A quick update:
I made a butternut squash soup: sauteed leeks, head of garlic, cup or so of wine after they were soft, one roasted squash, quart of chicken broth, pureed, added lite cream and salt to taste. Was excellent with the Whole Wheat French Bread I made.
Main course was chuck roast cooked four 4 hours with pureed tomatoes, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper poured around it (this came out heavenly). Side dishes: roasted potatoes and carrots and steamed brocoli. Lot's of ale.
I fell in LOVE with the limbas bread idea so I made shortbread cookies that were fantastic (had never made shortbread before and I am sold!) I looked everywhere for banana leaves and even tried to dye a few corn husks but ultimately only ended up with green fingers. What I decided on was some old nori we have that WOULD have worked perfectly if we hadn't devoured the 'limbas bread' before they were wrapped up. I served it with ice cream because I have a new ice cream maker and I can't get enough. I'm sure hobbitses LOVED ice cream.
Unfortunately we didn't even watch the movies....hahahaha....an old friend we haven't seen in ten years showed up so we all sat around and talked all night. The plan is to watch them next weekend.
Thanks for all the help. Your posts really made me laugh and were very helpful.
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