A movie that inspired me when I was a kid was Rocky I. Seriously. Yes, I'm female, I don't have a drop of Italian in my blood, I am not an aspiring boxer and I was 2 years old when it was released. I probably first saw it when I was 9 or 10 years old because my dad loved Rocky movies. Somehow, the Italian Stallion left a strong impression on me. I loved the movie so much that I even named my pet turtle Rocky. The movie was filmed in just 28 days and with only a budget of US$1.2 million but yet it became such a popular movie (it got 10 Academy Award nominations and won 3 Oscars, including Best Picture) and launched Sylvester Stallone's career.
It was more than the whole "underdog wins the day" story line that inspired me. There were several scenes that left an impression. The scene that I stuck in my mind most clearly was when Rocky finally got fit and ran up the steps to the museum at the end of his run with his arms raise and fists thrusting in the air, in a victory pose. Due to my love for running, I could relate to that scene very much and I have to admit that I've actually done that before after running up a big hill (when no one was looking, of course!). I even have the Rocky soundtrack ("Gonna Fly Now") as running music (o.k., laugh if you want, I don't mind). Another scene that I could relate to was when he had to wake up before dawn to run. He also cracked I-don't-know-how-many eggs in a glass and drank the raw eggs in a few gulps! I guess those were the days before protein shakes. And how can anyone forget how Rocky trained by punching the hanging cow carcass in the meat cold room?
Why am I going on about Rocky? This is my my entry to the Food in Film blogging event hosted by Susan at The Well-Seasoned Cook. The most memorable food scenes in Rocky was the raw egg scene I mentioned. I didn't think all of you will enjoy a a recipe for a cocktail of raw eggs. So that's when I thought of making a Rocky Burger. Basically what makes it a Rocky Burger to me is that it has to be kept unpretencious, wholesome and high in protein. Quikong helped me with this project (he is the expert when it comes to meat). We made a thick, good quality beef mince patty and marinated it. Of course the cooked patty has to be topped off with a runny egg. Instead of lettuce, I used fresh spinach (Popeye's secret weapon!) and all the other usual burger accompaniments such as sliced tomatoes and grilled onions.Do check out the terrific entries in the The Food in Film round-up which is now available here.
This burger is Rocky-worthy :-)