From Chelsea/VBC: Today we’re turning the blog over to the fantastic Diana Pharaoh Francis. Her latest Horngate Witches novel Blood Winter releases on Dec. 18. Like me, she’s excited about all the food that comes with the holiday season. Turning it over to Di…
Thank you for having me here. I’m really excited! I was pondering what to write about for awhile and I realized that the answer was . . . Food! Holiday time is coming, and of course, all that great food that comes with it. It seems we start eating in November and don’t stop until after New Year’s. If then. I mean, once you get started on the yummy, why stop?
In the world of my Horngate witches, food is a primary focus and it’s wonderful and delicious. For awhile. My magical warriors—the Shadowblades and the Sunspears—have to eat at least 20,000 calories a day. (I’ll admit to a little bit of wishful thinking when I wrote that). They have to eat even more when they are fighting or doing strenuous things, or the magic spells that created them will eat them alive. This works out pretty well when food is everywhere—Costco anyone? Taco Bell? Thanksgiving every day!
They eat anything with tons of calories. The covenstead cook has a job to keep the food going all day and all night. She’s up to the task. She’s a gourmet cook and a witch and between the two, she gets the job done and with gusto.
But then, the magical apocalypse strikes and things have to change. Goodbye to food deliveries, grocery stores, fast food, and the easy, quick, and portable calories of peanut butter, power bars, and candy. The covenstead has to produce its own food. Spices are scarce and so many other things that people take for granted.
What this means is that the covenstead cook—her name is Magpie—has to come up with something packed with calories that the Shadowblades and Sunspears can use on the fly and can add to the calories they are able to consume at meals. They don’t have time to eat constantly to get the energy they need.
The answer: Ugly Juice.
This is a drink that Magpie invents that is full of calories. I’ll admit, when I wrote about it, I had no idea what would be in it, except I knew honey was in it. And it would likely be flavored with berries (the covenstead has greenhouses that are magically enhanced). Other than that, I have no idea.
So that’s why I bring it to you—what would you put into a drink to make it high calorie and (somewhat) tasty? Keep in mind that while you would have magic to help out, the magical apocalypse has struck and getting anything from the store is not possible. The covenstead has herds of animals and greenhouses for growing just about anything (since they can create tropical conditions even in the dead of winter in Montana). They can trade for some items, but they have to produce A LOT of Ugly juice, as there are at least 20-26 of the magical warriors on hand at any given time.
Now I ask you—what would your recipe be? I can’t wait to hear some of them. And there just might be something cool in it for the person who comes up with the best one!
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