When my friends and I get together to watch a movie, we also cook a themed dinner to go with it – I suppose this idea is not that original…BUT I think our execution is quite superb. For the classic, The Princess Bride, we made MLT’s (Mutton-Lettuce-Tomato) because as Miracle Max says: “Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world. Except for a nice MLT: a mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that.” I love that, too!

Here’s our MLT bar.

For dessert, a guest made a FIRE SWAMP DIRT CAKE, what?!?!

There’s even fire!

A different perspective – with the flash on. Look at that accuracy!

I also made a dessert (since the dirt cake ended up being an unexpected last-minute addition) based on my historian friend’s ideas for medieval desserts. I decided on a fruit tart with raisins, apples, and pine nuts. Turns out it’s from the Game of Thrones cookbook, A Feast of Ice and Fire. It involves making medieval pastry dough, and a spice mix called poudre douce. Crazy! But really it’s a mix of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. Delicious! Instead of making four 4-inch tarts, I just made it in one 8- or 9-inch pie pan.

Pie in the oven.

Finished pie. The caramel sauce is a great addition.

I also went ahead and made this fruit tart this night when Greg could not attend since it contains not just nuts (pine nuts), but almond milk as well. Greg would’ve died.

Have a slice! (Except you, Greg.)


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