The Movie: The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo
Based on the Steig Larsson novel, this thriller is set in Sweden and has the pulse racing throughout. Daniel Craig is the main protagonist, playing journalist Mikael Blomkvist who attempts to find out what exactly happened to a lady from a rich family who disappeared forty years before. His travels take him to Sweden to link up with expert hacker Lisbeth Salander (the excellent Rooney Mara) who herself has some demons, including “mental incompetency”.
The film also features both Stellen Skarsgaard and Joely Richardson in smaller roles. Blomkvist starts the film as part owner of the “Millennium” magazine but finds himself subject of a libel case, meaning he has to step back on his role there as the investigation takes place.
Outside of the plot, there is a disturbing sub-plot involving graphic scenes featuring Salander and her legal guardian Nils Bjurman, played superbly by Yorick Van Wageningen, centring on his control over her inheritance money. She manages to record him abusing his position of power, using the video to blackmail him into suggesting she is now mentally competent and in turn, releasing her substantial funds to her.
There is plenty of action, deceit, and an excellent plot, which does the brilliant novel of the same name, a service.
Streaming on Netflix. Digital rental on iTunes and Google Play.
The Menu: Classic Swedish Meatballs
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
- 7oz lean pork mince
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 small onion, finely chopped or grated
- 4oz fresh white breadcrumbs
- 1tbsp finely chopped dill, plus extra to serve
- 1tbsp mixed herbs, finely chopped (try thyme and parsley)
- 1tbsp each olive oil and butter
- 2tbsp plain flour
- 8fl.oz hot beef stock (from a cube is fine)
- 4tbsp thick cream
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
- Combine the mince with the egg, onion, breadcrumbs, dill, chopped mixed herbs and seasoning. Form into small meatballs about the size of golf balls – you should get about 10-12.
- Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs.
- Remove from pan, melt the butter, then sprinkle over the flour and stir well. Cook for 2 mins, then slowly whisk in the stock, followed by the cream.
- Continue to whisk whisking until it is a thick sauce with no lumps. Put the meatballs back into the pan and heat through.
- Sprinkle with dill for serving. Traditional Swedish accompaniments would be lingonberry jam (you can use cranberry sauce) and mashed potato!