This month’s film suggestion in the Kay & Fred’s Movie Night column in Delicious magazine is a MODERN film. I rarely watch anything post-1968 – could I do it?

The cut-off point

Committing to following Kay and Fred’s suggestions is a bit like being in a book club though, I’ll be cooking and watching things I wouldn’t necessarily choose myself. It’s getting me out of the comfort zone innit?

Last month’s pheasant recipe was superb so I got going on the beignets with vigour.

These little doughnut pillows were AMAZING and I was well chuffed with myself for making them, vat of boiling oil and all.

I ate three, or maybe four, by myself, in bed with Kay’s movie pick, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog (2009).

My choice of mug was based on the idea that of all the movie stars I love, it would be Elizabeth Taylor most likely to eat beignets in bed. She would revel in this bit of decadence I am sure, as did I.

Lazy Elizabeth Taylor GIF by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment - Find & Share on GIPHY

The night before the beignet-fest I mentioned to Cathy that I don’t like animated films and she said of her daughter, ‘That’s like Jessie saying ‘I don’t like soup’!” OK, fair enough. So I did try and give The Princess and the Frog my full attention. But my mind kept wandering to the fab few days I spent in New Orleans with Caroline Frick many moons ago. The best bit was going to a zydeco breakfast where we could barely eat our chow due to all the men wanting to dance with us. Heaven. I must try and find photos of that amazing trip.

This looks very much like the place we went to…

I also got myself a copy of Mardi Gras (1958)

as I thought it would link into the New Orleans vibe. It’s an enjoyable bit of hokum with Pat Boone and a rather gorgeous Christine Carere.

It was VERY noticeable throughout this film that in 1958, it appeared that every single person who went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans was white…

I had a recipe for one of the co-stars of Mardi Gras, Tommy Sands that looked interesting so I rustled it up for lunch. Tommy Sands’ “Sinner Man Sauce” was DELICIOUS. I guess bacon and avocado is a match made in Mardi Gras heaven but all the added umami goodness of the vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and chili sauce made for something really lip-smacking. Recommended, although what I am going to do with all the sauce left over I do not know. For the modern palate, I would recommend reducing the amount of salt in this recipe…

I guessed that Sinner Man would refer to a ditty performed by Tommy at some point and it does. I really like this, groovy…

It felt very self-indulgent to be watching movies in the daytime on a Saturday but to hell with it! Let’s live like Elizabeth Taylor and do whatever the blazes we like!

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Thanks Tommy!

And thanks to Kate and Fred for their movie and beignets pairing – those little pillowy doughnuts are FABULOUS – recipe in the UK edition of February 2019 Delicious Magazine.

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