Friday, June 7, 2013

"Fault in Our Stars" dinner recreated

So my friends and I attempted to recreate the dinner at Oranjee in The Fault in Our Stars that Hazel and Augustus shared.

For those of you who have no idea what The Fault in Our Stars is, it's a novel about two teenagers juggling a romantic relationship while battling cancer. At one point, the couple (Hazel and Augustus) go to Amsterdam to meet a favorite author by spending Augustus's Wish (as in the Make a Wish Foundation). While they are there, they go to a fancy restaurant called Oranjee.

After my friends read it at my recommendation, we discussed the importance of the scene. Though very tragic, this part of the book depicts the idea that the joy in the present will override the pain of yesterday and the agony of tomorrow. The scene was like the eye of the hurricane, calm, with the fear, like a whirlwind, surrounding it.

We decided that we should, using the details from the book, try to redo the dinner.We had a blast looking for the recipes and adding our own spin on them. Originally this was just for fun, but now that I think about it, it is performance art.

I'm hoping to recreate other meals from more of my favorite books, and maybe create a magazine or another blog, so stay tuned!

Okay, here are the pictures of our dinner :)

The china & glasses we used

Our menu

The book cover, you should read it!

The croissants baking

The asparagus and puff pastry

The delicious risotto and carrots courtesy of Gillian

The gnocchi and croissant

The cremeux and cookies

Our table

Our menu* was:

First course: Asparagus with lavender infusion & puff pastry

Second course: Risotto du jour with glazed carrots

Third course: Sorbet du jour & taro root cream pastry

Fourth course: Gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese and green pesto sauce with sauteed young mustard leaves & mini croissants

Fifth course: White chocolate cremeux lightly dusted with coconut and screwpine (pandan) powder drizzled with passion fruit

Beverages: Lavender soda and sparkling cranberry cider

*There are (of course) slight differences between our menu and the one described in the book

Pssssttt Hey! If you are hungry for more of my projects, why not check out my museum? It is called the museum of middle school, check out the about page to learn more. Unfortunately, we don't have any TFIOS posts, but there are tons of other cool stuff, like a dress designed especially for it, some pretty cool exhibits, and not to mention the scads of other artifacts there! So go ahead and click on over! Please and thank  you? Pretty, pretty please? With sugar on top? Just so I'll shut up and leave you alone?

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! These photos have inspired me to both read the book and eat well.