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