Tuesday, 3 March 2015

I Wish!

Rice Cakes – inspired by Nigel Slater



These Rice Cakes were a first for me – but it won't be a last, that's for sure.  They were inspired by Nigel Slater.

You make the rice cakes using leftover cold cooked rice (preferably fridge cold).  You could also use leftover risotto.

I added some finely diced chilli, red capsicum (bell pepper), herbs and a tomato along with some salt, pepper, fish sauce and crème fraiche.

Then stir in some diced cheese – I used Egmont cheese which is a type of Colby.

Form into little oblongish shapes and dip in some beaten egg and then crumb them.

They need to be shallow fried very gently.  They are very fragile but so yummy!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Nostalgia alert!

Cinema Paradiso


 I don't get to the movies much so when I say that one of my most favourite movies of all time is Cinema Paradiso – you need to take that in the context of how few movies I've gone to the theatre and seen!

This film really grabbed me – despite being subtitled – which I usually don't like much.  It's an oldie – 1988.  It won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.

I can't describe what made this film so good.  Maybe some of you will know and be able to.

Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival



Left a good job in the city
Workin' for the man ev'ry night and day
And I never lost one minute of sleepin'
Worryin' 'bout the way things might have been
Big wheel keep on turnin'
Proud Mary keep on burnin'
Rollin', rollin', rollin' on the river

This super song was written by John Fogerty and was originally released by his band Creedence Clearwater Revival.  There is also a good Tina Turner version.  Fogerty said he wrote it immediately after being discharged from the National Guard.

The late sadly departed Leonard Nimoy (Mr Spock) also did a cover of Proud Mary.  To remember him –here is a link to a YouTube clip of him doing the song.