Category: Book of the Month Recipes

End of May Bonus Recipe: The Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster

Posted May 29, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 4 Comments

I’m a complete novice when it comes to mixing drinks, but the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is SO cool, I knew I couldn’t finish my Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy menu without it. It’s said to contain Santraginean sea water, Arcturan Mega-gin, Qualactin Hypermint extract, and a host of other wild ingredients. Of course, most of these ingredients aren’t exactly “easily sourceable,” so there are many interpretations of this iconic Hitchhiker beverage, ranging from the very simple to the ultra-accurate. I chose this gin-based rendition developed by Mitch Hutts of Critical Hit Cocktails, because I think it has the best of both worlds. It’s complex and unique enough to be considered its own drink, but it’s not married to authenticity at the expense of flavor. It’s easy to make—even for a newbie like me—and I really love the flavor. It’s refreshing and easy to drink, but not too sweet. And check out that awesome neon color! The “gear lemon” garnish is my own personal touch (I learned the technique here).

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Hearts of Gold: Orange-Flavored Petit Fours

Posted May 22, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 1 Comment

In Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the Heart of Gold is a state-of-the-art starship that operates on an infinite improbability drive (powered by a “nice hot cup of tea”). However, using the improbability drive can have some unusual side effects. Luckily, these cute, dainty cakes are just the thing to set you right after being turned into a sofa…or a ball of yarn…or a penguin.

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Petunia Bowl Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Posted May 15, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 2 Comments


Oddly enough, the petunia bowl is practically a character in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. It’s one of the book’s most iconic story elements, second only to the towel. And no wonder! Who can forget that fateful bowl of petunias plummeting through space, consumed by only one thought: “Oh no, not again”?

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Grilled Honey-Lemon Babel Fish: An Alison’s Wonderland Original Recipe ©

Posted May 8, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 1 Comment


Fun Fact: I actually don’t like fish, but this lovely recipe is the exception to the rule—I’m crazy about it!

I also think the Babel fish is one of the coolest creatures in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. What’s more clever than a little fish that translates alien languages for you? Therefore, it seemed only right to include a tribute to the Babel fish in our Hitchhiker menu.

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Ford Prefect’s Apocalypse Trail Mix: Essential Nutrients for When the World’s about to End

Posted May 1, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 3 Comments

  

Happy May Day, everybody! It is with great pleasure that I introduce our new Book of the Month (and first sci-fi pick): The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy! This is easily one of my favorite books. It’s quirky, original, yet sometimes profound. And since May 25th is Towel Day, I knew this month was the perfect time to feature a Hitchhiker’s Guide menu. Let’s get started!

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Butterbeer Trifle: An Alison’s Wonderland Original Recipe ©

Posted April 24, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 2 Comments

  

Man oh man, I had so much fun developing this recipe! Harry Potter features so many fantastic foods, but butterbeer is by far one of my favorites. It’s incredibly versatile–I’ve seen butterbeer cupcakes, cookies, and ice cream all over Pinterest. My original plan was to make butterbeer cupcakes, like those made by The Curvy Carrot, but since I recently made cupcakes for Alice in Wonderland, I decided to try a different route. The goal: something classically British that still captured the essence of butterbeer. And what’s more classically British than trifle? 😉

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“Leeky” Cauldrons: Leek Soup in Pretzel Bun Bowls

Posted April 17, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 5 Comments

So often I feel like we overlook side dishes as an opportunity for creativity. I’ll admit, I’m the queen of zapping frozen peas in the microwave and calling it done. But since this dish was going to represent all the magical goodness that is Harry Potter, I felt honor-bound to push my boundaries and turn a simple soup into something special. Luckily, I think I succeeded!

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Pan-Seared Steak with Mushrooms and Onions: A Hogwarts House-Elf Specialty

Posted April 10, 2014 by Alison's Wonderland Recipes in Book of the Month Recipes / 1 Comment


When I decided to do a Harry Potter menu, I knew I wanted to feature at least one recipe from the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. It has the most iconic Harry Potter foods (pumpkin juice, cauldron cakes, etc.), but it also has some lesser-known Potter recipes. I’ve spent ages drooling over the recipes in this book, and now is the perfect time to break one out! The scotch collops (aka pan-seared steak with mushrooms and onions) stood out to me from the rest. This is the dish that Harry, Hermione, and Ron are eating at the start-of-term feast when they find out all the food is made by Hogwarts house-elves. As you may recall, Hermione stops eating in protest, but the boys have no problem finishing their steak. After tasting it myself, I have to say, I’m on Harry and Ron’s side. 😉

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