Rather than leave them to languish in my ‘Blogfodder’ folder in perpetuity, here’s some links to recipes I fancy giving a go some day. Nearly all are from the Guardian, and most are by Yotam Ottolenghi, but I’m sure you won’t hold that against me. Here goes:
‘Irish’ stew / Purists can fuck off, ’cause most of what passes for Irish stew is overboiled muck. I like this take on it.
I can't get with Queenan over Big Trouble in Little China (I just bought it on Blu-ray!) but he makes a good general point that cult films "are neither as bad as the general public and critics said they were upon their initial release, nor as good as their fans maintain." He's also spot-on about certain films being released in the wrong place at the wrong time (but you could say that about most 'world cinema'). #link
Has Mould softened a bit since his autobiography came out? He seems a lot more gregarious here, talking about the records that inspire him. (Also, kinda hilarious that one of his faves is a record by the Foo Fighters, who are basically the world's most successful latter-day Hüsker Dü cover band.) #link
Week 666 (ooh, scary!) was a busy one for press screenings, my most out-and-about week for a while, at least since mine and Bee’s double birthday at the end of May. (We went out for dinner and saw Cirque du Soleil, which was great. Don’t let anybody ever tell you different.)
One of the films I saw last week came out three days after the screening, which should tell you something about its quality, but 3 Days to Kill is a special kind of awful. Much better, thankfully and surprisingly, is Oculus, which I got to see a couple of weeks previously. Also up on Thumped are my takes on Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall and Irish skateboarding documentary Hill Street.