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Lion King – Zebra (kinda), Bug Grub (& Gummy Worms), Baobab Fruit, Hawaiian Pig

Quick links: Zebra | Bug GrubBaobab Fruit | Hawaiian Pig | Verdict

 

Lion King is my all-time favorite Disney movie. It is even in my top 5 movies of all time, any genre. That said, I was not super excited to eat the food from the movie. I don’t have the strong will that Simba has to slurp down a giant grub. But Hakuna Matata! I highly recommend everyone rewatching Lion King, even if it’s only been a week since your last viewing.
We also had to do some substitutions. Eating like a lion is fairly hard to do as a human and living in the United States. But I did eat bugs…oh did I eat bugs

 

Zebra (it’s actually beef because Zebra meat is expensive and illegal I think)

Too bad I don’t have my own personal Scar around to bring me Zebra meat like he did the hyenas.

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It is surprisingly hard to come by in the USA, and I think it is illegal too.  So, I had to settle on regular ol’ beef. But I found a good Kenyan recipe called Nyama Choma. 

Nyama Choma
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 -2 kg beef (or zebra), suitable for roasting
  2. 2 garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1 -2 lemon, juice of
  4. curry powder, to taste
  5. turmeric, to taste
  6. coriander, to taste, fresh finely chopped
  7. paprika, to taste
  8. salt and black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine the lemon juice, garlic and spices (to suit your taste) into a large glass dish and mix very well.
  2. Add the meat and stir to coat the meat with the marinade and allow to marinade for at least one hour.
  3. Preheat the oven to 450F
  4. Set meat on a hot pan over the stove and sear the outside. Do not cool long, maybe only 30 seconds to a minute each side.
  5. Transfer the meat to the oven.
  6. Cook the meat for 3 minutes, flip it and cook it for 3 more minutes.
  7. The meat should be done when it has a temp of 135F
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Slimy, yet Satisfying Grub

I don’t get why Simba chose the biggest fattest bug in the pile. But I commend him for eating the bugs.

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(Credit: Disney)

Also, I did it, I ate some bugs. I had some shipped from Thailand and I ate them just to appease all of you.  Spoiler: It wasn’t slimy OR satisfying.

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But to further appease all of you, I made something that is actually slimy and satisfying. Some home-made gummy worms!

Slimy Yet Satisfying Gummy Worms
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Prep Time
40 min
Total Time
3 hr 40 min
Prep Time
40 min
Total Time
3 hr 40 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 pkg 3 oz raspberry jello (or other flavored)
  2. 2-3 oz unflavored gelatin
  3. 3/4 c whipping cream
  4. 3 c boiling water
  5. 1 tbs lime juice
  6. 4 tbs sugar (divided)
  7. 1 tbs lemon rind (fine) (or 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice)
  8. 15 drops green food coloring
  9. 100ish flexible straws
  10. 1 tall container
Instructions
  1. Combine gelatin and 1 tbs sugar in bowl
  2. Add boiling water.
  3. Let it cool to lukewarm and then add the whipping cream, lime juice and 15 drops green food coloring.
  4. Flex out the straws and place them in a tall, tight container. It helps to place a rubber band around.
  5. Pour the gelatin mixture into the straws
  6. Refrigerate for 3+ hours
  7. Use a rolling pin to squeeze the gummy worms out, or you can try holding the straw under warm water.
  8. Once all worms have been taken out of the straws, place into a container.
  9. Mix the remaining sugar and lemon rind until they make a uniform mixture
  10. Sprinkle the worms
  11. Enjoy
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Baobab Fruit (Pomegranate)

No recipe here, but just for your info, the fruit that Rafiki has is called a Baobab fruit.

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(Credit: Disney)

I couldn’t come by one. So I ate pomegranate, because it looks similar to the fruit in the movie.
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Dress in Drag and do the Hula

Luau! If you’re hungry for hunk of fat and juicy meat,
Eat my buddie Pumbaa here cuz he is a treat! A hundred dollar dine, a tasty swine,
all you gotta do is get in line. Are ya achin’?
Yup Yup Yup
For some bacon?
Yup Yup Yup
He’s a big pig, You can be a big pig too! Oy!

This may be morbid, but I actually cooked some nice Hawaiian-style pork. No regrets. It was one of, if not the best meal that I’ve made.

 

Mr. Pig
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Cook Time
4 hr 30 min
Total Time
4 hr 40 min
Cook Time
4 hr 30 min
Total Time
4 hr 40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 bone-in pork shoulder butt roast (4-5 pounds)
  2. 4 teaspoons liquid smoke
  3. 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  4. 2 unpeeled ripe bananas
  5. 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Place the roast on a 22x18-in. piece of heavy-duty foil;
  2. Sprinkle with liquid smoke and soy sauce.
  3. Wash bananas and place at the base of each side of roast.
  4. Pull sides of foil up round meat; add water.
  5. Seal foil tightly; wrap again with another large piece of foil.
  6. Place in a shallow baking pan; refrigerate overnight, turning several times.
  7. Place foil-wrapped meat in a roasting pan.
  8. Bake at 400° for 1 hour.
  9. Reduce heat to 325°; continue baking for 3-1/2 hours.
  10. Drain; discard bananas and liquid. Shred meat with a fork.
  11. Serve over rice
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Will it Make you Part of the Circle of Life?

The recipes this week went all over the place. I had some of the best food and worst food and some medium food in there. I definitely don’t want to eat bugs again, but I’m sure there will come another movie with bugs. Sigh….

Verdict:

Nyama Choma – 7/10

Bugs – 1/10

Gummy Worms – 7/10

Hawaiian pork – 10/10

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Oliver and Company – New York Hot Dogs, Cat Food Concoction, Chocolates for Dogs, Pink Champagne Cake

Quick links: New York Hot Dogs | Cat Food ConcoctionChocolates for Dogs | Pink Champagne Cake | Verdict

 

Fire up some Billy Joel and get ready for some NYC action. I actually really like Oliver and Company, even though it is one of Disney’s lowest rated films. It also has really great food, especially if you’re a cat or dog! 
There is some food in the movie that we didn’t make because it was featured in other movies. For the bread recipe when they steal bread from a truck,
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see Stromboli’s French Bread from Pinocchio.
For the dog biscuits that they give Fagin,
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see the Kanine Krunchie recipe from 101 Dalmatians

 

Stolen NYC Hot Dogs

Dodger is one sly dog. He tricks Oliver distract the hot dog cart guy and in turn steals the yummy hot dogs.

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(Credit: Disney)

To make this more authentic, I recommend using Sabrett Hot Dogs. If you can’t come by those, at least use all beef franks.

NYC Hot Dogs
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Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
12 min
Prep Time
2 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
12 min
Ingredients
  1. 4-8 All Beef Hot Dogs
  2. 4-8 Hot Dog Buns
  3. Mustard
  4. Any other toppings
Instructions
  1. Boil a pot of water
  2. After it has reached boiling point, put the dogs in the pot and take it off the heat.
  3. Cover the pot and let the dogs steam for 6-8 minutes
  4. Place toppings on.
Notes
  1. If you have a steamer, you may use that to steam the buns.
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Jenny’s Cat Food Concoction

If you have a cat, you’ll love this recipe. When Jenny first gets Oliver, she brings him back to her giant house and makes a who-know-what concoction to give to him.

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(Credit: Disney)

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You see some sort of cereal or bran, eggs, and a bunch of messy dishes. Fortunately, when I made it, I didn’t make as big of mess as she did.

Jenny's Cat Food Concoction
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 can mackerel
  2. 1 egg yolk
  3. 1/3 cup oats
  4. 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  5. 1 bag of cat treats
  6. 1/4 cup whipped cream
Instructions
  1. Mix oats and evaporated in bowl.
  2. Once mixed, add egg and mackerel
  3. Add Cat treats and mix until blended
  4. Top with whipped cream (or don't)
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Chocolates for Dogs

I know, I know, chocolate is really bad for dogs. But we see Georgette eating chocolates from a heart-shaped box and doing yoga.

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(Credit: Disney)

I searched and found that Carob, a chocolate substitute, and its cleared by ASPCA as non-toxic for dogs. So we made some molded chocolates filled with peanut butter. Our dog loved them!  We also made some milk-chocolate candies for us too 🙂

Chocolates for Dogs
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 Bag Carob
  2. 1/2 cup milk
  3. 3 tbs peanut butter
Instructions
  1. Heat up the milk over a very low heat
  2. Add the carob chips a little bit at a time
  3. Stir vigorously with wooden spoon.
  4. Once all the chips are added, you might need to add a couple more splashes of milk until the carob is creamy
  5. Let the carob cool a bit
  6. Fill candy mold 1/2-3/4 way full with the carob
  7. Place peanut butter in a pastry bag (or a plastic bag with its corner cut)
  8. Squeeze a little dab of peanut butter on top of the carob in each mold. About the size of a big pea.
  9. Cover the peanut butter and fill rest of mold with carob
  10. Place in freezer for about an hour or until the carob solidifies. You may also place in fridge, but wait longer for the solidification.
Notes
  1. You might need to hold the pan off the stove a bit if it gets too hot and you start to smell it burn.
  2. For milk chocolate, melt the milk chocolate in a microwave on a low heat, stirring every 30 seconds, or melt in a double boiler. Follow the rest of the instructions. You may place anything you wish in the middle of the chocolates. I put in Nutella and raspberry jam.
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Pink Champagne Cake

At the end of the movie, everything is good and every is around Jenny as they celebrate her birthday.

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Being super rich, she probably had a fancy cake (even though you only see a generic pink cake). How do you make a fancy cake? With champagne of course! This is a somewhat difficult and time consuming recipe. Just a head’s up.

There is also chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream shown in the movie. This cake pair well with Neapolitan ice cream! So pick some of that up from the store.

Pink Champagne Cake
Serves 10
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
1 hr 25 min
For the Champagne Reduction
  1. 2 cups (480 ml) champagne, pink champagne or sparkling wine
For the Champagne Velvet Layer Cake
  1. 2½ cups (280 grams) sifted Self-Rising Flour
  2. 2 cups (400 grams) granulated sugar
  3. ½ cup (1 stick/113 grams) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  4. ¼ cup (48 grams) shortening
  5. ¼ cup (56 grams) vegetable oil
  6. ½ cup (120 ml) champagne reduction
  7. ½ cup (120 ml) buttermilk, at room temperature
  8. ¾ cup (180 grams) egg whites (about 6), at room temperature
  9. ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) pure almond extract
  10. ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) pure vanilla extract
  11. Extra flour and shortening to prepare cake pans
  12. 1 cup raspberry jam
  13. 2 containers of buttercream frosting
  14. Red food coloring to dye the frosting
Prepare the Champagne Reduction
  1. In a medium heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, bring champagne to a boil.
  2. Boil until reduced to ½ cup, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat; set aside to cool completely.
  4. Meanwhile, arrange oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 350ºF.
  5. Grease three 8-inch round with shortening or oil.
  6. Line bottoms with parchment or wax paper cut to fit the size of pans.
  7. Grease paper linings and dust lined pans with flour, tapping out the excess.
  8. Set aside.
Prepare the Champagne Velvet Layer Cake
  1. Mix self-rising flour and sugar until well combined and aerated.
  2. Add butter, shortening and oil and mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Mixture will be very thick.
  4. In a 2-cup glass liquid measuring cup, whisk together champagne reduction, buttermilk, egg whites and extracts using a fork until well blended.
  5. Slowly add half of the liquid mixture to the batter and mix.
  6. Then beat until thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary with rubber spatula, about 2 minutes.
  7. Add remaining liquid mixture and beat just until smooth and thoroughly combined, again scraping down the sides of bowl as necessary.
  8. Using rubber spatula, scrape and pour batter into prepared pans dividing evenly (a little over 2 cups of batter per cake pan).
  9. Smooth tops evenly with rubber spatula and then rap each pan on counter surface 2 to 3 times to expel any air bubbles. This step will create a nice level cake.
  10. Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  11. Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes.
  12. Run thin metal spatula around edges of each cake to loosen, then invert onto wire rack and peel away parchment or wax paper.
  13. Turn right side up onto wire racks (using an additional rack to flip) and cool completely or wrap while still warm to retain moisture.
  14. Wrap each cake layer tightly in plastic food wrap and keep at room temperature until ready to fill and frost.
To Assemble, Frost and Fill the Cake
  1. Mix a couple drops of food coloring into the frosting to turn it into a nice pink color.
  2. Use a scant ¾ cup frosting between each layer.
  3. After frosting each the bottom and middle layer, pipe a simple ¼-inch border of buttercream around the perimeter of the cake to act as a dam to prevent the filling from going over the edge of the cake layer.
  4. Following this, lightly spoon about 4 tablespoons of the Raspberry Filling on top of the buttercream in the center. Using a small angled metal spatula, carefully spread the filling outward to the dam border of buttercream.
  5. Carefully place the next cake layer on top and press down gently.
  6. Proceed to frost the cake as desired with remaining buttercream.
To Make a Rose Cake with “Rose Swirls”
  1. Use a scant ¾ cup frosting between each layer and then proceed to frost the cake with a “crumb coat” or thin coat, but not too thin.
  2. The cake should have good coverage and you should not see the cake peeking through the frosting.
  3. Next, assemble your pastry bag with coupler and tip.
  4. Fill pastry bag and twist closed.
  5. Make sure your hands are not too warm or your buttercream will get too soft. You are now ready to pipe roses!
  6. To pipe roses, start at the bottom and work around the cake to complete a full circle of roses. T
  7. o pipe each rose, start in the center of where you want your rose to be. T
  8. hen pipe in a circular fashion counter-clockwise going around the center point once or twice depending on the size of roses you desire.
  9. The roses don’t need to be perfect!
  10. This is what is so great about piping swirled roses as they look lovely shabby and chic.
  11. It is best to end in the same place each time and I like to end at the top right side of each rose.
  12. Once you complete the first row around the cake, continue with the next row and then the top. To fill in any gaps, I like to pipe small stars or flourishes that contour the rose swirls. Rose Cakes are the best. So simple, but so stunning!
Adapted from http://wickedgoodkitchen.com/pink-champagne-velvet-layer-cake/
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Source: http://wickedgoodkitchen.com/pink-champagne-velvet-layer-cake/ 

Will it make you get the Street Saviore Faire?

Overall, this was a really good haul. Hot Dogs were great, the cake was one of the best cakes I’ve ever had, and if you were a cat, I’m sure you’d love the concoction. The dog chocolates were pretty disgusting for humans. I don’t really like carob. But my dog loved them. But the milk chocolate candies were amazing.

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Verdict:

Hot Dogs – 7/10

Jenny’s Concoction – 3/10 (for humans) 10/10 (for cats)

Dog Chocolates – 3/10 (for humans) 10/10 (for dogs)  Human Chocolates – 10/10

Pink Champagne Cakes – 10/10

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The Great Mouse Detective – Tea and Crumpets, (Root) Beer

Quick links: Tea and Crumpets | (Root) Beer | Verdict

 

Disney’s take on Sherlock Holmes may not Bendaduck Cumberbottom worthy, but it’s still great. We have the classic British tea and crumpets shown as well as some beer (which isn’t uncommon in Disney). However, I decided to skip eating a mouse like Ratigan’s cat does.

 

Cheese Crumpets for Toby

Crumpets are usually pan fried and not baked. However Mrs. Judson makes cheese crumpets that resemble muffins.

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They also show lots of tea. I don’t drink tea, but if you want to make proper English tea, check out this site. 

When I made the crumpets, I actually missed the fact that they were cheese crumpets. But I’m sure if you add a cup of grated cheddar, it’d turn out great. However, even without the cheese, they were great.

Crumpets for Toby
Serves 24
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Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
40 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg active yeast
  2. 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  3. 1 tsp sugar
  4. 1 1/2 cup warm milk
  5. 2 tbsp butter
  6. 2 tsp sugar
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. grated rind of an orange or lemon
  9. 2 eggs
  10. 3 1/2 cup sifted flour
  11. 1 cup grated cheddar cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Soak yeast and first amount of sugar in warm water until frothy (15 minutes).
  2. Add butter, second amount of sugar, salt and orange rind to warm milk and stir.
  3. Add this to the yeast water. Beat, then add the eggs and flour. Add cheese if desired.
  4. Beat until batter is smooth.
  5. Rise for 15 minutes.
  6. Preheat over to 400 °F.
  7. Grease muffin pans.
  8. Fill the greased pans about 2/3 full and bake for 15 minutes or longer, until done.
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(Root) Beer

All of Ratigan’s supporters drink beer. They even try to poison Basil and Dawson’s beers.

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Of course, we’re keeping this a kid friendly blog, so we decided to make Root Beer! BUUUUUUUUUT, we hit a snag. First, I didn’t realize how hard it was to get dry ice where I live. Then I found a recipe to make Root Beer with yeast. So I went and got yeast and I was going to get root beer extract, but I couldn’t find any root beer extract! I didn’t have enough time to go somewhere else, so I wasn’t able to make the root beer. I’m sorry if I let you guys down. But here’s a recipe.

(Root) Beer
Serves 80
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
48 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
48 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces McCormick® Root Beer Concentrate
  2. 5 pounds sugar
  3. 5 gallons lukewarm spring water, (approximately 95°F)
  4. 1 package (1/4 ounce/7 g) dry active yeast
  5. 1 cup pre-boiled water, (cooled to 85° to 95°F)
Instructions
  1. Clean and sanitize all bottling equipment according to information below. Shake Root Beer Concentrate well. Mix with sugar in a large container. (DO NOT USE ALUMINUM). Stir in spring water.
  2. Dissolve yeast in 1 cup pre-boiled water. Allow yeast to dissolve undisturbed 10 to 15 minutes. Add to sugar mixture and stir well.
  3. Bottle immediately into plastic bottles, leaving 2-inch space at top of bottle. Cap tightly. Store each bottle on its side in a warm place (70° to 80°F) for 1 to 2 days, then store upright in refrigerator at 40° to 45°F for additional 3 to 4 days. Keep refrigerated and consume within 7 to 8 days.
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 Source: http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Beverages-****tails/Homemade-Root-Beer

 


Is it Elementary my Dear Dawson?

So the crumpets were really good. I’d definitely have them again. English know how to make food.

Verdict:

Crumpets – 7/10

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Aristocats – Creme de la Creme ala Edgar, Goose ala Provencale stuffed with Chestnuts and basted with white wine, French Onion soup

Everybody wants to be a cat! Aristocats doesn’t feature much food, but the food it does show isn’t half bad. It’s set in Paris, so the food has a lot of French influence. There are a couple dishes that range from a simple dessert to a high-end meal. So check out the recipes from Aristocats.

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Lady and the Tramp – Spaghetti and Meatballs, Breadsticks, Donuts and Coffee, Rib-eye and Mushy Peas, and Wedding Cake

Quick links: Wedding Cake | DonutsRibeye and Mushy Peas | Spaghetti and Meatballs | Breadsticks | Verdict

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Probably one of the most famous Disney food scenes out of all of the animated movies. The spaghetti kiss. We tried recreating the famous scene, but our dog wasn’t as willing as Lady. All-in-all, Lady and the Tramp had a good haul of food. And our greyhound loved the food too.

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Passed-up Wedding Cake (with fondant)

Toward the start of the movie, Tramp was looking for a good place to eat, before settling on Tony’s. One of the options is a cake shop.

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We have made lots of cake throughout this blog, but never a wedding cake. So we made a delicious wedding cake, with fondant and everything

Wedding Cake and Fondant

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Medium-Hard
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Ingredients:

Cake

1 package (18 ounce) betty crocker white cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
3 whole eggs (even for white cakes)
1 cup water
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon almond emulsion (stronger than flavoring) (or 2 teaspoons almond extract)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Fondant

1 package (16 ounces) white mini marshmallows (use a good quality brand)
2 5 tablespoons water
2 pounds (about 8 cups) sifted confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening

Cake

  1. In a bowl, mix 1st 3 ingredients. (see notes below) Set aside.
  2. Place remaining ingredients in mixer bowl then add the dry.
  3. Mix on low speed for 30 seconds, until dry ingredients are incorporated; mix at medium 2 minutes.
  4. This makes 1 & 1/2 times the usual batter than a ‘straight’ cake mix. It will fill one of the following pans: 8″ sq; 12″ round; 9x13x2; OR one 10″ and 6″ round.
  5. Pour into pan(s) and bake as you usually do. I prefere to bake at 300 degrees F. for 20 minutes, then turn oven up to 325 degrees F. for an equal time OR until you can smell cake If it has pulled away from the edges of the pan it is *over done*. You should have a flat cake that won’t (usually) need leveling & is not sticky on the top when it cools.

Special NOTES:.

  1. There is NO oil, butter or margarine in this recipe.
  2. Use large eggs.
  3. If almond extract (not emulsion) is used, add 2 teaspoons or to taste.
  4. Can use ANY cake flavor.
  5. Flavorings can change depending on cake flavor you use. Try a combination of 1 part vanilla, 1/2 part butter flavoring and 1/4 part almond.
  6. It is important to mix the dry ingredients well especially if using a chocolate mix or you will have white spots in the finished cake. I use a wire whisk.

Fondant

  1. To make marshmallow fondant, place marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 30 seconds on high; stir until mixed well. Continue microwaving 30 seconds more; stir again. Continue until melted (about 2 1/2 minutes).
  2. Place 3/4 of the confectioners’ sugar on top of the melted marshmallow mixture. Fold sugar into marshmallow mixture. Flavoring can be added at this point if desired. Place solid vegetable shortening in easily accessed bowl so you can reach into it with fingers as you are working. Grease hands and counter GENEROUSLY; turn marshmallow mixture onto counter. Start kneading like you would dough. Continue kneading, adding additional confectioners’ sugar and re-greasing hands and counter so the fondant doesn’t stick. If the marshmallow fondant is tearing easily, it is too dry; add water (about 1/2 tablespoon at a time) kneading until fondant forms a firm, smooth elastic ball that will stretch without tearing, about 8 minutes.
  3. It’s best to allow Marshmallow Fondant to sit, double-wrapped, overnight. Prepare the fondant for storing by coating with a thin layer of solid vegetable shortening, wrap in plastic wrap and then place in resealable bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible. Marshmallow Fondant will keep well in refrigerator for several weeks.
  4. When not working with fondant, make sure to keep it covered with plastic wrap or in a bag to prevent it from drying out. When ready to use, knead fondant until smooth. Roll out fondant 1/8 in. thick.
  5. To color fondant: If you need to tint the entire batch of fondant, add a little icing color to the melted marshmallow mixture before adding confectioners’ sugar. For smaller amounts of tinted fondant, add icing color to portions of fondant as needed.

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Donuts and Coffee for your pooch

Disclaimer: DO NOT feed your dog donuts and coffee. Caffeine is toxic to dogs. But that didn’t stop Jim Dear. While having his morning coffee and donut, he decided to give Miss Lady some.

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Even though it’s a bad breakfast for dogs, it’s a perfectly good breakfast for humans. We found a great donut recipe that fits the time period of the movie well.

Early 1900's Donuts

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1 egg
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup sweet (aka whole) milk
1 pinch salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
lard or oil, for frying
extra flour
  1. One egg, one cup of sugar, two tablespoons of butter, beaten together till creamy.
  2. Add one cup of sweet milk, a pinch of salt, two teaspoons of baking powder stirred into two cups of flour*.
  3. Add one-half teaspoon of ginger and one-fourth teaspoon of nutmeg to the flour.
  4. Beat well, roll out about one-fourth of an inch thick.
  5. Cut out all the cakes before beginning to fry.
  6. Cook in deep fat that will fry a small walnut-sized ball of the dough in about sixty-five seconds.
  7. Do not let the fat get above that degree of heat.

*NOTE: I don’t know if I messed up the recipe or what, but I had to add about double the flour asked for. The dough was too sticky to shape so I just added more flour until I could shape the donuts to fry, which I used 2 different sized lids to make the circle shape and the circle hole.

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Lady’s Rib-eye Steak and Mushy Peas

:Poor Lady didn’t get a chance to eat the juicy steak she envisioned.

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(Credit: Disney)

and instead got a face-full of mushy peas

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(Credit: Disney)

Even though Lady wasn’t a fan of the peas, our greyhound loved them.

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For the Rib-eye steak. I salted the meat beforehand, and then threw it on the grill until I got a medium-rare cook.  The mushy peas recipe is as follows.

Mushy Peas

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
1 (10-ounce) package frozen green peas
1/4 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Bring a shallow pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add frozen peas, and cook for 3 minutes, or until tender.
  3. Drain peas, and transfer to a blender or large food processor.
  4. Add cream, butter, salt and pepper to peas, and process until blended, but still thick with small pieces of peas.
  5. Adjust seasonings to taste, and serve immediately.

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Tony’s Famous Kissing Spaghetti and Meatballs

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, the famous spaghetti and meatballs. Its such a beautiful scene on a bella notte.

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We tried to recreate the scene with our dog, but Roxie wasn’t so sure about sitting at the table. We did manage to get a semi-decent picture.

Tony's Famous Spaghetti and Meatballs

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: Easy-Medium
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Ingredients:
2 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes undrained
1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
1 1/2 cups 1-1/2 water divided
3 tablespoons grated onions
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons 1-1/2 dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1 1/4 teaspoons 1-1/4 salt divided
1 teaspoon minced garlic divided
3/4 teaspoon pepper divided
6 slices day-old bread torn into pieces
2 eggs lightly beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1 pound ground beef
hot cooked spaghetti
additional parmesan cheese optional
  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 cup water, onion, sugar, oregano, bay leaf and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt, garlic and pepper. (NOTE: I’d also add some crushed red peppers)
  2. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/4 hours.
  4. Meanwhile, soak bread in remaining water. Squeeze out excess moisture.
  5. NOTE: I’d skip on the soaked bread and add 2 cups of bread crumbs and 1/4 cup milk
  6. In a large bowl, combine the bread, eggs, Parmesan cheese, parsley and remaining salt, garlic and pepper. Crumble beef over mixture and mix well.
  7. Shape into thirty-six 1-1/2-in. meatballs.
  8. Place meatballs on a rack in a shallow baking pan.
  9. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 20 minutes or until no longer pink; drain.
  10. Transfer to spaghetti sauce.
  11. Simmer, uncovered, until heated through, stirring occasionally.
  12. Discard bay leaf.
  13. Serve with spaghetti with additional Parmesan if desired.

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Tony’s Breadsticks

Accompanying the spaghetti is a bowl of breadsticks. Mary had made this recipe before, so we decided it would be good. However, when I made it, the bread turned out too sweet. I’m not sure why. So just a forewarning while making it, maybe add a little less sugar.

Tony's Bread Sticks

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1.5 cups Water
1 pkg. Yeast
1.5 Tbs Sugar
3 cups Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
  1. Mix ingredients
  2. Knead for 3 mins.
  3. Let raise for 10 mins
  4. Roll out on parchment paper to the size of a cookie sheet.
  5. Cut into 1.5 in strips
  6. Spread with butter
  7. add garlic, salt and Parmesan cheese on top
  8. Let rest for 10 mins
  9. Bake at 350F for 20 mins

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Will you call it a bella pasto (beautiful meal)?

Overall the recipes were good. I was a little tired and out of it when making the spaghetti and meatballs. I would have made the meatballs a bit spicier if I were on my game, and probably used bread crumbs as opposed to soggy bread. But they still turned out pretty good.

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The donuts and hot chocolate were a great pairing. Part of a balanced breakfast.

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And the cake was amazing. We got lots of compliments on that. I highly recommend it.

Verdict:

Wedding Cake – 10/10

Donuts – 8/10, Donuts dipped in hot chocolate 9/10

Rib-eye Steak – 9/10

Mushy Peas – 7/10

Spaghetti and Meatballs – 7/10

Breadsticks – 6/10

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Cinderella – Porridge, Homemade Toast, Cream, Corn, Bonus 19th Century Hot Chocolate

Quick links: Cream | Corn | Porridge | Homemade Toast | Bonus: Hot Chocolate | Verdict

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A semi-timely post coinciding with the live-action Cinderella, which we watched as well! Unfortunately, we didn’t do any recipes from the live-action Cinderella…although the sweets that were shown at the ball were tempting. 
The animated Cinderella is a perfect breakfast movie, as all the food in the movie is breakfast food. So get that fire going, brush some cinders on your face and discover all the food from Cinderella.

Lucifer’s Cat Cream

Of course Lucifer gets the first food of the movie.

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And on the subject of Lucifer, who would unironically name their cat after Satan? Why would Cinderella’s dad marry someone who unironically named their cat after the devil? Wouldn’t that raise some red flags? It’s not exactly subtle.

Lucifer's Cat Cream

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
3/4 cup Whole Milk
1/3 cup Unsalted Butter
  1. Melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat (or in microwave) be sure not to let the butter boil
  2. Remove from heat
  3. Add in the milk
  4. Mix well for 2-3 minutes.

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Greedy Gus-Gus Corn

Are the chicken feed corn kernels really worth it? Are they Gus?!?!

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I ate some corn, like Gus. I didn’t have to run away from a hungry cat while doing it though. There’s not really a recipe for this, just corn. You can steam it until it’s soft. Or let it go stale and eat it as chicken feed.IMG_20150413_212141

Drizella’s Porridge

Cinderella is shown taking some breakfast to her step-family. We wanted to be accurate with the type of breakfast she would be serving, seeing as this is supposed to take place in 19th-century France. However, it seems like the animators either didn’t see it as taking place in France, or just weren’t accurate with their French breakfasts. It looks like Cinderella is taking her family porridge and tea.

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However, porridge isn’t a common French breakfast. They usually eat grains, coffee, and fruits. But because it really looks like porridge, we were true to the animation and made some porridge.

Drizella's Porridge

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:
50 grams porridge oats
350 milliliters milk or water or a mixture of the two
greek yogurt thinned with a little milk
clear honey to serve
  1. Put the oats in a saucepan, pour in the milk or water and sprinkle in a pinch of salt.
  2. Bring to the boil and simmer for 4-5 minutes, stirring from time to time and watching carefully that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  3. Or you can try this in a microwave. Mix the oats, milk or water and a pinch of salt in a large microwaveproof bowl, then microwave on High for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through
  4. . Leave to stand for 2 minutes before eating.
  5. To serve. Pour into bowls, spoon yogurt on top and drizzle with honey.

Source: bbcgoodfood.com
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Anastasia’s Toast

This is more accurate to France. Toward’s the end of the movie, Cinderella brings her step-family breakfast yet again. This time it’s toast.

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We didn’t want to just buy some bread at the store and toast it, we make our own bread from scratch.

Anastasia's Toast

  • Servings: 20
  • Difficulty: medium-hard
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Ingredients:
4 cups bread flour divided
2 teaspoons active quick rising dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 cups warm water
  1. Put 1/4 cup of bread flour on your clean counter top and reserve.
  2. Place remaining 3 3/4 cups bread flour in your mixer bowl.
  3. Spoon the yeast on one side of the bowl, and the salt on the other side.
  4. Pour in the warm water and with your regular mixer paddle, mix on low speed until the dough comes together in a mass.
  5. Switch to the dough hook. Mix on medium speed for 2 minutes. Dough should clear the sides but stick to the bottom. If it is too sticky, add 1 tablespoon of flour at a time. If too dry, add 1 tablespoon of water to dough to adjust.
  6. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Turn the mixer on again and mix for 3 minutes. (If mixing by hand, mix for 6 minutes, then let rest for 7 minutes and mix again for 7 minutes.)
  8. Take the dough out and place on the counter. Remember that 1/4 cup of flour that we reserved? We’ll use it now.
  9. As you knead the dough by hand, incorporate more flour as you need.
  10. Knead by hand until the dough is very satiny, smooth, tight and formed into a nice, compact ball.
  11. Place this dough in a large lightly oiled bowl
  12. Turn dough over so that all sides have a thin coating of oil.
  13. Cover with plastic wrap and set in warm place for 1 1/2 hours to let rest and rise.
  14. Dough should almost double in size.
  15. While the dough is rising, about 1 hour into the rising stage, preheat your oven to 450F and place your pizza stone, inverted baking sheet or covered cast iron pot into the oven to heat up.
  16. If you are using a loaf pan for steam, also place that into the oven, on the very bottom rack, off to one side of the oven.
  17. After the dough has risen fully, punch dough down and form back into a ball. Poke your finger on the surface – the dough should give into the pressure and slowly creep back up.
  18. Ok, here’s the fun part. Cut the dough into half – you’ll shape one half at a time (keep the other piece under wraps)
  19. Pick up the dough – stretch it out until it forms a big rectangle.
  20. Dust your work surface with flour and fold over the ends of the dough inwards in 3rds.
  21. Now do a little “karate chop” lengthwise down the middle of the bread and stretch out the long ends again.
  22. Fold over in half. The karate chop helps get the middle tucked inside.
  23. Pinch all sides shut. This is important – you want to make sure that all ends including the short ends are pinched tightly to create a seal. This allows the bread to rise & expand up and out evenly. If the bread looks a little lopsided, you can try to fix it by letting it rest 5 minutes and gently stretching it out again. Just don’t knead the dough again – you’ll pop all the beautiful gas that took 1.5 hours to create!
  24.  Turn the bread over so that it is seam side down.
  25. Cover the loaf with a damp kitchen towel. Repeat with the other dough ball.
  26. Leave the loaves to rest on your well-floured pizza peel or cutting board for 30 minutes.
  27. After bread is done rising, take a sharp paring knife and make 3-4 shallow, diagonal slashes on the surface of the loaf. This allows the steam in the bread to escape so that it expands evenly during the baking process.
  28.  When you are ready to bake, remove your baking vessel from oven. Carefully slide the gorgeous loaf into or onto your baking vessel.
  29. If you are using pizza stone or inverted baking sheet: You can probably fit both loaves on it at the same time, just leave at least 6-8″ of space between the loaves. -> Get a 1/2 cup of water ready next to the stove.
  30. Open the stove, put your bread in the oven and throw the water on the oven floor or in the pre-heated loaf pan.
  31. Immediately close the oven door. This creates your steam. -> Bake 20-25 minutes.
  32. Check temperature of the bread – internal temperature should read 190-200F.
  33. Remove and let cool before cutting into it.
  34. If you are using a long cast-iron pot or covered baker: -> Before closing the lid on your pot/baker, put 1/4 cup of water directly in the pot. Cover immediately.
  35. Put pot in oven. -> Bake 10 minutes.
  36. Remove lid of pot. Bake another 14 minutes.
  37. Check temperature of the bread – internal should be 190-200F. Remove and let cool before cutting into it.
  38. Repeat with other loaf. (For convection ovens- bake 8 min covered, 10-12 min uncovered. Check temperature of bread)
  39. To re-crisp the crust, put in 375F oven for 5 minutes.
  40. Cut the bread and toast  it!

Source: steamykitchen.com

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Bonus: 19th Century Hot Chocolate

It seems like she just has hot water in her tea kettle. But we didn’t feel like making tea. So even though it probably wasn’t hot chocolate, we found a great recipe for 19th century hot chocolate. Remember, sweet chocolate didn’t come to be until later.

19th Century Hot Chocolate

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Ingredients:
1/2 pint water
1/2 pint milk
1 ounce bakers chocolate
  1. Scrape fine one square of Baker’s chocolate (which will be an ounce).
  2. Put it in a pint of boiling water and milk, mixed in equal parts.
  3. Boil ten minutes, and during this time mill it or whip it with a Dover egg-whip (one with a wheel), which will make it foam beautifully.
  4. Sweeten to the taste, at table.

Source: huntsville.about.com

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Is it a dream/a wish your heart makes?

Everything was alright. Nothing was blow-your-glass-slippers-off amazing. The best thing about the meal was the homemade toast. That was really good. The hot chocolate was kind of disappointing. Of course, I don’t love bitter chocolate, and it was pretty bitter.

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Verdict:

Cream – 6/10

Corn – 6/10

Porridge – 7/10

Toast – 10/10

Hot Chocolate – 7/10