Planning on seeing Saving Mr. Banks this weekend, my family and some friends got together Friday Evening for a Movie Night celebrating one of Walt Disney’s greatest achievements on film: Mary Poppins!
Starting with our usual, THE FOOD, we lined out something iconically British that I could entreat the children to actually eat: Fish and Chips in newspaper!
So we made a feast fit for an army of Chimney Sweeps:
For the Fish And Chips, I used a recipe from BBC:
- For the batter
- 4oz plain flour
- 6fl oz Apple Cider
- 2 tbsp Sunflower Oil
- 1 free-range egg white, beaten to stiff peaks
- For the chips
- 6 large Maris Piper potatoes, cut into chips
- Salt to taste
- 5 tbsp Sunflower Oil
- For the fish
- 2 litres/3½ pints Sunflower Oil for frying
- Pollock or Haddock fillets, cut into pieces
- To Prepare:
- Preheat the oven to 400F
- For the batter, whisk together all of the batter ingredients apart from the egg white. Leave to rest in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- Slice the potatoes into your favourite chip shape. Boil for 10 minutes in a pan of salted water, or until the potatoes are soft to the point of a knife. Drain and transfer to an oven dish once completely dry. Season with salt and toss with the sunflower oil. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden-brown and crisp.
- To finish the batter, whisk the egg white in a bowl until stiff peaks form when the whisk is removed from the bowl. Fold it into the batter.
- Half fill a pan with the sunflower oil and bring to a temperature of 180C/350F, which you can check using a sugar thermometer, or use a deep fat fryer set to the same temperature.
- Flip the pieces of pollock in the batter and then carefully lower them into the hot oil, one at a time. Fry individually until golden-brown. Rest the fish on kitchen paper to remove excess oil and the serve with the chips.
We also added Beans on Toast for a side dish:
I made homemade bread utilizing this method:
- 1 Tbsp of Yeast
- 1/2 C. of Warm Water
- 1 Tsp of Honey
- 2.5-3 C. of All Purpose Flour
- 2 Tbsp. of Salt
- 1 C. Warm Water
Blend Yeast, 1/2 C. of Water and Honey in a small glass bowl until Yeast is fed and has a large foam on top. In the bowl of a stand mixer add 2.5 C. of Standard Flour and Salt; once Yeast has foamed add it in to the flour mixture and with a dough hook proceed to blend ingredients. Slowly pour in 1 C. of Warm Water. You may need to add more flour until the desired consistency forms. Knead dough by hand for a few minutes then place in a bowl, cover with a cloth until it doubles in size.
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees and place a baker’s stone in the center of your rack to allow to warm while bread is rising. Once your bread has reached the desired proof, score on the top with three slashes and place directly on your stone in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the outside crust is a warm golden brown and the inside is cooked through. Allow to cool for at least 20-25 minutes before slicing.
For the Beans I used a standard fair Baked Bean and did add some seasoning, though I know in Great Britain the dish is usually served without a great deal of improvement.
Would you like a Cuppa:
Next for our Companion Drinks, I decided since Uncle Albert’s tea party was such a great success we would take a queue from him and make Red Sweetened Tea and Lemonade. To help with the sugar intake on the tea I used Honey instead of straight sugar, and served with lemon. To accent we added Red and White Striped straws reminiscent of Bert’s look in the chalk drawing!
And A Spoonful of Sugar:
And last but certainly not least we made our Spoonfuls of Sugar Cookies! We made the dough and chilled during the day, then cut and baked and glazed. The recipe can be found on our Pinterest Board here. I made ours in the shape of the Banks’ Kite, but this recipe can be rolled out and cut into any shape you would like!
All it takes is Tuppence For Paper and String you can Have Your Own Set of Wings:
Since I didn’t have any Carousel Horses lying around for our party, I decided to go old school Origami for decorations and made these White Birds to hang above our dining table:
The instructions can be found here, and they are so simple. Once you fold a number of them simply tie them with string or ribbons as I did and let them float in the breeze above you! I also incorporated them into our napkins for the kids to use:
We utilized colors from Mary’s look in the Chalk Drawing for our table settings and went with reds, pinks and whites:
Now For The Games!
We came up with three separate activities for the kids to participate in before watching the movie, and it also gave me a chance to clean up the kitchen (which is my own personal game to see how fun I can make that! And no, those dishes didn’t budge an inch when I snapped my fingers!)
First, Uncle Albert’s Joke Telling Contest. Based on laughs and applause we saw who can come up with the best one liners, punchlines and jokes! The winner won make your bubbles so you can float away.
Next, we had the Chalk Drawing Contest to see who could render the loveliest scene ala Bert. The winner won some new drawing supplies:
Last was the STEP IN TIME, dance competition where everyone took a turn dancing a jig like Chimney Sweeps to see who could step in time the best! The Winner won an iTunes Gift Card to keep up their dance skills:
Popping popcorn in our Disney buckets:
And settling in for a viewing of what else? Mary Poppins before calling it a night.
Tomorrow we see Saving Mr. Banks and I cannot wait to share our review with you as soon as I can! What ways can you think of to celebrate Mary Poppins?
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