“Doan’t knoaw wot ee ‘unnymole is? Lukk an’ oi’ll show ee, you’m pay ‘tenshun naow!”
The molebabe rolled out a small patch of pastry, spread it thick with honey and placed on it a strawberry and a raspberry. Wrapping the pastry carefully over the fruit, he coated the lot with a mixture of honey and damson juice. It looked nothing like a honeyed mole, but the molebabes thought it did. Gurrbowl licked his digging claws proudly and added his ‘’unnymole’ to several others on a tray, ready the go into the oven. He wrinkled his nose proudly at skipper.
“Hurr, that’n be ‘ow t’make ‘unnymoles, zurr!”
– Pearls of Lutra, by Brian Jacques
When I was about nine or ten, I raced my way through the Redwall books, devouring each one I could get my paws on. When I didn’t have a new one to read, I re-read my favorite tales of Redwall – perhaps none more than Pearls of Lutra. I loved the riddles and puzzles the abbeyfolk had to solve to save the day – it was a little bit like The Da Vinci Code starring rodents. So, for inspiration for a Redwall food item, I went first to Pearls of Lutra.
Honeymoles, or “‘Unnymoles,” as chef Gurrbowl calls them, seemed like a particularly fun dish to recreate since the entire process is described clearly in the books. I also loved the idea of crafting something that could conceivably look like a mole if you tried really hard to think like a molebabe. [Read More]