If you have ever watched ‘Fast Show’, you probably remember Jesse and his dietary updates. Well, if I was Jesse, you would see me coming out of the shed to tell you that ‘this week I have been mostly eating buckwheat’. For those not familiar with Jesse, here’s a quick introduction.
Oh, how I am delighted that buckwheat has finally made its way onto the British table and became fashionable among healthy food devotees! Ten years ago you couldn’t get it anywhere in UK. I remember going back to Poland after a year of living in England, and my sister made me dinner which involved buckwheat…it was emotional, let me tell you.
But then things changed. First thank to the Poles Invasion, a lot of Polish shops opened everywhere and you could always find lovely buckwheat there. The only problem is, the most popular way in Poland is to have it roasted and that doesn’t go well with Boyfriend. Fortunately, thanks to a healthy movers and shakers and bloggers, now you can get unroasted buckwheat in buckets. And because I love it (and maybe because I feel stressed, which makes me worry about loosing magnesium, which leads me to desire food rich in magnesium), I have been eating it almost every day recently….
When you have a dish reminding you of your roots, your obvious choice for a film to pair it with is something about coming-of-age. Something to remind you of how much of a pain in the neck your family is.
Last summer the apple of my eye recommended a film which I fell in love with – ”The Way Way Back’.
It’s a story about a teenage boy spending his summer vacation in a beach house with his mother, her obnoxious boyfriend and his daughter. Sounds normal so far, but let me tell you, it is not your boring holiday tale. I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn’t watched it, but I can highlight a few things which make the film one of the best I have seen recently.
1. Cast. So many great actors, cast beautifully. Spoiler: Steve Carell plays a real bastard.
2. Dialogs. I almost cried with laughter. Witty, perfectly timed and delivered.
3. Nostalgia. For some reason it leaves you with that feeling, although you wouldn’t like to go back to your childhood and the dysfunctional family. Weird.
The whole dynamic of the film and the atmosphere is just astonishing, considering that it was Nat Faxon and Jim Rash’ directing debut.
And now back to the pairing dish.
Buckwheat With Roasted Butternut Squash:
1 1/2 cup buckwheat
3-4 tbsp cold pressed rapeseed oil
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1. Peel the squash, cut into cubes. Spread it onto a baking tray, coat with oil, sprinkle with rosemary, salt and pepper. Bake in 170C till soft and just turning golden. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and bake for another 5 minutes.
2. In the meantime cook buckwheat. Add 2 cups of water to the buckwheat with a pinch of salt, simmer for about 20-25 minutes.
3. When buckwheat is cooked, add it to butternut squash, serve on a bed of rocket.