Harry Potter Themed Recipes and Cool Extras


Harry Potter is a series of fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. The novels chronicle the lives of a young wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Wikipedia

I am a big fan of all the books and movies. 

 

  • Rowling said her favorite beast in the series is the Phoenix, a mythical sacred bird who ignites into flames when it reaches 500 or 1,000 years old only to emerge from the flames as a new and young phoenix.[4]
  • Interesting Phoenix Fact

     

    The "Order of the Phoenix" is a secret organization led by Albus Dumbledore, who is dedicated to fighting Lord Voldemort and his followers, the Death Eaters

    Polyjuice Potion Jelly Shots

    Ginger Ale mixture
    1/2 cup ginger ale
    1 envelope plain gelatin
    1/2 cup ginger (or pineapple) vodka

    Pineapple mixture
    1/2 cup canned pineapple juice (fresh won't work - the enzymes in fresh pineapple interfere with the gelatin)
    1 envelope plain gelatin
    1/2 cup pineapple vodka

    Lime mixture
    1/2 cup water
    1 envelope plain gelatin
    1/2 cup lime sherbet, melted

    Prepare the three gelatin mixes as follows:

    • Ginger Ale: Pour the ginger ale in a medium saucepan.  Sprinkle with the gelatin and allow to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Remove from heat.  Stir in the vodka.  
    • Pineapple: Pour the pineapple juice in a medium saucepan.  Sprinkle with the gelatin and allow to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Remove from heat.  Stir in the vodka.  
    • Lime: Pour the water in a medium saucepan.  Sprinkle with the gelatin and allow to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Remove from heat.  Stir in the melted sherbet.


    Pour each mixture into a separate bowl and refrigerate until partially set.  (Just starting to change from liquid to solid - about 20 to 25 minutes.)

    Prepare a standard 1lb loaf pan about 8" x 5", glass or non-reactive metal) by spraying with a little cooking spray and then wiping out with a paper towel.

    Give each mixture a quick stir.  Drop alternating spoonfuls of the three mixtures into the pan, until all the gelatin has been transferred.  Refrigerate until fully set (at least 6 hours or overnight - extra time is needed for the gelatins to bond)

    To serve, cut into rectangles.  Makes about 18 jelly shots.

     
     
  • Harry Potter’s pet snowy owl, Hedwig, shares her name with two famous saints. One is Saint Hedwig of Andechs (1174-1243), a former duchess noted for her benevolence and compassionate nature. The other is Saint Hedwig, Queen of Poland (1373-1399). The death of Hedwig in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows represents Harry’s loss of innocence and coming of age.
  • Interesting Hedwig Fact
    Seven different owls played Hedwig; their names are Gizmo, Kasper, Oops, Swoops, Oh Oh, Elmo and Bandit

    Traditional British Treacle Tart with brown butter, rosemary, and lemon.

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    Ingredients
    For the tart base:
    • 1 cup (150g) plain flour
    • ¾ stick (75g) butter
    • pinch of salt
    • 2-3 tbsp cold water
    For the filling:
    • ¼ stick (25g) butter
    • zest and juice of half a lemon
    • ⅔ cup + 1tbsp (340g) Lyle's Golden Syrup
    • 1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
    • 1 + ¼ cups fresh breadcrumbs (wholemeal or white)(there is no weight measure here because the weight of different pieces of bread will vary. The volume is key)
    • ⅔ cup (70g) almond meal
    • 1 egg
    Instructions
    To make the base, work the butter into the flour using either your fingers, a food processor or a stand mixer. Once the butter and flour look like sandy crumbs, gradually add just enough ice water to bring the mixture together into a soft dough.
    Press the dough evenly into the base of your baking dish, and place in the oven for 30 minutes, or until lightly golden and cooked through.
    While the base is cooking, make the filling by placing the butter into a medium saucepan (one that is big enough to hold all the filling ingredients).
    Heat the butter over low heat, until it foams, and begins to turn brown.
    Quickly add the lemon juice to the mixture to stop it from burning, and then add the remaining ingredients, except the egg, to the pan
    Stir everything together gently over low heat until everything is melted, and cohesive.
    When the base is cooked, remove it from the oven, and set it aside. Stir the egg into the filling mixture, and then pour the filling onto the base, and place back in the oven (on a baking sheet, in case of drips) for a further 20 minutes.
    When cooked, the tart should be golden brown and set, with a slight jiggle in the middle. Leave to cool for at least 15 minutes, before slicing and serving from the tin - preferably with creme fraiche or ice cream or best of all, clotted cream!
     
  • The name Voldemort comes from the French words meaning “fly from death,” and his entire goal is to conquer death. In the second Harry Potter novel, Rowling shows us that “I am Lord Voldemort” is an anagram of “Tom Marvolo Riddle,” which is his actual full name. 
  • Interesting Voldemort Fact
    Voldemort is the archenemy of Harry Potter

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