Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Food n Flix October

This month's Food n Flix selection is Hocus Pocus and being hosted by The Lawyer's Cookbook.

plot: On Hallowe'en night, a teenaged boy, his younger sister and his girlfriend accidentally cast a spell that brings back the ghosts of three witch's who have till sunrise to steal the souls of all the children in the neighbourhood, in order to live forever.

This is the 1993 comedy starring Bette Midler and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Notes- "chocolate cake", goat, chicken, lamb, "mud pie", "ginger bread", "swamp juice", BBQ, pumpkin, Hallowe'en candy, apple cider, party punch, "graveyard cookies", apples, "ice" (the one character has the word ice shaved into his hair), buffet, lollis, "lady fingers" (dead man's toes didn't sound appealing), "rice crispies", cough drops, dumplings, shish-kabobs, "apple pie", "voodoo doll cookies", scorpion pie, "roadkill", cheesies, popcorn, chocolate bars, "I put a spell on you cupcakes", "Divine sandwiches"(Bette Midler is almost always in the middle), lobster, jello mold, toast, "salted caramel" (they use pounds of salt to keep the witches/spirits away), "monster mash",

You will see, my list has more of my sidebars of things that popped into my head then actual food. There's more Hallowe'en candy then anything in this movie. My gut reaction was a cake decorated to look like a spell book...but my ability to decorate food is severely lacking as my hand eye coordination is non-existent. 
I actually had a really difficult time coming up with something for this. I changed my mind five times before finally settling. (I wanted to use ice somehow, and I wanted to figure out how to make a scorpion pie)


I knew I wanted to incorporate some Hallowe'en candy, but wasn't completely sure how?
I ended up having to go back and re-watch it again a few times.

Of course, I was overthinking it. Time to simplify it to the bare bones. Besides the scenes with Hallowe'en candy; you had  scenes with  chocolate bars.  And what's simpler then chocolate brownies?


This was pretty much inspired by one thing, when Sarah Jessica Parker is jumping up and down saying "Amuck, amuck, amuck, amuck"

Broomstick in Amuck Brownies

1/2 cup butter softened
1 cup sugar
3 Tablespoon coco powder plus 1 1/2 teaspoon oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup flour
handful of broken up pretzels
handful of chocolate crispy treats

mix 
bake at 350degrees till done.

The pretzels (the broomsticks), give it a bit of a crunch and hint of saltiness, (remember all the salt the kids use to keep the witches away) plus, it's a nice alternative to walnuts for anyone who might have an allergy. 
 
Although I did buy myself a copy of the dvd few years ago during October season (yes it's a season here not a month) it got forgotten. And I'm ashamed to say, when I went hunting through my collection the other week for it to re-watch, the plastic shrink wrap was still on it.

18 comments:

  1. I love where you went with it! Thanks for participating!

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    1. Thanks. I know really simple this month compared to others.

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  2. Such a fun idea and inspiration! I love pretzels in cookies and on brownies for that salty crunch. I'll be picking up my copy at the library today or tomorrow and I can't wait to watch it all the way through again - it's been years!

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    1. Sometimes, you just have to go back to basics. I wish there had been more shots of the book.

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  3. Great inspiration. I always love reading your posts to see how your mind works. Genius....

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    1. My mind doesn't work that's the thing. You should check out my 13 Days of Hallowe'en with my zombie brains dish.

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  4. Delicious brownies and love the salt/broomstick reference with pretzels. And I want to see this scorpion pie now!

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    1. You are the second person to say to me they'd like the scorpion pie. I will see what I can come up with...

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  5. I'm glad you listed the foodie inspiration for this film. After I had already made my cocktails, I realized I did not notice any foodie references (except salt). Thanks for the reminder! :) These are perfect to throw in whatever Halloween candy is left over!

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    1. Thanks. I do my best to catch as much as possible.

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  6. Amuck Amuck Amuck! I do love the sweet and salty combination of these brownies!

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  7. I had to laugh about your dead man's toes not sounding appetizing comment. ;-) I loved the 'Amuck! Amuck! Amuck!' scene too and how you took your inspiration from it. Salty-sweet combinations are my favorite so these brownies are perfect!

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    1. Thanks. I love seeing how everyone finds their inspiration every month.

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  8. What a cute idea! The brownies sound delicious!

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    1. Thanks. And who doesn't love brownies right

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