When I was a preteen-teenager my mom invented Hobbit Day. We chose one day in the autumn and ate and drank and played games. No television, no electric lights, not even music from the radio. We would sometimes read our favorite part of the book or when questing was popular my mom would make up a quest and we would spend the day rolling those silly dice and playing the quest. It was more memorable than all the other holidays put together except for the Halloween when I was a witch and she made me a hat out of poster board. The hat had glow and the dark alchemy symbols and a three dimensional owl on it so that was too cool not to be memorable! Anyhow, months before she died she sent me the menu, timing and some more ideas for food for Hobbit Day so I thought I would share because even if you are not a Tolkien fan unplugging the family from all the electronics to just be together is a good idea.
To make it extra special you could time it around Durin’s Day which is “The first day of the last moon of autumn on the threshold of winter.” That might be hard to time so you could always make it for Winter Solstice which is the 21st of December. Here is the menu my mom made:
Drink: Wine, beer, mulled apple juice or coffee.
Food: Strong broth, stuffed mushrooms, open-faced roast beef sandwiches, mince tarts, berry tarts, harvest cake.
She also culled the book and looked at medieval texts to find more of food so here is that:
Eggs: boiled, sunny-side up, poached
Ham and bacon
Roast/broiled meats (hot or cold): chicken, venison, pork, mutton and lamb, rabbit/hare, beef (the black squirrel proved inedible)
Mince pie (Note: this would be old-fashioned mincemeat, which was made-naturally-with minced, spiced meat-usually a mix of pork and venison or venison alone.)
Mushrooms (especially in the form of mushrooms and bacon on toast) (my Mushroom Pate would be good here)
Salad (simply dressed greens. Flowers like nasturtiums, carnations, rosebuds, and calendulas were often added during the 1200s-1600s)
Potatoes in various ways and/or turnips
Pickles of many kinds-pickled walnuts and mushrooms were favorites
Apples: plain and in tarts
Blackberries: plain and in tarts
Dried Fruit (suggested: apples, raisins, quinces or pears, cherries, apricots)
Raspberry jam and apple tart (see my old posts for this recipe)
Biscuits: shortbread or plain butter cookies (My Rosemary Cookie recipe would work well)
Scones and bannocks (a bannock is just a larger scone, both would be simple and be based on oatmeal)
Seasonings: sorrel, sage, thyme, marjoram
She suggested this book as a good source for country life in English and US up to the end of reliance on horses: Dorothy Hartley, Lost Country Life. [Pantheon Books, NY, NY: 1979]
Well there you have it. I hope you will at least try this once and build some memories with family or friends.