Hi everyone! Today there was a beautiful sun and the energy was at 100%!!! And this morning I was listening to the soundtrack of one of a truly beloved movie to me: “Green fried tomatoes”!! Oooh, beautifully filmed, a lovely, grand cast, a GREAT story (from a great book!) and a killing original soundtrack, by Thomas Newman! So, I went to the kitchen and started cooking a gogo! But not the wonderful green fried tomatoes, since I only had green peppers! But the music was flowing through the air, and the sun was so hot and the mood was so right, that I thought: “Oh, total
Whistle Stop Cafè!” So I mad a batch of BAKED CHEESE GREEN PEPPERS and also two scrumptious CHOCOLATE MUG CAKES! With orange and French vanilla flavour!!! Yum!!!
Have you ever watched this gorgeous, inspiring movie? From Fannie Flagg’s book, “Fried green tomatoes at the Whistel Stop Cafè“, this movie AND the book are the perfect combination of comedy, drama, family, friendship, history, girl power & food! Poor Evelyn, a WONDERFUL Kathy Bates, is struggling with middle age crisis and finds a new friend and new hope in Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), a cute little old lady who lives in a retirement home. And she has a LOT to tell: incredible stories from her youth at the Whistle Stop Cafè, during the Twenties. In particulare the movie will take us to know better the other two main characters of the story, Idgie and Ruth (Mary Stuart Masterson and Mary-Louise Parker), two strong, independent, brilliant girls who open the Cafè and develop a powerful, beautiful friendship and love. And of course we get to see the funny and yet moving and life changing days in this small yet so important restaurant.
The story is set in Alabama, so the food is strichtly typical and we are introduced to a wide range of delightful dishes and meals, cooked à la Whistle Stop Cafè, in a very comforting, real life, no-bullshit kinda way. The book recites:
“June 12, 1929 The Whistle Stop Cafe opened up last week, right next door to me at the post office, and owners Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison said business has been good ever since. Idgie says that for people who know her not to worry about getting poisoned, she is not cooking. All the cooking is being done by two colored women, Sipsey and Onzell, and the barbecue is being cooked by Big George, who is Onzell’s husband. If there is anybody that has not been there yet, Idgie says that the breakfast hours are from 5:30- 7:30, and you can get eggs, grits, biscuits, bacon, sausage, ham and red-eye gravy, and coffee for 25c. For lunch and supper you can have: fried chicken; pork chops and gravy; catfish; chicken and dumplings; or a barbecue plate; and your choice of three vegetables, biscuits or cornbread, and your drink and dessert – for 35c. She said the vegetables are creamed corn, fried green tomatoes, fried okra, collard or turnip greens, black-eyed peas, candied yams, butter beans or lima beans. And pie for dessert.”
Take me there. Right. Now.
And this is the fried green tomatoes recipe, being these the top speciality of the Cafè! That’s how it is described in the book:
FRIED GREEN TOMATOES WITH MILK GRAVY: 3 tablespoons bacon fat 4 firm green tomatoes, sliced ½ inch thick Beaten eggs Dry bread crumbs Flour Milk Salt Pepper Heat your bacon fiat in a heavy frying pan. Dip tomatoes in eggs, then in bread crumbs. Slowly fry them in the bacon fat until golden brown on both sides. Put your tomatoes on a plate. For each tablespoon of fat left in the pan, stir in 1 tablespoon of flour and blend well; then stir in 1 cup warm milk and cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Add salt and pepper till you like it. Pour over the tomatoes and serve hot. The best there is.
Can’t you feel the perfume of a 1920 Alabama kitchen? The air quivering with fantastic smells, the fire warming the room, the pans sizzling on the stove, all those yummy butter… lemon juice… hot spices… The sweat from your forehead as you look into a pot of boiling water, the yellow corn on the table… Meat, meat everywhere, waiting to be cooked, or getting barbequed in the open air on hot grills! The chocolate, hot, perfumed, runny, melted dark chocolate covering the wooden spoon, dropping on a white plate, as you taste it… God…! The pies, the apple pies, the cherry pies… strawberries red and juicy, cooking in a pot of sugar on the fire… Gah…!!!!
So let’s take a closer look, just for fun, at Idgie and Ruth’s menu! Taking a look in Pinterest right now! So, you have:
I mean… What do you think of DAT??? Wonderful kitchen, isn’t it?? And today that’s exactly how I felt, very Alabama kitchen mood!!! So I prepared these! Gorgeous BAKED GREEN PEPPERS! You’ll need:
- green peppers
- grated cheese
- salt, pepper, paprika
- a bit of tomato concentrate
You cut in halves the peppers, take off the core, sprinkle some salt and pepper on them and roast them in the hoven at 180 Celsius degrees (350 Farenheit) for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, you prepare a little sauce with the egg (one egg per pepper), beaten up with the paprika, tomato concentrate and oil. When you take out from the hoven the peppers, fill them with this sauce and sprinkle over them the grated cheese. Put back in the hoven for other 20 minutes. Delish!!!!
Then I made these lovely CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE!!!
- one egg
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- a pinch of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of flour
- 2 spoons of melted butter
- 2 spoons of cocoa powder, the best you can find!
- some syrup or flavouring, I used French vanilla syrup and orange flavour, like one teaspoon
- 1 spoon of oil
- 3 spoons of milk
Mix all the ingredients and pour them in two mugs. Then put the mugs, one at a time, in your microwave and cook at medium heat for one exact minute. The cake will rise like a soufflè and then it will deflate. Take the mug right out of the microwave and enjoy! It will be a delicious cake dipped in its own chocolatey sauce, thick and irresistible! Very Idgie and Ruth-ey!!!
And if you can, try cooking all these listening to the heartbreaking, wonderful, touching, unbelievably good soundtrack by Thomas Newman!!! FRIED GREEN TOMATOES, everybody, definitely a movie that will make you want to live at your best and be wild and passionate!! I higly recommend this one, watch it and you’ll be very, VERY happy!!!!!!! For a long long time!!! And…
Ninny Threadgoode: “Idgie and her friend Ruth ran the Whistle Stop Cafe. Idgie was a character, all right. But how anybody could have thought she murdered that man is beyond me.”
Evelyn Couch: “I beg your pardon?”