Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hunger Games Date Night

Last night Bryan and I went with three friends to see the Hunger Games. I am not going to say anything about specific details, as I don't want to give anything away for those of you who haven't read the books or seen the movie yet. In all, I have to say that I was pleased with the movie. I went in with mixed feelings after hearing how so many people who had read the books first were let down. I could get really critical and tell you tons of details that were left out, but if they had put all of them into the movie it would have been waaay too long. There were a couple of things that were altered and a character that was left out, and about that I am not happy; I think it will hurt them down the road. The acting and movie itself by far blew Twilight out of the water. So. Much. Better. And as for being a movie about kids killing each other in order to survive, I thought it was tastefully done and actually less gory than I had imagined. Some might argue that, but come on, think about Braveheart and all of the war movies we see where people are killing one another in order to survive. I didn't notice that it was almost 2.5 hours long and it captivated me the entire time. As far as rating it goes, I give it a B+. If I hadn't read the books I would give it an A. {This was my date night attire.}

Before we went to the movies we made shrimp boil kebabs. They were extremely easy and everyone raved about them. Sorry, I didn't get any pictures of the food. I was going 90-to-nothing to try and hurry and get it all together before we had to leave to get good movie seats. The following picture is from Cook Au Vin.

Shrimp Boil Kebabs

1/2 pound small new potatoes
2 small ears corn, cut into 1 1/2 inch rounds
1/2 pound andouille sausage, cut into 1 inch rounds
1/2 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 stick butter, melted
4 teaspoons Tabasco
2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning

Boil the potatoes for about 10 minutes, then add the corn and cook both for 10 more minutes or until the potatoes are tender. {I like the corn basically cooked before it goes on the grill.} Drain and rinse under cold water.

Thread potatoes, shrimp and sausage onto skewers. {Thread the corn if possible, I just placed mine directly on the grill.}

Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Add the Tabasco and Old Bay seasoning and mix together. Apply generously to the skewers and corn.

Cook on grill over medium-high heat for 8-10 minutes, or until shrimp are done.

*If you don't have Old Bay seasoning use a little garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper and Cajun seasoning.

*I added mushrooms to the skewers.

*Serve with a salad and and you have a great meal!


  1. I love the idea of the shrimp boil kebab!

  2. The shrimp boil kebab sounds so yummy! I will definitely keep that in mind! Love your date night outfit :) I am working on finishing the first Hunger Games book and am excited to see the movie as everyone has been very pleased. I loved the Twilight books but was so sad when I saw the movies as they were not so great and not what I expected.

    1. We do a low country boil (shrimp boil) every year after Christmas but it always makes SO much. This is a great alternative.

  3. I saw Hunger Games on Saturday and loved it. I thought the acting was great (Twilight was awfullll) and it didn't seem like they left out too much of the original story. I read the book a while back so I may just not remember everything!
    Those kebabs look delish!

  4. I have yet to read and see Hunger Games but I have only hard great things about it. I have been reading your post lately and loving your blog. I found you through my dear friend blondepisodes, Kori. I am new to this blog world and trying t make new friends :) Come stop by my blog and let me know what you think, I would really appreciate it :) Have a great week!

  5. The shrimp boil kebabs look dellicious!!! Thanks for sharing!