Poppy milk: A Lithuanian drink for Christmas Eve

Poppy Milk

The anaesthetic drink in Game of Thrones and a Christmas drink in Lithuania

Poppy milk is drunk in Lithuania as one of their twelve dishes served on Christmas Eve (twelve for the twelve apostles), and also features as a painkiller and anaesthetic in the HBO series Game of Thrones in latex form under the name ‘milk of the poppy’. I decided to try making innoxious poppy milk by following a recipe from Feast of Fiction (whose blog post no longer exists) but did it with as little water as possible to make my ‘milk’ as undiluted as possible, and by grinding instead of blending. The process may be simple but the amount of ‘milk’ you get is minute compared to the time it takes for you to get it. Continue reading


Tënu: ‘Not a Finnish fairytale’ – restaurant review


A Finnish pop-up restaurant

On the last weekend before Christmas last year, I dined at Tënu, a Finnish pop-up restaurant. Opened by restauranteur and culinary designer Antto Melasniemi and Klaus Haapaniemi, its short December run in London corresponded with daily Twitter updates of the Tënu myth, the inspiration behind the restaurant. Enticed by the cuisine, which I had never eaten before, and media hype, I set about selling its tasting menu to my friends. It cost £49.50 per person as opposed to £49.50 for courses to be shared as I had thought, based on the advice on the Tënu website. Continue reading