Posts from 23rd November 2005

Nov 05

Things about Shoe Film

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1: In Her Shoes yet again goes to illustrate the general difference between Chick Flicks and Chick Lit. Chick Flicks are for women (so are usually rom coms) while Chick Lit is about women. In Her Shoes, is Chick Lit made into a film, and therefore the very perfunctory romance in the middle seems odd.

2: It is the best food film I have seen in ages. The sushi scenes and in particular the grimy Jamaican restaurant really understands what is so sensual about food. That said though, if I ever went to a restaurant and someone else dared to order for me, they would get a slap.

3: The ending: a wedding at the Jamaican restaurant would only happen in a film based on a book.

4: But if we are talking about food, this is another film where a lead character constantly complains she is fat whilst plainly not being so. Toni Collete does not even go near fat (even in Muriel’s Wedding she is not exactly huge!)

5: Diaz does not exactly extend her range, but she does what she does very well.

6: Lawyer becomes Dog Walker : Party Girl gets sensible and becomes a Professional Shopper. Christ, is this what has become of feminism?

MY BIG POT : Day 3

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Wanting to top up the meat, I stopped off in a Turkish supermarket on the way home and investigated the sausages. I plumped for a large thick baton style of beef sausage, as they had always intrigued me in the past. I also bought some sauerkraut, some American beans with chilli and some pitta bread for mopping.

The pitta bread unfortunately made me think of kebabs all the way home, so much so that the first thing I ate was about eight slices of the sausage fried with savoy cabbage and then heaped into a pitta with a couple of pickled chillis and drenched in West Indian Hot Sauce. It was super num num, but I had come to the realization that the beef sausage was a bit bland, and not wholly unlike spam*. Still the rest of the fried cabbage and some hefty chunks of sausage were thrown into MY BIG POT with two forkfuls of sauerkraut, a carrot, a bit more cabbage and as per yesterdays suggestion: some rosemary. Half a glass of wine was tossed in and it went back in the over for half an hour.

It was one of those night where you foody hankerings take over, and since I was still feelin’ middle eastern, I decided to serve the stew on couscous. I made too much weak chicken stock for the CC, and then dumped the rest in the POT. Squeeze of lemon on CC and in Pot, a few leavers chopped (slightly manky) flat leaf parsley stolen from flatmates drawer (enough so she would not notice) and I was away.

CONCLUSION: As I had already eaten the “kebab” I did not eat much of the stew, and went mainly for beans and vegetables. The liquor was now more astringent and pungent, which was just as well as much of the meat was starting to lose its flavour. Note to self, meat loses flavour when boiled lots. The new sausage crisped nicely in places, but it was the cabbage and sauerkraut which were really coming into their own with the beans. It soaked into the couscous nicely, and the squirt of lemon was most revivicating. What’s more, with the extra ingredients there was more at the end, than there was at the beginning.

*This would normally be a good thing in my book.

bashir watch: we do it so you don’t have to

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actually it looks like WE (=the UK) don’t have to any more! he has been lured over to NEW NIGHTLINE, where will “not be allowed to wear black leather pants” :( :( :(

[i feel this needs a caption but i don’t trust myself]