There was a single rule going into this post—we had to choose an 80's movie that we already owned. Fortunately I love my movies, and while I may not have all of my favorites from back in the day, I do have a stack that would carry me through a couple years of monthly posts with this requirement. I contemplated so many, but I wound up choosing the 1988 film License to Drive, starring "the two Coreys" (and yes, I loved the two Coreys as much as any other 12 or 13 year old girl of the time).
The premise of the movie is that 16-year old Les Anderson (Haim) is about to get his driver's license. He has big plans to take the hottest girl in school, Mercedes Lane (Heather Grant), out on a date. His best friend Dean (Feldman) has big plans to go cruising into Archie's Atomic where the ration of girls to guys is 5 to 1. But sleeping through Driver's Ed didn't do Les any favors and he fails his written exam.
Okay, so that's the basis. It's not really a foodcentric flick, but there is some inspiration to be drawn from. There is punch, chips, cheetos, and cake at a party Les and Dean go to. There's the driving instructor's precious coffee. Champagne pops up in a couple of instances. We see pizza and pop from Shakey's (which just so happened to be where I had my first real job other than a paper route). There's roller skate drive-in style food hooked to the window when our boys actually do make it to Archie's Atomic—think burgers, fries, etc. There's also plenty of booze in the death-of-a-car-by-random-drunk scene.
But the biggest food inspiration came from Les's pregnant mom, played by Carol Kane. While Les and Dean may have been my favorite characters 28 years ago, when I pulled this movie out to watch it again after so long, Mrs. and Mr. (Richard Masur) Anderson were actually my favorite characters. They are hilarious (but Corey Haim is still adorable)!
"For your information this is exactly what I ate when I was pregnant with all of you...you turned out okay."
I was tempted to head into the kitchen and make a big pile of ketchup-smothered mashed potatoes, but instead went with another of her cravings, this one happening in the middle of the night. She sends her husband downstairs to make her a Sardine and Pickle Sandwich...which she then proceeds to eat in bed.
I can honestly say that I never craved a sardine and pickle sandwich when I was pregnant, nor had I ever tried one before now. But I had a few tins of sardines in the pantry and some pickles in the fridge, so I figured there was no better time than the present to give it a go. And guess what? It was pretty darn delicious. It may look like cat food (as my kids and husband so kindly pointed out), but it tasted like people food!
Sardine & Pickle Sandwiches
Not only will they satisfy pregnancy cravings, sardine and pickle sandwiches are actually good for you since sardines are one of the most concentrated sources of Omega-3 fatty acids you can find.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: entree sandwich pescetarian pickles fish sardines
Ingredients (2 sandwiches)
- 1 (4.4 ounce) tin Sardines in Harissa
- 1/4 cup drained dill relish
- 1 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 4 slices of bread
Lift the sardines out of the tin, leaving as much of the packing oil behind as you can; place into a small bowl. Use a fork to mash the sardines and then stir in the remaining ingredients.
Spread on two pieces of bread (toasted or untoasted) and top each with another slice of bread. Enjoy immediately.