banana date ice cream

Welcome to our monthly Munch in FilmMunch post! This month our theme is keeping your cool. Amy Le from AmyLeCreations has come up with a ‘cool’ recipe that you have to try to believe how delicious it actually is. Here at FilmMunch we have selected the french film, 8 Femmes to serve as an appropriate film to pair with Amy’s chilled FilmSnack, enjoy!

Who loves winter and it’s chills? Here, down under, we are about to head into a hot summer, and if you’re a fan of the cold, you will be seeking numerous ways to try and stay cool. There is perhaps no better way to achieve that, than with Amy’s Banana/Date Ice Cream plus Coconut Sugar Caramel. Not only is it delicious, it’s easy to make, and it will keep the heat away. It’s a great FilmSnack because it’s quiet to eat, and sweet enough to keep you going for the rest of the film.

Here is the recipe:

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Banana Ice Cream 
4 ripe bananas 
1/4 cup dates, pitted 
Caramel Sauce 
1 cup coconut milk 
1/2 cup coconut sugar 
1 tsp vanilla 
1/4 tsp salt

Cut bananas into slices and place into the freezer overnight.

Combine all ingredients for the Caramel Sauce into a small saucepan. Bring to boil, then turn down to low. The mixture should still be bubbling, cook stirring occasionally for 15 to 18 minutes until it has reduced and thickened. Let cool. Store in a sealed
jar and refrigerate.

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Cut dates into small pieces and place along with the frozen pieces of banana into a food processor or high speed blender. Mix until smooth and resembles ice cream. You will have to scrape the mixture down a few times. Eat immediately with the Coconut Sugar Caramel Sauce!

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Got your Banana/Date Ice Cream plus Coconut Sugar Caramel ready? Ready for some more coolness? 8 Femmes (8 Women) is a film directed by the critically acclaimed Francois Ozon. Not only is this a great film to check out, but the plot revolves around a group of eight females, snowbound in a house. Plenty of snow can only equal one thing, apart from snowmen, cool temperatures!

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What makes 8 Femmes so engaging is the comical nature of the film, whilst at the same time dealing with tense issues, like murder and same sex expressions of love. There is a tone of dark comedy, reminiscent of the Coen Brothers, without Steve Buscemi or Jeff Bridges. In addition of the comedic feel, there is a touch of musicality to 8 Femmes, that is welcoming. Seeing as this film is based on the 1958 play by Robert Thomas, and the housebound nature of the setting, the film feels low-budget, almost like a TV-movie, which, I don’t know about you, always feels more down to earth and easy to watch.

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Combined with a strong cast, mostly unknowns to us, non-french people, but a-listers in France, with an intriguing story, 8 Femmes with quickly hold your attention. As different a film this is to anything that Alfred Hitchcock ever made, you can not help but be reminded of Rope or even some of Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV episodes. It’s a cool film, surrounded by a cold setting, pair that with Amy’s NanaIceCream and you are certain to keep your cool!

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The costume design is fantastic, as well as the set decoration, with it’s vibrant colours and wonderfully lit settings. If anything, this film is a celebration for females, and it is refreshing to see a film led entirely by a female cast. Reservoir Dogs had no females, whereas 8 Femmes has only female cast members. Mystery, comedy, drama and emotional suspense are all served out here in this offering, so be sure to check it out along with your cool Banana/Date Ice Cream plus Coconut Sugar Caramel!

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banana date ice cream