Rivendell Highland Platter
by Thrawn McEwok, MaceVindaloo
When Frodo and Sam ran from Mt. Doom, they thought they were dead for sure but then Gandalf arrived with the eagles, and off they sped to Rivendell. A huge feast had already commenced, for news of the One Ring's destruction had preceded the heroes; in fact, by the time they arrived, the food available was down to scraps and leftovers, so enthusiastically had the revelers imbibed!
Oh, but what scraps! The hobbits don't get much seafood or high mountainfood, located as they are in the Shire, and when asked what they'd like, that's what they craved. The talented Elvish cooks and the Corsairs of Umbar (for the seafood, of course) cobbled together this tasty mini-buffet for the Fellowship to enjoy at their leisure. Which they did, enough to get giddy and relaxed, their long and dangerous ordeal already fading into the realms of memory ...
While they're arguing, nip back into the kitchen. Wash and dry the lettuce and shuck the oysters.
Place an oatcake on each plate, then layer a slice or two of salmon over, and place a few smoked muscles strategically on the side. Add an oyster and/or squattie to each plate, and garnish with fresh lettuce, daubs/small pots of sauce, slices of lemon, et cetera.
Serve immediately! Serves as many as you wish, depending how you lay out the ingredients.
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