Ready for May the Fourth again


It’s that day again, a day for Star Wars fans of every description. And food lovers are not left out. I’ve written before about my cookie cutters, which Lakeland went on to have a similar version of.


Star Wars Cookie Cutters - great gift for a food lover who feels the force

And there was a whole post of gifts for Star Wars lovers last Christmas, of which the fire pit proved to be the most popular, although I think it was wishful thinking for the vast majority of us.


Death Star Fire Pit - perfect gift fora food lover who loves Star Wars and has been very, very good this year


I wrote earlier in the spring about a Death Star BBQ, which I haven’t spotted in many places online, but Menkind have a cheaper version. Just the legs aren’t so long, so it’ll need a firm surface to live on, or you’ll need to do a bit more bending.


Star Wars Death Star BBQ


And you might want a good apron for whilst you’re BBQing, and I rather like this one from Red Leader on Etsy.


Come to the dark side apron - great gift for a food lover who feels the force


This is the apron I am looking for. Don’t forget the Wookie Cookbook either, for more than just BBQ ideas. Enjoy the day.



May the foodie Force be with you this Christmas


You might well have heard that there is a new Star Wars movie out, it’s been mentioned a few times. In fact, quite regularly amongst my loved ones!

And I know you wouldn’t expect it, but there’s one or two Star Wars themed gifts around this Christmas that will be perfect for where foodie meets geek. Here’s my favourites:

Judge me by my size, do you?

R2 D2 Measuring Set - great gift for a food lover with a Star Wars obsessionThis may be small, but there’s an awful lot of measuring stuff packed in. This is practical. It’s R2D2. Is there anything else to say?


That’s no moon


That's no moon: Death Star cookie jar, great gift for a food lover with a Star Wars obsession


You might need to force yourself not to keep dipping in and out of this cookie jar.


A long time ago, in a bar far, far, away


Make your choice of cantina a bit special with a Storm Trooper tumbler


Hopefully your choice of cantina will be less a wretched hive and more a stylish drinking stop thanks to this tumbler.


I have a very bad feeling about this


Star Wars Chupa Chups - for a Star Wars loving food lover with a sweet tooth

Well, I would, if you eat these all at once and don’t brush your teeth afterwards. Though ten chupa chups could keep someone quiet this Christmas.


This is the coffee you are looking for


I <3 Princess Leia - great mug for men of a certain age

Probably for men of a certain age who were around when the first (the proper first) film came out, this is the perfect mug for them.


The tea is strong in this one


The tea is strong in this one - perfect mug for a food lover who knows how tea should be


Which is at it should be, or at least in this household it is!


No, I am your star chef


No, I am your Star Chef


Show them that the cooking force is strong with them in your view, with this great apron.


Help me UPS, you’re my only hope


Death Star Waffle Maker


Because sadly this amazing waffle maker is not available in the UK. But maybe if we all use the Force, it might be in the future.


It’s a board!


Star Wars Chopping Board - great gift for a food lover with a Star Wars obsession


No trap here, this is just a great looking chopping board. And because for many, it will always be about the original trilogy.



“I love you.” “I know.”


Yoda one for me - for my love and other food lovers with a Star Wars obsession


One for MFL from me. Enough said.


I think you over-estimate their chances


Death Star Fire Pit - perfect gift fora food lover who loves Star Wars and has been very, very good this year


Look, at nearly £900, someone is going to have to have been really, really good to find Santa’s got this on the sleigh for them. But it would make one hell of talking point in the garden, and I include it as multi-functional piece, as you could toast marshmallows over it, hence making it perfect for a Star Wars loving food lover.


Let’s hope the new film produces quotes that are just as memorable for just as long as we’ve enjoyed the originals for. In the meantime, enjoy the excitement and may the Force be with you!


Getting ready for May the Fourth


I’ve written before about slight Star Wars obsessions in my family, mainly on my brother’s side. I mean, my niece and nephew have avoided been called Leia and Luke but there’s plenty of Star Wars stuff in that house.


Star Wars cutters

We have matching Star Wars cookie cutters from a trip to Williams-Sonoma a couple of years ago, and had great fun decorating them with the kids. If George Lucas is reading, we have some new colour scheme ideas for you!


R2-D2 cake mould from Lakeland


I wrote earlier on in the year about Lakeland moving on from Doctor Who to Star Wars, and there’s certainly plenty of goodies in there that you could pick up ready to make your own goodies for any May the Fourth celebration.

Star Wars Cookbook


If you need inspiration, then there are even at least two Star Wars cookbooks. I don’t know how I’ve held off buying these for my brother yet, it is highly tempting. I’m not really sure which one I’d pick, so perhaps it’s good that Christmas and his birthday are close together.

Definitely a great time to have some fun with your food! And may it be with you!


The Friday Five – So just which is the most popular cookbook?


Very unscientific, but was feeling nosy about what books people ended up looking at on here. Possibly just because I’m nosy, or because it might tell us something about where home cooking is going. Or it may just tell you what kind of person I am, as these are the titles that I must rank more highly for on a search engine. I think there may be some differences between my top 5, and Amazon’s.

So, in classic reverse order, these are the top 5 on my blog for the past 12 months:

Number 5:  Bread: River Cottage Handbook No 3 – just goes to show you can never trust a search engine, as I’ve never actually written about this book, but have written about River Cottage and other books about bread. Turns out this one must be more popular than any of the ones I picked!


Bill's The Cookbook: Cook Eat Smile - great cookbook gift for a food lover


Number 4: Bill’s the Cookbook: Cook, Eat, Smile – I wrote about this one in December last year, and this was one of the books on my list for Santa. Sadly, Santa didn’t get the memo, and none of the five appeared under the tree. Though BFF did read it and I got a couple of the beautiful Penguin books. Still not been to Bill’s either. But obviously lots of people are keen on the style of cooking!


Short & Sweet by Dan Lepard - my favourite baking book ever


Number 3: Short and Sweet by Dan Lepard – same post, same list for Santa, same lack of this on my bookshelf. Every time I see a recipe from it or people raving about things they’ve baked from it then I wonder why it doesn’t live here. Maybe the birthday fairy will take note.

Number 2: Eggs by Michel Roux – this came from a post in October last year, when there was a collision of “weeks” all in one week, giving you the odd combination of National Egg, Curry and Chocolate Weeks all in the same week. This book was my rep for the eggs, and I don’t know whether it’s that people need a lot of inspiration on what to do with eggs, or just about having a little of that Roux magic in the house.

And finally, the very top of the tree in the last year….

The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and other Galactic Recipes


Number 1: The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes – this came from a post I wrote about not taking cookbooks too seriously. Personally, I’d have liked to have seen the Bewitched cookbook at the top, but given I have just come back from the US with Star Wars cookie cutters, then maybe it’s no real surprise!


The Friday Five – Not taking cookbooks too seriously


I wrote a post before about cookbooks from different characters, like Snoopy and Harry Potter, and I’ve come across a few more, but with more of a film and TV theme, that I thought were fun, and would be conversation starters with anyone browsing your cookbook shelves. They might even have some pretty decent recipes in too! I just think they’d raise a smile or two when someone unwraps any one of these.


The Bewitched Cookbook - a great cookbook gift for a food lover who wants a bit of magic


Official “Bewitched” Cookbook  – I’d love this one on so many levels. Was a huge fan of the show as a kid, and it surely taps into the whole early 60s vibe as well. Pre dinner martinis anyone? It also apparently contains the special recipes that saved Darrin’s career, and who knows when those might come in useful!

Zuzu Bailey’s “It’s a Wonderful Life” Cookbook – it’s not Christmas until the angel gets his wings, and maybe they get wings when we cook from this. These are good old-fashioned American recipes inspired by the fictional town of Bedford Falls. I can see myself making Potter Pot Pie and Silver Bells Christmas Cookies and settling down with the tribe to watch the film.

Pulp Kitchen – Recipes for the Good, Bad and Ugly – this is great for food loving film buff, with recipes inspired by all kinds of films and genres. From The Godfather to Bridget Jones Diary (blue string at the ready), Casino Royale to the Sound of Music, there are all kinds of recipes to add another dimension to your film viewing.

The Star Wars cookbook - this is the cookbook you are looking for. Great gift for a Star Wars loving food lover


The Star Wars Cookbook: Wookiee Cookies and Other Galactic Recipes – I’m very tempted to buy this for my brother, and imagine it will be a source of pride to any other Star Wars geeks and fan boys. In fact, it’s almost worth it for the photography alone, but then what other cookbook do you have that has Princess Leia Danish Dos and Mos Eisley Morsels? I would say this was actually aimed at smaller cooks, but sure there are some very big kids who would really appreciate this!

Love at First Bite: the Unofficial Twilight Cookbook – I seem to remember that vampires don’t eat proper food, but couldn’t see that there wouldn’t be a cookbook to go with this hugely successful franchise. So there are Bites at Dawn, also known as breakfast, and even Howl at Twilight cocktail recipes. I would say it was again one for a real fan, though probably fan girls in this case!

Like I said, these are all a bit of fun, but sure there will be recipes in here that you’d have great fun making, and it may be a great way to introduce a reluctant cook into the kitchen. Just wiggle your nose and see what happens!