Book Club #1: Travelling to Infinity with Swiss Fondue

This months book club book was my selection: Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking.  Jane Hawking was the first wife of physicist Stephen Hawking and in her memoir she speaks openly about the struggles of living in the shadow of a celebrity scientist, as well as the pressures of raising a family whilst supporting a loved…

Green Tea Jelly

After all of the excitement of the Triwizard Feast our guests were warm, full and beginning to slip into sleepy chatter – it was time for something light and zingy to perk up our guests ready for the rest of the feast. This refreshing Green Tea Jelly was the perfect palate cleanser! This is an…

Order of the Phoenix: Umbridge vs Dumbledore’s Army

We think most Harry Potter fans will agree that however evil Voldemort and his Death Eaters may be, there is no character more hated than Professor Umbridge!  We wanted our fifth course to pay homage to Umbridge in all her sickly sweet, pink, kitten-loving glory, and to the students’ rebellion against her. So far our…

Triwizard Feast: Coq au Vin, Yorkshire Puddings, and Vegetarian Goulash

A main course spread to satisfy the appetite of every wizard! For our Triwizard Feast we wanted to have three main options for students to choose from, representing the corners of Europe, just like the feast described in the books. BEAUXBATONS’ COQ AU VIN This is a delicious, warming wine-based stew, offset with salty bites…

The Goblet of Fire: Triwizard Tournament

Our main course was an homage to the Triwizard Tournament – the dangerous inter-school contest that throws Harry, once again, into combat with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. We teased beforehand that this would be the course that brought all students together, and that is exactly what we wanted to do. In the novel, before the Tournament begins, students…

Savoury Chocolate Frogs

When we began planing our Harry Potter Winter Feast we made a list of foods and images from each book.  For The Prisoner of Azkaban a key image we kept coming back to was the Dementors, and Lupin’s cure – Chocolate. We wanted to keep the courses in chronological order – this meant incorporating chocolate…

The Prisoner of Azkaban: Dementors

So this was the course where we decided to really start messing with our guests. When we started planning our feast we wrote down the first five images that came to mind for each book. When it came to book three, since cooking a hippogriff was out of the question, we knew it had to be…

Polyjuice Potion (Mushroom Soup)

We cannot guarantee that this potion will transform you into another wizard. We can, however, guarantee that it is bloody delicious! Serve it hot, still bubbling from its cauldron, with crusty bread. What you need: 30g unsalted butter 2 tbsp olive oil 2 clovesgarlic, crushed 750 gbutton mushrooms, sliced thinly 1/4 cup(35g) plain flour 4…

The Chamber of Secrets: Polyjuice Potion

Once they had solved the clue, the door opened and our guests spilled into the world of magic for the first time. We had positively packed the room with props and surprises, and as they walked around the table to their seat everyone found something unique to point out to the others; some were pawing through…

Butterbeer

We were pleasantly surprised with how utterly delicious this drink was – it was smooth, spicy and strangely familiar, and warmed us from the inside out, just as I imagined while reading about Hogsmeade. This is a simplified version of Heston Blumenthal’s recipe which he, in turn, adapted from a Tudor recipe. Don’t wait for…

Pumpkin Pasties

These Harry Potter staples are super easy to make, and very delicious on a cold winter’s afternoon. There are a lot of sweet pumpkin recipes floating about, which must be an American thing (you kooks!), but this is closer to a classic British pastie which are savoury vegetable parcels. The amount of spice you add…

The Philosopher’s Stone: Hogwarts Express

We had to get the bleedingly obvious classics out of the way early: pumpkin pasties and butterbeer! Yes, yes, we know they didn’t drink butterbeer in the first book, but we simply couldn’t resist… You’ll forgive us if you try the recipe, it was so good! We wanted the first course to be served as though…