Following up from Marcel the monkey’s Banana Bread recipe from the FRIENDS Cookbook, I thought I would do a recipe inspired by My So Called Life since it’s one of my all-time favourite TV shows. I’ve made a long list of recipes I want to make inspired by characters in the show, but I thought I’d start with Angela.
Angela: [voiceover] …School is a battlefield for your heart. So when Rayanne Graff told me my hair was holding me back, I had to listen. ‘Cause she wasn’t just talking about my hair. She was talking about my life.
I found these Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies by Stacey at Bake Eat Repeat thanks to my daily addiction to Pinterest. Although this is by no means a recipe that had been mentioned in any episode of My So Called Life, I thought the pink of the raspberry cheesecake layer would make a perfect ‘Crimson Glow’ to represent Angela’s choice of hair dye in the pilot episode, and we all think of chocolate brownies as being typically American, right?
Unfortunately, things went a little downhill and mine ended up looking nothing like the cheesecake brownies that Stacey had created. Mine had a weird yellowy-grey tinge to them which is frankly not a colour anyone wants to see on something they’re meant to be eating. The only change I made is that I added a much larger quantity of raspberries than the recipe required as I wanted the pink colour to be as bright as possible. I mean, I was looking for a ‘Crimson Glow’ dammit, but instead I got a big damp mess. Note to self: stick to the recipe.
Angela: Dad, I don’t feel like talking. No offense.
Graham: Oh, I don’t feel like talking. Certainly not to you. You want me to warm up that spaghetti?
[Angela hands it over]
Angela: [voiceover] I have to say, when my father warms something up, it tastes better than when anyone else does.
Ms Mayhew: How could Anne Frank be lucky?
Angela: I don’t know. ‘Cause she was stuck in an attic for three years with this guy she really liked?
Well, with my failed grey, sweaty cheesecake pieces destined for the bin (having gnawed at all the edible bits of chocolate brownie as I hate waste) I decided to cheat and take an easier approach. I have long joked that spaghetti bolognese is my equivalent of ‘Jewish penicillin’ chicken soup. I don’t call it a favourite meal of mine, but whenever I feel like crap I turn to it as I know it will fix me. Since I am plagued with bad luck in the kitchen at the moment, this was nowhere near my usual standard, and according to an article I read in the Metro it is a complete bastardisation of how spaghetti bolognese is meant to be made, but I don’t care. Also, Angela was right, pasta always tastes better reheated (and with a handful of cheese, not pictured).
Next up: ‘Bum Cheese on Rye with Ham and Proscuitto’ inspired by the Beastie Boys.
[Disclaimer: As I mentioned above, the recipe for the Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies is not my own. I found the recipe on the Eat Bake Repeat blog where Stacey mentions she sourced the recipe for the cheesecake layer from Sally’s Baking Addiction, and clearly they are both much better at cooking than I am!]