Winter is the best time to cozy up with something good to eat and a movie. Take it to the next level with thematic snacks to pair with what’s playing out on-screen.
1. Bridget Jones’s Diary + Turkey Curry
We all feel Bridget’s pain, but if she can make it through the holidays so can we. Munch on some of BJ’s mum’s famous turkey curry and it’ll all turn out OK.
2. Love Actually + Banoffee Pie
I have the same feelings about Love Actually that Keira Knightley’s character has for banoffee pie: It’s likable but embarrassing. Don’t be ashamed. Make this English classic and allow yourself to love this holiday rom-com.
3. It’s a Wonderful Life + Gingerbread Men
There’s nothing like sad little gingerbread men to make you feel compassion. Chomp away while rooting for George Bailey to pull himself together.
4. March of the Penguins + Clam Chowder
No matter how cold it is outside you are better off than these poor penguins. They can only eat cold seafood, but you can have yours piping hot and extra comforting, in chowder form.
5. Elf + Seven-Layer Bars
Buddy the elf loves all things sugary. I won’t suggest that you take his advice re the four main food groups, but Buddy would surely approve of these gooey classics.
6. How the Grinch Stole Christmas + The Grinch Stole Christmas Cookies
Maybe these minty-green cookies could have lightened the Grinch’s mood without going to so much trouble.
7. About a Boy + Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf
Marcus’s mom would’ve loved this vegan main on her holiday table; I’m betting even Will would have liked it (if he’d given it a chance).
8. Miracle on 34th Street + Peppermint Hot Chocolate
There are some intense moments in this Christmas classic—even Kris Kringle needs something soothing to sip on sometimes.
9. Fargo + Wild Rice Hotdish
Brave the cold like a real Minnesotan with some wild rice hotdish while watching this grimly humorous thriller.
10. Cool Runnings + Jamaican Christmas Cake
Jamaica has a bobsled team, and a Christmas cake. Enjoy the movie and this well-spiced twist on a fruitcake simultaneously.
11. The Lion in Winter + Venison Bourguignon
Can’t get in the Christmas spirit? Neither can Eleanor of Aquitaine. This game stew will put you in a medieval mood and keep you warm even when Katharine Hepburn and Peter O’Toole are exchanging the most chilling of barbs.
By day, Madeline manages the video program at Astor Wines and Spirits and Astor Center. At night, she can be found biking around Brooklyn, seeking out new dumplings in Chinatown, or experimenting in her tiny kitchen in Clinton Hill.