My Favourite Food in books- a Feast for the Eyes…

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Tis the season… to stuff our faces 😉 Okay, that’s probably not the point of the season, but that’s what I’m going to be doing 😉 And since I’m thinking about food, I thought I’d share some of my favourite foody books!

The Hobbit– because Hobbits reallllly understand the importance of tea… and breakfast… and second breakfast… and elevenses… It doesn’t hurt that one of the first scenes in the book is a party, where poor Bilbo’s pantry gets raided, either!

Chronicles of Narnia– because it gave me a craving for Turkish Delights… I guess the White Witch would’ve had me eating out of the palm of her hand 😉

Alice in Wonderland– more tea? Okay, admittedly, the food in Wonderland often comes with a cost… but that doesn’t mean it’s not tempting 😉

Heartless– I’ll admit this book didn’t blow me away quite as much as Meyer’s other books or the original- but gosh darn it, I got pretty peckish reading it!

Harry Potter– I mean, I wouldn’t be a real millennial if I didn’t mention Harry Potter 😉 And let’s be real, Rowling definitely got me started on my craving for fictional food! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- I wish all the food in this series was real!! Everything from Bertie Bott’s Every Flavoured Beans to Fizzing Whizzbees to Chocolate Frogs to Butterbeer to Pumpkin Pasties… I want to try it all!

Carry On– as a parody of Harry Potter, it certainly didn’t hurt that Rowell kept up with the foody descriptions. Sure, the foods were all a bit more real-world-y (cherry scones… yum!)– but that’ll only serve to make your hunger pangs worse!

Night of Cake and Puppets– this was yet another delectable read from Laini Taylor. Her writing is always scrumptious and her romance was super sweet, yet here she excels in the foody descriptions as well!

To all the boys– there are so many things to love about this adorable series. One of my favourite parts is all the wonderful treats Lara Jean bakes over the course of these books- not to mention other food along the way- this is definitely guaranteed to make you hungry! 😀

Chocolat– I can barely think of this book without salivating! This book about a confectionary shop in a remote French village is the kind of book that titillates the senses in every way!

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory– this is a classic for a reason- and I bet I’m not the only one who had dreams of getting my very own Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory when I was young! (though admittedly, I’d probably have failed very early on, because how does one resist a chocolate waterfall?! 😉)

And that’s all for now! What are your favourite foody moments in books? Let me know in the comments!

Souvenirs From Across The World – Food Edition #SFATW

Well hello- I am super late for this!! I wanted to do it ages ago- but kind of failed! For those of you that don’t know- Marie is hosting a second round of her incredible Souvenirs From Across the World Project! If you don’t know about it- you should really check it out! There’s still time (a day maybe- cos I’m rubbish at organisation) to get involved!

Anyhoo- enough of the preamble- let’s all tuck in to the main event! Because today we are talking about FOOD!

Now- disclaimer- I’m a bit obsessed with food. (Who isn’t?) so this post might get a little overstuffed 😉 And cos I wanna make this personal, I’m gonna talk about my own food influences.

Let’s start at home with some British cuisine. There are a few obvious things that are quintessentially British:

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  • Tea with scones (pronounced “gone” if you’re British, “cone” if you’re American)
  • Fish and chips, or egg and chips, or basically just chips (“French fries” if you’re from the States)
  • And… curry (yeah we stole that one- and by the way, if you’re at all offended by food stealing, this isn’t gonna be the post for you! You have been warned!)

But, I’ll be perfectly honest, I’m not quintessentially British- so the food I’m used to is a little bit more Eastern European in origin– I’m talking:

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  • Salt beef
  • Kugel
  • Schnitzel
  • Goulash! (or as my brother calls it “lashings of goo”)
  • Chicken soup with lokshen!!

Etc etc- all the kind of food that smells hot and will make you feel warm and fuzzy inside just by looking at it!

Now- since this is “around the world”- I’m gonna take you to one last stop, cos in my culture we also eat a fair amount of Middle Eastern food– I’m talking about the most important thing in the world:

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  • Falafel and shwarma!

This is where I could get really really serious- it’s pretty easy in my book to get into a serious debate over the merits of hummus over tehina (and vice versa)- buuuut luckily for you, I’m not gonna torture you with all that!

So- where does your cuisine originate from? What kind of food are you used to at home? I wanna hear all about it in the comments!!

And if you really want to discuss hummus/tehina in the comments- I’m happy to do so (though you might regret asking!)

Now- if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go eat lunch…