Fandom Foodie

Totoro Bonsai Guardian by Alex Boake

Totoro Bonsai Mike and I recently took the time to respectively watch and re-watch this excellent movie, and I got inspired to do a little illustration as a tribute. I'd say it's a big improvement over my previous Totoro illustration, though the attached recipe really does hold up!

This is also available as a design on my Society6 store, and you can get prints, TOTE(oro?) bags, shower curtains, pillows, phone cases, etc. Technology is amazing. Free shipping until June 8th using this link!

Totoro Swag

New Nerdy Tshirts on Teepublic by Alex Boake

Sorry again for the radio silence. Or blog silence, rather. Good things come to those who wait, right? In the mean time, I just got approved as a tee designer on TeePublic, and I've uploaded a bunch of my cool video game and other geeky designs over there. Feel free to check them out, if that's something that interests you! They're $14 until Sunday, then they go up to $20. alexboake_teesUntil next time!

Fandom Foodie: My Little Pony Applejack's Jacked Up Apple Custard by Alex Boake

" Okay, all you high-class ponies. Here's a highfalutin' apple cake for your hoity-toity taste buds." -Applejack, My Little Pony Friendship is Magic

Let me confess: I used to be an ENORMOUS My Little Pony fan. Yes, I recall, in kindergarten, my friends and I would always duke it out over who got to have the jeweled unicorn pony from the class toybox. At home, I also had a few ponies...and a pony house...flutter ponies...sea ponies... *cough*

These days I am not really what you'd call a pony fanatic, but I can definitely see the appeal! The current show seems to be quite entertaining, and has garnered many fans...young and old...female and...male. I have only the utmost respect for these self-proclaimed Bronies! Heck, I thought I'd ruin my street cred by professing my love for rainbow coloured ponies, but you guys are out there flying your sparkling pony flag, strong and proud! ; )

Now now, here's a dessert that's inspired by the fruitiest pony...Applejack, of course! It's a little spicy, a little creamy and sweetened only with apples. Delicious!

 Applejack's Jacked Up Apple Custard Serves 4 

Difficulty Level Normal Mode

Ingredients

  • 4 Apples, of mixed variety (Macintosh, Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp...)
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ginger, grated
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Jalapeño or Red Pepper Flakes
  • Dash of Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Organic Sour Cream or Coconut Cream
  • 2 Eggs

Directions Peel and quarter the Apples, removing the core. Using different types of Apples will give you more of a depth of flavour, compared to just using a single variety. In a saucepan, add the Apples, Ginger and Water. Bring to a boil and then and cook over medium heat until the Apples are soft and begin to become a bit saucy, about 20 minutes. Next, add the Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Jalapeño/Red Pepper Flakes and Cayenne Pepper. Cook for a few more minutes, then allow to cool slightly. Blend using an immersion blender or food processor until it reaches a uniform applesauce consistency.

Next, beat together the Eggs and the Sour Cream or Coconut Cream. Temper the Eggs with a bit of the applesauce, continuing to mix all the while. Once tempered, add to the main mixture. Whip the whole thing to incorporate some air.

Preheat the oven to 350, and then grease 4 ramekins. Divide the mixture evenly, then bake for 35 minutes, or until set. Serve warm, topped with fresh Whipped Cream or Whipped Coconut Cream. Enjoy!

Fandom Foodie: Kirby's Maxim Tomato and Apple Ketchup by Alex Boake

"Your spirit is willing but your pink flesh is weak." -Metaknight, Kirby, Right Back At Ya!

Believe it or not, but I used to be a..."Kirby Fanartist". I drew many Kirbies back in the day! So, I'll have you know that this piece was really easy once I channeled my expert Kirby rendering skills from the age of 12. For a pink puffball, he's pretty tough! He inhales his enemies and gains wicked cool powers. Plus, he's one of the best characters in Super Smash Brothers.

Here's a BBQ sauce recipe that uses one of the health-recovery items from the Kirby series, the Maxim Tomato! Also, you get to use some Dreamland Apples! Ideally you should use in-season tomatoes and in-season apples...but pick one or the other if you can't get both at the same time.

Difficulty Level Easy Mode

Kirby's Maxim Tomato and Apple BBQ Sauce

Recipe Type: BBQ Sauce
Author: Alex Boake
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Ingredients
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 3 Medium Ripe Tomatoes, diced
  • 2 Macintosh Apples, shredded
  • 1 6 oz. Can Tomato Paste
  • 1 Vidala Onion or any Sweet Onion, diced
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Sweet Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Instructions
  1. Take all the ingredients except the Oil and throw them in a medium-size saucepan. Once again, don't get intimidated by a long ingredient list. Sauces like this are super easy to make, and are much healthier than the store-bought alternatives.
  2. Bring to a boil, and after boiling for a minute, reduce heat to medium low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes, or until all the ingredients begin to break down into a saucy consistency.
  3. Remove from the heat and allow to cool briefly. Transfer to a food processor, or using an immersion blender, process until smooth and uniform. Add the Olive Oil and blend again. This sauce is great on Pulled Pork, Ribs and Chicken! I'm not sure if it will help you recover your health like a Maxim Tomato...but it sure is tasty!! Put what you don't use immediately into a glass jar, and refrigerate for up to two weeks.

Fandom Foodie: Goku's Sweet Power Potatoes by Alex Boake

"It's my stomach, I'm hungry." -Goku, Dragonball.

Now, I used to watch Dragonball and Dragonball Z myself, but I wouldn't exactly call myself a fanatic. However, I do happen know a true fan quite well...my boyfriend, Mike! So, I asked him to give me his DBZ elevator pitch! In his words:

"I'm not even sure what it is that I like about Dragon Ball Z... It's action-packed, has super-powerful characters that can blow up worlds, magical dragons that grant wishes, a talking pig and a pure-hearted main character who takes on every type of opponent in the universe! The series is simply a classic and everyone should check it out!"

There you have it, folks! What's not to like about that? Of course, they do spend a lot of air time 'powering up', so if you want to check the series out, and skip all that, you can also watch the fan-made 'abridged' version, which is of course, very very accurate! ; )

In the show, when the characters are beaten to a bloody pulp, and need a second wind, they eat Senzu Beans. Now, we don't do beans around here, so instead I would recommend to Goku to try some Sweet Potatoes as his post-villain beating recovery food. Plus, they're orange and round like Dragonballs! Wowza~

Goku's Sweet Power Potatoes

Serves 5 to 6 as a side.

Difficulty Level Easy Mode

Ingredients

  • 4 or 5 Sweet Potatoes
  • 4 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Chinese 5 Spice Powder
  • 1 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper

Directions Preheat oven to 350.

Peel the Sweet Potatoes, and rinse them off. Slice into half inch thick disks, or a bit thinner if you prefer them more on the crispy side. Toss them with the Olive Oil, 5 Spice Powder, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt and Peppers until they are well coated with the seasonings.

Take a metal tray or two, and lay them out so that they all have contact with the pan. Pop into the oven and cook for about 25 to 30 minutes. After that time, take them and flip each one over, again making sure that they aren't on top of each other.

Cook for another 25 to 30 minutes, until they are soft on the inside, and the seasonings become a bit crispy on the outside.

You could get crazy and serve these with a mayo-based dipping sauce, but I like to eat them all on their own. Enjoy!

Fandom Foodie: King of All Cosmos' Majestic Mystery Meatballs by Alex Boake

"We are moved to tears by the size of this thing." -King of All Cosmos, Katamari Damacy.

You have to have played this game to understand it. Please tell me you have played this game? If not, watch the intro, it will help. A little bit. The main premise of the game is that The King of All Cosmos gets extremely drunk and destroys all the stars and planets. It's up to his son, The Prince, to use the Katamari to roll things on Earth up into balls in order to make new planets and stars. This may sound odd, but actually this game is extremely fun and amusing. Speding hours creating chaos by rolling up everything from paper clips, to cows, to clouds, to the Statue of Liberty...

My favourite level is the one where you are rolling around an underweight Sumo wrestler, and you must fatten him up by rolling up tons of food. Then, eventually, you must roll him into his opponent and win the match!

We love this game so much that my family has made costumes from it...yes, we have our very own Katamari. I'm the one in red, in case anyone was curious.

These Majestic Meatballs are inspired by the whimsy and wonder that is The King. So changeable, so mysterious, so...bulging...

King of All Cosmos' Majestic Mystery Meatballs

Serves 4 to 6, or use as an appetizer for a larger group.

Difficulty Level Hard Mode

Ingredients

  • 2 Lbs Ground Beef
  • 1 Organic Egg
  • 1 Medium Sweet Potato, Grated (~1 Heaping Cup)
  • 3 Cloves Garlic, Minced Fine or Pressed
  • 1 Tbsp Italian Herb Blend
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 12 x 10g Cubes of Various Cheeses, OR,
  • 12 x Pitted Dates, Dried Figs, Mango Cubes
  • 6 Slices of Prosciutto, Halved

Directions Preheat oven to 350. Peel and grate Sweet Potato. You're going to want to have it fairly finely grated so that it blends well with the Ground Beef. Toss it in a large bowl.

Prepare your fillings and cut your Prosciutto slices in half. If using Cheese, pick 3 or 4 different cheeses, and cut into 10g cubes. It's best to use very different types of Cheese, such as Blue, Goat, Brie and Cheddar. If using Dates, Figs and Mango, make sure the pits of the Dates are removed. Wrap the Cheese or Fruit in the half slices of Prosciutto. Place the wrapped fillings on a tray while you mix the meat. You could also do half Cheese and half Fruit to add to the mystery!

In the large bowl with the Sweet Potato, add the Ground Beef, Egg, Pressed Garlic, Italian Spices, Sea Salt and Pepper. Mix well, using your hands. Take a ball of meat, and flatten it out to the size of your palm. It should not be too thick. Place the Prosciutto-wrapped filling in the middle, and form the meat around to enclose it. You will be making 12 meatballs, so divide the meat accordingly.

Mix them up on the tray so you don't remember which is which. Pop them into the oven for about 40 minutes, until they are well done. Make sure to use a tray with a lip. Remove from the oven, and serve on a serving tray. Let everyone select their meatballs, and be surprised when they discover what is inside! Wowee!

Special thanks to The Video Ninja for the suggestion that originally inspired this recipe!

Fandom Foodie: Princess Peach Baked Peaches with Goat Cheese and Red Pepper by Alex Boake

"Thank you, but our princess is in another castle... Just kidding." -Princess Peach, Super Mario Bros.

She's the sweetest gal in the Mushroom Kingdom. It's the lovely Princess Peach! Always off being kidnapped by Bowser, constantly sending Mario to rescue her...I'm not really sure what's going on there! C'mon girl, the whole Damsel in Distress bit is totally played out. Stand up for yourself!

Anyway, I'm sure she'd be a mean player in the kitchen, though. Maybe Bowser kidnaps her because he's too lazy to cook for himself? Don't be like Bowser, make your own dessert! Yes, peaches are in season, and although they're delicious plain, why not take the chance to fancy them up a little bit for a killer treat. Juicy, ripe Peaches and tangy Goat Cheese, sweetened with Maple Syrup, with a hit of some spices and a pinch of Red Pepper for a little kick. Yum!

Princess Peach Baked Peaches with Goat Cheese and Red Pepper

Serves 4

Difficulty Level Normal Mode

Ingredients

  • 2 Large, Ripe Peaches, Halved, Pits Removed
  • 100g Goat Cheese (~5 Tbsp)
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • Whipping Cream to serve

Directions

Preheat oven to 350. Set the Peach halves on a metal pan, or glass baking dish. Bake Peaches without the topping for 20 minutes. While they are baking, mix the Goat Cheese, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Red Pepper Flakes in a small bowl. After the 20 minutes are up, remove from the oven and divide the topping by four. Place a dollop in the depression made from removing the pit. Return them to the oven, and bake for another 10 minutes. Allow them to cool for a minute, and plate them. Top with a small splash of whipping cream, and serve warm. Enjoy!

Fandom Foodie: Mario and Luigi's BBQ'd Maple Cheep-Cheep (Salmon) by Alex Boake

"Well, I'm going to be here for a while, so I might as well stare at the fish. They are oddly hypnotic." -Toad, Super Mario 64

It's-a me, I'mma here with-a dish that is easy and full-a fish! Okay, I have to admit, this recipe is another act of revenge. Does anyone actually like water levels in any video games? Especially ones full of devillish fish that constantly make attempts on your life as you desparately try not to drown. Anyone? No, I didn't think so.

"Mario! We've-a lost-a so much weight since we-a stopped eating pasta!"  -Luigi

In any case, Mario and Luigi are pretty busy guys. They don't have time for complicated dishes, what with having to dash off and save Princess Peach all the time. While you're on your way through World 3, you might as well snag a Cheep-Cheep or two for dinner, and let them marinate while you hop through World 4. Supper will be on the table before you know it!

See, it's so easy, you don't even need a Princess Peach to cook dinner for you. Simple, effortless and tasty. There's no reason not to try it out!

Mario and Luigi's BBQ'd Maple Cheep-Cheep (Salmon)

Serves 6

Difficulty Level Easy Mode

Ingredients

  • 1 Kg Atlantic Salmon Fillet, cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/2 Cup Gluten-Free Tamari Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Lemon, cut into 6 wedges to serve

Directions

Take a 8 x 8 glass baking pan, and place the 6 slices of Salmon in it. Pour in the Tamari Sauce and the Maple Syrup. Allow the Salmon to marinate for at least an hour, or up to 4 hours. If you're planning to marinate the Salmon for an extended period of time, place the dish in the refrigerator. Allow it to come to room temperature before you fire up the BBQ.

Heat up the grill to high. Place the Salmon fillets on the grill, tucking any thin sections underneath so that the slices are of even thickness. Discard the extra marinating liquid.

Close the lid, and grill for 4 minutes on the first side.  After 4 minutes, use a thin metal spatula, quickly slide it underneath to separate the fish from the grill, and then flip each fillet over to the other side. It might take a bit of practice to not lose any of the fish while flipping.

Close the lid again, and cook for another 4 minutes. With this temperature and timing, the fish will still be slightly rare on the inside. You don't want to overcook Salmon!

Plate the fish, and serve with a wedge of Lemon. Let each guest squeeze their Lemon over the fish, and bask in the contrast of the citrus with the sweet of the maple syrup. Enjoy!

Fandom Foodie: Totoro's Forest Custards with Sweet Potato and Mushrooms by Alex Boake

“My neighbor to to ro totoro to to ro totoro if you ever meet him, a wonderful happiness will come to you!” -Japanese Theme, My Neighbour Totoro

Such a cute and endearing movie, it's one of the first Studio Ghibli movies I ever watched. This was before I even knew what Studio Ghibli was! Miyazaki always crafts such unique and magical worlds in his movies, and the characters are endearing an compelling. Even though Totoro himself can be a little scary at times, mostly he is mystifying and charming! This recipe captures the essence of forest and fall flavours, a little sweet and mostly savory. I'm sure Totoro would dig in heartily!

Totoro's Forest Custards with Sweet Potato and Mushrooms

Serves 4

Difficulty Level Normal Mode

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs Sweet Potato, about 3 Medium Sweet Potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Cups Shiitake Mushrooms
  • 1 Tbsp Butter or Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk or Coconut Milk
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Maple Syrup (Optional)
  • 1 tsp Dried Sage
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Pecans
  • 4 10 oz. Ramekins, or other Oven-safe Individual Portion-sized Bakeware

Directions Preheat oven to 350. Peel and wash Sweet Potato, and cut into fairly uniform medium-sized cubes. Place the cubes in a large pot, and fill with water until they are just covered. Add the 1/2 tsp of Sea Salt to the water, and bring to a boil over high heat on the stove. Cook covered for 12 to 15 minutes, or until fork-tender. Once cooked, drain the water and allow to cool slightly.

While the Sweet Potatoes are cooking, wash and cut the Shiitake Mushrooms. Cut off any woody stems, and slice the caps. Don't chop them. You want to have identifiable pieces of Mushroom in the final product. Over Medium heat, melt 1 Tbsp of Butter in a pan. Cook the Shiitakes until softened, and then set aside.

Using an immersion blender and a bowl, or using a food processor, blend the cooked Sweet Potatoes until they are fluffy. Beat in the Milk, Eggs and Maple Syrup until well combined. Then add the Salt, Nutmeg, Sage and Pepper.  Using a spoon, mix in the cooked Shiitakes.

Butter your 4 Ramekins, and then divide the Sweet Potato mixture between them. Roughly chop the 1/2 Cup Pecans, and sprinkle evenly on top of the 4 Custards. To simplify transferring the dishes in and out of the oven, place them on a small metal tray. Pop them into the preheated oven, and then bake at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes, until the Nuts are toasty and the tops are golden. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

This recipe may also work if you bake up the mixture in one large soufflé dish, but increase the baking time and keep an eye on it. You might have to cover the top with foil so that the Pecans don't burn before it's cooked through.

It's a dish fit for a furry forest king!

Fandom Foodie: Link's Flying Hyrule Chicken Wings by Alex Boake

“I… I shall consume. Consume… consume everything…” -The Moon, Majora’s Mask

Ah, Zelda. I have to admit, I'm a little biased. The Legend of Zelda is probably my favourite game series of all time! Many an hour of my youth was spent killing Keese and Stalfos in Temples. Getting violated by Redead in the streets of Hyrule Town! Being berated by Ruto in the belly of Jabu Jabu! And that pesky Ganon! Always causing trouble! Many an hour was also spent running away from chickens, who, once enraged, are apparently immortal and more powerful than Ganondorf himself. Go figure! Here's a little tasty serving of revenge. A crunchy coating with moist chicken inside. You'd never guess it's grain-free! Check your local bulk store, such as Bulk Barn for the alternative Flours listed.

Link's Flying Hyrule Chicken Wings

Serves 5 to 6

Difficulty Level Normal Mode

Ingredients

  • 6 lbs Chicken Wings, Separated with Tips Removed
  • ~3/4 Cup Coconut Flour to start
  • ~1/2 Cup Tapioca Flour to start
  • Light Olive Oil
  • Garlic Powder
  • Seasoning Salt such as Herbamare
  • Homemade BBQ Sauce such as Pac Man's Cherry Sauce

Directions In a large and deep pan, pour in the Olive Oil until it is about 1/2 inch deep. Turn the heat to medium high and allow the Oil to become hot. While it is heating, take a large shallow bowl and dump in your two Flours, mixing them well.  The quantities listed are approximate, since you will be dipping the wings in the Coconut and Tapioca Flour to coat them, you will have some leftover which you must discard. Don't start with too much, you can always add more!

Take the Wings, two at a time, and coat them in the Flour mixture. Add them to the hot pan. Continue to do this until the pan is full but not crowded. Cook them until browned on one side, and then flip them over using tongs. If you have a splatter screen, it's a good idea to use it to cover the pan while they cook. Get out a baking dish or two. Once the second side is browned, remove the Wings from the pan and transfer them to the baking dish. Sprinkle with Garlic Powder and Seasoning Salt.

When you're about 3/4 of the way done cooking all the Wings, preheat your oven to 350. Continue this process until all the Chicken Wings are coated and par-cooked. You can layer them up to two deep in the baking dish, but use more dishes as needed. If you're a sauce fan, take one of the pans of Wings and drizzle it with BBQ Sauce! For fans of sauceless Wings, these are also fantastic!

Pop all of the par-cooked Wings into the oven, and cook at 350 for about 50 minutes. Protect your table from the heat with a trivet or two, and serve in the dishes you cooked them in. Who wants to do more dishes than needed?!

Enjoy your delicious, delicious revenge on those evil chickens.

Fandom Foodie: Chell's The Cake is a Lie Cupcakes by Alex Boake

"Anyway, this cake is great. It's so delicious and moist."―GLaDOS Yes, Cake. But it's not quite what you think.

This recipe was inspired by Portal and my friend Jan's Sweet Potato Cupcakes. The concept is similar, but flavour-wise these are quite different. A Chocolate Chili flavoured Meat base, and Sweet Potato Icing with a hint of Vanilla to top. Add a Cherry Tomato and the illusion is complete. At least until the first bite. Fool your guests!

Chell's The Cake is a Lie Cupcakes Serves 5 or 6 

Difficulty Level Nightmare Mode

Ingredients for 'Cupcakes' 

  • 2 lbs Ground Beef
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Small Vidala Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Cacao Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cumin
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • ~1/2 Cup Pac Man BBQ Sauce

Ingredients for 'Icing'

  • 2 Medium White Fleshed, Purple Skinned Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 2/3 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 10 Cherry Tomatoes to garnish

Directions Preheat oven to 350, and get out a regular size muffin tin, one with 12 voids. Peel and finely chop your Onion. In a small pan, heat up the 1 Tbsp of Butter. Cook the Onion in the pan until translucent, and allow to cool. While the Onion is cooling, add the Ground Beef, Egg and all the spices and seasonings to a large bowl. Mix well with your hands. Add in the cooled, cooked Onion, and mix thoroughly. Take baseball sized handfuls of the meat mixture and form into spheres before filling the muffin tin. This should make about 10 meat cupcakes. Top each with a spoonful of BBQ Sauce. Pop into the oven and cook for about 45 minutes, until well done.

While the cupcakes are cooking, peel and cube your Sweet Potatoes. It's important to use white fleshed Potatoes for this recipe if you want to properly create the cake-like illusion. Place the Potatoes in a medium pot, and fill with enough water to cover them. Add the Sea Salt and bring to a rolling boil. Boil for 12 to 15 minutes, or until the Potatoes are very soft. Drain off the water and return to the stove. Reduce heat slightly and cook, shaking the pan, to cook off a bit more of the water. Add the Butter, Milk and Vanilla. Using an immersion blender, blend the mix until smooth and fluffy. Keep heat on low until the Meat Cupcakes are done cooking.

Remove the meat from the oven, and allow to cool slightly. Very carefully transfer them to the serving plates, using tongs. Transfer the 'Icing' to a piping bag fitted with a large tip. Top each 'Cupcake' with a generous swirl of 'Icing', and then top with a Cherry Tomato.

Voila! The Cake is a Lie, but your guests won't be disappointed at all! Unlike Chell. : (

Fandom Foodie: Pac Man's Cherry Sauce by Alex Boake

Ah yes, let's start things off with something truly classic. I doubt that there's any gamer out there, young or old, who hasn't at least heard of Pac Man. I also bet that it's highly likely that many of you have also played Pac Man, in some form. At the very least, you should be familiar with the imagery! That iconic yellow circle with a slice missing...those little ghosts...the cherries...

Yes, the Cherries! They are the key ingredient in this Pac Man inspired BBQ Sauce! The mix of flavours and spices makes this sauce not overly overwhelming on the Cherry flavour. It's just a nice blend of sweet and savory, with a gorgeous red colour.  Those ghosts won't know what hit them!

Pac Man's Cherry Sauce

Difficulty Level Easy Mode

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 to 3 Cups Cherries, Halved and Pitted
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Medium Tomato, Chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Ginger, Minced
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Large Lime, Juiced
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Directions Don't get overwhelmed by the long ingredient list. The 'hardest' part is pitting the Cherries! Halve and pit the Cherries first, and then toss them in a pot on the stove with the 1/4 Cup of Water. Add the chopped Tomato. Cook over medium heat until saucy.

While the Cherries and Tomato are cooking, assemble the other ingredients. Peel and mince the Ginger, and add to the pot. Add the Mustard, Maple Syrup, Lime Juice, Salt, Turmeric, Red Pepper Flakes, Nutmeg and Cinnamon. Continue to cook until the Cherries are beginning to soften and break apart. Allow to cool slightly, and then transfer to a food processor, or use an immersion blender to whizz everything together until the sauce is a smooth and uniform consistency. Add the Olive Oil and blend once more to combine.

At this point you can store the sauce in a clean jar in the fridge for 7 to 12 days. Use this sauce on all your BBQ items, such as Chicken Breast and Ribs! Just baste your meats with Pac Man's Cherry Sauce for the final few minutes of cooking to allow the sauce to heat up.

Delicious! Now, go get those ghosts!

Announcing a new Recipe Illustration Series: Fandom Foodie by Alex Boake

Hi there ladies and gentlemen! It's quite likely that most of the people currently reading this blog stumbled upon me due to my recipe posts, which is awesome! I am very passionate about cooking and illustrating food. Running this blog has lead to me many new and fun opportunities, especially in the foodie community. It's allowed me to fuse two of my primary interests: illustration and cooking.

Currently, I've had this little idea brewing in my head; why not combine my interests even further! Yes, my most recent project will combine illustration, cooking and...fandom. What does this mean for you? Well, it means that I will keep posting delicious recipes, so rest easy on that one! Now, I'm planning on compiling these recipes into a little book, eventually, so I must confess that not all of the content I will be creating for this series will be posted to the blog. If you want everything, you'll just have to get your hands on the book, somehow... ; )

So, what am I sourcing from, exactly? Current recipes in the works include references to Portal, Studio Ghibli Films, Pixar, The Legend of Zelda, and many more. I'll spill the beans on the theme of the first one: Pac-Man.

Look forward to it!