Jeff says: “Spider-Man, Spider-Man, eating food from a frying pan!”
It’s not often that my love of comic books and my love of supplementing blogs about food come crashing together. Due to the rarity of this feat, I must take advantage of any opportunity I can get. Food isn’t something that comes up in comic books very often. It’s kind of like sleeping or using the toilet in sitcoms – they never mention it unless it plays an important part in the plot or lends itself to a joke.
Even so, there are a few instances when food gains relevance in a character’s history or, at the very least, becomes part of a long-running joke. Superman has been known for his affinity to beef bourguignon for years – he even sang a song about beef in Superman: The Musical (oh, the simpler times of the 1960s). Perhaps no super hero has been tied to a particular food item more closely than Spider-Man, who since his inception has been relegated to his deranged Aunt May’s wheatcakes. No, that isn’t an odd euphemism for an old woman’s breasts – I’m talking about literal wheatcakes, similar to pancakes, served from a skillet.
I recently picked up a copy of the 1996 Untold Tales of Spider-Man annual, in which they printed (for the first time, apparently) the recipe for the wheatcakes May Parker would shove in front of her nephew Peter issue after issue. After looking at the directions, I’m quite perplexed: would anyone actually eat these? It seems like they’d be terrible. Here’s the recipe:
May Parker’s Famous Wheatcakes
– 1 cup buckwheat flour
– 1 cup sifted whole wheat flour
– 2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
– 1 teaspoon baking soda
– 1 teaspoon salt
In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups buttermilk and 2 teaspoons molasses, then set aside.
Add to the four mix:
– 2 beaten eggs
– 1/4 cup melted butter
– the buttermilk/molasses mixture
Whip 2 egg whites until stiff (but not dry!), then fold them into the batter gently until blended. Don’t over mix!
Cook on a greased hot griddle or frying pan, until small bubbles appear on top. Then turn pancakes over, and cook until bottom is lightly browned. Serve hot, with butter and maple syrup.
Now, I realize that tastes are subjective, but is there anyone who would find these the least bit appetizing? I think that if someone was a really big Spider-Man fan, he or she might find it fun to try a recipe so steeped in the character’s history, but really, at least Superman had the courtesy to choose a dish in which meat is the main course.
The Gnome sez: There is no way in hell I’m trying these bloody things. Also, if you’d like to read Jeff’s Yeti-blog version, which is pretty similar to this version(but has a better version of the picture!), go here: http://teddyandtheyeti.blogspot.com/2010/02/spider-mans-wheatcakes-recipe.html