“From producers Steven Spielberg & Oprah Winfrey and director Lasse Hallström (“Chocolat,” “The Cider House Rules”) comes the deliciously entertaining story of “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” available to own on December 2, 2014. Based on the beloved, best-selling novel by Richard C. Morais and starring Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen,” “Monsters University,” “The Debt”), this flavorful tale of cultural differences, shared passions, and the unifying nature of food is the perfect gift for movie fans of all ages this holiday season! The movie is available for purchase on Digital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On-Demand.”
I had the pleasure of traveling to Los Angeles to preview this wonderful film last Summer:
“Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.”
This movie was wonderful and I am excited to have the Blu-ray to share with my family! It is yet another must own film for your home collection. It is beautifully done and I can’t wait to see it again. I felt the families angst as they moved from India to England, and then finally settled in France. I felt embarrassed for them and their Indian restaurant: it opened 100 feet from the Michelin starred restaurant that Helen Mirren’s character owned. And then I was proud when Hassan (Manish) accomplished the impossible (see the movie to find out what that means!).
For the sake of full disclosure, I am hypnotized by all that Helen Mirren does. I am also influenced when I study a movie and how it is made, the way I did on the original press trip for this movie. I hope my passion comes across to you for this picture produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey based on the book of the same title. It is delicious and satisfying, and asks the question, what bite (dish) takes you home?
In preparation for the LA preview we prepared a meal at a famous cooking school. In anticipation of the release of this Blu-ray and DVD release, we also cooked! This time in NYC and we cooked with Floyd Cardoz, a very famous Restaurateur/Chef who also participated in the making of the film as a Chef and food technical adviser!
There is a very special significance regarding this particular omelet which will become clear when you see the movie. Having the opportunity to prepare the same omelet with someone who was actually on the set was wonderful! This experience is the sort of thing that brings me closer to understanding a movie and I was thrilled to be able to participate in this “extra.” Plus the omelet was delicious, so much better than my egg and slice of cheese thrown in a pan!
Sunday Indian Omelet (for 6)
2 cups onion, minced
1 Serrano chillie, minced
2 cups diced fresh tomatoes
1 Tablespoon Tumeric
1/2 Cup Cilantro, washed and roughly chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
4 tablespoons Canola oil
Salt & Pepper
1. In a large bowl combine the vegetables and spices.
2. In a small bowl combine 2 eggs with one part of the above mixture and mix well with a fork.
3. Heat a medium size non-stick pan over moderate heat with 1/2 canola oil.
4. Add the egg mix and spread evenly over pan. Reduce heat and let eggs cook until they set.
5. Increase the heat and flip the omelet in the pan and continue to cook for 2-3 more minutes.
7. Repeat for the rest of your guests!
I told my son about my day and he decided we needed to recreate the omelet at home. We bought the ingredients at the farmer’s market and we were able to pull off cooking this delicious omelet at home! The first omelet I ever made without cheese, and it was delicious!
Disclosure: I received the movie and the book at the event. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.
And of course, here I am with the star of the movie, Manish Dayal!