Cthulhu Pasta

For this months geeky recipe I decided I would cook the cosmic horror known as Cthulhu.

That is not dish which can eternal lie, and after strange aeons even death may dine.

 

The Recipe

Serves three Innsmouthians.

 

1. Tenderise 300 grams of octopus, either by beating the crap out of it, or by freezing and thawing it.

Chop it in pieces and boil it until it is tender, for about 20 to 45 minutes.

Or just buy it tinned.

 

2. Make octopus ragù.

You can do this by using a normal bolognaise recipe, but exchange the meat with octopus.

 

3. Boil 250 grams of fresh tagliatelle pasta.

During the last few minutes of boiling, add 120 grams of chopped kale.

It is possible to replace the kale with seaweed.

 

4. Fry up 130 grams of diced smoked bacon.

 

5. Plate up, and add a few cherry tomato halves and a bit of grated parmigiano on top.

 

In his sauce of R’ag

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McDuck Breast

For this month’s geeky recipe, I decided to make a dish based on Disney’s Scrooge McDuck!

I have previously expressed my love for the Scottish trillionair duck’s comic books here, but what is even better than reading about Donald Duck’s uncle, is eating him!

 

For when the people have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich.

And this is the richest tasting duck in the world!

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For two portions:

 

The Duck

1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F.

2. Cut a large carrot up in sticks, then dice a few cloves of garlic.

3. Cut small squares in the skin of approximately 400 gram of duck breast, while trying to avoid cutting in the meat.

4. Put salt and pepper on both sides of the duck breast, then fry the skin side in a bit of butter for three minutes, along with the garlic cloves.

5. Place a cooking thermometer in the middle of the breast.

6. Place the breast and the carrot sticks in the oven for about 25 minutes, until the thermometer shows 60°C/140°F.

7. Let the duck rest for ten minutes before you cut it into slices. The temperature should start to close in on 68°C/155°F before you cut it.

 

‘The Greens’

1. While waiting for the meat to finish, fry up two handfuls of kale. Once the kale has shrunken, add a handful of cashew nuts.

2. During the last ten minutes, while the meat is resting, bake two tomato halves and a few golden physalis berries in the oven at 150°C/300°F.

 

The Scotch Sauce

1. Add two deciliters of ox stock and a tablespoon of Scotch whiskey to the pan that was used for frying the duck. Bring it to a boil.

2. Stir in a tablespoon of flour, to let the sauce thicken.

3. Taste with salt, pepper and more Scotch.

 

And there you have it!

A perfect meal for a summer evening!

 

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Deconstructed Red Mars/Green Mars/Blue Mars – Bar

As March is the month of the Roman god Mars, I decided that for this months geeky recipe, a deconstructed mars-bar would do nicely.

And what better geeky Mars-related property to choose, than Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars-trilogy of books; “Red Mars”, “Green Mars” and “Blue Mars”?

I deconstructed the mars-bar by making a red nougat ice cream, green caramel sauce and blue chocolate cookie crumbles.

 

Look,

I’m not gonna pretend this was an unmitigated success

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