Bonjour! I feel I should address you in French since this movie and book transported you to Provence. Would that it were that easy.....write about it and ...poof! You are there.
While I enjoy reading about France and seeing some great scenery shots of Provence in movies (or anywhere in France), this was not a great movie. From the comments you will see mixed reviews but overall, you did have the scenes of France, not to mention Russell Crowe, and a few glasses of wine here and there. Weighing out the book vs the movie, oh..the book wins hands down.
Without further ado, here is the round up for Food 'n Flix - A Good Year.
Camilla of Culinary Adventures with Camilla made Civit de Canard. Check out her post HERE
She writes: "What a delicious foray into life in Provence! While the wine flows freely and the scenery makes me want to buy a one-way ticket to France, food doesn't have a starring role in the movie. Wine, yes. Food, not so much." But Camilla sure found some inspiration by preparing a fabulous dish which took 3 days to make!
Heather at Girlichef made Roasted Green Beans w/ Pistou: Click HERE to see her post.
Heather writes: "What was I inspired to make after watching A Good Year? I went with something simple, and perhaps the most evocative of Provence (in my mind): Pistou. Pistou is a simple Provençal sauce made of basil, garlic, and olive oil at its core.
Debra of Eliot's Eats prepared a mouth watering dish of Herbed Olives. Check out her post HERE
Debra writes, "I was not going to make croissants, wild boar pressed in its own blood or chewy asparagus. But Tina did mention that in the book Fanny brings Max a plate of simple olives and a glass of wine with her menu. This recipe is based on one from Dorie Greenspan from Around My French Table so I think it is apropos as well."
Elizabeth of The Law Student's Cookbook prepared a great looking Salad Nicoise. Check out her post HERE.
Elizabeth says, "his inspiration came from a part in the movie where Max was helping as a waiter at a French restaurant. An American tourist orders a salad “nee-swa-zay” with low-cal ranch dressing and some bacon bits sprinkled on top. Max then gets indignant and makes some remarks about fast food.
I decided to make the Salad Nee-Swa-Zay for that American tourist – though she probably still will hate it because I just couldn’t do ranch dressing on this salad."
Caroline of Caroline Makes...prepared Pissaladiere. Check out her post HERE.
Caroline writes, "I decided to cook something from Provence in honour of this film. Pissaladière is a Provencal tart made using puff pastry and topped with slow cooked onions, olives, anchovies and herbs."
Deb from Kahakai Kitchen made a very original dish Baked Wine and Spice Grapes with Gingersnaps. Check it out HERE
Deb writes, "There is plenty of wine and French food to be had in the movie but nothing really stood out to me to make. Finally, I was going to go with a classic Eggplant Provencal but while standing in a very long line at the grocery store, I happened to thumb through the current copy of Everyday with Rachel Ray magazine and came across a recipe for Wintry Spiced Grapes. It had wine (ruby port wine) and grapes and I decided it was the wine-inspired dish I wanted to make."
Evelyne of Cheap Ethnic Eatz prepared Lemon Lavender Avocado Loaf and Cupcakes. Check out her post HERE
Evelyne says, "There is lots of talk about wine and food in the movie but nothing for me really stood out. What did stand out was a “situation” that occurred twice in the movie: the cleaning lady chases away scorpions with fresh lavender to save the terrified visitors. So I looked it up online and indeed lavender is a scorpion repellant. Who knew!"
Finally, I prepared a Pissaladiere which you can check out HERE. Caroline and I must have been thinking the same thing when watching the movie.
Thanks to all who participated and if I left anyone out please contact me!
Next month's host at Food 'n Flix is Evelyne at Cheap Ethic Eatz and the movie is Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe.