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This week's inspiration is the classic 1979 film Alien, so join us as Jack and Laura cook up some amazing dishes inspired by the film, including alien eggs and an edible chestburster cake!

Edible Alien Eggs

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs

  • 2 teabags

  • 8 avocados

  • 4 strips of bacon

  • 2 chicken breasts

  • 2 tomatoes

  • 4 slices of stale white bread

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons Lemon juice

  • Optional: 12 gelatin sheets, tonic water (1L), a drop of blue food colouring

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. Boil a pan of water and gently place the eggs into the water to simmer for 9 minutes.

  3. Remove the eggs and gently crack the shells evenly, trying not the break the membrane. (Do not remove any of the shell)

  4. Boil enough water to cover the eggs add the teabags as you reduce to a simmer.

  5. Add the eggs and cook for 2 hours.

  6. Line two baking trays.

  7. Lay out the bacon strips on one and the chicken breasts on the other. place into the oven and cook for 12-15 minutes, until the bacon is crisp and the chicken cooked then leave both the cool.

  8. Dice the tomatoes finely.

  9. Blitz the bread with the bacon in a food processor.

  10. Tip the breadcrumbs out over a baking tray, drizzle with oil and season then bake for 5 minutes until crisp.

  11. Toss the breadcrumb mixture with the diced tomatoes and scatter over a large plate.

  12. Slice the avocado from the top, around the stone but just short of the bottom, then slice the other way to give four quarters held together at the bottom.

  13. Grab the stone between your fingers and carefully pull away from the flesh.

  14. Scoop out a little flesh from each quarter to make room for the egg.

  15. Scatter the scooped flesh over the bread crumbs.

  16. Tear up the chicken and do the same.

  17. Arrange the eggs in the avocados and place them onto the breadcrumbs.

  18. Whisk together the oil and the lemon juice with a little sea salt.

  19. Drizzle over the dressing and serve.

  20. OPTIONAL: Soak the gelatin sheets in cold water. Bring the tonic water to a simmer. Take off the heat, squeeze the liquid from the gelatin and add it to the tonic water with the blue colouring. Stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Line a baking tray with clingfilm and pour over the tonic water. Leave in the fridge to set for a few hours. Use the set jelly as a base to serve the crumbs and egg on.

Edible Alien Eggs

Chestburster Cake

Ingredients

  • A packet of strawberry jello

  • A pound of strawberries

  • 1 large egg

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon of white wine vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

  • 3/4 cup sunflower oil

  • 1 1/2 cups self raising flour

  • 1 3/4 cups caster sugar

  • 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder

  • Pinch of salt

  • 2 tablespoons of red food coloring

  • 2 tablespoons of icing sugar

  • 1 lemon

  • 3 bananas

Instructions

  1. Follow the instructions on the jello packet to make the jelly in a bowl.

  2. Mash up a couple of strawberries and stir into the jello for texture.

  3. Pour into a tray and let it set in the fridge for later.

  4. Preheat an oven to 350°F.

  5. Whisk the egg in a bowl with the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla, and sunflower oil.

  6. Dump the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and food colouring into the bowl and mix together.

  7. Whisk for a minute until combined and smooth.

  8. Pour into a lined baking tray.

  9. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until risen and cooked - test with a knife and it should come out clean.

  10. Crumble the cake as desired.

  11. Hull the strawberries and chuck them into a food processor with the icing sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice.

  12. Blitz the strawberries into a smooth coulis, then strain through a sieve.

  13. Grab yourself a good alien chestburster model!

  14. Attach the model to a plate or someone's chest?!?

  15. Arrange the sponge and scoops of the jelly in a small 'crater' Pour plenty of the strawberry coulis in and around the crater.

  16. Halve the bananas lengthways and crosswise and arrange as ribs around the crater.

Chestburster Cake
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Transcript

- Hello, I'm Laura. - And I'm Jack. - And welcome to Bite Club, the show that takes a look at scenes from famous movies and asks the question, - [Jack] Mmm, I wonder what that tastes like. And then we show you guys how to recreate that at home. - Today we're looking at a classic from 1979. It's Alien. - We're gonna be, - Mmm. - Enjoy the show. - Our first dish, the alien, is alien eggs. - And we've chosen to do this because in the scene where John Hurt's character Kane goes discovering underneath the blue light and finds an alien egg that looks quite a lot like an avocado, only they're much bigger, and as you'll see in our later dish, something bad goes on. - Something goes terribly wrong. - Oh, yes. - First of all, we're gonna tea stain our eggs so they'll be all crackled and gives it like a marbled, alien effect. Hard boil your eggs for about nine minutes and then leave them to cool. Crack them all over and let them simmer in a really strong tea mixture for about two hours, and then you want to peel off the shell when they're cool, and they should look a little bit like this. - [Jack] Ah, it's an alien egg, get it away. You brought that out into the kitchen. We're all dead, the crew's dead. You killed all the crew. Nah, it's just a normal egg in tea. - To accompany our alien eggs, we're gonna be doing some chicken and some streaky bacon, and we're gonna put this in the oven for about 12 to 15 minutes at 200 degrees Celsius, so the bacon's really crispy and the chicken's cooked through thoroughly. Now we're on to chop our tomatoes. Dice it, but making sure that you're taking out the middle, all the seeds, all the wet stuff. - [Jack] Absolutely. - [Laura] I'm gonna do the avocado. Cut it as a cross at the top. Open it up and carefully scoop the stone out of the middle, and then kind of hollow out the top here, and there you go. How are you getting on with the tomatoes? - [Jack] I'm slicing 'em, dicing 'em. - They look neat. So I'll do these to help you. - [Jack] Yeah, go ahead. So, I only saw Alien quite recently, actually. The film, at the beginning, is very, very slow, and that's not a bad thing. The film is very, very good at building the tension, up to the main part where everyone knows, which is the big chest burster. And it's aged so well. 1979 and it's 2013 now, and it still looks great up until the part where it scuffles away, and then it looks really cheesy and lame. - Now the chicken and the streaky bacon has come out of the oven, what we want to do is get your streaky bacon and add it with some breadcrumbs into a mini blender and then blend it until a fine crumb. We got to put the crumbs onto a roasting tray and roast them for about ten minutes until they're really nice and crispy. - Oven? - Oven. Really nice. While the breadcrumbs are in the oven, what we're gonna do is put the eggs into our avocados. So do you want to try one, Jack? - Put the eggs in the eggs. - Basically, you just don't want to tear the avocado, so you want to be really gentle. And you want to put it with the shell, - [Jack] Shell downwards. - [Laura] Yes. That looks great. I think it's time to get our breadcrumbs out of the oven. Jack, if you could squeeze me some of the lemons and add a little bit of olive oil, we're gonna make a juice. I've never in my life eaten an alien egg. - You've led a sheltered life. - Have you? - No. No I haven't. You don't mind a bit of pips, do you? - [Laura] Oh, I love pips. - [Jack] Very cool. - [Laura] So yes, all that's left to do now is tuck in. Where you going? - [Jack] I'm just gonna go over here for a bit. Just a garnish of atmosphere. - [Laura] Oh, it's amazing. Do you want to eat it from down there? - Yeah, sure, feed it to me like a little baby eagle. - [Laura] Mkay. - Do I have to flap my wings and go, ahhh? Oh, it's good, mmm. I'm gonna move the dry ice, now. What you could do with this dish is put it on top of a jelly that's been mixed with an Indian tonic water, so that when it's held under a black light it glows in the dark and then it looks like the movie. It's all atmospheric, look at that. That's good, innit? How's it with the egg? - Mmmm, it's the best. - [Jack] Hmmm, a crunchiness at that? - [Laura] It crunches with the bacon. It's really nice and smokey. I think it adds a really cool texture. This'll be a great dish for a kid's party. - For the kids that have seen Alien that shouldn't have seen Alien. You shouldn't see Alien if you're a kid. It's scary. - Oh, I really like this dish. I really like it. I really like these crumbs. - We'll just feed you crumbs from now on, then. - It's excellent, this dish. - Right, let's crack on with the episode. Hello, and welcome to Film Corner. This is the part of the show where I tell you some facts about the film we're doing and make that joke every single week. This week, Alien. And my top five film facts are, number one, the film was originally gonna be called, apparently, Starbeast. I think this is because the film was coming off the back of Star Wars, and the production company wanted to make a film that was like that. But then Ridley Scott came along and was like, "No, let's make it more like this." Fact number two, the blue laser lights that are used in the egg chamber scene were apparently borrowed from The Who, 'cause they were rehearsing next door and they just took 'em. We're using these, The Who. Yeah, you can, thanks, Ridley Scott. Fact number three, in order to make the location in the space jockey sequence seem really large, Ridley Scott used his two sons, his two little boys, to dress up as the characters to walk through it to make it seem massive in comparison. Camera tricks, but you can tell. Now that I've told you that you won't be able to un-notice that. Fact number four is a food fact. Four-ood fact, forget I said that. The dead face hugger was made out of the ingredients fresh shellfish, four oysters and a sheep kidney to recreate internal organs. Oh yes, one sheep's kidney. Why would, I mean it might be true who knows? They do, I don't. And final fact number five. The chest buster sequence was apparently filmed in one take using four cameras. That's impressive, and in tribute to that we're gonna recreate an edible version of it. Let's do that now. This dish is a red velvet cake, strawberry jelly and banana mess. Altogether it does look a bit disgusting, but it tastes delicious. To make it, firstly what you need to do is follow the instructions on a jelly packet to make the jelly in a bowl. Let it set in the fridge for later. Laura? - [Laura] Preheat an oven to 180 degrees Centigrade. Whisk the egg in a bowl for a minute. Add the buttermilk, vinegar, vanilla and sunflower oil. Dump the flour, sugar, cocoa, salt and food coloring into the bowl and mix together. Whisk for a few minutes until combined and smooth. Pour into a lined baking tray. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until risen and cooked. Hull the strawberries and put them into a food processor with the icing sugar, and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Strain through a sieve. Now all that's left to do is find a willing volunteer to serve your dish onto. - Today, we've enlisted our friend Mike. Thanks, Mike. - No problem. - All that's left to do is assemble it. Basically, right now we're gonna build up the fleshy base layer with a really nice bit of red velvet cake. Next up, we're gonna add some jelly. That's supposed to look a little bit like organs and blood and, I love that it's fruity, as well. It's just kind of, it's just so happy, just happy, fruity. - It's a happy situation to be in, that's what this, go get your hair in the jelly, what are you doing? - Oh, did I get it in the jelly? I guess it's just supposed to be there. That looks amazing. - Should we just put a bit more of this flesh on top? Just to make it look like it's burst out at the top? - [Laura] Yeah, and while you do that I'm gonna get the Koolaid. - [Jack] So this is just blended up strawberries with a bit of icing sugar, so it's really, really easy to make, but it's very effective. John Hurt, eat your heart out. Let's give it a try. - Mmm, it's nice. - The banana's good with the cake. - Mmm, the cake's amazing. Mike? - Let's just put a bit in there. There you go, that's fine. - [Laura] There you go. - [Jack] You alright? - [Mike] Mmm. - [Laura] You're okay, Mike. - [Jack] You'll be alright. - [Laura] You're okay, Mike. - [Jack] He'll get back to us soon. Let's give a bit to the alien. There you go. - I think the alien wants a big banana. - Wow, that's our show, folks. - [Laura] Delicious. - [Jack] Join us next week, when we're gonna be looking at Man of Steel. Not gonna be as gory as this, probably not. - No, probably not. - Eh.