Oscars 2010 - recipe ideas?
Every year I host a dinner for the Oscars, with themed dishes to correspond with the best picture nominees. With 10 movies this year, it's proving more challenging than before...do you have any bright ideas?
Here's the list (I'm taking "Inglorious Basterds" and "Up" off the list, since people have already claimed responsibility for those dishes)
BEST PICTURE NOMINEES:
“The Blind Side”
“The Hurt Locker”
“A Serious Man”
“Up in the Air”
"Ovatar" - something with eggs, maybe dessert with a blue-tinted meringue?
"Avatart" - just saw this on serioseats.com. Or ovatart = quiche or custard tart
"The Blined Side" - a side dish of eggplant or zucchini with pronounced grill lines
"An Educkation" - duck breasts or confit
"The Squirt Locker" - something piped
"A Citrus Mayonnaise"
"Pop in the Air" - popcorn
I'm ashamed to say the only film I have seen is District 9; in that film - the aliens really love cat food - and it is a big theme in the movie, so for that one I would make some sort of pate and call it "cat food" or something to that affect. Or you do do Crositini's topped with "cat food"....
Here are a couple ideas. Sorry, I ran out of steam in the middle...
Avatar---a cocktail with blue curacao
The Blind Side---could you "blind bake" some mini tartlettes and provide some kind of remoulade/filling involving black-eyed-peas? guests would assemble their own.
District 9---I haven't seen this, but apparently the plot involves references to prawns? How about something with shrimp? cocktail? coconut-breaded with dipping sauce?
Up in the Air---Meringues or macarons, whipped cream pie or cake with whipped cream icing? Or how about mini packets of snack mix or peanuts, like you get on planes?
Found a whole article devoted to movie-inspired food!
Apple strudel as a reference to "Basterds," buttermilk biscuits in honor of "Crazy Heart," etc. There are some recipe links but using your favorites / recipes from Chow probably works better.
I have been thinking a lot about this too and with ten films this year, it is not an easy task..it hard to find 10 foods that are film-related, appetizing, and mesh well with each other.
I have decided on (based on the films I saw)
1. Up in the air: snack bowls of pretzels & peanuts
2. Hurt locker: medjool dates (best dates in the world come form the middle east) served with cheese
3. An Education & Blind Side: Chips (really french fries, but chips sounds more british) and sweet potato fries.
4. Up: big bowl of peanut M & Ms
5. Avatar: Strong cocktails that will make the world seem like the dream-like world in the movie.
and that's it! I wish I could say I had seen more but alas, it was not to be...
Let me know if there are any other last minute suggestions out there as I am heading to the market in mere hours.
re: Toronto Fastfoodie
Update: along with the dates, am serving blood red pepper hummus (is that too gory for hurt locker?) and nice french cheeses for Julie and Julia (I know it is not a "best picture" picture but when a cooking movie is nominated for anything, how can you leave it out?) along with cornbread crackers (more Blind Side).