The books may be done, and the last movie may have been released, but we will still be celebrating Harry Potter for years to come! Because his birthday is supposed to be July 31, it seemed that an observation of that occasion was in order.
We incorporated it into our science coop by fixing a Harry Potter meal and by continuing our work on Harry Potter genetics (which we started last week when we bred dragons). We started on our assignment, but all went home to re-read the books to fill in some of the question marks in our investigation, which I will describe in more detail in a future post when we have figured it out better.
However, in honor of Harry's birthday, we also did some cooking. First, we made our version of Cornish pasties, which are mentioned several times in the book, since they are a traditional English dish.
To make things even more festive, we washed our pasties down with the famous Harry Potter Butterbeer. There are lots of recipes for Butterbeer around, especially since the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, FL, opened and started serving them cold. But the recipe I've always been inspired by was vanilla ice cream, laced with a caramel/butterscotch/butter brickle add-in, added to a warm mug of either boiled apple cider (enhanced with soda water if it was not of the effervescent variety itself) or heated cream soda.
Either way, the dish is a lovely drink. We started by making the caramel, then adding it to vanilla ice cream to liven things up.
A scoop of the icream then goes into heated (or not) cream soda or apple cider.
It makes a lovely frothy birthday treat.
We made that meal on Friday with our Science Coop, but the actual date is Sunday, July 31. We had some left-over butterbeer ice cream, so we used that to make another treat.
We made some Ginger Newts (the cookie or "biscuit" in Professor McGonagall's office in HP and the Order of the Phoenix, I believe...), and then layered them with some of the extra butterbeer ice cream.
It made a treat worthy of the birthdate of everyone's favorite wizard!