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Cherry pie in memory of special agent Cooper

cherry pie inspired by Twin Peaks

cherry pie inspired by Twin Peaks

There are some films you just can’t watch without craving for specific  food or drink:

1. To start with, I can’t watch ‘ Sideways’ without a glass of pinot noir…Simply cannot be done!

2. ‘Waitress’  without any pie and trying to banish the urge to bake.

3. Whenever I watch ‘Moonstruck’  I have to make eggs fried in toast…( ideally with champagne on the side ) aah.

4. After a little session with ‘Goodfellas’ you have to make a perfect tomato sauce (cooked for hours, in the meantime taking care of ‘the business’).

5. Julie and Julia and Something’s Gotta Give make me want to go to Paris and dine at any bistro (but preferably Cafe de Flore).

6. All films directed by Eric Rohmer make me want to dine in the garden with lots of wine.

One gloomy morning I was thinking about owls not being what they seem, which led me to an unexpected desire to watch ‘Twin Peaks’. After two hours of watching the pilot, which is just an introduction, I couldn’t  stop thinking about  cherry pie and coffee. Special agent Cooper was right – it’s a perfect combination. I felt like pulling out of my pocket  tape recorder (as you  do) and record a message : ‘Diane, remind me of buying cherries’. If you have never watched Twin Peaks, you don’t know what you are missing. You can watch a short extract here.

If you watched anything with David Lynch’ stamp on it, you will never forget about it. Some scenes or ideas will always stay in your mind or subconscious.


1. Whenever someone around me uses the inhaler, even though I know it’s not the mask with a tank full of amyl nitrate, I still feel like saying ‘baby wants to fuck’, although only people familiar with Blue Velvet would get the reference.

2. Once Boyfriend, two of my friends and myself went to the countryside. Everything around us was picturesque and serene with little cottages covered with  wisteria, little pretty fences and immaculate gardens. My friends were walking behind me and I heard the girl  saying how pretty and serene it was and her boyfriend responding: ‘yeah honey, but you just have to remember that behind the pretty fences and walls you probably have husbands beating up their wives and molesting their children, wives drinking to oblivion and cheating on their husbands and all sort of secret activity going on’. And that only could be said by someone raised on Lynch’s work. As he once said himself: ‘I discovered that if one looks a little closer at this beautiful world, there are always red ants underneath.’

3. Once, many years ago, I was woken up by someone buzzing the intercom at 4am. I was still not conscious, no one ever rung at that time, but my first thought was ‘someone is calling to say that Dick Laurent is dead’. If you watched Lost Highway you know why.  If you haven’t, watch the scene here.

I actually told David Lynch about it when I met him at one of the film festivals and it made him chuckle and say: ‘that’s a good one’. And trust me, it’s not so easy to make the man laugh. He is so in his own world most of the time you see him, you feel fearful to even disturb him. I’m actually surprised he looks so good when you think of the sugar intake and all the smoking…

Anyway, I made that cherry pie. And so should you.

cherry pie

cherry pie

Cherry Pie

For the dough:

300g flour

150g cold butter

1 egg

1-2 spoons of ice cold water

For the filling:

400-500g cherries

1/2 cup xylitol ( better than sugar when your health is concerned)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1-2 teaspoon corn flour

1 teaspoon orange zest

1. Place cherries in medium saucepan and place over heat. Cover. After the cherries lose considerable juice, which may take a few minutes, add xylitol, cinnamon and orange zest.  Boil over low heat until it thickens a bit. Add corn flour, mix well until it thickens even more. Take of the heat and let it cool.

2. Put flour and butter into the food processor, pulse it till it forms crumbles. Add egg and cold water, pulse it again until it’s all mixed together. Take it out, form a ball and wrap it in  foil and leave it for 20 minutes to chill. In the meantime chill out with coffee (and if you like living on the edge, make it Irish coffee).

3. Take the dough ball out, take 2/3 of it,roll it out and transform it into a tart dish (buttered of course. Dish that is).

4. Stab it with a fork (so the air won’t come out and puff it up) and pre-bake it for 20 minutes (180C).

5. Fill the dish with cherries. Roll the remaining part of a dough, cut it into stripes and make lacy thingy on top. Brush it with milk if you want it pretty and shiny but it doesn’t matter really, you are going to eat it all as soon as it is out of the oven anyway.

6. Bake til golden. Serve it with coffee.

And at the end, a few examples of films which make me want to throw a dinner party:

Babette's feast

Babette’s feast

Home for Holidays

Home for Holidays

Marie Antoiniette

Marie Antoinette

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia

Julie & Julia.

Julie & Julia



Dangerous Liaisons

Dangerous Liaisons





About potatofaces

People who cook always go on about precious memories of childhood food one of their family members cooked, how daddy or nanny taught them the importance of cooking and eating together, and they still remember the comfort food they produced, amazing dishes whipped up by brilliant but humble cooks in their family. Well, let me tell you, it was totally different in my family. My mother’s family – totally useless as cooks, who could survive on bread and butter, cooked once a week a terrible, terrible meal, usually some kind of meat piece with lots of brown sauce. Also, they were never bothered about eating together. That’s maybe why most of them were depressed and suicidal. My mother followed that path and couldn’t really cook, and because I never wanted to eat meat, was warning me that ‘one day I will regret it’. Probably because my mother wasn’t into cooking my sister at the age of 12 took over and started producing amazing dinners and cakes. Well, luckily for me and her we weren’t that genetically doomed because apparently my father’s family were gifted in that compartment. I can only presume it was genes, as my father divorced my mother when my sis and me were little and he strongly believed that he also divorced us. So, we were growing up never having any contact with him and as a result, couldn’t learn how to cook from him. That’s why I believe the love of cooking ( and the ability) was just passed to us genetically. My father, short time before he died, unexpectedly felt an urge to contact us. First he gave my sister a mandolin (that’s another thing I know about him- he played a few instruments). My sister refused to talk to him, he then decided to contact me and wanted to spend some time with me. I didn’t want to, as he was a stranger to me (I was 11 or 12 at the time) but as I was promised I could leave whenever I wanted to, I went to the village he lived in. There I tried his mother’s cooking everyone was raving about. It was simple and amazing, I wish they were as family dedicated as they were at baking, cooking, making pastries, wine, tinctures, you name it. But I ate, drunk, and got bored of strangers who were my family and demanded to be let to go home. One of the last things my father said to me was that I should start learning English because I might need it one day, which I ignored for another 16 years… Because my sister was such a domestic goddess I wasn’t really bothered about cooking. I got hooked properly after my son was born and I wanted him to eat healthy and get everything he needed, especially that it wasn’t his choice to be a vegetarian (yet). And that is how the story begins…

42 responses »

  1. You are too funny. How inspiring. Will this work with Apple pie, LOL!

  2. Haha! I love your lighthearted post! And thanks for the recipe. Enjoy the movies!

  3. Ty I am spooked spoofed and hungry

  4. I liked this … i followed you …Follow me if you liked my posts too !
    I share some healthy recieps And life tips

  5. I love watching “Sex and the City” and wine, cheese and crackers and hummus. 🙂

  6. Yeah, I also love ur post , I ever made some apple pie and I wanna try to make it quickly. Thx for the recipe ..

  7. Great post! I’ve almost finished Twin Peaks, and I get the feeling I’ll be making a cherry pie once it’s done… My baking skills are a struggle, but I’ll try for Special Agent Cooper ‘s sake.

  8. Funny timing, as Twin Peaks is on TV at the moment in Britain. 🙂 I haven’t watched all series when I was younger, so am now catching up with it all.

  9. Lovely post! Thanks for the recipe!

  10. We’re so much on the same level here. Good one! I’ll have to watch the episodes while I bake some cherry pie. “Diane, I have got to find out where to buy the best organic cherries this time of year.”

  11. The post was hilarious 🙂 The pie looks really yummy 🙂

  12. Thank you for this post! My husband and I recently watched Lost Highway for the first time and we cannot wait to start Twin Peaks. I know I’ll be glad I saved this!

  13. Reblogged this on thelittlebigspot and commented:
    Great blog!

  14. Where have you been all my life potatofaces? So thrilled to discover your blog. Thanks for stopping by mine 🙂 PS I’m excited but ambivalent about Twin Peaks restarting…

  15. Hate to see this Picture 😀
    I do a Low carb diet and cat eat this yummy cake, but i will try it later, maybe u wanna try a healthy low carb pizza ? 🙂
    Wish you have a good evening

  16. I too cannot watch Madmen without a little bit of scotch or Out of Africa without a glass of wine. The pie looks scrumptious!

  17. Loved this post and the references to all the movies! Will never be able to watch a movie the same way again now 🙂 And the recipe looks fantastic !

  18. Reblogged this on potatofaces and commented:

    Can’t wait for new Tween Peaks!


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