There are many types of food in Harry Potter that you may never have heard of that are actually genuine recipes and are found in the British Isles and other surrounding areas. So, if you’re wondering what on earth these strange foods that your little ones keep asking you about while they’re reading the Harry Potter series, here are a few facts about some of the types of foods that your little one might read about.
This is one of the types of food included in dessert and while complicated to make if you don’t have the right ingredients (or the expertise with baking…), it can be delicious. Since this is Harry’s favorite dessert, there is a big chance that your little one is going to ask whether or not he or she can make it. You might even have a teenager or two requesting permission to make it. Be warned, it is a tidbit messy, but if it’s cleaned up as soon as possible, it won’t hurt anything. This is essentially a type of pie—and this is one of those types of food that’s great if you’re looking for something yummy…but you want something you can carry with you. To substitute the treacle, you can use molasses and instead of the golden syrup, you can use corn syrup. It’s up to the person. Some recipes include lemon zest in the filling.
This is one of those types of food that your child will probably pass up when they find out what it is. Britain and the whole western coast of Europe is well known for their blood-based cuisine, as well as France is. However, this sausage is essentially blood, animal fat, and—depending on the recipe—cornmeal. Needless to say, you probably won’t have to go out and buy any of this when you’re being asked about the types of food in Harry Potter…
Spotted Dick Pudding
Also known as spotted dog pudding (you can quickly correct your little ones if you like—it’s probably encouraged…), this is one of those types of foods that you THINK is a nice, heavy dinner food. Turns out, that it’s actually a dessert. Unfortunately, it is fairly high in calories. But, it also has a lot of fruit in it, albeit being dried fruit. So, it has its pros and its cons. It normally contains lemon zest, currants, and raisins, along with brown sugar. There is also a type of vegetarian suet that you can use in this, if you’re opposed to animals as food or if you’re looking for types of food that aren’t quite as high in calories.
Cornish pastries are another one of the types of foods that you might be asked about. They’re a well-known and well-loved snack in the Western Europe area and are really easy to make. They’re essentially a type of meat, potato, and onion turnover. The best part is that you can carry them with you pretty much wherever you would like—they’re known for their portability. Luckily, this makes them great for school functions as well, if you ever find yourself having a Harry Potter themed party. This is a great idea if you’re looking for unique types of food, but are concerned about whether or not they’ll eat it, this is a good option.
Steak and Kidney Pie
When you’re looking at the types of food and see this one, your mind will probably automatically jump to kidney beans. Not so, this is essentially a type of beef, kidney (the organ) and tomato paste pudding inside a bread crust. This is another one that your little ones probably won’t want to try out once they find out what it is—but, if they’re adventurous, it’s not as hard to make as you might think! However, this is one of those types of foods that will take a bit more time to get used to…
This dish is well-known in Mediterranean France. Its ingredients are dependent not only on what you have on you, but also on your area of choice. It is usually made with regional fish, crabs, and other shellfish. It is also one of those types of food that you definitely shouldn’t make if you have a shell-fish allergy. The WHOLE fish is placed in this dish, along with everything else. So, if this is one of those types of food that your or your little one can’t have—don’t even prepare it for their learning experience. There is a lot of fish, all at once.
The chipolata is a type of sausage, kind of like breakfast links, made with pork. This is one of those types of foods that you can easily incorporate into breakfast. This is typically a French food, but is well known in other countries and is sometimes placed around the Thanksgiving turkey—it’s up to you whether or not you want to attempt to make your own fresh sausage, but if you have a nearby market that sells these types of food, you’re covered!
This is another one of those types of food that you probably won’t eat in your household. This is a favorite of the groundskeeper, Hagrid. But, what is stoat? Well, if you’ve heard of ermine coats…then you know where half of that ermine went. Needless to say, this is something that won’t make it onto your plate and probably only Hagrid eats, but it was worth mentioning since his types of food will be asked about a lot by your little ones.
These are just a few great examples of what your little one might ask you about, especially if they’re just reading the books after watching the movies—or perhaps, even if they overhear the term from fellow Potter fans or you hear it whilst on vacation. No matter what the reason, you’ll enjoy actually knowing the answer for their questions! What types of food has your little one asked you about?