Marge: Now, Lisa’s going through this phase where she doesn’t eat any meat. So, I usually sneak a little meat juice into her vegetables.
Becky: Wow, you’re a real live Martha Stewart, I mean, without the evil. May I? Mmm…yummers.
Marge: Nobody’s ever called my gravy yummers before!
Becky: You know what would be really nuts? A little rosemary.
Marge: Ooh, ooh! I’ve always wanted to use rosemary in something.
Bart: Mmm…mom, this gravy tastes better than god’s sweat.
Marge: Thanks to our own spice girl Becky.
Lisa: Well, mom, you really brought out the mung in these beans.
Marge: Actually, that was Becky, too.
Homer: What are these things in the mashed potatoes?
Becky: That’s the skins. I left them on.
Marge: Well, nobody’s perfect. Let me just pick those out.
Homer: No! Oh, Becky. Your potatoes are the best I’ve ever had!
– It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge (The Simpsons Season 11 – Episode 21)
I know this isn’t a popular Simpsons episode – in general, Marge centric episodes usually aren’t. Plus, this is when the show really starts to move into a more “zany” direction, what with Becky actually planning to murder Marge and all. Still, I enjoy this episode because Marge is very proud of her skills as a homemaker and when a hipper, younger, (more attractive?) woman comes into her house it’s interesting to watch how quickly things get catty.
Although they don’t mention the meat, it seems that along with the mashed potatoes, mung beans, and gravy that Marge and/or Becky are also making pork chops. So I decided to recreate the entire meal and see if it would taste “usurper” level or not.
Pork Chops (pork chops / salt and pepper)
Mashed Potatoes (potatoes / butter / salt and pepper)
Mung Beans (dried mung beans / chicken stock)
Gravy (butter / flour / onion powder / beef bouillon / water / rosemary)
Rinse 1 cup of mung beans with water and drain. Add to a medium pot and add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and continue cooking on low heat until beans are tender – about 20-30 minutes.
Combine water and bouillon in a pan. Heat the water until almost boiling and slowly add the butter to melt. Next, add onion powder and flour and whisk to combine. Finally, go a little nuts and add some rosemary because you’ve always wanted to add rosemary to something.
I was surprised to find that the mung beans tasted quite good. You might even say that I really brought out the mung in them, plus I managed to include some meat juice in there for anyone gong through a vegetarian phase.
However, the real star of this dish was the gravy, I would for sure describe it as being yummers! Like, I honestly tried to incorporate some gravy into every bite of the meal and somewhat considered just drinking it after I had finished. I mean, I didn’t because I have a small amount of self control, but there was a brief moment where things were touch and go. Anyway, let’s leave Marge with the last words on this post…
Marge: Why do I always think of the perfect thing to say when it’s too late? Shut up, Becky! Oh, that would have been sweet.
Cromulence: 8 Cyanides (a loving tribute to Poison) out of 10
Shut Up, Becky! Recipe From: It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Marge (The Simpsons Season 11 – Episode 21)