May The 4th Be With You – Celebrating Star Wars Day
May The 4th Be With You!
Celebrating Star Wars Day is just another excuse to make fun food and watch nerdy movies.
As if there isn’t enough to celebrate during May (Labour Day, Mother’s Day, my Mum’s Birthday 🙂 middle son’s Birthday) we just need another excuse for a party! Well, if not a party at least a full on family movie night.
So what exactly is Star Wars Day? Well it’s on May The Fourth for a start 😉
The phrase actually dates back to at least 1979, on the day Margaret Thatcher was elected Britain’s first woman Prime Minister. Her party took out a newspaper ad in the London Evening News that said “May the Fourth be with you, Maggie. Congratulations.”
And so it began.
Star Wars Food
Star Wars Food is actually a ‘thing’! And finding new and exciting food for our Star Wars Day menu is so much fun. The internet has so many amazing ideas, and hats off to all those parents who manage to pull off such awesome Star Wars parties, that finding ideas is not very hard.
The boys are getting older now, so decorations, dressing up and toys are not our thing anymore (sob!), so it’s all down to the food, drinks and the movies, Yay!
This year we’ve decided on a Mexican theme for celebrating Star Wars Day. It just makes it easier for me to get a menu together if I concentrate on a theme for the food, rather than have 15 desserts and no main 😀
I do try to make some ‘original’ dishes, so we don’t get bored.
Making up the names is the hardest part I find! LOL
May The 4th Be With You Menu
Some dishes I made way ahead, some items just needed plating and the rest are really quick and easy – I promise!
All Star Wars food is either a play on words or made to ‘look like’ something from the Movies, and this is what we came up with this year.
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with Darth Maul-lows and Mini Chocolate Lightsabers for dipping
Millenium Falcorn and Luke Skywater for later on during the movies.
And finally some
Syrup Chewies as snacks for the next few days.
Star Wars Day Recipes
A-Maz-ing Salsa Dip with Storm Trooper Scoopers
A really fab idea that I found on the Star Wars website was this Maz ‘n’ Cheese – so fun!
I wanted to make something similar that was a good fit for my Mexican theme. I don’t normally make a dip, I just make loaded nachos, so just thinking ‘melted yellow cheese’ gave me a burst of inspiration.
A fast & easy 3 layer dip made from 0% Fromage Frais (use sour cream etc if you prefer), salsa (store bought or homemade), topped with grated cheese and warmed under a grill until melted.
Scoop up melty mouthfuls using Nachos, Doritos etc.
To make Maz’s face I just used some plastic cheese (oops, I mean processed cheese squares) in two different colours, i.e. one yellow-y coloured and the other whit-ish (!)
First, make your layered dip.
I used half a carton of 0% Fromage Frais, spread evenly over a round oven proof dish (I used the lid part of my Pyrex Casserole). Carefully empty 2 small jars of ready prepared salsa over the Fromage Frais and sprinkle with plenty of yellow cheese, I chose 50% fat Cheddar.
I did this early on, and left it in the fridge until I was ready to start cooking. When ready, grill until the cheese has all melted and leave to cool slightly.
I used a two different sized drinking glasses as I didn’t have round cookie cutters, but it just goes to show that you can get things done without fancy kitchen doo-dahs!
I stuck 2 of each colour, still wrapped cheese slices into the freezer for a few minutes, while I was setting this up.
Take the cheese slices from the freezer just when you are ready to use them, one at a time.
Use the larger of the two glasses for Maz’s ‘glasses’ and cut out two circles using the ‘white’ coloured cheese. Place carefully on the melted, and now hardening cheese.
Using the smaller of the two drinking glasses, cut out two circles from the ‘yellow’ coloured cheese and place on top of the white, as in the photos.
I used black olives for the nostrils, mouth and the eyes. Her face is quite easy to ‘copy’ – it’s all the angles 🙂
Melting the cheese helps to keep it separate from the other layers. So if you are watching your waistline this is a great way to enjoy this otherwise very low fat dip with some veggie sticks (more Lightsabers!). I used up the remaining coloured peppers from the Death Star-Dillas, which were perfect!
If you like you can just skip the ‘grilling’ step, and decorate the cold grated cheese in the same way. You can also add in more layers such as beans or corn etc, I just stuck to what I know the boys like.
Death Star-Dillas (with vegetarian chicken, peppers, salsa & cheese)
Mexican night is not Mexican night without flour Tortillas in our house. Not that anything is completely authentic, to be honest, but we do have our favourites.
Using our favourite Quesadilla’s recipe, with fresh or frozen coloured peppers, spices and Quorn Chicken (Quorn Chik’n) pieces, Veggie Sausages or my personal favourite Refried Beans, make a delicious filling when paired with salsa and grated cheese.
Star Wars Day Food
- 1 level tablespoon chili powder or to taste
- 1 level tablespoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (I use Cajun Spice)
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Olive Oil Spray
- 200g Quorn Chicken /Chik'n Pieces (or 4-6 Veggie Sausages etc)
- 3-4 medium bell peppers, sliced (we used all 4 colours)
- 1 onion, thinly sliced
- 6-8 large tortillas
- Make the spice mix: Whisk together chili powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Heat a heavy frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the vegetables and fry for 5 minutes until beginning to soften and colour.
- Add 1/2 the spice mix, stir to coat and lower the heat. Leave on a low heat for another 10 minutes to cook all the spice.
- In another pan, add some olive oil spray and cook the Quorn pieces with the remaining spice mix, until the spices are cooked and the pieces heated through. Remve from the heat.
- Get a third pan (I know, I know more washing up - I like a clean pan for my tortillas but you can always put the veggies and Quorn pieces in one pan, and use the other.
- Using a small glass cut out a circle in the bottom left of the flat tortilla.
- Working quickly, place the tortilla in the hot pan and spoon on some salsa spreading evenly and sprinkle with grated cheese. Top the upper half of the tortilla with some Quorn pieces and sliced vegetables, then fold over the bottom half with the hole in it, to meet the top half.
- Fry briefly on both sides, until coloured to your liking.
- Repeat with another tortilla (with no hole). Serve together.
I also made some full round Quesadillas to get the whole Death Star on the plate. with a tomato puree ‘blob’ and line painted on, which also looked quite nice – but we found it harder to cook & eat, so we opted for the traditionally ‘folded’ Death Star-Dillas which I think were awesome!
Unfortunately, because I made this batch while the ‘menfolk’ were at home, they were devoured before I could properly garnish them for the photos. A few long slices of pepper between the two tortillas were what I had prepared, but we ended up eating the chopped peppers with the A-Maz-ing Salsa Dip instead!
Tatooine Sunrise Mocktail
Seeing as though we were doing a Mexican theme, this was the perfect drink.
Wikipedia says, “The Tequila Sunrise is a cocktail made of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup and served unmixed in a tall glass.”
No Tequila in this one, but that would be an awesome cocktail for an adults Star Wars party.
For this child friendly Mocktail, just pour Orange juice into a tall glass (with ice, if you like) leaving enough room for about 10-15 ml of Grenadine (or Pomegranate Syrup), you just need a touch, and it will sink to the bottom making a glorious Sunrise effect. Stir and enjoy 🙂
If you did want to make the adults version using Tequila, then just fill a tall glass with ice, as above. Combine Tequila and orange juice in a cocktail shaker or muddle along with what you have available 🙂 and pour into the prepared glass. Slowly pour in grenadine and let settle. Stir before drinking.
C-3PO Golden Rice
A really simple idea but soooo great, this turmeric infused Golden Rice is perfect as a side to your Death Star-Dillas.
I actually saw this as part of a Bento Box meal, and I just knew it would be possible to scale it up and make a larger one.
Add a dash of turmeric to your usual rice recipe or follow my simple How To Make Perfect Rice.
Once your rice is ready, leave to cool slightly so it can be handled. You do not want to mould boiling hot rice!
Choose a plate or platter for your final creation, I just used an extra large plain round plate.
Place mounds of still warm rice onto the plate, and using a piece of cling film (saran wrap) – to keep your hands from turning yellow with the turmeric – start moulding the rice into a C-3PO shape.
I did this early on during the day and placed the moulded rice covered in the fridge until I was ready to decorate and serve. I zapped it in the microwave for a couple of minutes before decorating.
To decorate, I used a small glass with 2 cheese slices (again cold, straight from the freezer, like in the A-Maz-ing Salsa Dip) and placed them on the firmed up rice.
I used black olives for the eyes and mouth detail.
He was sooo great! 🙂
The Dark Side Chocolate Fondue
I am so frustrated sometimes with all the wonderful ingredients that I see everyone else using, but we just can’t get here. One such item for me this week were Teddy Graham’s.
At Christmas last year I picked up a fondue set, and we really love it. I wanted to use it with Darth Maul-lows (good one) and Baby Ewoks (the elusive Teddy Graham’s)!!
I couldn’t find anything similar either – I did find animal crackers though, but as much as I squinted at them in the supermarket, I couldn’t for the life of me think of a way to incorporate lions and elephants into my Star Wars Fondue idea.
Not exactly a recipe as such, but I hope this will be an inspirational way to put those rarely used fondue sets you may have lurking in your cupboards to work, this May The 4th.
So along with Darth Maul-lows, I decided on some mini breadsticks for dipping and I can proudly present – Mini Chocolate Lightsabers lol
This is what is going to be my The Dark Side Fondue, for snacking on during our movie marathon – alongside bottles of Luke Skywater (an oldie but a goldie) and bowls of Millenium Falcorn, because it wouldn’t be movie night without the popcorn!
Another one for during the movie interval, are my C-3PO-Reo Milkshakes. This is a family favourite, Oreo Milkshake made with Vanilla ice cream and Oreos that I have re-purposed and re-named for Star Wars Day!
Our basic Oreos Milkshake per person: Take 2 Oreo cookies, 1/4 cup or approx 125 ml fresh milk, and approx 1/4 cup or 125 grams (or 1/4 litre tub) Vanilla ice cream and place in a blender or liquidiser.
Blend with a couple of ice cubes, garnish with whipped cream (we use canned aerosol cream) an extra Oreo cookie and even some chocolate syrup. Enjoy!
And last but not least
I luuurv this one! These are basic chewy flapjacks or cereal bars that I make several times a month. Much better for you than the shop bought ones, and of course sooo much cheaper.
Because they are the opposite of smooth in texture and are sticky and chewy, I included them as a nod to Chewbacca – my favourite guy xxxx
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Other Food Ideas for May The 4th Be With You Day
Some more ideas for a Mexican Star Wars Day Celebration that we didn’t use.
Yoda Soda (green coloured ice cream soda)
Cinnamon nachos and ice cream (another version for Trooper Scoopers – maybe we’ll make these next year)
Wookie Cookies (another oldie but a goldie)
And if I could have found Agar Agar (another elusive ingredient here in Cy!),
a Vegan Han Solo trapped in Carbonite Jelly – ideas for which are all over the web, and always look soooo awesome!
Another ‘cheat’ if you like is Jabba The (pizza) Hut
Maybe I’ll make next year’s theme Italian Food 🙂 with (Bow)-Tie Fighter Pasta etc! Can’t wait 🙂
Happy Star Wars Day everyone, and please feel free put a link in the comments below to any fabulous food you happen to post either on Instagram, FB or your own blog etc!
We’re always looking for new ideas for our Star Wars party, and I love to see what others have been inspired to create.
May The 4th Be With You
A special mention to Flamingtext.com for the free use of their Star Wars Letter/Logo Generator! Thank you x