ELF – Spaghetti pie

Elf is an American Christmas comedy movie, about a man (Will Ferrell) raised by Santa’s elves at the North Pole is sent to the America in search of his true identity.

Ferrell stars as Buddy, a regular-sized man who was raised as an elf by Santa Claus (Edward Asner). When the news is finally broken to Buddy that he’s not a real elf, he decides to head back to his place of birth, New York City, in search of his biological family. Elf also stars James Caan, Mary Steenburgen, Zooey Deschanel, and Bob

Buddy the Elf is all about the four major food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corn, and maple syrup — his favorite spaghetti topping.

Interesting food scene: Family dinner, when Will Ferrell drinks an entire liter of Coke and then proceeds to pour maple syrup all over his spaghetti dinner. When asked, “You like sugar, huh?” Buddy innocently responds, “Is there sugar in syrup?” According to Buddy, “Elves stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.”

Let’s check out the most famous ELF’s spaghetti pie

Total time: 45 minutes
Serves 6-8 people or 1 hungry elf


  • 1/2 pound spaghetti
  • 1/2 cup grade B maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 swipes of fresh nutmeg across a grater


  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚.
  2. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the spaghetti until al dente. Drain and reserve.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the maple syrup, cream, eggs, and nutmeg until well blended. Grease a cast iron or oven-safe nonstick skillet and add the spaghetti in an even layer. Pour the eggy custard base over the spaghetti.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the custard has set and the top of the pie is just starting to brown.

Optional: after removing from the oven, top with candy, candy canes, candy corn, or more syrup, and serve alongside the world’s best cup of coffee.


Toast – Chicken and Mushroom pie

Toast is a funny and charming biopic about the popular British television personality and flamboyant chef Nigel Slater. The screenplay by Lee Hall, who wrote “Billy Elliot,” turns Mr. Slater’s story into a bittersweet comic fairy tale with an inspirational undertow.

The movie is as fussy about food as Nigel, who secrets cookbooks instead of girlie magazines under his bedcovers and who drools by flashlight over pictures of gourmet treats. Some of the funniest scenes show his mother’s serial culinary disasters, as one home-cooked meal after another is burned or spilled in spectacular mishaps after which that old reliable, toast, is served.

The movie shows how it felt for an unloved, neglected child to grow up different in 1960s England, and director S.J. Clarkson and screenwriter Lee Hall get all of the details in Nigel Slater’s memoir right, from the long-handled Hoover vacuums to the wretched home furnishings

Perfect pies, cakes and roasts are the film’s most beautiful objects. Let’s enjoy the movie with delicious Chicken and Mushroom pie.


  • 4 cooked chicken breast fillets, chopped into chunks, or the meat from a roasted chicken, taken from the bone and roughly shredded
  • 100 g button mushrooms, halved
  • 600 ml Mushroom soup
  • 50 g parsley, chopped
  • freshly ground salt and black pepper
  • 375 g ready-to-roll puff pastry
  • eggs, beaten for glazing


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

2. Place the chicken and mushrooms in an ovenproof serving dish. Add in the mushroom soup and chopped parsley and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

3. Cover the chicken with the pastry, trimming the edges and pinching the pastry onto the dish.

4. Brush the pie with beaten egg and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown. Serve hot from the oven.



Julie and Julia – Chocolate Pie

Julia Child is a famous chef. Julie Powell is a New Yorker looking for a challenge. What sets them a part? Eh, only about 40 years.

Julia Child had her prime and fame in the 1960s as a housewife and hat maker who turned her life around for her love of food. Living in France at the time, she was an American woman on a mission to create fine French cuisine. She began with classes and in no time was the number one student among a class full of men. She then partnered up with two other French women who were writing a French cookbook for American women. Years later the book was published, and Julia landed her own cooking show.

Julie and Julia

Julie Powell is a young government worker living in Queens, New York. She spends her days in a cubicle answering endless phone calls from pained or annoyed citizens after the events of 9-11. Being surrounded by her rich, successful friends, Julie feels pressure to do something more with her life. So, she gives herself a challenge.

In 365 days Julie will attempt to cook every recipe (all 524 of them) out of Julia’s cookbook. She will also keep a blog as a way to document the experience. Along the way, Julie attracts a number of fans, and after a story runs in The New York Times, she is practically famous. Her phone is ringing off the hook with book/movie offers, classifying her as what she’s always wanted to be: a writer.

She’s got New York on her side, but can she gain the respect from her culinary hero? Although this movie starts with fish and takes on numerous dishes throughout, there’s one that looks absolutely decadent. Try this chocolate pie recipe, and make it one of your favorite comfort foods.

Chocolate Pie Recipe

Chocolate Pie


  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Baked pie crust or purchased crumb crust, 9-inch


  1. Mix cocoa and flour in top of a double boiler over hot water and whisk in about half of the 1 cup of water, just enough to make a smooth paste.
  2. Blend in the sugar and the beaten egg yolks and add remaining water and milk. Cook over low until the mixture is thick; add butter and vanilla. Pour into baked pie crust. Top with whipped cream or whipped topping, or use the egg whites to make a meringue. Chill thoroughly

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

Waitress – Cherry Pie

Adrienne Shelly’s uplifting 2007 film Waitress revolves around Jenna, the titular waitress, whose life borders on unlivable because of her abusive husband Earl. Driven by misery in her home life, she focuses her attention on work, concocting delicious pies with catchy names hitting close to home for her which she aspires to enter into a nearby pie contest. Her accidental pregnancy only serves to deepen her melancholy. Becky, Dawn and Joe, her friends and the owner of the diner, try to coax her to leave her husband and begin anew. After Jim Pomatter, a new doctor, moves into town, subbing in for Jenna’s usual physician, she begins a torrid affair with him.


A diary, given Jenna as a baby journal, allows the audience access to the machinations of her mind. All the while, she makes creative pies and continues her secret affair with Jim, her affection for her unplanned child growing by the day. Finally, her baby girl arrives. Her husband, jealous of the bond between mother and child, chides Jenna for loving the child more than him. Jenna leaves Earl, telling him she plans to divorce him, as she has not loved him in a long time.

As she readies herself to depart the hospital, her friends relate the bad news that Joe has gone into a coma, triggering Jenna’s memory that he had left her an envelope as she was about to give birth. Joe, foreseeing his own health issues, puts a check for Jenna in the envelope, for nearly $300,000. On her way out of the hospital Jim stops her, but she quickly ends their affair moving on to care for her child.

Shelly’s film shifts to the future, showing the viewer that Jenna won the pie contest and used the money left her by Joe and her winnings to buy his old diner. She renames the diner Lulu’s Pies after her daughter. This coda clearly show’s Jenna’s happiness and revamped life.

As you watch a movie about pie, you cannot help but salivate. What better to go along with the film than the comfort food that is cherry pie. Before watching the movie, bake yourself this delicious cherry pie and eat it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream while watching Adrienne Shelly’s heartwarming Waitress…

Cherry Pie Recipe

Cherry Pie


  • 1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie
  • 4 tablespoons quick-cooking tapioca
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 4 cups pitted cherries
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Place bottom crust in piepan. Set top crust aside, covered.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine tapioca, salt, sugar, cherries and extracts. Let stand 15 minutes. Turn out into bottom crust and dot with butter. Cover with top crust, flute edges and cut vents in top. Place pie on a foil lined cookie sheet — in case of drips!
  3. Bake for 50 minutes in the preheated oven, until golden brown.

Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes.Servings: 8.Back to Top

American Pie – Apple Pie

Apple pie is the most “American” home-cooked food of all. This is precisely why it inspired the title of the first teen movie and the following others. “American pie” is the story of 4 boys attending their last year of high school. Pretty average but incredibly funny!

American Pie

They face, day after day, the unstoppable resistance and confrontation with girls. Virginity is obviously the most feared of all their issues, just like the rest of the teen population of the world. Love, sex, friendship, family, and the biggest question mark of all: the future, peeking from just around the corner.

Apple pie accompanies our protagonists throughout the entire movie. It plays the role of a delicate and delicious dessert with a half-full glass of milk on the side, but also the role of a comforting friend and outrageous experiment in difficult and irrational times. You know what I mean, right? Is there really a time when apple pie isn’t perfect?

Apple Pie Recipe

Apple Pie


  • 2 9-inch pie crusts (one for the top crust, one for the bottom crust)
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cups thinly sliced and cored apple


  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Mix sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, and salt. Stir in the apples.
  3. Place into pie crust, dot with butter. Cover with top crust, and slit evenly to let steam escape. Seal the top crust to the bottom by pinching the edges together.
  4. Cover edge of the crust with a three inch strip of aluminum foil.
  5. Bake 40-50 minutes, until crust is brown and juice begins to bubble through top.

Mixing time: 50 minutes.Servings: 6.Back to Top