Film and television can impact a lot of things, from determining hair fashions à la The Rachel, to making geeks the new chic via the Big Bang Theory, but has a film or television show ever influenced your eating habits? We're going to take a look at four foods, shown on screen, that we think you should try. If you've seen any other strange ideas, then make sure you tell us all about them in the comments.
1. Fish Custard: Doctor Who - The Eleventh Hour
Yes it sounds terrible, and it probably tastes pretty bad too, but since when has that been a reason not to give it a try? For a bit of background history, Fish Custard made its debut in Matt Smith's first full episode of Doctor Who. As the Eleventh Doctor comes to terms with his new tastebuds, he searches high and low in a little girl's kitchen for a food that will sate his appetite. Fish Custard (fish fingers and custard) is that food. Do a search now on Youtube and you'll find plenty of people have re-created this culinary creation, including popular You-tuber Charlieissocoollike.
To make fish fingers, you need a carton of custard, and a packet of fish fingers. Make the fish fingers according to directions, pour the custard in a bowl, and start dipping.
2. Ironed Toasted Cheese Sandwiched: Benny and Joon
This time we're looking at the world of cinema, not television, and the highly underrated early 90s film Benny and Joon. The food itself isn't that strange, just the way that Johnny Depp's character, Sam, chooses to prepare it.
To recreate this one, grab two slices of bread, some cheese, and some ham. Make sure you have a clean iron and ironing board, the most basic the better, because you don't want bits of starch and powder getting on your sandwich. Make your sandwich, turn the iron up high, and then start ironing.
3. Spaghetti Tacos: iCarly
Any tweens who watch iCarly will have probably heard of this recipe, served up by Carly's older brother Spencer. All in all it is probably the most edible item on the list, all we can think is why didn't someone think of this sooner? iCarly is known for its love of food, Carly's loveable friend Sam is always finding more ways to enjoy meat, cheese, and everything in between, so it is no surprise that something from the show makes it on the list. This has become a hit with kids all over the US, and we think it could go even further.
You can check out this recipe to make Spaghetti Tacos for yourself at home. Basically you'll need to make some spaghetti, grab some tacos, combine, and enjoy. We're wondering if you could spice it up by adding guacamole, sour cream, and jalapenos for a real experiment.
4. Smartie Cereal: The IT Crowd - Aunt Irma Visits
Smartie Cereal is the last strange food on our list. It's from the episode of the IT Crowd where Moss and Roy get a little hormonal, and Jen thinks it might have something to do with the amount of sugar they eat. Sure Smartie Cereal can't be too good for your health, but if ever an IT Crowd marathon is on the cards, this really should be your food of choice.
To make Smartie Cereal grab a packet of Smarties, a bottle of milk, and combine.
Well that ends our list of strange television and film foods to try, but we want to know if you've come across any others. If you've tried any of these yourself, let us know what they were like. We're getting the feeling that television isn't the best indicator of a healthy diet.