As today’s google doodle will tell you, it’s the 141st birthday of Lucy Maud Montgomery, celebrated author of the Anne of Green Gables books.
Those who have read any of the Anne books are likely familiar with Anne’s delight at particular foods, and her various exploits when trying to make and enjoy them. So, in honour of the author’s birthday, here are some Anne of Green Gables inspired recipes for you to share with your kindred spirits.
“I have never tasted ice cream. Diana tried to explain what it was like, but I guess ice cream is one of those things that are beyond imagination.” Anne of Green Gables, Ch. 14.
Ice cream is much easier to come by than in Anne’s time, but it can still be something to get excited about. Here’s a recipe for vanilla ice cream that’s great on it’s own but also perfect for adding other flavours and toppings to.
“The little girls of Avonlea always pooled their lunches, and to eat three raspberry tarts all alone or even to share them with only one’s best chum would have forever and ever branded as ‘awful mean’ the girl who did it. And yet, when the tarts were divided among ten girls you just got enough to tantalize you.” Anne of Green Gables, Ch. 15.
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You may be past the days of splitting lunches like Anne and her school friends, but with this raspberry tart recipe you may still be branded as ‘awful mean’ if you don’t share at least a few with others.
Plum Pudding with Caramel Sauce
“I remembered everything and I just stood up in my place and shrieked out ‘Marilla, you mustn’t use that pudding sauce. There was a mouse drowned in it. I forgot to tell you before.'” Anne of Green Gables, Ch. 16.
You’ll want to avoid mice, but plum pudding with gooey caramel sauce makes an excellent dessert when you have guests over. Try out this recipe (and be sure to cover any leftovers you have).
“I love bright red drinks, don’t you? They taste twice as good as any other color.” Anne of Green Gables, Ch. 16.
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Poor Anne has a particular gift for getting into trouble. Excited to have her friend Diana over for tea, Anne accidentally serves her currant wine instead of raspberry cordial. Make your own raspberry cordial and you’ll see why Anne was so excited to serve it, or if you actually do intend to get your friends a little buzzed (and have plenty of time to plan ahead) try your hand at red currant wine.
“Mercy on us, Anne, you’ve flavoured that cake with anodyne liniment. I broke the liniment bottle last week and poured what was left into an old empty vanilla bottle. I suppose it’s partly my fault—I should have warned you—but for pity’s sake, why couldn’t you have smelled it?” Anne of Green Gables, Ch. 21.
We’ve all had our cooking failures and accidents, but perhaps none so egregious as Anne’s layer cake, which she is mortified to find out she has flavoured with liniment instead of vanilla. Since liniment isn’t so popular these days, you likely won’t make the same mistake when you try this vanilla cake recipe.