Black Swan – Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Frosting

In Darren Aronofsky’s latest psychological thriller, and perhaps his best film to date, Natalie Portman stars as Nina Sayers, the uptight ballerina whose perfectionism serves as her biggest flaw.

Black Swan is this year’s feature show for a prestigious ballet company in New York City. But instead of having two separate ballerinas to dance the parts of the black and white swan, one dancer will have the privilege, and challenge, of portraying both.

Black Swan

Although Nina’s dancing is flawless, company director, Thomas Leroy, can only see her as the white swan. Her moves are perfect, yet rigid, and to accurately portray the black swan, Nina will really have to have to lose herself.

With a face full of makeup, Nina approaches her director and asks for the part. At first he declines, admitting he has already cast another dancer, but Nina shows him a daring side of her that changes his mind.

In the midst of preparing for the big production, a new dancer has joined the company. Her name: Lily. Her dancing: mesmerizing, as if she isn’t even trying–and it’s no secret that what Nina is lacking for the black swan, Lily makes up for.

Watch as this suspenseful thriller illustrates the intense pressures of being a professional ballerina (both actresses dropped nearly 20 pounds for the film!), and as Nina loses herself–literally, becoming what she never thought possible.

Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Frosting Recipe

Vanilla Cake with Strawberry Frosting

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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 box confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon cream
  • 1 cup crushed strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line two 9-inch round cake pans or one 9×13-inch rectangular baking pan with parchment paper. Grease the paper and the sides of the pan.
  3. In a large mixing bowl,beat sugar and eggs until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Add flour, milk, oil, baking powder, and vanilla and beat for another minute, until the batter is smooth and creamy. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan(s).
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the tops are golden and a toothpick poked into the center of the cake comes out clean. Loosen the sides of the cake from the pan with a thin knife, then turn out onto a rack and peel off the paper. Let cool completely before covering with frosting.
  5. In mixing bowl, mix together sugar, butter, cream, strawberries and vanilla until smooth and fluffy.

Cooking time: 1 hour.Servings: 10.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


  • 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


  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


  • 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


  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

Fatal Attraction – Rabbit Stew

“Fatal Attraction” is every family’s nightmare, and this one has become a reality, destroying the unity and safety that keep a family close.

fatal attraction

Dan lives in New York and is a very important attorney, who happens to have a one night stand with a woman named Alex, with whom he never whishes to speak again. This frame is common and non special from the outside, but there is a small problem: the man has a wife, Beth, and a daughter, Ellen. Dan’s affair turns out to become the biggest mistake he could ever make. In fact, Alex grows an obsession with him that slowly and perversely assumes the shape of madness. There is no way to keep her away from Dan’s family!

Watching this movie will make you take a stand. So stand up for Beth and Ellen! What is this movie doing in our website? Simple: one of Alex’s extreme gestures turns into a meal. Driven by insanity, she enters Dan’s house and kills Ellen’s pet: a cute furry rabbit. Gives me shivers…

No need for you, readers, to make this scene so dramatic. If you are up for trying something different and out of the ordinary for dinner, experiment with a rabbit stew. I bet it’s deliciously exciting!

Rabbit Stew Recipe

rabbit stew


  • 1 fryer, cut up
  • 6 med. potatoes, diced
  • 3 med. carrots
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 medium diced onion
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package frozen mixed vegetables may be used


  1. Cover fryer with water, add onion and salt and pepper, cook until tender. Take meat out, dice, and return to broth; add vegetables. When vegetables are tender, thicken. Serve with your favorite biscuit recipe.

Cooking time: 1 Hour.Servings: 6.Back to Top

Jurassic Park – Yuzu Gelee with Asian Pear

In a world of advancing technology, it seems anything is possible – But humans coexisting with the greatest prehistoric creatures of all time? Not a problem for Dr. Hammond, who with a team of creative scientists built a thriller “amusement park” full of living, breathing dinosaurs. But little does Hammond and his staff know of the deathly capabilities of these genetically engineered reptiles.

Jurassic Park

Upon visiting an excavation site in the Badlands of Montana, Hammond invites paleontologists Dr. Allen, Ellie Sattler and Ian Malcolm (as well as his two grandchildren) to join him at dino-island, Jurassic Park.

At first, his guests are in awe as they get a general survey of the park as well as an up-close view of a herd of dinosaurs. In store for the park’s first visitors, however, is more than just an awesome field trip, but a test for their survival.

For your inner-adventurist and sci-fi nerd, don’t miss this zoological thriller. But skip the popcorn this time. Instead, treat yourself to a bowl of green jello (or Yuzu in this recipe), what the visitors of Jurassic Park ate when they thought they were safe.

Yuzu Gelee with Asian Pear Recipe

by Chef John Christenson

Yuzu Gelee

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  • 1 box/ 1oz. of Powdered Gelatin
  • 4 Cups Yuzu Juice
  • 2 Asian Pears, peeled and diced into small cubes
  • 2-4 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
  • 1 bunch, about 20 Green Grapes, sliced into thin discs
  • 1 shallow Baking Pan or 6 Souffle dishes
  • Plastic-Wrap


  1. Follow the directions on the Gelatin package. Dissolve the Gelatin into 1 cup cold juice. Heat to a boil the remaining juice and combine. Stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. In the Baking Dish or Souffle dishes lay in a sheet of Plastic-Wrap to help remove the gelatin later. Spray in water to the inside of the dish to help adhere the Plastic-Wrap and to smooth out any creases.
  2. Pour in the Gelee mixture and then add the Pear pieces. Leave about a ¼ inch or room on the top; this will be where the grape slices go. Layer in the Grapes in an overlapping manner, starting from the inside out. Chill the Gelee until firm, an hour or more. Carefully remove the Gelee and slice or cut into squares if necessary. Garnish with sweet and tart fruits such as Berries and Grapefruit. Enjoy for a refreshing end to a meal or a healthy dessert.

Cooking time: 10 minutes.Servings: 2-10.Back to Top

V For Vendetta – Egg In A Basket

“V for Vendetta” is one of the most talked about movies in history. It goes further than anyone can imagine and won’t bore you for a second.

v for vendetta

We’re in England in 2015 and nothing is as it’s supposed to be. There’s general chaos, totalitarianism and revolution in the air. People stay in their homes, and every form of liberal art is repressed. No more freedom for the English, in exchange for an apparent peace granted by the government. But this regime isn’t here to stay, if V has a say in it and no doubt he will change history.

V is a man who suffered in the previous civil war and is in search of revenge (Vendetta). He has survived a concentration camp where brutal scientists have used him as an experimental animal, and to cover up his wounds he wears Guy Fawkes’ mask. No wonder he’s mad! With his actions and plans and the involuntary help of Evey, step by step he will destroy the political system behind this disastrous society.

A hero? To almost every breathing soul, yes. V cooks for Evey a humble egg in a basket… In the end, they fall in love. Was it the egg? Could such a simple recipe prove the humanity and loving feelings behind the mask of this man?

Let’s not spoil the end. For breakfast, make an egg in a basket for you, make it for your lover, and watch this colossal movie with bated breath!

Egg in a Basket Recipe

egg in a basket


  • 1 tbsp. melted butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 slices bread
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Remove crust from bread. Press bread slices with a rolling pin. Brush with butter. Press each slice of bread into a muffin tin. Crack an egg into each. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

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

Once Upon A Time In Mexico – Puerco Pibil

Before Mickey Rourke had work done and after Enrique’s “Bailamos,” 2003’s Once “Upon a Time in Mexico” stars them both with one thrill after another. A sequel to “El Mariachi” and “Desperado,” Antonio Banderas returns as “El Mariachi” with guitar-toting and gun-slinging action in the final chapter of the pulp Western trilogy.

once upon a time in mexico

The story picks up years after El Mariachi has been presumed dead. A CIA agent tracks him down and recruits him to kill General Marquez. Marquez murdered Mariachi’s wife and child and now has plans to assassinate the Mexican President under the instruction of drug lord Armando Barillo. Mariachi accepts the job not for money, but for honor and revenge.

With Latin favorites such as Salma Hayek, Eva Mendes, Cheech Marin, Banderas and Iglesias, this movie has it all. Oh, and of course, Johnny Depp. So, are you a MexiCAN or a MexiCANT? Either way, enjoy Puerco pibil, a slow roasted pork. In the movie, Johnny Depp enjoys it with tequila and lime. But don’t mimic him too much, let the cook live.

And as Johnny Depp would say, “nothing fancy, just happens to be my favorite.”

Recipe: Puerco Pibil

puerco pibil


  • 5 tbsp. Annatto
  • 2 tsp. Cumin
  • 8 Allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. Cloves
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup White Vinegar
  • 2 Japaleno Peppers
  • 2 tbsp. Salt
  • 8 cloves Garlic
  • Juice of 5 Lemons
  • 5 lbs. Pork Shoulder Roast


  1. Grind all the spices in coffee grinder used only for spice grinding.Add everything but the pork butt to a blender jar and pulse until it is well mixed.
  2. Cut the pork into large chunks. Put the pork and the marinade into a ziploc bag and let it sit in the refrigerator for 3-6 hours.Preheat oven to 325.
  3. Pour the pork and marinade into a dutch oven and cover. Bake in the oven for 3 hours.Serve with rice.

Cooking time: 6 hours.Servings: 4.Back to Top

Twister – Steak and Eggs

In the summer of 1969 Jo Harding is rushed to her family’s storm shelter when the television announces a severe weather alert. As her father holds down the shelter door, a tornado sweeps over the top, ripping the door from its hinges and carries him to his death. From that day on, Jo vowed to hunt as many tornadoes as she could, and works on a team of professional storm chasers.


Bill Harding is a retired storm chaser who is now becoming a weatherman. He is also Jo’s husband. He seeks out his ex-teammates with his girlfriend Melissa, to have Jo sign the pending divorce papers. The team is analyzing a storm when Bill arrives, and Jo stalls for the papers. She is in denial about the separation and isn’t ready for the marriage to end. But with Bill’s girlfriend close by, changing his mind will be quite the challenge.

The team is testing out a tornado-analyzing device that was initially Bill’s idea. The device is called “Dorothy,” and Jo wants Bill out on the field for her first use. If Dorothy is a success, a more accurate warning system can be developed.

The team gets wind that there is a tornado approaching nearby. Jo and Bill go ahead of the group to see the tornado up close, with Jo’s truck being lifted off the ground by its force. Battling for their safety, they place Dorothy directly in the line of fire.

The storm chasers sit down for a hearty meal at Aunt Meg’s. While swapping stories from years of adventures the crew chows down on juicy steak and eggs. Don’t torture yourself by watching, cook some for yourself!

Steak and Eggs Recipe

Steak and Eggs


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • One 1-pound sirloin steak (about 1 inch thick)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 large eggs


  1. Preheat a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until hot, about 5 minutes. Raise the heat to high and add the oil. Season the steak generously with salt and pepper. Place the steak in the skillet and cook, turning once, until well-browned, about 4 minutes per side.
  2. Transfer the steak in the skillet to the oven and cook for 5 minutes more for medium-rare.
  3. Transfer the steak to a cutting board. Cover it loosely with foil and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.
  4. While the steak is resting, cook the eggs. Heat 2 skillets over medium-low. Melt a tablespoon of butter in each pan.
  5. Break 4 eggs into each skillet. Season the eggs lightly with salt and pepper, and cook until the whites are just set, about 3 1/2 minutes. (If you want the yolks to be cooked through, cover, and continue cooking for 1 to 2 minutes more.) Divide the eggs among 4 warmed plates.
  6. Cut the steak on the diagonal into thick slices. Fan the steak slices on the plates and serve immediately.

Cooking time: 30 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


  • 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


  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