….and the Bank Holiday! Thank the Deity of your Choice for a 4-day weekend (in the UK at least). After a tough first quarter at work, I welcomed the opportunity to have a proper lie-in, and didn’t get up until 1.30 in the afternoon. A glance out of the window confirmed the forecast of typical bank holiday weather (grey, drizzly, possible hail of locusts and rain of frogs for to follow). So I opted for a duvet day of food and DVDs.
“Divergent” was okay in a sub-“Hunger Games” kind of way. A re-watch of the Tudor drama “Wolf Hall” however confirmed the quality not only of the script and acting, but of the lighting. Criticised at the time of broadcast for the darkness of some of the scenes, (which to be fair was entirely accurate in a time when the wax candle was the very latest in night-vision technology), some seem to have missed the exquisiteness of the daylight scenes, which often resemble a Vermeer painting brought to life. Although admittedly the first time round I was too busy admiring Mark Rylance’s equally exquisite dry sarcasm to appreciate the finer technical aspects of the filming…..(admit it, in the first episode, after he faced down Thomas More about becoming Lord Chancellor, you stopped the DVD and cackled madly for a couple of minutes as well)….
I felt that something special was in order for dinner, and these cabbage leaves, blanched, wrapped around a rice, blue cheese and pine nut filling, and baked in the oven, hit the spot. Would make a good hor’s deuvres as well I feel, unless you’re like me, and ate the whole bleedin’ lot in one go…..