Friday, March 11, 2011

Dinner and a Movie: All This, and Heaven Too


image from Wikipedia
All This, and Heaven Too is the ultimate melodrama.  It had me hooked.  Set in France during the reign of Louis Philippe, Bette Davis plays a young woman, Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, who is the ideal governess.  Her kindness wins over the Duc de Praslin (Charles Boyer) and his four children, which earns her the animus of the Duchesse (Barbara O'Neil), who will do anything in her power to separate Henriette from the de Praslin family.

All This, and Heaven Too is available on DVD.

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Braised Ham Slices with Pineapple
Buttered Rice
Stewed Tomatoes
Carrot Salad
As promised, here's the first ham leftovers post.  I don't have a PDF for this menu, because nothing really needs a recipe.  The recipe for the tomatoes is on my Life this Week post for February 14th.

For the carrot salad, combine 1 cup grated carrots with an 8 oz. can of crushed pineapple (drained), 1/4 cup of pecans and 2 tablespoons mayonnaise.  Stir well, cover and refrigerate.  Makes enough for two.  I was seriously concerned while I was making this.  I thought, "Maybe someone should stop me," but it's actually really yummy.  Paul liked it too, in case you need reassuring. 

All you do for the ham is put a large skillet on high heat, throw in the ham slices and pineapple and pour over some pineapple juice (I used about 1/2 cup).  Heat the ham and the pineapple rings while you boil off the pineapple juice.  Be sure to move the ham and pineapple rings around so they don't get stuck.

For the rice, just make it according to the directions on the package and add butter and salt to taste.

That's it!

All recipes are adapted from Martha Meade, Modern Meal Maker (San Francisco: Sperry Flour Company, 1935).

6 comments:

  1. Ok, I admit, I did the reassuring on the carrot salad! Everything looks great and I'm intrigued by the movie - I've never heard of this one!

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  2. my grandma totally used to make that carrot salad and ham w. pineapple (only she'd slather a roasted ham with crushed pineapple). YUM! Happy Friday!

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  3. This is such a wonderfully simple meal and the movie is an old classic delight. I hope you have a great weekend. Blessings...Mary

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  4. Ham and pineapple is a great combination - reminds me of a Hawaain pizza.

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  5. I can't believe I haven't seen that movie (or maybe I have . . . One advantage of my faulty memory is that I often don't realize I have already seen a movie until I am at least halfway through watching it).

    I loooooove Bette Davis. That movie totally sounds like my kind of movie.

    The carrot salad sounds like something that might actually get my kids to eat vegetables.

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