This month's Food n Flix selection is Failure to Launch, and is being hosted by Amy's Cooking Adventures.
The One Movie A Day Challenge part-
Movie: Failure to Launch
starring: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker
format: Netflix Canada
plot: A 30something man still living at home with his parents, finds himself in the one relationship that might just get him to grow up.
Dude...I've dated guys like that. This movie is unfortunately a mirror of the men in my generation. There are times when a guy that age still living at home is okay (health issues, buying/inheriting the house, saving for his own house, job where he travels 11months a year) and there are times when it's just not. This movie exploits the bad for a reason. Too bad it's desired effect didn't work on half the male population.
You're suppose to hate the main character, which was easy to do.
And for the SATC fans, you'll note this makes a reunion for Parker/McConaughey/Cooper. McConaughey played his creepy self in season 3 (Escape from New York episode 13 for the season, episode 43 of the series) and Bradly Cooper played a one night stand in season 2 (They Shoot Single People Don't They? episode 4 of the season, episode 16 of the series)
What did I think I learned? Still can not stomach McConaughey. I just want to take every McConaughey movie and burn them.
And the Food n'Flix part - Once again, I watched this movie on Netflix Canada, so you will notice a lack of dvd cover in the photos.
Food Notes- wine, cake, rolls, steak, carrots, "tea for two", nacho chips, apples, juice, cereal, pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, coffee, potatoes, melon, bananas, tacos, hot sauce, salad, guacamole, BBQ, corn, iced tea, cookies, popcorn, asparagus, "power bars", peanuts, sushi, Japanese food, seafood, "gumballs and baby food" (paint ball scene) beer, chilies, jam, peanut butter, broccoli, coleslaw, baked potato, hot dogs, trail mix, croissant, pastries, slurpee, whip cream, pop, garlic, peppers, tomato, artichoke, green onions, gravy, roast beef, pizza, milk
Normally, I watch the film write the food list and come up with a couple of ideas. Because of how bad the ice is here still, I had one opportunity to get out for groceries. The movie was the farthest thing from my mind. I got home and realized, I had nothing planned. I hadn't picked a theme for a recipe and wasn't sure when I'd physically be able to get back out for groceries.(one of these days I'll take a photo of the 6 inch scar on my knee.)
I did however have nacho chips and lettuce. My mind swerved back to a couple of scenes in the beginning of the movie, where the lead character gets out of bed stepping on the bag of nacho chips, and the scene where he's talking to his buddies over lunch and they are having tacos. As well as the two dinners they have with the parents and there is salad. The result taco salad.
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon coriander
ground black pepper (to taste)
salt (to taste)
chili powder (to taste)
2 tablespoons corn starch
The recipe I had called for onion powder and garlic powder, but because I don't have that, I used the minced garlic, and I knew I was going to be chopping onions for it later so I wasn't worried about it.
Mix to a powder.
I decided to use lentils for the "meat". Just boiled a cup of the dried lentils as package instructions, then added a can of tomato paste to give it just a bit of "stick", then the freshly made seasoning.
Crumble some nacho/tortilla chips on a plate
add some lettuce
add the seasoned lentil mixture
chopped green pepper
shredded or cubed cheese
diced jalapeno (to your taste)