The Trip – Gourmet meals

The Trip is a British comedy film, stars Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in what might be a documentary, a mock-doc or a loosely jointed fictional road trip that follows the two comedians as they traipse through northern England, eating at some of the best restaurants the country has to offer.

In an attempt to impress his American girlfriend, Mischa, actor Steve Coogan accepts a commission from the Sunday newspaper, The Observer, to undertake a tour of leading restaurants in the north of England for a column in their monthly food magazine. However, when Mischa insists that they take a break from their relationship and returns to America, Coogan is obliged to search for another companion. After finding that other friends are “busy”, he decides to invite his former colleague, Rob Brydon, with whom he shares an uneasily competitive relationship. In the course of the trip, they eat a series of gourmet meals and visit sites linked to the Romantic poets Coleridge and Wordsworth, Coogan has casual sex with a couple of women working at their hotels, and the two men indulge in various forms of one-upmanship, including exchanging impersonations of famous actors such as Anthony Hopkins, Sean Connery and most notably Michael Caine. At the end of the trip, Brydon returns to a nondescript suburban home and his evidently loving wife and child, while Coogan comes back to a glamorous but lonely riverside apartment: the closing shots show him staring broodingly out of the window. In the end he calls back his agent to reject a deal for the lead role in a US drama in order to remain close with his family.

Let’s enjoy one delicious gourmet meal – Rosemary and Garlic Roasted Potatoes


  • 2 lb medium boiling potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch-thick wedges
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 to 6 large rosemary sprigs (about 5 inches long)
  • 4 large garlic cloves, smashed and peeled


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F with a 4-sided heavy sheet pan in upper third.
  2. Toss ingredients with 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Spread in 1 layer on hot pan and roast 20 minutes. Loosen potatoes with a metal spatula and turn, arranging pale potatoes around outer edge of pan and golden potatoes in center (for even roasting). Roast 15 minutes, then loosen and turn potatoes over again. Roast until potatoes are golden and cooked through and edges are crisp, about 10 minutes more.

The Little Rascals – Carrot Pickle

Do you remember the song: “I got two pickles, I got two pickles, I got two pickles, hey, hey, hey, hey.” Yes, famous song sequence from “The Little Rascals”, comedy film centered around the adventures of a group of neighborhood children.

“The He-Man ‘Womun’ Haters Club” is a club of local school-aged boys, all of whom refuse to play with girls. The boys are entering their go-cart, the “Blur.” Spanky wants to win the race, since his favorite race car driver, A.J. Ferguson, will award first prize. Alfalfa, club member and best friend of president Spanky, is selected to drive the Blur in the race.

However, when the announcement is made, Alfalfa is nowhere to be found. The boys catch Alfalfa in the company of Darla — “a girl!” Alfalfa isn’t like his friends because he’s in love with Darla, and unfortunately threatens the very existence of their “boys only” club. The club’s members try their hardest to break the two apart. Darla is mistakenly led to believe Alfalfa feels ashamed of her, so she turns her attentions to Waldo, the new rich kid whose father is an oil tycoon. Prior to race day, Spanky and Alfalfa reconcile and decide to ride in the two-seat go-kart together.

Meanwhile Butch and Woim are trying to steal the gang’s prized go-cart for the big derb coming up. Once Spanky discover that the Blur has been stolen, he gets into a fight with Alfalfa, and the two end their friendship. Later, after some prodding from Stymie, the two reconcile.

Finally The boys manage to build a new go-cart in time for the race, after a heated race, the He-Man Woman Haters win the race, much to the chagrin of Waldo, Butch, and Woim. When being awarded their trophy and prize money, Spanky meets A.J. Ferguson, who turns out to be a woman. Though Spanky himself does not mind it, his opinion about females stubbornly has not officially changed, though the rest of the club members except Spanky gain girlfriends after the race. Finally, Spanky gives in to his now girl-loving friends, and “Women Welcome” is added to the new clubhouse.

Coming back to the pickle song, let’s enjoy some tempting pickle recipe.

Carrot pickle:


  • 5-6 Medium Size Carrots
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon asafetida
  • 1 table-spoon lemon juice
  • 2 table-spoon Olive oil


  1. Cut the carrots into 2 inch long thin juliennes after washing them properly.
  2. You can leave it over night or for instant pickle just keep in sun for two hours or so. Cover it with thin muslin cloth to prevent any dust particles settling on the carrots.
  3. Once the carrots are absolutely dry put them in a glass bowl. Add all the ingredients one by one except the oil. Squeeze the juice of half a lemon and mix well.
  4. Mix properly.
  5. Add olive oil along with other ingredients in the bowl and mix well
  6. Let the pickle cool properly.
  7. Take glass or stone jars, fill the pickle in them. You can also keep them in a covered glass bowl.
  8. Keep the pickle in the sun for a day and it is ready to eat.

You can enjoy the flavor and beautiful colors of carrot and spices throughout the year with almost anything.



The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover – Butter Prawn

This is probably Peter Greenaway’s most famous (or infamous) film, which first shocked audiences at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival and then on both sides of the Atlantic. A gang leader (Michael Gambon), accompanied by his wife (Helen Mirren) and his associates, entertains himself every night in a fancy French restaurant that he has recently bought. Having tired of her sadistic, boorish husband, the wife finds herself a lover (Alan Howard) and makes love to him in the restaurant’s coziest places with the silent permission of the cook (Richard Bohringer). Though less cerebral than Greenaway’s other films, featuring deadly passions reminiscent of Jacobean revenge tragedies of the early 17th century, the picture still offers the director’s usual ironic and paradoxical comments on the relations between eating and sex, love and death. The film is at once funny and horrific, and those who are not used to Greenaway’s peculiar style might be even disgusted or shocked; however, one might mention Sacha Vierny’s brilliant camerawork, Jean-Paul Gaultier’s gaudily stylized costumes, and Michael Nyman’s somber, pulsating music, which will haunt the viewer long after the film’s end.

Throughout the movie violence is connected with food. From the start on, ‘flesh’ is always present in the movie. Flesh as the opposite of the mind in one way or another. Every place is crammed with ‘flesh’: the trucks on the parking lot, all sorts of game in the kitchen and the ‘still lives’ in the restaurant.

The first thing that comes in mind from flesh is chicken or fish. Let’s check out the recipe for Butter Prawn, it’s easy to cook and delicious.


1 lb large prawns
Oil for deep frying
3 tablespoons butter
6 bird’s eye chilies (chopped)
3 sprigs of curry leaves (use only the leaves)
3 cloves garlic (finely chopped)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese cooking wine (rice wine preferred)
6 tablespoons of grated coconut (dry fried until golden brown)


Leave the prawn heads and shells on but chop off the eyes part. Slit down the back to remove the veins. Pat dry. Heat oil and deep fry the prawns. Drain and set aside.

Melt the butter, add bird’s eye chilies, curry leaves, garlic, salt and fry for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add prawns, sugar, soy sauce, wine, and grated coconut. Cook over high heat for 1-2 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve immediately.


Like Water for Chocolate – Christmas Roll

Like Water for Chocolate is packed full of romantic drama set in a forgotten Mexico. When a younger sister falls in love before her older sibling is married, tradition dictates the elder sibling must marry the man and all three live together. So the man marries her sister to be near her. Their lives go on and there’s lots of magic involved, in her cooking and all around. This is a funny and deeply touching movie about life’s anguish and passions.

The structuring of Like Water for Chocolate as “A movie in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies,” as it is subtitled, establishes the filter through which the audience will experience the world of the movie. Like Tita–whose knowledge of life is “based on the kitchen”– the audience must explore the work through the role and power of food, guided by the recipes that begin each scene.

Like Water for Chocolate is a collection of some amazing recipes and Christmas Roll is one of them. This is a perfect choice as Christmas is approaching soon.


  • 1 can sardines (small, oily fish)
  • 1/2 chorizo sausage
  • 1 onion
  • Oregano
  • 1 can chiles serranos (type of chili pepper)
  • 10 hard rolls


Chop onions fine. Fry the sausage over low heat so that it cooks thoroughly without getting too brown. When done, remove from heat and add the sardines, which have been deboned ahead of time. Any black spots on the skins must be scraped off with a knife. Combine the onions, chopped chiles and the ground oregano with the sardines. Let the mixture stand before filling the hard rolls.

Your delicious Roll is ready!

Beef Rib Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover is a dark comedy that flirts with themes of passion, food, and abundance, as a gang of miscreants overruns an upper-crust French restaurant. The group gorges themselves on elaborate spreads, while the mob boss’s wife carries on an affair in the restaurant kitchen.

The famous food scene of the movie: Star Helen Mirren has an illicit affair that heads south when her husband murders her mild-mannered lover. None too happy, she instructs a chef to roast her lover’s body and serve it to her husband at gunpoint. Though pretty unappetizing to watch, the deceased lover is served on a platter, glistening, garnished, and displayed as beautifully as any culinary masterpiece a skilled chef would present.

Before you watch the movie, how about munching some Beef Rib Roast with Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Serves: 10

Total Time: 3 hr

Cook Time: 2 hr 30 min

Oven Temp: 350


  • 1  (small end) 3-rib beef rib roast (about 7 pounds), with chine bone removed
  • 3 tablespoon(s) whole tricolor peppercorns (red, green, and black)
  • 1 teaspoon(s) salt


  1. In medium roasting pan (about 14″ by 10″), place beef rib roast, fat-side up. In mortar with pestle, crush peppercorns with salt. Rub peppercorn mixture over roast. Insert meat thermometer into center of roast, being careful that pointed end of thermometer does not touch bone.
  1. Roast beef in 350 degrees F oven 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours or until meat thermometer reaches 135 degrees F. Internal temperature of meat will rise 5 to 10 degrees F (medium-rare) upon standing.
  1. When beef is done, place on warm large platter and let stand 15 minutes for easier carving. Meanwhile, prepare Creamy Horseradish Sauce.
  1. CREAMY HORSERADISH SAUCE: In small bowl, mix one 6-ounce jar prepared white horseradish, drained, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whip 1/2 cup heavy or whipping cream; fold into horseradish mixture. Makes about 1 2/3 cups.

Beetle Juice – Shrimp Cocktail

Barbara and Adam Maitland were a happy married couple who decided to spend their vacation at their new home decorating it. After driving back from their trip into town, they had a car accident, caused by swerving to miss a dog in the road, which unfortunately causes their death. Although they have suspicions that they might be dead, it is for sure confirmed when the Deetzes move into the house.


Lydia Deetze, the only daughter from the first marriage of Mr Deetze, is a very goth girl. She is not happy with life in general and is especially not happy about moving in to the new house with her dad and new stepmom. Lydia discovers that there are ghosts in her new house, when Barbara and Adam try to scare the Deetzes away by dressing up in sheets and ghosts, and makes an effort to befriend them.

Lydia encourages the Maitland’s to scare away her parents and so Barbara and Adam decide to get the help of a freelance ghost to scare, named Betelgeuse. They find out that they have to say his name three times in order for him to appear. Betelgeuse tries to scare the Deetzes from their home by making them dance and sing to the song Day-o while they are having a dinner party and eating Shrimp Cocktail, to no avail. It is soon realized that Beetlejuice is more interested in marrying Lydia so that he can come back to life, then helping them at all. They have to figure out a way to get rid of him before he succeeds in dooming Lydia to be his wife.

The Deetzes and the Maitland’s battle back and forth between who gets to live in the house and who does not, but in the end it all works out for the best and Beetlejuice gets what he deserves… or does he?

Shrimp Cocktail Recipe


  • 25-30 cooked shrimps
  • 1/2 cup bottled chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup catsup
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 5 teaspoons bottled grated horseradish
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • few drops Tabasco sauce
  • 1 lemon


  1. Set the shrimp aside.
  2. Mix all the other ingredients and place it into a large glass cup.
  3. Garnish with lemon slices.

Cooking time: 10 minutes.Servings: 4.Back to Top

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle – Sliders

Harold Lee and Kumar Patel are two class act stoners who after watching a tantalizing food commercial set out to satisfy their munchies by finding a White Castle fast food chain. From here follows a journey for the infamous sliders they desire, encountering many unexpected obstacles along the way, including the fact that the restaurant has relocated since their last visit.

Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle

Kumar is a medical student under his parent’s wishes, however would settle for something much less ambitious if the choice was his. He is also extremely messy and disorganized, whereas his pal and partner in burger-crime is the exact opposite. Harold is in love with his Latin next door neighbor, Maria, but hasn’t had the courage to tell her, and is distracted by this throughout the trip.

They get bitten by wild animals, they pick up hitch-hikers, and are propositioned to be sexually intimate with a skinhead’s wife. But despite these challenges there is still light at the end of the tunnel.

So what could this recipe possibly be? You got it, sliders. Don’t go to White Castle, they are just as easily made at home.

Sliders Recipe


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  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 (1.25 ounce) envelope onion soup mix
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 24 dinner rolls, split
  • 1/2 cup sliced pickles
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Mix together ground beef and onion soup mix in a large skillet; cook and stir over medium-high heat until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease. Remove from heat. Stir the mayonnaise and cheese into ground beef mixture.
  3. Lay the bottoms of the rolls on the prepared baking sheet. Spread the cheese and beef mixture on the bottom half of each roll. Replace the tops. Cover with another sheet of aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Bake until the burgers are heated through and cheese melts, about 30 minutes. Serve with sliced pickles.

Cooking time: 40 minutes.Servings: 6.Back to Top

I Love You Man – Fish Tacos

Peter Klaven is a real estate agent living in California. When he becomes engaged to his girlfriend, Zooey, he realizes that he does not have any friends to tell his exciting news. With encouragement from his friends and family, he attempts to make friends and spark up a bromantic relationship.

I Love You Man

His family sets him up on “man dates” so he can make friends and perhaps find a best man for his wedding. Hilarity ensues as many of his “dates” end with flaming disasters and awkward exchanges. When he hosts an open house event at Lou Ferrigno’s house, he meets Sydney Fife, an investor, who admits he is there to pick up divorced women. The two hit it off, and after an exchange of business cards, Peter calls Sydney and the pair meet for drinks.

When drinks turn into dinner, a reluctant Peter stays and the two enjoy an entertaining evening together. As their friendship grows, Zooey begins to feel left out. Between all the Rush jams and other adventures in the “man cave”, Peter spends much time with his new best friend. As the pair continue to spend time together, Zooey and Peter’s relationship is put in jeopardy. As the wedding approaches, Zooey, Peter and Sydney must find a way to live happily together.

Fish Tacos Recipe

by Chef John Christenson

Fish Tacos

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  • 1 Pound of White Flakey Fish (Sea Bass, Cod, Tilapia)
  • 3 Whole Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 Cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Cup AP flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Seasoned Salt
  • 4 Tablespoons (1/4 Cup) chopped cilantro
  • ¼ cup finely chopped Red Onion
  • 1 Avocado, cut into small cubes
  • 2 Tomatoes cut into small cubes
  • 1 Jalapeno, de-seeded, finely chopped
  • Green or Red Cabbage, finely shredded
  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Package Corn or Flour Tortillas, Small
  • 1 Quart Canola oil


  1. Prepare the fish by slicing it into thin strips, about 2 inches thick. In three separate bowls have the 3 eggs and water whisked together, the bread crumbs and the flour with seasoning salt. This is what’s called a breading station. Dredge the fish in the flour, dip into the egg mixture, then into the bread crumbs. Continue until all pieces of fish are used. Wrap and let rest in the refrigerator.
  2. For the Avocado Salsa, mix the Tomatoes, Red Onion, 3 Tablespoons of Cilantro, Jalapeno and 2 Tablespoons Lemon juice in a bowl. Fold in the Avocado, season with salt and pepper and let marinate, covered in the refrigerator.
  3. In a large sauce pot slowly heat the Quart of Canola Oil to 350 degrees. Carefully lay in the pieces of breaded fish, about 4 to 6 at a time to ensure the oil does not boil over, or lose too much heat.
  4. Steam the Tortilla’s in the microwave, wrapped in a damp paper towel, till soft and warm. Dress the shredded Cabbage with the remaining lemon juice and Cilantro, adding salt and pepper to taste. Make a bed for the fish on the tortilla, add the fish and top with the Avocado Salsa. Serve either on a large platter or make personal by serving your friends.

Cooking time: 30 minutes.Servings: 8-15.Back to Top

Fried Green Tomatoes – Fried Green Tomatoes

Evelyn Couch is a middle aged housewife struggling in her marriage. She is the stereotypical wife, having dinner on the table every evening when her husband gets home, but still he pays no attention to her. While in a nursing home visiting her husband’s hateful aunt, Evelyn meets Ninny Threadgoode, an 82-year old woman whose stories entice and inspire her.

Fried Green Tomatoes

Ninny tells the story of Idgie Threadgoode, a spunky young woman in Alabama’s 1920s. Beginning with the loss of her big brother, Buddy, Idgie overcomes many hardships and downfalls. But through it all she meets Ruth Jamison, a caring woman who Idgie develops a long-lasting and passionate friendship with.

Through the tales of Idgie’s life, Evelyn sees that it is time to make a change in her own life. She stops going to her group sessions (which are meant to help her fix her marriage) and starts a new life foundation where she kicks candy bars to the curb and gets on track to an assertive and healthy lifestyle.

Fried Green or Heirloom Tomatoes Recipe

by Chef John Christenson

Fried Green Tomatoes

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  • 1 quart Canola Oil
  • 3 medium bowls
  • 1 Large Egg
  • ½ cup Buttermilk
  • ½ Cup AP Flour
  • ½ Cup Cornmeal
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground Black Pepper
  • 3-4 Large Heirloom or Green Tomatoes-the firmer the better
  • 3 tablespoons shredded
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chopped Thyme leaves


  1. Mix Egg and Buttermilk together in a bowl. In the other two separate the flour and cornmeal in each. Slice the Tomatoes in thick slices, about a ½ inch to 1/3 inch. Heat the oil in a large pot to 350f. Dredge the Tomato slices in the Flour, then Egg mixture, finally the Cornmeal.
  2. Fry 2 to 3 Slices at a time till golden brown. When removed from the oil, sprinkle on Salt and Pepper, fresh Thyme and the Parmesan Cheese. Serve for your friends as a nice savory starter or share with a loved one for a warming experience.

Cooking time: 15 minutes.Servings: 2-6.Back to Top

The Back-Up Plan – Bruschetta

Zoe thought she’d be married by now. But due to her lack of trust in people (men especially) and the inability to “let people in” the former executive and present pet shop owner is living single in New York.

The Back Up Plan

The problem? Zoe desperately wants to start a family but hasn’t found the right guy. After months of contemplation she fears her time is running out and decides to be artificially inseminated. Shortly after the procedure she meets Stan, the cheese farmer and college student whom she immedi
ately connects with.

Reluctant at first, the two begin a relationship where Zoe is left with the dilemma of how to tell Stan she is pregnant. She was completely fine with her “back up plan” to be a single mother, but now with Stan in the picture things may get complicated.

Bruschetta Recipe

by Chef John Christenson


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  • 1 French Bread Loaf
  • Sheet of Aluminum Foil
  • 3 Tablespoons of finely crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 4 Vine Ripened Tomatoes
  • 6 Garlic Cloves
  • 6 Leaves Fresh Basil
  • 3 Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
  • Small Jar of marinated Artichoke Hearts
  • Small bag of Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • 6 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt and fresh ground Black Pepper (to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Place the garlic cloves and 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil into the Aluminum Foil. Fold up all side till you have a formed a leak-proof pouch. Place in the oven and roast for 15 minutes. While the Garlic is getting nice and cozy, slice the French Bread into 1” slices, cutting on the bias. Drizzle with 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil on one side of the bread. Dice the Tomatoes into medium cubes, as well as the Artichoke Hearts. Thinly slice the Sun Dried Tomatoes into strips. Chop the thyme and slice the Basil into a ribbon cut or Chiffonade; by placing the leaves on top of each other, rolling it into a tube and slicing length wise. Place all vegetables and herbs into a bowl, season with S&P, gently toss and let marinate as you prepare the Roasted Garlic Puree.
  2. Remove the Garlic from the oven, let cool slightly, place into a food-processor and puree smooth. If you are without a processor, smash and smooth out the garlic plus the oil in a bowl with a large spoon. Spread a nice coating of the Garlic puree onto the slices of the bread, Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. When the bread is done, let cool. Spoon out about a Tablespoon of the Bruschetta on each slice. Spinkle on some feta for richness…

Cooking time: 30 minutes.Servings: 4-8.Back to Top