Hilary (jandrofrachini) wrote in vegancooking,

Tropical alien food/haupia

In my Literature Types class we're currently studying Sci-Fi. As a group project we're making up our own alien culture, dressing someone up as our alien, and preparing our alien's native foods for the class. The food is supposed to be something that looks weird (gooey, slimy, discolored) but tastes good. I've been having a hard time coming up with something to make that will fit our alien's culture.
Basically it's all about music (the aliens speak in power chords). There are three islands, with three basic climates: temperate, tropical, and cold. Our group is trying to make a food from each region. The cold region is already taken care of and I wanted to try something for the tropical region, most likely a dessert.

I'm at a total loss when it comes to tropical things, because all I can think of is pineapple!

4 cups coconut milk*
2-1/2 cups water
1-1/4 cups sugar
1 cup cornstarch

Combine coconut milk and water and stir until smooth. Add sugar and cornstarch. Cook over low heat until thickened and shiny.

Make a dough with 1/2 cup butter or margarine, 3 tablespoons of sugar, 1 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of chopped nuts. Press the dough into a pan and bake it for 15 minutes at 350°F (175°C). When the crust is cool, pour the just-made haupia over the top, chill it, and then serve with whipped cream and a sprinkling of plain or toasted shredded coconut.

Please help!
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