The Chronicles of Narnia is yet another classic book series. One of my pet peeves is that most people assume (due to the order they were written in) the first book of the series is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. But towards the end of his life C.S. Lewis said he preferred the books in chronological order, so The Magician’s Nephew is actually the first in the story and is about the origins and beginning of Narnia. But alas, today is about the second book and not the first!
In The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, four siblings travel through a wardrobe to the magical land of Narnia. There they encounter the infamous White Witch, who rules Narnia with an iron first and keeps the land in a perpetual winter. As the children fight to overthrow her they meet wonderful allies like Aslan the lion, fauns, centaurs, talking animals, and more. Full of symbolism and extraordinary adventure, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a good classic to pick up.
“The Queen let another drop fall from her bottle onto the snow, and instantly there appeared a round box, tied with green silk ribbon, which when opened, turned out to contain several pounds of the best Turkish Delight. Each piece was sweet and light to the very center and Edmund had never tasted anything more delicious.” – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (paperback) pages 36-37
Towards the beginning of the book, Edmund (one of the four siblings) encounters the White Witch. She is fascinated to meet a human boy (aka a “son of Adam”) and tries to win his favor by providing him any treat he desires. Edmund chose Turkish Delights, so that’s what I made today!
The recipe I used was very simple, and turned out quite good! When cooking it, the Delights looked like a mix between jello and taffy, and I wasn’t sure I’d like the end result. But they were actually really tasty! The lemon extract is an unexpected flavor, and they kind of melt in your mouth.