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Ricotta and Honey from The Women at Hitler’s Table

When I hosted my book club this month, I had plenty of options for what to serve. Our book was The Women at Hitler's Table by Rosella Postorino and told the imagined story of Hitler's food tasters at his hidden headquarters in the Wolfsschanze. With themes of fear and poisoning interwoven with the menus consumed, I couldn't resist making something from the book.

I got so wrapped up in reading about food (and Hitler's hypochondria and drug use) that I was finishing the book as my friends arrived. Oops!

Smoked squash and ricotta toasts

Honey features throughout the story and I decided to go with the ricotta and honey some of the women eat one day. Because I wanted a smoky element I blended my ricotta with roasted butternut squash and smoked paprika, spread it on multi seeded sourdough toasts and drizzled honey over the top.

My friends thought it was delicious... and nobody was poisoned!


1 Butternut squash

Drizzle of oil

250g Ricotta

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp smoked paprika


Small load of seeded sourdough


  1. Peel the squash and cut into chunks. Drizzle with oil and roast at 180°C for about 45 minutes, until soft and golden. Allow to cool.

  2. Put the squash in a blender with the ricotta, salt and paprika. I like mine a little chunky but blend until smooth if you prefer.

  3. Cut bread into thin slices and toast. Spread with the squash mixture and drizzle with honey. Eat immediately.

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