How to make Hobbit food

by | September 24, 2007 12:00 am

By Gerald McKibben

By Gerald McKibben

Some of my grandchildren tried in vain to get me interested in The Lord of the Rings movies, even loaning us the videotapes. I’m not real big on computer generated fantasies. But I read and liked The Hobbits, one of the books in the series. I thus became one of an estimated 35 million people to have read the book.

Hobbits are fascinating little people, shorter even than dwarfs. (Tolkien mispelled, and thus invented a new spelling for the plural, calling them dwarves throughout the book). They are jolly and good natured, friendly, like parties, and like to give and receive gifts. They have a penchant for bright colors in their clothing; yellow and green in particular. Curiously, they have fur on the tops of their feet. The men like to smoke pipes. And they have a morbid fear and distrust of anything related to the water, such as boats or swimming.

Hobbits like to eat often; mushrooms being a favorite food. They live in holes in the ground with round doors, though the “holes” are clean and wellfurnished inside. “In a hole there lived a hobbit” is supposedly the first line written by JRR Tolkien that started the whole thing. He once said that after he wrote that, he then had to think up what a hobbit is. The tales he thought up have endured for about seventy years now, and have not waned in their popularity.

I could identify with the hobbits liking to eat often, because I do too. One of the dishes Tolkien described made me hungry when I read it; there was in incident in The Hobbits where Bilbo Baggins stayed overnight in an inn, and the next morning the host sent him on his journey with a bag of mushrooms and bacon. I like mushrooms, they go well with meat anyway, so that sounded good. It proved easy to prepare, so here’s my recipe. Go easy on the bacon grease or it won’t be a healthy dish!

Hobbit Food (Bacon and mushrooms) – Fry 1/2 lb. bacon until crisp. Remove from skillet and allow to cool before breaking into small pieces. Pour off most of the grease from the skillet and add a tablespoon of oil or butter. Return the bacon pieces to the skillet and add 1/2 lb. sliced mushrooms. Sauté over medium heat until mushrooms are tender. Stir often. Season with salt and thyme. Enjoy. Just don’t eat too much of it, or you may find hair growing on top of your feet!

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