Sunday, January 11, 2015

Lion King Dinner

Welcome to my blog!   I am a newlywed and a fairly new cook!  My husband and I have a thing for movies and so I am using that love to inspire my cooking!  We have been cooking these theme dinners for a few months now and thought blogging might be the best way to share the recipes (and fun).  I hope you enjoy!

Our first theme dinner is for the LION KING-  It's my husband Tim's favorite movie!  We also are sharing our cooking not only with the blogosphere but with our friends John and KC.

First we had Mufasa's Fresh Wildebeest!  This was just a steak that my husband cooked to order for everyone with some Lawry's seasoning and pepper.  

 Then, we had Rafiki's Fried Bananas which was very, very good and good for you!


Coconut Oil Cook­ing Spray
1/4 tea­spoon Cin­na­mon
1 banana
1 table­spoon honey
1. Cut the banana into 1/8in width. 
2. Mix together honey and 1/2 table­spoon water in a bowl and set aside.
3. Place a fry­ing pan on the stove top under medium heat and spray gen­er­ously with the coconut oil spray.
4. Add the banana’s and once browned (about 1–2 min­utes) flip over.  (I would actually wait a little bit longer until it is more firm.  The bananas we made were a little on the mushy side… but they were still good.)
5. It will look like this when ready to be flipped.
6. Once you flip the pieces of banana over, turn off the stove and add the honey/water mix­ture all over the top and watch it bubble.
7. Sprin­kle the cin­na­mon on top and enjoy.

For our cocktail, we had the "No Worries" Cocktail:

1 oz. Amaretto
2 oz. Peach Vodka 
3 oz. approx Mango Juice
3 oz. approx Orange Juice

I found the idea online with no amounts but they have some other really awesome ideas here:

We, of course, had Zebra Cakes from Little Debbie (or Deborah as my husband calls her):

And last but not least KC and I made Simba's Muddy Brownies which is a recipe from a Disney Cookbook Tim got me for Christmas:

For the brownies:
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the mud frosting:
1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1/3 c. milk
2 4-ounce bags of gummy worms

To make the brownies:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray Pam on a 9x13 ince baking dish
2. With an electric mixer (or a kitchen aid which we got for the wedding!!!), cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.  Add the eggs and vanilla until combined, and then slowly add flour, cocoa powder, and salt.  
3. Pour (which is not really the right word… it's more like scoop… it's pretty thick…) the mix into the pan  and place in the oven for about 20 minutes.  It will seem not brownie-esque but it's more like a brownie brittle… it's still awfully tasty!

To make the frosting:
Melt the butter and cocoa together in a saucepan over medium heat.  Mix the confectioners' sugar and vanilla until smooth, and gradually add the milk while stirring.  Then pour the frosting on the brownies and let sit for a few minutes.  Then top with gummy worms! 

Here is the link to the cookbook if you are interested!

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