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An 11.11.11 video by Adam Pérou Hermans

Empty Cupboard

You open your cupboard. It’s bare. You open your refrigerator, nothing but a few condiments there. As your dog reminds you, even his bowl is bare. What to do? Well, if you are like the protagonist of a wonderful little film called “Soup To Nuts,” you “get up offa that thing” and get to work.

Creating a meal in one day

You ransack your garden for anything that has survived the frost, you gather plants and berries from the surrounding area, you hunt rabbit, you fish, and you get it done. Then you bring it all home, cook it up and serve a feast to your friends:

Watch Soup to Nuts


Sautéed winter greens

Winter focaccia bread with tomatoes and cheese

Spaghetti squash with spinach

Fried rocky mountain brook trout with chives, sage and purple cabbage

Old fashion mashed potatoes with parsley and basil

Apple roasted rabbit with root vegetables with juniper berries, rosemary, chives

At_Films response to One Day On Earth was to make a film in one day, about making a meal in one day, without buying any ingredients. What really makes this a little gem is the dual nature of the project. Both the film and the meal were made in a day, the same day, which of necessity gives both a handmade improvisational feel.

How much of the food did At and Alex know was there? It doesn’t matter. It had to be done on 11.11.11 and anything could have happened throughout the night of 11.10.11. We could have had a movie about hunger and it might have been equally as wonderful (if sadder).

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Comment by Mohamed Alborno on April 17, 2012 at 11:06pm

How do one know if his/her video submission did make it to the big film, can someone please help answering this?

Comment by tanya Boden on March 1, 2012 at 12:50pm

I often have an empty cupboard, and would love to be able to walk into the garden and pluck a meal from the ground! Thanks for the inspiration! Even if I cannot find enough growing food here in Brooklyn, luckily there are plenty of organic farmers who sell their produce locally, and I can certainly recreate the idea of a meal plucked from the bounty of nature, rather than processed in some plant somewhere before it arrives on my table. Good food makes for a good life!

Comment by Brandon Litman on February 29, 2012 at 9:40pm

Great Blog post Robert!

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