I implore you to watch this video, specifically from 1:28 to 1:50. It's a small sneak peek from a BBC morning show, and the 22 second clip lays out pretty much everything I adore about this show.
Day 3 of Doctor Who Week, I'm making the iconic instrument of the Doctor's, the Sonic Screwdriver. I'm actually making two different types: baked mozzarella sticks with a creamy avocado basil dip, and baked asparagus spears. Even though I will always and forever be a 10th Doctor girl, I ended up making the 11th Doctor's screwdriver because it's much easier imitating a green light than a blue light when dealing with food.
It was easy to make both of these at the same time because the methods are almost identical.
You will need:
A pound of asparagus, washed and stemmed
8 mozzarella cheese sticks, peeled and cut in half
1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup AP flour
Canola cooking spray
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
2 tsp dried basil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Set up your breading station: one plate with flour, one shallow bowl or deep plate with eggs, and one bowl with bread crumbs. I seasoned my bread crumbs with basil, oregano, garlic powder and parsley, but it's not necessary.
Roll each cheese stick in the flour, coating well.
Move them to the eggs, and using a fork to keep your hands from getting eggy, coat the stick with egg.
Using the fork again, transfer the stick into the bread crumbs (just try not to touch the bread crumbs with your fork because then you have to rinse it off, like I did several times). Rather than rolling the stick, gently toss the bread crumbs onto the cheese.
Move to a baking sheet that's either been greased or covered in parchment paper (I prefer the latter).
Bake for 5 mins, or until they are slightly golden brown but not melty.
For the sauce, add one diced ripe avocado and 1/4 cup of Greek yogurt to a bowl and mash together. If your avocado is less than ripe and difficult to mash, you can cheat and do this step in the blender).
Once mixed, add 1 tsp minced garlic, 2 tsp dried basil, and 1 tsp of lemon juice.
Mix well, then transfer to a slightly nicer looking bowl in order to serve guests. Test it with a cheese stick, just to make sure it's not poisonous.
Now onto asparagus. Basically the same technique as the cheese sticks, except don't use flour first because it won't stick. Make sure to use a plate for the eggs, the swallow bowl was still too deep to be effective.
Holding by the head of the asparagus (where the little blossom part is) roll the asparagus in the eggs, not coating the very top where you're holding it.
Move to the bread crumbs and gently sprinkle or toss bread crumbs onto the stick.
Move to the baking sheet, again greased or with parchment paper. Sprinkle salt on top of the spears, and coat with a layer of cooking spray (this will make the ends get nice and crispy).
Bake at 400 degrees for 10 mins or until the asparagus is bright green and the crumbs are golden brown.
There you go! I think these are reasonable facsimiles of the real things, and maybe even slightly healthy too if you have health conscious friends.