I was challenged some time ago to find a recipe for ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’. It was dead easy. It’s not really a recipe but something quickly put together which can satisfy your taste buds and not harm your health.
First of all, I adore ‘Christmas Vacation’! I love Chevy Chase, all his films made me laugh or smile. I love him in ‘Community’ as well. The man is an institution and a legend. Made Boyfriend watch both parts of ‘Fletch’ once because he didn’t get my references…. I think I love films in which families are worse than mine…gives me comfort…
Before I go any further, here’s the list of my favorite, ultimate Christmas films….
Brilliant acting, mischievous plot, great dialogs. What’s better than swearing, drunk Santa, who’s maybe stealing, maybe having inappropriate sexual engagements with some of the staff in the mall he’s working at but in the end he’s not as bad as you thought he was.
The sweetest, funniest Elf on Earth. There are no words to describe him, he’s doing everything in his poignant, naive, crazy, amazing way, and that’s why we love him. And here’s my favorite scene:
I made Boyfriend watch it recently. I was telling him that sometimes when he rolls his big eyes he looks like Mogwai and he admitted he never watched it. The shock, the horror!!! My favorite scene is when the Gremlins are at the cinema watching ‘Snow White’
4. ‘Family Stone’
I don’t know why, so many tings irritate me in this film. At the same time I find it really addictive…
5.’Home Alone’. Because…
I could add a few more like ‘Trading Places’ or ‘While You Were Sleeping’ but enough is enough.
Normally when you are watching Christmas films you should have something like hot cocoa. With marshmallows. But I’m eating clean and I never had marshmallows in my life as I’m vegetarian. So here’s the alternative – totally healthy and totally delicious chocolate shake. I made it for my sister and Apple of My Eye before and they didn’t realize that it was a healthy version…
So here it is:
Healthy Chocolate Shake:
It’s only a few ingredients:
3 cups of coconut milk (can be replaced with almond or oat milk and coconut water)
2 tbsp cocoa
1/2 cup agave nectar (or maple syrup)
2 tbsp hemp (can be left out)
1. Put everything in a blender and mix. Enjoy!