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Doctor Who Inspired Party Recipes
"Oh, good, they've got nibbles! I love nibbles!" ~The Doctor
Doctor Who theme parties are great any time of year, but the best month to celebrate the half-alien time traveler is December. For the Doctor Who fan, nothing says Christmas like an invasion by robot Santas, cold-hearted industrialists or giant spiders. This year (2012,) the BBC will be airing a Doctor Who special on Christmas Day, introducing new characters, including a new companion following the departure of Amy Pond.
In December, our family has two occasions for Doctor Who theme parties. Our daughter's birthday falls on December 1st, and this year we secretly created a delicious Doctor Who themed menu, featuring her favorite doctor (the 10th, of course!) When she saw the spread, she was ecstatic! The food was both fun, nutritious (mostly,) and yummy.
No doubt, we will be making these recipes again for Christmas. After the presents are opened and dinner has been enjoyed with the family, we will be turning on the TV, eagerly awaiting the Doctor Who Christmas special. While watching the show, we will certainly need snacks and goodies prepared with the half-alien time traveler in mind.
No matter what the celebration, a great theme party needs great food. I'll show you step-by-step how we put it all together. Allons-y!
Photo credit: The Micro Farm Project
Amazon Spotlight Personal Review - "Dining with the Doctor" by Chris-Rachael Oseland
Several of the recipes in this article are modified versions of recipes found in this wonderfully creative book. It includes dozens of recipes with humorous descriptions and fun photos. If you don't find what you are looking for here, I recommend ordering this book or downloading at Amazon.com.
Ood Mezze Plate with Crisp Vegetables
"Brave choice, celery. But fair play to you - not a lot of men can pull off a decorative vegetable." ~The Doctor to the Fifth Doctor
Mild-mannered Oods serve healthy mezze plates at all their parties. To create your Ood appetizer, you will need the following:
1 package of hummus
2 cheese sticks OR a cheese stick and a boiled egg
1 can of black olives
1 jar of red pepper strips
Various veggies, pita chips, pretzels or bread for dipping
Spread the hummus in a circle on the plate. Cut two moon-shaped pieces of string cheese for the eyes, and peel a strip for the translator device chord. You can shape the device out of cheese, also, or use a hard-boiled egg.
Drain the red pepper strips and arrange them as facial tendrils.
Cut a slice of a black olive, and halve the slice. Place it above the tendrils.
Serve with veggies, leftover olives, pita chips and anything else you like.
Ood on Amazon
Amazon carries a large assortment of Doctor Who gift items that would make any Who-vian happy. I have found them to be much less expensive online than at my local geek store. And Amazon offers FREE Super Saver shipping on qualified orders of $25 or more, so feel free to geek out and get all of the items that you will need for your party in one place. Here is a small sample of what's available.
"Bow-ties are Cool" Pasta with Star Whale Brains
"Haven't got a hotdog in there, have you? I'm starving....I know. It's the Cyberman of food, but it's tasty." ~The Doctor
No hot dogs at this party; just healthy pasta with marinara and meatballs. For this recipe, you will need the following:
1 or 2 packages of bow-tie pasta (depending on the # of expected guests)
1 or 2 jars of spaghetti or marinara sauce
1 package of frozen meatballs, or a batch of homemade meatballs (see below)
Grated Parmesan cheese
Prepare pasta as directed on the package. Drain and place in a serving bowl. Cover with sauce, add the meatballs and sprinkle with grated cheese.
To make your own meatballs, you will need the following ingredients:
1 pound of ground beef
8 oz of plain ground sausage
1 beaten egg
1 cup of Italian bread crumbs
1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
1 cup of cooked spinach (optional)
Dash of salt, pepper and garlic powder
Mix all of the ingredients together lightly with your hands. Don't over-mix or the meat will become tough. Shape into 1" meatballs and place in a greased casserole pan or cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees F until cooked through (no pink in the middle.)
"I think I'm having a craving. That's new, never had cravings before." ~The Doctor
Pasta is not complete without garlic bread, or should I say Dalek bread? For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:
1 long baguette bread
Garlic bread spread, or garlic butter
1 string cheese
1 bag of chocolate chips
1 floss pick (the kind with the fringed end) or a fringed toothpick
Cut off the end of the bread and set it aside. Slice the bread in 1/2" pieces, cutting almost all the way through the bread, but leaving the pieces attached. Spread garlic butter between each of the slices. Wrap the bread in aluminum foil. Heat in the oven at 325 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, place the chocolate chips on the cut end of the bread in a diagonal pattern and heat in the microwave just long enough to melt the chips to the bread. Cut off the ends of the cheese sticks and attach them to the round end of the bread with toothpicks. Roll a small ball of cheese for the eye stalk and attach it with a toothpick. Place a toothpick into a chocolate chip for the plunger arm. Add a fringed floss pick for the beater arm.
Remove the buttered bread from the oven and unwrap it. Separate the slices and place them in a breadbasket with a napkin or towel to keep them warm. Stand your Dalek in the bread basket just prior to serving.
Miss Foster's S'Mores
"Tea... We're having a picnic while the world comes to an end. That's very British." ~Mickey Smith
For dessert, serve s'mores cooked over a bonfire or indoors over a s'more maker. The ingredients are typical: graham crackers, large marshmallows and milk chocolate. You will also need black food coloring (you can make black by mixing all of the colors in the food coloring box,) and a toothpick.
To make your little adipose marshmallows, cut a marshmallow into four equal, round slices. Cut each slice in quarters. These small pieces will serve as arms and legs. Dip each piece in water and stick them to the sides and bottoms of four marshmallows. Using the food coloring and a toothpick, draw a happy face on each adipose, adding a tooth, if you like.
T.A.R.D.I.S. Ginberbread House
On my table, amidst all of the red and green decorations, there sits a unique blue gingerbread house in the likeness of the T.A.R.D.I.S. It's actually made out of crackers, but that's our little secret. To make your own gingerbread time machine, you will need the following supplies:
4 full graham cracker sheets and 1 half sheet
Royal icing or vanilla canned icing
Blue food coloring
White decorating icing (or a piping bag and tip)
Spread white icing on the plate in a 4" circle. Add a few drops of blue food coloring to the icing container and stir, adding food food color a drop at a time until the correct T.A.R.D.I.S. color is achieved.
Using a knife or spatula, spread blue icing on the long edge of one cracker. Stand it up in the icing. Spread icing on the long edge of a second cracker, and stick the unfrosted edge to the frosted edge of the first cracker at a right angle. Continue frosting and adding crackers until all four walls are standing. Allow the icing to dry and harden.
Once the walls are securely in place, spread icing on the bottom of the half graham cracker and stick it to the top of the walls to form the roof. Use a little bit of icing to "glue" the gumdrop to the center of the roof. Cover the entire building with blue icing and allow it to harden.
Use white icing to draw doors and windows and voila! You time machine is complete.
Bow Ties: Cool or Not?
“Bow Ties are Cool” is a catchphrase used to state that something generally perceived to be utterly lame is, in reality, cool. The phrase was first used by the eleventh Doctor, but has taken on a life of its own.
Are bow ties cool?
Doctor Who Party Supplies - "This is my timey-wimey detector. Goes 'ding' when there's stuff." ~The Doctor
Amazon carries hard-to-find Doctor Who party supplies. Napkins, cups, loot bags, masks, décor and more are all available. Don't forget that Amazon offers FREE Super Saver shipping on qualified orders of $25 or more.
Life-size cut outs are great not only for décor, but also for fun photos with your favorite characters. Choose your favorite doctor, or a cut out of Amy Pond, a dalek, or just about any other character or item from the show.
Gifts for the Doctor Who Fan - "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses...and maybe the odd pigslave Dalek-human hybrid, too." ~The Doctor
I found a bunch of really great items on Amazon. I can't wait to wrap up some of these items and stuff a few into my kids' Christmas stockings! And, hurray, the shipping was FREE!
Links to Love
- How To Throw Your Own 'Doctor Who' Holiday Party | Anglophenia | BBC America
As we've seen at Comic-Con and all the other Cons, Doctor Who fans are truly some of the most creative folks out there - and they also know how to have
- Doctor Who Party
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- Throw Your Own Doctor Who Party
Check out our easy to follow party plan for having a great Doctor Who themed party, it's one for the young and old.
- Create With Joy | Infuse Creativity In All You Do
Infuse Creativity In All You Do
I would love to hear from you. Who are your favorite villains, and your favorite Doctor and companion?