Here’s a challenge: try not to eat all of Bianca’s Sweet Potato Bread as soon as it comes out of the oven. I dare you! This is one of Bianca’s test recipes for her upcoming cookbook! It’s supposed to be a loaf of bread, but I usually bake muffins instead of one big loaf. Check out Alison’s gorgeous loaf made with the same recipe.
Now it’s Oscars time! I love watching The Academy Awards, and I haven’t missed one show since I was a child. I love it all, the gorgeous dresses, the fashion disasters, the “they-said-what?!” moments during the red carpet interviews, the funny acceptance speeches, and of course the always hilarious opening clips and monologues. So in honor of my favorite awards show, let’s make some Oscars themed food, shall we? Let’s start with a Best Movie nominee: Slumdog Millionaire… or is it… Corn Dog Millionaire!
Corn Dog Millionaire
2 tbsp oil for frying
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp brown sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
cayenne pepper, a dash or a few dashes if you like’em HOT!
3/4 cup non-dairy milk
1 tbsp mustard
6 veggie dogs
1- Pour the oil into a frying or saute pan and preheat over medium-low (closer to medium than to low). I like using a saute pan for this because they have a larger bottom. Teehee, a larger bottom! Sorry, back to adulthood.
2- Whisk together all dry ingredients.
3- Whisk together the milk and mustard.
4- Pour the milk and mustard mix into the dry ingredients and stir until smooth, but don’t over-stir.
5- Drop a veggie dog into the cornmeal mix and use a spoon to thickly coat it all around.
6- Transfer the veggie dog to the preheated pan. I use two clean forks to transfer them, and rinse them off and dry them in between dogs. Repeat with all six veggie dogs.
7- Let them cook for about two minutes or until the bottoms look golden brown.
8- Flip them over to another side and cook for another minute or two. The veggie dogs themselves are round, but the batter cooks flat around them creating three sides as you flip them over. So they end up looking like a triangular prism.
9- Flip them over once again to cook the third side for another minute or so.
Next Oscars themed food – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Mushroom Quiche.
More Oscar Party/Dinner Food ideas:
- I was going to make “Marisa Tomei-to” Polenta Squares, but something went very wrong and it ended up looking like Strawberry Shortcake had relieved her hangover in my saucepan. Anyway, how about Marisa Tomei-to Basil Cream Pasta, Marisa Tomei-to Bruschetta, Marisa Tomei-to Basil and Millet Salad, etc.
- Iron Man-icotti – The spinach in this recipe provides the “iron”.
- Kate Winslettuce Wraps
- Frank LanJello Shots – Here is a made from scratch one, and here is a dry mix. Probably too late to order it now, unless you have it shipped via Superman.
- Happy-Go-Lucky… something? Happy-Go-Lucky Black Eyed Pea Croquettes, Hummus, or Cakes? Or are black eyed peas only lucky on New Year’s Day?
- Frost/Nixon – I can’t think of anything for this, but it seems like it should be so obvious. Frosted something, frosting something… anyone? I’m stuck!
In case tthese make no sense to you, here is a list of this year’s Oscar nominees.
Now, I wanted to leave you with a video of what I think is the best acceptance speech ever: Emma Thompson’s speech at the Golden Globe awards for Best Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility. It was such a fun speech, she wrote it from Jane Austen’s perspective trying to think of what she would say about the ceremony. However, the video is nowhere to be found. Isn’t everything supposed to be somewhere floating around the Internet? Anyway, here is a transcript instead if you care to let your imagination do the rest. I’ll update this post if the video ever emerges from YouTube. (Found it!)