'Harriet the Spy' on Disney Channel
If your kids love the book Harriet The Spy, they'll want to tune in to the new Disney Channel television movie, "Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars," starring Jennifer Stone ("Wizards of Waverly Place"), on Friday, March 26 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT). Based on the popular books by Louise Fitzhugh, the movie is a contemporary twist on the iconic character, as Harriet "The Spy" Welsch vies to become the official blogger of her high school class.
The film was written by mother-daughter team, Heather Conkie and Alexandra Clarke. Internationally acclaimed writer, Heather Conkie, gave her daughter, Alexandra Clarke, Harriet the Spy when she was a child and it represented a huge turning point in her life. She bought a notebook like Harriet and started writing everything down; from that point on she aspired to be a writer. Writing the film has been an incredible bonding experience for them and the adaptation has brought them full-circle.
In addition to the mother-daughter relationship that brought the film to fruition, there is an ongoing theme in the film about the often-difficult relationship between teenagers and their parents.
Speaking of difficult, Harriet's signature tomato sandwich is a source of contention in the film. Harriet eats a tomato sandwich at the exact same time every day (when she gets home from school). Their chef reluctantly prepares the same, ordinary sandwich for her every day but not without a fight. He attempts to create a gourmet, culinary masterpiece instead and she refuses to eat it. For those of you who face similar culinary struggles, here are both the kid-friendly (ala Harriet) recipe and the grown-up version:
Harriet the Spy's Tomato Sandwich: brown/multigrain bread, sliced tomato, and light mayonnaise
Chef's Signature Tomato Sandwich: toasted rye bread topped with a bruschetta mix including heirloom tomatoes, olive tapenade, and a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette.
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