Food is such an important part of The Ocean at the End of the Lane. The unnamed main character’s father only serves him burnt toast and he finds refuge in the Hempstock’s home (at the end of the lane), where Old Mrs. Hempstock feeds him a veritable feast.
Dinner was wonderful. Old Mrs. Hempstock took out a joint of beef, roast potatoes, golden crisp on the outside and soft and white on the inside, buttered greens, roasted carrots all blackened and sweet. For dessert there was a pie stuffed with apples and swollen raisins and crushed nuts, all topped with a thick yellow custard, creamier and richer than anything.
If I could invite the Hempstocks over for lunch, this is what I would serve them – click through for the recipes!