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Enchiladas, Anagrams and Muffins on the Run

After enjoying Chicken Enchiladas in The Vile Village (Book 7), Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire find themselves on the run in Book 8: The Hostile Hospital, with nothing but freshly baked Cranberry Muffins to ease their misery.

Eating Chicken Enchiladas while Ms. Lynley reads from Book 7: The Vile Village.

Eating Chicken Enchiladas while Ms. Lynley reads from Book 7: The Vile Village.

Book The Seventh: Enchiladas and Treachery

Last week we made Chicken Enchiladas, the delicious dish made for Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire by their friend, Hector. In Book 7: The Vile Village, the children have found themselves in a very unpleasant town devoted to following absurd rules and caring for a murder (flock) of crows. Hector tells the children Mexican food is his specialty, and they enjoy a bubbling dish of homemade enchiladas while they tell him their story.

Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse for the Baudelaires in this town, at the hands of a remarkably stylish Chief of Police and a myserious detective who likes to snap his fingers and talk about what's cool. 

Cinnamon-Cranberry Muffins made in the Adventure Kitchen November 2015.

Cinnamon-Cranberry Muffins made in the Adventure Kitchen November 2015.

Book The Eighth: Muffins on the Run

By the time the Baudelaires are on their way to the Hostile Hospital in Book 8, they are on the run. Thanks to the extremely unreliable local newspaper and the endless scheming of Count Olaf, they've been unjustly accused of two murders and are forced to go into hiding.

The only pleasant thing to come their way are some hot, freshly-baked Cranberry Muffins.

We had fun making our own Cranberry Muffins in class. Our muffins are fresh, natural and delicious, with lots of cranberries and a little cinnamon to give them a slightly more complex and interesting flavor.

While the Baudelaires are in hiding in The Hostile Hospital, Klaus and Sunny have to solve an anagram of their sister Violet's name, using the alphabet noodles from canned alphabet soup. In class, we used alphabet noodles to rearrange the letters of our names to create new secret names for ourselves.

...and some of us just had fun eating the noodles with our hands tied behind our backs, the way the children were forced to eat back in Book 5: The Austere Academy. Ahh, some things never get old....


Recipe

Red Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe is based on the red enchiladas typically found in Arizona, where Lynley grew up. Use canned enchilada sauce or make your own from our recipe, using all-guajillo chiles for a classically Arizona-style appearance and flavor.

Get the recipe here...

Cinnamon-Cranberry Muffins made in the Adventure Kitchen in November 2015

Cinnamon-Cranberry Muffins made in the Adventure Kitchen in November 2015

Cinnamon-Cranberry Muffins

Our muffins are exactly that: they are not dessert masquerading as a breakfast food; they are muffins. Quick, simple and delicious, and not loaded down with gobs of extra sugar and fat. Best served hot from the oven, you can also enjoy them on Day 2, warmed and slathered with butter - with a clear conscience. 

Get the recipe here...

Next Week: Tom Ga Kai (Thai Soup)!