Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Kong: Skull Island for Food 'n Flix
{Black Bean Gnocchi Soup & Monkey Bread}

The movie host at Food 'n Flix this month is Camilla writing at her site Culinarary Adventures. There isn't a a set movie rather any movie filmed or set in Hawaii. That opens up many choices.

My first thought was the movie Pearl Harbor with Kate Beckinsale or Midway, a newly released movie which we own. Browsing at the library and also using Camilla's suggestions (see her site) I chose Kong: Skull Island.  Yeah, don't ask me why I thought that was a good idea.  Food references or scenes were basically non existent.   But it was partially fimed in Hawaii.  

The one food scene I noticed was a soldier eating a can of C-rations. It was either beans or beef stew.  Oh right, there was a scene with a hotdog and a beer later on.

Activate creativity-mode for a representative dish!


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I knew I didn't want beef stew so a black bean gnocchi soup was created.  I don't have a recipe but I'll tell you what I did.   I sauted an onion and several garlic cloves in olive oil.  Once the onions were soft I added a can of black beans and chopped tomatoes. Mix this up well then add broth, salt, ground pepper, roasted garlic powder and basil.  I used roughly 4 cups of broth as I like it soupy.  Now add gnocchi and simmer.  

Here is a cheeky little nod to the star of the movie - monkey bread.  There was a scene with the helicopters flying deep into the jungle and suddenly a very irriated Kong arises and glares at the copters.  A soldier asked, "Is that a big monkey?!"  So....monkey bread.

It was more than we needed for a household of two - wish my son and his parmour were near us so we could share.


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It went a treat with coffee.  Mmmmmm...... cinnamon and sugar and hot bread.

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 Camilla's announcement post is HERE. Join in if you can, it's fun to see what the participants come up.  Camilla lists numerous films to choose from. 

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22 comments:

  1. Black beans are surprisingly versatile! I made some recently to put into tortillas. Mostly like yours until you get to the broth.

    be well... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Mae, we love black beans, as you say they are so versatile. I use them in enchiladas too.

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  2. Such a fun menu Tina - I love your inspiration!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! That monkey bread is addictive, had to freeze some before we gobbled it all.

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  3. Your black bean creation sounds interesting! I haven't thought about monkey bread in a long time but it is delicious.

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  4. I made monkey bread a couple of years ago. It was so delicious

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    1. Marg, it's too easy to eat too much of it though. I am baking more now that we are stayimg in. Again. Between the virus and the heat, yuck!

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  5. This made me laugh! Love how you got the monkey bread idea. I have all the ingredients for the soup .... humm I may have to put this on my meal plan next week. (Never mind the 90F temps)

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    1. BFR, I make soup in any weather but I am usually inside with the AC when it gets very hot and humid. This soup was pretty good.

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  6. A+ for creativity! I love black beans AND monkey bread, but have black beans more often, unfortunately for my sweet tooth...

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. You had to think hard about food inspiration for this movie. We also have black beans quite a bit. Mmmm

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  7. I did a black bean soup too this week. I love them too. I think they gnocchi addition is excellent and I like how you found inspiration from the movie! ;-) Thanks for sharing with Souper Sundays this week.

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    1. Deb, I like your black bean soup too, funny we were on the same page.

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  8. Black Beans soup with gnocchi is an interesting combo, but i am admiring you cake mostly - looks good, i've never had monkey bread so intrigued.

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  9. Monkey bread is so good and I haven’t made it in years! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Terri, I had to freeze some, or we'd eat it all at once. Two people do not need that much dough in a few days, haha!

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  10. Great idea and I love it when a recipe is thrown together only to become a keeper! Monkey bread looks delicious. Your creativity shines!

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  11. Okay, so I probably won't watch the movie, but I can't wait to try your monkey bread. Thanks for joining me.

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    1. Camilla, you'll love the monkey bread, it was fun sorting through the many movies set and filmed in Hawaii.

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  12. Thanks for the chuckle. I have never seen Kong Skull Island and I probably never will but I am going to try that black bean stew.

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    1. Wendy, I can recommend the stew but not the movie!

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