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Food and Film, an Oscar Celebration: All About Eve and Smoked Salmon and Peaches

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The Oscar's, or Academy Awards, have become an international yearly tradition for film fans the world over. Millions of people look forward to the one day of the year when a gold plated little naked bald man takes over the media universe. Whether you love or hate the choices of the academy members, the fact-of-the-matter is, the Oscar's are a cause for celebration -- and what better way to celebrate than with food! This year we'll celebrate with some great food from the films which have taken home the Oscar for Best Picture.

All About Eve (Best Picture, 1950): Bette Davis is an icon of the American cinema and one of her greatest performances is that of Margo Channing in this classic story of jealousy and betrayal, All About Eve. All About Eve won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director (Joseph L. Mankiewicz), Best Supporting Actor (George Sanders), Best Costume Design and, Best Sound Recording. In a very rare twist, the films two leading actresses, Bette Davis and Anne Baxter were both nominated for Best Actress and the films two main supporting actresses, Celeste Holm and Thelma Ritter, were both nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

Throughout the film All About Eve there are numerous cocktail parties, thus the food associated with the film is mostly of the appetizer variety. A perfect appetizer for this film would be something very New York (the locale of the film) and something which would go good with a variety of cocktails. With this in mind, you can't go wrong with Smoked Salmon and Peaches.

When purchasing smoked salmon, you do want to be careful. Take special note to the ingredients (unless you smoke it yourself). There is no need for any preservatives to be in smoked salmon. You want the ingredients to simply note what kind of salmon it is and what was used to smoke it -- that is it! If you are not a fan of smoked salmon, you can also prepare this dish with cured salmon (once again check the ingredients). If using cured salmon, I recommend a variety which has been cured with brown sugar.

Luckily, in most areas of the United States, you can find fresh peaches year around (imported from Mexico or Central America). Most of these peaches will not be as sweet and juicy as the domestic peaches we salivate over in the summer months, but they will work fine for this dish.

Ingredients needed to make Smoked Salmon and Peaches (serves 4):

  • 6 ounces smoked salmon, thinly slice
  • 4 peaches, peeled, pitted and sliced
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 lime, thinly sliced

Steps:

  1. Remove the smoked salmon from it package and blot dry with paper towels.
  2. Onto each serving plate place the peaches in an overlapping row.
  3. Place the smoked salmon over the peaches and then the onions.
  4. Sprinkle a little salt over the onions.
  5. Place a few slices of lime on each plate and serve.

The internationally bestselling cookbook from Chef Larry Edwards, "Edwardian Cooking: 80 Recipes Inspired by Downton Abbey's Elegant Meals," is now in it's third printing and available worldwide in both hard cover and e-book versions. The paperback version will be released March 4, 2014.

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