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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban–Adaptations

Movie week! You know the drill. This week we discuss the actors and choices made by the production studio for what I (Hale) think is one of if not my absolute favorite Harry Potter movie. We kick off the episode with a promo from Hark! The 87th Precinct Podcast. Come join the conversation.

 

Limes:

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Harry Potter 3-Background

Now that you’ve heard our thoughts on the third installment in the Harry Potter series, lets dive a bit deeper into the background that inspired this text. We discuss prisons, time-travel, and werewolves, oh my! Check it out and come join the conversation.

 

Limes:

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Recipies

IMG_1571This month we have two different drink recipes, and two different chocolate recipes! Our food this month is inspired by two major moments in the Harry Potter series. In their third year, team Chosen One meet their first dementor! Thankfully, Professor Lupin is on scene, and provides the necessary chocolate to help them overcome the intense cold and overwhelming sadness and hopelessness the dementors leave wizards with when they leave. This month, we decided to make our favorite chocolate recipes! Hale made (according to the internet) the BEST brownie recipe ever. It’s a brownie! I, Victoria, made chocolate ravioli. I have suggestions…

In year three, Hogwarts students are finally allowed to visit Hogsmead! This is the entirely wizard filled village near the school. The team visits the local pub (as one does) and tries butterbeer for the first time! So we decided this month, we’re drinking our version of butterbeer!

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  • Butterbeer
    • 1-1/2 oz butterscotch syrup (recipe follows)
    • 1-1/2 oz apple crown/apple whisky
    • 1/2 oz butterscotch liqueuer
    • 1 cup ginger ale, cold
    • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Butterscotch
    • INGREDIENTS:2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 4 TB salted butter
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1 cup hot water

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • In a tall sauce pot, combine sugar, the first cup of water and butter.
  • Turn on heat to medium low and stir until sugar melts.
  • Once the sugar has melted, stop stirring and turn up the heat to medium high.
  • Bring to a boil, swirling the pan to keep the mixture moving.
  • If needed, use a wet pastry brush to wash down crystals that form on the side of the pan.
  • Cook until the mixture is golden brown and caramelized, making sure to pull it off the heat before it burns.
  • Add the baking soda and stir it in (the mixture will bubble up).
  • Slowly pour in remaining hot water and stir until smooth.
  • If the mixture separates when the water is added, reheat it over low heat and stir until any sugar clumps melt.
  • http://vintagekitty.com/boozy-butterbeer-recipe/#recipejump

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Chocolate Ravioli

Ganache

  • 1200g Heavy Cream
  • 800g Dark Chocolate

Heat cream to boil and add chocolate. Stir until completely melted. It will be thick. Place in freezer.

Ravioli

Pipe ganache into Fouille de Brick and wrap. Puncture with toothpicks to hold in place, or use egg wash to secure two pieces of pastry together around ganache filling. Bake at 350 degrees for five minutes.

I made my own Fouille de Brick, but I highly suggest buying it. It can get pricey, so it is probably okay to substitute fyllo dough for Fouille de Brick. I have never tried it, but the pastries are similar. Brick dough is just a bit thinner.

Fouille de Brick (Brick Dough)

https://www.chefrachida.com/moroccan-feuilles-de-brick-warka-paper-thin-pastry-leaves/

Ingredients:

  • 240 grams high gluten or bread flour
  • 45 grams durum flour or all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Whisk dry ingredients together, and wet ingredients together, then combine them and whisk until the mixture is smooth. Refrigerate mixture overnight. Place a non stick pan on the stove at low heat, even over a double broiler if possible. With a pastry brush, lightly brush mixture around pan in a circular motion on a thin, even layer. The best layer is one you can see through. When the mixture starts to crumble and lift around the corners, gently pull up on the corner and lift the pastry from the pan in one, clean motion. One batch makes about 40 sheets. Clean sheets up, and fill with mixture.

Hale’s Brownies: https://tasty.co/recipe/ultimate-brownies

  • 2 ½ sticks unsalted butter, plus more, softened, for greasing
  • 8 oz (225 g) good-quality semisweet chocolate, or bittersweet chocolate, 60-70% cacao, roughly chopped
  • ¾ cup (90 g) unsweetened dutch process cocoa powder, divided
  • 1 tablespoon espresso powder
  • 2 cups (400 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (110 g) dark brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1 cup (125 g) all-purpose flour
  • flaky sea salt, for sprinkling

Preparation

  1. Grease a 9×13-inch (23×33-cm) dark metal pan with softened butter, then line with parchment paper, leaving overhang on all sides. Grease the parchment with softened butter.
  2. Combine the chopped chocolate, ¼ cup (30 g) of cocoa powder, and espresso powder in a heatproof liquid measuring cup or medium bowl and set aside.
  3. Add the butter to a small saucepan over medium heat and cook until the butter just comes to a vigorous simmer, about 5 minutes, swirling the pan occasionally. Immediately pour the hot butter over the chocolate mixture and let sit for 2 minutes. Whisk until the chocolate is completely smooth and melted, then set aside.
  4. Combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and eggs in a large bowl. Beat with an electric hand mixer on high speed until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. It will be similar to the texture of very thick pancake batter.
  5. With the mixer on, pour in the slightly cooled chocolate and butter mixture and blend until smooth.
  6. Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 350°F (180°C).
  7. Sift in the flour and remaining cocoa powder and use a rubber spatula to gently fold until just combined.
  8. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake until lightly puffed on top, about 20 minutes.
  9. Remove the baking pan from the oven using oven mitts or kitchen towels, then lightly drop the pan on a flat surface 1-2 times until the brownies deflate slightly. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt.
  10. Return the pan to the oven and bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the brownies comes out fudgy but the edges look cooked through, about 20 minutes more. The center of the brownies will seem under-baked, but the brownies will continue to set as they cool.
  11. Set the brownies on a cooling rack and cool completely in the pan.
  12. Use the parchment paper to lift the cooled brownies out of the pan. Cut into 24 bars and serve immediately.
  13. Enjoy!

 

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban-Analysis

Continuing our discussion on the hugely popular Harry Potter series, listen to our opinions on the third novel in the installment. We talk pirates and rum (don’t ask), murder and murder mysteries, friendship, and justice… and fan favorite Lupin. Come join the conversation!

 

Intro-Limes:

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The Handmaid’s Tale Adaptations

Join us for a discussion on the differences between the book and the show! Is season 2 a believable continuation? Were the roles casted correctly? Hear our thoughts on the prolific novel’s newest adaptation, with a shoutout to our friends at Unassigned Reading Pod.

 

Limes:

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Joe Bae:

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Episode 3.2-Handmaid’s Tale Background

Now that you are all caught up on our thoughts on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, check out some of the information we found relevant to the series. Victoria discusses puritanism and witch hunts, Anya discusses Atwood herself and Phyllis McAlpin Schlafly nee Stewart, the inspiration for Serena Joy, and Hale discusses the history of forced adoptions. This episode showcases some of our podcasting friends, Frankenpod! Check it out and come join the conversation.

 

Limes:

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Joe Bae:

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Handmaid’s Tale Analysis

Novelist. Poet. Critic. Essayist. Inventor. Instructor. Activist. Feminist.

That is who wrote this amazing dystopian novel. Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale has changed people’s lives. It has inspired resistance. Feminists everywhere have adopted the story to serve as a warning. We hear often that dystopian novels give us a glimpse of the extremes of which our society can resort. In 2018, the surveillance of 1984, technology of Brave New World, and censorship of Fahrenheit 451 have never been more prevalent. However, Atwood’s dystopian novel gives us insight into fears of limited women’s rights, and reproductive rights. This book, however unsettling it may be, is worth the read.

 

Limes:

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Mini-Episode 2-Harry Potter Candy

This is all about the candy. No. I mean that literally. We’re just talking candy. Stick around at the end of the podcast to hear from our podcasting friends LadySh!t with Lily and Britt Podcast!

 

Limes: Intro

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Joe Bae: Outro

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My Experience with Harry Potter

Hey y’all.

I’m sure at some point in our latest episodes I’ve gone over this, but I really want to talk about my experience with Harry Potter.

Now, I’m sure there are a lot of you out there who grew up reading the series, much like Anya and Victoria, but I was not a reader. Reading involved a lot of focus and, to be honest, all I wanted to do when I was a child was be outside. I never really understood reading. I would never focus on it enough to really engage my imagination, and I feel like I lost out on a lot because of that.

It’s funny when I think about it now because younger me loved everything magic related, and older me believes reading is magic. Younger me really loved things that seemed impossible, older me still loves those things, but I feel like younger me would have loved a story about kids saving a bunch of nitwit adults and dealing with the extraordinarily harsh reality that is growing up, making friends, making enemies, and trying to find out where you belong (current me still faces those realities, but that’s an entirely different story). But even though I loved those ideas, I never read the Harry Potter series.

And while I feel like I missed out on the story as told by the incomparable J.K. Rowling, I don’t feel like I missed out on Harry Potter.

As a person who studies books for a living, I think it was really difficult for me to read Harry Potter for the first time with the critical background I have developed over my years of studying books. Now, I’m sure I’ll offend a few people by saying this, but the first two books were genuinely a struggle for me. They were so simple and, as someone who saw the movies first, I found it hard to imagine the amount of detail I had seen on screen in something that is so blatantly a children’s book. Maybe that says more about my not-as-active adult imagination than it does about the books, but I don’t think the books were terrible. I just found them hard to get through. I wanted more. I wanted to see these characters and places as vividly in my mind as I had seen them on screen. Which is why I cannot say I feel like I missed out on Harry Potter.

Yes, I missed out on a few things like Peeves and the Death Day scene (just thinking of the first two books in general), but I did not miss out on being brought on the journey with our three friends, Harry, Hermione, and Ron.

For someone like younger me, who would have rather been outside collecting all kinds of cuts and bruises from dawn till dusk, I think the movies did a fantastic job at making their audience feel like they were figuring everything out with the characters. And I know this has everything to do with the way J.K. wrote the story, but I did not feel like I was missing enough to warrant me fighting myself to read the books as a child.  I feel like I would have hated every second of it and ultimately that would have made me hate reading more than I already did. I’m a firm believer that to really get into reading you have to find the right thing for you, something that you see yourself in, and I know for a lot of you that might have been Harry Potter. You are lucky that you found yourself in a series as special as this one. But for me, reading came much later. The Harry Potter movies were more my speed and, while they glossed over a few things, I was lucky enough to have a very patient sister who had read the books and would answer any and all questions I had about what I could potentially be missing, which was almost always  answered in the movies, I’m just one of those people who wants to know how it all plays out and still loves watching it happen even though I already know what’s coming.

In hindsight, Harry Potter was the perfect bildungsroman for our generation, and I believe it holds a lot of power in how people of my generation look at the world. When faced with the end of life as we know it, the idea of coming together and raising our voices and taking action to defeat darkness and evil is a pretty powerful message. I firmly believe it is one my generation is trying to spread in our current time of crisis, but maybe I just like to hope we will stand together when the shit comes down…

Like me, I don’t think you HAVE to read the books to get the driving ideas behind the story. Whichever platform you prefer will still give you those warm, heartbreaking, triumphant, devastating, fearful, and hopeful feelings that make this series one of the most beloved series of all time.

And for that, I would like to say Thank you. Thank you, J.K. and Warner Brother’s Studios for making our world more magical than ever before.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes: “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

(reading light or the light of a screen, your choice.)

Unicorn Blood and Candy

We don’t have many recipes this week since we bought the HP Universe candy. We chose to try out the series favorites in honor of Harry’s introduction to candy with Ron on the train to Hogwarts. To novel readers, I think the Unicorn Blood reference is obvious enough it needs no explanation. Each kind of candy we tried this month were delicious, and also surprising in their own way.

  • Peppermint Imps-Hard candy, not gummys!
  • Exploding Bon Bons- contain pop rocks
    • Recommended by He-Man
  • Chocolate Frogs-Crunchy
  • Bertie Bots-just all around like Russian Roulette
  • Candy Slugs- you might fight a bitch for the pear…
    • Anya would buy them all the time if they sold them in grocery stores
    • Actual quote by He-Man: “I mean… the slugs were pretty dank”

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Unicorn Blood:

I’ll be honest… This was kind of a trial and error, so I don’t know the exact measurements. The recipe that follows is a good base. Add more or less of the ingredients to taste, according to your preferences.

  • Two cups of white rum
  • One bottle of Procecco
  • Two cans of ginger ale
  • A tablespoon of honey
  • Simple syrup to taste
    • Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water, boiled
  • Finish with baking pearl dust
    • Use a spoon to swirl to get best glittery effect
  • Note: a few drops of lemon juice might add to this recipe the jolt it needs

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Happy Birthday Dark Chocolate Cake with Pino Noir Buttercream Frosting:

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Link to cake recipe: https://sortedfood.com/recipe/epicchoccake

The cake recipe was great! Rather than the chocolate frosting, however, we made ours pino noir flavored. Make the buttercream frosting like normal, and do not add the cocoa powder. Instead, add your wine to taste.