The Movie: Spotlight
Mark Ruffalo (Michael Rezendes), Michael Keaton (Walter Robinson) and Rachel McAdams (Sacha Pfeiffer) lead this excellent cast in this controversial look at the Catholic Church. “Spotlight” refers to the team of Boston Globe journalists charged with unveiling the potential abuse taking place in the church and just how far up the chain it may go.
What the team finds out after a year or so of investigation is that there has been years of cover up of the abuse and that those at the very highest end knew exactly what was happening. Tom McCarthy’s direction draws in the viewers as the unbelievable and shocking facts are unearthed.
Perhaps the most perturbing element is that Robinson admits late in the movie that he had been in possession of a list of priests that were pedophiles which he never followed up on. As the film nears its end the team publishes online a phone number for victims of priests and it is not surprising, given what has been unearthed, that the phone does not stop ringing. The movie closes out with a damning and revealing list (and it is a hell of a big list) of where the various abusive action took place, really hitting home for the stunned audience. A shocking but gripping movie, not to be missed.
The Menu: Simple Tasty Donuts
Throughout the movie ‘Spotlight’ there is never a time in the office where you don’t see donuts and coffee on the desks, so here is a very simple and easy donut recipe. Have a bowl of chocolate sauce to the side – total indulgence!
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
1¼lb plain flour
1tsp baking powder
2½oz sugar (have extra if you want to roll them after cooking!)
2½oz unsalted butter
1 large free range egg
1 cup + 1tbsp milk
Take a medium sized bowl and sieve both flour and baking powder together. Cut the butter into small cubes and rub in with your fingers, then mix in the sugar.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg and milk together. Make a big dip in the center of the flour and butter mix and pour in the milk and egg mix.
Using your hands, mix to form a soft dough. Do this gently and don’t overmix or make your hands too hot.
Dredge a clean work surface with flour and roll out the dough to around ½inch thick. Use biscuit cutter to make the shape you like.
Fry the donuts in hot oil (drop a little bit of mix into the oil first, the batter should immediately start to fry so it is ready to use). Cook for around 30-40 seconds until golden brown, then turn around and cook for another 30-40 seconds. Make sure you don’t cook beyond them being golden.
Place some kitchen paper on your work surface or board and drain the donuts. Leave to cool then roll in sugar.
Ready to eat with chocolate dipping sauce!