The Hunger Games: Hot Chocolate

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, Mellark’s apple and goat cheese tarts, goose liver and puffy bread, lamb stew and dried plums, cake on fire,

“They call it hot chocolate,” says Peeta.  “It’s good.”

I take a sip of the hot, sweet, creamy liquid and a shudder runs through me.  Even though the rest of the meal beckons, I ignore it until I’ve drained my cup.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss, p 55

Finally, I fill a plate with rolls and sit at the table, breaking off bits and dipping them into hot chocolate, the way Peeta did on the train.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss, p 87

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The Hunger Games: The Cake on Fire (Chocolate Cake)

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, Mellark’s apple and goat cheese tarts, goose liver and puffy bread, lamb stew and dried plum, hot chocolate,

I try to focus on the talk, which has turned to our interview costumes, when a girl sets a gorgeous-looking cake on the table and deftly lights it.  It blazes up and then flames flicker around the edges a while until it finally goes out.  I have a moment of doubt.  “What makes it burn?  Is it alcohol?”  I say, looking up at the girl.  “That’s the last thing I wa- oh!  I know you!”

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss, p 77

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The Hunger Games: Lamb Stew with Dried Plums

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, Mellark’s apple and goat cheese tarts, goose liver and puffy bread, cake on fire, hot chocolate,

Our lips have just barely touched when the clunk outside makes us jump.  My bow comes up, the arrow ready to fly, but there’s no other sound.  Peeta peers through the rocks and then gives a whoop.  Before I can stop him, he’s out in the rain, then handing something in to me.  A silver parachute attached to a basket.  I rip it open at once and inside there’s a feast- fresh rolls, goat cheese, apples and best of all, a tureen of that incredible lamb stew on wild rice.  The very dish I told Ceasar Flickerman was the most impressive thing the Capitol had to offer.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss, p 302

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The Hunger Games: Goose Liver and Puffy Bread

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, Mellark’s apple and goat cheese tarts, lamb stew and dried plums, cake on fire, hot chocolate,

I program the closet for an outfit to my taste.  The windows zoom in and out on parts of the city at my command.  You only need to whisper a type of food from a gigantic menu into a mouthpiece and it appears, hot and steamy, before you in less than a minute.  I walk around the room eating goose liver and puffy bread until there’s a knock on the door.  Effie’s calling me to dinner.

Good. I’m starving.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss, p 75

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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: District 11 Bread (Crescent Rolls with Seeds)

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 pancakeslunch with Cinna (chicken in orange sauce),Mellark’s Apple and Goat Cheese Tarts, Goose Liver and Puffy Bread, Lamb Stew and Dried Plums, Cake on Fire, Hot Chocolate,

I open the parachute and find a small loaf of bread.  It’s not the fine white Capitol stuff.  It’s made of dark ration grain and shaped in a crescent.  Sprinkled with seeds.  I flashback to Peeta’s lesson on the various district breads in the Training Center.  This bread came from District 11.  I cautiously lift the still warm loaf.  What must it have cost the people of District 11 who can’t even feed themselves?  How many would’ve had to go without to scrape up a coin to put in the collection for this one loaf?  It had been meant for Rue, surely.  But instead of pulling the gift when she died, they’d authorized Haymitch to give it to me. As a thank-you?  Or because, like me, they don’t like to let debts go unpaid?  For whatever reason, this is a first.  A district gift to a tribute who’s not your own. 

I lift my face and step into the last falling rays of sunlight.  “My thanks to the people of District Eleven,” I say.  I want them to know I know where it came from.  That the full value of their gift has been recognized.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss, p 239

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The Hunger Games: Lunch with Cinna (Chicken in Orange Sauce)

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, District 11 bread (crescent rolls with seeds), Mellark’s Apple and Goat Cheese Tarts, Goose Liver and Puffy Bread, Lamb Stew and Dried Plums, Cake on Fire, Hot Chocolate,

Cinna invites me to sit on one of the couches and takes his place across from me.  He presses a button on the side of the table.  The top splits from below rises a second tabletop that holds our lunch.  Chicken and chunks of oranges cooked in a creamy sauce laid on a bed of pearly white grain, tiny green peas and onions, rolls shaped like flowers, and for dessert, a pudding the color of honey.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss, p 65

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The Hunger Games: Pancakes with Orange Preserves

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 eat in the woods, Lunch with Cinna, District 11 bread (crescent rolls with seeds), Mellark’s Apple and Goat Cheese Tarts, Goose Liver and Puffy Bread, Lamb Stew and Dried Plums, Cake on Fire, Hot Chocolate,

When I ask if I can serve myself, he nods assent.  I load my plate with eggs, sausages, batter cakes covered in thick orange preserves, slice of pale purple melon.  As I gorge myself, I watch the sun rise over the Capitol.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss, p 87

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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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The Hunger Games: Peeta’s Bread (Hazelnut Raisin Corn Bread)

This is an ongoing series of food related to The Hunger Games, here are the links to the other recipes- bakery bread with blackberries and goat cheese, 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,

His mother was yelling, “Feed it to the pig, you stupid creature!  Why not?  No one decent will buy burned bread!”

He began to tear off chucks from the burned parts and toss them into the trough, and the front bakery bell rung and the mother disappeared to help a customer.

The boy never even glanced my way, but I was watching him.  Because of the bread, because of the red weal that stood out on his cheekbone.  What had she hit him with?  My parents never hit us.  I couldn’t even imagine it.  The boy took one look back to the bakery as if checking that the coast is clear, then, his attention back to the pig, he threw a loaf of bread in my direction.  The second quickly followed, and he sloshed back to the bakery, closing the kitchen door tightly behind him.

I stared at the loaves in disbelief.  They were fine, perfect really, except for the burned areas.  Did he mean for me to have them?  He must have.  Because there they were at my feet.  Before anyone could witness what had happened I shoved the loaves up under my shirt, wrapped the hunting jacket tightly about me, and walked swiftly away.  The heat of the bread burned into my skin, but I clutched it tighter, clinging to life.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, p 30

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