I got a copy of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition in the mail yesterday. I proceeded to watch it immediately to see which extra scenes and extended sequences were included.
While I don’t quite enjoy the films as much as I do The Lord of the Rings, they still entertain and delight my spirit and for that, I will always love them.
Last fall I made this Hobbit-Lord of the Rings inspired feast that I never posted about. The inspiration for this platter of goods comes directly from Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring when the hobbits (Frodo, Sam, Merry & Pippin) arrive at The Prancing Pony. On the menu: hot soup, cold meats, a blackberry tart, new loaves, slabs of butter, and half a ripe cheese.
For the soup, I made a potato & nettle soup with wild nettles that I had foraged a couple of days prior. The soup was great, but the recipe needs a little bit of tweaking (or immersion blending) before I post a recipe (which I am going to *try* to do more often).
For cold meats, Wild Mushroom Deli Slices by Field Roast. The blackberry tart is more of an individual blackberry pie with lemon. Then there was toast with a bit of Earth Balance vegan butter and the last knob of my homemade vegan brie cheese. A glad little feast it was.
And while I am here to discuss hobbit business, I thought I’d show you these Bag End cookies I made as well. I think I need to work on my decorating skills. 😉