I love summer in La Mancha with its bright skies and warm days. But when it’s so terribly hot that’s hard to sleep, staying awake until late watching classic movies is a great pastime.
My latest extravaganza is to make a special theme evening watching a couple of films (and sometimes even three!) on a particular topic, while enjoying drinks and snacks carefully chosen to match the occasion.
Last weekend I organized a La Mancha movie evening with friends and, we enjoyed so much I have to share the experience with you.
First of all, I prepared a selection of classic films from La Mancha. We watched in this order:
- All About My Mother (1999), a comedy-drama written and directed by Manchego film director Pedro Almodóvar, that won him his first academy award for best foreign language film.
- Man of La Mancha (1972), an adaptation of classic novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes, starring Peter O’Toole as the famous knight and Sophia Loren as sexy Dulcinea.
- Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988), my favorite Almodóvar film, a totally hilarious comedy, perfect to take you through to the wee hours.
Then the snacks… since the movie snack “par excellence” are my beloved popcorns, I decided to try a Manchego version of them. Here’s what I did.
What you need:
- Butter, 2 tbsp
- Garlic, 2 cloves, pressed
- Spanish smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp
- Salt, a pinch
- Popped corn, 6 cups
- Manchego cheese, 1/4 cup, grated
- In a small saucepan over low heat, cook butter, garlic, paprika and salt.
- Scrape over popped corn.
- Add Manchego cheese.
- Mix well and add more salt if desired.
- Serve immediately and enjoy.
So, what do you think? Are you up for a Manchego movies evening?