Friday, May 15, 2020

Midnight in Paris and an Apple Tartin

When I saw Midnight in Paris was the featured film at Food 'n Flix I knew I would be enjoying a bit of armchair traveling.  Our libraries were closed so I couldn't borrow the movie . We just went ahead and bought it on Amazon.

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Our central character is Gil played by Owen Wilson.  He is in Paris with his finacee Inez and her parents, never quite fitting in with their ideas about life and what's important not to mention their stodgy behavior. Gil wants to explore the city and immerse himself in the culture. His fiancee wants to shop and flirt with an old crush who they happen to run into. Didn't like her one bit.

Gil wanders off alone one evening while Inez and her friends go dancing. As the clock strikes midnight Gil finds himself in the 1920's and being hauled off to a party where he meets Cole Porter, Ernest Hemingway, Picasso, the Fitzgeralds and Getrude Stein.


I loved seeing the sights of Paris and the back-in-time sequences.  Quirky movie and fun to watch.  Loved the scene where Gil meets Hemingway and asks if he would read his manuscript.


Gil: Would you read it?
Ernest Hemingway: Your novel?
Gil: Yeah, it's about 400 pages long, and I'm just looking for an opinion.
Ernest Hemingway: My opinion is I hate it.
Gil: Well you haven't even read it yet.
Ernest Hemingway: If it's bad, I'll hate it because I hate bad writing, and if it's good, I'll be envious and hate all the more. You don't want the opinion of another writer.

Marion Cotillard, Corey Stoll and Owen Wilson stole the show.  There isn't much food but the wine and champagne flows.  Being in Paris I planned to make a French onion soup from a Julia Child recipe. As I can't imbibe or use alcohol in cooking right now the soup idea went to the wayside.  I'm not going to omit the wine for this soup and I had very much looked forward to making Julia's recipe so.....go with the punches and make something else.  An apple tart.  Hopefully Julia would agree with this choice :-)


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32 comments:

  1. I haven't watched the movie yet (ever!), so I can't wait to sit down and check it out. I love Tarte Tatin, and yours looks incredible. Perfect for anything with a French theme. So happy you hung out with us again this month, Tina! See you next month? ;)

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    1. Heather, it’s really cool. Owen Wilson is such a down to earth guy. I may well join you next month!

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  2. I think you are the first one up, Tina! Glad you enjoyed the film. (I own it as well!) I adored the Hemingway character--so over-the-top. The Tartin looks spectacular.

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    1. Thanks, Debra! I enjoyed it, Doug watched it with me and he liked it too. Wish I could have done that soup but we liked the dessert 😉

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  3. I love that movie... and the apple tart looks delicious!!

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    1. Thank you, JoAnn! I love that movie too. Hemingway is a scream.

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  4. That's a great movie! I've seen it a couple of times, and it's really amusing.

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

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    1. I can tell it's a movie we will watch again sometime. Good entertainment. Hope you and your family are well, Mae.

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  5. Sounds like a movie that I would enjoy and I chuckling at the quotes you shared! I'll have to see if it's on Netflix or Prime. Love your apple tartin tarte! It looks very professional!

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    1. Thank you, Judee. Super easy and it makes a nice presentation. Hope you are well.

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  6. I too love that movie! And your tarte!!!! Now that I have more time bake ....

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  7. If it's any consolation I made a crappy onion soup this week!

    I must find that movie!!!

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    1. Thank you, Jackie! I couldn't add a photo but the option to add my avatar worked. I just wanted to link up. Yeah for your soup and I bet it wasn't crappy. Yes! You will love this movie. Loved Hemingway

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  8. I enjoyed that movie a lot! Your tartin looks amazing! I've never had any luck trying to make that dish. The few times I tried, I ended up with applesauce or raw apples. I'm better at American apple pie.

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    1. Thanks so much, Gilion. It doesn't always turn out so pretty!

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  9. Need to put this on my list. Cheers

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  10. I haven't seen this movie but it sound entertaining and an Apple Tartin is ALWAYS a good choice. I do love French Onion soup but I've never enjoyed one I've made and my husband isn't crazy about it so it's a restaurant only food. Which I now want. I need to see if one of our takeout restaurants offers that! I hope you are feeling better and are enjoying The Shell Seekers!

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    1. Thank you, Katherine. I hope you get a chance to see this movie, its quirky and fun. Getting the soup in a restaurant might be a better idea for me in the future.
      I'm slowing getting better, thanks!

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  11. I love this movie so much. I remember seeing it in the theatre. It was a huge cinema and there was only 3 of us in the room. I am planning to watch this again soon to participate in FoodnFlix

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    1. I hope you can participate, Marg. It's always fun to see what everyone makes. Thank you for taking over hosting. I enjoy the Weekend Cooking event.

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  12. That is such a good movie! I should watch it again. And your tart looks divine. Yum!

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    1. Thank you, Les. I ate way more of it than I ought to have donw :-)

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  13. I haven't seen this movie and it sounds like something I'd love so I'm adding it to my list. Inez sounds like a total twit! Ha ha!

    Lovely tarte tatin! Definitely a classic French dessert that is perfect for the movie. I'd love a slice about now.

    Hope you're back to enjoying wine soon!

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    1. Thanks, Kim. Its a family friendly movie and we loved it. The tart was gone in 3 days, yikes!

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  14. That dessert looks fantastic! I wasn't crazy about Midnight in Paris when I watched it, but I think that's because I don't like Woody Allen much these days and was prejudiced.

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    1. Laurie, I'm not a huge Woody Allen fan either but he doesn't make an appearance .

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    2. I know, but I kept thinking of him all the way through! :(

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  15. Your tartin looks perfect and it is a great choice. Good thing this film was set in Paris because, like you, I didn't see much food in it.

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  16. Anything with apples is a good idea in my books.

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