Driving Miss Daisy film matched with Georgian fare

Starring Morgan Freeman, Jessica Tandy & Dan Aykroyd



– This slow old film is all about an older woman (Tandy) realising her limitations after backing her car into the neighbour’s yard. Her son, Boolie (Aykroyd) then hires a driver, Hoke Colburn (Freeman) who then drives her around, becomes her friend and grows old with her. That’s about it.


So let’s move on from the sub-standard movie and onto some great southern food. This is straight from the streets of Atlanta, Georgia – the setting of this film of course. It’s Fried Cornmeal Okra from Kwanzaa Culinarians.


The performances were ordinary. Tandy gave a solid performance but the southern accents of Freeman and Aykroyd were just plain annoying. Twang, twang, twang. Argh! Aykroyd is not a good actor. He’s great in films like Ghostbusters but really, he’s not Oscar material in my humble opinion.

Freeman was Freeman. The nice, almost too jovial, driver who put up with almost anything- a saint! There was a little emotional stuff but not enough to make this worthy of a Best Picture statuette. Not sure what I was missing but I soon turned to Words With Friends to distract my mind from this slow paced tale.

It was the year of Born on the Fourth of July, Dead Poets Society and My Left Foot, so why oh why did this film win Best Picture?

The meatiest bits in this film came at the end when Miss Daisy realises the plight of the African American people and starts to lose her mind. Yes, the ending was nostalgic and lovely but not enough to save this yawn-buster of a movie. But if you want to experience it for yourself, go for it, otherwise watch the trailer and you’ll get the gist!

Main meal:

Get your Georgian mojo going with this amazing main – Georgia Fried Chicken with Sunshine. Add some mashed potatoes, green beans, corn on the cob and butter milk biscuits and you’re onto a winner. I promise.

Driving Miss Daisy Trivia:

  • Budget – $7.5 million wasted dollars
  • From a play by Alfred Uhry who based the story on his own grandmama and her chauffeur.
  • Hans Zimmer performed the entire score on synthesizers
  • Tandy was so sure she would lose the Best Actress gong that she bet against herself with her agent. Best $100 ever spent!
  • Bette Midler and Eddie Murphy were considered for the roles of Daisy and Hoke – how different it all could have been!


Two words: Peach Cobbler. That’s all. Southern yum-yum. Make it, eat it (with ice cream of course) and get over the fact that this bad, bad film won an Oscar. Drown your sorrows, unless of course you liked it, because obviously I didn’t. So dig in, one way or the other and enjoy this sweet-o-licious Peach Cobbler.

And one more Southern recipe for the road. Wash it all down with a tall glass of sweet ice tea. Here’s the recipe


Image: Country Living

Did you love or loathe this movie? Am I crazy or was it really bad?

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* Dances With Wolves movie paired with native American recipes
* Schindler’s List film paired with a tribute meal
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