Updated: Aug 26
"Humans don't just survive; they discover; they create. ... I mean, just look at what they do with food!"
Remy dreams of becoming a great chef, despite being a rat in a definitely rodent-phobic profession. He moves to Paris to follow his dream, and with the help of hapless garbage boy Linguini he puts his culinary skills to the test in the kitchen but he has to stay in hiding at the same time, with hilarious consequences. Remy eventually gets the chance to prove his culinary abilities to a great food critic but is the food good? A Pixar animation.
Little Chef Cheese Plate, Ratatouille and a Waffel Tower
Little Chef Cheese Plate
Aren't cheese plates the best! they can be sweet, savory, big, small, cheap, expensive and most of all they have such a beautiful presentation with so many colors and textures, its a favorite of mine and I wanted to dedicate my cheese plate to the star of the movie, Remy. This rat has some good taste so I added a little bit of everything to my plate but feel free to keep it as simple as you want. Add any rounded crackers for the ears, raisins for the eyes and a 1/2 of grape for the nose. I rolled up a slice of prosciutto and created the tail. The main cheese I had was brie which is one of my favorite cheeses just because its so creamy but feel free to use whatever your family likes, I know kids can be really picky.
How could I not have ratatouille for the main dish, I mean that is the name of the movie after all. The hard work came in finding the right recipe, even with such simple ingredients there were a lot of different recipes out there. I went with one that added potatoes and topped with Gruyere cheese, it not only sounded delicious but I felt the potatoes and cheese would help fill us up. I had invited the sisters over to chime in on the recipe and it was a total hit. The sauce itself was absolutely delicious! and it was so easy to make. The recipe can be found at here at everyday delicious.
NOTE: I served this dish with a side of mushroom risotto from #traderjoes and a french baguette. The bread was mainly used to clean the plates of that delicious sauce. There were no leftovers and that's always a good sign.
This movie took place in France so when it came to a dessert, the options were endless but when I came across this Eiffel Tower made out of wafers I knew it was going to be a hit with the kids especially since they would get a chance to build a 3D model out of food. For the wafers, simply buy your favorite brand, there are all kids of flavors to choose from as well. Here is the best video I found for step-by-step instructions ---> Click here. For the flag you can print some out or color one and tape it to a toothpick.
NOTE: Use icing sugar, aka decorative icing DO NOT use cake frosting. Cake frosting will not hold and only make a mess. I ended up finding this out the hard way.
Q&A with the kids
1. What is your passion? Who or what inspires you and why?
2. Throughout your life you will probably come across people like Skinner who are jealous of your talent and try to do what they can to prevent you from achieving greatness. How will you deal with people like him?
3. Remy's dad wanted him to just be a rat, why is it important to always support friends and family instead of holding them back from their dreams?