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


The Twelve Days of Christmas: A culinary sing-along

biscuit christmas tree

My edible little Christmas tree was assembled with pineapple and coconut liqueur curd as glue and finished with redcurrant baubles, a dusting of icing sugar snow, and washed holly leaves picked from the outdoors

Last Christmas I thought I’d depart from traditional ways that a Christmas tree’s made. That year I baked several tiers of biscuit of different sizes. What a Whammy Christmas that was. My festive post this Christmas contains recipes, food history, and excerpts of food in fiction and food in poetry. Sing along and enjoy! Continue reading