This month, Food ‘n Flix is hosted by A Day in the Life on the Farm. The chosen movie for this month is The Martian, and I am so excited to share with you my recipes inspired by that film!
Back in 2014, my husband (who happens to be a rocket scientist…no, really!) read The Martian by Andy Weir, and he loved it so much that he talked about it almost nonstop for weeks. Since I never planned on reading the book (not really the genre I usually like to read), I let him tell me all about it, and I felt like I had read it myself.
So, when The Martian movie came out a couple years later, I knew we had to see it together in the theater. We both loved it, and I enjoyed hearing my husband compare the book to the movie. They are different, of course, but he liked them both.
I decided to make two recipes inspired by this movie. First up is parmesan potatoes. Mark Watney eats a lot of potatoes in this movie, because he is stranded with very few food reserves and resorts to growing his own potatoes from a few potatoes found in a packaged meal.
I was trying to figure out what I could do to make the potatoes more flavorful that would still maintain the theme of the movie, and I remembered a part in the movie where he runs out of ketchup and dips his potatoes in crushed Vicodin. Yes, as in the narcotic. While using actual Vicodin in this recipe would be both disgusting and illegal, I thought that powdered parmesan cheese looked a bit like crushed up Vicodin powder, so I went with that.
Parmesan Potatoes Recipe
- 2 medium potatoes
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 4 Tbsp. parmesan cheese powder (you know, the kind that comes in a bottle shaker!)
- Wash the potatoes and cut them up into bite-size pieces.
- Put the potatoes in a bowl, and toss them together with the olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Lay the potatoes out onto a greased baking sheet, and sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
For the next recipe, I was inspired by the packets of ketchup Mark Watney uses (until he runs out, that is). And I thought, “Oh, why not make tomato soup with a ketchup base?” Um…bad idea, Courtney! Seriously, do not make soup out of ketchup. It was so vinegar-y and just nasty!
So instead of taking it so literally, I just made my favorite simple tomato soup recipe. I still called it “ketchup soup” though, because I was inspired by the ketchup 🙂
Ketchup Soup Recipe
- 1 small can tomato paste
- 3 cups water
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- Combine all ingredients in a pot on the stove.
- Whisk the soup together as it heats so that all ingredients are incorporated into a smooth consistency.
- Add any desired garnishes, such as basil or parmesan cheese.
I served this soup with a dash of parmesan cheese powder to tie it in with the potatoes. It’s not gourmet, of course, but it is good in its simplicity…and it sure tasted better than the actual ketchup soup I made before. haha!
I hope you enjoy these fun little recipes as much as I enjoyed The Martian movie!
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