Tesseract cocktail I found giant glow-sticks on two-for-one at Booksale, for Loki's mind control stick, and small ones to use as stirrers. despotliz discovered you could break them apart, and though they're fairly non-toxic, I think, but probably best not used as part of this cocktail (which will glow under UV): 3-1-1 of Curacao, Midori and gin, top with a fizz of tonic water, serve with a glowstick stirrer.
Reception retinal scan I had candy eyeballs left over from halloween, and Loki's eyeball scan (hard to tell if it's a "destructive scan" or not, but the device looks pretty nasty) at the champagne reception was the perfect excuse to use them up -- with a glass of champagne if you were in the posh party, or of beer if you were out in the street being told to kneel by Loki.
Fruits of research During the Tony-Bruce bonding scenes, Iron Man offers Hulk a freeze-dried blueberry. We had dried blueberries and goji berries as a cheap alternative, the first time many of us had sampled the pinker of the superfruits. What does it taste like? Inconsistent.
Should have bought bigger prawns The Chitauri invaders ride around New York crushing libraries and hot dog stands and police cars and taxis in (as far as I can see) gigantic squat lobsters. These are then charred, exploded, smashed, skewered and stabbed. You can see where I'm going with this. I subbed in whatever prawn was on offer and served them up five-hero style (Honey Roast, American Style, Smashed with green herbs, Flambé and on a skewer). With white bread soldiers. On reflection, the prawns were too small. Should have bought bigger prawns.
Shawarma Cowley road shawarma is one of the great joys of Oxford eating out, and a couple of years ago I decided to learn to make my own. Half the fight is a really good spice mix. I use this one but there's plenty of choices for sale in places like the Maroc Deli, or mix up your own. Finely slice your meat (chicken, lamb, beef or all the above) and put it to marinade in a thick mix of the spice, crushed garlic, lemon juice and your preferred marinade liquid (I use Fino sherry) overnight. Cook in a heavy pan and serve with flatbread and salad.
That was it, bar the washing up (also epic).