Friday, January 31, 2014

Food'N'Flix: Babette's Feast {Invitation}



We've come full-circle and it's my turn to host Food'N'Flix where we watch movies and head  into the kitchen and cook or bake or make something based on a recipe they actually make in it or just something we were driven to make after watching it.

This month was my pick. And I selected Babette's Feast. I watched the movie years ago...back in my Isak Dinesen-obsessed days. A Danish friend had introduced me to her books when we were both living in Italy, so I read these Danish-penned novels in Italian translation. Then, when I moved home, I bought the books and read them again in English!

If you’ve never seen “Babette’s Feast,” you must. Really.

It's based on the short story by Isak Dinesen and illustrates the transformational power of food. It is also a foodie's dream movie, a magnificent celebration of haute cuisine. In 1987 Babette’s Feast won an Oscar  - the first Danish film to win one. Director Gabriel Axel’s screenplay and film is remarkably true to Dinesen’s original story, with added emphasis on the preparation and consumption of Babette’s magnificent meal. So wonderful.
I watched it again last week when the house was quiet and all my boys were asleep. And I pulled out a notepad and scribbled down the dishes from her feast. What should I attempt?
Potage a la Tortue
Turtle Soup

Blinis Demidoff au Caviar
Buckwheat Cakes with Caviar and Sour Cream

Caille en Sarcophage avec Sauce Perigourdine
Quail in Puff Pastry Shell with Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce

La Salade
Belgian Endive with Walnuts in a Vinaigrette

Les Fromages
Blue Cheese, Papaya, Figs, Grapes and Pineapple

Savarin au Rhum avec des Figues et Fruit Glacée
Rum Sponge Cake with Figs and Glacéed Fruits

Do any of these look good to you? What are you inspired to make?

Join the fun, then post about it on your blog with a link back to this post and to Food'N'Flix. Use of the logo is optional.

Your post must be current (during month of film). And of course we don't mind if your post is linked to other events...the more the merrier.

Have fun with it!

Email your entries to me at: constantmotioncamilla [at] gmail [dot] com and include...

~Your name
~Your blog's name and URL
~The name of your dish and the permalink to the specific post you're submitting
~Attach a photo of any size (or just give me permission to "pull" one from your post)
~Indicate "Food 'n Flix Submission" in the subject line

Deadline for submission is: February 25th.*

*watch for the roundup to be posted by February 28th!


  1. We are going from one extreme to the other here---from an FnF with very little food (last month's) to this extremely foodie movie. I have not seen the film so I am so glad you recommended it!

  2. I watched it last week. I have a copy purchased a while back. It was lovely to watch again, somewhat reminded me of perhaps where Chocolat got its inspiration. I've an idea inspired by the gossip when Babette returns with her goods. Just have to create it now!

  3. You forgot to mention the delicious Ale Bread above. LOL.

    I am hoping to join in the fun this time around. Love this movie and need to rewatch it.

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