Simpsons fan recreates show's iconic food

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A huge Simpsons fan is bringing the most famous foods and drinks from the show to life.

Laurel Randolph is the woman behind a series called Cooking The Simpsons in which she makes and creates recipes from the long-running animated comedy.

"There's a ton of really wacky food references on the show and I thought it would be really fun to try and make some of those," she told news.com.au.

In the two years since she started, Ms Randolph has come up with recipes for Krusty Brand Imitation Gruel, Chief Wiggum's Chili, Good Morning Burger, 'Supoib Manhattan', Martin's Raisin Roundies, Moon Waffles and many more.

"The very first one I was did was Little Meatloaf Men which are little pieces of meat loaf that are shaped like men with faces," Ms Randolph said.

"Marge makes them in an episode and you see them very clearly but they obviously don't show you a recipe. So I played around with different meat loaf recipes to find one that would work in a cookie cutter shape."

Marge's meatloaf men. Photo / Fox, The Simpsons

Laurel's meatloaf men. Photo / Laurel Randolph, Paste Magazine

Sometimes the characters do reveal the ingredients required to make a certain food or drink but "they're really gross", so Ms Randolph tries to make a more palatable version.

"The Tom Collins and Cloves Pie which Homer eats ... he explains that it's a frozen pie shell with Tom Collins mix and whole cloves in it," she said.

"I made it as described which was awful and so then I made a good version - a Spiced Tom Collins Pie which is kind of like a Lemon Meringue pie."

Ms Randolph has even come up with a recipe for arguably the most famous drink from The Simpsons, a Flaming Moe.

Laurel's version of The Flaming Homer/Flaming Moe. Photo / Laurel Randolph, Paste Magazine

The cocktail, which appeared in an episode in season three, was created by Homer and includes a healthy dose of cough medicine. Moe later stole the recipe from Homer and named the drink after himself.

"It actually took a while to make because I had to make a version of the drink that tasted OK, was purple and had alcohol in it," Ms Randolph said.

"Grape juice and alcohol is really bad and so I wanted to make something that had most of the ingredients it called for but for it still to turn out purple and taste good. I obviously left the cough syrup out of the final version, that's just really gross, but it does have pretty much everything else in it. I also had to figure out how to make it light on fire, because cough syrup nowadays doesn't have that much alcohol in it.

"That one was super fun and it was one of the more interesting testing phases because I had to taste a lot of weird alcoholic drinks."

With more than 600 episodes of The Simpsons, there are plenty of "wacky" foods and drinks for Ms Randolph to still tackle, but there is one in particular she's keen to have a crack at.

"There's a nacho hat in an episode when they go to a football game and Homer has cheese in the brim," she said.

"I really want to make that and I think I will, but I have to figure that out because it seems complicated."

You can check out Laurel Randolph's Cooking The Simpsons series at Paste Magazine or on her blog here.