Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Digit-al Dozen Does: Food - Hagrid's Rock Cakes

Today's design pops up a few times in the Harry Potter series.  It is in four out of the seven books.  Hagrid always makes sure that his guests have something to snack on, even if they might break a tooth!  Poor Hagrid isn't the best cook but he sure is a fantastic friend.  For that alone I had to include his rock cakes.

""Make yerselves at home," said Hagrid, letting go of Fang, who bounded straight at Ron and started licking his ears. Like Hagrid, Fang was clearly not as fierce as he looked. 
"This is Ron," Harry told Hagrid, who was pouring boiling water into a large teapot and putting rock cakes onto a plate. 
"Another Weasley, eh?" said Hagrid, glancing at Ron's freckles. I spent half me life chasin' yer twin brothers away from the forest." 
The rock cakes were shapeless lumps with raisins that almost broke their teeth, but Harry and Ron pretended to be enjoying them as they told Hagrid all about their first -lessons. Fang rested his head on Harry's knee and drooled all over his robes." (Philosopher's Stone)

This passage not only mentions Hagrid's rock cakes, it also highlights the differences in food.

"But Aunt Petunia didn’t know what was hidden under the loose floorboard upstairs. She had no idea that Harry was not following the diet at all. The moment he had got wind of the fact that he was expected to survive the summer on carrot sticks, Harry had sent Hedwig to his friends with pleas for help, and they had risen to the occasion magnificently. Hedwig had returned from Hermione’s house with a large box stuffed full of sugar-free snacks. (Hermione’s parents were dentists.) Hagrid, the Hogwarts gamekeeper, had obliged with a sack full of his own homemade rock cakes. (Harry hadn’t touched these; he had had too much experience of Hagrid’s cooking.) Mrs. Weasley, however, had sent the family owl, Errol, with an enormous fruitcake and assorted meat pies. Poor Errol, who was elderly and feeble, had needed a full five days to recover from the journey. And then on Harry’s birthday (which the Dursleys had completely ignored) he had received four superb birthday cakes, one each from Ron, Hermione, Hagrid, and Sirius. Harry still had two of them left, and so, looking forward to a real breakfast when he got back upstairs, he ate his grapefruit without complaint."  (Goblet of Fire)

"“We’ve missed you!” said Hermione tremulously. 
“Missed me, have yeh?” snorted Hagrid. “Yeah. Righ’.” 
He stomped around, brewing up tea in his enormous copper kettle, muttering all the while. Finally he slammed down three bucket-sized mugs of mahogany-brown tea in front of them and a plate of his rock cakes. Harry was hungry enough even for Hagrid’s cooking, and took one at once." (Half-Blood Prince)

There is not a description of the cakes in the books but HP sites have described them as a type of fruitcake.  I took this and did my own spin on it.  I went for a cookie/cake type of color with a burnt, rock-like appearance.  I also made sure to include the raisins!

The base of my cakes is You're So Vain-Illa.

To create the different dimensions of the cakes I randomly swatched colors.  It is kind of like the dry brush method but with a little more polish on the brush.  I used Ice-Bergers & Fries, Going My Way or Norway?, Suzi Skis In the Pyrenees and Embrace the Grey.

And my raisins! I used a dotting tool and A Grape Affair.  I realize that I should have buried the raisins in the layers but I guess I wanted them to stand out.  They were probably the best thing about Hagrid's cakes!

I added my HP accent using hehe30 and Fright Night.

Everyone should have a Hagrid in their lives....even if you have to put up with bad food! 

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