Written by Nahum Gale
You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?
Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 cult classic, Pulp Fiction, may best be known for its hyper-stylised violence, excessive swearing, and overindulgence in swagger. The low-budget, shlocky, dialogue heavy indie encapsulated not only 90s culture but the mid-20th century pulpy comic and grungy diner cultures simultaneously. And here one may notice the film’s gluttonous obsession with food, particularly fast food. Between Hawaiian cheeseburgers, 1950s diner milkshakes, and tales of bizarre overseas fries and condiment mashups, the film revels in the exciting nature of eating vintage junk food. Pulp Fiction is even, somewhat, symbolically attuned to its foods; the metaphor being that worth can be found in consuming cheap and fatty materials, whether that be indie grunge movies or simple junk food. In short, if it’s entertaining, there must be some value!
And so, at Verse we are paying homage to Pulp Fiction by pairing cinema and food and bringing to life some of the film’s most classic eats. Let’s break away from the metric system and tuck into some funky fiction food recipes!
Jack Rabbit Slim’s $5 Shake
You will need:
- 5 scoops vanilla ice-cream
- 1?2 cup milk
- 1?2 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Bourbon (if desired)
- Whipped cream
- Maraschino cherry
1. Place ice-cream, milk, cream and vanilla extract in blender. Blend until mixed.
2. Optional add of a shot of bourbon (to warrant the $5’s as Vincent Vega would suggest).
3. Dress with whipped cream swirl and cherry on top.
4. ‘That is some serious gourmet sh*t!
Big Kahuna Burger
You will need:
- 110g minced meat (beef)
- 2 tbsp breadcrumbs
- 1 tbsp onion, chopped
- 1 egg
- 2 tsp tomato sauce
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 red onion, sliced
- 3 pineapples slices (canned)
- 2 slices American cheese
- 2 slices bacon
- Burger buns
- 2 tbsp butter, divided
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil, divided
- Tomato sauce
- Teriyaki sauce
1. For patty, combine mince, breadcrumbs, onion, herbs, egg, tomato and soy sauce, and salt and pepper in a bowl. With hands shape mixture into two individual beef balls. Let chill while preparing/ cooking other ingredients.
2. Heat 1 tablespoon butter in pan. Add red onion and cook slowly over low heat until caramelized, then set aside.
3. Use same pan to heat remaining butter on medium until sizzling. Add pineapple slices and sauté till lightly charred on either side, then set aside.
4. Use pan to cook bacon over medium/ high heat with 1 tablespoon vegetable oil until browned for 3 to 4 minutes using tongs. Once cooked, move bacon to paper towel lined plate to drain excess fat.
5. Heat other vegetable oil tablespoon in previous pan or skillet on high. Add beef balls and squash on pan using
a spatula until thin. Cook for a minute (or until bottom is crispy brown) then flip and add cheese to the cooked side, allowing it to melt.
6. Remove pan from heat but leave burgers in pan for cheese to continue melting.
7. Dress bun with tomato and teriyaki sauce and top with patties, bacon, caramelised onions and pineapple.
8. ‘Mm-hmm! That is a tasty burger!’
*Hot tip: if you want to go the full Tarantino, serve your burger and shake with a side of french fries and mayonnaise! They do it in holland, so why not do it here as well!
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