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Hunger Games Themed Food: Mini Mockingjay/Bread Loaf Cupcakes

Part 2 of my Hunger Games post is here! In this episode, I have no special recipe for you – just the simple one of a cupcake and a reference; visit this wonderful site –  Savoury Sweet Life – and you will learn to make many things such as the chocolate butter cream I used for this recipe. It’s currently one of my favourite food sites out there at the moment. But I did spend hours slaving away on the golden decorations on the cupcakes you see before you, determined to carve these tiny features from a block of royal icing and then glaze it over with a sun-kissed spray. 

‘Peeta’s bread’

This started off fine – I could easy cut out the shape of a bread loaf with my knife and add little markings on with a toothpick. Then I decided to challenge myself by recreating the famous mockingjay pin – the symbol of Panem’s rebellion – and failed miserably. My hand wasn’t as steady as I would like to think and my ability to etch on intricate details lacks some talent. Ah well. The cakes, intended for my friends were enjoyed by all, and many laughed at my pitiful attempt of a bird. No one could understand how a swordfish  was related to the Hunger Games! Continue reading


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Hunger Games Themed Food: Quote Cookies

Alright, I’m not going to lie. As a teenage girl, I couldn’t help but succumb to the latest film craze sweeping our nations – The Hunger Games. Having thoroughly enjoyed the series; a tale of 24 children fighting to the death on a yearly basis, as punishment for the 12 districts who rebelled against the dictating ‘Capitol’ in a dystopian society – I stood in anticipation of the impending film release. Funnily enough, ‘The Hunger Games’ which would be more appropriately named ‘The Death Games’, seeing as the possibility of starvation is rarely mentioned; I stumbled upon this wonderful site – Fictional Food – where the blogger recreates the few foods that do appear in the novels.

The girl (cookie) on fire!

Crystal, the blogger and owner of the site, has a particular recipe aptly named ‘Sweethearts’ – the endearing term an often drunk character gives to the main protagonist – which are really just good old sugar cookies. Following the recipe, which admittedly, I used a conversion table for, I spent quite a long time kneading the incredible amount of dough this mix produces (Please be warned: It does make a hell of a lot!) but it was worth it. The fun and creative part was the engraving of letters into the dough. Using a kit I found tucked away in the back of a cupboard, I cut each one out in a circular shape and then dubbed it with a word. Continue reading