I was so excited when Wendy from A Day in the Life on the Farm chose The Martian as our March movie for #FoodnFlix. I read the book a few years back and was so anxious for the movie to come out. Our book club went together to see the movie and we all agreed that the movie did the book justice.
Food 'n' Flix is a monthly group that uses the chosen film as inspiration in the kitchen. You can check out the hashtage #FoodnFlix to find more of what we have done on Facebook and Instagram.
This movie is one of my top movies ever. The science of it, Matt Damon, the intrigue, the humor, all made to make this movie a movie lovers delight. Some of my favorite quotes are, "I'm going to need to science the shit out of this," and "I am definitely going to die up here ... if I have to listen to any more god-awful disco music," made me giggle out loud.
So how to be inspired? Mark Watney gets left on Mars with 300 astronaut meals and four potatoes. He knows that he will need to be on the planet 4 years, so he needs about three years worth of food to survive. Since he is "the best botanist on the planet" he sets out to turn the four potatoes into three years of food. You'll have to watch the movie to see how that all turns out.
My inspiration was to find a way to use all the potato, including the skin. The skin has some of the best nutrients, so we want to be sure to use it. If I consider what he had left to use: grape juice, ketchup, olive oil, instant coffee and salt and pepper, I would be too limited, so I did take advantage of the ingredients I have around me to make this dish.
Sweet Potato Fries
2 large sweet potatoes, scrubbed
2 T grapeseed oil (or whatever oil you have on hand)
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 400. Prepare a cookie sheet with nonstick foil. Leaving the peel on, cut sweet potatoes with a sharp knife lengthwise. The sweet potato is a solid vegetable, so you may need to put some weight behind the knife. Be careful, though, and curve your fingers inward to avoid getting cut. Toss the raw fries in olive oil and salt and pepper. Pour onto cookie sheet, in a single layer. Roast for 25-30 minutes (we like a little char). Serve with horseradish sauce or mayo for dipping.
A fantastic film and if you watch it, eat a few potato chips. It's a cool experience!
A little kudos to my husband, this is the reason we do not go out for steaks. ♥