Season 1 of my Vexingly Foodish Documentation of the Baudelaire orphans. Based on Lemony Snicket's research in Books 1-4, and the first irresponsible season of the Netflix documentary.
Skip ahead to Season 2: The Messy Middle
Puttanesca and The Bad Beginning
This week we begin at The Bad Beginning by making Puttanesca Sauce. If you are not currently toiling in the kitchen of an evil villain, you may enjoy making some yourself.
It Gets Worse, But There's Pudding
Chocolate pudding with a hint of chile and cinnamon for a delicious twist. Perfect for any Mexican celebration, or anytime you're in the mood to take chocolate in an interesting new direction.
Super chocolate-y, decadent pudding. Sure, you can serve it to the kids. If you can keep yourself from eating it all first.
Week the Third:
Chicken with a Side of Tragedy
This week we endure a tragic lack of taste, intemperate environmentalists, and superfluous synonyms. We then enjoy a delicious chicken dinner, which is how you can tell Mrs. Poe is not doing the cooking.
Chicken thighs and potatoes, poached in an white wine herb broth with a hint of lemon.
Simple green beans, sauteed with onions and garlic.
Week the Fourth:
Unfortunate Porridge and a Baleful Breakfast
Coconutty rolled oats topped with blueberries and bananas make for one of the most delicious (and healthiest) ways to start your day. Best of all, it cooks in 5 minutes.
Nubby steel-cut oats spiked with cinnamon, drizzled with maple syrup, and topped with fruit and nuts of your choice. Morning perfection in a bowl.
Week the Fifth:
Cupcakes and Catastrophe
Week the Sixth:
Uncle Monty's Coconut Cream Cake
Week the Seventh:
A Conundrum Wrapped in a Potsticker
Week the Eighth:
Cold Comfort and Chilled Soup
Week the Ninth:
A Meal with an Anxious Clown
Week the Tenth:
Lake Lachrymose Cooking School
Week the Eleventh:
Week the Twelfth:
The Victual Forensics Department
Week the thirteenth:
Peppermints and a Desperate Letter
If you are a parent with the good sense to question whether these are the type of books you should be foisting upon your children, you may want to read my parent-to-parent review of the book series
If for some reason you want to read the books, you will find them here:
(When I finish weeping over this bowl of cold lime stew, I may write a review of the Netflix television series.)
By now you are probably aware that A Series of Unfortunate Events was dutifully written by Lemony Snicket to tell the true tale of misery endured by Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire at the hands of Count Olaf, and to clear his own name. Recently, Snicket has begun a new, even more desperate attempt to retell the treacherous tale on Netflix, in the form of a documentary.
As a student of the history of the Baudelaires, I have assumed the grim duty of reading the entire tragic series, and watching every episode, myself. You, however, are under no such obligation. From the Bad Beginning to the bitter End, this terrible tale contains vile food and unpleasant dining companions with treacherous table manners.
I have vowed to create this series of recipes for those who prefer to spend their time eating delicious food in the company of pleasant people. You may choose to follow along if you also prefer that sort of thing.
With all due respect,
Proprietress, Adventure Kitchen
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