So, this exists. There is a lot of delicious food in Narnia, to be sure: everything from seedcake and sardines in Mr. Tumnus’s cave to the iced delicacies of the Calormene nobility. And this book, by C.S. Lewis’s stepson Douglas Gresham, has easy recipes for most of the food mentioned in all seven books.
There is a downside. The Official Narnia Cookbook is only available as an ebook, which means that you cannot purchase it unless you own one of those infernal devices which are slowly removing all the romance and magic of paper books from the world. But if you already have an e-reader, which you probably do, you might as well put it to as good a use as possible by purchasing this cookbook here: https://www.narnia.com/us/books/ebook/the-official-narnia-cookbook/9780062245779.
If you are one of the few (like me) who still insist on paper only when it comes to reading (or cooking), you can at least try this recipe for toffee like the kind Digory used to grow a toffee tree in The Magician’s Nephew:
About 2 Pounds
1 cup granulated sugar
¾ cup dark corn syrup
(1 stick) butter, melted
1 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
- Butter a 9” square pan.
- In a 5–6 quart saucepan, combine the sugar, syrup, butter, and milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue to cook, lowering heat if the mixture starts to boil over. Cook until the mixture reaches 330 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Pour into the 9” square pan.
- Cool in the pan for 20 minutes. Cut into squares and wrap each piece in parchment paper.
I’m thinking of making it for Christmas. Namarie!