A highlight of the summer for my family is going to all the summer movies. This year has offered a particularly exciting ‘can’t wait’ movie that I’ve been working with DreamWorks to announce: The Hundred Foot Journey opening in theaters August 8. Ever since seeing the trailer before summer began I have been counting the days to see it.
Produced by Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey, and based on the book by the same name, The Hundred Foot Journey is an adventure for the heart and the senses. It shares the story of an Indian family arriving in France to find their new culinary destiny directly across the way from a traditional Michelin Star French restaurant. The story of cultural and cuisine fusion unfolds with visual beauty, humor and heartwarming humanity.
The beautiful trailer hints at all these aspects of the movie but after attending an early screening I can affirm this IS the movie of the summer. The Hundred Foot Journey delivers a rich, compelling story, which is meaningful without being heavy in the least. A feast for the eyes as well as the palate; certainly anyone vaguely interested in food will love every scene. Each character is unique in their own way, offering a rich cast from the award-winning Helen Mirin playing Madame Mallory, the proprietor of the French restaurant, to relative newcomer Manish Dayal, the naturally gifted Hassan, whose culinary rise is central to the film’s focus. This is the coming together of people and food seemingly incompatible forming an almost magical fusion. And that’s all I’ll say about that. It’s a ‘must see’ and will open a week from today nationwide.
In the spirit of the film, I’ve whipped up a little movie snack of Cardamom-Herbes de Provence Kettle Corn. Two spices from different worlds one would not necessarily imagine together however they are quite harmonious paired in a quick-to-make movie-snacking Kettle Corn. Just enough spice to tease the palate without being heavy-handed.
Kettle Corn is one of the easiest popcorn snacks to make and takes barely 10 minutes start to finish. This version marries ground Indian Cardamom and French Herbes de Provence as subtle seasoning. The fusion of the two work beautifully with the sweet popcorn snack, creating a light, unexpected treat!
My personal preference with making any popcorn is to use a Whirly Pop. The beauty of this method prevents burning and almost eliminated 'Old Maids' (unpopped kernels). Should a Whirly Pop not be an option, making the Kettle Corn in a heavy pan that can be moved around on the burner and also stirred (being careful to avoid being burned from the hot oil or popping kernels) is an option.
- ¼ cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
- 1 teaspoon Herbes de Provence, ground in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle
- ½ teaspoon ground Cardamom
- ¼ cup Vegetable Oil
- ½ cup Popping Corn
- Prepare a cooling space by laying parchment paper on a counter top to spread the kettle corn.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the sugar, Herbes de Provence, Cardamom and salt. Mix well to combine.
- Preferred Method: Using a Whirly Pop Popcorn Popper, add the oil and 3-4 kernels of popping corn over medium heat.
- When test kernels have popped, add the ½ cup of popping corn to the popper. Pour the sugar-herb mixture over the kernels, close the top and begin cranking the handle immediately. Within a few minutes the kernels will begin to pop and fill the popper.
- Remove the popper from the heat, carefully pour the kettle corn from the popper onto the parchment paper. Spread to a single layer for cooling.
Have a look at the trailer yourself:
More on The Hundred Foot Journey including delicious recipes inspired by the film:
My thanks to DreamWorks for supplying the movie poster and trailer for The Hundred-Foot Journey!