Reel Cuisine

An illustrated food and movie blog


Episode 2

"Summer Loving"

Illustrated by : Charlie Clark
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Chicken Burger
  • Vanilla and Raspberry Milkshake

The weather in New York has been quasi-Siberian recently, so we decided to pick a movie with warm summery vibes for our second episode. For those of you who don’t know, Grease is an iconic musical set in the late 50’s, starring John Travolta (back when he was sexy) and Olivia Newton John. This is long before this unfortunate event .I’ve seen Grease too many times and know all the songs too well, and Charlie even stared as Danny Zuko in his high school play, so this episode was close to the heart for both of us. It took us around 45 minutes total to get dinner ready. Charlie took care of the burgers and I professionally sliced the sweet potatoes as well as a piece of my thumb. The ground chicken mixed with the veggies doesn’t look the sexiest uncooked but tasted absolutely amazing once grilled ! As for the sweet potato fries, it took a little bit longer than 20 minutes to cook so we set the oven to broil and put the tray higher for 5 more minutes. For the milkshake I reduced the measurements here as I found ours to be a little too sweet but do as you feel ! Have a greasy and delicious second episode!

"You’re The Fries That I Want"

Sweet Potato Fries

around 30 minutes

Ingredients (for 2)
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • Olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • salt
  • black pepper
  • (garlic powder)
  • 1. Peel and slice the sweet innocent potatoes into ¼ inch long slices. ¼ inch wide strips.
  • 2. In a large bowl, gently but firmly toss sweet potatoes with just enough olive oil to coat. Sprinkle with paprika, salt and pepper.
  • 3. Lay the slices on a tray covered with parchment, being sure not to overcrowd.
  • 4. Put tray in oven and wait for the makeover to occur in about 20 minutes, turning occasionally.
  • 5. Let cool about 5 minutes to give Danny Zucko time to process the change.

"T Birds’ burger"

Chicken Burger

around 30 minutes

Ingredients (for 2)
  • Burger buns
  • ¼ Onion
  • ¼ red bell pepper
  • ¼ fresh sliced mushroom
  • ¼ tomato
  • ½ pound ground chicken
  • ¼ egg (it’s hard but possible)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh bread crumbs
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 1. Preheat an outdoor grill or griddle pan with a little bit of olive oil
  • 2. In a hot pan slightly oiled, sauté the chopped onion first, then the chopped bell pepper, then the sliced mushroom and sliced tomatoes, until tender. Set aside and allow all vegetables to cool completely.
  • 3. In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken and vegetables, add the egg (1/4), bread crumbs and seasoning. Mix all together and form into 2 patties .
  • 4. Grill over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes per side
  • 5. Design your burger with a slice of tomato or some arugula between the chicken and the bun

"Pink Lady’s shake"

Vanilla and Raspberry Milkshake

around 10 minutes

Ingredients (for 2)
  • 1.5 pint fresh raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup whole milk or 2% fat
  • 20 ounces vanilla ice cream
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1. Combine raspberries and sugar in a small saucepan and cook, over low heat, until sugar is dissolved. Mash the raspberries slightly with a fork and let cool.
  • 2. In a blender, combine the milk, ice cream, vanilla extract and nutmeg and blend until smooth.
  • 3. Fill a mason jar (or regular glass) half way through and add a few tablespoons of the raspberry puree, fill with more milkshake and add a few more puree and finish with the remaining milkshake.
  • 4. Garnish with a few fresh raspberries.
Bon Appétit!!!