Now, I love me a good piece of escapism fantasy. I love exploring worlds where magic is real, monsters lurk around every corner, and laser swords are things that exist – places where EasyBet Casino ISN’T the best place for you to blow your dough. These are worlds you can really sink your teeth into – literally!
No fantasy would be complete without some delicious delectables to delight and wonder! Whether it’s Dragon Roast or Space Squid Escargot, these salivating slices of life really add wonder and delight and truly help to sell the fantasy.
However, it doesn’t have to remain a fantasy. You can prepare some of these exotic and exquisite dishes right in your own kitchen. Not that you could in the current climate, but there’s no need to travel all the way to universal studios to explore the wonders and delights that these tasty dishes have to offer. Enjoy!
Harry Potter is a childhood favorite of mine and is full of iconic elements. In fact, it shook the entire Young Adult genre- for the better. However, the franchise had its fair share of treats and dishes that made ten-year-old me rumble with envy. Pumpkin Juice, Chocolate Frogs, Every Flavor Beans, and so much more.
However, introduced later in the series was Butterbeer, the drink of choice on cold winter nights. And celebrations. And mourning. Basically, there was always an excuse to drink some more Butterbeer. Universal Studios opened up a Harry Potter park a while back and sold Butterbeers alongside it.
Now, given everything, it would be pretty inconvenient to fly out all the way to Florida and go to a theme park just to try out a drink. Luckily, dedicated fans and cooking enthusiasts have recreated the recipe and posted it online. Here’s one of my favorites from Tablespoon.com:
- 1 Cup light or brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons water
- 6 tablespoons butter
- ½ Teaspoon salt
- ½ Teaspoon Cider Vinegar
- ¾ Cup Heavy Cream, Divided
- ½ Teaspoon Rum Extract
- 12 Oz Cream Soda
Butterbeer isn’t where it ends for Harry Potter drinks. Firewhisky is the adult drink of the Harry Potter universe, and fans have recreated that too.
While the drink is name-dropped several times throughout the series, Harry and Friends drink a toast of it after (SPOILERS) Mad-Eye Moody is tragically killed by Death Eaters while helping transfer Harry from his Aunt and Uncle’s house to safety. Here’s a good recipe I found:
- 250ml Canadian Club Whisky
- 2 Cinnamon Sticks
- 2 Heaped Tbsp of Brown Sugar
I was determined not to let this list be filled to the brim with iconic fantasy foods without at least procuring something from science fiction too. Thankfully, Star Wars just so happens to be one of the most popular franchises ever, and it didn’t take me long to think of something iconic to include from it.
One of the fandom’s in-jokes is to reference the Blue Milk that’s seen in one of the opening scenes of Episode Four when Luke Skywalker is having a meal with his Aunt and Uncle. There’s just this pitcher of Blue Milk that they drink from, and only obsessed fans (like yours truly) even notice it. That is until Disney cranked out The Last Jedi and had Luke drink this really gross green milk stuff- but let’s forget about that one.
It turns out that recreating Blue Milk is surprisingly easy, according to the Creme de la Crumb site:
- 2 Cups Whole Milk
- 1 Cup Ice Cubes
- 1 Tablespoon Blue Fruit Punch Powder (or Cool-Aid equivalent)
- ¼ Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- Blue Food Coloring, as needed
Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster
Of course, I couldn’t talk about sci-fi without name dropping another beloved series: Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. It’s funny. It’s quirky. The characters love themselves a good, exotic drink. One such drink was the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster. Invented by the galaxy’s ex-president, Zaphod Beeblebrox, it’s considered the best drink in existence. It has an effect that’s described to be like “having your brains smashed out by a lemon wrapped in a brick.”
It’s said to be so potent that “After two of those babies, the dullest, most by the book Vogon will be up on the bar in stilettos, yodeling mountain shanties and swearing he’s the king of the Gray Binding Fiefdoms of Saxaquine.”
And if you want to try this brain-busting legend of a drink, here’s a recipe over on Allrecipes.com:
- 1 Tablespoon Gin
- 1 Tablespoon Light Rum
- 1 Tablespoon Vodka
- 1 Tablespoon tequila
- 2 Tablespoons Creme de menthe liqueur
- 2 Tablespoons Galliano
- 1 cup Ice Cubes
- 1 Slice Lemon
James Bond’s Eggs and Toast
The iconic super spy with a license to kill is most famous for his series of movies that made him famous. He’s suave. He’s sexy. He’s got gadgets for days and enough one-liners to drive any villain up the wall. At least, that’s what he’s best known for. Less well known is that he actually was created in a far more serious series of spy novels by Ian Fleming.
While he’s certainly the same James Bond we all know and love, the book version of the character had no gadgets, nowhere near as many women to conquer, and barely broke even financially despite all he did for his country. In fact, the only real possession of value was his car, the Aston Martin DB5, and it didn’t even have the ejection seat.
However, the book version of James Bond had a fun quirk. Upon returning late from a mission, he would treat himself to some scrambled eggs. It’s easier to name the books in which scrambled eggs are never mentioned than the ones in which they are (From Russia with Love, You Only Live Twice, and The Man with the Golden Gun).
In fact, this was a personal favorite of Ian Fleming’s, so it was one of Bond’s. So much so that in Ian Fleming’s short story Agent in New York (now included in the book Octopussy), you can find the entire recipe for yourself. Or here it is:
- 12 Fresh Eggs
- Salt and Pepper
- 5 – 6 oz of Fresh Butter
The recipe then goes on to recommend how to prepare it and how it should be served with toast, on individual copper dishes (for aesthetic reasons), with pink champagne and low music. If that isn’t quintessential James Bond, I don’t know what is.
Were two sci-fi juggernauts on one list too much to handle? Well, too bad, here’s a third. Star Trek is full of iconic characters, philosophical thought experiments, forward-thinking optimism, and the occasional gross alien thingy. All the fans have their favorites of the Federation’s rival powers – the Romulans, the Cardassians, the Borg, but none are more iconic and more well established than the Klingons.
Although the original series had neither the budget nor the world-building chops to develop the Klingons as anything more than a cold-war era soviet union stand-in, the later movies and TV shows explored these honorable warriors to the fullest and gave us fun and memorable characters like Worf and Gowron.
The Klingons’ cultural machismo that was established from The Next Generation onwards even extended to their choice of food. Infamously, Gagh is best served live and is made from Serpent Worms – because of course, it is. Thankfully for us humans, are far less gross variation exists for you to enjoy with your red wine – sorry, bloodwine.
- 4 – 4.5 Cups of Water
- 1 – 1.5 Cups of Dried Shitake Mushrooms
- 4 Tbsp of Agar Flakes
- 2 Tbsp of Tamari or Dark Soy Sauce
- 1 Tbsp of Tomato Paste
- 1 Star Anise Pod
- 8 – 10 Whole Peppercorns
- Half a stick of Cinnamon
Check out the rest of the recipe is on Twice-Cooked. What you’ll end up with is a delicious plate of noodles and veggies that totally won’t freak out whomever you serve it to.
Ah, Disney. How I love/hate thee. Let me count the ways…
Man, Disney has been ruining a lot of my favorite franchises in the past couple of years. What with the constant remakes, reboots, and utter garbage that is the Disney Star Wars Sequels, it’s hard to think of a single franchise that Disney doesn’t have its greedy fingers in at this point.
They’re basically the megacorporation that all the cyberpunk movies were warning us about.
So while Disney is responsible for some of the most iconic and powerful animated films of all time, I felt a twinge of delight when Disney reported their first annual loss in decades this year. Maybe they’ll finally stop wringing out my childhood for quick and easy cash since that ain’t working for them.
However, one of the movies that they haven’t yet made a remake of is the 2007 film Ratatouille, about Remy the Rat who loves to cook. Yes, I know Pixar made Ratatouille, but Disney now owns Pixar, so my point still stands.
Suffice it to say that Ratatouille, the dish, is pretty relevant to the plot of the movie. I won’t spoil it, but I think you could have gleaned that from the title. Now, Ratatouille wasn’t invented for the film. Still, the specific recipe depicted in the movie was recreated by YouTuber Babish on his channel Babish Culinary Universe and uploaded to his site for you to try out yourself. Now, this is a much more involved recipe than the other recipes on this list, but if you’re up for the challenge, try out this Disney delight:
- 6 Large Roma Tomatoes, Divided
- 2 Red Bell Peppers, seeded and left Whole
- ½ Cup Vegetable Stock
- ½ Cup Water
- 2 Sprigs Rosemary, pickled, Divided
- 2 Sprigs thyme, picked
- 1 clove Garlic
- ½ small Onion
- 3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
- 2 Medium Green Squash
- 2 Medium Yellow Squash
- 2 Medium Japanese Eggplants
- 1 Tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 Tsp Freshly Ground Pepper
- 5 Leaves Fresh Parsely, Torn