A Doctor Who Lunch? Kale, Yeah!

Doctor Who lunchWith all this talk about holiday preparations, you may think that I have forgotten about the big anniversary coming up.  That’s right, folks, 50 years!  “Wow,” you may be saying to yourself, “you and David have been married for 50 years?  You look amazing!”  And to that I say, aw, shucks.  Thank you.  And also that’s not the anniversary to which I’m referring.  No, that British television icon, Doctor Who himself, is celebrating 50 years on television.  After spending many years as a cult classic, it has now hit the mainstream with costumes, t-shirts, and toys in malls all over, even in Middle America.

Doctor Who lunchThis Saturday all over the globe the 50th anniversary episode will play concurrently at certain movie theatres and on television.  Locally it will show right around lunch-time.  If you’ll be having some people over to watch the 90-minute episode, you may want to have some lunch-time treats handy.

Doctor Who lunchThose of you who have been following my blog for a while may remember that I did a whole week of Doctor Who-themed dinner party food ideas, including a vegan take on fish fingers and custard, Peanut Butter & Jelly Baby sandwiches, Bow Tie Pasta Salad is Cool, and for dessert, a chocolate soufflé perfect for a girl trapped in the shell of a Dalek.  There were also two drink ideas: a Sonic Screwdriver and a Bloody Mara.

Doctor Who lunchWith the anniversary in mind, I revisited my Doctor Who lunch.  This time around instead of just having blocks of baked tofu in the bow tie pasta salad with fez-like cherry tomatoes, I cut the slabs into the shape of Adipose before baking.  Then after they were done, I added capers for eyes and slivers of olives for mouths.

Doctor Who lunchOn the side, I made a mound of kale chips, served in the Dalek soufflé dish.  Fans of the show may remember that the aforementioned Dalek girl went on to save a species by offering up a very special leaf, dubbed the most important leaf in human history.  (To those of you who don’t watch the show:  This whole thing is a lot more touching and less like a PBS nature special than it sounds.)  In our Earth-based existence, what leaf could be more special than the kale leaf, crisped in the oven instead of being obliterated by a sentimentality-consuming Mummy God?  (No, I’m serious.  The show is really, really good.)

Doctor Who lunchDoctor Who lunchAre you a fan of Doctor Who?  If so, what are your viewing plans for the anniversary episode on Saturday?

Doctor Who potteryAll of the Doctor Who pottery in this post was made by me, and I have a few Doctor Who related pieces for sale on my Etsy site, Olive Pit Pottery.  I’ll be adding more in the coming weeks!

I’m also super excited to be featured today on Fellowship of the Vegetable as part of Kylie’s Vegan Interrogated series.  FOTV is such a delightful and entertaining blog with recipes, videos, and more!  Check it out!


  1. says

    I have never watched a single episode of Dr. Who! I feel so out of the loop, but I’ve never been a fan of sci-fi in general. I have a lot of friends who are gaga for it though!

    And thank you so much for your kind words and letting me interrogate you 😀

    • says

      You should check out an episode or two sometime, Kylie! You might be surprised. I have never been into science fiction either. In fact, a guy broke up with me in high school because I mocked Doctor Who! Oh, irony of ironies! :) The draw of the show for me is all about the relationships. It’s a serialized show, where they keep building on the story, relationships, and interactions. It’s easy to get caught up in it!

  2. acookinthemaking says

    I remember watching Dr. Who with my dad (who is British) when I was a kid, but unfortunately I don’t really remember much about it at all. I love how you’ve managed to combine your love for the show with your creative talents (both food and pottery!) for this occasion though. It’s very inspiring :)

  3. says

    That bowl of adipose tofu is the first thing that I showed Dave this morning. I seriously squealed when it showed up on my phone! We don’t have cable, so we will buy the episode from Amazon or iTunes the next day and watch. I can’t waaaaaiiiittttt!

    • says

      That’s so awesome! Thanks, Becky! So what did you think of the episode? I’ve seen it twice now. (They showed it at a theatre closer to home last night.) I think I enjoyed it even more the second time around when I could just relax and watch without wondering who might be making cameo appearances and what surprises would be coming at us.

  4. says

    Haha. I have no idea what any of this is about! But I love your dedication to theme. :-) I’m such a nerd for a theme. One day, maybe I’ll finally watch Doctor Who. I keep thinking I wouldn’t like it, but I bet I’d get sucked in.

    • says

      You should totally check it out, Bianca! I wouldn’t consider myself a science fiction fan, but Doctor Who totally sucked me in. Do you like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Sherlock? If so, you’d probably like Doctor Who.

  5. says

    I have recently joined the masses who watch Dr. Who and it captivated me. When I saw your post I just laughed with delight! What an amazing job you did recreating the little adipose creatures. lol Love your pottery, too. I sent a link to several family members and friends who also enjoy Dr. Who. :)

  6. says

    I can’t even handle this post right now! So amazing and cute. I’ve never watched Dr. Who (I KNOW), but I’m pretty familiar with the ins and outs of the imagery. Your Dalek dish is amazing.

  7. says

    Cutest. Salad. Ever.
    I’ve actually never seen Doctor Who, I know, crazy right? I know everyone is gaga for it but I’ve never seen it come on tv. I really should just download a couple episodes, but with 50 years to catch up on, that’s one show I don’t know if I can risk becoming addicted to.

    • says

      I started with the series reboot in 2005. I know that’s still 8 years of TV, but it’s not quite as daunting as 50 years. Plus, if you like it, that means all the more TV to love! :) David has been watching since he was a child, and so because of him, I’ve seen quite a bit of the classic series now too.

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