Goat Cheese Penne Alfredo

I did not know what to make this week.  I wanted something easy, fast and new.  I just did not know what to do.  I was uninspired.  AND THEN #sundaysupper happened and the theme was 5 ingredients or less and I thought that round up would have something I could make.

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The Hunger Games: Mellark’s Apple and Goat Cheese Tarts

This is an ongoing series of food related to The Hunger Games, here are the links to the other recipes- Peeta’s raisin nut bread, the bakery bread Katniss and Gale ate in the woods, the Capitol pancakes, lunch with Cinna (chicken in orange sauce), District 11 bread, Goose Liver and Puffy Bread, Lamb Stew and Dried Plums, cake on fire, hot chocolate,
“We make a goat cheese and apple tart at the bakery,” he (Peeta) says.

“Bet that’s expensive,” I say.

“Too expensive for my family to eat.  Unless it’s gone very stale.  Of course, practically everything we eat is stale,” says Peeta, pulling the sleeping bag up around him.  In less than a minute, he’s snoring.

Huh.  I always assumed the shopkeepers lived a soft life.  And it’s true, Peeta has always had enough to eat.  But there’s something kind of depressing about living your life on stale bread, the hard, dry loaves that no one else wanted.  One thing about us, since I bring our food home on a daily basis, most of it is so fresh you have to make sure it isn’t going to make a run for it.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss, p 309

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The Hunger Games: Bakery Bread (Irish Soda Bread) with Blackberries and Goat Cheese

This is an ongoing series of food related to The Hunger Games, here are the links to the other recipes-Peeta’s raisin nut bread, pancakes in the Capitol, lunch with Cinna, District 11 bread (crescent rolls with seeds), Mellark’s Apple and Goat Cheese Tarts, Goose Liver and Puffy Bread, Lamb Stew with Dried Plums, Cake on Fire, Hot Chocolate,

“Look what I shot.”  Gale holds up a loaf of bread with an arrow stuck in it, and I laugh.  It’s real bakery bread, not the flat, dense loaves we make from our grain rations.  I take it in my hands, pull out the arrow, and hold the puncture in the crust to my nose, inhaling the fragrance that makes my mouth flood with saliva.  Fine bread like this is for special occasions.

“Mm, still warm,” I say.  He must have been at the bakery at the crack of dawn to trade for it.  “What did it cost you?”

“Just a squirrel.  Think the old man was feeling sentimental this morning,” says Gale.  “Even wished me luck.”

“Well, we all feel a little closer today, don’t we?” I say, not even bothering to roll my eyes.  “Prim left us a cheese.”  I pull it out.

His expression brightens at the treat.  “Thank you, Prim.  We’ll have a real feast.”  Suddenly he falls into a Capitol accent as he mimics Effie Trinket, the manically upbeat woman who arrives once a year to read out the names at the reaping.  “I almost forgot!  Happy Hunger Games!”  He plucks a few blackberries from the bushes around us.  “And may the odds-”  He tosses a berry in a high arc toward me.

I catch it in my mouth and break the delicate skin with my teeth.  The sweet tartness explodes across my tongue.  “-be ever in your favor!”  I finish with equal verve.  We have to joke about it because the alternative is to be scared out of your wits.  Besides, the Capitol accent is so affected, almost anything sounds funny in it.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss, p 7-8

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