I very well may be the last person to hear of this series of 23 children's fantasty novels written by Brian Jacques, and first released in 1986. But, not only is it a popular book series, there are also a bunch of adaptations that include about 10 "related" books that like The Great Redwall Feast, The Redwall Graphic Novel, and The Redwall Cookbook (which I just checked out from the library). There has also been a Redwall television series (1999) and even an opera based on the first book in the series.
I'm not sure how I missed all of that, but I managed it. I'll go ahead and blame it on life. If the first book was released in '86, that means I was somewhere between the second half of 5th grade and the first half of 6th grade (so, 10 or 11 years old). And while you might find this hard to swallow, the truth of the matter is, I'd already silently declared myself a reader of adult books. For this, I credit my dad's Stephen King collection—which I probably shouldn't really have been reading, but I've always been pretty mature for my age.
REDWALL! I learned about the series by way of Diana over at Fiction-Food Café, who is hosting this event. I checked the first 3 books out of the library last month with best laid plans. I was supposed to be knee-deep in this world of anthropomorphic animals by this date.
Let's just say that didn't work out. As usual, life happened, this month being one of the busiest of the year so far. I'm just over halfway finished with the first book. So, while I can tell you that I'm enjoying it so far, especially because the mentions of food are so abundant, I can't tell you much else.
Scratch that, I can tell you that if the series sounds interesting to you, you must head over to the #RedwallAugust page at Fiction-Food Café and check out all of the other food and drink posts inspired by this series! They are written and submitted by some very talented bloggers in all different stages of Redwall.
Matthias seated himself to an early breakfast in Cavern Hole: nutbread, apples and a bowl of fresh goatsmilk.
Nut bread (or nutbread, as written in the book) is a super simple, super quick recipe to make...which is exactly what this month called for. I noticed that hazelnuts have been mentioned a lot in the book so far, but I had a bunch of walnuts in the freezer, so I chose to use them in this recipe. I think that a mix of the two would be delicious, though. I also added another nutty flavor layer by using brown butter in the recipe. Mostly because I find it a perfectly irresistible addition to most quick breads and muffins.
Eat warm or cold or at room temperature. Good with a shmear of butter, some apple slices...and okay, some fresh goat's milk if you can get your hands on some.
Check out all of the #RedwallAugust Recipes at the link-up on Fiction-Food Café!