Realistic iZombie Brain Recipe

Hi Internet People,

This week my recipe is actually over on the iZombie Support Group site. Here’s the link to the brand new page we set up, iZombie Cookbook 2.0, the first recipe is the realistic brain with all the gory details.

Here’s the companion How to Video:

You can find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp, and I write for The Nerdy Girl Express.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

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Deep Fried Brain Bites from my iZombie Kitchen

Hi Internet People,

This week’s brain was not just sweet, but deep fried. I got the suggestion from our fearless leader over at The Nerdy Girl Express, Erin. Now okay, technically these are strawberry cheesecake chimichangas, but I totally didn’t roll them correctly and they look a bit more like something you’d get at Taco Bell then from Meat Cute. I love Taco Bell, but I was hoping for them to look a bit classier. Here’s my best picture of them, with a bit of garnish.

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Before the recipe I need to share with you my cooking drama. I’ve never deep fried anything before and I don’t know if I will ever do it again. In the recipe I found they said use a skillet with three inches of oil in it, which I prepped on the stove. This is exactly what it looked like.

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There were a number of issues with the three inches of oil instruction. One, my pan was not really that deep, I didn’t have a deeper pan. Should have just used a pot of oil. Second, my pan wasn’t level. It literally kept tipping while I was trying to use it. Three, I didn’t have an oil thermometer, which meant I had not clue when the oil was hot. Four, I literally had no idea what the heck I was doing. On the second chimichanga some oil got on the burner and a small flame popped up so I turned everything off and proceeded to just put the chimichangas in oil so they’d be coated. Then I waited a good hour for everything to cool off, cleaned everything off, and just laid the chimichangas in a clean pan to grill. The two I actually fried look delicious and the others look edible, just a bit more browned. Also I totally got mini splash back burns from the oil, don’t hurt now, but seriously ouch!

Okay, now to the actual recipe. You’ll need 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1/4 cup sour cream, 3/4 cup of chopped up strawberries, 6-8 flour tortillas (I needed 8, but the recipe called for 6. I just couldn’t wrap things well.), vegetable oil (enough to fill whatever you are frying in. I’m totally not giving you instructions for that since I almost set my house on fire. You should probably just Google it.) , 1 tablespoon of sugar. To coat the finished chimichangas you’ll need an additional 1/4 cup sugar and some cinnamon (I just tossed some in the sugar until I thought it looked good.) You also need toothpicks to hold the filled up tortillas together.

All your ingredients need to come to room temperature before you start whipping them together. After that your first step is to take the cream cheese, sour cream, tablespoon of sugar, and strawberries and mix them together. I used a hand mixer on low/medium speed

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I added a couple drops of red food coloring to make it a bit pinker, but you wouldn’t have to. I then used a spatula to put a little bit of the cream cheese mix into each tortilla and wrapped them as best as I could. Admittedly they looked really ugly and the filling was oozing out, but they are edible. I just used a lot of toothpicks to rig them closed.

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Now if you fry them you will need a plate with a paper towel on it to help collect the extra oil.

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I already told you how badly the entire frying thing went for me so I’m not going to go into that. You can get by just coating them in oil and putting them in an ungreased pan to brown one at a time. It still works out.

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Let them cool a bit and then roll them in the cinnamon sugar. The best picture I got of the finished product was with the fried ones. Even if it was a disaster they looked good.

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Here’s the finished product again. I garnished it with a bit of whipped cream and some strawberry syrup.

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If you try this recipe let me know what you think in the comments or on Twitter, @kleffnotes. You can also find me on my kleffnotes YouTube channel. I write for The Nerdy Girl Express and I run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp. I also post all my recipes on the iZombie Support Group site.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

Top Secret Brain Project

Hi Internet People,

I’ve been working really intently on this project for the iZombie finale. It’s a huge deal and I’m working in conjunction with Jon of the iZombie Support Group site, but I thought I would tease it a bit by mentioning that I have been doing a lot of working in the kitchen. As you know I do weekly iZombie recipes, I have one ready to go for this week already thanks to Erin over at The Nerdy Girl Express. She found the recipe and I thought it looked delicious and perfect for a brainy kitchen.

Now this top secret project is going to involve a lot of things, besides just a one day reveal like I do over here with my normal recipes. Oh no, this one, once I have it mastered is going to be my crowning brain achievement. It’s going to give me a new way to make brainy dishes and I need to figure out the exact way to make it work to ensure that this goes perfectly. I am super excited and each stage of the process has been exciting. I have learned a lot, and I can’t wait to share it with you all in detail. There will be an article, a recipe, a video, a cosplay, seriously this thing is a big deal.

In other recipe news I’ve found a cool source for tasty recipes online from a surprising source. The U by Kotex YouTube channel has been posting videos called Please More Snacks and I just made their over night oats and they were delicious. I’ve made the recipe twice in less than two weeks. I’m trying their sweet tea float recipe this week. It sounds tasty, and involves blueberries and sherbet so it should be delicious.

You can find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, and on Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp. You can also watch me in fun videos over on my kleffnotes YouTube channel. You can also find me on the websites that I linked above.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

Brain Bread from my iZombie Kitchen

Hi Internet People,

Today’s brain treat is a very brainy bread full of sugary goodness. I couldn’t resist making something sweet this week, I mean come on sugar was in the title. Now I will say the bread reminded me more of a cake than a bread. It was sweeter than most breads I make and it was frosted, which I only ever do for cakes and cupcakes. The frosting really sold the brainy aspect of the cake and I thought it was really tasty so it’s definitely worth trying. Here’s a pic for you:

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The official recipe was cherry bread with cream cheese frosting. The bread wasn’t too hard to make, though the recipe I found had you mixing in the butter at the end, which I wasn’t a fan of doing. You needed to add an entire stick so I think it would have been easier to just warm it up and add it in at the end without cutting it into little pieces.I’ll talk about that more when we get to that part of the recipe.

For the bread you will need:

2 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon baking powder, dash of salt, 1/2 cup butter (one whole stick), 2 large eggs, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and one 10 oz jar of maraschino cherries.

You will first need to drain the juice from the jar, you need to keep the juice for the recipe so pour it into a cup. Then you need to chop up the cherries. I dumped them into a little bowl and cut them up into little pieces.

In a separate bowl I added the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, eggs, vanilla, and cherry juice all together and stirred them up. Then I dumped in the diced cherries.

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Already looking a bit brainy, right? Then I cut in the butter, but seriously don’t do that. My hand started to cramp trying to mash up the hunks of room temperature butter and it took forever to get it integrated. Instead take your stick(1/2 cup) of butter, put it on a small plate, heat it in the microwave for 15 seconds so it’s mushier, then throw it in your batter. That should make it way easier for you.

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It’ll also probably keep your batter from looking as chunky as mine. Then I poured my batter into a greased bread pan.

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After it was in the pan I took a container of red food coloring and some skewers. I dipped the skewers in food coloring and then stuck them in the batter and swirled them around to get red streaks into it.

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Then I put it in the oven for one hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. While the bread was in the oven I mixed up the frosting.

For the frosting you’ll need 4 oz of cream cheese, a tablespoon of milk, 1/4 cup of butter (half a stick), and a cup of confectioner’s sugar.

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I mixed that with an electric mixer on low/medium speed. Once it was whipped and looked like frosting, I added about five drops of pink food coloring and briefly mixed it again to make it pink all the way through.

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I sealed up the container with the frosting to be used when the bread was cooled. It got done about the time I got done mixing up the frosting and this is what it looked like fresh out of the oven.

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I let it cool for about four, five hours and then popped it out of the bread pan onto a plate. After it was on the plate I covered in with the frosting and then used a squeeze bag of red icing to add brainy lines. Here’s another pic of the frosted bread.

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Then I made sure to taste test the bread and I cut myself a slice.

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I’m definitely going to make this again, but I think I’ll double the recipe and make it a cake. My friend really loves cherries and cream cheese so this will be perfect for her birthday.

If you try this bread you should totally tweet me pics, @kleffnotes. You can also find all of my other recipes on the iZombie Support Group site. I also write for The Nerdy Girl Express and run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp. I also have a kleffnotes YouTube channel.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

iZombie Day is Here!

Hi Internet People,

Today is brainy kitchen day for me, though no pics for you guys yet. I actually made up tonight’s brain a bit early because I wasn’t sure how the recipe would turn out. It actually turned out better than I thought. I think I’m going to use it in the future for my friend’s birthday. I already promised her she could have some because it has two of her favorite things in it. No hints brainies, I like to keep these things under wraps.

Now the rest of my day is going to involve some more brainy cooking. I need to work on my finale test brains and I have to work on trials starting today to make sure that everything works out. I want these to be perfect because this is a really big deal recipe. I also bought a lot of supplies for trial runs so I definitely have the means to make a lot of brains.

I really am just excited to perfect this brain recipe. I’m going off of one YouTube video, which had no measurements, just references to ingredients and even though there were visuals, none helped me gauge amounts or anything concrete. For the next couple of weeks my kitchen will be a mini Meat Cute. I can’t really run a full scale butcher shop or a mortuary so think of it as Meat Cute Express. All the brains and none of the ambiance. I’ll tweet out tonight’s brain during the 9 pm est and the 9 pm pst airings, I’ll also post the recipe here and link it on the the iZombie Support Group site.

I’ll also be live tweeting the episode, @kleffnotes, when I am able to watch it at 2 am est. You can also find me on The Nerdy Girl Express and I run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp. I also have a kleffnotes YouTube channel.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

Brain Plans and iZombie Baking Sessions

Hi Internet People,

I had some plans for brainy recipes to make this week based on some great Twitter suggestions, but I have struck out finding two crucial ingredients, cauliflower and veggie meat. I’m going to have to  go to a specific grocery store to get them, but I found a recipe that struck my fancy while browsing the internet for ideas.

This Tuesday’s episode is called Pour Some Sugar Zombie, which made me think I should do something on the sweet side. I also just really like the song, Pour Some Sugar on Me, and I’m very possibly going to do something goofy involving singing during the episode. Yes, there might be some psuedo strip teasing, but only because I really do like dancing to that song. The recipe I found involves cherries and baking, not too many hints, I like leaving my recipes a secret until Tuesday nights. It looked delicious in the pictures and I really like making baked goods.

I also have a really big brainy project that I need to get to work on. I have been planning something for the finale with Jon of The iZombie Support Group and it is definitely going to take a few test runs to get it perfect before the big night. We did some video watching and some internet searching and I really think it could be amazing, I just need to get it worked out. No hints beyond it’s brain related, but if I can get it just right this will be epic. I’m also going to cosplay it up so you should definitely get excited.

That’s my big update for today. If you want to see more of me you can find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, and I post my recipes on the iZombie Support Group site. I’m also a writer for The Nerdy Girl Express and I run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine

iZombie Kitchen: Brain Salad on a Bagel

Hi Internet People,

Last night we finally had iZombie back in our lives and I got back to my iZombie kitchen to whip up some tasty brains. This week I present to you brain salad on a bagel, here’s the pic.

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Okay, so this brain salad is really egg salad, but I thought that with Easter coming up on Sunday I’d give you a recipe to help use up those dyed eggs you might be making. Now first off you need to hard boil some eggs. I always forget how long you need to do this for, so here’s a quick how to. Put the eggs in a pot and cover them with water, put them on the burner and set it on high, with the lid on the pot. Once the water comes to a boil turn off the burner, but don’t remove the pot with the eggs. Leave it there and covered for 12 minutes. Once that’s done remove them from the water and let cool.

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Now once they eggs are cool, I let them chill in the fridge for a few hours. I picked three eggs and peeled them. Then these three chosen eggs spent the night in a sealed tupperware container soaking in a mix of water and red food coloring. By the next day they were bright pink, perfect for brains.

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I then took a paper towel and dried the three eggs a bit by wrapping the towel around them and squeezing very lightly. I then cut up the eggs into bite sized pieces and threw them into a larger bowl.

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Next I added two large heaping spoonfuls of mayo, you can use miracle whip or whatever you prefer. I’d say total I added about roughly 3/4 of a cup.IMG_20160321_193540784

Then mix up the egg and mayo so it’s evenly combined.

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Then add some mustard to taste.

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Since this is a meal fit for a zombie, I added a dash of hot sauce.

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You can add as much hot sauce as you want, but make sure you mix it all in.

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Then I added one drop of pink food coloring to make the salad a bit brainier.

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I let the mixture chill a bit, but you could totally eat it right after mixing it up. Here’s the finished sandwich again for you.

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Let me know if you try this recipe, I’d love to see pics. You could add ketchup or extra hot sauce to make it a bit gorier. I’d also consider enjoying it with some of these Lay’s chips I found, fiery roasted habanero. Super spicy and super delicious.

If you want to see more of me you can find me on Twitter, @kleffnotes, on my kleffnotes YouTube channel, and I write for The Nerdy Girl Express. I also run their Snapchat, thenerdygirlexp. I also post all of my iZombie recipes on the iZombie Support Group site.

Talk to ya tomorrow,

Katherine