Tuesday, October 30, 2012

TV Bites: Bride of Frankenstein

Elsa Lanchester's Deviled Pork Chops

Happy Halloween from Paris!! And it's part two of the Frankenstein double bill!!

You could say I'm on vacation, but you could also say I'm doing deep research for my December class (see above). I went to the cafe where Amelie worked and the little fruit/vegetable stand down the block from "her" house. Oh yeah, I'm eating a lot, and tomorrow taking a class on making croissants.

But let's get to it.... My favorite quote I discovered while researching this post is from Carl Laemmle Jr., studio production chief of Universal Pictures at the time. Announcing their new line up of horror films in 1933, he said they would have "a decidedly novel and shocking appeal.... We have found that the theater-going public like the unreal, the weird, and the uncanny, and we are preparing to cater to this great audience with colorful, imaginative stories." I like that. Go Junior! Where's a studio head like that today?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Class: Young Frankenstein

Peter Boyle's Hungarian Tofutti Cheese Spread with Herring on Bagel Chips
Supa de conopida (Romanian Cauliflower Soup)
Cotlete de porc cu bere (Romanian Pork Chops with Beer)
“Reanimated Vermicelli” Latkes (Romanian Pasta Latkes)
Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Cake)

I'm just going to make an admission right off the bat here.

I had the biggest crush on Teri Garr. I fell in love with her in 1968, when she was on a Star Trek episode. I even watched The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour Show just to see her. Sigh.... I hate Tootsie, and the reason is because the whole premise that a man would choose anyone, even Jessica Lange, over Teri Garr, is absurd and stupid, unbelievable and I can't watch the thing. Seriously. (Garr was diagnosed with Multiple Sclorosis in 1999 and has done much to raise awareness of the disease and helping those with it to cope. So she remains awesome.)

Tonight's class was awesome too... Everything went very smoothly, thankfully we had some great volunteers to help with the prep and serving (Central Market Cooking School has a program where you can volunteer and work with real chefs, not like me, but sometimes with me too). We tried a new class set up and I think that went very well too (I have a picture up on the Facebook page - if you haven't "liked" it yet, whatcha waitin' for???).

So this is actually part one of a Frankenstein double bill. So stay turned for the 2nd half of it coming Halloween eve. I'll be in Paris. I don't even know if they celebrate Halloween there. I guess I'll find out soon enough.

Friday, October 19, 2012

New Class Tickets Now Available: Amélie - Sat, Dec. 1

Time: Saturday December 1, 2012 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Central Market North, 4001 North Lamar, Austin, TX

For my 16th Chef du Cinema class I will be sharing stories from my recent adventure in Paris with a 4-course French Bistro menu paired with the 2001 Oscar-nominated film Amélie. Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and starring Audrey Tautou, it's a magical tale of a painfully shy waitress working at a tiny Paris café, who decides to help the lives of those around her... and along the way, discovers love.

The Menu:
Tartelettes d'artichauts et tomates (Artichoke & Tomato Tartlets)
Chaud Salade de Lentilles Vertes Françaises (Warm French Green Lentil Salad)
Poulet Roti avec pommes de terre (French Style Roast Chicken with Potatoes)
Endives au Gratin façon Café des Deux Moulins
Maple-Pumpkin Crème Brûlée