Bilbo's Farewell Birthday Feast
by Susu & GilArda
Hobbits are a simple agrarian folk with simple taste in food. Bilbo, in the course of his travels had been exposed to unusual foods and exotic cuisines and learned to enjoy them, but he was happiest eating simple hobbit fare. He and Frodo sampled the fare of almost every inn and tavern during their wanderings around the Shire after his return from the Lonely Mountain. This stood him in good stead when he started planning his “Eleventy First Birthday Party.”
The Green Dragon in Bywater had an amazing accompaniment that was served with their famous pulled pork sandwiches. The sandwiches were famous throughout the Shire, but Bilbo ordered extra Cracklin' every time he went there to eat. The layer of skin and fat that was trimmed from the roast, which eventually produced the pulled pork, was cooked separately to make it crispy and delicious. Bilbo personally spoke to the head cook at the Green Dragon and told him that his birthday feast would not be complete without the crispy treat, and that it was a "must-have"! Though it wasn't something they were completely comfortable making, he was not disappointed -- they did a great job. Here's Bilbo's very favorite recipes from the extensive party menu.
Bilbo's Must-Have Cracklin'
Even though roast pork is amazing, many people prize the skin of the pork above all. It's a wonderful balance of crunch and succulent fat, and it's been noted that it's too bad that pigs are not like sheep, and that you can't simply harvest the skin off a pig and have it grow a new one to replace it, for a never-ending supply of cracklin'!
Green Dragon Pulled Pork
The cooks at the Green Dragon made a great show of this dish, but in truth, it was really simple to make. The secret? Literally massage the spice mix into the meat, and let it sit for at least an hour. Then cook it "low and slow," just like American-style barbeque. Don't need to watch it for hours, and you'll know when it's done -- the smell will be driving everyone mad for it! Interestingly, they serve it like they do in the American South now -- in a roll, garnished with cole slaw. And it's really good! The Rub can be as firey or as mild as you wish, depending on the spiciness of the paprika.
Gaffer's Girasole Shreds with Orange Dressing
Gaffer Gamgee might not have understood why anyone would ever want to leave the Shire as his neighbor and good friend Bilbo Baggins had, but the two of them understood each other very well when it came to gardening and good food. Bilbo consulted the Gaffer about his taters and the Gaffer shared his own special recipe for a crunchy summer coleslaw called Girasole. Gaffer was the only one in the shire who knew how to grow these turnipy-crunchy vegetables, and because of it, Bilbo could never be at odds with Gaffer for long.
Honey Sweet Herb Tea
Hobbits in the Shire normally had this tea warm or hot, but Bilbo -- whom the others considered a bit eccentric anyway -- preferred it cool. At his party, there was a lot of dancing, so the cold version won out over the warm. They especially appreciated the honey in the brew, to sweeten the tea and provide plenty of energy for frivolity, making the party and the host especially memorable, even without Bilbo's sudden disappearance at the end of the fete.
Disclaimer: All content is made up, and no profit or lucre is expected, solicited, advocated or paid. This is all just for fun. Any comments, please e-mail the author or WOOKIEEhut directly. Flames will be ignored. Characters and situations are based on those which are the property of LucasFilms Ltd., Bantam Publishing, Random House, and their respective original owners and developers. The rest is this story's author's own fault. This story may not be posted anywhere without the author's knowledge, consent, and permission.
These recipes are provided "as is," and neither Wookieehut nor any person associated with the website is responsible for any success or failure of the recipes, nor any implied effects. If there are questions, please email the author. This page is presented by Wookieehut.