If by some chance you haven't seen Shaun of the Dead, go ahead and watch it...I'll wait.
Okay, I'm kidding. Sort of. You really should go watch it, but until then, I'll give you a quick rundown. Shaun and Ed are best mates in their 20's who haven't really made that transition to responsible adult yet. Much to Shaun's girlfriend Liz's chagrin, Shaun would rather sleep late, play video games, get his meals one-by-one at a convenience store, and hang out at The Winchester (a pub), than start adulting. Liz calls things off with Shaun after he lets her down one time too many.
- Take the car.
- Go to mum's.
- Kill Phillip (sorry!).
- Grab Liz.
- Go to The Winchester.
- Have a nice cold pint.
- Wait for this all to blow over.
As far as food inspiration goes, there's actually quite a bit both seen and mentioned throughout, but I think Shaun of the Dead deserves a solid pub menu to do it justice. I actually plan on putting a menu together and posting a new recipe from it until it's complete (though that may take some time).
Aside from normal pub munchies like pork rinds (aka pork lumps or pig snacks), crisps, and corn nuts (more about these in a minute), I'll include toasties (toasted sandwiches), homemade giant pickles like the kind you see in a huge jar on/behind bars (because Shaun's mum calls him "Pickle"), fried cheese slices (from the quote "How's that for a slice of fried gold?"), and of course, Cornettos (probably more recognizable as Drumsticks to us Americans) and red pie ("you've got red on you") in case of a sweet tooth.
So, I'll kick things off today with the homemade corn nuts. Funny story - corn nuts are never actually mentioned or seen in Shaun of the Dead. But I thought they were up until a few days ago. You see, in the opening scene at The Winchester, Ed beans Shaun in the head with a bag, and what I've always heard as he threw it was "Shaun! Corn nuts!".
Also,my friend Kimberly from Coffee and Casseroles is joining me in the kitchen with Shaun of the Dead this month, so I'll hope you'll drop by and check out her Shaun of the Dead inspired Zombie Skins with You've Got Red on You Sauce!
I'll be sharing at least one new recipe from this series every month. To check out all of the past recipes and some upcoming featured titles, check out my "in the kitchen with Zombie Fiction" page!