The Film: White Wedding – South Africa
Imagine Planes, Trains & Automobiles if Steve Martin weren’t trying to get home for Thanksgiving, but rather to his own wedding. Imagine if John Candy was his philandering best friend. Imagine if this all took place in South Africa. That’s a taste of White Wedding.
This film is full of interesting dichotomies: old versus new, fidelity versus infidelity, city and country, tradition and modernization. The clear winners are the viewers who get to experience this all play out with a great sense of humor and heart.
Films about weddings and families, traditions and friendships, often have a global quality which transcends their unique source as these are shared experiences, human events. But this same global quality allows the events to easily absorb and communicate distinct traditions and cultures.
The layers of language in the film, Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa, and English are never too complicated to follow. The comedy derived from the mashing of these sub-cultures is what makes this story distinctly South African.
It isn’t perfect. The acting has it’s low spots and there really isn’t anything mind-blowing about the juxtaposition of the groom and his bride struggling to make it to the alter. It’s not trying to reinvent the genre. But once I realized that I was able to sit back and enjoy.I’m glad I did.
I think it’s important to note how the story blooms. It starts out broad with the wedding as the focus, but as you watch the story becomes more distinctly about the couple. The groom, Elvis, played by Kenneth Nkosi really shows us why we’re watching. His charisma brings the focus back to the heart of the story — what is love? Why do we do this?
White Wedding is really an enjoyable film filled with relatable moments and a strong understanding of love and marriage.
Holiday Spirit: +3
The Food: Bombay Chex Mix
Yesterday I mentioned recipe failures which included roasted nuts. I chose to make a cardamom cashews and a curry cashew. They were hardly in the oven, less than half of the specified time, and they had gone from toasted to toasty and the flavor hadn’t imparted at all.
I realize some of my starting ingredients are not replicable, but don’t worry. This will still be great even if you modify it. If I was going to purchase specific ingredients for this mix, I probably would have added some distinctly Indian snacks. However, the idea for this recipe came when I realized the cinnamon Chex would be a perfect base for this sweet and spicy snack and I didn’t feel like devoting huge amounts of energy into a fun little snack. So let’s just call it Bombay inspired and get to the making.
- 4 1/2 cups Cinnamon Chex
- 1 cup Cashews
- 1 cup Raisins or chopped Dates
- 1 cup Unsalted Dry Roasted Peanuts
- 1/4 cup Brazil nuts, crushed
On the stove in a saucepan combine:
- 4 tablespoons Butter
- 1 tablespoon Honey
- 1 teaspoon Cardamom
- 3 teaspoons Curry Powder
- 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon Chili Powder
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Lemon Zest
- Black Pepper and Salt to taste
Melt on low until all the flavours are combined. Be careful of splatters.
Slowly pour the seasoned butter over the mix, stirring to coat each piece. Make sure you do this in a bowl that won’t stain — curry powder is distinctly yellowing.
Spread the hot mix on a paper towel to cool for 15 minutes.
Of course I threw some more of the same spices on top of the warm mix for good measure but be careful with the curry powder. I happen to love the one I have raw but some don’t taste good unless they’re cooked.
If you have any leftover, don’t forget to store it in an airtight container.
Holiday Spirit: +4