Food Writer Does The World A Solid By Making Yr Fave ‘Simpsons’ Snax IRL
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A freelance writer from Los Angeles has spent the last two years creating and cookin' the recipes for foods featured in the show-that-ran-far-too-long-stop-now-plz 'The Simpsons'.
The show is of course still beloved if you ignore all of the later seasons, so it just makes sense that Laurel Randolph would be dedicated to the cause of finding out if it is really possible to make Little Meatloaf Men. (A: it is!)
When she first introduced the series for 'Paste Magazine' back in August 2015, by attempting to make those very same Meatloaf Men, she explained that she'd be recreating the dishes as true to the original as possible. But if that was too gross, she'd supply an actually edible true-to-theme recipe inspired by the dish as well.
She also explained her motivations - a love of cooking and a long-time love of the series, and the urge to combine the two:
"When someone asks me what my favourite TV show of all time is, I quickly answer 'The Simpsons', with the caveat “specifically, seasons 3 through 8”. I’ve loved these episodes since they first aired and I watched them with the volume on low without my parents’ permission. When I want something quick to watch and I can’t decide what, those DVDs are the first place I turn. The episodes are so wonderfully written and performed and pretty much perfect and it boggles my mind.
"With my profession of love out of the way, I think it’s high time I combine my passion for cooking and food writing with my passion for this beloved cartoon. I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but The Simpsons has some pretty great food references peppered throughout (Flaming Moe, anyone?). For your viewing and eating pleasure, I am gathering the best Simpsons food stuffs in one place and making them myself."
The latest in the series, from earlier this week, is for Martin's Raisin Roundies, a nice, chewy cookie that we would 100% eat.
Randolph has so far made 22 dishes from the series, including the Flaming Moe sans the cough syrup, Million Dollar Birthday Fries, Krusty Brand Imitation Gruel, Chief Wiggum's Chili, Monkey Paw Turkey Sandwich and Simpson & Son Revitalising Tonic.
But there's one foodstuff on her list that is going to require a lot of planning:
“There’s a nacho hat in an episode when they go to a football game and Homer has cheese in the brim.“I really want to make that and I think I will, but I have to figure that out because it seems complicated.”
We recommend trying out these recipes while listening to pop-punk versions of 'Simpsons' songs, the brainchild of Perth man Daniel Cribb:
Photo: Laurel Randolph.