DIY: The Prancing Pony’s vegetable pie recipe

« What do you want for dinner tonight? » – Standard question we probably all hear on an almost daily basis. A question to which we don’t necessarily have an original answer, other than « I don’t know”, “maybe pasta”, “there’s nothing left in the fridge, takeout Chinese or pizza?”.

But when you’re a geek, you’re hungry for something new and you get inspired by one of your favorite fandoms, your kitchen might become a place of wonders. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the vegetable pie made famous at the most respectable inn throughout Middle Earth; the Prancing Pony!

Elegant Elves, Dwarf masters, honorable Men lords and my dearest jolly Halflings, pull up your sleeves and gather around the kitchen table so that we can make some delicious pies that could even be made in the Evendim region, as there is no boar meat involved. Grab your parchment and off you go to the market for the following ingredients:

4 potatoes
1 leek
4 carrots
¼ of a small pumpkin
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 eggs + 1 egg yolk
300 ml of heavy cream
flaky pastry – 2 discs if you’re buying them ready to use
salt, pepper

We start by heating the oven to 180° C (th.6).

First, get the pumpkin going; de-seed if needed, then cut it in 1 cm thick pieces. Add the olive oil and simmer for about 30 minutes. Make sure it doesn’t stick to the saucepan by recovering it with oil from time to time. Strain the pumpkin in a sieve once you’re done.

Then, we move on to other vegetables. You might want to blanch them separately in order to avoid mixing savors. Simmer peeled potatoes, carrots and leek (for the latter keep only the white part, cut in 2-3 cm pieces) in salted boiling water for about 10 minutes each. If you put them for an instant into freezing water afterwards, your vegetables will have beautiful, vivid colors. Once they’ve cooled a bit, cut them in rather thin slices.

Next, whip 3 eggs and add the cream. Add salt and pepper to your taste.

Now, let’s prepare the flaky pastry. If you’re as lazy witted as I was, you went for the easier option of simply buying two of those. In which case, you already have sulphurized paper – yay! Put it into your pie pan, then place your first disc of the flaky pastry. In order to maintain its flat form during its journey in the oven, make a series of little holes by poking gently on the surface with a fork.

Let’s layer up this baby! Proceed as follows; a layer of pumpkin, leek, potatoes and carrots end up covered by the eggs and cream mixture. Use the second disc of the flaky pastry to cover everything and make ends of both discs meet. Brush the top pastry with some egg yolk as a finishing touch and place your masterpiece in the oven for 30 minutes.

Seriously, I didn’t think I would enjoy a pile of vegetables wrapped in pastry that much. Not only it was fun making it together with my boyfriend, but also imagining this kind of pie really being served at the Prancing Pony in Bree made it even better!

6 on 6 challenge : Gold in November

My first entry on this blog in English, for my fellow Female Geek Bloggers group and for Scruffy-Little Nerd Herder, the author of the 6 on 6 monthly photo challenge!

The idea is pretty simple: each month, the challenge is to publish 6 photos (I mean, REALLY good photos… or at least try, in my case) of 6 different geeky things you like respecting a color theme. I thought that it’s a really good idea to share a piece of my world while trying to improve my photo skills. This November’s theme is gold, hope you’ll enjoy my selection and feel free to participate as well, the more the merrier!

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

I just love the Lord of the Rings universe: I find it really complete and above all enchanting. And while I always appreciate the movies and the MMORPG, this all-in-one edition, illustrated by Alan Lee book is just outstanding. Heavy as hell, but definetely worth carrying around to go back every now and then to Middle Earth.

Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood DVD gold edition

OK, this one was easy as the « gold » is already in the title. But still, to me it fits. Full Metal Alchemist is one of my favourite anime series, and I think they have really stepped up with Brotherhood. Perfect for a rainy day under a blanket with your loved one, or with an ice cream box. Or both, hehe.

Maneki-neko

I am kinda proud of this picture; it reflects quite well the aura this cute maneki-neko brings to my living room. For those who are familiar with maneki-neko Japanese concept, they’re supposed to be cats bringing luck. In my case, it doesn’t have its right paw moving in the air (the movement itself is supposed to bring you luck) but hey, the little guy is busy holding a golden egg and a swan-like-creature-rod, all while protecting me from evil and bringing wealth and prosperity thanks to the gold color. Did not see the wealth yet though, maybe he needs a bit more time. No rush, I’ll wait!

Princess Leia’s gold bikini

When I first learned November’s color theme, this was my shotgun pick. I mean hello, classic! The story how I got into possession of this iconic outfit is what I would qualify as unusual. Back in my university years, I had this class called « Journalism & media » where I had a chance to work on a video project during one semester. In groups, we were supposed to pick our own subject, pitch it, plan everything, record and edit, and finally present it in the end with our analysis in front of the class. With my partner, we chose the video game theme (duh!) that we ended up naming « France of geeks nowadays » and we had the chance to shoot some footage at a video games convention in Paris. Better than that, I was lucky enough to convince a national star in the gaming industry – Marcus – to give us a hand with an interview for our project. Only the problem was that the recording equipment we had borrowed from school let us down during this interview and the result was completely inaudible… To be honest, we were devastated; in no way ever would we have had another chance to meet with Marcus in order to shoot one more time. At least, that’s what we thought. I tried contacting him anyway via Facebook and I couldn’t believe when he offered us to come to the Game One TV station where he works to make another version of the interview… in the studio, like pros! I will never forget that day; felt like a kid in a candy store, or even better. It was so enriching and really fun! I desperatley wanted to thank him for his extremely kind gesture, and I remembered from our very first encounter at another convention where I cosplayed Princess Leia from episode IV (buns & white gown), that he laughed saying that I would be even better in the gold bikini version… Well, I said to myself that we live only once and so I marched into the TV studio as slave Princess Leia with my head held high. Finally it was a great day for everyone and my crazy act landed on the TV chain’s Instagram. Oh, and our video project kicked ass!

Hello Kitty plush

I am not afraid to admit that I am a Hello Kitty nerd. I have, like, EVERYTHING with this cute kitty’s face on it, from useless stationary goodies to PC mouse, socks or even a bra. My boyfriend is not always happy with this obsession, especially in times like when I spotted this lovely plush in a duty-free zone at an airport as we already had to board the plane. Didn’t care, had to get it! I love this one for the golden print on the dress and on the bow, as well as for the magic wand.

Girly stuff

I decided to show you my girly side as well on the 6th one. I love beauty products as much as I love spending money on geeky things, and sometimes I think it’s a double curse for my bank account. Heck, I even have a gold customer’s card in Sephora, which means that I would rather eat 0,45€ dehydrated ramen for a week than not buy a new lipstick/mascara/whatever sparkles the most. Of course, some of my girly products are gold, like those here: perfumed body lotion, transparent nail base coat, foundation and repair oil for beautiful and shiny hair.

That’s it for my 6 on 6 this month folks! I would love to know what did you put on your list, or what you would have put if you’re reading this later.
Happy blogging everyone 🙂