“A little beer would suit me better, if it is all the same to you, my good sir,” said Balin with the white beard. “But I don’t mind some cake–seed-cake if you have any.”
“Lots!” Bilbo found himself answering, to his own surprise; and he found himself scuttling off, too, to the cellar to fill a pint beer-mug, and then to a pantry to fetch two beautiful round seed-cakes which he had baked that afternoon for his after-supper morsel. — The Hobbit, An Unexpected Party
Hello this is Fenrir here with yet another exciting addition to Fantastic Feasts and Where to Find Them. As many of you may (or may not know, and that’s okay) I’m an Anglophile and Tolkein-fan and am doubly excited for the new Hobbit trilogy that will hit theaters this December. (And conveniently on my birthday, too!) For those of you who have not read The Hobbit–for shame, for shame–or even had a peek at the Rankin Bass animated version, there are many delightful scenes of food, drinking, and general revelry that seem to be the hallmark of any good fantasy series. And of the many mentions of food (Since our hero Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit and food is one of his top priorities), none are quite as delightful or whimsical as the botched tea-time escapade that happens in the chapter, “An Unexpected Party”.
So without further preamble, let’s dive into this tea-party and the tasty treats hidden within~