• Christopher Roberts

Film & Food, Issue 4, Apr 2021

Family. At first glance my choices seem a mixed bag, but look deeper and you’ll see they all capture the joys, struggles and special moments of family life.

Minari - A Korean family striving for the American Dream. Perfectly performed by a terrific cast, the family moves to an Arkansas farm desperate to make it big - the challenge is to try and stick together. It’s their eccentric and passionate grandma who forces the family to look beyond their troubles and embrace what they already have in each other. Dreamlike and immersive. In select theatres now.

My Neighbour Totoro - An almost spiritual prequel to Minari, Totoro also features a family moving to a new house surrounded by natural beauty. Childlike wonder and joy are captured beautifully, with a supportive loving father and a collection of cute, mystical creatures who comfort and delight. Pure cinematic bliss, this film will encourage you to cling tighter to those you love! Available on Netflix now.

Derry Girls - Quirky and outrageously funny, this show perfectly captures the feeling of being a teenager and how family can be found in our closest friends. Set to the backdrop of political and religious tension in 1990’s Northern Ireland the show is surprisingly warm and chock full of heart. This is addictive viewing with a cracking soundtrack that you’ll finish too quickly! Both seasons available on Netflix now.

Inspired by Derry Girls, I have a recipe for healthy one-tray fish and chips which will satisfy any cravings you have while watching. Or you could just pop down to the local fish and chip shop for the fried stuff - your choice!

One-tray fish & chips

Ingredients (serves 2)

2 barramundi fillets

1 kg potatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp ghee

2 tbsp chives, chopped (or any other green herb like tarragon or parsley)

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

2 tbsp melted butter

Plant Power Twist Use a variety of root veg instead of just the potatoes and add green veggies of your choice at the same time as the fish.


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Add olive oil and ghee to a large baking tray and heat in the oven for 5 min.

2. Peel potatoes and chop into thick chips. Place in a large bowl and pour the hot oil/ghee mixture onto the potatoes and stir with a large spoon to evenly coat uncooked chips in oil (this makes them extra crunchy!)

3. Arrange chips in a single layer on the tray and bake for 45 min.

4. Add the chopped chives and crushed garlic to the melted butter.

5. When the 45 min is up, take the tray out the oven and use a spatula to shift the chips to one side allowing you to place the fish and any extra veggies you might like on the hot tray. Evenly spoon the butter/herb mixture onto the barramundi fillets. Bake for another 15 min.

6. Serve your beautiful herb butter barramundi with a good helping of crunchy chips and a wedge of lemon and enjoy!