This month’s Food n’ Flix pick is To Kill A Mockingbird and is hosted over at Eliot’s Eats. I remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird in… I wanna say Jr. High, and my mom read it at the same time. She fell in love with it, or maybe she had previously read it and already loved it. Either way, this book sticks out in my mind as one of the ones that turned my mom into a reader. She wasn’t big into books before reading To Kill a Mockingbird.
I remember both the book and movie being scary. I was afraid of Boo Radley. The trial is the biggest event in the story, but I had completely blocked it out. When I rewatched it this month, it was almost like first time because there was so much I had forgotten. I still say it’s a scary movie! When the kids go running around at night and Jem gets stuck on a fence! My heart was racing, dude!
“There’s a lot of ugly things in this world son. I wish I could keep all of them away from ya. That isn’t possible.” -Atticus Finch
To Kill A Mockingbird has some really great lessons and things to consider. It is also quite heavy! I was impressed by some of the controversial lessons in this film since the book was written in 1960. It also left me a bit saddened that this is a story which takes place in the 1930s, was published in 1960, and yet some of the themes are still present in our world today. I’m glad this was a film many people watched together this month, and I hope everyone took away at least one lesson to improve ourselves and our world.
Now on to the fun! Of course I paid attention to the foods consumed in the film. Eliot’s Eats shares some helpful links, and those tell me that the book mentions even more foods than the film. To Kill A Mockingbird takes place in the southern United States, so I had to make a Southern dinner after watching.
Our main dish is a Maple Glazed Ham – a nod to both Scout’s amazing ham costume, and their dinner guest Walter drowning his dinner in maple syrup. The remainder of the menu is comprised of all my personal favorite southern dishes. The foods I seek out each time I go visit my dad in South Carolina.
To Kill A Mockingbird
Maple Glazed Ham (recipe below)
Collard Greens with Garlic Chips
Cheesy Potato Wheels