Use The Forks! – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking
by Kathy Bejma

Crash landing in a slimy mud hole, can sure make a rebel hungry.

When you need something portable, nutritious and delicious (R2 is lucky he doesn’t taste very good), open your tackle box, and look no further than a space food stick. They can survive all the way from the tundra’s of Hoth to the swamps of Dagobah.

It’s hard to tell what these sticks are really made of, so I decided to make them kind of like a chocolate-coated energy bar. They’ll serve you well while you’re camping out for Force Friday or waiting in line for an autograph at Star Wars Celebration.

Even though they’re not Yoda approved, they taste like something out of a dream… Or maybe I’m just going crazy.

 

Space Food Sticks

 

Makes 6 sticks

Ingredients:

·         1 cup old fashioned oats

·         1/3 cup Rice Krispies

·         1/2 cup peanut butter

·         1/2 cup ground flax seeds, or flax seed meal

·         1/3 cup honey

·         1 teaspoon cinnamon

·         1 teaspoon vanilla extract

·         1 cup chocolate chips

 

Directions:

1. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the oats, Rice Krispies, peanut butter, flax seed meal, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla.

2. Cover and place the mixture in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

3. Once the oat mixture is chilled, take a handful and roll into little logs or stick shapes and place them on a wax or parchment paper lined baking sheet.

4. Just before your pat mixture is done cooling, place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl or glass.

5. Microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring after each interval until chocolate is completely melted.

6. Using the back of a spoon, paint each space food stick with melted chocolate, making sure to coat each side.

7. Place the baking sheet into the fridge and allow the chocolate to harden for about an hour.

8. Enjoy while looking for a great warrior.

 

Use The Forks! – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking
by Kathy Bejma

Ahhh… Doomed romance. The cornerstone of any space opera.
Who would have thought that the love between a slave and an elected queen wouldn’t work out in the end?
He hates sand, she believes in democracy.
He wants more power over people, she’s fighting for liberty.
He gets a super sophisticated gold fake arm, and she never even gets an ultrasound from an OBGYN.
Yet we were all hoping these two crazy kids would find a way to make it work.
Too bad he choked her into unconsciousness when she was like 8 months pregnant.

But let’s focus on the happier days when Anakin and Padme first met. Stranded on Tatooine, Queen Amidala’s (familiar-looking) handmaiden, Jar Jar Binks and Qui-Gon Jinn wander into Watto’s junk shop looking for parts to repair their ship. And who do they meet? Ani, little Ani, who genuinely wants to know if Padme is an angel because they are the most beautiful creatures in the universe. Isn’t that sweet? And she wasn’t even wearing all her queen stuff!

So even though it didn’t work out so well in the end (their kids are pretty great though), here’s a recipe to commemorate happier times, and a killer opening line.
Are you an Angel… Food Cake?

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
12 egg whites, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
Hershey’s Special Dark (side) chocolate syrup

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 325°F. Spray your Vader Pan with non-stick spray and set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour and 3/4 cup of the sugar. Set aside.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the egg whites, salt, vanilla and almond extracts.
Beat until the mixture is just frothy, then sprinkle the cream of tartar on top and continue beating until stiff, glossy peaks forms.
Add the remaining sugar, a little at a time and continue to beat.
Using a spatula, fold in the dry ingredients in 3 additions.
Spoon the batter into the Vader pan, leaving about 1/2 an inch from the top, and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake, comes out clean.
Remove the cake from the oven, and allow it to cool for a full hour.
After the hour is up, loosen the edges of the cake with a knife, then remove it from the pan by inverting it onto a cooling rack.
Pour a large pool of chocolate syrup in the center of the cake, and using an off-set spatula, spread the syrup all the way to the edges, allowing it to drip over the sides.
Cut into slices, and enjoy while ignoring the age difference between you and your angel.

Use The Forks! – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking
by Kathy Bejma

BLUE BANTHA MILK! 

As much as I would love to drink a can of Slurm, or share a bag of Sabor de Soledad cheese puffs with Liz Lemon, I have to admit my favorite fictional food of all time is the space food of Star Wars. Luke’s space food sticks, Rey’s portion bread, and even Yoda’s swamp stew with crushed herbs on top, all look so awesome!

In an attempt to make a leap from fiction to reality, and to accompany the upcoming Blast Points episode dedicated to Aunt Beru, here’s a recipe for Blue Bantha Milk.

It’s a vanilla syrup that can be added to any milk (cow, soy, almond, cashew, etc.). Feel free to adjust the amount of syrup to fit your personal taste. Also, if you’re not a fan of vanilla you can use any other flavor extract you’d like.

Blue Bantha Milk

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 12 drops blue food coloring
  • 2 cups milk (cow, soy, almond, etc.)

Directions:

  1.  In a small saucepan set over medium heat, bring sugar and water to a boil.
  2.  Allow to boil for one minute.
  3.  Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and food coloring.
  4.  Allow to cool to room temperature, then pour the syrup into a squeeze bottle or measuring cup with a spout for easier serving.
  5.  Add 3-4 Tablespoons of syrup to your favorite milk.
  6.  Enjoy while thinking up excuses to get out of next season’s harvest.