Sometimes I fantasize about having chums round for a poker game and serving food like Oscar “Divorced, Broke and Sloppy” Madison does in this movie.
He’s a filthy bachelor living in squalor and one of his card-shark chums observes of his disgusting, out of order fridge, “I saw milk standing in there that wasn’t even in the bottle!”
Bringing sandwiches to the poker table crammed into his armpit, the conversation goes like this:
Ha ha! Sounds a bit like the stuff in my fridge…
The basic premise of this film is that Oscar, in a moment of weakness, agrees that his friend Felix can come and stay after his wife boots him out. Alas, Felix has a million irritating habits. You know the kind of thing…
If that doesn’t make you laugh, I don’t know what I’m going to do with you…
I think this would be my desert island movie. If I could only ever see one film over and over and over and over and over, it would be this one (or maybe Groundhog Day).
I am absolutely in love with the “coo-coo” Pigeon Sisters…
When Oscar gets these beauties round for dinner, Felix ruins plans for their seduction with a burned meatloaf and a crying jag. Oscar is so annoyed with his flatmate that he sends him to Coventry and a silence descends on their living space.
In a fabulous foodie moment involving the correct term for a type of pasta, Oscar finally loses it…
In case you missed Oscar’s pasta flinging face, here it is…
I checked the Silver Screen Suppers spreadsheet for an appropriate dish to serve alongside this movie and Jack’s recipe for a ground beef casserole seemed to fit the bill as it contained NOODLES. I am sure that Felix would have a been a bit more specific about what kind of noodle, but I went for fettuccine.
It was comfort food for a comfort movie. No matter what kind of mood I am in, I’ll be in a better mood after watching this brilliant film. If you’ve never seen it, get hold of it immediately. It’s even better feel-good therapy than eating a whole angel food cake all by yourself!
This mini-appreciation of just a few of the great food bits in The Odd Couple was written for the Food in Film Blogathon hosted by Silver Screenings and Speakeasy. Thanks for organising this Kristina and Ruth! #foodinfilm
I can’t wait to read all the other entries, you’ll find them all popping up over the next few days here…
and here’s Jack’s recipe…
- 8 oz / 225g green noodles/pasta
- 2 lbs / 900g ground/minced beef
- 1 small green pepper, finely chopped
- Minced white onion
- Small amount of butter
- 16 oz / 450g tomato sauce
- 8 oz / 225g cream cheese, softened by beating
- 1 small tub sour cream (do not use it all)
- 1 pint / 475g cottage cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F / 175 degrees C / gas mark 4
- Cook noodles in boiling salted water. In a large frying pan, saute the meat, green pepper and onion in butter. Add tomato sauce. In bottom of a well greased casserole dish, put 1/2 of the noodles. Combine the cream cheese and sour cream. Cover noodles with the cheese mixture then cover with the rest of the noodles. Bake uncovered slowly for 30 minutes or more).
- Serves 8
- Important note! Jack's recipe is a bit vague and he doesn't mention what to do with the beef mixture. I did a lot of googling as I have never made a beef casserole with noodles (it's not a "thing" here in the UK) - I decided to go with a Betty Crocker method, because the made-up entity that is Betty usually knows what she's doing. I mixed the noodles up with the cheese mixture and layered that with the beef mixture - I was worried about the noodles going crispy if I used them as the top layer so I went - noodles - beef - noodles - beef. I resisted the urge to grate lots of cheese over the top. There was no mentioning of seasoning in Jack's recipe - I added freshly ground pepper to the cheese mixture, and salt to the beef.