The Hoxton Street Monster Supplies Cookbook review and giveaway

November 3, 2016

Have you ever wondered what to serve the little monster in your life? The Hoxton Street Monster Supplies Cookbook provides everyday recipes for the living and the dead. Serve up tasty dishes the next time zombies drop round for tea.

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies Cookbook

Did you know there is a Monster Supplies shop tucked away on an East London Street? Hoxton Street Monster Supplies has been supplying quality goods for the monster community for hundreds of years. It was set up in 1818 by a refugee monster called Igor, an attempt to ingratiate himself with the local monster community. In reality, inside the doors there is unique and original sweet shop. The shelves are stocked with Fang Floss, Picked Eyeballs and other interesting oddities. A basket contains a purring invisible cat and you might think twice before purchasing anything.

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies is actually part of a project called Ministry of Stories which aims to promote imagination and storytelling among school age children. The store also runs workshops to encourage and mentor young writers. Created in 2010 with the support of Nick Hornby, author of Fever Pitch, the store is a great way to get children thinking up stories. All the profits from the store go to the Ministry of Stories, due it is said to a rather inconvenient curse.

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies Cookbook

The Hoxton Street Monster Supplies cookbook is a classic cookbook that has been in use by monsters for hundreds of years. It contains everyday recipes for the living, dead and undead. Recently the book has been adapted for use by humans as well as monsters. Now you can cook up treats for every occasion as well as finding hints for monster housekeeping. The 160 page hardback book is worth £13, contains over 70 recipes and is beautifully illustrated.

Inside the  book you will find mix of recipes and general advice and wisdom. It starts with the introduction and some information about the shop. There a very handy guide on the golden rules for entertaining monsters. Did you know dragons and yetis should be seated at opposite ends of the table for temperature control? You should also be aware that zombies take things very slowly so allow plenty of time for the meal.

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies cookbook

The recipes are broken into different sections:

Most of the recipes have strange names like gingerdead men and spiced earwax pie. If you can get past the revolting names and read the list of ingredients you will find the recipes are normal.   The book is full of tasty and original recipes as well as come classics. They are definitely worth cooking up. There is a small introduction to each recipe which are quite funny and some have illustrations as well. Intermixed with the recipes are words of advice and wisdom. These can be labels for buffets or gifts or information on how to carve a human. It makes entertaining reading as well as being a good recipe book.

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1000 Year Curse Cookies

I tried out the recipe for 1000 year curse cookies from the book.  These can be used to curse your friends and provide 1000 years of misery per cookie. Luckily there is also a recipe to reverse the curse. Really these are just chocolate chip cookies and very tasty they are. They are also easy to make and children could easily help.

thousand year curse cookies or chocolate chip cookies from Hoxton Street Monster supplies cookbook

Making the biscuits is simple, it is just a case of creaming the butter and sugar the adding eggs, vanilla essence, flour baking powder and chocolate chips to make a dough. It is always a good idea to leave the butter out of the fridge for a while before making the cookies. This softens it and makes it easier to cream. After baking for fifteen minutes you will have delicious cookies that will not last long. Will you be cursed for eating them?

1000 Year Curse Cookies

Author Hoxton Street Monster Cookbook

Ingredients

  • 25 g 4oz butter
  • 175 g 6oz light soft brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • 200 g 7oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100 g plain dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 18oC (350 F) Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.
  • Cream butter and sugar until fluffy
  • Add the vanilla extract. Beat the egg and add it a little bit at a time mixing well after each addition
  • Stir in the milk and then sift in the flour and baking powder. Fold it in and finally add the chocolate chips
  • Place 16 spoonfuls of the mixture on the baking tray and press down with a fork
  • Bake for 15 minutes until golden.

thousand year curse cookies aka chocolate chip cookies from Hoxton Monster Supplies Cookbook

Check out these videos which show more recipes from the book.

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Hoxton Street Monster Supplies Cookbook Giveaway

I have some copies of the Hoxton Street Monster Supplies Cookbook to give away to three of my readers. It would make a great gift or a good addition to your cookbook shelf. It is really easy to enter. Just leave a comment below letting me know which type of  monster you would like to entertain at a dinner party and why. When you have done that go back and fill in the rafflecopter widget so your entry is registered. There are other entries for subscribing by email, following on twitter, visiting facebook and tweeting about the giveaway but these are optional. Good luck!

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Giveaway to win one of three Hoxton Street Monster Supplies Cookbooks

I was sent a copy of the book in return for an honest review. My opinions are my own.

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72 responses to “The Hoxton Street Monster Supplies Cookbook review and giveaway”

  1. Tracy K Nixon says:

    I’d love to entertain the Yeti at my party!

  2. Elizabeth Marshall says:

    I would invite werewolf to dinner and feed him raw steaks whilst I ate veggie sausages.

  3. Dave Wills says:

    Unique idea… recipes look great too !

  4. laura banks says:

    i think dracula as he always has a look of suave and sophistication

  5. Simone Bishop says:

    The cookie monster….he’s easy to please 😉

  6. Caroline H says:

    The Loch Ness Monster! We like fish so the menu would probably suit if we were entertaining for dinner (and living in Scotland I’d love to know if it was real).

  7. Jo Hutchinson says:

    I would love to entertain Frankenstein the monster and ask what it was like living in a spooky castle and what happens if he gets struck by lighting. I would serve him some chicken Boo-ritos and Frankenstein Marshmallows.

  8. Ben Audsley says:

    i owuld like to entertain dracula – what fun!

  9. Ruth Harwood says:

    I’d love to entertain an Orc, just to see what they’re like xx

  10. Ray Dodds says:

    I’d like to bring a werewolf for a howling good time

  11. Frances H says:

    Any monster except a vampire. Cuz they’d suck!

  12. Ellie Wood says:

    A vampire, I’d make sushi for dinner. That would satisfy them I hope

  13. Joanna Coleshill says:

    Dracula, seeing as he’s lived that long he must have some interesting stories!

  14. Susan Hoggett says:

    I’d like Frankenstein so he could do all the hard jobs!

  15. Solange says:

    I would love to entertain Frankenstein because I feel like he’s a bit misunderstood. I’d love to get to know him better.

  16. Galina V says:

    Dracula’s grandson Dennis from Transylvania 2, because he is super cute

  17. leanne weir says:

    I reckon a werewolf would be pretty interesting

  18. KARL BOROWY says:

    honey monster because I like honey

  19. JOANNE ROXBURGH says:

    vampire.

  20. Melty says:

    A dragon to keep the food warm.

  21. Laura Pritchard says:

    Lurch from The Addams Family as he’s the strong, silent type!

  22. cathyj says:

    I would entertain jekyll and Hyde you never know which will come

  23. Jo Carroll says:

    I’d invite Frankenstein’s Monster. He’s a big lad so would enjoy a proper feed plus I’d have the advantage of having lots of dinner guests in one body so it’d save on the washing up 😉

  24. hannah Igoe says:

    I would entertain a dragon because it would give my kids a talking point!

  25. Anca says:

    Hmm, Nessie? I’ve been to Scotland and it was the first thing I remembered. 🙂

  26. Tamsin Dean says:

    a werewolf would be interesting

  27. Matt Froggatt says:

    Cookie monster! Then we would just go straight to desert!

  28. claire griffiths says:

    the cookie monster because thats a monster after my own heart 🙂 x

  29. michelle o'neill says:

    would have to be dracula, such a fascinating history x

  30. janine atkin says:

    the loch ness monster – id ask him how he always stays hidden!

  31. Laura says:

    Vampire. At least you’d know what they’d like to eat.

  32. Cara S says:

    A dragon would be amazing, not that I think they are monsters. Especially at a BBQ.

  33. Sarah Rees says:

    Dracula – I bet he has seen some weird stuff

  34. greig spencer says:

    cookie monster

  35. Samantha R says:

    A pocket monster!! (pokemon!)

  36. Victoria Prince says:

    I’d love to entertain the Cookie Monster! Because it would be a great excuse to bake and eat lots of cookies 🙂

  37. charlotte Burford says:

    A witch so she could magic up a meal and I wouldn’t have to cook!

  38. Sheri Darby says:

    Cookie Monster – my favourite monster

  39. Sarah Wilson says:

    The Loch Ness Monster, so I could take a photo!

  40. Jane says:

    Lestat the vampire!

  41. Jennifer says:

    Dracula as he could probably write a novel with all that he’s seen!

  42. Susan B says:

    The Incredible Hulk would be fun and his transformation would make for great entertainment.

  43. Keith Hunt says:

    I need a dragon so they can help with the creme brulée

  44. Angela Kelly says:

    I would entertain the Cookie Monster because then he could tell me all the best places to find cookies.

  45. Caroline Shepherd says:

    The ghost of Anne Boleyn – interesting company and she wouldn’t eat much (all the more for me!).

  46. Russell Turner says:

    I’ve always been too scared to enter the shop which is just down the road!

  47. Dawn Hull says:

    The Cookie Monster as we both love sweet stuff!

  48. viv carey says:

    the cookie monster because he would bring cookies!

  49. Emma says:

    The Loch Ness monster so that I could say I had met it.

  50. Donna Caldwell says:

    Dracula he wouldn’t eat much except maybe a little drink (of my blood )

  51. Jayne Kelsall says:

    I would love to invite Sully from Monsters Inc .x

  52. Dominique Clarke says:

    My 3 Little Monsters at home, they love my baking! xx

  53. Jo McPherson says:

    A vampire, would keep me on my toes

  54. Richard Tyler says:

    A fire breathing dragon to keep warm!

  55. claire little says:

    a vampire they wouldn’t be very hungry

  56. Jamie C Millard says:

    the cookie monster – as long as he brings some cookies and doesn’t just eat all of mine.

  57. Adrian Bold says:

    I’d like Frankenstein so he could do the washing up!

  58. Kirsteen Mackay says:

    Sully from Monster’s Inc because he’s a good monster, kind and cuddly

  59. donna l jones says:

    vampire to see what he would really eat

  60. Vickie Jackson says:

    I’d invite Dracula to find out how he really speaks and to find out what he’s been up to!

  61. Kerry Locke says:

    The incredibly cute Katsuma from ‘Moshi Monsters’ – I would become an instant legend with mu kids

  62. Maria Jane Knight says:

    A cyclops….i bet his got a real eye for presentation 😉

  63. Heli L says:

    A vampire as I’d love to know if there’s any truth to the myths. Hopefully wearing a silver cross and having garlic about would keep me safe though!

  64. Lorraine Langham says:

    I’d invite a werewolf. After dinner my daughter could spend hours practising her hairdressing skills by plaiting his fur to make him look beautiful!

  65. Deborah Radford says:

    A really great niche present for my daughter who loves to bake…

  66. lauren porter says:

    the cookie monster as my daughter would think it was the best thing ever!

  67. claire says:

    ohhh Beast from beauty and the beast ( he is kind of a monster!)

  68. Amy Jo McLellan says:

    I’d like to entertain Frankenstein!

  69. Marie Rule says:

    The Cookie Monster as he obviously loves food

  70. NATALIE CROSSAN says:

    I’d invite Dracula – the cute one from Sesame Street though!

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