I love love love Gilmore Girls. I own all the DVDs, and have seen it several times. So when they announced a Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix, a special 'year in the life' series of four 90 minute episodes, I was so excited! The entire thing was released on Netflix a couple of weeks ago. Due to work, I couldn't watch it until two days later, which meant avoiding the internet to avoid spoilers. There won't be any spoilers here. Overall, I enjoyed it. I delighted in parts, some parts were weird, some parts were infuriating. But it was nice to be back in Stars Hollow.
Of course, one of the most important parts of Gilmore Girls is the food. They eat so much of it, and of such a wide variety. I couldn't settle down to six hours of Gilmore Girls without planning some themed food. Really, so many things could be part of a Gilmore Girls-themed food spread, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the different things everyone was eating in celebration. For me, when I think of Gilmore Girls I really think of American-style diner food, I guess because much of it is set at a diner, and packaged convenience foods. Though you could have picked almost any food theme and it could have applied!
So I didn't start my day in a very Gilmore Girls' fashion. Instead of rolling out of bed for a poptart and a coffee (which I don't even drink), I went to a 90 minute bikram yoga class and then had a green smoothie. I am me, not them, after all. And it was important to get myself off to a good start to my day before the watching and eating began. Incidentally, this is how I start pretty much every Sunday.
But onto the actual food! I had so many thoughts and plans, but ultimately had to streamline things down to make a doable lunch given that I couldn't do any prep in the days leading up to it due to work. Anyway, this is what we had!
Mac and cheese was a must, because mac and cheese is always a must. I used the Daiya Cheddar Mac and Cheese. I thought it was OK, I liked that the sauce is much thicker than other boxed mac and cheeses. Of course, it doesn't life up to a homemade cashew mac and cheese sauce, and at $14 a packet here in Australia I won't be buying it much, but definitely the best boxed mac and cheese I've had.
A BBQ Cheeseburger Pizza. Initially I was going to have burgers and pizza, but that was getting a bit too much. And then I was going to try and find the Gardein Beefy Sliders, but the one place I went to didn't have them and I didn't feel like traipsing all over Brisbane to see if I could find them. So I ended up merging the two. A purchased pizza base with smoky BBQ sauce, a chopped Gardein beefless patty (I don't like Gardein chicken-style things, but I enjoyed the beefy patty), pickles, pineapple (because I am me), and Daiya mozzarella. It was good!
Potato Gems aka Tater Tots. This choice was almost immediately justified as they mention making tater tots in the first five minutes. And really, is it ever a choice when it comes to potato gems? It is kind of a given.
I needed something fresh on the plate, so I cut up some celery and carrots. This is not very Gilmore Girls. However, I attempted to salvage it by serving with some bottled Daiya Ranch Dressing. I love the Daiya Blue Cheese dressing, the Ranch I was not such a fan of. But then I prefer blue cheese dressing to ranch dressing in general.
All together now!
For after lunch dessert/afternoon tea, I made some Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes from the new Isa Super Fun Times Cookbook. I will do a bigger write up on those when I do a recipe round up for the book, but they were good. And served with some more fresh berries, maple syrup, and So Delicious Cashew Snickerdoodle Ice Cream. Oh yes.
If you are looking for a more in-depth breakdown of what happened in Gilmore Girls (after watching it yourself of course, because it is full of spoilers), I highly recommend checking out Laughfrodesiac, for Randi's hilarious take on everything. She has done Winter and Spring so far, with the other two seasons to come!
Did you watch Gilmore Girls?
Cute Kitty Photo of the Post
This is an older photo, but still a favourite of mine. I introduced you to all the cats of my life over the days of MoFo. Of course Dim Sim and Sahara are still the current cats in my life... which they must be forever (we've struck a deal).