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The eccentric old wizard Radagast the Brown is the Middle-earth version of St Francis of Assisi! The animals of the forest come to his home for refuge and healing. His magic potions sometimes even bring them back from the brink of death! He is even able to communicate with some of them using the Westron language – most notably his prized Rhosgobel rabbits.Everyone knows rabbits are swift of foot, but this breed of rabbit is even faster than usual, and much bigger – up to two feet long not counting the legs! So it only makes sense that they would work wonderfully to pull a wizard’s sleigh! Able to dart quickly in new directions to evade enemies such as giant spiders, bats, wargs, and grissly orcs, they are excellent at creating a diversion so a company of dwarves, a hobbit, and a wizard can escape into the caves that lead to Rivendell! It may seem improbable that a team of rabbits can perform such feats, but, when Gandalf suggested the wargs and orcs would over power them, Radagast defiantly replied, “These are no ordinary rabbits! These are Rhosgobel Rabbits! LET THEM TRY!”
As a point of clarification, please note that this is not a Middle-earth Recipe from the “LOTR Scrapbook” site but is a creation of my own, and the suggestion for the name of the dish came from my husband.
Radagast’s Rhosgobel Rabbit Sausage Sauté
6 large sausages
1 large sweet onion
2 cloves of garlic, smashed (more if you really like garlic)
2 large fresh tomatoes, diced (or canned if not in season)
Fresh ricotta cheese
Salt and pepper
White rice, prepared in advance
Obtain a package of six large sausages of your liking from the local market – chicken, pork, or turkey. They come with a variety of seasonings these days!
Grill the sausages, preferably over a flame, but a cast iron skillet works well indoors too.
While sausages are grilling, slice or dice the onions and tomatoes. Remove the sausages from the grill and cut them into one inch rounds.
Heat a large heavy skillet to medium high and add two tablespoons of olive oil and the smashed garlic. Stir it quickly so the garlic doesn’t burn, then add the sausage pieces. Immediately add the white wine and let it cook off a bit, stirring the sausage a couple of times. You’re just keeping the meat warm and letting it soak up the flavors.
Turn down the heat to medium and push the sausage to the side of the skillet and add the onions, salt and pepper, sautéing until nicely browned and translucent. Then add the tomatoes and stir all of the ingredients together, cooking another 2 minutes or so.
If you like cheese with your “rabbit” consider adding fresh ricotta cheese in serving spoon-size portions around the top and let it melt into the mixture for a few minutes.
Serve over steamed white rice, noodles, or potatoes! You might also add sauteed mushrooms or peppers to this dish.
This post, which has been a long time coming since my last one, is in honor of the milestone of more than 50,000 site views! Thanks for noticing!
The desolation of Smaug is indeed cause for celebration as the old worm lies dead amid the smoldering ruins of Esgaroth. The burglar Bilbo Baggins proved his quality to the once doubting company of Dwarves by outwitting the Dragon and discovering his weakness — an unprotected patch under his left breast. Fatally pierced by the Bowman’s arrow, the treasure of Erebor was restored to its rightful owners. The Dwarves had their revenge at last!
While news of the dragon’s demise spread, it was fitting for the thirteen dwarves and their burglar to celebrate. With the city in ruins, the celebration would be sparse. But our dear Hobbit is nothing if not resourceful, and also very fond of parties. He rallied the younger Dwarves Kili and Fili and off they went on another mission — this time to look for provisions for the party amid the ruins of the town. Kili and Fili wished there might be more than roasted coneys on the menu — they talked of the sweet seedcakes that were part of every Dwarf family celebration. Because of his heroism, the townsfolk took pity upon Bilbo and offered him what little they could find left of their provisions. He inquired whether there might be any ingredients to bake a tasety treat, as they had been on their journey for a very long time and he was yearning for some of the comforts of his home back in the Shire. One of the dear old women of the city brought him to the rubble that had been her home and offered whatever he might find there. As luck would have it, Bilbo managed to scrounge up a bit of this and a dab of that and unearthed a few pots while he was at it. Kili and Fili came running — Kili was carrying a goat and Fili had a chicken in one hand and two eggs in the other! It seemed like their wish would be granted as they watched Bilbo work his magic, though there would not be enough to share with all the rest. After baking it on the open fire Bilbo cut it into four sections — not three. Kili and Fili protested that if he cut the cake into three pieces they would each have more. But Bilbo had another plan. Taking his slice and the fourth with it, he led the young Dwarves back to the camp with Kili and Fili protesting the whole distance. But once they arrived, they witnessed the legendary Hobbit hospitality as Bilbo offered the fourth piece to Thorin, their leader. If anyone else should enjoy this sweet revenge, it was he.
“Seedcake for Gimli” The recipe is a bit like a scone in a pan. In my version I substituted Chia seeds. I’d been wondering what to do with them and I don’t care for caraway which is in the original! I also added a tablespoon of fresh lemon juice to the wet ingredients before adding the dry. I baked mine in a 10 inch cast iron skillet. I cannot vouch for the recipe’s 45 minute cooking time because my oven is not heating properly, but at 350 degrees in my oven I only needed 20 minutes but that could be due to the cast iron. Definitely use the middle rack as suggested so it doesn’t burn on the bottom. I am not sure if the recipe is meant to be slightly thinner than a biscuit dough, then it would have taken longer. The only other thing I did differently is not sift the flour. Give it a try! I’m going to have it for breakfast with a bit of yogurt!
Have you wrung all the fun you can out of your marathon viewings of Lord of the Rings Trilogy? The Middle-earth Foodie is here to tell you that you have definitely NOT — not yet! So prepare your guest list and fire up the stove for a “Gorge of the Rings” party — a marathon viewing in which you immerse yourself in the story by EATING ALONG with the movie!
We have been given an unexpected gift: A list of the foods shown in the movies and the timing of their arrival on the DVDs.
This list was submitted to The Middle-earth Foodie (to keep it safe, but not secret!) by Linda Holman of San Francisco. Linda created a buffet of foods shown in The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King, for a fellowship of twelve at a private home theater viewing. After searching the interwebs in vain for a list, she watched the entire Trilogy – extended editions – and recorded the foods depicted and the timing of their arrival in the films!
Her friends were so impressed that they encouraged Linda to post the list somewhere on the w-w-w. Which is how she found this blog. Linda concedes she may have missed something, and that she left out some things on purpose — like the raw fish that Gollum eats in Two Towers (so juicy SWEET!) or the earthworm from the opening minutes of Return of the King. She found them just “too yucky.” May I suggest we substitute Sushi and gummy worms? While Sushi is raw it is not wiggling — which is a GOOD thing, in my estimation. I have added a few links to Middle-earth Recipes that are not necessarily posted yet on Middle-earth Foodie. There are many fine possibilities there.
I recommend you add a SLEEP ALONG, and then an EPIC RUN ALONG to your Trilogy party. You must not be caught off guard by the cunning White Wizard or a band of Warg-riding Orcs because you are sleep deprived or too full to move!
All of you purists and nit-pickers are welcome to watch the movies again to find more examples to add to this list. Please do post them if you find them! Linda looked all over the Googlesphere and could not find exactly what she had in mind, so if you DO find a published list, please send us the links.
Who is up for creating the grocery list when “An Unexpected Journey” comes out on DVD?
This list is not perfect, I’ve almost certainly missed some things.
I only mention lembas the first time, although they eat it many times.
I also skipped Gollum eating raw fish of times. Yuk.Here is Linda’s easy Buffet menu, with timing: I’m not a great cook (at least I’m sort of lazy), and I also wanted to watch a good amount of the movies, so here’s what I served: I prepped a lot in advance or bought pre-made items from the store when possible. We tried to stick to this viewing schedule, with moderate success. Fellowship started promptly at 10 am, Two Towers at 2 pm, Return of the King at 6 pm. 9:30 Breakfast: Tea, rustic breads, muffins, jams, butter, bacon, various cheeses, fig & nut preserves 10:37 2nd Breakfast: Apples (passed around in theater room as Strider tosses them to the Hobbits) 1:00 Lembas: Shortbread cookies (passed around in theater when lembas is introduced) 1:30 Lunch: Beer, root beer, bratwurst & bockwurst sausages, mustard, mashed potatoes, broiled tomatoes, carrots, pickles, barley vegetable soup 5:30 Dinner: Beer, wine, ham, chicken drumsticks (smoked turkey legs would also be great), roasted squash & cauliflower, wedge salad w/ apples & bleu cheese, date nut log, bread/rolls, cheeses 6:10 Drinking: Beer and more beer (passed around in theater) 9:35 Dessert: Pumpkin pie with whipped cream (passed around in theater while endings go on and on)
This post is in appreciation of a new The Middle-earth Foodie’s subscriber (are there others?) who served up a warm helping of praise with the lament that there was not more. I hinted that a motivator might be more subscribers. So I submit this entry, simple as it may be, to say thanks!
Summer is waning and the new school year is upon the children of Hobbiton. After a hearty breakfast of porridge, the round doors open and the paths fill with little Proudfoots, Brandybucks, Tooks, and Gamgees tramping off to be greeted by Mayor Sam.
Each year since the Scouring of the Shire, Sam has made the same speech to the returning students. He would not let the memory of Mr. Frodo and Mr. Bilbo fade into the distance, like the Elven ship carrying them off to the Gray Havens. He, Merry and Pippin would make sure that the lessons of The Fellowship would be remembered for all generations of Hobbits to come. Never again would the Shire folk stand by while their land, homes, and peaceful way of life was destroyed by evil outsiders.
And so, each year, Mayor Sam calls the little ones to gather around him under the Party Tree. The parents and elders quiet the excited group and everyone settles in to hear the story of the journey to Mordor and back again.
Sam’s storytelling now rivals that of Old Mr. Bilbo, and the children listen, riveted, as he draws out the sword Sting and holds up the Mithril vest worn by Frodo. They shiver at the descriptions of Wraiths, Orcs, Wargs and of the battle between Gandalf and the Balrog. They fall silent in wonder at the gift-giving in Lothlorien. Their mouths gape open at the final battle between Frodo and Gollum.
And with the Mayor’s admonitions to honor the memory of Frodo and Bilbo by respecting the land, keeping loyal to family and friends, and living a peaceful life with all residents of Middle-earth stirring their hearts, a chorus begins to rise from their midst:Tho men may call us little, and hold that we are weak, yet we are friends of kings and queens, there’ll be no more defeat! The road may lead t’ward dangers, yet we shall not lose heart. Evil wizards, wraiths and dragons cannot pull the Shire apart. Together we shall thwart them, never yielding to the threat; for we are made of stronger stuff than they have seen as yet!