Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Hundred-Foot Journey- Where Every Bite Takes You Home

Growing up, my favorite part of school was lunch. It wasn’t because it meant that we were free to play and the rigors of class were left behind, at least for 45 minutes, but because lunchtime meant going to grandma’s house where I would find a heaping bowl of macaroni (it wasn’t called pasta back then) smothered in butter with of course all of the gumdrops I could smuggle out of the candy jar on my way back to school.  I’m not sure if it was the meal or the fact that I was spending time with her, but to this day macaroni and butter is my go to meal when I’m in need of comfort. What bite takes you home?

In DreamWorks Pictures’ “The Hundred-FootJourney,” opening in theaters August 8, the opening of a new Indian restaurant in the south of France next to a famous Michelin-starred eatery is nearly cause for a heated battle between the two establishments, until Le Saule Pleureur’s icy proprietress, Madame Mallory, recognizes her rival’s undeniable brilliance for preparing masterful meals.

Directed by Academy Award-nominee Lasse Hallström and starring Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren, Om Puri, Manish Dayal and Charoltte Le Bon, “The Hundred-Foot Journey” is produced by Academy Award-winner Steven Spielberg, Academy Award-nominee Oprah Winfrey and Juliet Blake marking marks the first time Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey have worked together since “The Color Purple” in 1985.  The executive producers are Caroline Hewitt, Carla Gardini, Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King with the screenplay written by Academy Award-nominee Steven Knight, based on the novel “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one young man’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be. The actual distance from Le Saule Pleureur Restaurant to the Maison Mumbai is not far: one-hundred feet, no more, no less. It’s a journey albeit a small one – that both the Kadam family and Madame Mallory make numerous times throughout the film, but it represents more than just the distance between these two locations. It’s that point in our lives where we step out of our comfort zone and cross over into unfamiliar territory on a quest of self-discovery.

“Every Bite Takes You Home”

Food Network Star Chef Bal Arneson was inspired to create these dishes in honor of the movie.  To save any of them so you can try each of these burst of flavors right in your own kitchen, simply right click the recipe and save it to your computer.  Bon Appetit-  Now let the cooking begin!

Now that you’ve had a chance to cook with the best, what are your favorite recipes where “every bite takes you home”?  “Every hundred-foot journey is like ‘The Wizard of Oz,’” shared producer Oprah Winfrey. “It’s never any further than your own backyard. And food can bring back a fondness or a feeling of being nurtured, supported and loved. Every bite makes you think of being loved and every bite takes you home.”  What bite takes you home?

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And be don’t forget, “The Hundred Foot Journey” opens everywhere August 8, 2014

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