To celebrate the release of the audio book of The Fall of the Kings, Ellen Kushner is running a competition here.
My own entry, which includes a Riverside menu, a recipe for toasted cheese and a drinking challenge, is here ...
A typical Riverside menu:
Pan fried fish served with sweet green peas
Baked apples with cream, drizzled with Highcombe honey
Selection of fresh country cheeses
Chocolate with cinnamon-dusted gingerbread
A Recipe for Toasted Cheese
Take a loaf of bread (borrowed from a neighbour if necessary). Using a sharp dagger, cut thin, fine slices from the loaf.
Cut slices of cheese and lay in a precise pattern until the bread is covered. Toast carefully before the fire until melted but not brown.
A drinking contest for the unwary. No one has yet completed it, and you'd be a fool to try!
The following drinks must be taken in order. The drinker must stay upright, and no breaks to visit the privy are permitted.
A pint of Rogues’ Rotgut (rough cider with real rat!)
Ginnie's Gin Sling (gin, cherry brandy and a dash of lemon juice)
Venn’s Vodka surprise (equal parts of brandy, gin and whisky. No vodka – that’s the surprise!)
Rosalie’s Runner (rum mixed with ginger beer)
Firework Frenzy (an orange liqueur topped with flaming brandy)
Swordsman’s Slash (vodka with blood-red cherry brandy poured through it)
Halliday’s Holiday (two pints of water from the well)
Pickpocket Punch (red wine, orange juice, brandy and sugar)
Nightcrawler (ale, vodka and gin mixed with lemonade)
And finally, for those still standing …
A Yard of Ale