It’s no secret Elana and I love our movies. So, for the next week or so, we are going to be presenting some of our favorite movie scenes that have a focus on food, followed by a top 15 list. We will also be combining a feature with either a recipe or a restaurant review related to the food.
There is really only one qualification, but it’s an important one: the food needs to play an integral part in the movie scene. It cannot just be lurking in the background, or part of a good scene at a dinner table or restaurant.
Take Heat for example. Trust me, I’ve been thinking of every way possible to work in the Pacino/Deniro diner scene from Heat into this list, but despite it taking place within the confines of an eating establishment, the scene really never defers to food at any point. The same goes for other close calls, like at Tommy’s mother’s house in Goodfellas; Food is there in full force, but it never quite becomes the focus.
In light of the foregoing, we now commence our random teaser list, followed ultimately by our final countdown. Elana will kick things off while I continue to kick it in Italy.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Elana here! I am going to begin with a new-to-me film: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. There is an excellent scene in which Scott makes “dinner” for his new crush: a dinner comprised solely of garlic bread. I have to say, this is my kind of meal (CARBS!). It also happens to be Italian in nature and very easy to make.
First, you should watch the scene:
Bread makes you fat??!? I love that. Ok, So in true John and Elana style, I will offer you TWO recipes:
1. For Old-Original Scott Pilgrim Style Garlic Bread
2. For Elana’s Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Focaccia. Oh yeah.
Old Original Scott Pilgrim Style Garlic Bread
What You Need:
1 loaf of Italian bread (white)
2-3 cloves garlic, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
What To Do:
Heat up the broiler portion of your oven.
Slice the baguette of Italian bread diagonally into 1 inch thick slices.
Take the garlic halves and run them along the surface of the bread (both sides!) – almost like you are buttering your bread with garlic.
Then actually butter the bread (both sides again!) with the softened butter! Place the buttered, garlicked bread slices on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle them with a little sea salt as well.
Toast just a few minutes on each side – remember to keep an eye on that broiler, it works quickly.
Once your toasts are toasty, take ’em out and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.
Serve to your new girlfriend with the seven evil exes. The garlic breath will probably help you defeat them.
Now, let’s jazz things up with Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Focaccia:
What You Need:
1 head of garlic, roasted (instructions below)
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt – a pinch
Rosemary – a few sprigs
1 loaf of focaccia bread
What To Do:
For the roasted garlic:
Heat up the oven to 350 degrees.
Take a head of garlic and chop off the pointy part. Place it in a piece of foil and drizzle with olive oil, like so:
Then cover the garlic completely with the foil. Pop it in the oven and bake for about 25 minutes or until the garlic cloves are soft and easily pierced with a a knife. It will look sorta like this:
Squeeze out the garlic cloves from their papery skins and plop them into a food processor or blender. If you lack both of these implements, you can mash them up with a fork.
Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the pinch of salt and blend it all together.
Heat up the broiler of your oven.
Cut 1 inch slices of the focaccia bread. I used a Scratchbread focaccia that I purchased at the Brooklyn Flea over the weekend.
Using a knife, smear some roasted garlic paste onto your slices of bread. Drizzle with a little olive oil and pop them in the broiler to brown. Just a few minutes – remember how speedily-fast that broiler cooks!
Sprinkle with a few sprigs of rosemary and serve (with extra roasted garlic paste on the side, please!).
This one will DEFINITELY help you defeat evil exes. And everyone else too.
And finally, garlic that looks like this should not be used:
But feel free to plant it in your garden if you have one.
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