Arguing about which film to see can put marriages at risk, says Sophie White, but these snacks keep things sweet
Since getting married, all we do is watch movies. Gone are the days of hanging on his every word — sometimes I prefer him to keep those words to himself, especially when we come to a good bit in the movie. As all couples know, agreeing on a film to watch is never easy. Many a movie night in our house leaves me wondering how our marriage is ever going to work. Himself is a huge Terrence Malick fan — an oeuvre which is completely and utterly out of my intellectual league (and his, or so I thought). I'm usually pushing for something a bit more character-driven, such as the incomparable Con Air.
The other night, at the video store, we had our very first three-way domestic involving the eternally suffering video-store guy. Now I have long being a tad wary of the video-store guy because, let's face it, he’s the only person with more dirt on me than my husband. He knows about those nights when I've just wanted to watch The Holiday and the exact number of times I have rented Mean Girls.
This guy and Himself have way too much on me so, when their powers combined on this week's video-store trip, I didn't stand a chance. I was voting for She's All That, while Himself was pushing for his hat-trick viewing of The Tree of Life. When the video-store guy was called in to mediate, he arched one eyebrow at Himself, as if to say, ‘You're going to take this from the woman who rented the My So-Called Life box set and then pretended to lose it so she could keep it for herself?’
So, once again, we sat through the snooze-fest that is The Tree of Life, but at least I still get to be in charge of movie-night snacks. Below is the only thing that makes a Terrence Malick movie tolerable.
Makes about 70 rolos. Place the condensed milk, the golden syrup and the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat and stir continuously to keep the mixture from sticking. Cook the caramel mixture — which will start out quite pale and liquid — until it is golden in colour and thick enough to draw a figure of eight on the surface several times without it disappearing. Pour the caramel on to a small greaseproof-paper-lined tray, allow it to cool, then chill it in the fridge for half an hour.
Place the dark chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir until it melts. Once melted, take it off the heat and leave it to stand and cool, but don't let it solidify.
Using a teaspoon or knife, divide the cooled caramel into seventy pieces. Roll each one into a small ball and return them to the fridge for 10 more minutes.
To coat, I simply drop the caramel pieces, one by one, into the chocolate and roll them about with a spoon, then I pop them on a greaseproof-paperlined tray and leave them in the fridge to harden.
I like to serve these guys straight from the fridge, mixed in a bowl of salty popcorn with a good movie — usually one starring Nicolas Cage.