“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
Clarice may never silence the lambs in her head, but if she ever drops by to visit her old friend Hannibal, she’s sure to get a meal to die for…
“Harry drank deeply. It was the most delicious thing he’d ever tasted and seemed to heat every bit of him from the inside…”
Whether we’re pretending to study in The Three Broomsticks, taking a break from shopping in Diagon Alley or on the run in Godric’s Hollow, Butterbeer is our favourite wizarding beverage.
Making your own Butterbeer, just like they serve in the Harry Potter Universe (and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios), couldn’t be easier:
400ml brown creamy soda, chilled
1tsp butter flavouring (available from baking supply stores and online)
Whites of two eggs
2tsp caster sugar
1/2tsp musk or marshmallow flavour
Combine the egg whites and musk or marshmallow flavour with the caster sugar, and beat until stiff peaks form.
In a beer stein, combine the chilled creamy soda with the butter flavour. Spoon the beaten egg white mix on top to form the ‘head’.
Adults: try adding a dash of spiced rum for extra grown-up wizarding magic.
Maybe it’s the whip, or maybe it’s the still-beating heart being ripped out of the chest (“KALI MAAAA!”), but Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom seems like the perfect Valentine’s Day movie to us.
So we’re celebrating with some delicious chilled monkey brains.
Sure, it’s just vanilla custard with whipped cream, topped with a cherry and blood plum puree, but served in the head of a freshly decapitated primate, it just screams ‘romance’.
At least, we think that’s what it was screaming…
Happy Valentine’s Day from your lovers at GeekPlate! heart emoticon
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Chilled Monkey Brain Recipe:
500ml skim milk
6 tbsp sugar
4 tbsp cornflour
6 drops vanilla essence
1 cup cream
2 tbsp castor sugar
500g tin plums in syrup
20g maraschino cherries
1. Put aside 1/2 milk. Place remainder of milk in saucepan over low heat. Heat slowly, stir often and do not boil.
2. Meanwhile, beat eggs, regular sugar and vanilla essence in large bowl until combined.
3. Dissolve cornflour in half cup of milk, mixing throughly to ensure no lumps remain.
4. Add milk/cornflour to eggs/sugar and beat until combined.
5. Pour hot milk into other ingredients and beat lightly.
6. Pour hot milk/egg mix into the saucepan and return to low heat
7. Whisk continuously and heat slowly. Do not use a spoon for this as the custard will thicken unevenly and a whisk avoids it going lumpy.
8. Mixture will turn into thick custard. Further heating will thicken some more but be careful not to burn. Custard will thicken even further on cooling. Pour into serving bowl once cooled slightly, but before set. There should be at least an inch of space remaining in the bowl above the custard.
9. Combine cream and castor sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until whipped.
10. Once custard is cold, cover with whipped cream, creating a ‘brain’ texture.
11. Remove stones from plums, then combine with syrup from tin and maraschino cherries. Blend until it looks like brain juice. Spoon over whipped cream.
‘It was the boy. In his arms, he carried two large loaves of bread that must have fallen in the fire because the crusts were scorched black… He threw a loaf of bread in my direction.’ The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
When baker’s son Peeta Mellark throws a starving Katniss Everdeen two burnt loaves of bread instead of tossing them to the pigs as his mother commands, he saves her life. It would be the first of many life-saving risks Peeta takes for Katniss, and a moment of enormous literal and symbolic importance.
Books have been written on the importance of bread in The Hunger Games trilogy, with the simple food appearing again and again throughout the books.
But none is more powerful or has a greater impact than these first two loaves.
‘By the time I reached home, the loaves had cooled somewhat, but the insides were still warm. When I dropped them on the table, Prim’s hands reached to tear off a chunk, but I made her sit, forced my mother to join us at the table, and poured warm tea. I scraped off the black stuff and sliced the bread. We ate an entire loaf, slice by slice. It was good hearty bread, filled with raisons and nuts.’ The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins