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I wasn’t feeling so well this afternoon, so during Libbie’s nap I hibernated on the couch and watched one of my favorite movies, Babette’s Feast.
I absolutely despised the college class where I was introduced to the film. I need one more filler course my senior year, and dropped out of two classes before I finally settled on this one. Had it been first, I would have dropped it, too. It was a seminar on “The Gift.” No, not the story The Greatest Gift or The Gift of the Magi. Just “The Gift.” Period.
It was something like a combo anthropology-philosophy seminar. How did I end up there? A professor suggested my best friend Michelle take it. But she didn’t.
But as one of the last class sessions, the professor had us watch Babette’s Feast, declaring it the best movie to watch before preparing Thanksgiving dinner. The film is in Dutch and French and is set in 19th-century Denmark. I love the plot line. I love the language. I love the darkness and moodiness of the whole picture (filmography?).
My favorite part, of course, is the actual feast. And to prove my insanity, I took notes so I could tell you exactly what they have during this beautiful French meal (which allegedly cost 10,000 francs in the late 1800s).
Blinis Demidoff – pastry with caviar and creme fraiche
Cailles en Sarcophage – Quails in puff pastry with black figs, truffles, and foie gras
Some sort of salad – endive?
Rum Cake with Dried Figs
and, of course, lots of wine and champagne, including Veuve Clicquot
Who wants to join me for this dinner party? (Anyone know how to cook a quail?)
It’s really a wonderful movie and I hope you’ll check it out!