Book Bites is a collaborative series between two book-loving friends. Each month we pick a fictional series and plan a delicious meal around it.
“She smiled then, her cheeks red, her cheeks scattered with some kind of dust. It was a smile he thought he might die to earn again.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Crooked Kingdom.
Off in Ketterdam, the Barrel’s most dangerous couple are about to sit down for tea.
The boy has taken it upon himself to do something special for the girl, not because it’s Saint Valentine’s Day, but because they’ve both been busy as hell and he wants to spend just a moment with her while they’re not on the job. Before she arrives, he fidgets with his bare hands, cursing himself for handing his gloves off to Wylan just minutes ago. He curses himself again for telling Wylan to run off and hide, because now it would take too long to find him, pry them from his hands, and return before Inej arrived. He inhales deeply. He would keep trying, for her.
The fact that their teatime happened to fall on Saint Valentine’s Day is just a coincidence, of course. He doesn’t care for it, and neither does she. But he looks again at his little setup and can already picture the smile on her face.
She appears at the doorway. He exhales.
Happy Valentine’s Day! Or as I like to call it, Happy OTP Day! And welcome to the first in a collaborative books and food series, Book Bites.
Let’s be honest, book dragons hoard their books, but it is a very well-known, completely proven fact that we also love our food. Way too much. I mean, if we could conjure up a Hogwarts feasts for dinner, we would
climb over your fallen body for it be the happiest bookies in the world. And so Book Bites was born! It’s a monthly series my friend, Miriam, and I created to celebrate our love of books, characters, and other worlds. And to cure our serious case of the munchies.
I’ve known Miriam since we were kids, and she has her own personal blog over at Lantern Flowers! She reads, she explores, she eats damn good food, and shops clothes neither of us have a wallet for. Feel free to go give her some love.
So if you haven’t read the Six of Crows duology you are out of your mind and need to read it now! It is the perfect mix of snarky banter, bloody action, clever heists and burning heartache. It’s one hell of a ride, starring a crew of unapologetic characters, a dark city, and expansive world.
Read it. Seriously!
Since both Miriam and I love this series, we kick off Book Bites by taking a travel to Ketterdam to see what our favourite murderous couple are up to this Valentine’s Day.
We’ve created a little afternoon tea party inspired by Kaz and Inej. There is, of course, tea for her and coffee for him. And we can’t forget some bloody lemon cookies and a dirty moneybag cake, topped off with some chocolate gold coins that are completely 100% not Canadian chocolate loonies. We don’t know what you’re talking about.
Clearly we aren’t professionals, but we had so much fun trying to make these! For the cookies we had originally tried to follow a recipe, but the cookies didn’t actually turn out that great. What we recommend is for you to use your favourite shortbread or sugar cookie recipe. You’ll find the cookie recipe here, and you can head over to Lantern Flowers to learn to make your own dirty moneybag cake and throw your own tea party!
Who are your favourite bookish couples? What kind of date would you picture them having? We hope you enjoyed our post this month and have a happy OTP Day!
Bloody Cookies Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups of butter salted and softened at room temperature
- If you don’t have salted butter, use 1/4 tsp of salt
- 1 cup of icing sugar same as confectioner sugar or powdered sugar
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 cup of icing sugar
- 2 tbsp of lemon juice
- Red food colouring
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F / 165 degrees C
- Make sure butter is very soft and cream in a bowl with an electric mixer, then gradually cream in the icing sugar. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl!
- Gradually add in flour and mix into the bowl on a low setting. The dough should be soft and slightly crumbling. If you add flour too fast, it won’t stick and make dough!
- Bring out the dough and roll into long rolls. Let it chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or more
- Once chilled, cut into pieces about 1/4 an inch wide and put in the oven for 15 minutes or until golden at the edges
- Let it sit for 30 minutes to cool or it will melt your icing!
- Put icing into a bowl and gradually add lemon juice
- Stir until smooth and just liquid enough to slowly, thickly drip off a spoon!
- Put your cookies on a cookie sheet and cover your counter with old newspaper. Move anything you don’t want splattered with “blood”
- Drip icing onto the top of the cookies and smear surface with the back of a spoon
- Once all the cookies are covered, let the white icing harden and start on the bloody icing!
- Take the bowl of white icing and add in red food colouring. This should thin out the consistency but feel free to add more lemon juice if it isn’t thin enough
- Then use downward motions to splatter cookies! Go wild! Make Kaz proud.
And you’re done! Here’s a little behind the scenes shot. Can you spot Miriam’s pup Buddy?
Opening lines scene was written by Miriam Lantern Flowers