RECIPE OF THE WEEK: Green Eggs & Ham, Turkish Delight, and Your Favorite Literature-Inspired Food and Drink

This week, I let a reader pick the topic.
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This week, I let a reader pick the topic.

Welcome back cats and kittens! Welcome back to this magical time and place we call "Recipe of the Week." Last week, you provided me with food themed after your favorite TV shows. The most up-voted comment, brought to us by katru11, was not a recipe but I will share it with you anyway, as is my custom:

keep claire around

While I don't agree that I'm the only one worth reading around here (recent favorites on here include, though are not limited to this by Pia and this by Alison) I am glad that so many enjoy reading my stuff.  Also, don't worry! I'm still here and don't plan on leaving anytime soon! 

Your trophy, katru11 is "This Will Be Our Year" by The Zombies, because the warmth of your love is like the warmth from the sun.

The second most up-voted comment wasn't a recipe either, but an admonishment from MonsterBeast. Not including a night cheese reference was pretty egregious, so I'm including it here, now:

Now the recipe! The winning recipe this week comes to us from CraeCrae, who made a Disqus account just to post this.

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I've typed it out below as well, as I was informed that sometimes the screen-grabs are hard to read:

Chocolate covered banana pops for watching arrested development!! Cut a frozen banana in half, and shove a Popsicle stick into the bottom of it. Melt the chocolate of your choice in a double broiler type situation. I like white chocolate, but you do you, girl. After the chocolate is melted, pour it into a glass and dip the banana in it. Then roll it in chopped nuts (also of your choice, this is like a choose your own adventure, but with frozen bananas) make sure the banana is coated evenly. Consume while wiggling your eyebrows and telling your significant other "you make my banana stand"

As I was buying the bananas to make these, I kept fretting over how I was going to dip the banana in the bowl of chocolate in such a way that it evenly covered the whole thing. I need not have worried, the solution was right there in the comment all along: pour the chocolate into a glass. I'm kind of embarrassed I couldn't think of it on my own, and am forever in your debt, CraeCrae. 

chocolate covered bananas with almonds

I used almonds and sprinkles for this adventure.

It should be noted that I followed all of the instructions, right down to the making suggestive faces at my significant other. I am not great at making sexy faces, but here are a few sad attempts for your enjoyment.

This will be on the internet forever, but I guess that's okay.

This will be on the internet forever, but I guess that's okay.

I call this "Banana Interrupted."

I call this "Banana Interrupted."

Treasure those photos, CraeCrae. Treasure them forever. Your trophy is "Dirty Dream Number Two" by Belle & Sebastian, because all that suggestive posing made me feel kind of dirty (in a good way).

That was a lot of fun, but in the words of Supertramp, we "must be moving on." I'm going to be honest with you, sometimes I have a hard time coming up with fresh and interesting recipe inspirations week after week (though I welcome the challenge). So imagine my delight when one of you requested a topic, letting me rest my noggin.

Literature-themed food, you guys.

Literature-themed food, you guys.

I've typed this one out as well, because it is a must-read:

Next week can we pleeeeeeeeease do literature-themed food? (And drinks, duh).  

Because then we get Harry Potter. And I Capture the Castle (when the girls start hanging out with the rich boys and Cassandra is all poetic about the food they eat and the liqueurs she tries). GREEN EGGS AND HAM. Turkish Delight from Narnia. Alice in Wonderland. Winnie the Pooh (Honey!). Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Chocolat. The Bronze Horseman (there was actually a recipe book). The Great Gatsby. Across the Nightingale Floor (and all the other books in the series) had a lot of details about what they were eating and the utensils they were using.  

Struggling to think of more, because most of what's at the top of my brain is colonial Australian (and a bit of post-colonial) literature and all their food was stale bread and salted beef and boiled mutton. And tea.  

Of course. After doing TV-themed recipes, it only makes sense that we should give literature its time to shine. This is a great idea Grushenka, and I am very excited about it. I always linger on food-centric passages in whatever I'm reading. As a youth, I particularly enjoyed the description of snozzcumbers and frobscottle in The BFG by Roald Dahl. Right now, I am loving how much they talk about bourbon in Run River by Joan Didion.

A favorite cookbook.

A favorite cookbook.

I am super excited to read your suggestions, so let's get this show on the road. What words would you like to eat right off the page? (Please don't say boiled mutton.)