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Dinner and a Movie: The Water Horse

Dinner and a Movie: The Water Horse has all the recipes you need for a seafood meal while you watch the family film. Fried catfish, buttered shrimp, hush puppies, and butterscotch bread are on the menu.

I know, we’re going back a few years (or more) for this one.  But I sincerely love The Water Horse  (and the Dick King-Smith book it’s based on), because I have been fascinated all my life with the world’s mysteries, and this theory of how the Loch Ness Monster came to be is beautiful and inspiring.

If you don’t know the story, young Angus finds a a large egg washed up on the shore of Loch Ness near the manor where his mother is employed.  He takes it home to the workshop of his father, a WWII Royal Navy sailor who has been missing in action for a year.  When the egg hatches, a water creature emerges and Angus names it Crusoe.  With the help of his sister and the newly hired handyman, Lewis, Angus raises the creature until it becomes too big to keep at home.  They release the ‘water horse’ into Loch Ness.

In the meantime, troops from the Royal Air Force have been stationed at the manor.  And those troops cause an awful lot of trouble for Angus and Crusoe.

The Water Horse

There is a simplicity and beauty about this story that captures me every time.  And my boys love it because David Morrissey is in it (and if you don’t know him, he plays the Governor in The Walking Dead Seasons 3 & 4.  Everything comes back to TWD with these boys).  The cast is rounded out by Emily Watson, Ben Chaplin, and Alex Etel, all of whom I love in just about anything.  There is so much poignancy to each character and every subplot, but there’s plenty of laughter and excitement, too.

Seriously, if you haven’t seen it yet, watch this film with your kids.  And if you have, then by all means, watch it again.  It’s on Netflix, my friends.  Oh. Yeah.

A Seaside Meal

This film is very much a seaside type of movie, so I thought it would be fun to have seafood while you  watch.  Shells and fish and water are everywhere throughout the film (which is part of what makes it so gorgeous), so let’s try some yummy good stuff that makes us feel like seaside residents even if we don’t live near the sea.  Which, unfortunately, I do not.

Dinner

A seafood meal for Dinner and a Movie: The Water Horse

Fried catfish, buttered shrimp, and hush puppies, anyone?  We catch our catfish ourselves because that’s totally part of the fun, but you can find it at your local grocery, I bet.  And this is hands-down the best recipe we’ve come up with.   We have to buy the shrimp because they don’t live in rivers, but the hush puppies?  From scratch, lovely readers, and oh, so good.

Fried Catfish

Fried Catfish Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: The Water Horse

What you need:

  • 1 –  2 pounds catfish, cut into chunks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Oil for cooking
  • sealable gallon-size bag

What you do:

  • If you’re using a deep fryer, preheat it to 375F
  • If stovetop frying, heat 2 inches of oil in a deep skillet over medium heat
  • Meanwhile, stir together eggs and milk in a medium bowl
  • Add flour, bread crumbs, cayenne, salt, and pepper to gallon bag
  • A few pieces at a time, dip the catfish chunks in the egg mixture
  • Add dipped chunks to gallon bag and shake to cover (don’t do too many at once or it might become a big mess)
  • Fry chunks for 4-5 minutes until flaky when pierced with a fork

Buttered Shrimp

Buttered Shrimp Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: The Water Horse

What you need:

What you do:

  • Thaw the shrimp inside the bag in cold water
  • Pull the tails off
  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat
  • Add the shrimp
  • Stirring frequently, cook about 2 minutes until shrimp are bright pink and opaque

Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: The Water Horse

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Half a medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Oil for frying

What you need:

  • Heat oil to 350F
  • Sift flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt into a medium bowl
  • Add onion, egg, and milk, stirring until just blended
  • Drop the mixture by tablespoonfuls into the oil
  • Fry 3-4 minutes until golden brown
  • Hush puppies will float when done
  • Drain on paper towels

Throw some corn on the cob or cole slaw on that plate, my friends.  Or even baked potato.  I mean, yeah freaking yeah.

Dessert

Butterscoth Bread Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: The Water Horse

Okay, so throw things at me if you want to, but I thought:  Scottish loch, butterscotch–there’s a connection.  Plus, this bread?  So yummy and easy, I can’t even.  This recipe makes 2 loaves, which is good, because it disappears quickly

Butterscotch Bread

Butterscoth Bread Recipe for Dinner and a Movie: The Water Horse

What you need:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking pwder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

What you do:

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Grease 2 9×5 loaf pans
  • In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar
  • In a mixing bowl, combine buttermilk, eggs, and melted butter
  • Add flour mixture to buttermilk mixture and mix at low speed 2-3 minutes
  • Fold in pecans
  • Spoon mixture equally into loaf pans
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
  • Let stand for 10 minutes
  • Remove to rack to cool completely

I’m not making this up, you don’t even have to put anything on this bread for it to be delicious.  But a little butter and honey?  Oh. Yeah.

So get your Netflix on tonight with your amazing family and have some yummy good stuff while you do.  This meal is super easy and full of brain food.  And we all want to feed our kids’ brains, now don’t we?

Love wins,

KT

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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8 Comments

  1. I have never seen the movie. Had heard it was good but had no idea of what it was about. I am going to have to watch it now it sounds really good. And I love that you put cayenne pepper in you catfish batter will defiantly have to try that.Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays hop! Hope to see you next week. And have a great week,
    Connie

  2. We love that sweet movie and these recipes all sound fabulous! Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Learn. Pinned.
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  3. Fun idea! Thanks for sharing at Dishing It & Digging It!
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  4. I love all of these recipes which I’m keen to try. Thanks for linking up and sharing with us at #overthemoon. I’ve pinned and shared.
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