About two years ago (although I think in the pc we said one, but it has been almost two) my husband and I began a fun ritual on Fridays called ‘Foreign Film Fridays’, wherein we would choose a country, a film to represent that country–whichever one of us was in charge of picking the country and film, would prepare a meal representative of that country. It was such a blast, but as our schedules grew busier, Foreign Film Friday sadly fell by the wayside. You all will be happy to know, it has been reincarnated, but on Sundays! So, we lost some lovely alliteration, but we gained a more relaxing day, with more time to prepare. Also, I do the cooking/preparing and we are going to alternate picking the country/film. One of Matthew and I’s biggest passions in life is film, and we both have a deep connection and fondness for food. This podcast has allowed me another way to connect food to all of you out there.
I’m very happy to introduce my very first podcast and even more pleased that I’m launching it in conjunction with connectabite. Please, be forgiving when you listen to it as this is our first ever time to attempt this, and though we’re both avid podcast listeners ourselves, there is certainly a separation in action of something you love. Needless to say, here it is! I hope you enjoy and I’d really like to start a dialogue about what you hear. Tell me what you don’t like, what you do like, was it funny, was it awkward, could you understand what we’re saying, did you appreciate our commentary, etc…
CLICK HERE: –> (right click here) Cinema Cuisine Ep.1 – England
Below you’ll find the recipes to the meals I created, plus sources to some of them. I hope you will join us in foreign film connecting and food and share with me your experiences, recipes, ideas and so forth. I’d love to chat about it all! Maybe some of you have recommendations? Enjoy both listening to the podcast and preparing these recipes, and remember…bite responsibly!
Gluten-Free Orange Pecan Scones
Recipe inspired by Alex Jamieson
- 1 1/2 cups of almond flour
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flour
- 1/4 tsp of sea salt
- 1 tsp of baking soda
- 1 egg replacer (could also substitute ground flax or chia seeds)
- 2 tbsp of maple syrup
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- Zest from one organic orange
- 1/2 cup & 2 tbsp unsweetened almond, coconut, rice or other plant-based milk ( I used almond)
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans (I broke them into pieces with my hands rather than processing them in any way)
- ½ cup raisins (you could also substitute another dried fruit)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together dry ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour, sea salt, and baking soda. Take special care with the coconut flour as it will want to clump together. Use a fork and sift through large bulges.)
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg replacer, maple syrup, orange juice, zest, and milk.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until blended thoroughly. If the dough seems too dry and isn’t sticking together, use another tablespoon or two of milk. Dough should feel almost spongy.
- Dump in the pecans and raisins. Then wet your hands to evenly distribute the nuts and dried fruit through the dough.
- Use an ice cream scooper to scoop out evenly sized scones and place scones on a parchment lined baking sheet and gently press down to flatten to 1/2 in thick with palm.
- Bake for 10 minutes or until the tops are golden brown, and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.
- These are slightly crumbly scones but have a nice density. They aren’t as heavy and thick as I was used to, but they are gluten-free, thus for what they are, fantastic! I was so fretful the entire time I was making them/they were baking, that they would turn out flat and fall apart because there is no fat, and for must scones that a key ingredient, but these were only slightly crumbly as I mentioned and had the most divine flavor.
- We enjoyed these with a hot cup of English Breakfast tea and the combination was superb!
- I have a few ideas on how to improve/perk up the recipe and someday I’ll post my newest re-creation.
British Beetroot Salad
- romaine lettuce (cleaned and chopped)
- two medium beets (washed, peeled, and cut into small triangular wedges then cooked until tender, yet firm to form)
- green peas (portion size is up to you, I’m a sprinkler/dumper)
- two green onion (diced at an angle into 1/4 inch pieces)
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds (previously soaked-about 6-8 hours, and rinsed)
- 3 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 to 3 tbsp dulse
- 3 to 4 tbsp (or more depending on your taste buds) Organic horseradish mustard
- 1/2 tsp salt (or more depending on your taste buds)
- freshly crushed black pepper to taste
- onion granules to taste
- 2 garlic cloves (peeled)
- For Salad: layer as follows – lettuce on the bottom, followed by green onion, peas, and top with whatever amount of beets sound yummy to you
- For Dressing: in a high powered blender, add to blender all ingredients starting with water, seeds, lemon juice, then horseradish mustard, and so forth. Blend on low and increase to high until a thick, white creamy sauce is before your eyes. Do a few taste tests to make sure it’s just right for you. The dressing should resemble the ubiquitous ‘Ranch’ dressing that so many love. Drizzle dressing over salad. Enjoy before main entrée.
- You’ll have plenty of leftovers if you’re making this for just two, enjoy this delicious salad for a few days. Store the dressing in a clean glass jar.
Lentil & Mushroom Shepherds Pie
Recipe inspired by Susan Voisin (via Nava Atlas)
- 8 medium golden yukon potatoes
- olive oil to taste (for potatoes)
- 1/2 cup rice milk (rice/quinoa blend-unsweetened)
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoons grape seed oil or coconut oil*
- 1 large onion, finely chopped (I used white)
- 2 large cloves garlic, minced
- 6 ounces baby bella mushrooms
- 1 cup cooked brown lentils (creates about 3 to 31/2 cups cooked lentils with a little of their cooking liquid)
- 1 to 2 tablespoon reduced-sodium, gluten-free tamari (fermented soy sauce)*
- 1/4 to 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/4 to a 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons arrowroot
- 8 to 10 ounces baby kale leaves
- cooked millet, maybe a day or two old
- Dice the potatoes. Place in a large saucepan with enough water to cover. Bring to a simmer, then cover and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain and transfer to a small mixing bowl.
- Mix together olive oil, potatoes and some salt (to taste) then add the milk and mash until fluffy. Cover and set aside until needed.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- While the potatoes are cooking, heat the oil in a medium skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat until translucent. Add the garlic and mushrooms and continue to sauté until the onion is golden.
- Add the lentils and their liquid and bring to a gentle simmer. Stir in the tamari (optional) herbs and spices. Cook for 5 minutes while stirring gently, then letting the mixture rest to disperse flavors. Combine the arrowroot with just enough water to dissolve in a small container. Stir into the lentil mixture.
- Add the kale in small handfuls, cooking just until it’s all wilted down. Remove from the heat; taste to adjust seasonings to your liking.
- Lightly oil a 2-quart casserole dish. Distribute the millet on the bottom of the dish. Pour in the lentil mixture evenly, then spread the potatoes evenly over the top. The potatoes should spread almost as if they were thick frosting. Spread with a spatula/bowl scraper.
- Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the potatoes begin to turn golden and slightly crusty. Let stand for 5 to 10 minutes–to set–then serve.
- This would be especially tasty with a British inspired onion gravy–vegan and gluten-free of course, but I didn’t make one this time.
Also, I was so anxious to try this dish, I didn’t let it set for the 5 minutes initially, but the next day when we had leftovers, oh, so yummy!
Also, I thought you’d want to know we did indeed record this on a Sunday, but editing and the like took a bit longer. :p
“Isn’t it stimulating, getting back to a basic sort of life for awhile? Surrounded by trees and nature, one feels a glorious stirring of the senses, a rejection of poisonous inhibition, and a fecund motion of the soul” – Monty, Withnail and I