Grandma Estela's


Delicacies From J∙ Okram Novels


One day, a reader's voice echoed along the lines:  "Must they keep snacking so keenly in that book of yours?  Man to have a refrigerator handy while reading!".  Thus was born the idea of supplementing the mouthwatering scenes with practical cookmanship details.  When the protagonists are wracking their brains over some mysterious puzzle at the dinner table, it wouldn't be very romantic to start expanding the thrilling plot with sentences like "Take 2 ounces of semi-coarse flour, half a stick of butter, a pinch of salt...".  That's why separate, full-fledged recipes were created. 


With this culinary annex,
the scents from pots
at 5 Misty Road

will waft from  your
kitchen too!


Bartonian Potato Pancakes

From the book:  The Case of the Forgotten Chest  ●  Dr∙ Barton's pan-fried delicacy.  They can also be baked on a lightly greased or completely dry pan; they definitely don't have to float in oil or fat.  The result is two crunchy crusts that can be peeled apart and eaten separately - a completely different experience from ordinary soft pancakes.  A dietary gluten-free meal without flour, milk or eggs, which had invigorated the main characters and reinforced their friendship in the first book during their evening examination of a mysterious glowing map.  

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Semolina Dumplings  (for soups)

From the book:  The Mystery of the Rammed Key  ●  Always so perfectly fluffy, these are the legendary semolina gnocchi of Grandma Estela.  She used them for improving the soup to welcome a starving foreign student from Africa in the second book.  Such enriched  broth was a life saver shortly after someone opened the student's seafaring suitcase made of Bengal elephant skin without his permission - and ran away immediately in horror of the discovered contents...  

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Mayonnaise Stew

From the book:  The Expedition to Cursed Forest  ●  Meaty or vegetarian, this special dish always tastes unbelievably delicious.  No wonder it ranked among favourites praised by the top-level nobility in the 19th century.  

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A free detailed reference manual for obtaining, storing and assessing culinary ingredients:  

●  Why do we have so many potato breeds?  Is there any real difference between them?

●  Which parts of onions are edible?

●  Which spices can make me seriously ill?

●  How to prevent food poisoning?

●  And much more . . .   

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Is it Grandma's or the Doctor's "Recipetarium"??

It's as if the protesting voices of attentive readers could be heard: "How come Grandma Estela's Recipetarium?  For the recipes were surely written by Dr∙ Barton!".  Yes, yes, yes, let's just stay calm - we don't want to take credit away from anyone.  It is indeed true that gourmet research and concocting experiments (by far not only culinary - but also chemical or even pyrotechnical) were carried out by Dr∙ Barton at the stove.  It was he who devised or improved many of the dishes served in his guest room.  And it was he who systematically processed all these culinary advances and neatly recorded them on a typewriter.  No one denies that because we all witnessed it.

However, the painted cassette with the inscription Recipetarium belongs to Grandma Estela.  It was part of her maiden pre-wedding dowry preparation.  She saved her first cooking notes in it as a young girl.  Throughout her life, she kept adding more instructions for making all kinds of goodies.  There she also lovingly protected the aforementioned "Sinnie's" typescript creations.  

At the very bottom of the Recipetarium rest a few yellowed papers.  Third-grader Bruno Bolek knows very well why the letter "a" in the lower corner of one of them is smeared.  An unexpected tear of remembrance dropped there one day from Grandma's eye.  These recipes were inherited from her mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, and even more ancient great-grandmothers.  The earliest record bears the date 3. IX.  1769.  Thus, at the time of our stories, it was over 200 years old.  We will, therefore, rightly pay tribute to such a persistent multi-generational effort by considering the herein published recipes to be the treasures from Grandma Estela's Recipetarium.