Friday, September 28, 2007

Five's Fridays (or Friday's Fives)

Song: John Denver, Leaving on a Jet Plane. In the clip I link to, John Denver talks about his love of flying. Sadly, Denver died while piloting a plane on 12 October 1997. If I were organised I'd have left this two weeks to mark the anniversary, but that would have been in questionable taste, and I have other things planned for that day.

Book: DMZ Vol. 1:On The Ground, Brian Wood, Riccardo Burchielli. This is a comic book collection, so if you're too snobbish for that go and look at the Bayeux Tapestry or something. DMZ is set in New York during a second American civil war; Manhattan is the DMZ of the title. The protagonist is Matty Roth, a rookie photojournalist, who finds himself trapped on the island and begins reporting. Fairly obviously this is a comic about divisions in American society, living in a war zone, and the purpose of journalism, but it's also about growing up and finding that the world is a much stranger (and cooler) place than you ever imagined.

Film: Footloose. "Well, 'nobody puts Baby in a corner' is all very well, but nothing beats men dancing with men", as my brother or one of his mates said. Which is all very well, but for some reason no one seems to have put the classic montage of Kevin Bacon teaching Chris Penn to dance to the tune of Deniece William's Let's hear it for the boy on Youtube. As an inadequate placeholder, here's the final scene of Footloose which does feature some men dancing with men, but as it's a climax and summation of the film dilutes this important property with some women. Which is okay too.

Food: Based on a Nigel Slater recipe, Pork Belly with mustard and (preserved) lemons[1].

Fry onions and garlic slowly in a lidded casserole in some butter. Cut the belly into bite size pieces. Add the meat and a pinch of fennel seed to the onions and brown it for a couple of minutes. Cook it in the oven for at least an hour[2] at 150C; make sure that it's sealed, so some buttered paper as well as the lid won't do any harm. Add a little flour to thicken it, then stir in the chopped lemon and some seeded mustard. Cook with lid off for another fifteen minutes.

(No quantities as I play it by ear)

Wild Card: I'm sure I'm last to point this out, but here are the 2007 World Beard and Moustache Championship Winners.

[1] We have too many at the moment. Feast or Famine, that's us.
[2] As long as you can stand (between 1 and 1.5 hours) leaving it in with no liquid; the moment when you're sure that it's burnt to the bottom is probably when it's just right.
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