Monday, 22 December 2014

Nostalgia Alert!

The Fabulous Baker Boys

The Fabulous Baker Boys was a film that was memorable for many reasons.  For most, the scene where Michelle Pfeiffer as Susie Diamond slithered across the top of a grand piano was the most memorable.

Until I just checked I had forgotten that the actors playing the Baker Brothers were actually brothers – Jeff and Beau Bridges.

For a bit of slithering hop over to this YouTube clip.

Dean Martin

Dean Martin was a pretty cool guy.  His birth name was Dino Paul Crocetti.  He was nicknamed "The King of Cool".  Don't you just love the bryl creamed hair!

He was a fabulous crooner.  My favourites of his include – That's Amore, Volare and Memories are made of this. 

I remember disapproving of his half-drunk act on his TV show – what a prig I was!

He died of lung cancer on Christmas morning 1995 at the age of 78.

Click here if you would like to hear Dean Martin singing That's Amore.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Often when you least expect it, too!

Honey Duck

Carole's Chatter: Honey Duck

I used a new technique to cook this Honey Duck – well at least it was new to me.  I had 2 duck breasts (skin on).

The day before I prepared the duck by pricking the skin all over with a sharp wooden skewer and then pouring boiling water over the skin side – you can see the skin tightening up in response.

After draining and drying the duck I then painted a thick paste of honey onto it and left it covered in the fridge to rest overnight.

I roasted this duck in a hot oven until the juices ran clear and the skin was nice and crispy.

I served the duck with a sauce made from honey, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, cayenne pepper and lemon sauce.  And rice of course.