The Time Warp

It’s astounding

When I was a teenager, I performed in a number of theater productions. Nothing big, just community theater, but it was a lot of fun and I had the chance to get to know some really cool people. One, was Alden.

Time is fleeting

Alden was about 10 years older than I was and was a professional make-up artist. He did make-up for a show I was in as a favor to the director and during the 40 minutes of make-up I required for a part (I played Mr. Badger in the Wind in the Willows), I got to know Alden well. He decided to host a cast party at his house and there I got to know his girlfriend Lori.

Madness takes its toll…

Weeks later a girlfriend of mine was having a Halloween party so I invited the two of them. Alden came to the party in full Planet of the Apes costume complete with a face that he had made from a mold of his face. It was professionally made and looked like it was right out of a movie.

But listen closely…

Later that night he told me that they were going to a movie and wanted to know if I wanted to go along. It is one that I had not been to, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Not for very much longer…

We stopped on the way to the movie at the grocery store. I was perplexed at stopping but completely dumbfounded when Alden purchased disposable lighters, a loaf of bread, plastic squirt guns and a very large bag of rice.

I’ve got to keep control.

We showed up to the theater and the group in front of us purchasing tickets were dressed up in bustier and fish net stockings. And one of them was a guy. What kind of movie was this??!?!

I remember doing the Time Warp.

We took our seats and before the movie a group gathered near the front and one person asked who was a Rocky Horror virgin. Encouraged, I raised my hand. Suddenly my arm was grabbed and I was herded to the front with the other Rocky virgins. They proceeded to start teaching us a dance – The Time warp.

Drinking those moments when

We were sent back to our seats, the lights came down and a big pair of red lips showed on the screen and started singing.

The blackness would hit me.

Throughout the opening song, and for the entire movie, the crowd shouted well-timed words and phrases that made the songs and lyrics pretty funny. There was a rhythm to it and it was obvious that the crowd learned the additions by rote. In addition, the group at the front was acting out the movie right in front of the screen – complete with costumes.

And the void would be calling.

Early in the movie was a wedding scene. Suddenly rice was flying everywhere in the theater. When it rained on screen, the squirt guns rained water on the audience. A character on screen said “A Toast!” and bread was zinged up and down the rows.

Let’s do the Time Warp again.

I was hooked. Over the following several years I must have gone to Rocky 25 times and even participated in the “floor show” at the front of the movie. I can still hear the additional words to throw at the screen as the movie plays in my mind.

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce

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This pork is a much better choice than the roast they serve in the movie!

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A few ingredients.

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Marinating the pork.

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On the rack.

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Slathered with mustard.

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Making the sauce.

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Out of the oven.

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Tangy and delicious!

Roast Pork Tenderloin with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours | Servings: 6 servings


1 cup dry white wine
6 garlic cloves, pressed
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh thyme
8 whole allspice, crushed
2 (12-ounce) pork tenderloins
5 tablespoons Dijon mustard, divided
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon


Mix wine, garlic, oil, rosemary, thyme, and allspice in large resealable plastic bag. Add pork and turn to coat. Marinate at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour, turning bag occasionally.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Remove pork from marinade and place on rack on rimmed baking sheet; discard marinade. Spread 3 tablespoons mustard all over pork. Roast until thermometer inserted into thickest part of pork registers 145°F, about 25 minutes. Transfer pork to platter and let stand 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, boil cream, broth, tarragon, and remaining 2 tablespoons mustard in heavy medium saucepan until reduced to 1 cup, whisking occasionally, about 10 minutes. Season sauce to taste with pepper.

Slice pork crosswise into rounds and serve with sauce.


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Categories: Low Carb, Main Dish 3, Pork2, Recipes, Wine

Author:The Ranting Chef

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5 Comments on “The Time Warp”

  1. L
    February 3, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    Ahhhh, Rocky Horror memories….did you notice that in the car during the rain storm, the newspaper that Janet was reading was the Cleveland Plain Dealer? We played the Time Warp at my wedding reception


  2. Lori M.
    February 3, 2015 at 11:51 am #

    …my friend brought the cassette tape in and gave it to the DJ at the reception hall 🙂


  3. The Chaos Realm
    February 3, 2015 at 2:39 pm #

    …aww, man, nostalgia 🙂


  4. February 4, 2015 at 7:19 am #

    That was the best post for me so far. I love this Movie, and my boy friend who is germane descendent had been in this sessions back in German. Here in Brasil I don’t believe that it was done. I’d love to be at one. The Roast Pork Tenderloin looks even more delicious, after the story.


  5. February 13, 2015 at 3:27 am #

    Love The Rocky Horror Picture Show!


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