Last time, we honored season openers for Being Human, Mad Men, and Memphis Beat. This week, in the spirit of the True Blood's fairy revelations, we will be cooking up a storm of yummy light flights of fancy...fairy dust and all!
Now I wouldn't be a good writer if I didn't mention that absinthe, the alcoholic beverage with attitude, is actually referred to as the "green fairy." So while my recipes don't include the green fairy this week, check out the entry "What Vampire Dreams May Come" in "Pop Culture Cooking" to find a recipe that does.
When I think of fairies (and apparently this is the case for Alan Ball & Company as well), I think of lots of light, bright yellow sunshine and flowery fragrances. But how to incorporate that in our cuisine??? First, we start with the beverage. It inspires everything else.
Fairy Dust Cocktail
*This is an alcoholic beverage; non-alcoholic alternative to follow
What you'll need:
-frozen, sugared blueberries (freeze about 3-5 blueberries; when frozen, let thaw for a few seconds for condensation to form on skin. Roll frozen berries in refined while sugar and set aside)
-limoncello (Italian lemon liqueur)
-prosecco (Italian sparkling wine)
-fresh orchids (for garnish only--not edible!!!)
-gold decorators sugar (you can find this in any baking supply shop or Michael's--this is our "fairy dust")
-curls of lemon peel (and reserve the lemons to squeeze in some fresh juice to finish off the drink)
Take your champagne flute and gently wet the rim of glass with limoncello. On small plate, spread out thin layer of gold sugar. Turn glass upside down on plate. Turn glass, making sure entire rim is covered in "fairy dust." Pour about 2 tablespoons of limoncello in flute. Fill glass to half with prosecco. Drop in frozen sugared blueberries. Cut peeled lemon in half after rolling on counter. Squeeze in juice from half the lemon. Garnish glass with orchid and lemon peel. Enjoy!
What you'll need:
-vanilla ice cream
-gold decorators sugar
-Neilsen-Massey pure vanilla extract
-5 ice cubes
-1/2 cup skim milk
-vanilla bean (for garnish)
-12-16 ounce mug, frozen
In blender, scoop softened vanilla ice cream (1.5 cups); pour in 1/2 cup of skim milk; put in all 5 ice cubes. Add a half teaspoon of Neilsen-Massey vanilla extract. Open vanilla bean and scape out seeds. Include in blender. Frappe ingredients until frothy and smooth, making sure that ice cream and ice cubes are fully incorporated. Pour into mug (you may have some extra). Sprinkle with gold sugar on top. Garnish mug by bending vanilla bean on side. It looks like a deliciously frothy cloud floating in a fairy sky. Yum!
Light-bite Cheese Flight
What you'll need:
-3 ounces of dill havarti
-3 ounces of swiss cheese
-3 ounces of aged Vermont cheddar
-small bunch of purple and green grapes, frozen and sugared
-grilled baguette rounds (cut up slices of small baguette and brush on both sides with olive oil; put in preheated grill pan on medium and turn over after 1 minute on each side--depending on your pan and the heat, just keep your eye on it. You want golden brown grill marks on the baguette rounds)
-Large plate or small platter of your choice
Cut up each cheese into squares than cut on angle into triangles. Artfully arrange cheeses on plate or platter in three small piles on plate spaced in triangular shape. Place frozen, sugared grapes in center of plate. Place grilled baguette rounds in between artful cheese piles. Et voila! A light and airy snack for even the hungriest of fairies!
I hope you enjoy this lighter turn in our pop culture cooking series. Remember, the purpose of the series is to provide fun and fanciful snacks for your favorite pop culture fare. So it's not supposed to be a meal--just a fun snack on your foray through 21st century popular culture!!!!
Until next time, dearest readers....