Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett

Greatest Hits has an interesting premise.  An almost washed up singer from the 70's selects 16 songs she wrote that reflected important moments in her life.  She spends a day listening to them and with each one we live some of her back story.

Re-reading that it could sound boring.  But here's the thing – the life that is explored feels very authentic.  Themes that are explored include the impact of becoming famous on your life and your family.  And the impact of having a dysfunctional family background.

Another cool thing is that an artist (Kathryn Williams) has done an album based on the songs written for the book.  A real crossover moment.

Often while reading the book, I wondered if it was really fictional at all – it felt so authentic.  A new genre – fictional biography!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Sorry... just tickled my funny bone

Crumbed Scallops with Sweet Chilli Mayo – I need to give these another go!

Carole's Chatter: Crumbed Scallops with Sweet Chilli Mayo – I need to give these another go!
These crumbed scallops were tasty but the crumb didn't stick quite as I would have liked.  Any suggestions for improvement are most welcome.
I used a punnet of fresh scallops which had been prepared.  But there was still the odd little brownish bit so I cleaned that all off – a bit fiddly but important in my opinion.  I left the coral on (the orange bit) – we regard that as essential.
I patted the scallops as dry as I could and then double dredged them in egg and panko breadcrumbs. 

I shallow fried the scallops – if I had a deep frier that would probably have been better.
They don't need much time in the pan at all – if you cook them more than about 2 to 3 minutes you risk getting little rubberised balls.
I served it with a sweet chilli mayonnaise – some mayo with sweet chilli sauce, a smidgen of hot chilli jam and salt and pepper.  I think a little lemon juice in it would have been good although I did have lemon wedges on the side.