Hi all! Today we present to you a feast inspired by the recent release of one of our favorite book-turned-movies, The Hunger Games. If you haven’t heard of this book and/or film, you probably have been living in a cave (not unlike the one Katniss and Peeta take refuge in) for the past few weeks. If this is the case, I highly suggest you get off your derrieres, go to your nearest bookseller, and read it NOW. Then go see the movie. Both are phenomenal. I cried. Four times.
ANYWAY. Before going off to the movie on Friday, Caty and I (along with our wonderful friend and fellow chef Sophie) decided to cook a meal that could, arguably, be something the characters in The Hunger Games could eat. We concocted a mainly produce-based meal: Carrot soup, blackberry sauce with goat cheese (like Prim’s!) and caramelized apples. It was delectable, and actually pretty healthy, all things considered. The soup was creamy and garlicky, the apples sticky-sweet, the blackberry sauce rich with flavor. Tell me that doesn’t sound good.
Our ideas came from fictionalfood.net.
So, without further ado, here are our recipes:
Carrot Soup (slightly adapted from cookingnook.com)
3 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cups carrots, sliced
1 potato, peeled and diced
12 oz vegetable broth
1 cup water
3/4 teaspoon salt
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. Sauté garlic and onion in butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add carrots and potato, stir to coat. Add broth, water, ginger, salt and pepper. Simmer, covered, over medium heat for 15 minutes until vegetables are well cooked. Add extra broth if the soup is too thick.
Blackberry Sauce: Melt 1 tablespoon butter and 1-2 tablespoons brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add blackberries, cook for about 5 minutes. Serve over toasted whole-grain bread with goat cheese.
Caramelized Apples: Melt 1-2 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan. Add 2 tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or measure to taste.) Dice apples and simmer, turning until they are evenly coated with butter/sugar mixture. Cook until soft and caramelized. Serve á la mode.
May the odds be EVER in your flavor.