Watercress Endive Salad with Walnuts and Vinaigrette

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It’s Food ‘n Flix time again! In this monthly group a ‘host’ picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. This month’s pick is hosted by Camilla at Culinary Adventures with Camilla. She picked a movie that is very dear to my heart: Le Festin de Babette, or translated to Babette’s Feast.

Since there is a very set menu in the movie the choice of what to make was limited. Well we do not have to make a recipe from the movie but it felt more à propos this time. My original idea fell through drastically (keep reading) so I ended up going with “la salade”. It may appear quite simple but my Watercress Endive Salad with Walnuts and Vinaigrette is actually quite lovely and elegant to the palate.

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I do not want to reveal too much about the carefully woven story of the movie so will give a quick resume of the story of Le Festin de Babette. The movie is set in a small and poor maritime village in Denmark. The people of the village live a strict pious Christian life, except for the French refugee, Babette, who cooks and works for two spinster elderly sisters. She does not ruffle their feathers but never full joins their mentality. After 14 years in the sisters’ employment Babette wins an the enormous sum of 10,000 francs in a lottery. Babette decides to use her entire winning to prepare a sumptuous real French dinner.

Well the whole planning, preparing and anticipation puts the entire village up in frenzy. The idea to eat for pleasure is more then the villagers can bare. They promise each other beforehand to not comment or praise the meal. But their willpower breaks down as the meal progresses the event turns into a sensual, physical and spiritual experience. Its a really beautiful and charming movie.

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I was 13 years old when I saw this movie on television. The memory is so vivid I can see all the details in my head. It must have been a Saturday or Sunday as I saw it in the afternoon. I just sat on the floor, turned the TV on and the movie was starting. I became engrossed very fast. I guess this was one of the first big signs of a future foodie. We went regularly to fancy French restaurants so I could identify with the story and food.

This is also the first foreign language film with subtitles I have every seen. It is mostly in Danish with a bit of Swedish and French. French is my mother tongue so I under those parts. I remember my mom coming into the TV room to check up on me and she was taken aback that I was watching this movie not geared towards a teen at all. I have never forgotten the afternoon I saw this movie and when I started my annual Food Film Marathon 3 years ago Le Festin de Babette was the opening film of this ongoing festival I host for friends.

Babette Feast Salad

As weird as most people will find me – and if you find me weird over this it is because you are not a regular reader ha ha –  but when I saw the movie I dreamt that one day I would eat the first course of the meal, the turtle soup. When I saw the movie for this month I knew instantly that was going to be my recipe. I know I saw some frozen turtle meat in Chinatown a couple of years back. Well since then it is now illegal to sell soft shell turtle meat in Canada so no turtle for my soup. I have to say I was really quite devastated, my dream will have to hold off for now.

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So I went with the salad. In the movie the exact recipe is called Belgian endive with walnuts in a vinaigrette. I used watercress instead of lettuce and added apples. I think I may have made a soup once or twice with watercress in my life but never made a salad with it. It is a new favorite green now. I have always been a fan of endives, especially raw. I’ll just munch them up. The salad was refreshing, the nuts and apples add texture and great contrasting taste. Go with any light vinaigrette you like, only thing is I suggest pouring with a light hand.

Watercress Endive Salad with Walnuts and Vinaigrette

Rating: 41

Serving Size: 4 side servings

Watercress Endive Salad with Walnuts and Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch watercress, stems removed
  • 2 endives, separated
  • handful of walnuts
  • 1/2 apple, cut into matchsticks
  • Vinaigrette (your choice but a light one)

Directions

  1. Place watercress and endives in a bowl and toss. Or place artfully on a serving plate.
  2. Top with walnuts and then apple matchsticks.
  3. Pour vinaigrette to taste on salad, toss.
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Guest
1 year 5 months ago

I buy endive once in a while, mostly to serve guests because they look very pretty when you put on the plate! Your salad looks so delicious! I’ll try with watercress next time. :)

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1 year 6 months ago

Your salad is beautiful–Babette would be proud. 😉 I love the colors and how crisp and elegant it looks on the plate.

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1 year 6 months ago

I’ve never had turtle and would love to try it (assuming it was sustainably sourced). But that salad looks lovely in it’s own right.

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Debra
1 year 6 months ago

Beautiful photos and a wonderful choice for this film. I don’t think that I would have been captivated by this film when I was thirteen. It was fateful that you loved this film and now are a “foodie.”

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1 year 6 months ago

A refreshing choice to make for Babette’s Feast!

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1 year 6 months ago

I love nuts and fruits in a salad. They make it much more interesting! So beautiful this one!

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1 year 6 months ago

I had no idea there were so many food themed movies out there. Your salad looks so classy and refreshing. Walnuts and apples, I think should go into every salad…love them!

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1 year 6 months ago

Beautiful salad, Evelyne! Love the combination of flavors!

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1 year 6 months ago

Simply delicious! Love your clicks…they look so elegant.

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1 year 6 months ago

I have Babette’s Feast in my queue. Guess it’s time to watch it. I think I have the perfect vinaigrette to go with this simply delicious salad!

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1 year 6 months ago

I have never tasted turtle, but for some reason I haven’t been too interested in it. It’s too bad that you can’t purchase it there anymore, maybe another opportunity will arise. Regardless I think this salad looks fantastic!

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1 year 6 months ago

Another beautiful salad. So sorry you didn’t get to make your turtle soup…

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1 year 6 months ago

Great salad arragement Evelyn!!!
pretty damn good captured too…..

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1 year 6 months ago

Hi Evelyne,
I am loving this salad. So going to make it for hubby tonight.

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1 year 6 months ago

I don’t think it’s illegal in Hong Kong. You might want to take a look over there.

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1 year 6 months ago

A very fresh and delicious seasonal salad, Evelyne. I love the beautiful plating.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Angie

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1 year 6 months ago

I have tried turtle soup twice-once in Asia and the other time in New Orleans (although was it mock turtle? I can’t remember :)). Your salad is a great choice!

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1 year 6 months ago

G’day! Gorgeous photo Evelyne!
I love endive! Very fresh indeed!
Cheers! Joanne