I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute to a new series by Twin Cities Public Television and PBS Digital Studios called Are You MN Enough? While all the producers involved had a hard task in front of them, I made the ridiculous decision to try and create a social experiment setting and shoot it documentary style. Here’s what happened:
If you’re from Minnesota, know someone in Minnesota or just like awkwardness, you should check out the series. The rest of the pieces can be found here.
Here’s a little back story for you. I had initially intended to call this piece, The Last Bite. One popular cliche about Minnesotans is that if you go eat with a bunch of them, no one wants to be the person who eats the last bite of food. As such, it’s not uncommon for totally un-splittable food to be split in all kinds of ridiculous manners. We thought we would set up a situation where we told 4 people they would be eating with others but give them 5 pieces of food. Only problem? NO ONE WOULD EAT THE FIRST DAMN BITE.
This is documentary film-making 101. You have to go with whatever your subjects are doing. No matter how completely lost and distraught you may initially feel about the footage when the shoot wraps, you now have to focus yourself on the edit room. And so that’s what I did. Luckily, that whole cliche about no one taking the first bite is just as prevalent. And as it turns out, maybe even more true. Another end product. Another reminder why all the planning in the world can’t change what the universe has in store.
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:
It’s San Diego Comic Con week, aka the gathering of the nerds. SDCC has grown in the past years to encompass more than just the comics crowd, now drawing thousands of fans for TV and movie panels. All that walking and waiting and partying and geeking out is going to require a lot of energy.
Decent food is hard to come by, and a backpack full of snacks is the way to survive.
These Comic Con Bumble Bars are packed with nuts and seeds, full of protein to keep you going all day. Bring extras and maybe you’ll be able to share some Being Geek Chic cheer with your new SDCC pals.
Make These Bumble Bars:
1.Spray a measuring cup with vegetable oil before filling with peanut butter, then heat for 20-30 seconds in the microwave.
2. Pour the softened peanut butter into a large mixing bowl and stir in the honey until completely combined.
3. Slowly add the sesame seeds and sunflower seeds and mix until mostly combined, then stir in the nuts and coconut.
4. Spray a half pan sheet or square brownie pan with vegetable oil, then press the mixture into the pan tightly.
5. Use oiled fingertips to press down on the bars to create an even surface.
6. Bake at 350 F for 15 minutes, then turn heat down to 300 F for another 15 minutes. If the bars start to get overly brown, cover with tin foil for the second 15 minutes of baking.
7. Cool completely in the pan, at least one hour, or until bars have firmed up. If the bottom of the pan is still warm to the touch, try placing them in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes to speed up the cooling.
8. Turn out onto wax paper or a cutting board and use a sharp knife or pastry blade to cut into squares. Wrap in saran and pack a few in your bag! If the bars are falling apart while cutting them, stick them in the fridge for a few hours to firm up the mixture.
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.
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.
It was a big TV weekend at our house. Doctor Who and Game of Thrones are back. This calls for something delicious. Resident food expert Emma Carew Grovum whipped up the perfect treat inspired by the land of direwolves and frozen zombies. These Coconut Cake Snowballs may not scare away a White Walker, but they are delicious.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 white or yellow cake recipe (you can use a box, I used this recipe)
Instructions after the jump:
Captain Jack: “Who looks at a screwdriver and thinks, ‘Oooh, this could be a little more sonic?’”
The Doctor: “What, you’ve never been bored? Never had a long night? Never had a lot of cabinets to put up?
Children love the noise it makes. Grown-ups want to own one. There’s no denying: The doctor wouldn’t be the doctor without his sonic screwdriver. And so if you’re bored, but don’t have any cabinetry that needs hanging, then maybe head to the kitchen for a different task.
Why not make these delicious chocolate covered pretzel rods and try to unlock doors? When it doesn’t work, eat them. You’ll still be satisfied with the results.
Recipe after the jump…