"In cooking, as in all the arts, simplicity is a sign of perfection." - Curnonsky

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Dinner & DVD: Flushed Away

Watch the slug video above for a sneak preview on why I loved this movie!

Featured Attraction: Flushed Away

I thought that this movie was so funny and absolutely loved it. There is so much laugh-out-loud humor as well as a subtler humor running through it.

Quick synopsis: Roddy, a pet rat, is left home alone while his family goes on vacation. Sid, a sewer rat, gets caught in an updraft and arrives in Roddy's house. He quickly takes over and ends up flushing Roddy down the toilet where he discovers a complete rat city in the sewers. As he is searching for a way home, he meets Rita, a rat who runs a river boat, and gets caught in her run from The Toad.

If you like Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run, you will love it.It is wacky and silly, but great. The slugs are roll off the sofa funny and the French frogs (Le Frog is hysterical) are also very funny. Be sure to watch for a cameo by Wolverine's costume and another from "Nemo".

The voice artists (main voices by Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslett & Ian McKellan) are great at capturing their characters and the animation is great. It is a blend of claymation and computers and they do it very well.Although it has a few elements of gross humor, the rest is kid-friendly and clean. There is also a whole level of humor running through the movie that the parents will enjoy even if the kids don't get it.

Beef Burgundy

1 1/2 lbs beef stew meat


Chopped carrots

1 can condensed golden mushroom soup

Onion, cut into wedges

1/2 cup Burgundy wine or beef broth

1/4 cup quick-cooking tapioca

Salt, Thyme, and Pepper to taste

Hot cooked egg noodles

In a slow cooker, combine the first 10 ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 5 1/2 to 6 hours or until meat is tender. Serve over noodles.

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