Sometimes cooking and especially baking can be a test of one’s character. Thus, is the case with the goat cheese biscuits.
I didn’t set out to make them. I set out to make goat cheese frosting!
But, did you know that flour and confectioner’s sugar look alike.
Yep. I did that. I used flour and then realized uh oh.
It’s not like me to want to throw food into the trash the way they do in Hollywood restaurant kitchens like in the movie Burnt. As they tested and tested and tested again recipes that might win the fictitious chef his hopeful three Michelin Stars, lots of food got trashed.
They should have trashed the movie. While we all love Bradley Cooper, his character never got lovable. Even
in the moment when he serves a little girl cake for her birthday, I just wanted to hit him with it.
I didn’t like the title, although I felt a bit burnt by the end.
I can’t stand fallen heroes who have talent and then use every drug, every woman and every good friend.
I can’t stand temper tantrums and broken dishes in kitchens. I can’t stand antics. Go home, Chef. Break up your own house. Do violence all by yourself. No perfect scallop is worth eating that comes out of a toxic kitchen.
Aren’t we over scallops anyway?
I also can’t stand that somehow someway they had to have a gay character (the only endearing one in the bunch) that had a crush on a straight guy. Pathetic.
And, how cliche that the female chef whom he nearly forces to work for him falls in love with him for absolutely no good reason except that he leaves her at a party, he physically assaults her in the kitchen, and he won’t let her take the lunch time off to spend with her daughter on her birthday.
Chef Adam Jones is a bit of a monster in the kitchen, yet drums up loyalty, even with us in the audience who actually feel sorry for him when someone gets even for his past antics and arranges some payback. We should have cheered the avenger, but we didn’t because the movie line was “like the bad boy.” After all, the bad boy will come out smelling better in the end.
But he really didn’t. He stunk and he burned us. He was not adorable. He did have amazing blue eyes to gaze upon, but it wasn’t enough. We wanted him to come through and break out of his miserable self, so we could make sense out of the the female chef love interest, who had moxy in the beginning of the movie and lost it.
His (sort of) therapist (Emma Thompson) was dressed absurdly for no good reason and her talent was diminished. While she delivered the only line of truth, it was too little, too late, and only zeroed out by line from a previous girlfriend who had gone down into hell with him. “We were good together.” No you weren’t good together; you were addicts,
toxic and in destruction.
You also look way too beautiful to have lived life on the dark side with the charming Chef Adam Jones.
We always want the bad guy to win, if he so much as does a meek apology or glances our way. UGH!
Here’s the worst part of this movie.
I did not leave hungry for anything except scrambled eggs that were cooked in a home kitchen for him after he got blitzed.
I wanted to love this movie. But I already loved enough of the wrong things and people in 90’s.
Chef Movies I Do Love
Now if you really want to see a good movie revolving around the coveted Michelin stars, I have two for you, a movie:
The Thirty Foot Journey
If you really truly want to get inside of an Michelin Star Awarded Chef, see the documentary, For Grace which I wrote about here. I promise you to be blown away.
For Grace, a Documentary about Chef Curtis Duffy
While both chefs are flawed and a bit jagged at times, they are engaging in their personal story and compelling in their passion to cook. The 30 Foot Journey does a masterful job of displaying the complexities of people who are driven to perfection by a love of food, while still being as approachable as the food truck chef in Chef.
Chef (a movie to love)
Chef is a feel good movie that tells more than the story of a chef, scorned by a food blogger. It’s the story of the guts it takes to bring tasty food to people, the price it takes in a personal life and a father/son story.
I could see this move over and over, as long as I have a Cubano Sandwich ready!
The Making of a Goat Cheese Biscuit
I could have just as easily thrown a fit when I discovered that I just put two cups of flour into my butter when I was trying to make frosting. I caught myself.
The test of character in a regular home kitchen is having the determination to do something with a mistake, as I still believe failures are the best teachers, and if you aren’t failing, you aren’t succeeding.
Knowing I make very successful biscuits, why not make one with goat cheese, even if the order of ingredients was not quite right, which I fixed for you in the recipe. Just know that even doing it wrong, they came out right and every last one disappeared before my eyes.
So tell me, do you have a favorite food movie? I’d love to hear about it in the comments, or tell me about your funny kitchen mistakes.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 ounces goat cheese, cold
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, very cold
- ¾ cups buttermilk or whole milk
- milk for brushing biscuits
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees (425 for convection oven)
- Mix dry ingredients together well.
- Chop butter and goat cheese into small pieces. Place in freezer for 10 minutes.
- Using hands, mix into flour mixture, making sure not to smear in, leaving small pieces.
- Add in milk and mix using wooden spoon
- Form into a ball and pat down.
- Cut with biscuit cutter.
- Place on baking stone, or cast iron pan or griddle, touching.
- See this post for biscuit tips.
- Brush with milk (to aid in browning)
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.