It’s Liz’s birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday, Liz! I thought we’d celebrate with a dino excavation cake recipe. This week’s nerdy recipe combines two of my very favorite things: dinosaurs and birthday cakes.
I first made this cake for a friend a few months ago, without telling her what it was all about. I handed her the cake tin and a toothbrush (it’s an excavation, after all).
I picked up these dino cupcake molds in the Jurassic Park gift store at Universal Studios last year (see photo), after spending some time in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. But you can buy yours here.
Let’s Make It:
Ok, so technically Harry Potter’s Birthday is tomorrow, July 31st, but we thought we’d post this early in case you want to celebrate his (and JK Rowling’s!) big day too.
Even though it’s been six years since the last Harry Potter novel was released, there are still plenty of geeks out there for whom July 31stwill always be a special day.
According to the Potter canon, Harry was just 1 year old in 1981 when his parents were killed, making this week his 33rd birthday.
Pumpkin pasties are mentioned multiple times throughout the Harry Potter series. They’re first introduced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, when Harry first rides the Hogwarts Express to school.
The recipe for the pumpkin filling makes enough for about 16 pasties. You can either make a double pie crust or save half for another day.
Let’s Make Potter’s Partying Pumpkin Pasties
1) Make pie crust and set aside to chill for at least 30 minutes.
2) While the pie crust is chilling, mix together the flour, sugar, spices and oats.
3) Use your fingers to cut the butter into the mix, then stir in the pecans.
4) Stir the can of pumpkin into the crumble mixture until it’s completely combined.
5) Roll out the pie crust. If it’s exceptionally crumbly, cut the dough into eight similarly sized balls. If it’s holding up pretty well, roll it out and use a biscuit cutter to create 8-10 rounds.
6) Scoop about two tablespoons of the pumpkin filling into each pie crust.
7) Mix the beaten egg with a tablespoon of water or milk. Brush the edges of the pie dough with the egg wash.
8) Fold the dough over and crimp with a fork to seal.
9) Place the pasties on a baking sheet lined with parchment.
10) Brush the pasties with the egg wash and cut a thin slit across each pasty.
11) Sprinkle a little sugar over each pasty.
12) Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool completely before eating.
Recipe by Emma Carew Grovum. She is a data journalist working at the Chronicle of Philanthropy in Washington, D.C. She previously worked as the Digital Editor for The Cooking Club of America and blogs at kitchendreamer.blogspot.com Emma loves Star Wars, pandas and all things Joss Whedon. Find her on twitter at @emmacarew.
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Is it me, or are there just a ton of birthdays in May? Maybe I notice it more because my own birthday falls in May, but according to Facebook, 68 of my friends have birthdays this month, including my husband and sister-in-law.
It turns out this is also the third birthday of Being Geek Chic. A huge thanks to all of our readers who have been with Liz from the start, making this the vibrant and exciting community that it’s become.
And so in honor of my birthday, BGC’s birthday, and my 68 friends throughout the month, we’re bringing you a sweet way to celebrate.
RECIPE: Being Geek Chic Rainbow Birthday Cupcakes
NOTES: I prefer gel food colors better than liquid and the measurements are based on using a gel. I used a small-size cookie scoop for the cake batter but you could use a tablespoon-sized measuring spoon. These measurements are based on a Jumbo Pan . If you use a regular sized cupcake pan, you should use a teaspoon or limit to only three colors of batter.
Another week, another geeky movie premiere, another delicious way to celebrate.
This week is only the second of many nerdy recipes to come this summer, with an amazing slate of nerdy movies premiering in the coming weeks.
Baz Luhrman takes on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby. (Fun fact: Fitzgerald’s historic home in St. Paul is just blocks away from where I last lived in Minnesota!)
You’re probably thinking, wait? there’s an especially nerdy food associated with The Great Gatsby? And you might be right.
But you’re probably also getting a group of friends together to go see Gatsby this weekend. Skip the crowded bar for pre-movie drinks and host your very own Great Gatsby cocktail hour, worthy of the title character’s very own lavish bashes.
The secret to these nerdy recipes? Their high ratio of “looks fancy” to “amount of time to make.” So plenty of time to curl your hair and perfect your flapper look.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been going through Marvel withdrawal since last summer. So much so that on my last trip, I loaded up my iPad with The Avengers and settled into a chair at the Orlando airport to watch it for probably the hundredth time.
Well, Avenger Geeks, our wait is over. Last week Marvel dazzled us with our first major glimpse at Thor: The Dark World, which hits theaters in November (two words: Loki’s. Hair.) This week, the third installment of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man lands.
Hopefully, the film will answer the question we’ve all been wondering: if the Mandarin (which, if I’ve gleaned correctly, is the villain facing off with Iron Man this bout) is really such a Big Bad, then why, why, why wouldn’t the Avengers reassemble to handle it?
These cookies may not be strong enough to fuel Tony Stark’s heart or suit of voice-activated robotics, but they should be good enough to get you through a pre-premiere Iron Man marathon or a midnight showing.
Let’s make some Iron Man Arc Reactor Cookies!