Sunday, February 16, 2014

Book Blog Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge #4

 For our first challenge of the day we are supposed to combine our bookish hobby with a non-bookish hobby. So one of my hobbies includes cooking and baking. I love food and I love sharing food with others. So I decided to cook something inspired by a book. My original thought was pumpkin pasties from Harry Potter but I didn't have pumpkin and I HATE grocery shopping (seriously it's the 9th layer of Inferno unknown by Dante). Then I realized that the dinner I was cooking last night totally fits. So inspired by Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo I present...

Morozova's Stag Venison Stroganoff- Serves 2-3

3 cups egg noodles
Olive oil
1/2 a small onion, diced.
2 Venison steaks or chops, cut into cubes. 
1 package mushrooms, sliced.
3 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup beef broth
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon garlic powder

- In medium saucepan boil 4 cups of water. 

-Prepare gravy: In medium skillet melt butter on low. Add flour and mix well with whisk. To your rue add beef broth and milk. Mix well to avoid clumps. Set aside and allow to simmer on low stirring occasionally.

-Coat small skillet with olive oil. Add onion and sautee on medium. When onions begin to turn translucent add venison. When venison in browned on both sides add mushrooms and garlic. Allow to sautee until mushrooms begin to soften stirring occasionally.

-When water is boiled add noodles.

-To venison mixture add gravy and simmer on low. 

-When noodles are cooked drain and return to pan. Add venison mixture to noodles and mix well. 

-Eat at Winter Palace with the Darkling at your side. Plot world domination and enjoy!

So I don't usually use recipes when I cook so I just sort of just wrote this all out based on what I was doing. If you want a more traditional stroganoff recipe check out this one.


  1. This is awesome! I love book and food too! My rating system is totally food based! This is such a cool idea! If you ever do make the pumpkin pasties let us know!

    1. A food based writing system sounds awesome! I'll have to check out your next review.

  2. Ok, you made a Grisha recipe- AMAZING!! I love cooking and baking too, what are some of your favorites to make? This is such a great idea, I love how unique it is. And yay for Shadow and Bone, have you seen the Ruin and Rising cover? So. Excited. I absolutely love not only each cover in this series, but how they look together. Absolutely wonderful. And the recipe sounds delicious, I might just end up making this one night!

    1. I have seen the cover. I did a post about it on Friday with my favorite quote from Siege and Storm and why I love the series.

  3. This is awesome! A Grisha recipe, so wonderful!

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    1. Thanks! It was fun to think of something to cook that matched with a book I love.

  5. So fun! I love the recipe. And if it comes with a Darkling, I will totally make this soon. ;)

    1. I can't promise the Darkling. But the way I figure it, if you were going to eat Morozova's Stag he would be game to join you. I mean after the antlers are removed what else are you going to do with the body?

  6. Grisha recipe!! Awesome! It looks super yummy too! I'll be making this one soon! Thanks for sharing :)

    xo, Becca @Pivot Book Reviews

    1. It is super yummy. If you feel like you don't want to murder a mythical creature you can also use beef. It won't be as Grisha themed, but hey!

  7. YAY FOR MORE FOOD MASH-UPS! I love how many people are suggesting food/book pairings, whether inspired by or the actual dishes in them. This looks really yummy!