What do space creatures eat?
The moon is in fact not made of cheese! It’s actually covered in spaghetti trees and filled with green soup. Not to mention the jet-propelled fruit and glow-honey. For every space emergency or galactic hunger the blue string pudding is brought out to save the day.
I wanted to make my own blue string pudding and toyed with the idea of using spaghetti, but wasn’t convinced I could make it delicious. I thought about shredded purple carrots as the base to a pudding – but I’d have to leave the skins on.
Blue sweets would simply melt and turn into sludge – so they were out. Blue cheese souffle – too decadent, and lacking the appropriate level of blueness. I considered a spotted dick with blueberries instead of raisins – but blueberries are disappointingly not blue. I even thought about a sticky toffee pudding with blue treacle sauce, but wasn’t convinced I could get anyone to eat it. I eventually settled on churros – spanish doughnuts which are typically as long as your arm and covered in sugar. For my recipe I made twisty string like churros with three types of blue dipping sauces. They are very moreish. In fact they all disappeared within the hour – I blame the space mice living in the cupboard.
Churros with three blue sauces
½ cup of boiling water
50g of butter
zest of ½ an orange
1 cup of plain flour
1 tbsp of caster sugar
a pinch of salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
vegetable oil – to fry
cinnamon and caster sugar – to dust
These are surprisingly easy to make and delicious. Start by getting all your ingredients ready. Mix the sugar, flour, salt and zest in a bowl and set to the side. Put some vegetable oil into a pan. Put the butter and water into a pan and bringing it to the boil. Take off the heat and add in your bowl of sugar, flour, zest and salt. Stir until the mixture turns into a roux. Next, drizzle the beaten eggs in to the mixture while stirring continually. You know when its ready as it will start to feel like glue and form sticky spider webs.
Put the choux like mixture into a piping bag with a nozzle with jagged edges. Your oil should be 190 degrees centigrade before you start piping your churros. I piped in a long squiggle rather than long straight churros, but any shape is just as good! Turn in the oil until golden brown. Take out and put onto a cloth to mop up the excess oil. Finally, toss the churros in sugar and cinnamon.
1. Greek yoghurt, blueberries and blue food colouring.
2. Blueberry Jam (warmed).
3. Icing sugar, lemon and blue food colouring.
From extensive research through my science fiction collection I discovered that most literary and fictional aliens in fact eat humans – hence the constant invasion. However, there are some exceptions. ET eats Reese’s Pieces. ALF (Alien Life Form) likes cats. Roger (American Dad) mainly eats junk food and drinks a lot of alcohol. Mork’s (Mork & Mindy) main food on the planet Ork was Flek – some odd plant that never stops growing. In the Futurama episode, The Problem with Popplers, the Planet Express crew become addicted to Popplers – which look like delicious nuggets which turn out to be Omicron larvae. It’s a blow as harsh as Jamie Oliver showing the world what goes into twizlers. I wonder if you could eat tribbles?
Zaphod Beeblebrox prefers pan galactic gargle blasters as “the effect of a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is like having your brains smashed out by a slice of lemon, wrapped ’round a large gold brick.”
Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Recipe
Take the juice from one bottle of that Ol’ Janx Spirit.
Pour into it one measure of water from the seas of Santraginus V.
Allow three cubes of Arcturan Mega-gin to melt into the mixture (it must be properly iced or the benzene is lost).
Allow four litres of Fallian marsh gas to bubble through it.
Over the back of a silver spoon float a measure of Qalactin Hypermint extract.
Drop in the tooth of an Algolian Suntiger.
Add an olive.
Drink . . . but . . . very carefully . . .
Replicators took most of the joy out of cooking in Star Trek, but Neelix manages to set back centuries of progress in Star Trek Voyager and becomes the ship’s chef. He mainly cooks Talaxian food – his favourite Pleeka Rind Stew – some sort of bug. Delicious! Some other great Star Trek foods were slices of Targ Beast, Andorian Ale (also blue), Ktarian chocolate puff (made with 17 types of chocolate and loved by Deanna Troi), Klingon Gagh (worms), Heart of Targ, Romulan Ale (another blue drink). And there were the delightful Kep mok blood ticks – being eaten by Dr Lazarus in the spoof Galaxy Quest (see image above).
Wookiepedia has a list of all the foods cooked and eaten in Star Wars: picked rankweed, Vercupti of sgazza boleruueé (insect meat and tubers); bantha milk.
Dr Who – does not have a large culinary heritage, but there are a few: Land prawns, gumblejack fish, a chinese soup called the Broth of Oblivion and sneg – a type of hairy salamander that you can make into a stew.
For the strangest food and alien related combination – check out this Button Moon episode where Queenie Jelly and her servant jam doughnut search for her missing cherries. Bizarre – and maybe a bit wrong?
Aliens, Aliens Aliens…
Look out for triffids and cheese sauce coming soon…