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The Hobbit Trailer!

Hobbit Meals raises a pint to The Hobbit trailer!  Stay tuned for upcoming Hobbit Meals events surrounding the release of this magnum opus!

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First Ever Hobbit Meals Moot a Success!

the scale at Second Harvest Food Bank

the scale at Second Harvest Food Bank

Elrond once said “This is the hour of the Shire-folk, when they arise from their quiet fields to shake the towers and counsels of the Great.”

In our world, Hunger is one of those towers.  Nothing is more evil to a hobbit than an empty plate, as I would imagine the Gaffer to say.

So we did our best to fill them and begin our small part to topple that tower.

Hobbit Meals is pleased to report that a total of 247 lbs of food was raised on September 19th during the First Ever Hobbit Meals Moot.  All seven hobbit meals (breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper) were served and all three extended versions of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movie trilogy were shown.  Price of admission was a full bag of nonperishable groceries for donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Approximately 30 people from all over Central Florida and beyond came to support the event and offer their help to those in need.

As the event organizer, the one worry I had hoped for was fulfilled.  I know that sounds like an odd statement, but let me explain.  At one point during the day, as the Fellowship set off from Rivendell and headed off to Gandalf’s inevitable battle with the Balrog, while people jostled around with plates, talking and laughing and meeting each other and sharing their love of LOTR, I thought to myself “There’s not enough chairs and we’re running out of room for the all the food that’s been donated.”  That is a worry one wishes for.  Which means we’ll need a larger venue for the next Hobbit Meals moot.  And I hope to see you there.

Many, many thanks to all who came to support the event.  Think about this: in addition to the seven hobbit meals we enjoyed by providing for each other, we provided dozens of meals for those in need wondering if there would be a single meal provided for them today.

Some photos of the event below.  Photo credits to Tara Dunn, Corey Sutherland, and Greg Pyne.  Check out more great pics from the event on our Hobbit Meals group page on Facebook!

Donated food from First Ever Hobbit Meals Moot

Donated food from First Ever Hobbit Meals Moot

Enjoying the Trilogy

Enjoying the Trilogy

Second Breakfast, anyone?

Second Breakfast, anyone?

Now Serving...

Now Serving...

a small group of hobbits making a difference...

a small group of hobbits making a difference...

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A Singular Lord of the Rings Experience in Scotland

Hobbit Meals is back after a jaunt through merry old England!

One of the highlights was a stop at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, where my wife and I saw Charles Ross’s One Man Lord of the Rings show.  Hmmm, I wonder if Hobbit Meals could persuade him to do a show in Orlando?  Perhaps a charity event with proceeds going to Second Harvest?  Just thinking out loud…

A Singular Lord of the Rings Experience in Scotland

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Friday, August 14th, 2009

While spending part of my holiday in Scotland, I had the privilege of seeing Charles Ross perform his One Man Lord of the Rings show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a performance consisting of all three movies by one single, highly motivated individual. “40 characters. 3 masterworks. 3600 seconds.  One Man to do it all.”

And he did.

Charles Ross is better known for his One Man Star Wars show (http://www.onemanstarwars.com), which has garnered acclaim from Spin magazine, Conan O’Brien, and The New York Times among others.  He has performed the show over a 1000 times across the globe.  Perhaps he never thought that another mega trilogy would come along that would have the same impact as Star Wars.

Then along came Rings.

I was happy just to sit down to anything related to LOTR, but I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical.  When Ross walked on to a bare stage (actually just a patch of ground around a makeshift amphitheater) wearing a jumpsuit- no costumes or props, not even a ring- an ever so slight “Hmm” crossed my lips.  Could he actually…

My thoughts were interrupted as Ross launched into Fellowship of the Ring.  I sat entranced, enthralled.  His impression of each character was dead on, from Gandalf’s gruff voice to Legolas’s airy exposition (each statement by Legolas including a motion indicating the brushing of Orlando’s blonde tresses).  His segue from scene to scene was flawless, and the dialogue between characters was seamless. With unique body language and sound effects, it was not hard to visualize the scene taking place.  Each jump, run, arch, stumble, clutch, reach, and pose struck seemed to paint the scene as Ross’s energy pulled us along the condensed narrative.  He paused only for a drink of water between movies, changing the lyrics to the end credits song to explain how thirsty he was.   Fellowship. Sip.  Two Towers.  Sip.  Return of the King. Sip.  On with the show.

Ross weaved in humor throughout.  My wife and I were left crying with laughter as he impersonated Denethor, with arched eyebrows and his two arms acting at both sides of his head in a V-shape indicating Denethor’s long hair.  As Denethor orders Pippin to sing in his chamber, Ross portrays Pippin as gagging his way through his song as he watches Denethor stuff his face with food.

Other highlights included his portrayal of Gollum: Andy Serkis could have a voice double if he needed one in Charles Ross.

Ross ended his show to loud applause and then talked to the audience about how he developed the show and his love for both Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I had a chance to speak with him after the show, and we touched on how a work like Lord of the Rings inspires creativity: you want to add to the magic of the books, by adaptation or commentary, or you are inspired to create a unique work of your own.  His love for Lord of the Rings is a clear homage to Tolkien and the movies.

And hey, if the apocalypse hits, killing all the electricity on the planet, and we’re reduced down to sticks and stones and campfires again: there’s still two great trilogies to see.  Just find Charles Ross.

Greg Pyne, aka Fool of a Took



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Announcing the First Ever Hobbit Meals Moot!



The First Ever Hobbit Meals Moot!

Come enjoy all 7 Hobbit meals and a viewing of ALL THREE EXTENDED VERSIONS of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Breakfast!  Second Breakfast!  Elevensies!  Lunch!  Afternoon Tea!  Dinner!  Supper!

When: Saturday, Sept. 19th, 2009 (3 days eve to Bilbo’s Birthday!) 10am-10pm

Where: Bag End, of course! (10652 Windsor Ct., Orlando, FL 32821)

Price of admission: bring one dish to share and one grocery bag full of non-perishable food to be donated to2ndHarvst

Hobbit Meals is dedicated to feeding the hungry in our local communities by hosting “Hobbit Meals” in which food and monies are donated to local food banks and charities.

Defeat Evil.  Feed the world.  Because the world should eat like a hobbit.


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Hobbit Recipes!

rings_merrypippinEver wonder what food would be served at hobbit meal?  I’ve just stumbled across what is probably the definitive list of recipes at the LOTRscrapbook.com.  A link from their homepage leads you to Middle Earth Recipes.  Dozens of recipes describe how to make numerous dishes, from main dishes to desserts.  Here’s a sampling below:

Merry’s Mushrooms

“They’re mine! Mrs. Maggot gave them to me- A Queen among farmers’ wives!” -Frodo, Fellowship of the Ring.

I onion, small dice
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
3 c. small mushrooms, washed (can also use large mushrooms sliced in half or quarters)
3 tbsp. oil
1 tbsp. thyme
2 c. water
2 tbsp. arrowroot

In a medium pot or a deep pan, saute the onions and garlic in the oil until the onions are soft. Add the mushrooms and thyme and cook for two more minutes.
Add 1 1/2 c. water and simmer uncovered for 15 min. Mix the arrowroot with the remaining 1/2 c. of water, and add to pot. Cook until thickened, approx. one minute. Adjust salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately to hungry Hobbits (Or eat them all yourself 🙂 )

Rosie’s Shire Pie

1 pound whole mushrooms
1 pound ground sausage
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 stalks celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
2 Tb. flour
1/4 Cup dry white wine
1 1/2 Cups chicken stock
1 Tb. thyme
1 teaspoon sage
Salt & pepper to taste

Clean mushrooms and cut into quarters.  Crumble the sausage & place in a large, deep pan.  Cook over medium heat.  Add onions, garlic, celery, and carrot, and cook about 5 minutes.  Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes more until vegetables are tender.  Stir in flour and cook and couple of minutes, stirring.  Add wine and half of the stock, stirring and working out any lumps.  Add remaining stock and bring to a boil.  Turn heat to low, add herbs, salt and pepper and cook 10 minutes.  Pour into deep pie dish or 8×8 baking dish and set aside.

Cornmeal Crust (makes enough for two pies)
1 3/4 Cups flour
3/4 C. yellow cornmeal
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound cold butter
1/4 Cup shortening
1/3 – 1/4 Cup ice water

Mix flour, cornmeal, and salt in a large bowl.  Cut in butter.  Add shortening and continue to work dough until texture resembles coarse meal.  Sprinkle water over dough and knead with hands.  Refrigerate dough 30 minutes to 24 hours (can also be frozen).  Roll dough on a floured surface to 1/4 inch thickness.  Place dough over top of filling in pie dish.

Bake pie at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or so, until crust is lightly browned and filling is bubbly.

Along with a green salad and warm bread, this pie feeds a family of 4 – 6 hungry little hobbits.
Blackberry Tarts from Bree


4 c. blackberries
Sugar to taste
Lemon zest to taste

Wash berries, lightly toss with sugar and lemon zest.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Tart shells:

3 c. flour
1 t. salt
1 c. butter or shortening
8 T. ice water (more or less)

Sift flour and salt. Cut in shortening or butter. Add cold water 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork. Shape dough into 2 balls. Roll out and cut out circles just big enough to fit the cups of a muffin tin.  Fit the dough circles into the muffin pan like small pies. Fill with the berries.
Bake for about 35 minutes or til pastry is lightly browned.

Makes about 2 dozen little muffin-sized tarts.


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