‘All in good time,’ said Legolas. ‘We were the hunters, and you should give an account of yourselves to us first.’
‘Or Second,’ said Gimli. ‘It would go better after a meal. I have a sore head; and it is past mid-day. You truants might make amends by finding us some of the plunder that you spoke of. Food and drink would pay off some of my score against you.’
The quote above is from Flotsam and Jetsam, a chapter in The Two Towers. After epic victories at the Battle of the Hornburg and the assault of Orthanc, Gandalf and the Three Hunters are finally reunited with their companions Merry and Pippin. Part of the broken fellowship is reformed anew, and they celebrate with food and pipe-weed from Saruman’s stores. The Hobbits, ever industrious when food and weed are in the bargain, have raided Saruman’s kitchen and assemble one of the more unique picnics in all of the history of Middle-Earth.
It is well known that bears love good food. In my countless Troll-slaying forays into the Misty Mountains, I can work up quite an appetite. For this latest contest, I would like to hear from readers about their favorite recipes. Recipes do not need to be Middle-Earth themed, they just have to be tasty. The contest will run for one week. On Friday, March 14th I will announce the recipe that I like best. The winner will receive a copy of the Voice of Isengard, delivered by special eagle messengers to any destination in the world. Since good recipes are best shared with everyone, I would prefer that readers submit them in the comments below, rather than by email. Good luck to everyone, and may the delectable submissions be enjoyed by all!