Monthly Archives: February 2013

Monday’s Class Treat is Back – Licorice Wands from Harry Potter!

Hogwarts Express Food Trolley

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Upon reading the Harry Potter series and watching the movies, one of the first treats you hear about are licorice wands.  Licorice wands have appeared in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

What is a licorice wand?

“A Liquorice Wand is a wizarding sweet that is presumably shaped like a wand. They are sold on the on the Hogwarts Express food trolley and at Honeydukes in Hogsmeade.”

History

  • 1991 – Harry Potter bought every sweet available from the food trolley on the Hogwarts Express, including some Liquorice Wands, as he had never had wizarding sweets before and wanted to try everything he could.
  • 1994 – On the Hogwarts Express, Ron thinks about buying one before realising that it was too expensive.
  • 1995 – “Liquorice wand” was one of several password guesses Harry Potter made when he wanted to gain entrance to the Headmaster’s office, so that he could tell Albus Dumbledore about a vision he had involving Lord Voldemort.
  • 1996 – Horace Slughorn invited several students to his compartment on the Hogwarts Express, in order to find new members for the Slug Club. He told his guests that he had brought his own lunch, as he recalled the trolley being “heavy on Liquorice Wands,” and felt that such things would not sit well with “a poor old man’s digestive system.””*

*Information adapted from the Harry Potter Wiki.

How to make your own Licorice wands!

Licorice Wands

Licorice wands are very easy to make!  It is mainly up to your creativity, You can dip licorice in milk or dark chocolate if you prefer, with or without sprinkles, or just plain licorice with a paper handle, the sky is the limit!

This is my take on licorice wands.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Melt white chocolate chips/candy melts in a double boiler until smooth and fully melted.
  2. Dip and twist 1/4 of the licorice in melted chocolate and tap off excess.
  3. Roll in sprinkles or sugar until fully covered.
  4. Place on parchment paper lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Take the licorice wands out of the refrigerator and let them get to room temperature.
  6. Share and enjoy!

Licorice wands should be enjoyed freshly made but will last about three days at room temperature or a week in the fridge, in an air tight container.

Now, repeat after me… Accio Licorice Wand,
-Nahren

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ET’s favourite snack – Reese’s Pieces

E.T. –  What a classic!

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial – Wikipedia

For those who aren’t familiar with the great 1982 film, E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, here is a little description:

“E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (often referred to simply as E.T.) is a 1982 American science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Peter Coyote.

It tells the story of Elliott (played by Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, dubbed “E.T.”, who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help the extraterrestrial return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government.” – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T._the_Extra-Terrestrial

Here is the original trailer:

Why Reese’s Pieces?

Reeses PiecesMost of you may have noticed that E.T. enjoyed Reese’s Pieces throughout the movie.

For those of you who are not familiar with the candy, you can read more about Reese’s Pieces on Wikipedia.

“Visionary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has always been a step ahead, and his 1982 alien romp E.T. blazed the trail for modern day product placement. The film was to have a scene where a boy coaxes an abandoned alien by leaving a trail of candy ground.

But not just any candy. The choice was made months prior to production when Spielberg looked for a partnership with a candy company that would promise promotion for his film. The very droppable M&M’s were selected, but the suits at Mars, Inc. refused to have their treats associated with E.T.

However, Hershey was not bothered, as they were hoping to bolster their Reese’s Pieces line. An agreement was made to produce a million dollars’ worth of advertisements for the film, and they plastered E.T.’s face right on the candy’s packaging.

Most Popular Scene:

The product is never mentioned by name here, though customers still had no problem identifying it by the package (as proven by 65% spike in Reese’s Pieces sales after the movie hit theaters).”

The aforementioned, quoted information was adapted from Cracked.com.

Are you impressionable?

Do you fee like eating some Reese’s Pieces right now?

Sadly, I am and yes I am eating some at the moment…

Cheers,
Nahren

Star Wars – Hoth Chocolate (Hot Chocolate)

Hoth Chocolate, great this time of year…

Did you know that the Wookiees drank hoth chocolate?   “Hoth chocolate was a variant of hot chocolate containing Tauntaun milk, and a number of different spices mixed with cocoa and boiling water.  Hoth chocolate was associated with the Wookiee Life Day.” – http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Hoth_chocolate

Luke and Lando prefer Hot Chocolate

A cup of hot chocolate is served to Luke SkywalkerA cup of hot chocolate is served to Luke Skywalker

A cup of hot chocolate is served to Luke Skywalker – Starwars Wiki

Why hot chocolate, what’s the difference, you ask?  Here’s what Wookieepedia has to say:  “Hot chocolate was an exotic warm chocolate milk drink. It had many aficionados, some of the most famous being Lando Calrissian and Luke Skywalker.

Skywalker had grown so fond of the drink that he had kept a secret stash of the pods used to make it aboard his brother-in-law’s freighter.” “Hot chocolate was frowned upon in Palpatine’s court and among smugglers, as Imperial officials viewed the drink as plebian, and the smugglers preferred strong alcoholic beverages.  After the Yuuzhan Vong War, hot chocolate became a rarity, because the Yuuzhan Vong had re-shaped seven of the eight planets that were home to the plant that produced the pods that were used to make it during the conflict.

While most inhabitants of the galaxy were used to their hot chocolate just coming out of a dispenser nozzle, quite a few were of the opinion that hot chocolate was best when made from scratch.”

“A number of things were used to enhance the taste of hot chocolate:

  • A sliver of tang bark. (aka cinnamon)
  • A drop of orchid bean extract. (aka vanilla)
  • A dollop of mallow paste on top. (aka marshmallow)”

http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Hot_chocolate

Want to make your own hot(h) chocolate?

Hoth Chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 2 heaping tablespoons hot chocolate mix
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup milk

Optional:

  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract (a.k.a orchid bean extract)
  • Pinch of Cinnamon (a.k.a tang bark)
  • Miniature marshmallows (a.k.a mallow paste)
    • If you have marshmallow fluff, that will also work, but it will be sweeter.

Directions:

  1. Add hot chocolate mix and hot water to a mug, mix well.  Add milk and stir.
  2. Add optional flavour enhancers at this time.  I added all three, first the vanilla, then a pinch of cinnamon – mix well.  Then lastly, the marshmallows to top.
  3. Enjoy

Until next time… Feel the force,
Naho

The Tantalizing Treats of Harry Potter

The world of Harry Potter gives us much to imagine

Harry Potter

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For those of you who are not familiar with the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of a wizard, Harry Potter, and his friends Ronald Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s quest to overcome the Dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aims are to become immortal, conquer the wizarding world, subjugate non-magical people, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter*”.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Potter

One of the most popular things about the story of Harry Potter is all the food it has throughout the books.  It has all sorts of food, from magical to traditional British and sweets to full meals.

I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy some of these delicious delights and I am going to tell you a little about them.

Anything from the trolley?

The first time I really got an idea of the popularity of the food and candy was from the trolley witch.  she’d go up and down the isles asking the children if they’d like anything from the trolley.

When I was fortunate enough to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida, I was able to visit Honeydukes.

Honeydukes

Honeydukes is the candy shoppe located in Hogsmeade and carries most the sweets found in the books.

Here is a list of sweets I’ve tasted along with a description:Peppermint Toads

Peppermint Toads: peppermint creams shaped like toads (“hop realistically in the stomach!”)*.

In this case, these peppermint toads were small morsels of dark peppermint flavoured chocolate.

FuzzingWhizzbees

 


Fizzing Whizbees
: massive sherbet balls that make you levitate.*

In this case, they have made this into bee like chocolates that contain popping candies, when eaten the popping candies fizzle and pop in your mouth.


 

Chocolate Frog: come with a collectable card of a famous witch or wizard in each pack.*Chocolate Frog

This is actually what it seems, there was a fairly large chocolate frog and it did come with a collectable wizards card.

 

 

 

 

Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Bean: These beans are essentially the same as regular jelly beans, but with flavors that you would never expect.

Bertie BottsIn this case, they are exactly identical.  I have had some flavours and they are extremely realistic.  Some are lovely and some are atrocious.

Some flavours include:

  • baked bean
  • booger
  • chocolate
  • coconut
  • coffee
  • curry
  • ear wax
  • grass
  • liver
  • marmalade
  • pepper
  • peppermint
  • sardine
  • spinach
  • sprouts
  • strawberry
  • toast
  • toffee
  • tripe
  • vomit

Sherbet Lemon

Sherbet Lemon: Also known as lemon drops, sherbet lemon is actually a non-magical treat, but a favourite of Dumbledore’s.

In this case, they are exactly as described.

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin JuicePumpkin Juice: Is commonly seen throughout the Harry Potter books.  It is very popular in the wizarding world and can be enjoyed at anytime of the day.

In this case, it is identical to it’s description.  Refreshing when cold, has pumpkin and spice flavours.

 

*Harry Potter Lexicon – http://www.hp-lexicon.org/wizworld/candy.html

I hope you enjoyed reading about these treats come to life as much as I enjoyed sharing this information with you.  Stay tuned for created recipes from my imagination to yours!

Until next time…
*Evanesco*

-N

Geekdom and Expos and Cons, OH MY!

Join us…  Join us…

If you’re into going to cons and expos, please check out the Facebook group Geekdom and Expos and Cons, OH MY!

As the description states below, Geekdom and Expos and Cons, OH MY! is a group to keep you informed on various happenings related to sci-fi, comics, anime, gaming, etc.

Nerds, geeks and fans from all walks of life are welcome!

Group Wall
Feel free to start up conversation, events, blog posts, photos, etc.  This is a great way to keep up to date with the latest cons and expos.

Below, you’ll find a screen capture of some the upcoming events:

Events

How to get there?

Just search Geekdom and Expos and Cons, OH MY! on Facebook or type in http://www.facebook.com/groups/GeekdomExposCons/ in your browser.

C’mon… Come to the dark side, we have cookies ;)!

Cheers,
Nahren

Star Wars – Blue Milk

Starting off with an easier recipe… Blue milk.

Background

Blue milk comes from the series Star Wars, you may have heard of it…  Blue milk has made an appearance in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, along with many comics, animated series and books, to name a few.

Blue milk is one of the obvious food items you find in the movies due to it’s popularity and obvious blue colour, it really stands out.

Here is the ‘definition’ of blue milk found on Wookieepedia.

Blue milk

Blue Milk

Luke Skywalker pours a glass of blue milk – Wookieepedia.

Blue milk, sometimes known as Bantha milk and Tatooine milk, was a blue-colored liquid produced by a female bantha’s mammary glands. It could be found on most planets across the galaxy. The milk was well known for being very rich and refreshing, its opaque coloring suggesting that it was also sweet. The milk was also used to make a variety of yogurt, ice cream, and cheese. Its ubiquity inspired the military phrase “blue milk run.” Dex’s Diner served blue milk.”*

*The full article can be found here.

Recipe

You can find many recipes for blue milk on the internet.  It all really depends on your interpretation and imagination.  The default thought of this recipe is regular milk and blue food coloring, although functional, this recipe may give a slight bitter taste as food coloring can be detected by some people.

My recipe below involves a fruity addition.

BlueMilkIngredients:

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 oz. 5% cream
  • 6 oz. blueberry smoothie
  • 1 heaping tablespoon white sugar
  • 4-5 drops of neon blue food coloring

Directions:

  1. Pour milk, cream, blueberry smoothie and white sugar into a 500 ml measuring cup.  Stir well until all ingredients are incorporated and sugar disolved
  2. Add 4-5 drops of neon blue food coloring.  Mix well until evenly distributed.
  3. Pour into class and enjoy.

There will be a blueberry flavour undertone, this drink is sweet and creamy, great for any fan to enjoy during a Star Wars marathon or a late night snack.

Wanna see a food item come to life?

Leave a comment below or follow and tweet me on Twitter @nahrenshamoka.  I’d love to create more recipes and bring foods to life.

May the force be with you,
Nahren

Writers Block

I have been wanting to blog for the last 12 hours, and I just can’t.  I don’t think I’ve ever had such a bad case of writers block before.

Re-evaluate

This past week, we were told to re-evaluate our blog and think of our audience.  There was an article about 7 mistakes done in blogging.  The one that really stood out was ‘the blog is not for you, it’s for your audience’.  I thought to myself, I’m missing something.

I had a goal of blogging to you everyday, and gladly.  I was really enjoying my little daily notes (and still am), but I realize now, it needed more depth, more to give.

Audience

Audience

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So, who do I hope to attract as my audience…

Geeks, nerds, fans, sci-fi and fantasy enthusiasts as well as food lovers.

I plan to create a blog based on themed foods.  Foods you read about in books, see in movies and TV shows.  Anything from pumpkin juice to blue milk and themed menus for a Big Bang theory and Harry Potter marathons.

I really hope you enjoy my upcoming endeavors.

How about you?

Anything you’re a huge fan about and want to see that food come to life?  I know I have, but I’ll save that for a future post ;)… But here’s a hint :p.

Pumpkin Juice

Cheers,
Nahren

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