My husband went fishing this weekend, which left me no time to catch a last minute movie, I focused on preparing for the Oscars. I had a few friends over to have dinner and watch the 84th Academy Awards.
After that, we had 9 food dishes inspired by the Best Picture Nominations.
Blue Hawaiian Punch: From the movie, The Descendants. The punch needed to be non-alcoholic for two reasons: 1) the BFF is pregnant, and 2) everyone was driving home afterwards. I will tell you all this punch was amazing and I look forward to the summer day when I can add some Malibu Rum to it and sip away!
Wanna make it too? Here is the recipe:
2 packages of any blue Kool-Aid
2 Cups of Sugar
2 Quarts of Water
2 frozen cans of Bacardi Pina Colda Mix
1 liter of Club Soda
Garlicky Sesame-Cured Broccoli Salad from The Tree of Life. What a surprise. We loved this dish! Even young Brandon picked this one as his "second favorite". No way is this broccoli dish healthy, but it was clear, this was not your ordinary broccoli. And that matches the movie, The Tree of Life exactly, it is not your ordinary best picture nomination!
Turnip Gratin from The War Horse. The family needed a successful crop of turnips to survive financial ruin, and they delivered! Giving us lots of turnips to cook with. The majority of my guest had never eaten a turnip in their lives. Two out of three liked the dish. That ain't bad, right?
The actual awards ceremony was nice. I ended up picking Penelope Cruz as my Best Dressed. But I thought Michelle Williams was a close second and Kristin Wiig rounded out my top three.
I did not care for Meryl Streep (did her dress even fit her?) outfit. Most of the household also did not like Rooney Mara's dress either. I did not like Shailene Woodley (could she have made herself look any older?). And maybe Maya Rudolph was the absolutely worst dressed! Well, she is probably competing with Nick Nolte.
I also feel the need to tell you that I thought Billy Crystal (who did not look as good as years past) did an amazing job! But for me, one of the things that I loved and will talk about for a long time...the Ellen commercials for JC Penney!
I am happy for Christopher Plummer and Octavia Spencer. I am happy that Midnight in Paris won Original Screenplay (they say that is the award they give the second best picture of the year.) And who did not love Jean Dujardin's acceptance speech?
Another year of movie watching has come to an end. It was a great one. And since I did not get every movie seen before The Oscars, I have some good things to look forward to seeing on DVD!