We are consuming a lot of pop culture during our COVID-19 quarantine. We’re also consuming a lot of meals. In fact, we’ve never cooked so much in our lives. It’s why we keep looking for fun new dishes to try. And all of those movies and TV shows we’re watching right now are a good place to find some. Here are some pop culture inspired recipes—some kid-friendly and some just for grownups—that you can make right now with ingredients you (mostly) already have in your kitchen.
Sansa’s Lemon Cakes –
Game of Thrones
You really shouldn’t watch
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Green eggs and ham might be the most famous fictional food in history. Which is why so many have come up with ways to really make it. But we’re all about authenticity, and Dr. Seuss’s book clearly shows green ham served with white eggs that have green yolks. This bizarre recipe, which involves dying boiled ham green, looks most like that version. But if you want something that looks more delectable while still keeping the spirit of
Scooby Snacks (For People) –
In the cartoon world of
Turkish Delight –
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Every kid who read
Rey’s Portion Bread –
The Force Awakens
We don’t envy Rey’s life on Jakku, especially her food options there.
Lembas Bread –
The Lord of the Rings
In Middle Earth, sweet Lemnas bread (also known as Elven bread or Waybread) could “keep a traveler on his feet for a day of long labour.” Just a nibble went a long way…unless you were a hobbit. Here on Regular Earth, the lack of specifics about how it was made offers a lot of leeway to make Lembas bread however you like. There are vegan options and versions made with very different ingredients. We love this particular recipe, which is like a shortbread, because we have everything we need and it ends with a little arts and crafts project so you can keep your Elven bread “wrapped up.”
J.K. Rowling never truly specified what goes into making “real” butterbeer, but that didn’t stop it from sounding like the most magical drink ever created. You can find lots of different takes on it, which is why we’re big fans of this version which includes four different ways to make it. If you’re looking for a more adult version this recipe calls for actual beer and this one calls for ginger beer and Amaretto. Our advice? Make them all. Think of it as practicing for Potions class.
Remy’s Ratatouille –
Only Pixar could have an animated rat make a dish most of us can’t even pronounce (confit byaldi) and have it be absolutely mouthwatering. But sacre bleu, they did it! We have we wanted to try Remy’s gorgeous take on ratatouille for years. We would have already if we realized it’s not that hard to make. And as this video shows, the format of the little rodent chef’s dish works perfectly for plenty of other variations. You can have Remy-inspired meals all week.
Klingon Gagh –
With all due respect to Worf, we do not want to eat the Klingon delicacy gagh. We like explore strange new dishes, but we’re gonna pass on fresh blood worms. Fortunately, we can try this vegetarian version inspired by the
Hopefully we won’t be in quarantine long enough for actual blood worms to seem enticing.