Thursday, April 11, 2013

Parumvir Banquet

Welcome, gentle guests and Goldstone Imps one and all! Pray have a seat at yonder banqueting table, reclining beneath the gentle arbor. Feel the soft sea breezing blowing up from the shore to stir the thickly gathered blossoms, wafting their perfume to caress your face and sooth you after your long travels.

Monster and I are glad to see you!

And now . . . Oh, and now! Do you smell that heavenly aroma? The banquet is about to begin, and there are delights for all to enjoy.


First, you are offered a choice of soups. Your first selection is the classic favorite of old Parumvir:

Sondhold Potato Soup

Presented by Chef Christa
 
This recipe, or at least a variation on it, is older than the kingdom of Parumvir itself. It was eaten the houses of lords and peasants alike back in the days before the North Country was united under a king. It is considered a classic and, humble though it may appear, is served at all the best banquets in Oriana.
 
6 medium potatoes
2 medium onions
6 cups of stock or milk and water mixed
1 tbsp butter
parsley
salt and pepper
(serves six)

Peel and dice the potatoes and chop the onions. Melt the butter and gently cook the onions and potatoes in a covered saucepan until soft but not colored. Add the liquid, adjust the seasoning to taste, sieve if wished and serve in bowls decorated with a little chopped parsley.
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But for those more daring among you, there is also offered:
Rogan's Shrimp Soup
 
Presented by Chef Abigail
 
It is claimed that the original variation on this soup was invented by the Fey Folk and prepared, not with curry powder, but with the ground-up petals of the Orgual Blossom. This flower grows on the slopes of Rudiobus Mountain and is famed for its healing properties (particularly of the common cold, though Faeries claim to never suffer from this malady). Whether or not the story is true, it must be agreed that this is a fine soup!
 
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
1 large onion
2 medium leeks, washed well and chopped
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 medium potatoes 
1 tsp. curry powder, curry paste or chili powder to taste
salt and pepper to taste
8 ounces peeled, cooked shrimp, sliced if large
1 cup milk
  
Instructions:
1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt the butter.
Add the onion and leeks and cook, stirring until soft, about 5 minutes (do not let the vegetables brown).
 
2. Add the chicken broth, potatoes, curry or chili powder, and salt and pepper. cover and simmer until the potatoes are very soft, 15 to 20 minutes.
 
3. Add the shrimp and milk and gently heat. Serve with crusty bread.
 
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Here is a soup popular among the seafaring  folk of Parumvir, but it is so delectable, it has made its way up to the royal tables! I offer you:
 
Captain Sunan's Bean Soup
Presented by Chefs Hannah and Becky

This is a favorite soup of the Noorhitamin merchant ship captain, Sunan, but it is a well-known staple among all seafarers. The beans travel well, and the salted ham upon which sailors practically live softens up nicely in this broth. The royal chefs of Oriana were a bit daring to serve such humble fare to their royal family . . . but the soup was such a success upon first serving, that King Fidel requested many times over!

 
1 pound navy beans (2 cups)
¼ medium sized onion
½ cup of chopped celery
½ cup diced ham (or you may use a ham hock)
1 tablespoon salt
In a large pot, cover beans with very hot to boiling water.  Let soak 1 hour.
Empty beans into colander.
Fill large pot with 6 cups of cold water and bring to boil.
Add beans.
When water returns to a boil, add onion, celery, ham and salt.
Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 2 hours or until beans are tender and soup is creamy.

Hannah is dressed for the banquet!

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And if a hot and heavy soup is not what you wish to begin your feast today, here is a fresh and sweet option you may choose instead:
 
Coronation Soup
Presented by Chef Kristen
 
A favorite served at coronation and other important ceremonies in Southlands, this delightful strawberry soup has found a place of favor among the royals of the northern nations as well, even as far north as Parumvir! Princess Una is particularly fond of this soup, and requests it often.
 
3 C. fresh strawberries, sliced (frozen strawberries may also be used, but the flavor and color will not be as intense)
1/4 C. white sugar
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
1/2 C. peach or apricot nectar
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
Sour cream or plain yogurt (to serve with the soup)
 
Combine the strawberries, sugar, and mint in a food processor (or blender, if a food processor is unavailable) and pulse to roughly chop. Set processor/blender to "puree" and slowly pour in the nectar and balsamic vinegar; puree the soup until smooth. Pour into a glass bowl, cover, and chill for at least one hour. To serve, pour the soup into bowls and add a dollop of sour cream or plain yogurt.  


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Or, if this warm sun is too much for you and you would prefer a salad over soup, you may be more inclined to sample:
 

Eanrin's Medley
 
Presented by Chef Beka
 
The chef presenting this recipe declares: "This salad dish is concocted by Dame Imraldera in a desperate attempt to ensure Eanrin (who, like any cat with pride, scorns the thought of vegetables but salivates at the mere thought of tuna) gets his veggies into him. Smart girl!"
 
EANRIN'S MEDLEY
 
Lots of chopped-up vegetables (I used carrots and green peppers, but you can use pretty much anything, depending on personal taste)
One can of flaked tuna (or more, if you, like Eanrin, absolutely ADORE the stuff!)
Cooked pasta (macaroni, shells....again, personal preference)
Catalina dressing to taste
 
1. Cook the pasta. Leave it to cool a few minutes.
2. Combine pasta, veggies, tuna, and dressing in bowl. Mix. Can be served cold or hot. Enjoy!
 
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 For a main course, we have a special treat at the banquet tonight:
 
Southlander Spicy Meat Pockets
 
Presented by Chef Jill
 
The chef presenting this recipe tells us an interesting history behind it: "Starflower often prepared these simple yet tasty pocket meals for her father and baby sister, using whatever game bird the Panther Master snared. She added more spice to her father’s meat, but Fairbird prefers her meals less spicy."

Mix together in a medium bowl:
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (or more, to taste)
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
1 T. Greek yogurt
1 T. fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
Slice very thin: 1 lb. boneless chicken breast s. Add to spice mixture until coated. Fry chicken in 2 T. olive oil until lightly browned.
Meanwhile, mix together:
¼ cup Greek yogurt
1 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed paste)
And spread this mixture into the pockets of:
4 (6-inch) pitas, halved
Divide the chicken among the pitas, and add:
1/2 cup chopped cucumber 
1/2 cup chopped plum or grape tomatoes 
1/4 cup chopped red onion
Spinach or lettuce leaves, as desired
 
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Another popular dish brought up from Southlands is this spicy entrée:

Dragon-Fired Ham and Shrimp
Presented by Chef Erica
 
This dish became popular in Southlands once the Southlanders began trading with Shippening. Southlands itself has limited ocean access, but merchants would trade mangoes and golden figs to Shippening fishermen for crates of shrimp, which were then carefully packed and brought back to Southlands. Mixed with the hearty Southlander spices, this one is a sensation at any banquet table! 
  • 1 1/2 cups quick-cooking rice
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine (optional)
  • 1 16 ounce can tomatoes
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cups frozen chopped green peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 6-ounce package cooked shrimp
  • 6 ounces fully cooked ham
  1. Cook rice according to package directions. Stir in butter or margarine, if desired, then keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, cut tomatoes. In a large saucepan stir together undrained tomatoes, tomato paste, water, green pepper, thyme, Worecestershire sauce (if desired), hot pepper sauce, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, then simmer, covered, 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile drain and set shrimp aside. Cut ham into 1/2 inch cubes. Stir shrimp and ham into tomato mixture. Simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or more until shrimp and ham are heated through. Serve over rice.
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Or, if the spices of Southlands are a little too much for your palate, you may prefer a more traditional Parumvir main course such as this one:
 
 Prince Felix's Favorite Paella
 

Presented by Chef Jill

  

The chef presenting this dish says, "This delicately savory main course is served at Oriana Palace at royal birthday celebrations or whenever the royal chefs particularly wish to impress important guests from, say, Beauclair or Shippening. Fresh seafood is readily available in the market stalls of Sondhold City, and fine spices are imported from Aja and Dong Min in the Far East."

 

Heat in large saucepan:

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil


Add and cook until soft:

2 medium onions, chopped


Add:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 t. dried thyme leaves
1 t. fennel seed
½ t. salt
½ t. freshly ground pepper
2 pinches crumbled saffron threads
Stir and cook for 30 seconds, then add:
2—14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes (for extra spice, use the kind with green chiles)
½ cup vegetable or chicken broth
Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 minutes.
Increase heat to medium, then stir in:
½ pound scallops
½ pound peeled raw shrimp
2 cups raw spinach (optional)
Cook, stirring occasionally, for 4 minutes or until shrimp is pink and scallops are opaque.
Then stir in:
1 cup whole wheat couscous
Cover, remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes, then fluff with fork and enjoy!
(Can also reserve spinach raw and serve the paella over it, as pictured)
Serves 4

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Here is a dish that has been popular in Parumvir for many long generations:
 
Lumé Love Us!
(Faerie Hair Pasta with Tomato-Herb Sauce and Crabmeat)
 
Presented by Chefs Hannah and Becky
 
The chef presenting this recipe tells us: "This romantic dish was first introduced in the time of the Smallman King and his bride. The crab is best fresh from the docks of present-day city, Sondhold, but it is rumored that it used to be served with a special fish caught only by the Mher-folk. How the ancient Parumvir King came by this delicacy is left for speculation . . . "
 
1/3 cup olive oil
½ cup finely chopped onion
3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
¾ cup chicken broth or dry white wine
1 ½ teaspoon dried basil leaves (or fresh to taste)
½ teaspoon dried marjoram leaves
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
3 ½ cups diced tomatoes
1 12-ounce package Faerie Hair (okay, angel hair) pasta, uncooked
1 can (6 oz.) crabmeat, drained 
(Fresh crab from the Sondhold seafood market is always the best, but if not available, the canner usually has crabmeat available.)
In large skillet, over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion, cook until soft, about 2 minutes. Add garlic, cook 1 minute. Add broth (or wine) and seasonings.  Heat to boiling; cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes with juice; return to boiling. Cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package’s directions; drain.  Toss hot pasta with sauce and crabmeat.
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To cleanse the palate before dessert, the chefs have concocted a particularly wonderful cheese course for today's guests! Indeed, you may find this delicacy dessert enough:
 
Beana’s Baked Brie
With Cranberry Sauce
Presented by Chefs Hannah and Becky

The chef presenting this recipe tells us: "This recipe is provided by Queen Varvare of Arpiar, this beautiful delicacy seems to hold some special meaning to the Queen and her honored knight, Beana. What they find so amusing is left for audiences to wonder. Legend says the dish has its beginnings in Southlands in the small cottage of Mousehand, where his daughter, Rosie, would lovingly prepare the brie from the milk of her goat. Although her goat would never stand for a milking, a fresh bucket of milk was left at the doorstep at the dawn of every morning. Cranberries were added sometime later in the kitchens of Arpiar."
 
Pepperidge Farm puff pastry shells
Wedges of brie cheese
Cranberry sauce (your favorite recipe or the simple one below)
Bake Pepperidge Farm puff pastry shells according to package instructions, or if you have your own homemade recipe for this, even better!
Remove from oven after 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove “top” of shell and insert brie wedges.  Replace the top and return shells to oven for 5 minutes. Cool. Spoon cranberry sauce over the top, and serve with your favorite crackers or sourdough bread.
(If you have turnover pastry shells, insert brie before you bake the shells.)
Cranberry Sauce
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 12-ounce package fresh or frozen cranberries
Bring water and sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add cranberries and return to a boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour sauce into a bowl, cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time.
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  Because there is no better banqueting cheese than brie, you will find another brie option to tempt your palate as well:
Dompstead Brie Pockets
Presented by Chef Kristen
This recipe was invented by a young lady of Dompstead Town, the daughter of a baker. Her mother wanted her to stay at home and learn her stitching as she should, but the girl, an intrepid lass by the name of Carmina, would slip away to her father's bakery and experiment with pastries. When she first pulled these from her father's oven, the old man recognized them for the delight they were and instantly sent the recipe on to his cousin . . . who happened to be an under-baker at Oriana! Within a month, Carmina was found a new position in Oriana itself, and many of the treats you eat today were prepared by her own hands!
 
1 large sheet of puff pastry dough
1 6-inch (approximately) round of brie cheese with the top layer (only) of rind removed
1/4 C. tart jam, such as strawberry-rhubarb or black cherry
2 Tbsp. melted butter
1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
 
Preheat oven to 350*F and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Place the puff pastry sheet on the parchment-lined pan and center the brie on top. Spread the jam over the top of the brie and fold the edges of the puff pastry up, pinching them lightly to seal the brie inside. Brush the puff pastry with melted butter and sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes until a delicate golden brown, then allow to rest 10 minutes before serving. 
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Here is another brie option--as seen below with a variety of other fantastic dishes--that will surely catch your eye!
Impish Brie with Nutty Sauce
Presented by Chef Clara
 
I only wish I could share with you all the glorious recipes represented here . . . but Chef Clara is very particular about her trade secrets! Only Princess Una and Prince Felix's combined pleading moved her to share the amazing brie recipe seen below:
 
1/2 cup of pecans
3 tbs. of light brown sugar
3 tbs. of pure maple syrup
 
Preheat oven to 350, place cheese in oven and warm. Place nuts on clean bakig sheets and bake until toasted. Combine sugar and maple syrup in saucepan and bring to a boil. Drizzle the maple and sugar mixture over the pecans and brie. Serve with crackers or baguettes.
 
Be certain to sample as well the rest of Chef Clara's amazing feast: Honey- Glazed Salmon with Parmasian Potatoes, Shrimp Cream soup, Grapefruit- Strawberry salad with Pansys, Brie cheese with a mapel syrup and brown sugar pecan glaze, and last, but not least, "Appelbald" pie!
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A variety of sweets are presented at this feast, for the royals of Parumvir are known world-wide for their inclination for sweets! First we have:
Adrilawen Chocolate Drop
Flatbread
Presented by Chef Molly
 

There is a story about a farmer boy whose pig ran away into Goldstone Wood. When the boy gave chase, he became lost for days and nights on end. He thought at last that he would starve to death . . . but then he smelled a delightful aroma! Pursuing it, he came upon a beautiful maiden--so beautiful that she must have been a Faerie, despite the freckles on her nose--and she was cooking flatbread over a low fire. She said her name was "Adrilawen," and she shared her meal with the farm boy. In his hunger, he ate so much that upon finishing he fell immediately into a deep slumber. When he woke, his pig was snoozing beside him, and he lay in the backyard of his mother's home.
 
1¼ cups sifted flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoons salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons salad oil
 
Sift together dry ingredients. Combine egg, milk, and salad oil; add to dry ingredients. Bake on hot griddle. Makes about 12 dollar (Adrilawen’s copper coin) sized flatbread.
You can put chocolate drops (chocolate chips), nuts, blueberry…anything you want on it. Syrup and butter and whipped cream are also really good!
 
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Or perhaps you've traveled from Beauclair and long for a taste of home? In that case, you may prefer:
 
Beauclair Apple Cobbler
 
Presented by Chef Tara
 
The orchards of Beauclair are the finest to be had in all the Western Continent. And a particularly  sweet and tart variety of apple known as Miel-Crisps are the favorite all! Young maidens known as "apple girls" carry bushels of them to market and sing a song of summertime and sweetness as they sell their wares. King Grosveneur makes a point to send several bushels of Miel-Crisps to King Fidel every year as a token of his esteem.
 
4 cups sliced apples-arranged in a baking dish.

Mix-1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 cup pecans and sprinkle over apples.

Mix together: 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 egg, 1/2 cup condensed milk, 1/3 cup butter and pour over the top.

Bake at 325 for 55 minutes.
 
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Some of you will notice a particularly colorful little entry sitting in the midst of all the rest of these wonderful desserts. This is the well-loved:
 
Faerie Bread

Presented by Chef SaraLyn

Some might call it superstition, but Princess Una's wise old Nurse knows that Faerie Bread is a must at every feast! For Queen Nidawi and her shining little impish subjects are mad for this Faerie Bread. If they should show up unexpectedly (and always invisible) at a banquet and not find their favorite treat . . . oh, what havoc they will wreck! So take a slice if you dare, but don't be surprised if you look down at your plate and find your Faerie Bread has been nibbled when you weren't looking.
 
1 pkg of white cake mix ( i used no name brand)
1 cup water
3 large eggs 
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 325F for nonstick pans and 350F for shiny metal pans
Next you grease pans and line bottom with wax paper or dust with flour.
Then in a large bowl, blend cake mix, water,eggs and oil with an electric
mixer at low speed for 30 seconds until moistened. beat at medium speed for
 2 minutes, scraping sides of bowl once.
After that you get 4 or 5 smaller bowls (one for each color) and divide the batter evenly into them, 
then dye each small bowl of cake batter a different color  
Next you scoop a spoonful of each color into your pans so that you
have lots of different color's in each one, then you bake them for 25-30 minutes (30-35 if your baking a cake instead of small loaves)
bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, then cool them on a rack for about ten minutes.
 
Chef SaraLyn presents her treats!
 
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There are so many wonderful desserts to choose from, but this one will always stand out:

Southlander Peach and Milden Blackberry Cheesecake
Presented by Chef Rohan
 
With fruit imported from both Southlands and Milden, this is not an easy cheesecake to come by. But it certainly makes an eye-catching and delectable addition to any feast! I know the mayor of Sondhold is particularly partial to this one, and always makes certain he gets a slice before it disappears.

 

·  Crust:


·  3 cups graham cracker crumbs

·  1/4 cup melted butter    
Bake for 10 minutes at 350, set aside to cool.
·  ·  Cake:
·  2 Tbsp. butter
·  4 medium sized peaches, peeled, stoned and cut into 1/2" chunks
·  2 pints of fresh blackberries, washed  (cook with 2 tbs sugar and a 1 tbs of water for topping)
·  1/2 cup dark brown sugar
·  3 pkgs. softened (room temperature) cream cheese
·  2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
·  2 Tbsp. lemon juice
·  1 cup granulated sugar (maybe a little less)
·  4 large eggs
Melt 2 Tbsp. of butter in a large sauté pan
When the butter is hot...add the peach chunks and cook until hot...add the brown sugar and cook until the sugar is melted and the sauce is bubbling. Remove from heat.
Remove half of the peaches and all the sauce, purée until smooth.
Place the cream cheese (it is very important that the cream cheese is at room temperature), vanilla, lemon juice and sugar into a large bowl and mix well until the cream cheese is smooth.
Add the eggs and beat until the eggs are incorporated and a creamy consistency is achieved (do not over beat...this will cause the cake to be tough).
Set aside 2.5 – 3 cups of the mixture.
Add the puréed peaches to the remaining batter and mix just until fully incorporated.
 
Fold in the remaining chunks of peaches (once again...do not over mix this...you want some of the pieces to be whole).
Pour the batter into the pan with the crust and smooth the top with a spatula. Add the rest of the mixture and smooth.
Tap the cake on a counter top to remove any air bubbles in the cake.
Wrap the cake pan in foil and place the cake into a large roasting pan with about ½” of water and then into a preheated 450° oven. Bake for 10 minutes then reduce heat to 250° and bake for 2 hours or until the cake is completely set.
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A fetching dessert for those with an eye for glitter . . .
 
Hymlumé's Garden Sugar-Berry Tart

Presented by Chef Anne Elisabeth
 
Named for the sugary sparkle glazing each and every berry seen here, this is a time-consuming dessert, but so worth the effort!
 
Tart shell:
1 c. flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. butter (room temperature)
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp. ice water
 
Filling:
1 (8oz.) pkg. cream cheese (soft)
1/3 c. sour cream or yogurt
2 Tbsp. sugar
 
Toping:
egg white
sugar
variety of berries.
 
Prepare berries first: Using a small paint brush, brush individual berries with a very thin layer of egg white (too much, at the sparkle won't work). Twirling the berry on a toothpick, sprinkle sugar over the berry until it is coated. Set to dry for three hours or overnight. (This is a nice project to do with a friend-chef. This chef did it by herself and spent over FOUR HOURS at it!)
 
Tart and Filling: Combine flour, sugar and salt; cut in butter until crumbly. Combine egg yolk and water; stir into flour until dough forms a ball. Press dough onto bottom and up sides of a 9 inch tart or pie pan. Prick bottom and sides. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes until light brown. Cool and set aside. Beat filling ingredients until fluffy. Spread over bottom of cooled shell. Top with sugared berries!


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And if Prince Felix catches you indecisive over the desserts, he will urge you to try this particular treat:
 
The Legendary Solid Gold
 
Presented by Chef Rebekah
 
When Felix was a very little boy, he refused at first to try this dessert, believing the yellow centers looked suspicious. His sister Una, thinking her brother very silly, would tease him and tell him they tasted of all sorts of terrible things--bee's knees, earthworms, fish guts, whatever horrible ingredients her imagination could invent. But one day their father overheard Una's teasing. He told his son that a brave man was willing to sample anything once. Determined to be brave, Felix took a large bite . . . and thus discovered his favorite of all sweet treats! (And he promptly chased down Una and put a spider in her hair to pay her back for her teasing.)
 
3 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp cream of tartar
1 cup sugar

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Preheat oven to 300F.
In large bowl beat the ingredients until stiff and forms peaks.
Use a spoon to spread into bowls on parchment paper. Bake for 35-45 mins or until dry all the way through.

For Lemon filling:

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tbsp flour
3 tbsp cornstarch
3 egg yolks
2 tbsp butter or margarine
lemon juice to preferred taste

In a saucepan, mix sugar, flour, cornstarch, water, and dash of salt. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbling. Reduce heat and stir 2 more minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir 1 cup of the filling into eggs then return to pan. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat after 2 mins. Stir in butter or margarine and lemon. Add to bowls and refridgerate until cool. Leave in refridge until time to serve or it will melt.
 
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A new favorite with the Oriana Palace is this delicate little treat:
 
Gleamdren's Tea Dainties
 
Presented by Chef Kristen
 
 They are really far too sweet to be served along with tea . . . but Lady Gleamdren was never known for her practicality, so why should a treat named in her honor be practical either? And these do look ever-so fetching when laid out at the table, pink and white and ladylike, just as Lady Gleamdren (if she is more than a legend, of course) must be!
 
4 egg whites
2 1/4 cups confectioners sugar
raspberry flavoring
white chocolate drops

 
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F (95 degrees C). Butter and flour a baking sheet.
 
In a glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until foamy using an electric mixer. Sprinkle in sugar a little at a time, while continuing to whip at medium speed. Add a drop or two of raspberry flavoring. When the mixture becomes stiff and shiny like satin, stop mixing, and transfer the mixture to a large pastry bag. Pipe the meringue out onto the prepared baking sheet using a large round tip or star tip. Nestle a white chocolate drop in the center of each meringue.
 
Place the meringues in the oven and place a wooden spoon handle in the door to keep it from closing all the way. Bake for 3 hours, or until the meringues are dry, and can easily be removed from the pan. Allow cookies to cool completely before storing in an airtight container at room temperature.
 
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These delectable treats are a recent addition to the Parumvir dessert table, another southern delight.
 
Rose Red's Pillow Pastries

Presented by Chef Ameri
 
Here is a lovely dessert popular at the Eldest's House. When young Prince Leo was sent to the country for his summer holiday, he would beg the cook at Hill House to make Pillow Pastries for him. Then he would tuck a bunch into his pockets and carry them up the mountain, sharing them with his best friend, Rose Red. She had never eaten anything so delicious! She liked them so much, Prince Leo started to call them "Rose Red's Pillow Pastries" in her honor.
 
Dough:
One forth pound unsalted butter A.K.A. 1 stick
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup wheat flour and 1/2 cup white flour mixed
4 eggs - beaten in individual bowl's
 
Directions:
Combine water, milk, salt, and sugar in a large saucepan. On high heat bring to quick boil. Add butter, stir till fully melted then add flour stirring vigorously till it forms into soft dough (don't worry if it's crumbly it's just suppose to be moistened) Remove pan from heat and reduce heat to medium. Eggs ready, return saucepan to burner and mix in eggs one at a time then remove from heat and let cool.
Next roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into a 2 ft by 1 ft rectangle (can be done with hands). Cut width into three equal parts and length wise in half. Then put on wax paper and stack on top of each other. Put in freezer over night or till it's frozen.
 
Filling: (Suggest get dough out to thaw wile making this)
4 or 5 strawberries (or your choice fruit) chopped
2 spoonfuls of your choice jelly (I used strawberry)
1 tsp sugar
dash of salt
1/4 cup cream cheese, warm
 
Directions:
Combine jelly, sugar, and salt. Then fold in fruit.
 
Assemble:
Set dough on a cookie sheet and poke with fork. Cut each square into fore smaller squares. (These form the top and bottom half's). Spread cream cheese on one half being careful around the edges. Then add a small dab of filling. Top with second half, pinching the sides to seal, forming the "pillow".
 
Cooking:
Preheat oven to 400'F (sorry I can't find the right symbol)
cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool then top with powdered sugar and or icing. ENJOY!
 
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 Another eye-catching treat to tempt the eye is this rich Parumvir dessert:
 
Faerie Surprise Cake

 
This recipe was a favorite of Princess Una's mother, and was served every year for her birthday! Even though the queen has long been dead, Una makes certain that her favorite cake is baked again every year in honor of her mother's birthday.
 
Take a French vanilla cake mix, make it according to the directions on the box, and bake in two round pans. Let the cake cool. 
 
Frosting. 
Boil & thicken 1 cup of milk & 1/4 cup of flour. Let cool. 
Mix 1 cup of white sugar & 1 cup of softened butter. Not melted. 
 
Add the flour/milk mixture to the butter/sugar mixture and beat. 
 
Turn cooled cake from pan and set on a plate. Put frosting around the edges about an inch from the sides, but leave the center open. Smear 1/4-1/2 of strawberry jam on the center. Place second cake on top, then frost with remaining frosting. Sliced fresh strawberries would be awesome on top, if people liked them. 
 
Felix prefers a chocolate version of this cake himself, with raspberry jam at the center! Una finds this "untraditional," but the Oriana chefs are happy to cater to the young prince's whims.
 
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  This particular style of cake comes from Beauclair and is named for Beauclair's most famous historical princess, the beautiful Ayis. Thus it is known as:
 
Ayis's Bower Cake
Presented by Chef Kristen
 

 This cake, with its elegant scrollwork, was designed and featured specifically for Princess Ayis's wedding day . . . and soon thereafter became all the rage! Every lady of certain birth insisted upon a cake of similar style, elegant pearlescent piping and verdant coloring. Perhaps Princess Una even asked for a cake of this style for her wedding feast?
 
Alas, I cannot share this recipe with you, for it is a closely guarded secret among the Beauclair patisserie chefs . . .

Evil Minerva is determined to discover the recipe for herself . . .
 
 
And so our feast comes to its end, dear guests! Thank you for attending, and I do hope you enjoyed this feast for the eyes!
 
Any of these recipes you might try yourself now?
 

 
 

34 comments:

Kathleen said...

They look all so great, I might try we cook some of them myself! Awesome!

Hannah said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

That is such a cute picture of you and Monster. What a kitty! He's so fluffy I could die!!!

All of these recipes are utterly delicious. There's so many...and those desserts! The Faerie Bread looks delicious, and Rohan's chessecake...WOW! Your dish is splendid. Actually all the dishes are splendid!

This was so much fun, and such a great idea for your birthday!

Clara Darling said...

Oh my!!! What delicacies we have enjoyed at this Perumvir Banquet! I must say that everything caught my eye...I would love to try every one if I could! I loved Molly's story that went along with her delicious looking flatbread, and Hannah's and Becky's array of tasty foods had my stomach rumbling. Chef Kristen's STUNNING cake obviously took alot of time, but it turned out GORGEOUS...perhaps I shall tackle that in the future...
Every single dish was beautiful and incredibly tasty looking! Chef Rohan's cheesecake has my mouth watering...not to mention what Chef Anne Elisabeth's did to me! Chef Jill's "Southlander Spicy Meat Pockets" look like something my family would enjoy. Rest assured that dish will be making it to the dining room table!

The Writer of Dream Things said...

Happy birthday, Anne Elisabeth! And everyone's food looks so delicious, I wish I could be like Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and reach right through the computer screen and take them out!

Rae said...

Happy Birthday!!
Splendid hostess, *bows* my most earnest gratitude for your hospitality, and my heartiest congratulation on this celebration of your birthday!

Just about everything had my mouth watering. I want to try ALL of these recipes! Everyone did an amazing job of taking REALLY appetizing photos. Yum!

And I so want to cuddle that fluffy Monster cat. :D

Bookishqueen said...

Happy Birthday!
These all look great, can't wait to dig in.
I was laughing at all the descriptions as well. They were awesome!

Victoria said...

Great job to all of the chefs...and happy birthday to you, Anne Elisabeth! These all look so wonderful. My mouth is watering.

Becky said...

Anne Elisabeth, may your birthday be glorious! Thank you so much for inviting me to this special feast. My hostess and her chefs out did themselves! It will be my goal to try every one of these recipes back in the land of Knoll. I must say that I have a particular weakness for shrimp dishes, brie, fruit tarts, and stunning looking cheesecakes! Please give my compliments to all the chefs.

Ayis's Bower Cake is perfectly beautiful!

Chef Clara, your brilliant presentation of your contributions to the feast sets me to dreaming of Bag End...and that mean comfort.

I absolutely loved hearing the histories of the dishes. Molly, yours was adorable.

Monster, you are an incredibly handsome and huge kitty.

Do I hear Minerva Louise at the keyboard...?

SaraLyn said...

Happy Birthday! and WOW, these all look so good, can't wait to give some of these a try.

Clara Darling said...

Chef Becky: I am so glad that made you think of Bag End! I do love LOTR so that is quite a compliment to me:)

Jennette Mbewe said...

Happy Birthday! Hope it was a great one. I can't wait to try these recipes. They all look so yummy!

Rebekah said...

Yum! I especially love Ayis's Bower Cake! It is beautiful, and probably tastes as good as it looks! I don't blame Minerva for trying to take a bit.
And Happy Birthday!!

Meredith said...

MMMM! I am salivating at all these wonderful recipes. I'll definitely have to try them all! Since I have a voracious sweet tooth, I might do dessert first. Will start with the Chocolate Drop Flatbread. Loved the story behind the recipe! Wouldn't it be grand to be rescued by a fairy like that?

So sorry I missed your birthday, Mrs. Stengl. Have been sick. Hope that you had a fantastic day. God bless you all and have a wonderful weekend.

Rina said...

If I wasn't hungry before reading this post now I most definitely am! So many great looking dishes and treats!

Molly said...

I didn't have Internet for three days but I am SO SO glad I finally got it today!! All looks fantabulous and I love the stories! I hope you had a great birthday, Miss Anne! (did you get your birthday gift from moi?)
The dresses are awesome!!
Mirneva, don't even think about it; that cake is MINE. Imma gonna come steal it in the night.

SaraLyn said...

Ha, your to late, I've already cakenapped it and left a phoney in its place while Minerva and I analyze the original and discover the secret recipe, Mohahahaha

Molly said...

*gasp* nooooooooooo!! Then I'm going to STEAL the secret recipe once you've written down! Then what! Mwehahahahahahaaaaaaaa

SaraLyn said...

Ahhh, but you'll never get the chance! you have no idea where we will keep the cake locked up, and we wont write the ingredients down, we will MEMORIZE them! and then eat the cake so that you will never find the secret recipe! so watcha gonna do 'bout it now!?

Molly said...

Get inside your mind and steal your memory about the recipe. Haha! So there!!

SaraLyn said...

ha! can't get inside my mind if you don't know where my mind is!!!

Molly said...

Ooh. Good point. Hmm..... Well then I'll just catnap Minerva until you give me the recipe!

SaraLyn said...

what is Minerva to me? i have other cats, and besides nobody knows where my hideout is anyways so you won't be able to catnap them either, Mohahahaha

Hannah said...

Oooooo, you all have devious minds! I shudder with relief that I did not enter this dastardly contest. But do not underestimate Minerva, Molly and SaraLyn. She is the Evil One. And she has powerful alliances! Beware! Beware!

Molly said...

Hmm maybe I'll leave Minerva alone....hold on I'll be right back. I'm coming up with an evil plan.

SaraLyn said...

Ha! nothing can stop me! you plan in vain!

Molly said...

I'll tempt you. Mwuahaha. With something incredibly awesomely delicious. You'll have to have it. You'll want it so bad, you'll give me that blasted recipe. Hmmph. So there. If you find something to defeat this, you can just leave in triumph. My brain's hurting from thinking too much.

SaraLyn said...

Nothing can tempt me!.... unless of course its ice cream or stroodle....or a giant chocolate BUNNY! or a Big Mac from Mc D's........dear me I've lost my mind just thinking about all this good food!!!.......Oh STINK!!....thats where the recipe was............

Hannah said...

"Academy of Ultimate Villainy" paid off, didn't it, Molly?

Rebekah said...

I tried the Fearie Supprise cake, and it was awesome!!! I had Felix's version, of course.

Beware Molly, oh beware. The Evil One is cpable of who knows what.

Rebekah said...

I meant 'capable', by the way.

Molly said...

*GASP* I LOVE chocolate bunnies! And THAT means I have LOTS mwuhahaha so I have many to tempt you with...

Why, yes, yes it did. I attended three classes for Ultimate Villainy and it was good. Thank you for asking. ;)

Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. What will happen to me, Rebekah?? I hope the Evil One doesn't kill me. Oh Evil One, you're...da best?

SaraLyn said...
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SaraLyn said...

Oh yes i remember those Villainy classes too. I taught them. Anyways just so you know i dont have that recipe any more, that evil kitty Minerva double crossed me and took off with my brain (it had the recipe in it) so now i'm recipeless catless and brainless, *sniff* what do i have to live for!?!....Oh. right. chocolate bunnies!! I'll be paying you a visit shortly. Mohahahaha :D

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