Monthly Archives: April 2013

Lemon Brownies

Lemon Brownies I have no idea where this recipe originated. There are a couple of variations out there. This is the one I made. Upped the amount of lemon juice slightly in the glaze.

If you’re thinking these will come out like lemon squares, you’re in for a disappointment.

They’re very much like a light non-chocolaty lemon flavored brownie. Light and tart and delicious. Easy to do too

Comfort food on a miserable day

After experiencing a 30 degree drop in temperature, I was jonesing for some comfort food. I took some inspiration from my Pinterest recipe board and decided to make “the Hot Brit grilled cheese sandwich.” BTW, add “hot brit” to things you probably shouldn’t Google (at least by itself. Adding “grilled cheese” was much more successful).

hot brit

Very basic recipe from Chow.  Bread, some extra sharp cheddar, and some store bought mango chutney. I used two cast iron frying pans. One to fry and one to weight the sandwich down. About 5 minutes total. I’d advise a sharp or extra sharp cheddar as it nicely complements the sweetness of the chutney.

I served it with some roasted brussels sprouts and cauliflower from the hot foods bar at Wegmans. Yummy.

Game of Chairs

Another pop culture post (I’ll get back to the cooking soon, I swear!). My current obsession is Game of Thrones. It’s medieval politics, sex, and violence with a soupçon of fantasy thrown. Really good acting, high production values, and a compelling story. I’m hooked.

Season 3 is airing. Don’t click or read any more if you’d rather not be spoiled.

This gem of a scene encapsulates what I love so much about this show.

Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) is holding a meeting of the Small Council. There’s a king who could attend if he wanted, but he doesn’t generally. These are the people who make the decisions in his name.  For nearly two minutes, there’s no dialogue. Who wants to sit where; how each person gets to where they are sitting; and why they want to sit where tells us everything we need to know.

Shooting the Past

It’s been awhile since I posted about anything other than food, so let me switch gears for a little bit.  Awhile back, a colleague recommended a TV movie to me called Shooting the Past by Stephen Poliakoff. I put it on my Netflix queue where it remained for sometime. A week or so ago, it finally made its way to my home.

Marilyn, (Lindsay Duncan) is in charge of a photo archive (10 million photos) that is owned by a company. The company has let them to their own devices for years but has recently been sold to American businessman Liam Cunningham (now playing Davos Seaworth on the excellent Game of Thrones). Unbeknownst to her, he’s been writing her colleague who handles the business end of stuff, Oswald (Timothy Spall) that the best photos of the collection are to be sold and the rest of it destroyed. Oswald has not shared this info with any of the archive’s employees so they’re totally unprepared for the news.

Now it’s up to her to try and convince him that the collection needs to be kept intact. This is part 1 of a really great scene :

This is quite a remarkable story and a remarkable movie. While some of the archive employees are exaggerated, I have met people somewhat like them in the library world before. Cunningham’s character is not a monster. He’s a decent enough man who has done the appropriate thing and is now flung into a situation not of his own making.

I am also very familiar with the central crux of the dilemma faced by the archive. Marilyn is told by others that the contents of the archive are mostly duplicated elsewhere. The argument she needs to make is a difficult one. Why does this collection need to remain intact? Through a series of “stories” that Marilyn has the chance to tell, she manages to make her case.

Timothy Spall is slightly over-the-top, but everyone else gives wonderful performances. The music, the direction, the writing, the amazing images, all make this really worth the time to hunt it down. (Hint, hint, it appears to be on YouTube)