April’s theme for Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free! (a blogging event created by Naomi Devlin of Straight Into Bed Cakefree and Dried) was about food inspired by your favourite children’s book and we had an excellent turn out of inspired and delightful recipes.
This was such a fun theme that I’d love to do it again. While there were some books and stories I was familiar with, there were a couple that I wasn’t – or hadn’t heard of before at all! Plus, it was an exciting way to learn about different cultures and a great way to get kids involved in the kitchen (more than a couple of those who participated are parents of young children).
For this month’s Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free! theme it’s all about food inspired by your favourite children’s book. I had some grand ideas, but none of them came to fruition – mostly because they were a little too far flung. I realized that I’d need more than a month to really hone and refine them (difficult, too, when sometimes the food from a book is open to interpretation, especially in the fantasy genre).
The deadline for Go Ahead Honey is this Friday. If you haven’t yet submitted your creation, please do! Email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see the original post for further details. The round-up will go live on Monday, April 25th.
I settled on making scrambled eggs with spinach, inspired by Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham. I don’t know if it is my favourite Seuss book per se, although I do have fond memories of reading Dr. Seuss and being read to – often the same book repeatedly, so that my parents would have memorized it – but forbid that they should recite it.
Whether or not Green Eggs and Ham is my personal favourite, I know it is with most children and often they’ll want to eat the eponymous dish. They don’t need convincing. While it’s easy to simply dye the yolks with some green food colouring and serve them sunny side up with ham on the side (optional), I decided to use spinach instead. It’s a healthier option and you’re getting some greens with it.
It’s April 1st – and in most parts of the world, that means it’s April Fool’s Day. (In some countries, such as Canada, the pranks only last until noon but I don’t know how widespread that is that it’s actually practiced. That’s also according to Wikipedia.) Believe me, though, I’m not fooling you when I welcome you to this month’s theme of Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free! This month’s focus is on Fictional Food – Treats and Dishes from Children’s Stories.
This theme is all about food inspired by books you read as a child or children’s books that perhaps you came to later in your life, such as reading a book to your younger sibling, your own child, or if you’re babysitting… Whatever the case may be, this is a theme for all ages, no matter what your age. This is an opportunity for you to try making something from your favourite book that you always wanted to make, but haven’t yet. Or maybe you did before, but have to change it now because of changes in your diet.
Plus, isn’t this a more than timely theme now that the series of Harry Potter books and movies are over and we can wax nostalgic over them now (especially if you grew up with them)? Plus, the first Hunger Games movie was released, while causing an explosion of inspired recipes in its wake. (Note I’ve not actually read or seen the Hunger Games but I did like reading this post about the interesting similarities between the Hunger Games and Franz Kafka’s A Hunger Artist.)
N.B. If you’re going to submit a Hunger Games-inspired recipe, please only do so if you can guarantee it is tasty. I’ve heard that the food in the books doesn’t taste that great, so deviate a bit and inject some juiciness into it if that’s your inspiration. (Ha! April Fool’s. ;) But seriously – please make sure it tastes good.)