In celebration of Vegan MoFo, I’m doing a month of themed dinner party ideas! This week, I’m doing a Doctor Who theme!
Arguably the most well known of the Doctor Who villains are the Daleks. The Daleks are an extraterrestrial race of mutants, who have had every emotion removed from them with one exception – hate. Inside of their tank-like shells, their beings have been reduced to what looks like a very unattractive octopus. With all compassion and pity gone, their one goal is to exterminate the Universe of non-Dalek life.
The Daleks have been around since 1963. While they strike fear into the hearts of the Doctor, they don’t exactly look menacing on television. With bodies reminiscent of salt and pepper shakers and cute blinky lights for ears, they aren’t quite the work of nightmares. In fact, it wasn’t until the most recent series that the Daleks got past their Achilles heel, which was not having an Achilles heel or knees or any other joints. That meant all a soon-to-be victim had to do was head towards a case of stairs, and she’d be safe.
On the first episode this season the Doctor ended up at the Asylum, which is the prison where the Daleks keep the most deranged and battle-scarred amongst them. While there, he traced a signal from a woman named Oswin, who had been hiding out in her crashed starliner for a year there. To busy herself, she’d been immersed in making soufflés. This perplexed the Doctor. How could she be there for a full year and still make soufflés with no milk and no eggs. Even the defunct Daleks seemed in on it, changing their usual catchphrase of “exterminate” and stopping at “eggs.”
You’d think that since the Doctor himself was vegetarian for three of his lives, he might have come into contact with vegan baking. I don’t know why the Daleks were calling for eggs, when ground flax seed, bananas, or applesauce would do, but who understands cyborgs anyway? I can only assume that what they meant to say was Ener-G Egg Replacer.
After watching that season opener, I knew what I had to do – make a soufflé dish that would do any Dalek proud. I mean, one Dalek arm is practically a French whip. They seem born to bake. With bolts and metal balls, this soufflé dish brings cold stone to the warm pleasure of cooking.
After the soufflé dish was ready, the only thing left was to make the soufflé of Oswin’s dreams – no eggs or animal-based milk necessary. Truth be told, before this I’d never actually made a soufflé. (Although, surprisingly enough, the only soufflés I’ve ever eaten were vegan. One of my favorite birthday desserts is the chocolate soufflé from Madeleine Bistro.)
I turned to the chocolate soufflé recipe in World Vegan Feast by Bryanna Clark Grogan. With only pesky hands and an electric beater, I couldn’t quite go at it Dalek-style. I whipped the Ener-G egg replacer into light, whippy peaks, folded it into chocolate batter, and poured it into two Dalek soufflé dishes.
Since I was straying from the recipe and not using ramekins, which are smaller, I had to guess at the elongated cooking time and how much batter to pour into each one. If I had to do it over again, I would have poured them fuller. They actually sprang up quite a bit, but it’s hard to tell because my batter amount was on the shallow side. I also had to guess a bit on baking time, since there was more batter per container than designated in the original recipe.
When all was said and done, I was rewarded with rich, chocolaty soufflé, both dense and light all at once. After all, when my taste buds yearn for chocolate, you know that I obey.
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