One of the best college events I ever helped with was a Science Fiction and Fantasy Feast – a potluck replicating foods featured in favorite SF/F books, tv shows and movies. Great imaginative descriptions can extend to food as well, and there are certain books that just make you hungry. So, I have declared a tiny personal quest to recreate recipes suitable for such an event.
- No one has published a recipe for butterpies, from Diana Wynne Jones’ A Tale of Time City! Aargh!
- Every child reading Lewis Carroll should have the opportunity to make a Plum Cake that cuts itself, after it’s handed round…
- Terry Pratchett excels (as usual) with Nanny Ogg’s Cookbook, but most of the other published works are simply collections of recipes from sff writers (like Anne McCaffrey’s Cooking out of this World and Serve it Forth, although they do contain the party-ESSENTIAL liquid nitrogen ice cream instructions), or semi-lame tie-ins (wookie cookies might taste good, but were definitely not part of the original series. ;))
I will begin with my contribution to the original event – Alice’s Plum Cake, from Through the Looking Glass. Recipe and Instructions For How to Hand it Round follow the break.
This recipe is nice to hand out with the fall’s bounty of plum preserves, if your backyard tree is producing more than you can handle.