Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cake Batter Martini ...inspired by Because I Said So {food 'n flix}

You might not know this about me, but I'm a movie buff.  It's true.  I watch a lot of movies.  Sure, a lot of people boast about how they have no time to watch movies.  They'd rather enjoy the sunshine.  They don't watch movies and tv because they rot your mind.  Well, okay.  If that's what they believe, I'm not gonna knock it.  But I don't feel that way.  I make time to watch movies.  I also enjoy the sunshine, but a couple of hours in a cool theater during a super-hot day is a welcome reprieve for me.  Besides, the majority of movies I watch happen during the hours when the sunshine isn't even in the sky.  And I don't think it rots my brain.  I think it gives it a reprieve from the madness.

So there.

And I'm not just a one-trick pony.  Er...ahhh...maybe that's not the right way to put it (brain rot?).  But you know what I mean, right?  I don't stick to one genre.  I like movies as a whole.  The type I watch depends on my mood.  Give me a good shoot-em-up action flick.  Or a scared-shitless horror film that makes me not want to turn off the tube for another hour, just so I can get my mind on something else (...although I could do without the "scary" movies that are all gore and boobies).  Sci-Fi?  YES!  I am a Sci-Fi geek.  Foreign films suit my fancy just fine.  I love me some Kung-Fu.  And comedy from hold-my-sides hilarious to deliciously cheesy is also  my bag.  Even family-style, feel-good films and animated films are fair game.  Mysteries, Thrillers, Musicals, Westerns, Romance, Crime,Fantasty...heck, I even enjoy a good Documentary.
And don't even get me started on the benefits of taking the time to watch a good Chick-Flick.  They soothe my soul.  They make me laugh.  They bring tears to my eyes.  They make remember the frivolty (and the intensity) of young love and the joys of being married to a wonderful man.  Plus, you can pretty much guarantee that EYE CANDY will be involved.   Always a plus.

Even better?  When there is FOOD involved.  I mean, food in any genre brings a movie up a notches in my book (was there ever any doubt?), but a foodie chick-flick can lighten my spirits like none other.  Some make me want to hit pause to run into the kitchen and make myself a cup of tea.  More often I want to grab a bottle of wine.  So whether I'm taking a couple hours of "me time" or breaking out the cocktails with the girls, foodie chick-flicks are essential to my being.

That may be why, as this month's host, I choose Because I Said So as this month's Food 'n Flix pick.  Okay, it is why.  Because I Said So didn't win any Oscars.  Nor is it critically acclaimed.  But it's jam-packed with foodie chick-flick goodness.  Zany characters that resemble real life - and yet don't resemble real life at all.  What?  That doesn't make sense?   Beautiful cakes with fresh tangerines in the frosting to chocolate souffles to herbal wedding charms to Creamsicles to Lady Baltimore Cake to Tuna Pasta Toss.  Wine.  Delicious eye candy.  Relationships from mother-daughter to sisters to guy-girl.  Music that makes me sing along.  And of course a happy ending.

Yes, it is good for my soul to watch a good chick-flick once in a while.
I bobbled back and forth on what this flick inspired me to make.  I fought myself on the popsicle since I promised I wouldn't do another popsicle for this one.  But that scene where Milly and Johnny first meet and her wants to get her "her favorite" thing from the ice cream man almost forced me to make a homemade Creamsicle.  And then there was the thought that I should definitely make a chocolate souffle in honor of Millie's uncanny ability to "just know" when her chocolate souffles are ready.  I tossed around an idea of a simple meal for one paired with a good bottle of wine inspired by both Milly and Daphne's kitchen forays.   But cake seemed to be the deciding factor.  

However, being so incredibly STEAMY around here this month, I nixed the cake-in-the-oven idea and when for liquid sustenance.  Still fun.  Still cake (sort of).  I think it would make a perfect round of cocktails for one of the "mom and daughters" scenes with Daphne, Milly, Maggie, and Mae.  But mostly, it was inspired by what was probably my favorite (cheesy, yet dreamy) line from the movie.

Johnny says to Milly:  I love that when I breathe you in you smell like cake batter. And I love that you have this insane way of talking in circles that makes perfect sense.  

Yup, it's like that.  Cake Batter Martini anyone?

Cake Batter Martini

by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: beverage alcohol birthday

Ingredients (1 large martini or 3 tiny ones)
    for rimming the glass:
    • Heavy Cream
    • Sprinkles
    for cocktail:
    • 3 oz. Cake Vodka
    • 3 oz. Creme de Cacao (white)
    • 2 oz. Amaretto
    • 2 oz. Heavy Cream
    • 1 oz. White Chocolate Liqueur (optional)
    • ice
    Instructions
    Start by rimming your martini glass: Pour a little heavy cream in a saucer. Pour some sprinkles in another saucer. Up-end your glass and dip the rim in the heavy cream. Now dip it in the sprinkles. Turn it right-side-up and shake up your cocktail.

    Add some ice to a cocktail shaker. Add all of the ingredients for the martini. Put on the lid and shake for 30 seconds or until cold.

    Pour into your waiting glass and enjoy!

    notes:
    I listed the White Chocolate Liqueur as optional because it's pretty expensive. If you don't already have some hanging around - or can't see yourself buying any, the cocktail will still be tasty. But if you've got it, use it!

    Although I think Cake Vodka is the best choice for getting that "cake batter" flavor, if you can't find any, you could substitute Vanilla Vodka or Whipped (Cream) Vodka.

    Multiply this recipe and mix up a big batch for a "Girl's Night" party. Keep refrigerated and pour chilled into rimmed glasses.

    To achieve the "rainbow effect" (streaks), simply make sure that when you add the cocktail to the glass, it touches the sprinkles on the rim. The longer it sits, the more the sprinkles will "melt" and streak down the inside of the glass.

    adapted from The Novice Chef, How Sweet it Is, & Grin and Bake It
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    If you want to join in the Food 'n Flix fun this month, there's still time.  Give youself a couple of hours of "me" time and sit down with Because I Said So.  Get inspired!  Then head into the kitchen and whip something up.  I am hosting this month (details HERE) and will be accepting submissions through the end of the day on Monday, January 30!
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    FOTMC: Summer Beverages
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