But I know about the bread. And that's because The Tuscaloosa News ran a story about foods inspired by the movie in the Wednesday food section just two days before the opening of The Hunger Games at the local theatre.
As it happened, the San Jose Mercury News asked readers to deconstruct the signature dishes of The Hunger Games a couple of months ago, and provide recipes for the distinctive breads, stews and other exemplars of Panem cuisine.
Some of the winning dishes appeared in the food section of The Tuscaloosa News, including Prim's Goat Cheese and Herb Bread.
According to the newspaper article, Antioch, California, English teacher Sherri Livingston and her Deer Valley High School English class collaborated on a bread inspired by Prim's goat cheese and the agricultural bounty of District 11. The result is a slightly sweet, oversized, crescent-shaped roll - stuffed with savory goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, pesto, nuts and seeds.
Without the slightest idea of who Prim was, or why her bread would contain goat cheese and herbs, the recipe seemed to stand on it's own.
I knew we might be on to something when I announced my intentions to the staff at the bakery and Maury practically danced with glee.
And what did I learn about the inspiration for the bread?
- Prim (Primrose Everdeen, the sister of Katniss) has a goat named Lady, and makes cheese.
- The bread of District 12 is a ration grain drop biscuit.
- On Reaping Day, Prim presents Katniss with goat cheese wrapped in basil leaves.
- Katniss receives a loaf of bread from District 11, a small, crescent shaped loaf dotted with seeds.
Here's the link to the origial recipe. We multiplied everything by 16 (yep!!). We also made a few substitutions to make the bread easier to produce in large quantities, and more affordable for our customers:
- Substituted flaked shortening for the butter. Flaked shortening can be used in a mixer to make a flakey dough. And it will stay flakey while butter will blend into the dough. Flaked shortening is hard to find, but incredibly easy to measure and mix, plus we had some in the pantry.
- Substituted feta cheese for half of the goat cheese to significantly reduce the cost of the ingredients.
- Left out the sun dried tomatoes because Sam's Club didn't have any and I was not about to drive all around town looking for them.
- Left out the garlic because there is plenty in the pesto.
- Substituted rolled oats for the sesame seeds as a garnish. We didn't have any sesame seeds, but had most of a 50-pound bag of rolled oats.
- We have lots of fresh herbs in the planters outside the shop... rosemary, oregano and three types of thyme. Plus parsley and chives.
- We also toasted some almonds and pecans, then ground them in the food processor with the fresh herbs.
Once crimped, they were brushed with a light egg wash and sprinkled with rolled oats. The breads were allowed to rise in the proofer and baked for about thirty minutes. The result was absolutely delicious.
We sold every single loaf we made, and are making more this week.
So thank you English students from Deer Valley High School. Tuscaloosa enjoyed your bread. All 70 loaves.