The Martian #foodnflix

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. ♥
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Terri Steffes
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  1. Great post for this month Terri. Thanks so much.

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  2. Yummy! I love fries and definitely understand the want to much on something while watching a good movie, or even a book for that matter. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed week!

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  3. I love sweet potatoes! I have never seen this movie. May have to check it out this weekend.

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  4. I saw this movie in the theater. I originally didn't want to see it, but my husband dragged me and I ended up LOVING it. It was so well done.

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  5. I LOVE this movie! I listened to the audiobook and it was hysterical!

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  6. I heard this movie was SO good! I have to watch it!!! We love sweet potato fries, they taste almost too good to be healthy!

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  7. Those sweet potato fries sound great and I'm always up for a great laugh so I'll have to check out this movie.

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  8. I loved this movie too! And looking at your picture of sweet potatoe fries just made me start craving them...I loooove sweet potatoe fries! And you mentioned having them with mayo?!? We should become best friends!!! 🙂

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  9. We are big fan of sweet potatoes but we've never tried sweet potato fries - I should make some for my family! And yes, The Martian is a great movie!

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  10. I've never actually watched the Martian but feel like I really should. Especially with a bowl of sweet potato fries! I love how all your recipes are something I would actually make & eat! x

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  11. I keep meaning to see this film. Those sweet potato look tasty. xx

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  12. I absolutely loved The Martian - I actually saw it in theaters twice it was so good!! I love science fiction movies especially when they have a good dose of humor with it! I love the idea of using a movie as an inspiration in the kitchen and I love what you came up with - so perfect for the movie and sweet potatoes are the best!! ^^

    xx Amanda,
    http://thegeekyfashionista.com

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  13. This is such a good idea for a monthly theme! We haven't seen the martian but you can't beat sweet potato fries!

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  14. This is my first time hearing about #FoodnFlix. It sounds like a fun idea. I really like this movie and it's definitely worth recognizing. I am loving your sweet potato fries recipe as well.

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  15. Oh this looks delicious! I have only seen a little bit of the Martian but what I did see I REALLY did enjoy. I haven't had any sweet potatoes fries in a long time! Would love to try these! - jeanine

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  16. Oooo those seeet potatoes look absolutely delicious!!!! One of my favorite veggies! I have yet to see The Martian but it sounds like I need to get to watching!

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  17. I loved the Martian, the book and the movie. The book is definitely my favorite of the two, but I think they did a great job with the movie. I liked the mix of sci-fi and humor.

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  18. Oh I love the idea of this club. Limiting yourself to the same options as his is quite the challenge! I so want to see this movie!

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  19. We loved the Martian. I can't recall where but I know we watched it while traveling in a hotel after our children had already fallen to sleep for bedtime. Definitely a favorite!

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  20. Everyone in my house loves sweet potatoes. These would be a hit for my family.

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  21. Sweet potato fries are definitely my favorite! I haven't seen the movie, but I have the book on my to-read list on my kindle. I might have to watch the movie!

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  22. I loved that movie! It was so moving! I love sweet potato fries and they're just amazing with mustard (not quite the ketchup and instant coffee he had left, but... you know). Paired with steak? Uh, yes please!

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  23. That's an interesting way of cooking a dish. I have to admit, I'd never heard of this movie before but I do enjoy sweet potato fries.

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  24. Sweet potato fries are the besdt and love thick cuts liek that, with skin. Great recipe.

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  25. I love Sweet Potato fries and love the idea of using grape seed oil.

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