Is this recipe a fantasy? Maybe, maybe not. It sure sounds good, especially on a very cold Virginia day.
Phillip made this sauce in the Vast Enchanted Forest after he and Edward hadn’t eaten for a whole day. They had just left the Farmer’s Market where Phillip said his “good-bye” to a very unhappy Ivy. What had happened afterwards, Phillip did not know until Azur broke the news.
It was evening when Phillip and Edward entered the Forest and they were exhausted.
There were many Tree Folk in this part of the forest. Groups of them line the curvy path and appeared to be engaged in important conversations with one another. Their twiggy hands pointed and gestured. One of them glanced over and gave Edward a little wink as the travelers walked by.
Phillip’s Quest, Book 1: Winterfrost, “The Staring Statues”
Edward, the squirrel was always hungry and enough was enough. He knew that Phillip could not go much longer without food so,
He jumped from tree to tree, for a good hour, while Phillip looked over his maps (they were lost, at this point). One of the Forest Fathers even helped by shaking his branches and allowing Edward to gather all the fallen nuts! Phillip then made the sauce with some maters he bought from a dwarf at the Farmer’s Market.
Five or six small ripe maters will make enough for one gnome and one hungry squirrel.
Finely chop the maters up into a hollowed out rock or a saucepan that’s been coated with a little oil. Simmer the maters until some of the water cooks out. Put a handful of crushed hazelnuts into the mater sauce with some salt and a bit of black spice (if you have it) and cook until thick.
A perfect meal for day old tater buns and if you’re lost in a vast forest.
…Appendix F: Phillip’s Mater Sauce with Hazelnuts
The Appendices, B-F are recipes that I adapted. Some important ingredients have been omitted and revised to coincide with the story. Still, an experienced cook could improvise and make with his or her child. Actual recipes will be reprinted here or in an upcoming cook book!
By the way, the artwork for The Vast Enchanted Forest is brilliant! Please look at the Twisted Oak Press website: twistedoakpress.com, where you can by beautiful art prints from Phillip’s Quest, as well as other art from my collaborator, Dean Kuhta.