Every now and again, when watching a film or something else on television, hunger cannot be kept at bay. I’ve been set a challenge of finding appropriate snacks to mix with different films and shows that can be watched on Netflix. Here are some of the ideas I came up with.
It’s not remotely original, but when watching films, my kids love popcorn. They will eat the shop-bought stuff all day if given the opportunity, but we prefer to make our own as it is not quite so packed with unhealthy ingredients.
You can buy popping corn from any supermarket and it is so easy to make. Just put some oil in a pan, heat it up, throw in the corn and leave it to pop. Pour on just a little sugar and it is ready to serve. You can, alternatively, shake on a little chocolate powder if you wish.
My kids will happily much their way through popcorn, especially if watching something like Muppets Most Wanted or one of the Air Bud films, which Helen, my seven year old, had got very into recently.
Strawberry Shortcake is the main character from a cartoon series of the same name. She is a young girl and each episode follows her adventures with friends like Orange Blossom and Blueberry Muffin. The cartoon appeals more to children of my three year old daughter’s age.
Inspired by Strawberry Shortcake, we made a very healthy strawberry ice cream. It’s a Jamie Oliver recipe and very simple indeed.
Here’s how you make it:
- Get 500g of strawberries, remove the stalks and freeze them.
- Place the frozen strawberries into a food processor and add 250g of yogurt.
- Add in a dollop of honey. If serving to adults, you can also add a splash of Pimms.
- Blend the ingredients in the food processor.
Voila, your ice cream is ready to eat. You do, however, need to eat it straight away as this isn’t a dish you can store.
Those are a couple of ideas for the kids, but what about the grown-ups? Mrs Adams and I have been watching a few box-sets just recently.
We continued watching House of Cards and have now finished the fourth series. Although we generally try to avoid eating in front of the small screen, there have been a few occasions when pizzas and take away curries were consumed while watching an episode or two of House of Cards.
I know it’s very slovenly and hardly inspiring, but after a demanding day at the office Mrs Adams would just want to crash on the sofa. If it had been a demanding day with the kids I might feel the same way.
I can, however, think of a tenuous link between pizza and House of Cards. Murdered reporter Zoe Barnes lived above a pizza joint. That said, I guess rack of ribs would be a dish truly inspired by House of Cards (anyone that has watched the series will get that reference).
We have also been watching the miniseries Top of The Lake. Set in New Zealand, it follows the life of a troubled policewoman called Robin Griffin as she searches for a missing 12 year old girl who happened to be pregnant.
Part of the appeal of this programme is how the characters are portrayed. Elisabeth Moss plays the brooding, troubled Robin Griffin very well while Scottish actor Peter Mullan plays the role of Matt Mitcham, a horrible, hardened, misogynist criminal.
You have to suspend disbelief while watching this programme as it’s hard to believe any police officer would take the risks Robin Griffin does. Her choice of lover and hard drinking are not compatible with the job, although dark secrets from her past go some way to explaining her behaviour.
I’m not going to recommend a food to go with Top of the Lake. As the content is quite hard-hitting, it has to be watched while the children are in bed so why not accompany it with a good glass of white wine from New Zealand. Villa Maria wines often come highly recommended and you couldn’t go too far wrong with Villa Maria Chardonnay.
I’ll be back soon with some more Netflix recommendations. If you’d like to tell me what you’ve been watching or have some food recommendations inspired by what you’ve been watching, please leave a comment below.
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