Every so often, we ask a question, share our answers and invite a few friends to share their answers before asking you. The last Answer This! was all about the music we listen to while in the kitchen, but this week it’s time for something a little different!
Question: What is your favourite food scene in a movie or TV show?
Elissa: In Lost, after days and days of mangoes, the plane crash survivors find a stash of food in an underground hatch. They decide to share it and end up having the best potluck of their lives. There’s a scene where ex-rock star Charlie hands his girlfriend a jar of peanut butter, the thing she’s been craving since the crash, and it reminds you how good food can taste when you’re sharing it with people you love.
Hannah: There’s this scene in Gilmore Girls, in which Sookie, the chef, is making peach sauce, and Lorelai says “Oh dear God Almighty, that’s incredible, I want to take a bath in that sauce!”. We all want people to have that reaction to the food we cook.
Kamran: The scene in Julie and Julia where Julia Child’s husband asks Julia what she loves to do. It makes me question what I love doing- and I always come to the same answer as Julia Child- I love to eat. Another scene would be when Julie Powell sits down to write a blog post; whenever I sit down to write a blog post, that scene pops in my head. I aspire to write as beautifully as she did without second-guessing myself or saying that I have “writer’s block.”
Lauren: In Waitress, when she’s naming all of the pies. She describes key things in her life, and makes them into gorgeous, delicious pies. Things like “I hate my husband pie” illustrates how baking can be such a magnificent therapy. Oh my. Now I want pie.
Tessa: There’s a scene in what I think was the first season of True Blood (dorky, I know) where the main female character, Sookie Stackhouse, eats an entire pecan pie that her grandmother made right before she died. It was like Sookie was able to say goodbye to her grandma through, well, through pie.
Amber from Bluebonnets & Brownies: This is really a tough question, and I have to be honest, it’s a tie: I cannot possibly choose between the fried green tomatoes scene in the movie of the same name, or the armadillo cake scene in Steel Magnolias. The Fried Green Tomatoes scenes with Kathy Bates and Mrs. Threadgood tasting those tomatoes after blowing out birthday candles.. well it makes my mouth water. Every single time. But I cry with laughter when Shirley MacLaine cuts the ass end of that greyer than grey armadillo cake and hands a bloody red piece of red velvet cake to her arch nemesis, her best friend’s husband. That cake is just so tragic to look at, but how can you not love red velvet cake?!
Kristen from Dine and Dish: This is probably not what you had in mind, but I love the scene in E.T The Extra Terrestrial where everyone is gone from the house at school and work and E.T. raids the fridge for the first time. I don’t know why, but that scene always brings a smile to my face. As far as TV goes, I have to say my favorite food scene on TV is the Friends episode where Joey wears maternity pants to Thanksgiving dinner. I know I thought those pants were horrid, but they sure came in handy when we’d sit down to a big meal!
Jenn from Jenn Cuisine: My favorite food scene is from the movie Ratatouille. Towards the end of the movie, Ego, the renowned and infamously tough food critic, not expecting anything extraordinary from his meal, takes one bite of a simple ratatouille and is instantly transported back to his childhood where his mother serves him a comforting rustic bowl, instantly flooding him with emotion. I love this scene (and Ego’s subsequent review in the next scene) because it highlights so well the transformative power of food. Food is often so much more than just a plate full of calories to get us through to the next meal. It doesn’t have to be fancy or pretentious, and I believe that some of the simplest pleasures of taste can be the most meaningful. Food has the ability to bring back memories, make friends, provide comfort, and connect people together. So many of my most cherished moments in life involved food in some way, and like Ego, with the right dish I too can be transported back in time by a mere morsel.
Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen: Oooo…I’ve always loved the scene in Goodfellas where all the men are in jail and making dinner together; it’s so hilarious how intense they are about their evening ritual. I especially love when “Pauly” carefully slices the garlic with a razor blade. I’ve always been tempted to try it to see if it actually yields the results promised!
Caroline from A Cozy Kitchen: The scene in My Cousin Vinny where they go to a diner and order “Breakfast” off the menu. The resulting conversation about cholesterol and grits always makes me laugh, and I also feel oddly homesick.
So, what about you? What is your favourite food scene in a movie or tv show?