Monday, October 13, 2008

VeganMoFo: Feeding Jessica Stein

One thing my friends know about me is that I am obsessed with all things pop culture related. I am especially good at movies and tv shows. For the longest time I only ever had two dvds...Buffy Season 2 and Fight Club. I cannot tell you how much I watched those. His name is Robert Paulson.

Once I started buying dvds, a collection was born. And I collect a lot. In fact, I just bought Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Garbage Pail Kids Movie today. Why? Because my nearest Best Buy still doesn't have the special edition of Sex and the City. Grr.

Anyway. I think movies and food are intertwined. Most people eat some popcorn when they watch a flick. I go for twizzlers or sour patch kids. I'm digressing though.

Today I made food based on the movie Kissing Jessica Stein. This movie is everything I look for in a film: neurotic, hilarious, feminist, interesting, non judgmental and unexpected. When I was 18 or so, two of my friends told me I had to see this movie. "It's about a woman who is so tired of dating she gets intrigued by a classified ad. Then she finds out the ad is women seeking women...and she answers it anyway," they said. I was thinking it would be lame and predictable. I was wrong.

Kissing Jessica Stein is written by two women, and it is such a refreshing film. So I wanted to make food that would kinda match the tone. Every element has an alleged aphrodisiac in it. I don't have any actual recipes. I kinda cooked organically for the most part because that's what the film is like. Here are the elements:

Pea Salad-peas, roasted red pepper, kalamatas, garlic, basil, lemon juice, salt and pepper
Seitan Cutlets w/ Lemon-Rosemary Sauce (over mashed potatoes and asparagus)-I used the Vcon recipe for the cutlets, but I cut back the wheat gluten to 1 cup and added 2 tablespoons each of nooch and chickpea flour.
Helluva Brownies-Okay. If you've seen the movie, you'll remember this. When Jessica gets caught by Liz at the market. Strawberry Banana brownies. I adapted the Fudgy Wudgy Blueberry Brownie recipe from Vcon. Leave out the 1/2 cup of whole chocolate chips, blueberries and blueberry jam. Add a cup of mashed ripe banana to the batter before pouring it into the pan. Drop spoonfuls of strawberry jam on top. Swirl the batter before placing in the oven. Top with fresh strawberries, banana, almonds and chocolate sauce. These were the shizzle, yo.

Sorry no pictures today. I have a flippin sinus headache and by the time everything was done it was dark. Pics coming tomorrow though. In fact, I'm just gonna do a photo blog.


Bex said...

food is completely connected with movies and tv. It's like a ritual in our house, dinner and a movie (or a tv show). Eating without having a movie on feels naked (unless it's a dinner party or bbq or some such thing that disrupts your home). I wonder what movie I would cook to . . .

Morgyn said...

This movie is going to the top of my Netflix queue, it looks great - as does the food. :)

Anonymous said...

This is a brilliant idea.

I love this movie.