The Secret Life of Walter Mitty paired with Icelandic food

Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig & Shirley MacLaine

Rating 8/10

Plot in a flash:

– Daydreaming negative assets manager for Life Magazine, Walter (Stiller) dreams of getting the girl of his dreams (Cheryl [Wiig]) who works in the same building as him.
– He ‘loses’ the most important negative ever then searches the world for the elusive photographer who took the pic, forever dreaming of getting his girl!


Our first two courses are sourced from the amazing land of ice… Iceland. Well, actually it’s quite green and lovely (apparently). Our entree is based on a dish from a restaurant in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. It’s Liquorice Beets with Cheese and Caramelised Oats recipe from The Telegraph.

Review in a flash:

Ben Stiller directed and starred and did a fairly good job, although it was kinda a mainstream movie trying to be an arty movie, so a bit confusing at times. There are awesome shots of mountains, skateboarding in Iceland as well as helicopter, shark and amazing landscapes that will take your breath away.

In essence, it’s about a man embracing life to the full, finally, and chasing the girl, the woman who he is secretly in love with. He’s a daydreamer, a timid soul but, when pushed, he shows extreme dedication and bravery. A great, heart-warming movie, everyone will enjoy!

Main meal:

Icelandic dish number two is one you’d expect to find on its fine shores. It’s a tummy-warmer, a bowl of comfort with fresh, fresh fish. Are you drooling? It’s Jamie Oliver’s Cod, Potato and Spring Onion Stew.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty trivia:

  • Budget – $90 million
  • This movie was also adapted from the short story in 1947, starring Danny Kaye.
  • All the beautiful overseas shots were filmed in Iceland.
  • Will Ferrell was almost cast as Walter Mitty. I love him!
  • The Icelandic people were so excited about the movie, one of them agreed to having their house painted black.
  • In the past, Ron Howard & Steven Spielberg planned on making this movie.
  • Owen Wilson was also considered to play Walter but dropped out.


And of course it has to be Walter’s mum’s cake, that got him through Afghanistan and joined the dots when he was in Greenland. This Clementine Cake from Cathy Merenda looks delish, no?!


What have you been cooking lately? Anything from Iceland?

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