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For the last five or six years Gabbi and I have been on movie dates. On occasion we’ve had the theater all to ourselves and that was lots of fun. With our hectic summer, our outings tapered off and with the holidays in full swing, Grandmother/Granddaughter movie dates will have to wait. At least going to the theater has to wait. She and I decided to have movie night at our house, and as has happened before at the theater, we pretty much had the place to ourselves.
I’m probably one of a very few people on the planet that has never seen Universal Studios franchise hit Despicable Me. However, I am very familiar with Illumination Entertainment’s Minions movie. Kevin, Stuart, and Bob have a way of wiggling into your heart and making you adore them. Gab and I were both excited for the movie release so we could continue our dates. The movie is widely available as a Blu-Ray/DVD combo so check the Minions movie website for retailers near you .
I remember seeing the trailer lots of times for the movie, Minions © 2015 United Studios. All rights reserved. So, in anticipation of the DVD release on 12/8/15, I did a bit of research. I discovered that in the movie the minions would spend a great deal of time across the pond. My snack recipe for Fish and Chips was inspired by their trip to London. For a slight twist on the dish my chips were covered with melted cheese. I also made tartar sauce and a pickle dipping sauce. Taking it even further the Fish and Cheesy Chips were served in newspaper cones. I even sat out Union Jack napkins.
A few hours before movie time I made a snack tray for Gabbi to hold her Fish and Cheesy Chips and drink bottle. This was a super simple craft.
Cereal box, small knife, wrapping paper, painter’s tape, wiggly eye.
Cut out the center section of a cereal box.
With yellow wrapping paper cover the outside and top of the box around the opening.
Trim the opening and the top of each end with painter’s tape.
Add one large wiggly eye.
With snacks in hand and blankets nearby, Gabbi and I settled in for lots of laughs from those adorable yellow characters. I don’t think blankets are allowed in theaters at least not from a tween and her grandma so purchasing the DVD was the way to go. You can tell she was really enjoying it!
Gabbi was a real trooper helping me to get everything together and as is typical when I’m taking pictures she likes to be in front of the camera. It was so much fun spending time with her and enjoying the movie. I bet we shouted “King Bob!’ a gazillion times that night. For more Minions movie night inspiration visit this link.
- 8 oz Cod, cut into strips
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Oil for frying
- 1 cup pancake mix
- 1 egg
- 12 oz soda water
- 2 cups flour
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cheesy Chips
- Fresh or Frozen French Fries
- Oil for frying
- 8 oz Monterey Jack Cheese
- For Fish
- Mix pancake mix, egg and soda water together and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- While waiting, season fish with salt and pepper.
- Dredge fish strips in flour.
- Dip fish in pancake batter and fry at 375° until golden brown and crispy.
- Drain on paper towels and serve with tartar sauce and pickle dipping sauce if desired.
- For Cheesy Chips
- Heat oil to 375° and fry potatoes until crispy and light golden brown.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Cover the bottom of a small skillet with cooked fries and sprinkle a layer of Monterey Jack Cheese on top.
- Repeat layering until fries and cheese are used.
- Place cheesy fries under the broiler element until cheese melts.
- Pay close attention the melting happens quickly and the fries can easily burn.
Homemade Tartar and Dill Pickle Sauces
¼ cup mayonnaise
½ TBS minced onion
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp pepper
2 drops of hot sauce
3 drops Worcestershire sauce
Thoroughly mix all ingredients. Place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator at least an hour before serving
Pickle Dipping Sauce
1 cup low sodium chicken broth
2 large egg yolks
½ cup dill pickles, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup dill pickle juice
5 scallions, finely chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
Add chicken broth to a small saucepan over low heat. In a small bowl, combine the egg yolks, dill pickles, pickle juice, scallions and parsley. Stir into the broth and cook, stirring until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5-7 minutes. When sauce is thickened remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.