Comic Kitchen is a segment that prepares a three course menu around a pop culture character. This edition is a special one because it marks the first time I’ve collaborated with another blogger to bring a menu to life. I worked with Manchester based Rosaleen Marmion, who runs a lifestyle and parenting website. Together we came up with a three-course meal for Captain America. Given that Cap is a supersoldier, I decided on a high protein and carb based menu. The overall theme taps into Steve Rogers’ story as a kid from New York who grew up to be one of the greatest superheroes of all time.
Starter – Cheese Macaroni Muffins
In order to get the energy needed for his high metabolism, I’d imagine Captain America needing to eat a lot of carbohydrates. So, cheese macaroni muffins would make the ideal appetiser because of the pasta and cheese mixed together. The muffins would have a wholesome, simple flavour that Cap could enjoy with a mug of American branded coffee.
What I like about the recipe is how simplistic it is. Rosaleen made the suggestion of the muffins and they are really easy to make. All you need is milk, butter, flour, macaroni, eggs and a cheese of your choice. Rosaleen used Nacho cheese sauce and mature cheddar for the muffins.
Main Course – Meatloaf served With Mashed Potato And Creamed Corn
Steve Rogers is an old-fashioned kind of guy, so it makes sense that he’d enjoy an old-fashioned kind of meal. The main course involves traditional meatloaf served with mashed potatoes and creamed corn. Not only is the meatloaf high in protein, but it’s a source of healthy fats and provides Vitamin A and C.
The mashed potatoes and creamed corn conjure images of a specific time period for me. I can imagine Cap eating the food when he was growing up in 1930s New York. The meal would remind him of some good memories.
Rosaleen added her own touch to the meatloaf by including an American flag lattice. I’ll bet the Avengers have chipped in for an American flag style cake for Cap more than once!
Dessert – New York-Style Cheesecake
As Captain America grew up in Brooklyn, cheesecake is a dessert that reminds him of home. New York cheesecake is one of the most famous varieties in the world. It has the kind of pure taste that makes it worth eating.
There have been many stories about who came up with New York cheesecake. Some credit sandwich maker Arnold Reuben for coming up with the recipe. Allegedly, he was invited to a dinner party and the hostess served a cheese pie. Reuben was so intrigued with the recipe that he experimented until he came up with the cheesecake. Others believe that a man called William Lawrence was responsible.
New York cheesecake is served without any frills, relying on consistency and flavour alone. It’s a perfect representation of Captain America: traditional, unwavering and enduring.
I’d like to give a big thank you to Rosaleen and her partner for cooking the menu and providing the photography. If you’d like to find out how to cook the Captain America menu then check out Rosaleen’s informative ingredients article.