Hello All! I am back after a forced hibernation of sorts (uni assignments), and ready to share more of my geeky baking/cooking experiments with you all.
Apparently there is a fashion when it comes to baked goods. Everyone remembers the cupcake craze a few years back, and last year it was all about the macaron. The latest craze taking over the blogosphere is apparently the whoopie pie. An Amish creation, it is a cross between a cookie and a cake, with either a marshmallow or buttercream frosting sandwiched between each half.
Reading about the traditional marshmallow frosting got me thinking about the Nintendo character Kirby for some reason. According to Wikipedia, Kirby is a living pink marshmallow and it was the marshmallow reference that made me wonder whether I could make a Kirby themed whoopie pie with soft and fluffy marshmallow innards.
Recently, I road-tested the Sonic Screwdriver, a vodka and orange derivative drink that was blue in colour to represent the business end of the Ninth and Tenth Doctors’ sonic screwdriver. The Eleventh Doctor, however, has a green glow to his screwdriver, so I set about to try to adapt the recipe to suit.
Each week, Fourth Verse has a knack for finding something particularly cool (in the geeky sense of the word) to email through to me. Last Friday’s email contained a link that put me into action stations, leading to this post.
Yes, that is right ladies and gentlemen, she found an alcoholic beverage that takes your everyday beverage of the Screwdriver, and makes it sonic, just as the Doctor himself decided to do one day with a common household tool. So I went on an ingredients hunt, and this was the result…
Though listed in the link above, here is the recipe once again for convenience;
Lemonade is a fine soda or mixer drink to use, and works well, but I used some soda water with lime instead, and found it gave a slightly smoother beverage. Both give an amazingly citrus alcoholic beverage that, whilst being blue like the business end of the tenth Doctor’s sonic, is a fine approximation of the classic Screwdriver beverage.
Ok this is a lazy gourmet geek post, I must admit. Our grand plans this weekend was to recreate the “cake is a lie” cake from portal, but other things happened to pop up unexpectedly.
For those who do not get the above reference, eggy in a basket, also known as one-eyed Egyptian, frog in a hole, sunshine toast and egg in a blanket, was the meal that V cooks for Evie in the film. And as i have my own V, what better thing to make for him for a lazy Sunday breakfast.
Eggy in a Basket
You will need (depending on the number of people you are making this for):
salt and pepper
cookie cutters or egg cups
1) Using the egg cup or cookie cutter, cut a circle out of the middle of the bread.
2) Melt some butter in a fry pan. Put the bread in the fry pan. Crack the eggs carefully into the holes in the bread.
3) Fry them a little while then turn it over. When the egg is cooked to your liking remove from pan and gobble it while it’s hot! serve with sauce if you wish
My Bride and I have had an idea that has slowly been coming to boil, but we have held off until now in case it came off a little half-baked. We feared the elements of the idea were not yet fully ripe. This weekend however the cloche will be lifted, and our readers will be introduced to our new segment, Gourmet Geek.
The idea is that we will be making food and beverages that are inspired or influenced by some element of pop culture. Our own take on the Klingon delicacy Gagh washed down with Bloodwine or Butterbeer with chocolate frogs, we will give it a go. In each case one of us will play the role of chef….
and the other will be the assistant taste tester….
This weekend it starts, with myself providing recipes for tried and true James Bond themed cocktails, while Bride of Film Nerd will assemble the Eleventh Doctor’s favourite delicacy, Fish Fingers and Custard (I will have the Fourth Doctor’s jelly babies on standby in case I need them!!)