Apocalypse Nownies and The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse

Apocalypse Nownies

A few weeks ago, in honor of the Season 6 premiere of The Walking Dead, I received a review copy of The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse. Now, I originally thought this would be a series of zombie-themed recipes, but what I didn’t expect is that this book would be full of practical advice. You may not realistically expect to be caught in a Zombie Apocalypse in the near future, but it got awfully windy and stormy in Seattle this past week, and many of my friends and neighbors ended up without power. Luckily, since I was reading this book, I knew to start making something delicious with my perishables, just in case the fridge/freezer didn’t make it through the night. I made Apocalypse Nownies, one of the first recipes and one of my many favorite puns in the book. These brownies were so great, I got permission to reprint the recipe here! Check it out at the end of the post.

In addition to these fun and delicious recipes, this book is full of amazing tips and tricks for any survival situation. You have recipes and guides for using up ingredients in your pantry, foraging and hunting through your neighborhood, gardening, pickling, and even repurposing MREs into slightly-more-gourmet fare. You’re taught how to find and filter water, and how you can prepare a variety of heat sources to cook your recipes. It’s incredibly practical and informative, set in an entertaining, zombie filled premise. But I’m guaranteed this book will save lives, or at least save you a bit of discomfort. Get it, read it, and then keep it in your emergency kit/bug-out bag. (Don’t have one of those yet? This book will show you how to put one together.)

Ok, enough talk about disasters and survivals. Let’s make some brownies!

Apocalypse Nownies

Recipe from The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse by Lauren Wilson

Ingredients

  • 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting the pan
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 8 oz. chocolate (unsweetened baking preferable, or whatever you have on hand)
  • 6 tbsp. butter, plus extra for greasing the pan
  • 1 1/4 c. white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp. espresso powder (optional, but recommended)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt (omit if using salted butter)
  • 3 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 c. chopped walnuts (optional, but recommended)

Method

  1. Start a cooking fire, either well in advance to generate sufficient embers for 350 degree baking, or with the Hibachi Grill. Grease and flour a baking vessel.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and baking powder until well-combined. Set aside for now.
  3. Set a medium pot, half-filled with water, over the cooking fire to use as a double boiler. Add the chocolate and butter to a second mixing bowl and rest it on the pot, stirring occasionally until completely melted and smooth. Remove the bowl from the heat, add the sugar, vanilla, espresso powder, and salt (if needed). Mix until well incorporated and let cool for about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until the batter is shiny and smooth after each addition. Add the flour mixture and whisk again, more gently this time, until the mixture is smooth and shiny. The batter should be fairly thick. Add the walnuts and mix until just combined.
  5. Transfer the batter into the prepared baking pan and smooth out to edges if needed. Bake for about 20 minutes in a 7-by 11-inch metal baking pan. Check the brownies after about 15 minutes to avoid overbaking–they are ready when the sides are firm and the center has just set (a knife or toothpick in the center comes out relatively clean). Rotate the pan periodically to ensure even cooking, especially if using an Oven Hack.
  6. Consume ravenously after letting the cooked brownies cool for 10-15 minutes.

Find this recipe and more in The Art of Eating Through the Zombie Apocalypse!

Nutty “Bloody Brain” Dip

Looking for a fun, healthy, last minute Halloween snack? Make this “Bloody Brain” dip! The garlic walnut dip is placed in a cauliflower “brain” and is perfect at a Halloween or zombie-themed party with some bread, crackers, or veggies. See below for the recipe featured in the video. (And special thanks to Sante Nuts for sharing the recipe!)

Nutty “Bloody Brain” Dip
by George Duran

Ingredients:
7-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained
1 C. Panko bread crumbs
1 5-oz. package of Santé Candied Walnuts
3 garlic cloves, pressed or crushed
1 T. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. dried hot red pepper flakes
1 tsp. kosher salt
¾ C. extra-virgin olive oil
1 large cauliflower for “brain”
Pita chips

Directions:
In a food processor, place all of the ingredients except olive oil and pulse until coarse. Slowly add olive oil and process until smooth. Set aside.
Make cauliflower “brain” by trimming leaves and bottom stem. Make hole in the top center of cauliflower by gently cutting a ring that will fit a small bowl. Keep digging through the top half of cauliflower until the bowl fits snuggly. Place dip inside bowl, making sure it overflows around cauliflower “brain.”
Serve with pita chips.

No matter what your plans are or what type of treat you make, I wish you a happy, safe, and spooky Halloween!

Awesome Geeky/Hipster/Funny Tees

shirts

I’m a sucker for a good witty t-shirt. Today I came across Skreened, and I’m thisclose to dropping a big chunk of change on a new shirt wardrobe. They’re a bit pricey, but the shirts are just awesome. Between making the image above, I already found three other shirts I love as well. So the ultimate question is: Which one should I get?

Check out all the shirts at Skreened.com.

Geek Etiquette: Survive a Zombie Outbreak

A few weeks ago, Mr. Geek and I had a fabulous date night–we went to the downtown Seattle REI to hear a talk about how to survive a zombie outbreak (and maybe other, less likely, natural disasters). The presentation was entertaining and informative, and a lot of the basic facts can be found in this infographic REI created. Check it out and maybe have a date night at REI of your own–it’s a fantastic place to pick up everything you’ll need for an emergency, zombie or otherwise.

13 Essential Tools for Surviving a Zombie Outbreak

Giant Gummy Goodies

You may have all heard of Giant Gummy Bears, but did you know the company has other shapes available? Shapes that will assist in all of your summer cosplay needs? Take a look at some of my faves:

Giant Gummy Brain

Next time you attend a zombie walk, bring along this Fruity Bubblegum flavored brain. The three-pound treat is guaranteed to feed a horde.

Giant Gummy Brain, $20 at Fab.com.

Giant Gummy Heart

Freak everyone out when you dress up as Daenerys, complete with horse heart. It clocks in at a pound and has a cherry flavor that should be much more delightful than the real thing.

Giant Gummy Heart, $12 at Fab.com.

Giant Gummy Skull

Prefer to go classic with your cosplay? Join your fellow Shakespeare in the Park lovers dressed as Hamlet, or “Zombie Hamlet who enjoys eating skulls.” It’s pineapple flavor will make you feel like you’re on a tropical island as you’re eating your way into a gummy eye socket. Don’t want your skull to look so realistic? Lucky for you, it comes in a variety of colors/flavors, including lime and blue raspberry.

Find all of these and more (including slugs, worms, shot glasses, and bear party bowls) on sale at Fab.com.

Inspiring Cupcakes from Trophy


Trophy Cupcakes made these amazing cakes for the Zombie Training table at ZomBcon this past weekend. Both decorations look fairly simple to do, but provide amazing results.

Want to learn from the pros how to make cupcakes like these? Join Trophy for their Halloween Cupcake Decorating class this Thursday, October 27th. Spots are filling up fast, so get yours asap if you want to attend! This class will teach you decorating basics, as well as how to make Halloween-themed cupcakes such as spider webs, mummies, ghosts and tombstones.

Best Engagement Photos Ever

I had to post these, because SO many people sent them my way. It’s as if they knew it was perfect for me! (Keep scrolling, it’s worth it.)

They’ve got all the wedding/engagement cliches: Picnic in the field, warm vintage tones, gray and yellow, and then just totally made it awesome with zombies. Well done! Many well wishes to the happy couple.

Prepare for Disaster

With the earthquake in Japan yesterday and warnings of tsunamis today, people are (rightfully) evaluating their disaster plans. I saw an interesting (and likely made up) statistic recently that stated people are more likely to have a plan for the zombie apocalypse than they do for things like flood and earthquake. Althugh not necessarily true for everyone, I know my friends and I have talked more at length about how to kill zombies than what to do if a large storm or natural diaster hits. And because of that, I encourage everyone to put together a disaster plan and a Go-bag.

The city of San Francisco has put together this great disaster site, titled 72hours.org. Check it out, learn a few things, then talk to your roommates and make a plan.

If you have other suggestions of great sites or resources for disasters, please list them in the comments!