A would-be anthropologist, writer, food historian, and professional glutton hoping to combine fandom with her love of food. Ever wondered what a nug tasted like? Is butterbeer alcoholic? If you've asked such questions and are already drooling at the thought of a big old plate of lembas bread, then you're in the right place

Mar 052014

Hello, Fenrir here–with a new post day–to share a little bit of some Food for Thought. Or well, for this evening, maybe a bit of some sour grapes? Following the glitz, the glam, the pizza and the selfies of 2014′s Oscar night there’s been some discussion about Oscar winners and of course losers. One of the biggest winners this year happened to be Disney’s Frozen–which, don’t get me wrong, is a fun, beautiful film with a crowd-pleasing ear-worm soundtrack–but it seems almost like a hollow victory.

Idina Menzel "let it go" at the Oscars following Frozen's sweeping win of Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song

Idina Menzel “let it go” at the Oscars following Frozen’s sweeping win of Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song–but did Frozen win because of Disney’s brand name?

Because one really has to wonder: Does the Academy even respect the animation industry?

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Feb 232014

In my humble opinion, the greatest strength of a work of fiction can be found in its world-building.  I especially love when a story is more than just a jumble of nice-sounding words, but is actually something tangible–with descriptions and explanations and all sorts of fiddly errata that makes a world a world. 


It is the first day of November and so, today, someone will die–and if it’s not from the races where riders must survive a grueling run on carnivorous horses then it’s probably going to be from a steady diet of these November cakes

Maggie Stiefvater is one such author that is quite skilled at bringing life to her fictional worlds–and has even gone above and beyond the call of authorial duty. She has not not only created a fantastic, fictional food-stuff that features as a sweet reprieve from the  violence found in her YA novel, The Scorpio Races, but she has also provided fans with a recipe to make her invented “November Cakes”.


Pretty sweet, huh?


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Feb 092014

Heyla folks, Fenrir here with this week’s edition of Give it a Shot, where staff here at MoarPowah try to convince you to like a Thing that we happen to like. Yay! We all know that I love jabbing on and on about fan culture and literary analysis–and today I’d like to introduce a  new YA novel that combines both of these disparate loves into one. (GASP)


Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl  follows  Cath, an avid Simon Snow fan, who must deal with the usual dangers of college life: a growing social schism with her twin sister, cute boys that don’t understand fandom, and the perils of plagiarism, frat parties, and other shenanigans. Oh, and she needs to sort through all this real-life drama while also updating her monumental fanfic devoted to her favorite Simon Snow slash pairing–making Catch an unconventional, but terribly endearing, nerdy heroine.

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Feb 022014

Hello everyone~ Fenrir here with a quick bite of some Food for Thought! Sweeping headlines, blogs, and rattling the Harry Potter fandom into a general uproar is a shocking announcement made by HP word-of-God herself: J. K. Rowling. In a recent interview, the writer behind a book series that may (or may not) have defined a generation just dropped a bombshell.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Get ready to have your ship sunk

Basically, she regrets pairing up Hermione and Ron. Perhaps the inconsequential stuff of shipping fuel and hooplah to the outside perspective, but to some folks it means serious business–and for very good reasons. Blame it on nostalgia, on an actually refreshing take on the “hero-always-gets-the-girl” trope, or love of an individual character–but there are fans out there pretty miffed about this announcement. Fortunately with our good friend, the literary theory of authorial intent, we can take a step back, put down the pitch-forks, and maybe get to the bottom of why this bit of “news” really isn’t out there to destroy the series.

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Jan 112014

Heya folks and welcome to a quick bite of some Food for Thought! We’re just finishing the second week of January as we speak and some pretty cool announcements have been made–especially if you’re a Sailor Moon fan. But have you kept up with your New Year’s resolution(s)? The second week seems to be the time when most promises to eat healthier, exercise more, read more comics, etc. come to a close–after all there’s always next year to try something new.

HabitRPG turns your daily goals into a game--slay your bad habits and get rewards for maintaining good ones, and keep track of your "to-do" list!

HabitRPG turns your daily goals into a game–slay your bad habits and get rewards for maintaining good ones, and keep track of your “to-do” list!

Thankfully, there’s plenty of help out there for those who do want to do something–but might not have the right kind of motivation to help boost them along. From cute RPG-based habit trackers to a zombie jog-chaser, there are plenty of cool ways to keep up all your New Year’s Resolutions and hopefully stick with them!

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Jan 052014

Hello Fenrir here tonight with a quick bite of something fantastic to feast on! It’s the new start to a new year–and that also means some really cool New Year’s traditions ranging from watching a big sparkly ball drop, to feasting on food meant to last for a week. Japan celebrates New Year’s feasting in style with several food traditions such as the osechi ryouri: a feast made of salty, sweet, and vinegar-preserved dishes much beloved because of long-lasting qualities–oh and because of the many auspicious meanings/symbols attributed to each dish. For instance, the renkon (lotus root) could be included because it’s a “lucky” tuber, and you can see through the holes into the future.


Datemaki–a salty-sweet omelette made with eggs and fish cake

Amongst these many dishes with their various and sundry meanings is the datemaki, a relative of the familiar tamagoyaki–except this version is made with plenty of fish and or shrimp paste of some sort. Oh and it’s also named after Masamune Date, so what’s not to love?

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