Recently Boyfriend and I went through the whole box of ‘Sopranos’. The whole 6 seasons. Every episode is an hour long, so it was a lot of watching. But we were committed.
The only problem is, once you finish binge watching something so great, how would you fill the void? Because there is a massive void left after such a long time spent with the Soprano’s family and friends. It’s like there is no Bada Bing no more….Sad.
We couldn’t let go. We had to hold on to it for some time. So we tried to fill the void by watching all great mafia-related films. But to be honest, nothing seems the same anymore, so after the usual grief period we have to move on to some other dysfunctional family. I heard there is a Gilmore Girls revival happening on Netflix (yey)…
The list of the best mafia-related films which can temporarily help your grief after ending a box of Sopranos:
- ‘Goodfellas’. The ultimate and my favourite.
- ‘Godfather’. All of them. They are a classic.
- ‘Prizzi’s Honour’. Comical.
- ‘Donnie Brasco’. It would remind you of the days when Johnny Depp wasn’t playing a caricature of a version of himself.
- ‘Casino’. Great Sharon Stone.
- ‘Married to Mob’. Michelle Pfeiffer in the 80s – perm and jewellery shouldn’t be missed.
- ‘Miller’s Crossing’ – very classy and a bit bonkers. Cohen brothers in their best form.
And now for the food. You need to have Italian food when you are watching mob films, but you are allowed to make it different.
Butternut Squash Lasagna:
If you want to make it vegan you will need:
1 cup of soaked cashews and 1 cup almond milk (if vegetarian, replace with 2 cups of ricotta)
2 medium butternut squash
2 tbsp sage
1 tsp nutmeg
handful of pine nuts
- Peel butternut squash and chop it. Spread it on a baking sheet and mix with olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper and chopped sage. Bake in 180C hot oven until soft.
- If you are making vegan lasagna, put soaked cashews and almond milk into a food processor and blend until smooth. Add soft butternut squash and mix. If you are making the vegetarian version, mix squash in a food processor and add ricotta. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper.
- Oil the lasagna dish, spread butternut and cheese mixture, cover with lasagna sheet, repeat until you use your butternut and lasagna sheets, spread a spoon of cheese and butternut squash on top, sprinkle with pine nuts, bake until soft and crispy on top (about 30 minutes in 180 C). Forget about it!