A couple of years ago I read The Martian by Andy Weir. My review (if you’d like to revisit it) is HERE. Loved the book and will probably reread it again one day.
Well, as I was surfing around a few days ago I came across the movie being featured at Food ‘n Flix. I knew I wanted to participate as that is one great movie. Have you seen it? So entertaining.
I must confess to liking the book a little bit more but the movie pretty much followed with the exception of the ending. I wish they had spent more time with Watney traversing the craters, trying to get to his destination. Also, the interactions with the crew were so much more detailed.
But – I am not dissing this movie! It was phenomenal. Matt Damon was a perfect fit for the character Mark Watney and he played that role so well. Ridley Scott as director insured it would be a blockbuster.
After being left for dead Watney, being an engineer and scientist, looked at his situation pragmatically but also with humor. I liked that – facing an almost certain death on Mars yet his smart ass personality still shines.
Watney: “Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” if I were the only remaining person.”
What do you know? I’m in command”
Once NASA realizes he is alive they worry about his physical and mental well-being as they have no way to contact him.
“He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.”
And then you see what is going on with Watney:
LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 “How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.”
“I can’t wait till I have grandchildren. When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!”
You have science, you have humor, compassion as well as respect for what he is dealing with in a way most people just couldn’t handle. I would curl in a ball, rocking and hoping death wouldn’t be painful. But I am not a botanist, an engineer or a NASA qualified astronaut. Someone intelligent enough to break down a problem and , in Mark’s words, Science the shit out it!
This movie is an excellent choice for a Food ‘n Flix feature. You may not think there is much in the way of food, except the potatoes of course. But with the space packaged foods and the Thanksgiving feast included you will hear mentions of Beef Stroganoff, spaghetti, sweet and sour chicken and stew. Ketchup is mentioned quite a bit too 🙂
On those lines I wanted to make something with a tomato base but not a spaghetti dish. I’ve had lots of pasta on our menus lately. Eggplant Parmesan was the dish I decided upon. It uses a tomato based sauce so, that’s what I brought to the party.
(Recipe at the end)
I am going to try and link this to a new Facebook page I created. New to that business, so we will see, LOL 😬
Also linking up with Beth Fish Reads for her Weekend Cooking Series.
Grab the following………..
2 eggplants (aubergines)
A beaten Egg and a little bit of milk
2 ½ cups homemade tomato sauce, lots of herbs included
1 pound fresh mozzarella, cut into thin slices
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
Skin and slice the eggplants, about 1/4 inch slices. Place them in a collander, salt them, place more layers, salt them. Sit 30 minutes.
Rinse the slices, bread them with Lanka and fry them in oil for just a bit. Now layer your tomato sauce, eggplant slices, cheese and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.