Characters: Un-named elf in a kitchen - with Legolas and Gimli.
Disclaimer: The characters in this story do not belong to me, but are being used for amusement only, and all rights remain with the estate of JRR Tolkien.
And now it should become clear just who taught this young elf how to cook.
He was very young when he sailed from Ennor. Parentless; Valinor his best hope of surviving. Here he was nurtured and loved by Master Elrond’s household; especially by Frodo, for hobbits, too, needed family.
Only when his teacher arrived, for those last few years, did he understand the need to remember every lesson in the kitchen.
“As long as you think of me and Mister Frodo when you cook,” he said, “that’s our immortality.”
The wine was ready. He poured out three glasses, passed one to Gimli, one to Legolas.
“A toast,” he said. “To Adar Frodo, and Uncle Sam!”
• 2 clementines
• 1 lemon
• 1 or 2 cinnamon sticks
• 1 (1 in) piece of ginger, peeled and sliced in two
• small handful of whole cloves
• 150g sugar
• 500ml water
• 2 bottles red wine
• In a large pan, boil the 500ml water and dissolve the sugar in it. Add the wine then the zest of the two clementines. Slice one and add it to the pot. Stick about 15 cloves into the other and put it in. Zest the lemon into the pot, slice the body in two and add. Now add your stick(s) of cinnamon and ginger.
• Keep on a very low heat. Do not boil it, just heat it gently. To serve, either ladle straight into glasses – or sieve if you don’t want any bits in it!