Jennifer Rathwell: The Queen Of Screen


Watch This, Eat That: Food and Movie Pairings for Christmas

From Roast Beast to Bubbly, Home Alone to Die Hard

The Grinch carves the roast beast

One of the best things about the holidays is getting together and cozying up with a family favourite movie or special. Warm feelings are great, but they won’t keep you full and happy while you watch these heartwarming scenes, so here are some great pairings you can (mostly) whip up faster than an elf's wink.

Home Alone & Cheese Pizza

Kevin might be facing down bad guys and spending Christmas Eve alone, but a guy needs a good meal for all the action that lies ahead. So, using his brother’s gangster movie, Angels With Dirty Faces, Kevin orders up a pizza through his mail slot and prepares a fancy and festive table to enjoy his cheese pizza, all to himself. Feel free to stray from tradition and order (or make) yours with extra mushrooms or your family’s favourite toppings.

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Elf & Sugary Treats

Buddy knows it’s important for an elf to stick to the four food groups.

While following Buddy’s diet to the letter might give everyone a tummy ache, stock up on some candy canes and maybe a few cookies for this sweet film.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas & Roast Beef

Once his heart is the proper size, the Grinch sits down with all the Whos for the feast and he himself, carves the roast beast. Serve your own wintery comfort roast before snuggling in to watch this family favourite. (And do skip the live-action version with Jim Carrey in favour of the animated classic. You'll thank us.) 
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A Christmas Story & Take-Out Chinese

After a doggy disaster with their planned Christmas dinner, Ralphie and family end up at the town’s Chinese restaurant for a nice duck. Skip all the turley prep and dial your favourite take-out counter instead.

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Die Hard & Hors D’oeuvres

The action starts at the office Christmas party in this film, so put the kids to bed and enjoy an upscale adult affair with bubbly and tiny food. It will be a great party, unless you invited someone named Hans. That guy is a real party crasher. Our own Party Mummy Lisa Thornbury has some great cocktail party ideas for menu planning.

Suggest a pairing, or let us know what's on your TV menu tonight!