Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Food n Flix: Frida -- Fruity Slaw

Food 'n Flix is a group of bloggers who get together every month to watch a movie, and then head into the kitchen and mix up something inspired by the flick. 

There is always room for another pillow in front of the tellie, and another chair around the table. So if you're a blogger who wants to join in the fun, please feel free to jump in at any moment.

 September's  Flick was chosen by  Debra at  Eliot's Eats   She  chose  the movie Frida 
check out her announcement post here---and play along next month!

Frida chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary.

I find that Americans completely lack sensibility and good taste. They are boring, and they all have faces like unbaked rolls.
Frida Kahlo

Our host is also coordinating her Cook the Books event-- where she also chose a book about Kahlo.  She gets a double-header this month!
I have never read the Secret Books of  Frida Kahlo, nor had I seen the movie Frida,  but I have read the Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver, which is where I first learned of Frida Kahlo-- granted it's not nearly the same, but I did learn a lot  about Kahlo's life and lots of history about the  time period and place she lived in, so I was very excited about the opportunity to watch this movie for the first time.

It intrigued me---and I so wish we could see Mexico thru that intellect today.
Of course she and her friends/crowd were all communists, BUT intellectual just the same.

Anyway---the movie.  I really enjoyed it--this was the first time I've seen it and was so taken by the vibrant colors of Mexico.
The Food!
The Clothes!
The Flowers!
The Paintings!

What inspired me in the movie?  As far as food goes.... there was a lot of cantaloupe,( as well as other fruit).  In one of the first scenes,  Frida smells a cantaloupe and asks her sister if she thinks it is ripe.

So, I went with cantaloupe.

I've had this recipe for a while, but
To be honest---the sound of cantaloupe and strawberries and cabbage didn't sound that appealing to me, but make it I did and...  it Was SO GOOD!! 
I loved it.  Just the right amount of sweet from the fruit and crunch from the cabbage.

While this might not seem "Mexican" inspired, think of this--- artists always use fruit in their paintings.  It's common. Still Life paintings--lots of fruit.
Mexican cooking is not always about cheese and enchilada sauce and peppers. (that's pretty Americanized cuisine), but rather, fresh  and local ingredients.
My cantaloupe and strawberries are very fresh, and a bit local.

And besides -- this is SO GOOD!!

I'm always coming in at the 11th hour  (submissions are due tomorrow), so I've been able to do a little peeping at other's blog posts and I think  we have the perfect feast if we all got together with this one.
There are a few spicy dishes--which I love---but  just think how refreshing this fruity slaw would be to go with them!

Fruity Slaw
3 cups cabbage
1 cup cantaloupe
1 cup strawberries
1/3 cup miracle whip
1 T. honey
1/4 t poppy seeds

Chop, dice, mix and enjoy!

You should really join in with the Food 'N Flix group.  It's one of the most fun foodie blog events.
Thanks Debra for hosting!

There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.
Frida Kahlo

I am also going to link up  to  "Souper Sundays", where the focus is on soup, but salads and sammies are good too.
Souper Sundays, hosted by Kahakai Kitchen,  is a weekly blog event that started because of her love of soup and a desire to work through the many soup and soup-like recipes in cookbooks and magazines, Deb set a goal to make a soup or "soupish" dish each week and post it each Sunday and invited others to do the same.

Be sure to stop by and check them out!


Heather S-G said...

This is definitely one of those recipes that I can't imagine how it tastes...but I totally want to try! It's so pretty, too.

Katherine P said...

I haven't seen the movie Frida either but it sounds intriguing. I think I would have hesitated this recipe too as the flavor combination is hard to imagine. However, I love cantaloupe and this sounds like an unusual way to try it plus it does sound refreshing after spicy dishes. I've never really used cantaloupe in anything - normally I just eat it but this sounds really good!

bermudaonion said...

I just read a little introductory book about Kahlo and she was fascinating.

Your slaw looks yummy!

Debra Eliotseats said...

Yes, I agree---it would be great to get these dishes (and ourselves) together in real time and not just virtually.

Lovely salad. Glad you made it and it exceeded your expectations!

Tina said...

Oh yeeeeeah......I could eat quite a bit of that salad. You ought to link up with Deb's Souper Sunday, she has salads too :-)

Evelyne CulturEatz said...

Oh a fruit slaw, love the idea and hope to make this soon! Thanks!

A Day in the Life on the Farm said...

I think this fruity slaw sounds perfect. I often add pineapple to my slaw for a different twist, next time I will add melon and/or strawberries. I think we could put together a fantastic fiesta with all our posts too.

Amy said...

What a fascinating flavor profile! I bet it tastes amazing!

Deb in Hawaii said...

Your slaw looks delicious--I love both strawberries and cantaloupe and I like the fruit and cabbage combination with the honey and poppy seeds. It is so colorful and pretty on the plate too!

Thanks for sharing it with Souper Sundays this week too. ;-)

K-pop said...

I love how we both got inspiration form the fruit still life and went in different directions! This looks extremely interesting and I really want to taste it.

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