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This “Book Makes Me Cook” is a monthly read and cook event where this month’s book (chosen by Simran) was any book from the Harry Potter series. A small group of bloggers get together every month to read a chosen book and then cook something that was inspired by that book. I joined them this month to see what I could come up with.
Ever since J K Rowling announced that she was putting a stop to the Harry Potter saga with the 7th book, Potter Mania seems to have eased off worldwide.
My daughter used to be quite “potty” about Potter, as I used to tease her. She got me to read all the seven books (plus the two about some mystical beasts and another one I now forget) and my husband and I have sat with her through all the Potter movies, except the last one!
While all this didn’t make me a Harry Potter fan, I could see why children and so many adults found the books so fascinating.
The books are full of passages featuring food. Students at Hogwart’s Academy are always served dinner at tables that are laden with food. And Ron’s fascination for the weird sweet stuff sold on Hogwat’s express. The dinners served by Harry’s aunt (usually as punishment decreed by his uncle) are a contrast to the meals that Ron’s mother, Molly Weasley, juggles up out of the thin air. Now this is one feat I wish I could manage on those “what to cook?” days that I often have!
I couldn’t quite figure out what to cook as Chocolate Frogs, Cockroach Clusters, Broomstick Salad, Tooth Flossing String Mints, Jelly Slugs and the like weren’t exactly my sort of thing. Of course there was nicer and real food like butter beer, treacle fudge, chocolate gateaux but I wanted to cook something savoury. Now most of the real food mentioned in the books are typically English and many are non-vegetarian.
So I finally settled on a Shepherd’s Pie (in a vegetarian version) which I believe was on the menu at Hogwart’s. I understand that a vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie is sometimes called a Shepherdess’s Pie!!
I adapted Delia’s Vegetarian Shepherd Pie to suit us here is my version.