- By Kim
- 21 November, 2013
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Saturday, November 23rd 2013 is a big day for time travelers, time lords and companions all across time and space. It’s ‘The Day of The Doctor’, or the airing of the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. 50 years! I know in time lord years, that’s nothing, but for a human, that’s an amazing amount of time for a television show to be on the air. Anyway, there are all kinds of fun events and viewing parties happening for the special. Some cities are having screenings at local movie theaters. Nerdist has collaborated with BBC America to bring you both a pre-show and a post-show wrap-up. BBC America will be airing the special live at 11:50 AM PT on their cable TV channel and YouTube channel. This is a big deal you guys, it’s airing live worldwide, like the Olympics or something! Check out Nerdist’s page here for more information.
This seems like the perfect time to throw a Doctor Who themed viewing party. Luckily, there are no shortage of Whovians who cook. For a few viewing party ideas, first check out Nerdist’s Dork Fork video. They’ve got top ranking Whovian, Alton Brown cooking a full Doctor Who themed meal and cracking some risque jokes.
As mentioned in the video, fish fingers and custard are probably one of the more well-known Whoniverse dishes. It’s tied to the 11th Doctor, who eats this odd combination when he first meets young Amelia Pond. Now, this combo might hit the spot for Gallifreyans, but humans tends to think this pairing is strange. Not to fear, the Geeky Chef has put together a recipe for fish fingers in a mustard dipping sauce that resembles custard. Alternatively, you could make the recipe from Bakingdom - cookies shaped like fish fingers, served with a vanilla pastry cream custard.
Fish Fingers and “Custard”
From: The Geeky Chef
For the fish fingers:
1/2 cup flour
1 tbs. milk
1lb tilapia filets, cut into 1 inch strips (cod or haddock will also work)
1 cup of panko breadcrumbs
1 cup of coconut flakes
Frying oil (how much depends on the size of your pan)
Salt and Pepper to taste
For the custard:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tbsps yellow mustard (prepared)
1 tbsp dijon mustard
2 tbsps honey
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cloves minced garlic
Make sure fish is cut into 1 inch thick strips. Combine the flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl. Beat the eggs with the milk in another shallow bowl. Mix the breadcrumbs and coconut in a third shallow bowl. Coat each fish piece in seasoned flour, dip in the eggs mixture and then roll in the panko and coconut mixture. Set aside until ready to cook. Heat 1/2 inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. In small batches, fry the fish sticks until golden brown, about 2 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate.
To make the custard sauce simply combine all ingredients together and mix thoroughly. Liberally dip fish fingers in the custard sauce and enjoy!
It wouldn’t be a Doctor Who party if you didn’t have some TARDIS blue decorations. Luckily, a recent trend has been other colored velvet cupcakes. That’s right! They’re not just red anymore. Here’s the perfect opportunity to whip up some cupcakes the perfect shade of TARDIS blue! Apparently, the secret is to add a little bit of violet coloring to the mix to make the blue stronger. The accompanying photo isn’t a blue velvet cupcake, but I couldn’t resist posting it. It’s so cute!
Blue Velvet Cupcakes
From: One Particular Kitchen
Makes approx 26 cupcakes
For the cupcakes:
2 cups sugar
½ pound (2 sticks) butter, at room temperature
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 Tbsp Wilton royal blue gel food coloring
1 small dab of violet gel food coloring
2 ½ cups cake flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon vinegar
For the frosting
1 pound cream cheese, softened
2 sticks butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
Make the cupcakes
1. Preheat your oven to 350 F and line cupcake pans with liners.
2. Cream sugar and butter in mixing bowl till light and fluffy, then add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg
3. Mix cocoa and food coloring together to make a paste — this took a while to mix thoroughly with all gel, but it came together nicely; add this paste to sugar mixture and mix well again
4. Sift (or buzz in food processor) flour and salt, and add to creamed mixture a bit at a time, alternating with buttermilk, then mix in vanilla
5. Combine baking soda and vinegar in a small bowl and add to cake batter; mix just to combine
6. Scoop thick batter into cupcake liners, filling about 2/3 full, and bake for probably 25-30 minutes, but start checking at 20 — mine were done at about the 22/23 minute mark; watch for toothpick inserted in center to come out clean
7. Remove cupcakes from oven and allow cool completely on a wire rack
Now make frosting!
8. Beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla with electric mixer until nice and smooth
9. Add sugar gradually and beat on low till combined, then beat on high speed until very light and very fluffy
Top off your party with Sonic Screwdrivers – the drink of choice for the discerning time lord. This recipe follows the basic principles of a screwdriver – orange juice and vodka – however, it’s made from vanilla vodka and Blue Curacao. So it’s orange flavored, but blue like the Tenth Doctor’s screwdriver. BBC America also has a non alcoholic version made from different juices. This is great for fans of all ages, and you could always spike it with some vodka.
Makes 1 drink
1 1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
1 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao liqueur
6 oz clear lemon-lime soda or ginger ale
Half-fill a clear 12 oz. glass with ice. Pour 1.5 oz Vanilla Vodka, 1.5 oz Blue Curacao, and 6 oz. soda over the ice. Stir lightly, and Enjoy!
Doctors image from BBC America
Fish Fingers image by HatM
TARDIS cupcake image by ClaresCupcakes.co.uk
Sonic Screwdriver image by Kristina Ackerman / Knuckle Salad