Ah, Avengers. Yes, I’m aware I’m one week late into the hype. I just had my heart set on making that meatloaf, y’know? Also, I was seeing Avengers on my everything feed like crazy, particularly pizza versions of Captain America’s shield. Considering that my family owns a pizzeria that would have been all too easy. Like, total cop out easy. Have you ever had a fruit pizza before. I’m not talking about pineapple on your everyday, run-of-the-mill Hawaiian pizza. I’m talking about on a full on dessert style fruit pizza. No? Well, you’ve been missing out.
Until today. Today I will change your life.
This is how you’ll get your kids to eat fruit. It’s fast, easy to put together, and once you get started you’ll realize that the possibilities are endless. Use kiwi and blueberries for the Hulk. Strawberries and mango or peach for Iron Man. You see where I’m going with this. As usual, I went all out and made a 16″ pizza. With this suggestion, you could easily make multiple smaller pizzas with different variations. A trio of 10″ fruit pies? I’m just saying…
Doctor Who has been one of my absolute favorite shows for a while. I actually have several DW dishes planned at this time but as this week and next week are rather busy weeks for me, we’ll have to start with something quick and easy – Adipose Marshmallows. Adipose are little alien creatures literally created from human fat with the help of a dodgy diet pill. Maybe that’s why I do so poorly with diets? Ha.
These little guys were very fun to put together and I couldn’t help but to give each of them a little bit of personality in their gestures and expressions. Feel free to play around with the arrangement of the mini marshmallow ‘limbs’ to suit your fancy. Food’s food, but food is fun! Also, stay tuned after today’s post for a special announcement for next week! Ready? Let’s go.
I discovered concentrated gel food coloring. And it is the most amazing thing.
My determination to do a Pac-Man themed recipe has finally paid off. Today I offer you Chocolate Covered Pac-Man Oreos. They are probably the easiest thing I’ve ever made and taste fantastic to boot! All of the actual ‘work’ for these cookies goes into the icing process which, admittedly, is so fun in itself that you can’t even be mad. The food coloring I purchased is from Wilton and comes in a 12 color pack including Pink, Red, Burgundy, Golden Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Black, Copper, Brown, Teal, Royal Blue, Violet, and Kelly Green. Just a dab of each color and you have brightly colored icing for DAYS. The colors are absolutely accurate, too. If you have $15 to spare, you should definitely pick up a set of your own; I cannot recommend these highly enough! Not to mention you’ll end up saving a ton of money in the long run for your cooking adventures.
Pac-Man is another one of my very first video games that (surprisingly) I don’t suck at. But I’m also known for getting SUPER INTO IT. Like, -insert-deity-here- so help you if you distract me while I’m playing. The final product you see today is an entire ‘mini package’ (minus one row for the NOMS) of Limited Edition Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Oreos because that’s simply what I had on hand, but don’t let that limit you. You can recreate your favorite Pac-Man maze with as many Oreos as you please, in whatever flavors you prefer. Perfect party treat material here, I’m telling you. But enough gushing for now.
I’m a big believer in doing whatever it is you say you’re going to do. Some time ago I promised you Senzu Beans from the Dragon Ball series, but ultimately failed to deliver due to multiple repeated kitchen fiascoes. It’s been bothering me for a while that I failed you guys, actually. So, here’s a retake on the Senzu Beans in a sweet, gummy candy form. They’re fairly easy to make – your biggest challenge will be not eating them all in one sitting.
For those who don’t know, Senzu Beans are a sort of mystical bean with powerful rejuvenating properties. A single bean can fill you up for days, give you energy, and heal you of the most severe physical injuries. It is said to taste like fish and has a texture similar to a cross between a celery stalk and an uncooked bean. I briefly considered making mine like vitamin gummies using fish oil and vitamin B… but presently I’m more interested in making foods that taste as good as they look. Sorry! Maybe another time. They are made with Mountain Dew, so the energy boosting properties are there.
I’m going to be showcasing three separate recipes for three very different candies featured in the popular game, Candy Crush: orange lozenges, green gum squares, and chocolate color bombs. Admittedly, I don’t play this game, myself. I belong to the “I’m sorry. Freemium gaming destroys lives. I lost my father to Candy Crush.” crowd after a short stint playing the Family Guy mobile game. Fun, but more time consuming than it should be, and too tempting to want to spend money on it. Also, if you got that reference, we should totally be friends. You’re cool.
And so, while I don’t play the game, I do have the capacity to appreciate it. We’ll go ahead and pay tribute here.
While in the midst of my trials and tribulations with the Senzu Beans I was contacted by reader (and coworker!) Katie L. from Cincinnati, Ohio. She came upon a recipe for Lembas Bread from LOTR in one of her feeds and thought it would be awesome if I made it. I couldn’t have agreed more and set to work on the post she sent:
This is another one of those easy-peasy recipes as long as you know how to use measuring cups and spoons. The recipe calls for an electric hand mixer but if you don’t have one your bread won’t suffer for it.
I have a confession to make: There will be no Senzu Bean Jelly Beans this week. At the time of this post there have been five failed batches of beans. I’d like to believe that each batch is a step closer to the desired result. It seems that there aren’t many decent how-to videos for making jelly beans around. I think in the end it should work out pretty well, but it is just not happening this week.
As a substitute, let’s sidetrack to one of my favorite games: Skyrim. One of the most iconic items from the game is the sweet roll. I actually had all of the ingredients on hand and didn’t need to make a special trip to the store, which is a nice change of pace. Today’s recipe is borrowed from Instructables with a small tweak at the end. Additionally, in place of the usual glaze Neo was craving some cream cheese icing. I’m inclined to agree with him here. The glaze/icing in the original sweet roll just seems more… substantial. No offense, Instructables. I’m sure your glaze is absolutely fantastic and I’ll probably try it someday. I use the cream cheese icing recipe from Food Network; it’s always yielded great results and has great taste. Links to these recipes can be found at the end of the post.
I’m just going to come right out and say it… the internet lies and this recipe proved that Murphy’s Law is real. Disclaimer aside, this recipe combines my two favorite dessert treats into one happy little lump: Oreo cookies and marshmallows. Probably you’ve seen the recipe for “coal” bars circulating on Facebook… and based on the image and details, it probably originated from Pinterest. This is a story of what happened, what should have happened, and what I would do differently next time. Let’s go.