Introductions and the addressing of absurdity: As my fellow travelers, I’m sure are aware, Alpha Centauri is a binary star system, since each star has a relative temperature of over 5,000 Kelvin, there is no tap water. As my friends know, my dislike of domestic travel makes my traveling intergalactically as likely as Alpha Centauri’s tap water, but there’s no sense in letting these little realities hold us back from a good time, So please join me as I hop from theoretical planet to oddly inhabited post and sample the local cuisine. I assure you the recipes will be faithfully translated to terrestrial ingredients wherever possible and where impossible we’ll just wing it!
Many of the recipes in this blog can be found in the cookbook A Bouquet of Recipes: From Sherrie's Mom
The cookbook coloring book
The cookbook in full color
AC1, 2 and 3: The Quarreling Triplets
So, I was in this little breakfast place on AC3, the third of the Alpha Centauri planets. It’s funny, these three planets spent their formative years waging a rock, paper, scissors style hostility at one another; when that finally was given up as bad form they have focused on, breakfast for supper as a way to solve the problem of having half a year when there is no real night. It is too light to go to bed, everyone gets cranky and all they want to do is fight, now they focus on pancakes and marmalade, well, I think of it as pancakes and marmalade, they call them galetes and difondre, the pancakes are more like big not too sweet cookies and the marmalade is slimmer and a bit nubbly, but sublimely good. The trick to these breakfast spots is that the chairs recline so when you finish your meal you stretch back, a leg support pops up and when the busman comes to clear your dishes he covers you with a little blanket and there you have; it no sleepless night, no having to jet back home, no miserable maelstrom of grownups feeling and acting like toddlers. In short you have nap time. If you wake up too soon you are still right there and can order another galete with difondre with a pot of tea, or possibly some hot chocolate and back to dreams you go. I wish that all intergalactic conflict was so simply solved, a place for everyone to lay their heads or have a little nibble, no need for misery, no need for war.
SWEET POTATO BISCUITS
1 cup skim milk
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons melted butter
½ cup cooked mashed sweet potatoes
1 cup whole wheat flour*
1 cup unbleached flour*
2 Tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
Mix milk and lemon juice together
and let it set a few minutes.
Combine remaining ingredients and
add milk mixture to it, stir to combine.
Use a large serving spoon to drop
biscuits onto a cookie sheet that has
either been greased or sprayed with
non-stick spray. Makes 12 biscuits.
Bake @ 375 for 18-20 minutes
*Gluten Free Bisquick can be used
instead to make a gluten free product.