  3. My brothers were HUGE Lord of the Rings fans. One brother wrote his gf in elfish so none of his letters could be read by others. It was rather an obsession there for a while. I suspect if you mentioned it to him today he would deny it all.

  4. I saw all Lord of the Rings movies and maybe will go see Hobbit :-)

    These are great recipes! I love mushrooms like Hobbits do :-)

  5. Oooh that does look good.. I don't actually know the story of the Hobbit but remember my sister being obsessed with that book when we were growing up. We fondly refer to our house as The Hobbit House as it's all nooks and crannies and corners, perfect for me as I'm only 5 foot!!

  6. I never got into the LOTR. I tried! Really I did, but I just don't think it's my thing. Mushrooms on Toast however? Now THAT I am into! Thanks for hopping wiht us for Tasty Tuesday!