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Holiday Dinner Party Menu Day 2: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

19 Dec

The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larrson

No, this novel isn’t a sweet, heartwarming Christmas tale; but you can compile and eat a sweet holiday meal out of this bestseller!

Appetizers
There are not a whole lot of appetizers to work with on first glance; but I think it could be a neat idea to use the sandwhiches that are mentioned throughout the novel as hors d’oeuvres. Bite sized creations based on crostini instead of sliced bread. What do you think? I think this would work especially well for a rye crostini topped with a thin slice of hardboiled egg, cheese and a small spoonful of caviar. Decadent!

Sandwiches
Cheese sandwiches with pickles
Cheese, caviar and egg on rye
Roast beef or turkey or avocado on bagels
Pickled herring in mustard sauce and egg sandwich
Cheese, liver sausage and pickles on rye
Liver pate and cucumber sandwich

First Course
Venison Stew

Main Dishes
Christmas ham
Roast hare
Lamb cutlets
Moose steak
Lamb chops sautéed in red wine

Sides
Potatoes
Currant jelly
Potatoes in cream sauce
Beets
Fried Sausages
Apples

Desserts
Fruitcake
Christmas cake
Pastries
Sponge cake
Coffee cake

Drinks
Caffe latte
Red wine
Aquavit
Reimersholms brandy
Coffee
Aberlour scotch
Cognac

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Holiday Dinner Party Menu: The Hunger Games

18 Dec

Hunger Games Holiday Dinner Party

Whatever District you hail from; I think we can all agree that during the holidays it’s ok to indulge like they do in the Capitol.

The Hunger Games trilogy makes for a great dinner party theme because the food is versatile. It’s easy to go upscale for a lavish dinner party, or use your imagination and create a swank cocktail party (make sure to serve plenty of wine; you never know where Haymitch Abernathy will show up!), and there is plenty of food if you would rather do a nice holiday buffet. No matter what choices you pick from the menus below, your guests will not go Hungry.

For ease of your pick-and-choose, I’m listing out a general guide to appetizers, first courses, mains, sides and desserts. Additionally, I’ve come up with some suggested menus and provided references to the appropriate book in the trilogy. This is not an exhaustive list, so feel free to add if you think I forgot something party-worthy.

Appetizers

Oysters (Catching Fire)
Cheese (Catching Fire)
Fruit (Mockingjay)
Live Pate (Mockingjay)
Crackers (Mockingjay)
Goose liver and puffy bread (Hunger Games)
Goat cheese wrapped in basil leaves (Hunger Games)
Sliced bread with goat cheese and blackberries (Hunger Games)

First Course

Creamy pumpkin soup with slivered nuts and seeds (Catching Fire)
Fish cakes with creamy lime paste (Catching Fire)
Pea soup (Mockingjay)
Cod chowder (Mockingjay)
Thick carrot soup (Hunger Games)
Green salad (Hunger Games)
Cream and rose petal soup (Hunger Games)

Main
Roast pig with apple in mouth (Hunger Games)
Lamb stew with dried plums (Catching Fire)
Lamb chops (Hunger Games)
Chicken and oranges in cream sauce (Hunger Games)

Sides

Peas and tiny onions (Hunger Games)
Flower shaped rolls (Hunger Games)
Mashed potatoes (Hunger Games)
Mashed turnips (Mockingjay)
Stewed garlic and squash (Mockingjay)
Cheese buns (Mockingjay)

Dessert

Cake with alcohol so it lights on fire (Hunger Games)
Fancy cakes with flowers (Hunger Games)
Chocolate custard with cherries (Catching Fire)
Peppermints (Catching Fire)
Cream filled cookies (Mockingjay)
Mint tea (Hunger Games)
Coffee (Hunger Games)
Hot chocolate (Hunger Games)

Suggested menus……

Formal dinner party #1
Appetizers
Oysters (Catching Fire)
Cheese (Catching Fire)
Liver Pate (Mockingjay)
Crackers (Mockingjay)
Sliced bread with goat cheese and blackberries (Hunger Games)

First Course
Creamy pumpkin soup with slivered nuts and seeds (Catching Fire)

Main
Roast pig with apple in mouth (Hunger Games)
or
Chicken and oranges in cream sauce (Hunger Games)

Sides
Flower shaped rolls (Hunger Games)
Mashed potatoes (Hunger Games) or mashed turnips (Mockingjay) (serve with roast pig)
Cheese buns (Mockingjay)
Green salad (Hunger Games)

Dessert

Fancy cakes with flowers (Hunger Games)
Mint tea (Hunger Games)
Coffee (Hunger Games)
Hot chocolate (Hunger Games)

Formal dinner party #2

Appetizers
Oysters (Catching Fire)
Cheese (Catching Fire)
Liver Pate (Mockingjay)
Crackers (Mockingjay)
Sliced bread with goat cheese and blackberries (Hunger Games)

First Course
Fish cakes with creamy lime paste (Catching Fire)

Main
Lamb stew with dried plums (Catching Fire)
or
Lamb chops (Hunger Games)

Sides
Peas and tiny onions (Hunger Games)
Mashed potatoes (Hunger Games) or mashed turnips (Mockingjay) (serve with chops)
Cheese buns (Mockingjay)
Green salad (Hunger Games)

Dessert
Cake with alcohol so it lights on fire (Hunger Games)
Mint tea (Hunger Games)
Coffee (Hunger Games)
Hot chocolate (Hunger Games)

Cocktail and hors d’oeuvres party

Soup “shooters” are a popular party trend. Just serve soup in shot glasses (or very small water glasses):
Creamy pumpkin soup with slivered nuts and seeds (Catching Fire)
Thick carrot soup (Hunger Games)

Fish cakes with creamy lime paste (Catching Fire) (serve like you would crab cakes)
Oysters (Catching Fire)
Cheese (Catching Fire) and Crackers (Mockingjay)
Liver Pate (Mockingjay)
Goat cheese wrapped in basil leaves (Hunger Games)
Sliced bread with goat cheese and blackberries (Hunger Games)
Fancy cakes with flowers (Hunger Games) (make mini cakes)
Chocolate custard with cherries (Catching Fire)
Peppermints (Catching Fire)
Cream filled cookies (Mockingjay)

Holiday Buffet

Cheese (Catching Fire)
Fruit (Mockingjay)
Crackers (Mockingjay)
Goose liver and puffy bread (Hunger Games)
Green salad (Hunger Games)
Peas and tiny onions (Hunger Games)
Flower shaped rolls (Hunger Games)
Roast pig with apple in mouth (Hunger Games)
Lamb stew with dried plums (Catching Fire)
Fancy cakes with flowers (Hunger Games)
Chocolate custard with cherries (Catching Fire)
Peppermints (Catching Fire)
Cream filled cookies (Mockingjay)