Since The Hunger Games is a trilogy, I thought I’d do my own trilogy of foods from the books. As the book progresses Katniss is exposed to the utter decadence of the Capitol of Panem. And the utter disconnect of the Capitol from the Districts that support their lifestyle and provide the “entertainment” that so enthralls them. While disturbed by the Capitol and it’s Citizens, Katniss does enjoy the food, particularly the lamb stew with dried plums (i.e. prunes!). Meat plays a major role in The Hunger Games, especially hunting and the skills Katniss gained from hunting that serve her in hunting a different kind of prey. While I clearly am not a fan, I understand the part meat plays in the books and the importance of meat in a meal to starving people with no alternatives. In a society that only values human life for gory entertainment and faceless labor, how can one expect a higher standard for anything else?
However, thankfully that is probably not any of us! So, I’ve taken Katniss’ favorite dish and revamped it into a hearty vegetarian delight served over polenta. It is delicious! I made the recipe one way, but I think next time I’ll go another route which I’ll include, too.
The Hunger Games Mushroom Stew with Dried Plums
1 package Baby Bella mushrooms sliced, or any form of Portobellas you prefer
1-2 shallots, sliced or diced
1/2-3/4 cup dried plums (prunes!) dice
2 cups veggie stock
Splash tamarin (or soy)
Splash red wine vinegar
2 tsp tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine – only cook with wine you’d actually drink!!
1/4 cup ish flour (whatever kind you like)
Butter/olive oil to Sautée in
1 cup polenta, prepared according to package
1) start the polenta if it’s the long cooking kind
2) bring veg stock to a boil, add splash of tamari, red wine vinegar, and tomato paste, and choice one for the prunes is to add them now and simmer for 15 minutes
3) Sautée shallots and mushrooms in butter/olive oil with a little more than necessary for 4 ish minutes
4) sprinkle flour and brown
5) add the red wine and reduce by half until thick
6) add the stock mixture, choice two is to add the prunes now
7) simmer till it’s thick, choice three, add the prunes last
8) serve over the polenta and enjoy!
Try to create a nest for the stew out of the polenta in honor of all the bird imagery in this trilogy 🙂
Grab the whole trilogy here