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Elle Jauffret

Writer ~ Science Enthusiast ~ Fork Handler

Satisfying Space Reads: fiction and non-fiction

The story: Presumed dead, an astronaut finds himself stranded and alone on Mars.


















“If the oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the water reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m f…ed.”  - THE MARTIAN by Andy Weir (paperback p.7)

CHASING HUBBLE’S SHADOWS (non fiction) by Jeff Kanipe.


Moon Pie Recipe

Cookie Dough

6  oz. unsalted butter; ¼  cup light brown sugar, firmly packed; ¼  cup cane syrup; ¼  tsp. vanilla extract; 1½  cups all-purpose flour; 1¼  cups finely ground graham crackers; ¾  tsp. kosher salt; ½  tsp. baking powder; ½  tsp. baking soda; ¼  tsp. ground cinnamon; 2  tbsp. whole milk; 1 egg

Cream butter, brown sugar, syrup, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer (with paddle). In another bowl, mix all the dry ingredients. Then mix butter mix + egg + dry mix.  Flatten dough, cut 3-inch wide circle. Bake in 325 degree-oven for 10minutes.

Marshmallow  (make your own or use store-bought)

(4  tsp. powdered gelatin + 1/2  cup cold water = let aside until it "blooms")  + (4  tbsp. light corn syrup + 3  tbsp. honey (clover best) + ¾  cup granulated sugar = all combined and simmering until temperature reached 2240 degrees F). Beat 3  large egg whites on high for 5 minutes, then add everything else and beat for about 10 minutes (until stiff).

Chocolate Coating

1  lb. bittersweet chocolate (melted) + 2  tbsp. vegetable oil = perfect coating chocolate

Assemble the moon pies: place 1/4 cup marshmallow between 2 cookies. Then, dip "sandwich" in melted chocolate. Cool completely and enjoy. 

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