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"Cinder bit the corner of her cheek. Neither of them had ever sampled the acclaimed sweet of the market bakery. Iko didn’t have taste buds, and Chang Sacha didn’t serve cyborg."
(Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Chapter Two)

MARKET BAKERY ALMOND ROLLS

Ingredients
Lowfat milk: 2/3 cup
Eggs: 3
Unsalted butter at room temperature: 6 tbsp
Granulated sugar: ½ cup
Salt: 1 tsp
Vanilla extract: 1 ½ tsp
Flour: 4 cups
Cornstarch: 2/3 cup
Yeast, active dry: 2 1/4

Filling
Almond mill
Granulated sugar

Unsalted butter (soft)

"Cinder bit the corner of her cheek. Neither of them had ever sampled the acclaimed sweet of the market bakery. Iko didn’t have taste buds, and Chang Sacha didn’t serve cyborg."

(Cinder by Marissa Meyer - Chapter Two)

MARKET BAKERY ALMOND ROLLS

Ingredients

Lowfat milk: 2/3 cup

Eggs: 3

Unsalted butter at room temperature: 6 tbsp

Granulated sugar: ½ cup

Salt: 1 tsp

Vanilla extract: 1 ½ tsp

Flour: 4 cups

Cornstarch: 2/3 cup

Yeast, active dry: 2 1/4

Filling

Almond mill

Granulated sugar

Unsalted butter (soft)

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern
 “The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.” (Amazon.com) The chocolates are shaped like mice, with almond ears and licorice tails (paperback edition p.213) “Have you tried the cinnamon things?” Poppet asks. […] “They are good,” Widget says. “Layers of pastry and cinnamon and sugar all rolled into a twist and covered in icing. […] “And we should get some cocoa and some chocolate mice.” (paperback edition p.256)

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern


“The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.” (Amazon.com)

The chocolates are shaped like mice, with almond ears and licorice tails (paperback edition p.213)
“Have you tried the cinnamon things?” Poppet asks. […] “They are good,” Widget says. “Layers of pastry and cinnamon and sugar all rolled into a twist and covered in icing. […] “And we should get some cocoa and some chocolate mice.” (paperback edition p.256)

BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross
”[…] the words are still branded into my memory. Ugly women wanted for undemanding work. I have no choice […]. I will become a repoussoir.” BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross (Chapter 2). “[Marie-Josée] opens a box of madeleines and arranges them on a plate. “What did they serve? How many courses?”” (Chapter 12)

BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross

”[…] the words are still branded into my memory. Ugly women wanted for undemanding work. I have no choice […]. I will become a repoussoir.” BELLE EPOQUE by Elizabeth Ross (Chapter 2).

“[Marie-Josée] opens a box of madeleines and arranges them on a plate. “What did they serve? How many courses?”” (Chapter 12)
TEN by Gretchen McNeil (YA thriller)
"It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there."  Salad: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, croutons, and feta cheese crumbles (served with a Dijon vinaigrette). Spaghetti with tomato sauce.

TEN by Gretchen McNeil (YA thriller)

"It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie are looking forward to two days of boys, booze, and fun-filled luxury. But what starts out as fun turns twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine. And things only get worse from there." 

Salad: lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, croutons, and feta cheese crumbles (served with a Dijon vinaigrette).
Spaghetti with tomato sauce.

Genya-inspired dish:  Tagliatelles de carotte au beurre  (Carrot tagliatelle with butter).
Genya is the strikingly beautiful redheaded Tailor who helps make Alina presentable to the King with “glass jars full of what looks like berries, leaves, and  colored powders”, and gold leaves. 
"Her wavy hair was deepest auburn, her irises large and golden […] She wore a cream-colored kefta embroidered in gold […] - Shadow and Bone - chapter 6.

 

Genya-inspired dish:  Tagliatelles de carotte au beurre  (Carrot tagliatelle with butter).

Genya is the strikingly beautiful redheaded Tailor who helps make Alina presentable to the King with “glass jars full of what looks like berries, leaves, and  colored powders”, and gold leaves.

"Her wavy hair was deepest auburn, her irises large and golden […] She wore a cream-colored kefta embroidered in gold […] - Shadow and Bone - chapter 6.

 

Calf and Collard Pie                                                                           Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo - Chapter 1 (hardcover p.5)
"The calf and collard pies were stuffed into my satchel […]. The shopkeeper had claimed they were a Zemeni delicacy […]."
 

Calf and Collard Pie                                                                           Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo - Chapter 1 (hardcover p.5)

"The calf and collard pies were stuffed into my satchel […]. The shopkeeper had claimed they were a Zemeni delicacy […]."

 

THE GRISHA #2 / SIEGE and STORM/ SHADOW and BONE

"We ate better than we did in weeks: fresh bread, roasted haddock, pickled radishes, and a sweet iced wine that set my head spinning after just a few sips." Siege and Storm - Chapter 5.

 

PICKLED RADISHES

1-2 cups white Balsamic vinegar 

1 bunch radishes (small radishes are sweeter than large ones) 

Wash radishes. Pat dry. Slice thinly. Place in glass jar. Pour vinegar over sliced radishes until they are all immersed. Close jar lid and put aside for 1 week. Then serve.

 

ROASTED HADDOCK  

Filets of haddock (hake is a good substitute) fresh or thawed

Olive oil

Fresh dill (for decoration)

Salt and pepper

Preheat oven at 375°F. Pat filet dry. Place filets on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes (or more, until cooked thoroughly, depending on thickness).

 

SWEET WINE

Port wine or Madeira wine+

 

FRESH BREAD

Recipe to come

THE GRISHA #2 / SIEGE and STORM/ SHADOW and BONE

"We ate better than we did in weeks: fresh bread, roasted haddock, pickled radishes, and a sweet iced wine that set my head spinning after just a few sips." Siege and Storm - Chapter 5.

 

PICKLED RADISHES

1-2 cups white Balsamic vinegar

1 bunch radishes (small radishes are sweeter than large ones)

Wash radishes. Pat dry. Slice thinly. Place in glass jar. Pour vinegar over sliced radishes until they are all immersed. Close jar lid and put aside for 1 week. Then serve.

 

ROASTED HADDOCK 

Filets of haddock (hake is a good substitute) fresh or thawed

Olive oil

Fresh dill (for decoration)

Salt and pepper

Preheat oven at 375°F. Pat filet dry. Place filets on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes (or more, until cooked thoroughly, depending on thickness).

 

SWEET WINE

Port wine or Madeira wine+

 

FRESH BREAD

Recipe to come

The King’s Grand Palace in Os Alta, capital of Ravka.
”[…] I saw manicured gardens, rich with green […] Above it all, atop a series of marble terraces and golden fountains, loomed the Grand Palace, the Ravkan King’s winter home.”
(Baked Alaska: layers of chocolate cake and mint-chocolate ice cream topped with meringue)

The King’s Grand Palace in Os Alta, capital of Ravka.

”[…] I saw manicured gardens, rich with green […] Above it all, atop a series of marble terraces and golden fountains, loomed the Grand Palace, the Ravkan King’s winter home.”

(Baked Alaska: layers of chocolate cake and mint-chocolate ice cream topped with meringue)