Oscars in the Kitchen – About 39 million of us watched the Oscars last year…that’s a lot of movie fans…and a lot of Oscar parties! This year, the show will broadcast on February 24, in just three days time. So in honor of the Oscars, for this month’s Recipe ReDux post, we were challenged to create a healthy recipe inspired by our favorite food scene or featured dish from any movie. (It doesn’t have to be a movie up for an Oscar.)
I am a die-hard romantic comedy fan! As a student I worked part-time in a video shop and saw my fair share of movies, but in my opinion Nora Ephron was the master of the genre. I am a huge Nora Ephron fan, I love all her movies, but my favourite movie of hers, and in fact my all-time favourite movie is When Harry Met Sally (I’m guessing, if you’ve seen it, by now you see where this is going) the food scene I’m referring too takes place in the famous New York institution Katz deli and ends with the line “I’ll have what she’s having” – delivered by the directors mom (knowing this, for me, just makes it even funnier). Harry and Sally are having sandwich’s and discussing whether women fake orgasms and whether men can notice the difference…
My recipe for this month is a healthy take on a deli sandwich – like those eaten by Harry & Sally in the scene. I’ve made an open sandwich on wholewheat bread, switched butter/mayo for basil pesto and used lean shaved chicken instead of processed meat. Adding the onion marmalade & pickled peppers adds a flavour punch that means there’s no need of other high fat add-ins.
And in the spirit of Sally Albright (the character played by Meg Ryan in the movie), I serve it with a salad with oil and vinegar on the side.
A Healthy Twist on a Deli Sandwich
Toast a slice of wholewheat bread (I used rye & pumpkin seed bread).
Spread with basil pesto, followed by a thin spread of red onion marmalade (can be shop-bought, or check out dietitian Priya Tew’s delicious recipe).
Next layer lettuce, thinly sliced pickled peppers and lean shaved chicken.
Top with crumbled feta or cottage cheese (I used goats milk cottage cheese) mixed with a dash of red onion marmalade.
Serve with a salad and olive oil and vinegar, on the side.