Sunday, 9 August 2015

Hannibal S3 Ep10: Woman Clothed in the Sun

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,

In the forest of the night;

What immortal hand or eye,

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

Blake's "Woman Clothed in the Sun" 

Dolareba...or Dragonhyde?

In his most famous poem, Blake could be describing the Red Dragon as much as The Tyger. So it's not surprising that Dolarhyde - so enraptured with Blake’s paintings, would choose that animal for Reba.

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seized the fire?

Reba reveals her fascination and faith in Mr D when she embraces the tiger in one of the most romantic moments in Hannibal. (In light of the recent Dentist vs Cecil the Lion incident, don’t you think it’s uncanny that Dolarhyde's tiger is out cold at the dentist?) And how magnificent Reba is as the woman clothed with the sun! You almost believe she could redeem Dolarhyde's soul.

Blake's "Woman Clothed With the Sun"

Get the selfie stick...there's a tiger passed out in the studio!

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand, & what dread feet?

For about a week, our “puppet” tiger lay about the studio on a slab in the zoo lab set which gave dozens of crew opportunity to sneak selfies with him. Not me, though. This food stylist would never inflict such jokey indignities on an animal, taxidermied or otherwise. Well actually, we did try to feed him a muffin from the craft service table. But he wouldn’t take it...he must have heard us mutterings about crew food.

This is Dolarhyde's episode so there is no food for me to serve up this week - the only thing he eats is the Blake painting. Stephen Levitt, our intrepid props master, sourced edible rice paper from a company in Buffalo, New York. He had to drive to Niagara Falls to get the blank paper then have it printed in Toronto with edible ink on an inkjet printer. When we shot the scene, Richard Armitage wanted to get it perfect so he ate a real paper print as well. And that's why we love him.

When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Well, did he, Hannibal?
Blake's "Ancient of Days (God as Architect)"

OK Hannibal's not cooking enough

A girl's gotta eat, so I've been sneaking around doing little food styling jobs for with the other devils, time-shifters and super heroes who are shooting around town:

For DAMIEN I made some gnarly roots out of bread dough and
ugly shoots from marzipan to "grow" out of victim's mouth
I had fun making posh dinners for SUlClDE SQUAD
Here,  have a little shrimp cocktail.
Billionaire devil-worshippers have to eat too, so I did this dinner for DAMIEN
We set our work station up in this smart tented area just off the pool. Very GBBO!

Roast "Venison" that I made out of seitan for HEROES REBORN
(It had to be non-meat for the vegan director)
And I was asked to make candy iPhones for Stephen King's 11/22/64
Below: Pouring black sugar candy for glass screens. The backs are marzipan. 

Plus bizarre alien fungus food I made from marzipan for EXPANSE

And all the while, YOU are busy making beautiful Hannidinners! YAY!

Blood-streaked and delicious - made by budding chef, Nicolas E
Another gorgeous plate by Nic E - check the ffffava beans up ffffront

For his wife's birthday Justin F made Sanguinaccio Dolce for the whole family.
And served it in true Hannibal style wearing a 3-pc suit and paisley tie!

Smashed glass impaled heart cake created by Bridget M as a
tribute to the Season 2 finale
She does lots of Hannidinners - documented on her blog

Next week: Just hide under the bed and scream yourself to sleep... 

all content except contributors' Hannidinners copyright of Janice Poon/Feeding Hannibal 


  1. Okay, I have to ask.....are you being brought in to do things like the Mexican BBQ and chicken salad in 11/22/63? Because.....because if you did, you may be near Fort Worth! I just know myself and tons of other Texas Hannibal fans would die to put together a Hannidinner somewhere public. I could even finally make that arm ham! (I did make one for my dad, a wing shaped ham, not a human arm, obviously, but it gave me a great idea I've been wanting to try!)

    1. Wow Texas BBQ - I wish!!!! No, we were shooting in Ontario. But who publisher is sending me to London to do some events when the cookbook comes out, so why not send me to Texas to do some Hannidinners!!?? We can only hope! If you want, email ( photos of your next arm ham - or any Hannidish you may make - and I'll post it on this blog!

  2. Your talent is stunning: everything you do with the food seems so... perfect. I love the i-phones!

  3. Thank you! I love the iPhones too. They're so funny. I kept a couple rejects and I love to pull one out and talk on it as a somewhat childish response to people who are texting or phoning in meetings or at meals.