Hello, hello! I know I usually focus on papercrafts, with a few other crafts here and there, but today the whim is taking me off to share with you some food ‘crafts’. Now, I’m not fond of scrolling through my Instagram feed and being subjected to pictures of what someone is having for lunch, so if you’re not a foodie, or a Dr. Who fan, I don’t mind if you skip this entry.
A while back I snagged a free Kindle copy of Dining with the Doctor. Besides fun recipe ideas, the author has a great sense of humor! A friend of mine who is a total Whovian just finished a round of chemo for a brain tumor, so to celebrate and cheer her up, I made several plates of Doctor Who inspired food, fun, and snacks to take over to her. If you’re a Dr. Who fan, you will recognize many of the references. Allons-y!
So I started off with a plate of fish fingers and custard (actually, honey mustard sauce) a a bow tie napkin because, well, ‘bow ties are cool!’ There’s Emilia Pond’s apple with the happy face, and a real felt fez filled with loose-leaf teas and a TARDIS infuser. Geronimo!
This one wasn’t from the Dining with the Doctor book. Cassandra is a flat bread pizza with plenty of cheese, black olive eyes and roasted bell pepper lips with and aluminum foil frame to stretch her out. Moisturize me!
Ahh… the Slitheen! My green pear turned yellow before I got to this, but you get the idea. I used date pieces for the eyes. Another item not found in the book: my take on the famous Indiana 15 bean soup my aunt makes. On the lid I called it ‘Slitheen soup’ and said ‘you’ll know why in the morning!’ lol! ALTHOUGH… this soup doesn’t seem to give off much gas. Perhaps because of how it’s made.
15 Bean Slitheen Soup:
Start with a bag of 15 bean soup dried beans (ours are actually from Indiana), plus 1/2 – 2/3 cup each of dried lima beans and dried pinto beans (just because those are family favorites). Bring a pot of 8 cups of water to boil, dump in the beans and let sit over night. Drain and repeat in the morning.
In another pot, bring to boil, then simmer 4 cups of water, 1 cube of vegetable bullion, one 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes, 1 clove of garlic minced, 1 onion sliced, 1/2 lb of baby carrots and 4 or 5 stalks of celery chopped. When the veggies are tender, let cool, then put in the blender and blend until smooth.
After the second soaking of the beans, rinse and add them to the blended veggie mixture. If the mixture doesn’t cover the beans, add water to cover. Cut up 1/2 pound or less ham into small chunks and add. Bring to a boil, and let simmer about an hour. Just before serving, add the flavor packet included in the soup bean bag.
A Vashta Nerada detection kit with a fried chicken leg… Count the shadows!!
This one is a no-brainer. Strax and the others just happen look like potato heads! Add some walnut eyes, almond nose and roasted bell pepper mouth and they’re ready to be obliterated! Sontar-Ha!
Hello, Sweetie! River Song’s trademark hair looks great as angel hair pasta! There is no hallucinogenic lipstick on those roasted bell pepper lips, tho!
Pretzel buns with meatballs make nice little Dalek spaceships…. Exterminate!
Love you Oodles! Hummus, roasted bell peppers, string cheese and boiled eggs make a great Ood appetizer plate… just make sure the eyes don’t turn red!
Here we have the Doctor’s favorite disarming charm, the Master’s drums constantly beating, Souflle girl/Clara’s password… Run You Crazy Boy and Remember Me!
And, we finish off with dessert… Some fake Jammie Dodgers (Pepperidge Farms Apricot Raspberry thumbprint cookies), Cybermen (strawberries dipped in chocolate, decorated and sprayed in silver), the crack in the universe caused by the exploding TARDIS in a piece of pumpkin pie, and an exploding jello TARDIS.
Yeah, that was a clever cover-up… the jello wouldn’t come out of the mold and broke apart. To salvage it, I printed a copy of Van Gogh’s exploding TARDIS, covered it with plastic wrap and put the ‘ruined’ jello TARDIS on top.
My friend had a blast uncovering each plate and had several meals and snacks on hand afterward. I hope you enjoyed this little whimsical diversion, too!
Before I go, let me share with you a fruit that has an out-of-this-world quality to it that some of you may not have seen before…
What a GORGEOUS color!! This is what’s commonly called Dragon Fruit (Pitahaya)… It’s easy to see why!
It comes from a cactus…. here’s a picture of it a few weeks ago in my friend Mary’s garden:
When mature, you just wash it and slice it in half and scoop out the sweet, light flavored flesh inside. If you’ve ever had a kiwi, the edible part is a similar consistency, but the flesh of the dragon fruit is much thicker and prettier.
I hope you enjoyed today’s break in the routine. I hope to be back next week at the latest for the winter Coffee Lovers Hop. See you soon!
Thanks for dropping by,
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Such fun and clever ways to boost someone’s appetite when they are not feeling well. I love this and the first time I recall Dr. Who was when my youngest daughter used that as part of her wedding theme. Very non traditional indeed. But it worked I guess.
What an absolutely genius post, D.Ann!!!! Totally LOVE this!! Of course, the fish fingers and custard came to mind immediately. But all the others were surprises. I really need to watch some of those seasons again.
Matt Smith was my “First Doctor” and of course I love him to death. Then I saw the ones with Christopher Eccleston and enjoyed him, too. But when I got to David Tennant…..I knew I had found MY Doctor! Ha. What a fabulous tragic hero he plays in that role. Oh, my….never will I love another Doctor like I love him! lol…. Sorry to say, but after Matt Smith, I lost interest. Couldn’t get into an old man for a doctor and certainly not a woman! lol…. Saw some of the older ones with Peter Davison which were interesting, but didn’t capture me. So I am forever stuck in the 9th, 10th, and 11th Doctor series. Thus your foods were right in the parts of the epic series that I am most familiar with.
My favorites of your selections:
#1 definitely goes to Cassandra!!! I laughed and laughed when I saw that one. I thought to myself….NO, surely that isn’t who I think it is!! But it was!! Who else could it have been? LOL…
#2 Oh, my goodness….River Song with that pasta hair!!! Hahahaha… LOVE IT!!
#3 goes to the Ood. Yes..this is disgustingly perfect. Ugh.
Thanks for this fun post!! I’m sure your lovely Whovian gifts of friendship brought much cheer and encouragement to your friend during this hard time for her.
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These plates are utterly fantastic, D.Anne! I especially love Cassandra and River Song – such creativity! This post brought a huge smile to my face as I’m sure it did to your friend. x
You are so amazingly talented. I enjoyed seeing your presentation.