36 Harry Potter Inspired Food Ideas

One of our favourite wizards will be celebrating his birthday this end of the month! Hmmmm…who is it?

Is it Gandalf? Well, we do love him, but he’s not the one having this birthday soon.

Is it Merlin? We do agree he is one of the greatest wizards in literature, but no, not him.

Why, it’s that cool bloke with a funny scar on his forehead, of course – dear ol’ Harry Potter! Yay!

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Many Potterheads out there will probably be celebrating in one way or another, but what’s a celebration without food, right?

So, we have composed a list of delicious Harry Potter inspired foods that you might consider having at your celebration of Harry’s birthday. Clicking on the links will take you to the recipes or more detailed information about the dish. Have fun!

Golden Snitches from The Quirky Briars

Butterbeer Cookies from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Harry’s Birthday Cake from Diamonds For Dessert

Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes from Sugar and Soul

Butterbeer Cupcakes from Pastry Affair

Butterbeer Hot Chocolate from Bakingdom

Canary Creams from Woman And Home

Butterbeer Ice Cream Floats with Coconut Caramel Ice Cream from Gringalicious

Fizzing Whizbees from In Literature

Harry Potter Butterbeer Pancakes from Sugar and Soul

Weasley’s Fever Fudge from Instructables

Candy-Coated Roach Control from Heather Bailey

Cornish Pasties from In Literature

Double Double Chocolate Cauldron Cake from Bakingdom

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Polyjuice Potion
(Image credit: Pepper)

Polyjuice Potion from Pepper

Licorice Wands from Pastry Affair

Liquid Luck / Felix Felicis from In Literature

Harry Potter Polyjuice Potion

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Witches Brew
(Image credit: Taste of Home)

Witches Brew from Taste of Home

Bat’s Blood Soup from In Literature

Madam Pomfrey’s Pumpkin Juice Smoothie from Gringalicious

Sugar Quills from A Tale of 2 Foodies

Treacle Tart with Brown Butter, Rosemary, and Lemon from The Sugar Hit

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Hogwarts Cake
(Image credit: Bakingdom)

Hogwarts Cake from Bakingdom

Steak and Kidney Pie from In Literature

Golden Snitch Pops from With Sprinkles on Top

Pumpkin Juice from Favorite Family Recipes

Hagrid’s Rock Cakes from Pretty Geekery

Cheesy Witches Broomsticks from Cakes Cottage

Harry Potter’s Butterbeer Ice Cream from The Tiptoe Fairy

Sorting Hat Cookies from Housewife Eclectic

Molly Weasley’s Rock Cakes from Bakingdom

Harry Potter Pumpkin Howlers from Food and Wine

Pumpkin Pasties from Bijoux & Bits

Dumbledore’s Sherbet Lemon from In Literature

 

Weasley Sweater Cookies from Bakingdom

Know Your Ingredient – Oregano

OREGANO

Description

Oregano is a small shrub with many stems covered with small grayish-green oval leaves and small white or pink flowers. It is called wild marjoram in many parts of Europe because it is very much related to the herb that we know as sweet marjoram. Oregano is a wonderful herb that adds a warm, balsamic and aromatic flavor to many different dishes, especially those of the Mediterranean cuisine.

Nutrients

Oregano is not just for aroma and flavor but it is also composed of several nutrients. It has 14% Vitamin K, 5% Manganese, 4% Iron, 3% Calcium, and 3% Fiber per 2 teaspoons serving.

Health Benefits and Medical Use

Oregano is an effective anti-bacterial agent. It reduces the growth of bacteria hence, decreases the risk of infection. Oregano contains numerous phytonutrients that have also been shown to function as powerful antioxidants that can prevent oxygen-based damage to cell structures all over the body. It is also proven that it is a good source of fiber which aids in the prevention of cancer.

Culinary Use

Oregano is famous among pizzas. In addition to that, it is widely used in making special cuisine.

Chocolate Pudding Recipe

Ages ago, I came across a 1970’s magazine for youth/young adults. One article was about a fun outdoor activity with lots of games and fun. Since I was looking for ideas for games we could do at an upcoming outdoor event, there was a game in the article that caught my attention. It involved chocolate pudding, being fed by one blindfolded person to another also blindfolded person.

The first time we did the game, I had to buy a few cups of chocolate pudding from the supermarket. The game turned out to be a hit – lots of laughter from the players and spectators as well!

A couple of years later, we decided to do the game again at another event. This time, due to tight funds, I wondered if I could get a hold of a chocolate pudding recipe and if it would be the less inexpensive option. I did and it was, so I kept the recipe. Here it is:

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CHOCOLATE PUDDING

INGREDIENTS
6 Tablespoons cornflour
½ Cup sugar
¼ Cup cocoa powder
4 Cups milk
1/8 Teaspoon salt
1 Egg, well beaten
1 Teaspoon vanilla

PROCEDURE
Combine the cornstarch, sugar, cocoa and salt in a heavy saucepan. Gradually add a little milk and stir to a smooth paste; stirring constantly add remainder of milk. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly, until mixture starts to thicken. Do not boil.

Pour a bit of the hot mixture into well beaten egg, beating while pouring. Add egg mixture into pan with remaining hot mixture. Stir until well blended.

Return to heat and cook until pudding consistency. Remove from heat. Pour into individual serving dishes. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Optional: Add crushed Oreo cookies on top. You can also serve it with whipped cream instead.


Party tips:

This yummy snack/dessert is also perfect for garden themed parties or construction themed parties, if you are after foods that go well with the themes.

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For a construction themed party, you can pretend it is earth or top soil.

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For a garden themed party, you can ‘plant’ a piece of edible herb on top and add a popsicle stick with a name of a veggie or herb. Then you can pretend they are seedlings!

Construction Theme Party Ideas

For every kid who wants to be an engineer, architect, builder, construction manager, etc. when he/she grows up, here are some of the coolest ideas for a construction themed party.

FOOD IDEAS:

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CAKE IDEAS:

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DECOR IDEAS:

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Know Your Ingredient – Cardamom

cardamom

Description

Cardamom is native to the evergreen rain forest of southern Indian Kerala state and grown in only a few tropical countries. The spice features three-sided pods with a thin, yet tough papery outer cover. Inside, tiny, deep-brown to black, aromatic seeds are arranged in vertical rows with each grain unsheathed again inside a very thin membrane. There are two types of cardamom pods: the green cardamom pod and the black cardamom pod. Generally, the plant can grow up to four meters in length.

Nutrients 

Cardamom is a good source of potassium, calcium, and magnesium. It is also an excellent source of iron and manganese. In addition to that, it is rich in many vital vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, vitamin-C that is essential for optimum health. It as well contains many essential volatile oils that include pinene, sabinene, myrcene, phellandrene, limonene, 1, 8-cineole, terpinene, p-cymene, terpinolene, linalool, linalyl acetate, terpinen-4-oil, a-terpineol, a-terpineol acetate, citronellol, nerol, geraniol, methyl eugenol, and trans-nerolidol.

Health Benefits/ Medical Use

Cardamom has antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, stomachic and tonic properties. It also helps control heart rate and blood pressure. It is a good source of manganese which is a very powerful free-radical scavenger. It helps in red blood cell formation and cellular metabolism.

Culinary Use

Cardamom is being used as flavoring agent in both soups, foods, and revitalizing drinks. Many sweet dishes in Asian countries use cardamom.

Harry Potter’s Golden Snitches Recipe

To produce golden snitches in food form for hubby’s Harry Potter party, I didn’t want to do what others have done, which was to create round cakes (cake pops) and cover the snitches with artificially coloured icing to make them look like snitches. Besides, I had too much on my plate then to bother intricately decorating each cake pop. I just wanted something that was relatively easy to make.

Then I recalled a homemade sweet called Yema. I knew a few people whose mums used to make these sweets and get them to sell these to other kids at school. The brightness or dullness of this dish’s natural yellow colour depends on the ingredients you use and their proportions. Some can be quite pale, while others darker and almost brownish. In addition, you can also coat the yema balls with raw sugar or glaze them with caramelized sugar (which is a bit more tricky).

For the duration of hubby’s Harry Potter party, I called them not yema, but Golden Snitches.  Here’s the recipe I used:

Ingredients:

10 egg yolks
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, or zest
Raw sugar for coating

Procedure:

In a non-stick pan, combine egg yolks, condensed milk and lemon until well blended.  Place pan on stove, over low heat, and stir constantly until thick enough to be formed into small balls.  It is important to keep on stirring and scraping the sides and bottom of the pan while cooking to avoid burning parts of it.

Remove from heat and let the mixture cool.  When cool enough to handle, shape them into small balls, about an inch in diameter, which seems to be just a good size for a snitch.  Roll each ball in raw sugar.

Arrange in a serving tray with enough spaces in between the snitches so they don’t look too crowded when you add the wings.

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 I made the wings days in advance so they’re ready to add to the golden snitches on the day of the party. I used toothpicks, aluminum foil and double-sided tape to make them, while seated on the couch, also watching an action movie with the hubby. 🙂

15 Amazing Harry Potter Themed Cakes

Perhaps the TV station GO must have heard of hubby’s Harry Potter themed birthday celebration. Because a few weeks later, this station decided to show the Harry Potter films every Friday evening. On the first Friday evening, I was wearing the Gryffindor gray pullover sweater vest, Gryffindor scarf, and a witch’s hat, and munched on the remaining jelly beans and chocolate frogs while watching the movie. I’m not really a super fanatic of HP, but since I had all the props lying around, I thought I might as well have fun with them! Hahaha.

Speaking of Harry Potter, today I’m sharing with you some of the amazing Harry Potter themed cakes I came across while researching for hubby’s party weeks ago.  I’m linking each photo and caption to their sources. They might come in handy in case you’re planning an HP party of your own, so here they go…

from Cakes Decor

 from Cakes Decor

 from Cake Punk

 from Everything Harry Potter

 from Sweet Discoveries

 from That’s Nerdalicious

 from Cake Central

 from Crust N Cakes

 from Between The Pages Blog

from A Sweet Design (Flickr)

 from Pat A Cake Cakes

 from Tumblr

 from Puntapelotaforo

Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta Recipe

Near the end of my senior year in high school, a good friend of mine invited me to her birthday party. Actually, she invited probably half of the whole class, which was probably around 25 kids or so. At her party, I came across this super delicious milk and chocolate dessert. For me at that time, it was just about the most delicious dessert I’ve ever tasted. Right there and then, I asked her for the recipe of the dessert, which was prepared by either a family member or a friend of hers. The next week, she gave it to me.

Unfortunately, at 16, I was really more of the eating type and not the cooking type of a person. So even though I was honestly very impressed with the dessert and genuinely wanted a copy of the recipe, also like a real non-cooker, I kept the recipe but never tried making it. An embarrassing admission, I know.

Recently, while being best friends with Mr. Google, I came across an image of that very dessert. Now that I and my husband share an almost similar passion for cooking, I just have to make this dish. I’m glad I did. It turned out to be quite a success and tasted just as amazing as that dessert at my friend’s birthday party. A few friends of mine felt a bit bad that I did not invite them over to have some.

After tweaking the recipe enough to make it mine without deviating too much from the flavour, I’m sharing it with you so you too might enjoy it. My high school friend had called it by an odd name which, nowadays, might be misunderstood as offensive.  For that reason, I’ll go with the basics and call this dish Milk Chocolate Panna Cotta.

 

MILK CHOCOLATE PANNA COTTA

Ingredients:
(Chocolate Layer)
2 packs unflavoured gelatin
1 cup cold water
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup hot water
1 can evaporated milk
1 cup raw sugar
 (White Milk Layer)
1 cup cold water
2 packs unflavoured gelatin
1 can condensed milk
2 1/2 cups cream

In a small bowl, melt 2 packs of gelatin in half cup of cold water. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix cocoa powder and 1/2 cup hot water thoroughly. Set aside. Heat evaporated milk in a saucepan on low heat and stir in sugar until well dissolved. Blend in the melted cocoa.  Add the gelatin mixture and stir well until dissolved.  Let this mixture cool by stirring continuously, before transferring to a deep tray. Refrigerate for at least two hours to make sure it has completely set.

Prepare the white milk layer while the chocolate layer sets in the fridge.  To make the white milk layer, melt 2 packs of gelatin in half cup cold water.  Set aside.  Mix cream and condensed milk in a saucepan and cook over low heat until hot.  Add the melted gelatin and stir until well blended (approx. 10 minutes).  Remove from the stove and continue stirring to cool down the mixture.  (It is very important that this mixture has completely cooled down before adding it to the chocolate layer, or else you’ll run the risk of melting and destroying the chocolate layer.)

Take the tray of chocolate layer out of the fridge.  Using a ladle or a cup, gradually and carefully transfer the white milk mixture over the solid chocolate layer on the tray.  Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

To serve, turn the panna cotta upside down on a serving platter. If you like, you can also drizzle chocolate syrup and sprinkle chocolate shavings on top.

Update:

Instead of chocolate shavings, you can also garnish with strawberry slices, just like these two that I made for a friend’s baby shower party.

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Bamboo Shoots and Prawns In Coconut Milk

This dish is one of our favourites. It’s quite easy and quick to prepare, and it’s mostly veggies in it…except for the prawns. This is a lovely soup to pair with hot Jasmine rice on a winter evening, but really, you can enjoy this dish at anytime of the year.

Ingredients: 
1 small brown onion, chopped
1 small can (125g) corn kernels
1 small can (165mL) premium coconut milk
6 pcs okras, sliced to 1-inch lengths
1 can (225g) bamboo shoot slices
12 – 18 pcs prawns
Sliced crabs (or 1 tsp red crab paste)
Jute leaves (cos lettuce may also be used as substitute)
3 cups water
Salt, sugar and pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper, ground (optional)

Procedure:

In a saucepan, boil prawns and crabs in water with onions until they’re red.  Add bamboo shoots and corn. Boil for 2 minutes. Add okras.  Stir in coconut milk and cook for about 3 minutes or until the soup is slimy from the okra. Add jute leaves and season. Simmer for one minute.  Serve hot with rice.

Anniversary Dinner at Masons of Bendigo

Last year, we spent a few days touring Ballarat. Then, a kangaroo wrecked my car, we moved house and needed to purchase a lot of stuff for our new home, went to Melbourne a couple of times, went to Sydney to process some very important documents, and went to Wodonga (unplanned) to attend a friend’s wedding. All that left us with not enough extra cash to spend for another out-of-town anniversary celebration holiday.  Therefore, we decided to stay home and just go out for a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant. Might be a little pricey compared to the usual everyday meal, but not as expensive as an out-of-town holiday.

I recently had a conversation with someone about wedding anniversaries. During that conversation, my mind processed a million thoughts and I concluded that wedding anniversaries deserve much better celebrations/pampering compared to birthdays. With most people I know, they often spend a fortune celebrating birthdays or pampering birthday celebrants, but spend their wedding anniversaries with a simple night out or, worse, a simple exchange of greeting cards.

 But the thing is, given it’s God’s will that you don’t die yet, you can spend the whole year being lazy and selfish, or making everyone hate you passionately… and still turn a year older.  With wedding anniversaries, however, there’s a lot more effort required (including the bazillion times that you have to be patient and forgiving with all the super-annoying things your spouse does, intentionally or unintentionally) during the year to be able to make it to the next anniversary date.  With all that hard work that the two of you put into your marriage, don’t you think every wedding anniversary is totally worth celebrating as a reward to you two? I think so.

 There’s this lovely restaurant in the heart of the city called Masons of Bendigo. It’s not your ordinary restaurant in this city. If you go to TripAdvisor, you’ll find it ranked 1st among the best places to eat in Bendigo. I was quite intrigued about it, so I suggested it to hubby and he agreed to dine there for our anniversary.

 From what I learned, on the very spot where this restaurant is located, there used to be a glass shop ran by the Masons family (not related to the owners of the restaurant). By this, I mean a shop that sells glass for windows, etc. The shop was there for a very, very long time, so it was well known in Bendigo. Then, for some reason, they decided to close down the glass store. Because they had been there for a long time, as a sort of a tribute to them, I guess, when a new restaurant was established in its place, the owners of the new business called their restaurant “Masons of Bendigo”.

 On Wednesday afternoon, I went to the Masons of Bendigo website and made a reservation for the next evening around 6:30pm. Then, I did my homework and tried to decide which dishes to order. Because I had no idea how the various dishes looked like and how much would be enough for us two, I Googled images of their dishes until I was able to pick a few ones that I found interesting.

 The next day, I received a call from Masons during which I was informed that they didn’t have a table for two at 6:30. I was given two options, (A) be reserved a couple of seats at a long table (shared with others) at 6:30, or (B) get a table for two at 8 pm.  I asked if they have a table for 2 available on Saturday instead, but was told that Saturday was fully booked. (I learned later that if you want to eat in there on weekends, you’ll have to reserve waaaaayy beforehand.) Now, if it was an ordinary meal that we’re having, I wouldn’t mind sharing a table with strangers. But this is a wedding anniversary dinner, so we NEED a table that’s only for two.  I picked the second option to come it at 8pm.

 We came in a little bit before 8pm and were ushered to our table. The paper place mats  on the table had the restaurant’s menu on the other side. Hubby and I decided to order a number of small dishes, as opposed to ordering 1 main dish for each of us, because I saw that others (online) have done that to be able to taste as many of their dishes as possible at one visit. I was unsure how much would be enough for us, so I told the waitress about my little predicament and asked for her suggestion. She was nice and friendly and helped us out with our questions, making the experience quite lovely.

 While waiting for our orders, we were given complimentary bread to munch on, as we also enjoyed the view of waiters, cooks and chef, who were busy as bees in preparing and serving dishes. These are some of the dishes we had for the evening:

  Tempura Fried Morton Bay Bug Tails

George’s Fried Cauliflower Cheese Zucchini Flowers

 Satay Chicken Pot Sticker Dumplings

 Crispy Fried Soft Shell Mud Crab

 Hervey Bay Scallops

Passion Fruit and Lychee Brulee

We were very happy with our experience dining at Masons of Bendigo. The staff members were very lovely and made us feel quite comfortable even though it was our first time to dine there. The food was divine. Each spelled perfection in my book. The whole experience was totally worth the price tag. We’d definitely be back and highly recommend this place.