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Thursday
Jul162015

156: Fantastical Food

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Hold your breath. Make a wish. Count to three. Come with me, and you'll be... in a world of PURE IMAGINATION.... and of filling your face with fantasy food! We've talked about the history behind Willy Wonka, but what about the failed and successful modern attempts of bringing Roald Dahl's whimsical candy onto store shelves? Karen took a stroll on Fleet Street and found a weird trend with pies... and Dana got dark too with a horror food quiz. Find out what real foods you're eating now are actually impostors, and why is the Mock Turtle crying in Alice in Wonderland. What the heck *IS* a mock turtle? Of course, a pretty intense Harry Potter food quiz (along with a "Fake? Or British?" sub-segment). And yes, one (just one) Star Wars food trivia question.

RUNTIME: 57 minutes 23 seconds

 

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There is a 1999 Alice in Wonderland TV movie with a "Mock Turtle". The turtle is played by Gene Wilder. Surprisingly, there are a LOT of very well known actors in this. Here is the cast list https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_in_Wonderland_(1999_film)#Cast

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay Hochman

UM, ACTUALLY…

The commercial that you guys mentioned that contained the phrase "pop quiz, hot shot" was almost certainly for Hot Shot Basketball, a little plastic toy version of those arcade basketball hoop redemption games you'll still see from time to time. I had the travel version. It was not very good.

The actual "actually" is about wasabi! It's not actually THAT expensive (here in Japan, it's about ¥600 or about $5 for a small to moderate size rhizome), but more importantly, it's actually substantially LESS harsh than the green horseradish mustard that you get in America and at cheaper sushi places in Japan (like most of the ¥100-a-plate sushi-go-rounds). It still has a burn to it, but it also has much more flavor. It's obviously hard to describe flavors and smells objectively, but subjectively it's kind of like a fruitier version of ginger, but with a bit of horseradish burn?

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Lescoe

Speaking of meat pies, I know from past episodes that you guys are fans of Game of Thrones. I am an avid fan of the book series as well, and meat pies pop up in the series quite a bit.

If you are a show watcher, you will recall the story of the Rat Cook that Bran tells after the Red Wedding: The Rat Cook was a cook at the Wall who became infamous when he served an Andal king a pie that was made of the king's son. The gods, angry because the cook had slain a guest beneath his roof, cursed the cook and transformed him into a massive rat who was doomed to be unable to eat anything but his own young.

If you are also a book reader, there is a Stark supporter who appears solely in the books (so far) who takes revenge on some Freys by cooking a couple into pies and feeding them to their family. It took me a re-read to catch that one, and hopefully I didn't give too much away for show watchers, but it's a fascinating and delightfully vengeful scene!

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRen Manderly

Oh, also! Yeah, imitation blueberries are usually little pellets. I visited a food industry trade show a number of years back where you could actually try the unbaked imitation blueberry pellets and they were… not very delicious. Many of them are apparently made from flavored dried apple, too.

July 16, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGreg Lescoe

Awesome information in the post

July 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterGovt Jobs in India

The mock turtle also appeared in the movie Dreamchild http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/The_Mock_Turtle

August 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLibb

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