In times of Quarantine and social distance, good movies and tasty foods prepared at home are effective remedies against boredom and monotony.
Even better when recipe is inspired by an iconic moment in a film, so that both can be enjoyed together. With that in mind, here are three delicious food recipes that appear in three films.
The film is the continuation of Netflix’s romantic comedy and brings back the now official couple Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and Peter Kavinski (Noah Centineo), facing the insecurities of a new relationship, such as jealousy and incompatible preferences. To make matters worse, an old love of Lara Jean returns to the city with the intention of winning her back.
In a certain scene in the film, the protagonist prepares strawberry puff pastries to present her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day, leaving viewers with mouth watering. This is the recipe for Lara Jean’s sweets:
Strawberries (A dozen)
Sugar (½ cup)
Puff Pastry (1 packet)
Egg yolks (2, mixed)
Icing Sugar (2 tablespoons)
Water (1 teaspoon)
01) Chop the strawberries and take them to a pan over low heat, together with the sugar, stirring until it starts to boil.
02) Add the juice of half a lemon and continue stirring until syrup forms. So, turn off the fire.
03) Grease a smooth, dry surface with flour and open the puff pastry, dividing a sheet into eight equal pieces. In four of them, make small cuts right in the middle of the dough.
04) In the pieces of puff pastry without the cuts, put two tablespoons of the strawberries in syrup, place a leaf with cuts on top and press the sides with a fork to close the jam. Repeat until finished with the strawberry in syrup.
05) Place the puffs in a pan greased with butter and flour, and brush the top with the egg yolks to obtain a golden crust.
06) Take to a preheated oven at 200ºC for 30-40 minutes.
07) For the topping, mix the sugar with the water (you can substitute lemon water, if you prefer), and spread it over the puff pastry when you remove them from the oven, and you’re done.
William Thacker (Hugh Grant) owns a bookstore in the neighborhood of Notting hill, in London, and lives a monotonous life without great ambitions, until he accidentally spilled orange juice on the famous American actress Anna Scott (Julia Roberts). The accidental encounter initiates a romance, which has a great obstacle: their extremely different lifestyles.
In a scene considered iconic, William Thacker introduces his famous girlfriend to his friends and, at the end of the dinner, everyone disputes the last piece of a that was delicious, and decide to compete: stay with whoever has the saddest life story. So that no one else has to compete for the candy, here’s your recipe.
Dark Chocolate (170g)
Cocoa Powder (¼ cup)
Vanilla Essence (1 teaspoon)
Sugar (1 cup)
Wheat Flour (1 cup)
Chopped Nuts (optional, 1 cup)
Dulce de leche (1 cup)
01) Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Bring the chopped dark chocolate and butter to melt over low heat, stirring constantly.
02) When ready, remove from heat, add cocoa powder and mix.
03) Add the eggs, one by one, stirring each egg added. Then add the vanilla and mix.
04) Add the rest of the dry ingredients: sugar and flour. Mix well until the elements are incorporated.
05) Chop the nuts and add to the mixture (optional).
06) Grease a pan with butter or cover it with parchment paper. Pour half the mixture into the pan, spreading to cover the entire surface. With a spoon, add drops of dulce de leche spread over the dough, and spread them over the surface.
07) Add the rest of the dough and repeat the process with the rest of the dulce de leche, spreading it well over the surface.
08) Bake for 35-40 minutes, and you’re done.
The acclaimed film by Quentin Tarantino takes place in France during the Second World War. Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) is in charge of assembling a platoon of soldiers of Jewish origin, with the aim of carrying out a suicide mission against the Germans: to kill as many Nazis as possible, in the most cruel way possible.
At the same time, Shoshanna (Mélanie Laurent), a Jewish woman who fled the Nazis, plans revenge when an event in her cinema will bring party leaders together.
In one of the most tense scenes in cinema, Shoshanna comes face to face with the murderer of his family, Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz); he orders an apple for two and implies that he knows who the woman is in front of him. Although the fear is palpable in the situation, the candy looks really delicious.
So that no one has to face a Nazi face to face, here’s the recipe:
Frozen Puff Pastry (1 pack)
Raisins (1 tablespoon)
Rum (or the distillate of your choice, two tablespoons)
Butter (4 tablespoons)
Breadcrumbs (½ cup)
Sugar (7 tablespoons)
Chopped walnuts (2 tablespoons)
Cream or fresh cream (200g)
Egg yolk (1)
01) Hydrate the raisins in the rum for 20 minutes and preheat the oven on medium power.
02) Prepare a flour with breadcrumbs and three tablespoons of butter. Place the ingredients in a skillet over medium heat and stir until golden.
03) While the farofa cools, cut the apples into thin slices, removing the kernels. Take them to a bowl, and add the raisins with the rum, the flour, three tablespoons of sugar, and the chopped nuts.
04) Sprinkle a smooth surface, and roll the puff pastry on it until it gets thinner. Then, place the dough on a clean, floured cloth. Distribute the filling on one end and brush the sides of the dough with the remaining butter, now melted.
05) With the help of the cloth, roll up the dough and place it in a mold. Brush it with the yolk and bake for about half an hour, or until golden brown.
06) While the dough is in the oven, prepare the cream. Add the cream with four tablespoons of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla essence. Beat until fluffy, but be careful not to beat too much (preferably do it by hand). Reserve in the refrigerator until ready.
07) Serve with the cream on top. Ready.