MOVIE FOOD: Temple of Doom

The Temple of Doom Dilemma

Let me start this by saying, I am a strict Ovo-lacto vegetarian. I am also a huge Indiana Jones fan. So when I decided to create meals for the three original Indy films, I had a small problem– Temple of Doom.


There’s a complete dining sequence in this film. I can’t ignore that famous food, it’s what everyone remembers from the movie, but at the same time it’s not vegetarian friendly.

Raiders was easy, just don’t buy bad dates.

Last Crusade, simple, just make german potatoes, veggie sausage with onions, and have a nice English ale for Papa Jones.


Remember that time I served you fake monkey brains?

Here was my solution, my dessert would also be their dessert with a huge exception–Chilled Pudding.

Here’s how I made vegetarian friendly “Monkey Brains” pudding.

First I made chocolate pudding. Straight out of the box for this one my friends.

Eerily, I had these white bowls that worked a little too well for the situation.

I topped the pudding with Chubby Hubby cookie bars from Whole Foods. They have some crunchy pretzel pieces and chewy caramel that I thought would be the, uh, right texture.


Then I squirted a can of whipped cream into a bowl and added several drops of red food dye. And yep– I suddenly had veggie-friendly Temple of Doom food.





soul cakes

a little soul please

what are soul cakes?  well, they are something i only make once a year for halloween.  the closet relative to a soul cake i guess would be a scone.  but they date back to the middle ages in great britain.  the tradition goes…….soul cakes are baked for all hallows eve, you were to place a plate of soul cakes outside your door or window with a lighted candle and a glass of wine to appease or feed the spirits of the dead that had returned that night.  children often went “souling” or going door to door collecting the cakes, thus the practice of trick or treating began. many times the dough for the cakes were shaped into figures using raisins as eyes, mouth, etc.  while i have never set them out to appease the dead, they do appease my breakfast appetite the whole week of halloween.


makes 1 dozen

1 package yeast

1/2 cup sugar, plus 1 tsp

1/4 cup warm water

1 stick butter (1/4 lb)

2 cups milk — scalded

6 cups flour

1 tsp salt

3 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp all spice

1/3 cup raisins or crasisins

*dissolve yeast with 1 tsp sugar in warm water.  while yeast is dissolving slightly scald milk, meaning boil for a 3-4 minutes

* cream together butter and sugar, stir in milk.  in a large bowl sift together flour, salt, cinnamon, allspice

* combine flour mixture with yeast, add to butter mixture, mix thoroughly.  add in raisins or make people out of dough using raisins for decoration.

*bake at 375 for 30 minutes