Mercury Soda Bubbles Blast & Chicken Katsu Study Sandwich

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Sailor Mercury is my favorite Sailor Scout; she’s smart, and sweet, good with computers, gets good grades, and is a loyal member of the team! She loves sandwiches, and in the 90s series fights with bubbles (bubbles!).

So I made a nice little meal for her so she can recharge, read some books and fight some more baddies.

Chicken Katsu Sandwich

Adapted from Food & Wine

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten with 3 tablespoons of water
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 inch oil for frying
  • 8 slices white bread (Japanese milk bread if you can get it), crusts sliced off
    lettuce or sliced cabbage
  • tonkatsu sauce (recipe follows)

Between two sheets of saran wrap, pound the chicken thighs flat (I use a rolling pin).

Heat oil over medium high heat until shimmering. Assemble flour, eggs, and panko bread crumbs on three plates. Dredge each chicken thigh into the flour, shaking off excess, then into the egg, letting the excess drip off, then cover with panko. Fry about 3 minutes per side, until outside is golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Drain on a paper towel.

Serve on the white bread with lettuce or cabbage and tonkatsu sauce.

Tonkatsu Sauce

Adapted from Saveur

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1⁄4 cup Worcestershire
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard powder

Thoroughly whisk together all ingredients

Mercury Soda Bubbles Blast

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 teabags white tea (I used Tazo White Tea Berryblossom)
  • 1 cup blueberries, mashed and strained
  • seltzer

Heat sugar with 1 cup water to a boil, then simmer until sugar is dissolved, swirling to combine. Cool slightly then add teabags to steep for 30 minutes.

Remove tea bags and allow syrup to cool completely. Stir in blueberries.

To serve, spoon about 3 tablespoons of the syrup into a tall glass, add ice and about 10 ounces of seltzer. Stir gently.

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Pumpkin Mocha Breve

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Who invented this crazy indulgent melted candy bar concoction? Was it Baz? Was it Levi? Either way, it’s delightful and appears in both Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On and Fangirl. You can make it as is or add a little bit of spices such as cinnamon or cardamom.

Pumpkin Mocha Breve

  • 1 tablespoon espresso (Bustelo of course)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • pinch ground spices, such as cinnamon or cardamom, optional
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup half and half
  • sugar to taste (a teaspoon or two)

In a French press, combine espresso, cocoa and pumpkin puree and spices if using (if you don’t have a French press, you can just do this in a mug and later pour it through a strainer). Heat the water to a boil and stir into mixture. Set aside.

In a small sauce pan, heat half and half just just below a boil. While it’s heating, you can froth it by lifting and pouring ladlefuls. When it’s hot and frothy, add sugar and the strained espresso mixture. Pour into a cozy mug and enjoy.

Listen to the episode! Fiction Kitchen Episode 34: Carry On

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BB-8 Layered Drink

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Every droid had its own manifest personality, and most that he’d encountered were predictable to certain stereotypes–bossy, sullen, grumpy–within their respective programming. BB-8 was his own case, sometimes childlike, sometimes precocious, but every now and then Poe wondered if the droid wasn’t daydreaming, which was absurd, of course, because that would imply that BB-8 had an active imagination.

–”Poe”, Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka

          It’s Baby-8! The cutest little astromech! Companion to the resistance fighter pilot Poe Dameron, BB-8 rolled his way onto screen in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, and continued rolling right into my heart! (haha, so corny, but he’s roly-poly and oh-so adorable!) Some day soon the little Sphero BB-8 will be mine (ง︡’-‘︠)ง . Two of my favorite scenes in TFA were with BB-8 and R2D2, especially when BB-8 first rolls up to R2D2, and it was as if BB-8 was in awe of meeting such a famous astromech (I mean, R2D2 has seen and done it all! He’s a hero just as much as any other character, and was with Anakin since the very beginning). It was almost like a passing of the torch to the new generation. It was precious and emotional and so meaningful–and they only speak in beeps and boops!

BB-8, secure in the astromech socket behind the cockpit of Poe’s X-wing, burbled a question. Plugged into the fighter, the droid’s binary-speak was automatically decoded and displayed on the console, but Poe didn’t actually need to read the translation to understand what the droid was asking.

–”Poe”, Star Wars: Before the Awakening by Greg Rucka

          There are many different combinations that you can use for this layered effect. I experimented with several and came up with the one below as the simplest and most visually appropriate for BB-8. Plus, it tastes like an orange creamsicle. I’ve included other suggestions at the end of the recipe though, just so you can have fun experimenting. They turn out great as well, I was just more partial the the soda and milk one. Basically, it’s science; you want to use drinks with varying densities–in this case determined by sugar content–so that the most dense remains at the bottom and the least dense floats on the top. But it’s not like oil and water separation; you need ice and slow pouring to make it work.

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BB-8 Layered Drink

  • Lots of Ice (enough to fill your glasses), at least semi crushed or chunked up a bit.
  • Orange Soda (I used Crush)
  • Coconut Almond Milk (or other similar milk)

Fill a clear glass with ice all the way to the top. Fill 1/3 of the glass with orange soda. Next, slowly pour the milk through the ice so that it doesn’t mix with the soda, but instead, sits on top (there will be a little bit of overlap, but it shouldn’t be too much). Serve with a purple straw, or grey if you can find it.

Alternatives:
Orange soda + Carrot Mango V-8 Splash (great color), then Gatorade Frost + Minutemaid Light Lemonade
SoBe Piña Colada, then Carrot Mango V-8 Splash

Listen to the episode! Fiction Kitchen Episode 29: Star Wars

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Dark and Stormer

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Stormer was definitely my favorite Jem and the Holograms character as a kid – she’s a misfit (I’m a misfit), but she’s the nice misfit. She’s even better in the comic, the Kimber-Stormer storyline is the cutest, sweetest thing ever.

So of course I wanted to make a Stormer-inspired recipe. This is a super simple drink, a play on the Dark and Stormy, but with a blueberry-lime syrup, blue like her awesome glam hair and tropical like her Hungry like the Wolf look. It’s a lovely spicy mocktail, but feel free to spike it with a shot of rum.

Dark and Stormer

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup demerara sugar (or sub brown sugar)
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 1/2 cup water
  • ginger beer
  • lime slices to garnish

In a small sauce pan, heat blueberries, sugar, lime zest, lime juice and water. Heat, stirring, until blueberries are burst and pretty much disintegrated.

Strain through a fine mesh sieve and cool. Add 2-3 tablespoons to a glass with ice, top with ginger beer, stir gently and garnish with a slice of lime.

Listen to the episode! Fiction Kitchen Episode 25: Jem and the Holograms

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Raspberry Cordial

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“…It begins with an ‘r’ and a ‘c’ and it’s bright red in color. I love bright red drinks, don’t you? They taste twice as good as any other color.”

–Chapter 16, Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Raspberry Cordial

  • 4 Cups Fresh or Frozen Raspberries (~600 g)
  • 1 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 4 Cups Boiling Water
  • 2 Lemons, juiced + 1 Lemon for Garnish, thinly sliced (optional)

Combine the berries & sugar in a large pot over medium heat & cook until the sugar is dissolved. Use a potato masher to squash the berries thoroughly until it’s like a lumpy syrup, or jam.

Place a mesh strainer over a pitcher & pour the raspberry/sugar mixture into the strainer. Stir it around to help get the juice into the pitcher. It also helps to pour a little bit of the hot water through it. Discard the seeds & pulp. Stir in the fresh lemon juice & then pour the hot water into the pitcher as well & stir.

Let the drink cool & then place it in the fridge to chill. When you serve it, you can place a thin slice of lemon in each glass, if you’d like.

Original recipe from the Anne of Green Gables Cookbook by Kate McDonald.

Listen to the episode! Fiction Kitchen Episode 22: Anne of Green Gables

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Cinder-inspired Tea & Ginger Mocktail

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To go along with the red theme of the Lunar Chronicles covers (each cover has a red object in it) and the various reds and crimsons described in the story, I concocted this easy-to-make drink, great for a Cinder/Lunar Chronicles get together.

 Super Simple Cinder-inspired Mocktail

  • 3 Cups Water
  • 3 Hibiscus Flower Tea Bags (I used Tazo brand that included other ingredients as well)
  • 2 Cups Ginger Ale (I used Segrams brand)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 Cup Vanilla Syrup (I used Torani brand)

Put the water and tea bags in a pot together & bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat & let steep for a few minutes. Squeeze & remove the tea bags with tongs & pour the tea into a large pitcher. Let the tea cool on the counter & then put it in the fridge to chill.

Add the ginger ale & vanilla syrup & stir. Taste test & add more ale or syrup as desired.

Listen to the episode! Fiction Kitchen Episode 17: Cinder

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Weetzie Bat Mocktail

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Inspired by Weetzie’s rosy and sparkly look on life, but with a peek of harder reality biting at the edges.

 Weetzie Bat Mocktail

  • 1 Cup Coconut Water
  • 1/2 Cup Sprite
  • 2 Tbsp. 100% Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla Flavored Simple Syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. Rose Water

Simply stir together all of the ingredients & enjoy! Feel free to change the amounts to suit your tastes. Pairs nicely with the cheese-and-avocado sandwich.

Listen to the episode! Fiction Kitchen Episode 15: Weetzie Bat

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Sharbat

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Sharbat is extremely simple to make. In the Arabian Nights it’s described as flower water with ice (or snow) plus sugar sprinkled on top. Alternately, it can be made by making a syrup with the flower water, and then pouring a little bit of that into a glass and adding water and ice.

Simple Sharbat

  • 1/2 Cup Willow Blossom Water or Sweet Prier
  • 1 Cup Snow or Shaved Ice or Several Ice Cubes
  • 1 tsp. Baker’s Sugar (fine granulated sugar)
  • 1 Tbsp. Mint Water (optional)
  • 2 tsp. Grenadine (optional, for color)

Combine the ingredients in a medium to small glass & enjoy! If you’d like to use a large glass, simply double the ingredients or use 1/2 cup flavored water + 1/2 cup plain water.

Sharbat Syrup

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Flavor Water such as Rose or Orange Blossom (or 2 tsp. Rose + 2 tsp. Orange Blossom)
  • Sprinkling of Lemon Juice

Heat the sugar & water in a small pot over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Turn the heat to low & stir in the flavored water & sprinkling of lemon juice. Simmer for about 5 minutes more. Remove from heat & pour into a clean jar. Allow to cool before securing the lid. Store in your pantry or cupboard.

To make sharbat, pour a little bit of the syrup into a glass (about 1-2 Tbsp. or more depending on glass size) & then pour in some water & plop in the ice. Serve with a long spoon to stir it all up. You can also simply add a little syrup to the simple sharbat recipe above.

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Listen to the episode! Fiction Kitchen Episode 9: Arabian Nights

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