I am a woman of my word.
Better late than never.
I promised. So here we go..
Ohhh man, to say this night was epic…well, that would be a gross understatement.
I don’t know about you… but typically, if two witches end up dueling it out with chocolate coated pretzel sticks in the dinning room, I have a hard time deeming the evening anything short of epically epic. That could just be me.
But I doubt it.
I’m thinking the best way to tackle such a night is to just take it from the beginning, ya?
Meet Gina, previously known as “the aminal.”
Gina is one lucky lady. You see, Gina’s birthday just happened to coincide with the Deathly Hallows premiere.
Now that’s the sort of major blessing from the universe you brag about weeks in advance, right? …No. Wrong. Not Gina, not this nanner-lovin aminal. She casually mentions the fact a couple of days prior and relentlessly lies about having told you earlier.
Seriously, who even does that?
Well, to honor her aforementioned day of birth, we naturally had to take a delicious field trip before revealing our magical selves to the muggle world.
Even though she is a shameless liar, I have to praise the heavens for bestowing me with the level of foodie that is Gina. Girl understands her grub. Thus, we were both pretty psyched to have our very first pilgrimage to local landmark, The Grit.
Being that The Grit is Athen’s token vegetarian eatery, the restaurant is home to a healthy dose of hipsters and an extensive utilization of veggies and tofu. The folks at The Grit really give some unique textural and flavorful dynamics to their tofu, as I found out with my impressive tofu reuben sandwich.
Since there was no meat, I naturally had to really carb up and see if their mac-n-cheese was as awesome as I’d heard. Just FYI, my mom’s is way better.
After discussing food as we ate our food, we returned to my domicile…to eat magical food.
Yet again, I put aside my anger over the fact that Gina is a big ‘ol rotten liar, because birthdays make everything more fun and inexplicably rationalize eating more than you should…almost like magic.
First item from the Hogwarts menu… Cauldron Cakes
- 1 box packaged brownie mix(and required ingredients) or your favorite brownie recipe
- 8 ounces ricotta cheese
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 stick butter, softened
- 1-2 cups powdered sugar (depending on your taste)
- green sprinkles for decoration
Grease two 12 cup muffin tins and preheat oven. Mix brownie batter as package or recipe dictates and bake as directed. Invert brownies onto a plate, and using a paring knife, cut a well into the center of the cake. Set aside to cool
With an electric mixer, beat the ricotta cheese and butter until smooth. Add the vanilla extract. Beat in the powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time until desired sweetness and consistency. Spoon the filling into the cauldrons and decorate with green sugar.
Just a warning…if you likewise plan to serve these to a foodish friend, don’t be lazy and try to get away with using boxed brownie mix…they will call you out. Avoid the shame.
Along with some fresh dragon turds.
For non magical folk, that would be popcorn coated in melted chocolate and peanut butter, then smushed into balls and chilled on wax paper till hard.
Can’t forget the jelly slugs and tarantulas straight off the Hogwarts Express treat trolley
Or I guess you could get them out of a bag, if you happened to miss the trolley.
Nothing quite like a warm Pumpkin Pasty to get you in the mood for hunting horcruxes.
enough pastry dough for a 9 inch double crusted pie (your own recipe or pre-made will work)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 (16oz ) can pumpkin
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
1 can evaporated milk
Preheat oven to 425 F. In a large bowl beat together sugar and eggs, add in spices. Mix in pumpkin and slowly beat in evaporated milk. Bake the pie filling only (no crust) in a large, greased casserole dish for 15 minutes. Keep oven door closed and reduce temp to 350 F and continue baking for 45 minutes or until table knife inserted in center of dish comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.
Make or purchase pie crust pastry. Roll thin and cut into circles approx 4″ in diameter. Put a spoonful of the cool pumpkin mixture towards one side of the center of the circle. Fold over the crust into a half-circle and firmly crimp the edges closed. Slice three small slits in the top for venting, place on a greased cookie sheet, and bake only until crust is a light golden-brown.
Creating commemorative glasses to hold your butterbeer on an occasion momentous as this is a most brilliant idea.
Actually getting around to making your butterbeer is an even more brilliant idea.
By the way, if you go to a midnight showing of Harry Potter without being in character, YOU are the lame one.
Not to toot my own horn, but I made an absolutely wicked Bellatrix Lestrange. I’m considering taking on a job as a professional impersonator. Toot toot.
Gina would have made an inspirational Ginny Weasley, except that Ginny never had purple hair and everyone knows Gina is actually Cho Chang. The girl is just a compulsive liar, geeze.
If you missed the midnight premiere, you missed out. Go see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows immediately. See it twice to make up for your lateness.
If you don’t cry when Dobby dies, you have no soul.
If you’re not a Harry Potter fan and don’t understand anything from this post, I don’t understand you.
Emma Watson is my hero. I want to be Hermione Granger when I grow up.
Goobly goblins, I can’t wait for July.