I’m so excited to be participating in my first Sunday Supper this week. I’ve seen so many awesome Sunday Supper posts from some of my favorite bloggers and have been dying to be a part of the fun. And now I am! Yay!
As though that wasn’t enough, this week’s theme is movie inspired recipes. Movies! I love movies, watching two new ones every week, with hopefully a handful of old favorites too. Movies make me laugh and cry and cheer on my favorite characters. They transport me to another world and inspire me to write.
With as much as I love movies, you’d think thinking of one to make a recipe would have been super simple. Yeah . . . not so much. I racked my brain, and Mom’s, and Dad’s and I couldn’t think of anything. I came up with a few movies but didn’t like them enough to get inspired or didn’t like the food. Mom did come up with ET and Reese’s Pieces, but I’ve never seen ET. Can you believe that? And to think I still call myself a movie junkie!
I don’t remember if Mom or I came up with it, but the moment No Reservations came to mind, I couldn’t get it off. Starring Catherine Zeta Jones Aaron Eckhart, and Abigail Breslin, it’s about a girl who lives with her aunt after her mom is killed in a car accident. Okay, so it starts off pretty depressing and almost always upsets me, but then it turns around. Catherine Zeta Jones’ character is a chef who falls in love with another chef and everyone kind of settles into their new lives. Since two of the main characters are chefs, much of the action takes place in a restaurant and there’s plenty of food.
All kinds of food are part of the movie, from spaghetti to pizza to truffles. But pancakes play a part too. They come to play in the end, but I don’t want to ruin it in case you want to watch No Reservations after reading this post. And you should watch it because it’s a really great movie.
These Cinnamon Vanilla Pancakes are currently one of my favorite dinners. That’s right, I love them for an easy dinner that is sweet and satisfying. A tall stack of these with some pure maple syrup (no fake stuff), a little fruit preserves, and some fresh fruit, and I am a super happy camper, more than ready to watch another movie.
As I stated before, movies have inspired me to write. I have big dreams of being a novelist and screenwriter but am having trouble getting my career off the ground. So in an effort to change that, I made a video trying to grab the attention of Ellen DeGeneres. I rewrote Call Me Maybe telling my story. I might not be the best singer but I hope my passion and dreams shine through. I would love if you’d take a look 🙂
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt (optional)
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 cup milk (I use either almond or coconut milk)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- Maple syrup, for serving
- Fruit preserves, for serving
- Fresh fruit, for serving
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. Prepare a piece of aluminum foil to place cooked pancakes on, so they can stay warm in the oven while the others are cooking. Sometimes I like them even better after a little time in the oven.
- In a small bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. In a large bowl, whisk together milk, oil, egg, and vanilla until fully combined. Add the flour mixture and whisk until combined with very few lumps. It is vitally important to whisk or the batter will be too lumpy.
- Heat a large skillet over medium heat. I use stainless steel, but non-stick or cast iron would also work. When hot, add some vegetable oil and carefully swirl it around to coat the entire pan.
- Spoon 3 heaping tablespoons of batter for each pancake (or more or less depending on the size you want). Do not crowd the pancakes. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until bubble are on the surface of the pancake and starting to burst. Flip the pancakes over and cook for about 1-2 minutes more until light golden brown on both sides. Transfer to foil and place in oven, while cooking the remainder of the batter. Serve as soon as possible with syrup, preserves, and fruit.
Don’t forget to check out all the amazing Sunday Supper dishes!
Toast (bready things)
- Scones (inspired by Tea with Mussolini) – Country Girl in the Village
- Croque Monsieur (inspired by It’s Complicated) – That Skinny Chick Can Bake!!!
- “Eat Me” Blueberry Lemon Scones (inspired by Alice in Wonderland) – The Messy Baker
- Dog Bone Breadsticks (inspired by Frankenweenie) – The Urban Mrs.
- Individual Deep Dish Pizzas (inspired by Mystic Pizza) – Momma’s Meals
- Basic Bread Recipe (inspired by Agora) – Masala Herb
- Mystical Double Cheese Pizza (inspired by Mystic Pizza) – Webicurean
- Vanilla Cinnamon Pancakes (inspired by No Reservations) – Pies and Plots
No Reservations (soups and salads)
- 10-Minute Potato Ham Soup with Pesto Swirl (inspired by Julie & Julia) – Shockingly Delicious
- Alaska Smoked Salmon, Celery, and Apple Salad (inspired by Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) – Pescetarian Journal
Today’s Special (fish, chicken, beef, and pork)
- الدار البيضاء Fish Tajine (inspired by Casablanca) – Maroc Mama
- Beef and Onions Braised in Beer (inspired by Julie & Julia) – Magnolia Days
- Spicy Seared Tuna with Balsamic Reduction (inspired by Big Fish) – I Run For Wine
- Slow Cooker Braised Short Ribs (inspired by Brave) – Big Bear’s Wife
- Puerco Pibil (inspired by Once Upon a Time in Mexico) – From the Bookshelf
Forks Over Knives (veggie-heavy dishes and sides)
- Eggplant in Garlic Sauce (inspired by The Joy Luck Club) – Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Beet Chips (inspired by Food Matters) – girlichef
- Ratatouille (inspired by Ratatouille) – Noshing With The Nolands
- Mushroom and Asparagus Mini Quiches (inspired by Sixteen Candles) – Home Cooking Memories
- Veg Samosas (inspired by Monsoon Wedding) – My Cute Bride
- Not So Fried Green Tomatoes (inspired by Fried Green Tomatoes) – Mama.Mommy.Mom
- Roasted Taters with Bacon (inspired by Lord of the Rings) – Curious Cuisiniere
- Goat Cheese Basil Grits (inspired by Fried Green Tomatoes) – Diabetic Foodie
Udon (pasta and noodles)
- Big Night Timpano (inspired by Big Night) – Kimchi Mom
- Better Baked Mac & Cheese (inspired by Soul Food) – What Smells So Good?
- Spaghetti with Meatballs and Gravy (inspired by Lady and the Tramp) – Juanita’s Cocina
- Spicy Sichuan Noodles (inspired by Eat Drink Man Woman) – Food Lust People Love
- Chicken Tchoupitoulas Pasta (inspired by Last Holiday) – Gourmet Drizzles
Just Desserts (sweet treats)
- The Best Chocolate Cake (inspired by Chocolat) – The Foodie Army Wife
- Chocolate Almond Torte with Raspberries (inspired by Chocolat) – Vintage Kitchen
- Iocane-Dusted Brownies of Unusual Size (BOUS’) (inspired by The Princess Bride) – The Cooking Actress
- Minny’s Chocolate Pie (inspired by The Help) – Daily Dish Recipes
- Pao de Lo | Portuguese Bundt Sponge Cake (inspired by My Big Fat Greek Wedding) – Family Foodie
- Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (inspired by Life of Pi) – No One Likes Crumbley Cookies
- Fantasia Cakes (inspired by Disney’s Fantasia) – NinjaBaking. com
- Chocolate Dipped Almond Coconut Bars (inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) – Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- (Gluten Free) Orange Soda Pound Cake (inspired by Joe Vs The Volcano) – Blueberries and Blessings
- Peach and Berry Cobbler (inspired by Soul Food) – The Lovely Pantry
- Golden Ticket Peanut Butter-Pretzel Truffles (inspired by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) – Weekend Gourmet
- French Macarons (inspired by Marie Antoinette) – Happy Baking Days
- Pistachio and Cherry Cannoli Cups (inspired by The Godfather) – Peanut Butter and Peppers
Bottle Shock (beverages)
- Raspberry Cordial (inspired by Anne of Green Gables) – NeighborFood
- Grapefruit Flirtini (inspired by Sex and the City) – Ruffles & Truffles
- Wines To Pair With #SundaySupper Movie-Inspired Recipes (inspired by Sideways) – ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
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