The Movie : Carol
This romantic drama stars Cate Blanchett as Carol Aird, alongside the excellent Rooney Mara, playing Therese Belivet. This budding lesbian love story starts when Carol visits the store in which Therese works. Having engaged in polite conversation, Carol makes a purchase for her daughter on the recommendation of Therese and the sexual tension between the two is apparent.
Carol leaves her gloves at the store and Therese sends them back to her via post using the details on the sales slip, and the connection begins. Both women are involved with men in the early stages of the film but the viewer can see it is uneasy for both. Carol, in particular, is married to Harge (Kyle Chandler) who is aware of her homosexuality as she had previously had an affair with a close friend, Abby (Sarah Paulson) and uses this to petition the judge in their divorce battle to give him sole custody over their daughter.
The words the viewers have been waiting for come from Carol when she tells Therese she loves her towards the end, only for it initially not get the response she had hoped for. However, the romantics among the audience are left satisfied at the end as the two ladies exchange a knowing look, when it seems Therese realizes her true feelings.
The Menu : Spinach and Herb Pancakes with Poached Eggs
Not only are these delicious, but it is similar to a meal enjoyed by the stars of ‘Carol’ in one of their intimate outings together. A mixture of fragrant herbs and spinach goes really well in pancakes. Top with a poached egg for each person. You can of course have grilled bacon, mushrooms, anything you desire.
Serves: 8 pancakes
Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
8oz self-rising flour
Salt and ground black pepper to season
Large handful spinach, finely shredded
1 zucchini, grated (squeeze out to remove too much water)
1tbsp parsley, chopped
½tbsp fresh oregano chopped
1 scallion, finely chopped
1½tbsp Extra Virgin olive oil
To serve: poached eggs
Sift flour into a bowl and add salt and pepper.
In a separate bowl, mix together the ‘wet’ ingredients – buttermilk, spinach, zucchini, parsley, scallion, oregano, olive oil and eggs.
Gently add the wet mix to the dry and combine thoroughly. Add more seasoning if required.
Prepare your pan or griddle by spraying with oil or lightly greasing. Heat over a medium heat until the pan is hot. Add the pancake rings and spoon or pour in the batter – spooning is probably better as the mix should be quite thick.
Cook until the underside is brown (take a peek by using the palette knife to pull up one side). Remove rings and flip over each pancake. Keep warm.
Serve with poached eggs, bacon, sausage etc. for a filling dinner – but don’t forget the passionate glances across the dinner table!