Sunday, July 10, 2011

Breakfast ideas from Tang with a space shuttle theme

In honor of the final mission of the space shuttle, which began successfully on Friday1, here's a 1983 Tang recipe pamphlet from General Foods Corporation.

The front of the pamphlet states:
"Ready, set, lift off, for a nutritious breakfast every school day morning. With these fun-filled breakfast ideas, you can prepare quick and easy breakfasts for the kids to enjoy. Greet them with Blast-Off Breakfast Nog on Monday and continue through the week with Crater Eggs, Lunar Parfaits and more recipes created especially for the junior set."
The other recipes include Coconut Moon Toast, Moonwalk Cereal (made with Post Grape-Nuts), Orbital Fruit Milk, and Spaceship French Toast.

Here are a couple of the recipes:
Blast-Off Breakfast Nog
1 cup milk
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons Tang orange flavor instant breakfast drink
1 egg

To serve hot: Heat milk and honey in saucepan to just below boiling point. Combine instant breakfast drink and egg in blender container. Blend, adding hot milk mixture gradually. Then blend about 15 seconds, until smooth and frothy. Serve at once. Makes 1 serving.

To serve cold: Combine all ingredients in blender container; blend well.

Lunar Cereal Parfait
1/2 cup vanilla-flavored yogurt
1 cup Post Super Sugar Crisp2 sweetened wheat puffs
1/4 cup fresh, frozen or canned fruit

Spoon half of the yogurt into dish, add the cereal and top with remaining yogurt. Then add fruit and serve at once. Makes 1 serving.
The tri-fold pamphlet also includes a special offer (pictured below) in which you can get a 24-inch inflatable space shuttle for $1.75, plus one Tang proof of purchase.

While the space shuttle program is being retired after this final mission, we can still dream of the stars. There's even a perfect spot right here in Pennsylvania. Check out this recent Philadelphia Inquirer article on Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County. For stargazers, the spot in the northern Pennsylvania woods is one of the darkest places in the eastern United States. The International Dark-Sky Association terms it one of just a handful of "international dark sky parks" in the nation.

1. This morning, Atlantis docked with the International Space Station. Here's a description from the NASA website:
"At 11:07 a.m. EDT, Commander Chris Ferguson guided space shuttle Atlantis into pressurized mating adapter #2 on the International Space Station’s Harmony node. The two spacecraft were flying about 240 miles high, east of New Zealand, at the time they docked.

"This was the 12th and final time Atlantis docked to the space station. It was the 46th shuttle docking to a space station, nine to the Russian Mir station and 37 to the International Space Station. Atlantis performed seven of the nine Mir dockings. This was the 86th space shuttle rendezvous operation and the 164th “proximity operation” in the history of the Space Shuttle Program, where a shuttle conducted operations in close proximity to another spacecraft.

"The shuttle and station crews will open hatches and hold the traditional welcome ceremony at about 1:19 p.m. Atlantis’ crew of Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, and Mission Specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim will join Expedition 28 Commander Andrey Borisenko and Flight Engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Sergei Volkov of Russia, Satoshi Furukawa from Japan, and NASA’s Ron Garan and Mike Fossum.

"The combined crew of 10 begins more than a week of docked operations, transferring vital supplies and equipment to sustain station operations once the shuttles are retired."
2. That cereal is now called Golden Crisp. According to Wikipedia, it "has undergone drastic changes in marketing over the years, including changing the name from Sugar Crisp to Super Sugar Crisp to Super Golden Crisp (during a time when many cereals dropped the word 'Sugar' from their titles) to the current name."

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