If you need a little Maelstrom in your life but you can’t get out to Walt Disney World, here’s a movie night that’s perfect for two Disney geeks on a Monday:
If you have Netflix, check out Trollhunter (Trolljegeren). It’s available for instant streaming or rental if you don’t have instant streaming. (Although, seriously…the instant streaming is so worth it, especially if you have a Wii or Xbox360 or some other way to stream to your television.) Trollhunter is one of those foreign films that looks completely weird from the outside, but it is insanely watchable with crazy special effects. The trolls alone are worth it.
Movie snacks are inspired by Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe, the little bakery at the Norway pavilion. Ham and Apple Sandwiches and Sweet Pretzels are two of the tourist favorites. You can go with the traditional Norwegian recipes (including this one for Sweet Pretzels) or you can go the easy/tasty route:
Ham and Apple Sandwiches: Take your choice of bread and stack black forest ham, cooked bacon, thin slices of apple (I like granny smith) and slices of cheddar (the sharper the better). Spread butter or mayo on the outside of the sandwich and grill in either a panini press or in a frying pan with a dinner plate sitting on top of the sandwich to squish it down while it grills. When both sides are brown and the cheese is melty gooodness, enjoy!
Sweet Pretzels: pick up a box of frozen pretzels in your grocer’s freezer. Bake the pretzels according to the directions on the box, but don’t salt them. Instead, mix 1/2 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons milk, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract and zig-zag the frosting onto the cooled pretzels until you have the desired amount. Cover with toasted sliced almonds and allow to cool and harden.
Extra credit: head out to your local World Market or specialty wine store to see if you can track down some Norwegian wine or beer. Word to the wise, though – we’ve tried the beer and Norwegian wine available at Epcot. It’s not what I would call delicious…