I'll be honest, I have never heard of this film. But I am always game for a movie suggestion from my friend Wendy. Simply Irresistible was released in the late 1990s and has elements of a rom-com as well as foodie mysticism.
Last month, we watched The Holiday and one of the characters introduced the concept of a meet-cute. Well, this movie kicks off with a rather unlikely, yet still endearing, meet-cute. Amanda Shelton (played by Sarah Michelle Gellar) owns The Southern Cross, a restaurant that she inherited from her mother and is trying to keep it alive. She is at the farmers' market and chases a runaway crab up the pant leg of a man who is about to open a high-end restaurant. As I said: meet-cute!
She explains that she owns a restaurant and will be serving crab napoleon for lunch. As luck would have it, Tom Barrett shows up at The Southern Cross with his very unlikeable girlfriend and asks for the crab napoleon. Now here's where that foodie mysticism comes into play. Amanda is not a very good cook, but one of those crabs she bought at the market is magical. Yes, you read that correctly: a magical crab. The beady-eyed crustacean climbs onto her shelf and casts a spell over her and her cooking. All of a sudden, Amanda becomes an inspired and accomplished cook.
Naturally, Tom's original chef quits just before the restaurant premiere, so he recruits Amanda to cook. This movie harkens back to the classic rom-coms of the 1950. There are no real sex scenes, just a lot of floating on air, magical fog, and swooning...from her Caramel Éclairs. Which leads me to the point of this post...
- 12 T unsalted butter
- 1-1/2 C water
- 2 C flour
- 9 eggs
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk, refrigerated for at least 12 hours
- 1 cup butter, cold and cubed
- 2 cups chopped bananas
- semisweet chocolate, tempered for dipping