I have spent the last 30 days making movie-inspired meals. This challenge was born from my love of movies and my love of food, so naturally this was a perfect hybrid. I really wanted to focus the challenge on the iconic dishes that have been featured in famous movie scenes that I have always wished I could try.
This challenge gave me the confidence to try new recipes I would never have tried before by expanding my culinary skills and reigniting my joy for cooking.
In total, I recreated 16 movie-inspired meals. I found some great recipes online and augmented them to my liking or to better fit the movie inspiration.
- Bruce Bogtrotter’s Chocolate Cake from Matilda
- The Dude’s White Russian from The Big Lebowski– This is an iconic drink from the movie and one of my favorite drinks to make when I want to relax at home. I make it with milk (instead of cream) and vanilla vodka and Kahlua.
- Shrimp Linguini from Something’s Gotta Give
- Croque Monsieur from It’s Complicated– In the movie, Meryl Streep and Steve Martin have a sweet, simple dinner in her enviable kitchen. I love croque monsieur, and this recipe called for a creamy, cheesy sauce that was easy to make and delicious.
- Lobster, Corn and Potato from Annie Hall
- Spaghetti and Meatballs from Lady and the Tramp
- Egg and Bacon Smiley Face Rice Bowl from Mulan
- Kronk’s Spinach Puffs from The Emperor’s New Groove
- Remy’s Ratatouille from Ratatouille
- Empire Biscuits from Brave
- Mermaid Marshmallow Pie from Waitress
- Dragon Carrot Risotto from The Fault in Our Stars– I actually make a pretty tasty risotto on my own right, so I did not stay particularly close to this recipe, but what I did discover through this was that dragon carrots are real and that they have a purplish-reddish tint. But unfortunately I could only find regular carrots at my supermarket.
- French Toast from Kramer vs. Kramer
- Orange Chicken, Peas and Onions from The Hunger Games
- Eggplant and Lo Mein from Joy Luck Club– I do not typically cook Asian dishes, so the garlic eggplant had notable room for improvement but the flavors were yum.
- Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon from Julie & Julia– This recipe was my final recipe of the challenge and it was the perfect conclusion. It took over 4 hours to make and I was so happy with the flavors and richness of the meal!
Overall Enjoyment in the Challenge: 9/10- This really made me enjoy cooking and I had fun menu planning and going outside of my culinary comfort zone.
Success in Completing Challenge: This is a hard one to grade. I think some dishes came out well and others less so. In the end, I did not cook 30 meals but still feel like I achieved success in learning new skills in the kitchen and expanding my cooking for 30 days.
Likelihood in Continuing the Challenge: Pretty likely! There are actually still a lot of recipes I want to make plus new ones I want to try from other movies.