Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Food n Flix

This month's Food n Flix selection is August Osage County and is hosted by Eliot's Eats.

 plot: After her husband disappears, cancer patient and drug addict Violet calls her children and sister to be with her. The family soon learn their father died in what is being listed as a "fishing accident", but everyone knows he committed suicide as he made sure to hire someone to take care of his wife before he disappeared. Secrets start to come to light as every corner of the family's lives are opened.

This is a 2014 drama based on the stage play starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. 

Once again, I watched this online so there is a lack of dvd cover in the photos.

I saw bourbon, wild onions, prickly pear, beef, bundt cake, biscuits and gravy, apple pie, iced tea, wine, casseroles, scalloped potatoes, green beans, tossed salad, catfish, chicken and gravy.

Yeah, my notes are thin-practically non existent- this time around as you'll notice I don't have any of my cute little sidebars from what popped into my head from scenes.  There was a time in my life a movie like this would have been a top favourite of mine, but I guess my tastes have changed cause it just seemed to drag on forever.  And I love most of the actors in this, Streep, Roberts, Benedict Cumberbatch, Margo Martindale; so this should have been a cake walk.

With all that said, had I not been vegetarian, I would have gone with a fish dish, but that's not on my menu, and the obvious would have been for me to do a casserole given my blog title. So I went with ... a "don't screech at me" bundt cake with a caramel-rum sauce.

There is a lot of screaming in this movie, and I went with Screech, hence the title of the cake.

Cake Ingredients

1 c white sugar 
1/2 c margarine or butter
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 c milk
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 c flour
splash of Screech

Cream together the margarine and sugar, add salt
Mix , then adding in the eggs.
Mix well, then add in milk, 
add baking soda and flour,
add Screech, mixing till smooth
Bake 1 hour roughly depending on your oven at 350degress

Sauce Ingredients

1/2 c water
1 1/2 c sugar
1/2 c milk
1/2 c butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons Screech

Combine sugar and water in a saucepan, on medium-high, swirling BUT NOT stirring until it's a dark amber-ish colour.

Remove from heat and whisk in the butter and milk

Add salt

Whisk in the Screech,  let cool, pouring half on the cake, while letting the rest chill in fridge for 45 minutes.

Pour remaining sauce over cake.

I had every intention of making this with bourbon, but I have to admit when I went to buy it, it was double the price of the rum, so I went with the rum instead.

I love the fact this is sort of "soaked" in the sauce with the first round of the half cooled sauce, and then the actual caramel coating with the second round of the fully chilled caramel.


  1. I want a bottle of that rum just for the name alone. This is perfect! Thanks for being the first one to post!!!!

    1. I love the stuff. Seen it knock grown men on their arse with one sip.

  2. Oh my goodness, I want a big slice of this boozy goodness. And I'm glad you went with rum...or this one in particular...since "screech" is so fitting. Fun pick for this month. And on day one at that!

    1. It's a sexy bundt cake! It took a pretty picture and very tasty.
      It's a long weekend here, needed to get the rum before everything closed for the weekend.

  3. Love boozy cakes and your bundt cake looks amazing. Still have not seen the movie and it was on my 'meh' list, not sure I want to now lol, but will.

    1. I know for once my cooking looks good.
      I'm just wondering how many people are going to find the movie I'm hosting in December not to their taste? It seems to be a real hit or miss lately with all our choices.

  4. I feel like I can taste the booze through the screen. This looks delicious!

    1. Thanks. I think most of us had the same idea this month.

  5. The booze in the cake is perfect because they did much more drinking than eating anyway LOL.

  6. Oh, yum! I've never heard of that rum before - what a great name. This looks delish!

    1. Thanks. It's from Newfoundland, don't know if it's sold outside of Canada?

  7. Love the name of that rum--so perfect for the film. And I would love a big slice of that cake too. ;-)

    BTW--saw your comment about hosting in December. I am a fan of The Jane Austen Book Club and am looking forward to watching it for the food this time! ;-)

    1. Thanks. Jane Austen Book Club is a favourite of mine, so happy to know at lest one person will enjoy my month.