Life, death and Prawn tacos

Prawn Tacos with chipotle lime dressing

What have prawn tacos with chipotle lime dressing got to do with a kids movie, you may ask? Well not much actually, except that Eats World are partial to both. And, like tacos, animated movie The Book Of Life has a Mexican flavour… with a side of macabre.

You see, The Book of Life is a movie about death… for kids. It’s also Raffles new favourite movie. But not because he’s into the grim or ghoulish, because the film’s “more-is-more” aesthetic runs riot with colour, music, and a carnival like atmosphere. In fact, The Book of Life makes death look like a freaking hoot!

The Book of Life

Now, I’m not usually one to plug a movie but The Book of Life but this incredibly unique and colourfully chaotic movie, while not recommended for minimalists, offers an incredible opportunity for kids to learn about Mexican culture… and provides a great excuse to cook up a Mexican feast. Like we need one.

Inspired by the mythology of Mexico’s Dia De Los Meurtos (Day of the Dead) – where people celebrate and remember their dead ancestors with candy skulls, food, candles and music – the movie follows the journey of Manolo, a soulful young matador who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his legendary family and following his heart.

The Land of the Remembered in the Book of Life

But before choosing his path, Manolo embarks on an epic adventure that spans three magical, mythical and wondrous worlds  – the Land of the Living, the Land of the Remembered and the Land of the Forgotten.

The movie has an all-important movie love triangle where dorky music dude Manolo and his childhood friend, dashing soldier dude Joaquin (played ably by Channing Tatum’s vocal chords, though sadly not his abs), vie for the affections of ass-kicking dudette Maria. It also has bickering husband-and-wife deity dudes Xibalba and La Muerte, as well as intermediary deity the Candle Maker, played for maximum chuckles by rapper dude Ice Cube. Plus there’s an incredible contemporary pop soundtrack reworked mariachi style – listen out for an awesome rendition of Radiohead’s Creep. Dude!

Despite its themes of mortality, the film is giddy, delirious, joyful fun. Even when, early in the film, the hero dies, hilarity ensues when he is joined by his lively, remembered ancestors in festive, communal and incredibly decorative immortality.

And it provides a big hit of Mexican culture.

So were Raffles and Sugarpuff disturbed at all by the ghostly themes? Hardly, it just made them hungry for tacos.

 

14 Comments on Life, death and Prawn tacos

  1. Anna B
    September 24, 2015 at 2:25 pm (5 years ago)

    Drooling! I love fish tacos but haven’t tried prawn. These look great will have to give them a try x

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      September 26, 2015 at 6:49 pm (5 years ago)

      They’re great and really easy! Love to hear if you like them 🙂

      Reply
  2. Gabby
    September 24, 2015 at 2:27 pm (5 years ago)

    My kids loved The Book Of Life too it’s such a beautiful movie

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      September 26, 2015 at 6:49 pm (5 years ago)

      Such great messages x

      Reply
  3. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    September 24, 2015 at 10:27 pm (5 years ago)

    Ooh I really want to see this movie now! You’ve sold me on it and on these tacos (the tacos were a given) 🙂

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      September 26, 2015 at 6:48 pm (5 years ago)

      You’d love it Lorraine! Especially pre-Halloween x

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  4. Sarah
    September 25, 2015 at 8:16 am (5 years ago)

    First of all – that was such a cute film. I really enjoyed the animation in it – such beautiful colors! Second – the batter on that shrimp looks to die for! Love the tacos!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      September 26, 2015 at 6:48 pm (5 years ago)

      It was a divine movie and the tacos are delish! And so easy.

      Reply
  5. stuntman
    September 25, 2015 at 8:38 am (5 years ago)

    I must have Mexican food – now!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      September 26, 2015 at 6:47 pm (5 years ago)

      IT’s the best, huh?

      Reply
  6. Stephanie
    September 25, 2015 at 11:46 am (5 years ago)

    Sounds like an interesting movie! I’ve never had a prawn taco before, these look delish!

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      September 26, 2015 at 6:47 pm (5 years ago)

      They’re delicious. Worth a try x

      Reply
  7. yinyangmother
    September 26, 2015 at 10:39 am (5 years ago)

    Sounds like a great movie (may have to wear sunglasses it looks so bright). And yummy recipe too.

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    • BOYEATSWORLD
      September 26, 2015 at 6:47 pm (5 years ago)

      It’s wonderful. As are the tacos 😉

      Reply

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Hi, I’m Aleney and I am not a boy, but the little dude next to me is! I’m a besotted mother, award-winning travel writer, magazine editor and gallivanting glutton. He’s Raffles, and all-singing, all-dancing, all-cooking, all-adventurous eco-warrior. Along with his intrepid sister, Sugarpuff, we’re exploring the world’s colour, culture and cuisine on a food safari junior style.

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