Monthly Archives: April 2014

Mutiny on the Bounty – Best Picture Winner; 1935

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The Basics – Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) – Director, Frank Lloyd; starring Clark Gable, Charles Lauhgton, Franchot Tone; Run Time – 132 mins. – Adventure, Drama, History –  “Fletcher Christian successfully leads a revolt against the ruthless Captain Bligh on the HMS Bounty. However, Bligh returns one year later, hell bent on avenging his captors.”

Prior Knowledge

Kristy – My knowledge of this movie is limited to the fact that it takes place on a ship near Tahiti.

Koob – Once again, I saw this movie around 12 or 13 years ago.  I remember it being pretty entertaining and Charles Laughton as Captain Bligh is one of the great screen villains of all time.

Fun Facts from IMDB

-The only film in Oscar history that had three nominees for Best Actor: Clark GableCharles Laughton, and Franchot Tone. Because of this, the Academy introduced a Best Supporting Actor Oscar shortly afterward to ensure this situation would not be repeated.

James Cagney was sailing his boat off of Catalina Island, California, and passed the area where the film’s crew was shooting aboard the Bounty replica. Cagney called to director Frank Lloyd, an old friend, and said that he was on vacation and could use a couple of bucks, and asked if Lloyd had any work for him. Lloyd put him into a sailor’s uniform, and Cagney spent the rest of the day as an extra playing a sailor aboard the Bounty. Cagney is clearly visible near the beginning of the movie.

Clark Gable had to shave off his trademark mustache for this film for historical accuracy. Mustaches were not allowed in the Royal Navy during the time the story takes place.

-In order to break the ice before shooting, Clark Gable, apparently unaware of co-star Charles Laughton‘s homosexuality, took him to a brothel. Laughton’s wife Elsa Lanchester always said that Laughton was nevertheless “flattered” by this gesture.

Viewing Source – Amazon Instant Video ($1.99 rental)

Post Viewing Responses

Ratings (with 1 star = the worst and 5 stars = the best)

Koob: 3 stars

Kristy: 4 stars

Double Gobble Score: 3.5 stars

The Takeaway: Worth seeing for the incredible story and the great performance by Charles Laughton as the villainous Captain Bligh.

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Polynesian-Style Papaya/Shrimp & Pineapple/Tofu Skewers for “Mutiny on the Bounty”

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“Mutiny on the Bounty” is based on a true story and the main mission of the actual Bounty was to take breadfruit plants from Tahiti to the West Indies.  During Kristy’s study abroad time in Jamaica, she ate quite a bit of breadfruit and learned some techniques on how to prepare it, however, due to it being difficult to find in the States (especially on short notice) we decided to prepare this healthy, Polynesian-influenced dish instead.

Ingredients – This recipe makes approximately 6-10 of each type of skewer.

1 package of long wooden skewers

1 package of firm tofu

1 can of pineapple chunks (including the pineapple juice)

1/2 pound large raw shrimp (peeled)

1 medium papaya

4 cloves of garlic

1 small onion

1 can of diced tomato

1 tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Amino All-Purpose Seasoning or Low-Sodium Soy Sauce

1 tablespoon Stevia

1 bag of shredded coconut

1 green pepper (optional)

Directions

First you’ll want to take out as much of the water out of the tofu as possible.  To do this you will need to take your tofu out of the water, wrap it in paper towels, and place a heavy object on it (such as a bowl or a pan).  Let it sit while you prep your marinade.

Marinade – mince your garlic and chop your onion and put them into a pan on medium heat.  Add the Braggs while stirring occasionally.  Cook for around five minutes.

Take your can of tomatoes and your Stevia and place them in the pan with your onion and garlic mixture.  Open your can of pineapples and pour in a generous half cup of the pineapple juice.  Take ten or so pineapple chunks, chop them, and mix them into your mixture.  Cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes and then remove from heat to let it cool.

Skewers – take your tofu and cut into one-inch cubes. Alternate tofu cubes and pineapple chunks along the skewer (you can also rotate in chunks of the green pepper as well).  You will probably need around 3-4 of each to fill a skewer.  For the shrimp skewers, slice your papaya into chunks and alternate between the shrimp and the papaya (feel free to rotate in pineapple and green pepper as well if you would like).

Once your marinade has cooled, place your skewers in a pan and glaze each side generously.  Cover and let sit in the refrigerator for minimum of one hour (overnight preferred).

Cooking – Skewers will be best cooked on a grill, however, we will be roasting them in this recipe.

Set your oven at 400 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.

Remove your skewers from the marinade and sprinkle shredded coconut on each side before placing on the baking sheet.

Roast the skewers until cooked throughout for 8-10 minutes, flipping over half way through.

Transfer the skewers to a bed of greens or rice and enjoy!

 

 

 

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