Any Hunger Games fans out there? I've read the book and I'm so stoked for the movie to come out! But I have to confess something a little embarrassing: Reading the book made me hungry. Seriously. For a book called The Hunger Games, there sure is a lot of good eating.
Anyway, while I'm waiting for the movie to come out, I've been dreaming up the ultimate Hunger Games dinner party menu: Mixed greens salad with blood orange dressing, lamb stew, wine, and chocolate cake. Let the games begin!
My favorite meal from the book was the lamb and preserved plum stew. I don't want to give anything away, but trust me when I say this stew is VERY important to the story and I sure hope it makes a cameo in the movie. Lamb and prune stew (yeah, that's what a preserved plum is) is actually a dish from Morocco, so I came up with a Moroccan-style recipe that's pretty easy to pull off. Prunes with lamb may sound a little weird, but the prunes add a velvety sweetness that I love with the heavy lamb. Add honey to this if you want it even sweeter.
Capitol Lamb and Plum Stew for Two
P.S., there's a lamb stew in the Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook, too.
Now for the salad! I was lucky enough to find a salad mix with dandelion greens -- something Katniss herself gathered before the games. Blood orange just seems appropriate ... but if you can't find blood orange, regular oranges will work, too.
Mixed Greens Salad With Blood Orange Dressing
Ingredients for dressing:
Combine ingredients in a jam jar, shut tightly, and shake vigorously
Pour over 1 pound mixed greens and one chopped medium apple. Toss well and serve.
Wine pairing: I recommend a zinfandel
Dessert: Chocolate cake
And then -- obviously you need to dress up like one of the characters. Here's a whole 'nother Hunger Games dinner party menu from Cinema and Spice.
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