As you may have heard, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who. Several celebrations are on the way - look for an anniversary special later this year - and fans are gearing up for the new season, which kicks off next month.
In her new book, writer Chris-Rachael Oseland combines two of her passions: Doctor Who and food. Dining With The Doctor: The Unauthorized Whovian Cookbook contains recipes corresponding with every episode of the revamped show, starting with "Rose" from Series 1 in 2005.
While many of the recipes look tasty, some are included just for looks, like the "Banana Dalek," "The Doctor's Hand" (which resembles a giant hand) and the "Ood Mezze Plate," which is designed to look like the Ood alien species.
Oseland self-published the book through CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing (as an e-book). You can buy either format through Amazon.
Below, sample a recipe from the book called the "Cybus Brain Cleansing Cocktail." It corresponds with "Rise of the Cybermen" from Season 2:
Cybus Brain Cleansing Cocktail
3 shots/135 ml ginger beer
1 shot/45 ml vanilla vodka
1 shot/45 ml hazelnut liqueur
1/2 shot/23 ml butterscotch Schnapps
thick grenadine syrup
aluminum foil ball
Between Jackie Tyler's birthday party and the invasion of the Cybermen, any survivors in Pete Tyler's alternate Earth would probably want a good brain cleansing to help them forget.
Pour some grenadine syrup into a saucer. Carefully dip the rim of your martini glass into the syrup so you have a nice bloody red line. Drop a quarter sized aluminum foil ball into the glass. You want it to be just large enough no one will swallow it by accident.
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vanilla vodka, hazelnut liqueur, and butterscotch schnapps. Pound it like you're futilely beating against a Cyberman's chest plate before you're carved into parts.
Carefully strain in the contents of the shaker. Top that off with the ginger beer. You should now have a tasty drink that looks like you carved open a skull and found nothing but metal inside.
The first time I made this, I tried dropping some edible ball bearings into the glass. The contents turned an angry brown and all the dye instantly fizzed off and a somewhat extended, slightly volcanic effect. I didn't end up with cool-looking but harmless metal parts in my drink, but for a couple of minutes, it looked wildly dramatic. Sure, you can achieve the same effect with Pop Rocks, but the ball bearings didn't significantly impact the flavor of the drink. Use this knowledge wisely.