B-movie Buffet: 84 Charlie MoPic

  Spawned from an earlier outing to see “Hobo With a Shotgun” and enlivened by an intense bowl of noodles, I thought it was time to create my own dishes to go with a few hit flicks that stoked the bubbling cauldron of movies condemned to the mainstream masses shit-list. Dishes paired with the energy of the film- a taste of the action, a slurp of the sensational and a bite of the best B movies out there(or at least in my archive). Now there is great debate as to what makes a film a B movie. In my eyes it has to be a cult classic, something that was never a huge cinema hit, or in general was not highly regarded by the contemporary cinema going audience. Mainly a mixed bag of thrillers, sci-fi and horror, they are prized by a select awesome few. As the articles roll out you’ll get the idea.

The Movie: 84 Charlie MoPic

We head to Vietnam this week, and this is one of my all-time favourite ‘Nam movies. The other Vietnam flicks at the time, had major budgets and casts, this played out on the down-lo.  It wasn’t a big bang eyesore or a thespians wet dream. The drama unfolds in front of your eyes through the lens of a US Army cameraman. Making the camera a character in itself. You head out with a LRRP unit on a reconnaissance mission to gather information on enemy troop numbers and movements. The movie doesn’t really have to be held together by a traditional narrative and you can just let yourself be taken along for the ride. Starting from the initial dust-off, you sweep above the forests to your destination. Look out for booby traps, don’t even think about lighting up a smoke – the enemy are so close they will smell it.

Good luck with heating up some food. But, if they break to open up a c-ration or two, you should do the same. If you happen to pick up a can of ham & lima beans: aka Ham & Mothers(short for motherfucker), then you my friend drew the short straw. This can was rock bottom of the Vietnam food larder and you had better pray that someone has an extra ingredient to jazz up your can of sick. You could add a drop of hot sauce or give it a sweet dollop of grape jelly. Anything to make it go down easier.

Here is my version: Serrano ham with fresh broad beans and a plum syrup. The ham cut thick and fried off. Garlic cooked in the rendered fat is then puréed with the beans. The broad beans bright compared to the pale limas. They are heated through, a glug of olive oil and seasoning stirred in at the last minute. The dish has quite a bite and the sour n’ sweet zap of plum syrup gives the ham and beans a smack round the head. A pretty intense tasting can, it would have definitely have got the men talking- Probably talking shit, no doubt! – “G.N”

Here is a little more on c-rations: https://thebrokenspork.com/2011/10/05/c-rations/



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