Pulp Fiction – Vanilla Milkshake

Broken into three fictional stories, Pulp Fiction is a movie you won’t want to miss a second of. As most Quentin Tarantino films go, even when paying the closest of attention, you might have to watch it a few times just to figure out what the heck is going on.

Pulp Fiction - Vanilla Milkshake

Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen working for mob boss Marsellus Wallace. While on a mission to retrieve a suitcase stolen from Wallace, Vega is also responsible for entertaining Wallace’s wife, Mia, while he is out of town. To Vega’s luck, Mia ends up overdosing on cocaine and barely escapes death.

Butch Coolidge is a boxer who’s getting old fast. He is paid by Wallace to throw his next fight but instead accidentally kills his opponent and keeps the money. When Wallace and Coolidge stumble into a weaponry shop trying to kill each other, Coolidge ends up saving Wallace from a dreadful fate. The two agree to never speak of the incident again, and Coolidge makes plans to flee town.

Honey Bunny and Pumpkin are lovebirds as well as partners in crime. The couple is at a restaurant discussing the pros and cons of robbing banks when they decide to rob the restaurant right then and there. Thanks to Jules, a successful robbery won’t be easy. Watch as these seemingly unrelated stories come together in a funny, bizarre and shocking manner. Afterwards (or during) whip up a couple of vanilla milkshakes.

Vanilla Milkshake Recipe

by Chef John Christenson

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Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Vanilla Bean or opt for French Ice cream
  • 2 Cups Whipping Cream
  • 1 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 ¼ Bourbon Vanilla Extract
  • 6 Tablespoons Powdered Sugar

Instructions:

  1. For the whip cream workout start by adding chilled Whipping Cream into a large mixing bowl, 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and ¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract. Whisk the mixture vigorously until the mixture forms a peak. Pulling the whisk up out of the cream will result in a peak, letting you know you are good to go. Wrap and chill in the fridge.
  2. For the shake combine Ice Cream, Whole Milk, 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract and 4 tablespoons powdered sugar in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour as desired in to a glass of your liking, dollop with Whipped Cream, a cherry if you like and a Mint leaf for that extra little bit of love. Drink, Enjoy, Sleep!

Cooking time: 35 minutes.Servings: 6.Back to Top

The Godfather – Spaghetti Sauce

Based on the novel by Mario Puzo, The Godfather is a 1972 classic masterpiece, probably one of the best movies ever made. The acting is almost perfect, all the actors are carefully selected to impersonate the characters by creating an accurate and real life “mafia” vibe.

the godfather

It’s about the drama of an Italian-American gangster family, the most powerful from all of the other mafia organizations in New York of the year 1945. They are called the Corleone Family and the main character of the movie is Michael Corleone played by Al Pacino, the youngest son of the Corleone mafia boss, the Godfather. It shows how Michael develops from the most innocent of the brothers into the cruel mafia boss, taking over the “family business” and at the end becoming himself The Godfather. So where did you think the original spaghetti sauce originated from?

Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

spaghetti sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cans tomato puree
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4-1/2 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 fresh onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon fresh minced parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a large heated pot with olive oil, add finely chopped onions. When halfway done, add minced garlic. Cook until browned. Add tomato paste and mix well. Then add tomato puree and crushed tomatoes.
  2. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, basil and Italian seasoning. Mix well.
  3. Cook for at least 30 minutes on low heat.

Cooking time: 45 minutes.Servings: 4.Back to Top

American Psycho – Sea Urchin Ceviche

Based off Bret Easton Ellis’s twisted novel, American Psycho, Christian Bale is Patrick Bateman, a delusional and obsessive-compulsive Wall Street Yuppie living in Manhattan. He is obsessed with status and style and has a beautiful fiancé. He has designer items like Gucci and Ralph Lauren from head to toe. He performs intense daily workouts to keep his body fit and glistening. He dines at the finest restaurants for business consultations on a daily basis.

American Psycho

Patrick Bateman is also a psychotic killer who brutally rapes, murders and dismembers both acquaintances and strangers alike. Without reason or purpose this yuppie’s sick obsession with blood, flesh and death sneaks up on him like a virus. Out of nowhere the urge to kill will take over. One by one people start going missing, and to Bateman’s invincibility, he is never a suspect.

Like much of Ellis’s work, this movie dabbles in the mystery of truth or fiction. Watch this mesmerizing film and in the end ask yourself, “Did any of that really happen?” Or maybe you’re just as crazy as the psycho himself.

Sea Urchin Ceviche Recipe

Sea Urchin Ceviche

Ingredients:

  • 7 cups trimmed arugula
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup shaved fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Instructions:

  1. Place arugula in a large bowl. Combine shallots, lemon juice, olive oil, 1 tablespoon water, kosher salt, and black pepper
  2. Stir with a whisk. Pour over arugula; toss. Sprinkle with cheese.
  3. Serve with a delicious crusty toast.

Cooking time: 25 minutes.Servings: 2.Back to Top

Donnie Brasco – Coq au Vin

“Forget about it!” Does it ring a bell? It’s “Donnie Brasco” and I’m sure you know all the lines by heart. For those who haven’t fallen head over heels for this movie and those who are proud they have, read away.

“Donnie Brasco” is a true story, of an FBI New York agent, working under a fake name, who makes his way into the big mafia family. But this is only Donnie 101. He needs to get as close as possible to the top of the mafioso system, but it isn’t easy if you are nobody.

Donnie Brasco

Lucky for our secret agent, there is a man, Leftie, who takes him in, almost like a son, and teaches him the real deal of the business and helps him out, risking everything he’s ever gained for Donnie. “I die with you, Donnie.”

Out of all the scenes, the coq au vin cooking scene beets them all. Bonding over a delicious home-cooked meal, what could two men want more? Lefty cooks and shushes Annette, who was complementing his cooking with: “Shut up Annette!”

But what happens when it’s time to reveal the truth? Will Brasco accomplish his mission? Or will he be one of them?

This movie kicks all other movies out the charts. It’s hilarious and witty and, trust me on this, you won’t be able to sit still until the very end.

Coq au Vin Recipe

Coq au Vin

Ingredients

  • 1/2 lb bacon slices
  • 20 pearl onions, peeled, or 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 lbs chicken thighs and legs
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups red wine (pinot noir, burgundy, or zinfandel)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Several fresh thyme sprigs
  • Several fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1/2 lb button mushrooms, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  1. Blanch the bacon to remove some of its saltiness. Drop the bacon into a saucepan of cold water, covered by a couple of inches. Bring to a boil, simmer for 5 minutes, drain. Rinse in cold water, pat dry with paper towels. Cut the bacon into 1 inch by 1/4 inch pieces.
  2. Brown bacon on medium high heat in a dutch oven big enough to hold the chicken, about 10 minutes. Remove the cooked bacon, set aside. Keep the bacon fat in the pan. Working in batches if necessary, add onions and chicken, skin side down. Brown the chicken well, on all sides, about 10 minutes. Halfway through the browning, add the garlic and sprinkle the chicken with salt and pepper. (Note: it is best to add salt while cooking, not just at the very end. It brings out the flavor of the chicken).
  3. Spoon off any excess fat. Add the chicken stock, wine, and herbs. Add back the bacon. Lower heat to a simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes, or until chicken is tender and cooked through. Remove chicken and onions to a separate platter. Remove the bay leaves, herb sprigs, garlic, and discard.
  4. Add mushrooms to the remaining liquid and turn the heat to high. Boil quickly and reduce the liquid by three fourths until it becomes thick and saucy. Lower the heat, stir in the butter. Return the chicken and onions to the pan to reheat and coat with sauce. Adjust seasoning. Garnish with parsley and serve.

Cooking time: 45 minutes.Servings: 6.Back to Top

Wall Street – Steak Tartare

“Wall Street” in the 80s? There are only two key words in order to make a break in this incredibly rough and chaotic world: power and money. And of course, success is the main dish of the movie.

Brokers from all over the world debate and Wall Street is their boxing ring. But there is one element that brings to certain success, and his name is Gordon Gekko, a sort of guru for the young New Yorkers. The protagonist, Buddy Fox, doesn’t let this opportunity slip away and, with one slight move, jumps on board with Gekko’s winning team.

wall street

There’s nothing more fabulous than two successful working men living in NYC, spending good money on food, clothes and whatever is in sight. Remember the mouth watering steak tartare? Gekko teaches his disciple the proper lifestyle, treating him to a fine dinner at the 21 Club Restaurant where the notorious tartare is served.

Watch out Buddy! Success is attractive at first, but he better watch his back. Try the steak tartare at home for a fancy dinner with your boss and colleagues: it will, surely, make an impression!

Steak Tartare Recipe

steak tartare

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. filet mignon or top sirloin, freshly ground
  • 2 tbsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 tbsp. capers
  • 4-5 dashes hot pepper sauce
  • Seasoned salt to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. cognac (opt.)

Instructions:

  1. Mix together all ingredients lightly to avoid packing the meat too much.
  2. Mound steak tartare on chilled plates.
  3. Serve immediately with thinly sliced pumpernickel or toasted French bread.

Cooking time: 30 minutes.Servings: 4.Back to Top

A Fish Called Wanda – Sashimi

The American Film Institute has placed this movie in the 39th spot of the 100 best comedies ever made. What movie is it? But of course “A Fish Called Wanda”!

This is the story of three men (George, Ken and Otto) and one incredibly sexy woman called Wanda. They are trying to organize of the biggest jewel heists in history, but with one slight complication. Otto and her lover Wanda are secretly double crossing the other two members of the group, and Wanda is planning to do the same thing to Otto. Could the plot get any messier? Don’t worry. You won’t be able to turn your TV off until the end, and the ending is a surprise for everyone, including the actors!

A Fish Called Wanda

In one specific scene, the diamonds they managed to steal are lost and everybody is looking for them. Otto ties Ken up in his house and interrogates him on the whereabouts of the diamonds, by eating the life fish in the tank one by one. The fish called Wanda too. Hmm, delicious sashimi! Pour some soy sauce on your fish and get ready to laugh!

Sashimi Recipe

Sashimi

Ingredients:

  • 500g very fresh fish such as tuna, salmon or trout
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Daikon
  • Japanese soy sauce, to serve
  • Wasabi, to serve

Instructions:

  1. Use a very sharp, flat-bladed knife to remove any skin from the fish. Place the fish in the freezer and chill it until it is just firm enough to be cut thinly and evenly into slices, about 5 mm in width.
  2. Try to make each cut one motion in one direction, taking care not to saw the fish.
  3. Use a zester to scrape the carrot and daikon into long fine strips or cut them into fine julienne strips.
  4. Arrange the sashimi pieces on a platter.
  5. Garnish with the carrot and daikon and serve with the soy sauce and wasabi.

Cooking time: 15 minutes.Servings: 2.Back to Top

The Big Lebowski – Lingonberry Pancakes

The Cohen brothers have been producing movies for a very long time now and we wouldn’t want to forget a single one of them. So, let’s go back in time and stop in 1998 in a movie theater. Take a seat. What’s playing? Nothing else than “The Big Lebowski” in all its glory. People of all ages are laughing their butts off, so why shouldn’t we stay here for a while?

the big lebowski

This movie is about and identity mix up. Apparently, there are two Jeffrey Lebowski kicking around. A dull mistake isn’t what the Cohen’s offer: in fact, one Jeffrey is an unemployed hippy, known as the Dude, while the other is a millionaire with serious problems on his back. The initial mix up is bond to lead to eventful days and chaotic scenes, dominated by kidnappers, a nympho wife, a toe in an envelope, and a mystery to solve.

When we went back in time I was feeling a little hungry so I couldn’t help noticing the food on the big screen. Lingonberry pancakes: yummy hot pancakes served in a diner to the possible kidnappers. Just the sound of it tastes good. Take a bite with the crazy cast of “The Big Lebowski”!

Lingonberry Pancakes Recipe

lingonberry pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh lingonberries
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons melted butter
  • Additional butter (1 or 2 Tablespoons for frying)
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 dash salt
  • Whipped cream or confectioners’ sugar (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, create lingonberry topping by tossing berries with sugar. Set aside.In a large bowl, combine flour and milk and wisk until smooth. Add eggs, butter and salt and continue to beat until well blended.
  2. Heat an 8-inch nonstick skillet or crepe pan over medium heat. Lightly grease the pan with butter. Add 1/4 cup of the batter to the heated pan. Immediately tilt the pan to spread the batter over the entire bottom of the pan. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until bottom of the pancake is lightly golden. Use a spatula or a fork to flip the pancake over. Cook the other side until golden. Fold the pancake in quarters and keep warm.
  3. Continue to make pancakes with remaining batter.To serve, place 2 pancakes on each plate. Alongside the pancakes, place 2 Tablespoons of the lingonberries in sugar. Serve with whipped cream or sprinkle the pancakes with confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

Cooking time: 20 minutes.Servings: 8.Back to Top

Pulp Fiction – Cheeseburger Royale

Wanna know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in Amsterdam? A cheeseburger royale. Wanna know why they call it that? Because of the metric system.

Broken into three fictional stories, Pulp Fiction is a movie you won’t want to miss a second of. As most Quentin Tarantino films go, even when paying the closest of attention, you might have to watch it a few times just to figure out what the heck is going on.

Pulp Fiction

Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen working for mob boss Marsellus Wallace. While on a mission to retrieve a suitcase stolen from Wallace, Vega is also responsible for entertaining Wallace’s wife, Mia, while he is out of town. To Vega’s luck, Mia ends up overdosing on cocaine and barely escapes death.

Butch Coolidge is a boxer who’s getting old fast. He is paid by Wallace to throw his next fight but instead accidentally kills his opponent and keeps the money. When Wallace and Coolidge stumble into a weaponry shop trying to kill each other, Coolidge ends up saving Wallace from a dreadful fate. The two agree to never speak of the incident again, and Coolidge makes plans to flee town.

Honey Bunny and Pumpkin are lovebirds as well as partners in crime. The couple is at a restaurant discussing the pros and cons of robbing banks when they decide to rob the restaurant right then and there. Thanks to Jules, a successful robbery won’t be easy. Watch as these seemingly unrelated stories come together in a funny, bizarre and shocking manner. Afterwards, try this cheeseburger royale. Your friends will be impressed with your knowledge of the metric system.

Cheeseburger Royale Recipe

cheeseburger royale

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons spoonable Thousand Island dressing
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 8 slices American cheese
  • 4 kaiser rolls, split and toasted
  • 4 large lettuce leaves
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 4 slices purple onion
  • 12 dill pickle slices

Instructions:

  1. Preheat grill. In a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise and salad dressing; set aside. Shape meat into 4 patties. Grill patties over hot coals 3 to 4 minutes on each side or to desired doneness. Top each patty with 2 cheese slices; cover. Continue grilling until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.
  2. Spread 1 tablespoon reserved dressing mixture on each roll. Fill with cooked hamburgers and top with lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles as desired. Serve immediately.
  3. Stove top method: Cook patties in skillet on medium-high heat 4 to 6 minutes on each side or to desired doneness. Place cheese slices on top after patties are flipped and melt while patties finish cooking.

Cooking time: 20 minutes.Servings: 4.Back to Top

The Godfather: Part III – Gorgonzola Gnocchi

The Godfather III is the epilogue of the two famous movies that have amused people from the entire world. What will the Corleone family do this time? The whole gang is back in the beloved New York, theatre of the previous events. But something is different now: everybody is trying hard to participate in the honest working world that surrounds them. Goodbye Mafia!

The Godfather: Part III

Happy? Don’t worry, it doesn’t last long. Crime, death and plots knock on their door and, in no time, the mafia is back. There’s opera, singing, the Bank of the Vatican and the Pope! Chaos reigns the scene, as usual, and Michael Corleone has a death sentence hanging over him.

Let’s not forget the excellent food scene of this notable family movie! When Andy Garcia deliciously teaches his cousin how to prepare Gnocchi. Hmmm, sexy and you can smell it from your homes. So don’t settle for the smell and cook it for your family; recreate the Italian family atmosphere. Well not everything, of course. Just stick to the food!

Gorgonzola Gnocchi Recipe

Gorgonzola Gnocchi

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz. boiled and peeled potatoes
  • 4 oz. flour
  • 4 oz. steamed and chopped spinach
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and nutmeg
  • 5 oz. Gorgonzola cheese
  • 3/4 cups cream
  • 2 oz. butter

Instructions:

  1. Mix the flour, the eggs, the mashed potatoes (still warm) and the spinach (be sure to have squeezed out all moisture) until you get a soft dough. Let stand for twenty minutes. Roll out the dough into long rolls about a 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 1-inch pieces. You can shape these by making little balls and pressing lightly with a fork or the thumb.
  2. Melt the chopped Gorgonzola cheese in the cream and butter over a low flame.
  3. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil. Gently drop in the gnocchi. When they float, remove with a slotted spoon and place in a warm serving dish.
  4. Pour the Gorgonzola sauce over the gnocchi, mix gently and serve at once.

Cooking time: 30 minutes.Servings: 4.Back to Top

Goodfellas – Veal Parmigiana

What do you get if you have Martin Scorsese, Nicholas Pileggi, Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta in the same room? The best mob movie ever (according to us and pretty much anyone who saw it and was never the same again)!

Goodfellas

The “Goodfellas” is one of the most realistic expressions of the mafia in the 1970s in New York. It describes in detail the entering of a new member in the Lucchese crime family, without leaving out a single step. The entire story is placed in an Italian frame, including belligerent behaviors, thunderous arguments, scotch & wine and lots of food. Mafia is not an easy world to live in and, in no time, it is able to tangle up even the strongest and most independent criminals. There is no safe emergency exit for anyone. So the only thing left to do is to try to establish real and firm relationships and take advantage of the numerous privileges on the agenda. There’s only one rule: trust and dependence.

What do Mafiosi do best? Scheme, kill and cook. The Italian heritage doesn’t fade away across the Atlantic ocean. The traditions and techniques follow the gangsters to prison too. In fact, their cell takes form of a small apartment where they receive daily deliveries of fresh typical Italian food. Quality is fundamental!

So don’t be intimidated by their outstanding persuasive skills and just give in. Give in to the appetizing Veal Parmigiana and you will be one of them. But remember: “Never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut”.

Veal Parmigiana Recipe

Veal Parmigiana

Ingredients:

  • Dry bread crumbs (seasoned or plain)
  • 1-1/2 pound Cutlets sliced thin and pounded
  • Olive oil for frying Grated cheese and slices of mozzarella (1 per cutlet)
  • Beaten eggs (lightly salted)

Instructions:

  1. Dip each cutlet into egg, breadcrumbs, and quickly into egg again. Put into hot, but not smoking olive oil. (If oil is too hot cutlets will burn before they cook; if oil is not hot enough, cutlets will soak up oil and breading will not stick).
  2. Cook each one about 3-4 min. on each side until golden brown. Drain well on paper towels or brown bags. When all cutlets are done, arrange in a shallow baking dish.
  3. Ladle sauce on top of each one to mostly cover it, but don`t let it swim in sauce. Generously sprinkle with grated cheese.
  4. Top with mozzarella slices and bake in oven for about 20 min. until cheese melts. Serve hot with pasta on the side.

Mixing time: 20 minutes.Servings: 2.Back to Top