Saturday, October 29, 2011

The Class: Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds

Alfred Hitchcock's Quiche Lorraine
Classic California Caesar Salad
Quick French Bread
Coq au Vin
North Beach Style Zabaione with fresh Berries

Happy Halloween!

Let start right off with an apology... I'm a little upset because since I planned this class, and wrote up and tried all the recipes, I've discovered that Hitchcock's daughter, Pat, wrote a biography of her mother, Alma, and in it included a bunch of recipes! Including one for a roast chicken! ACK!! Well, it's too late, baby. But the good news is that there are a lot of other Hitchcock films to write about, right?

Friday, October 7, 2011

TV Bites: Crumb

Crumb Family Spaghetti Sauce Recipe a la Veronica

A shorter version of this post was originally published on the Criterion Collection website.

In August of this year, Robert Crumb was scheduled to give a talk at the Sydney Opera House in Australia as part of an exhibition of his work at their Graphic Arts Festival. The first issue arose as the federal Attorney General noted, according to an article in the Sunday Telegraph: "that Crumb's work cannot be shown in Australia unless he submits his illustrations for classification. The spokesman said his work would almost certainly be refused classification."

If that wasn't enough to set the publicity and, in general, human shy Crumb off, the article went on to quote an "anti-child abuse campaigner" (as if there are pro-child abuse campaigners? Who knows? I've never visited Australia) who declared with the authority of someone who must spend her life writing dissertations on art history when not abuse campaigning: "These cartoons are not funny or artistic - they are just crude and perverted images emanating from what is clearly a sick mind.... Of all the brilliant artists, cartoonists and writers the Opera House and council could have supported, you have to wonder why they chose Robert Crumb."

The 67 year-old Crumb, of course, now had the perfect excuse to stay at home in his French retreat. He told the Australian, "It was strong stuff and it made me look very, very bad.... All it takes is a few people who overreact to something like that to show up and cause unpleasantness. I have a lot of anxiety about having to confront some angry sexual assault crisis group.... I do these crazy cartoons, I have no defense. I just have to throw up my hands.... I told [the festival co-curator] that I'm not coming and to cancel the whole thing."

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tickets Available NOW!!! - A Fish Called Wanda, Nov. 19th!

Time: Saturday November 19, 2011 · 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: Central Market North, 4001 North Lamar, Austin, TX

For my ninth class I'll be taking you on a trip to London, with a classic and easy to make menu paired with the British caper comedy classic, A Fish Called Wanda.

Jamie Lee Curtis plays a diamond-hungry con artist who uses her sexual charm to manipulate a British gangster into stealing a diamond, along with her dim-witted American lover (Kevin Kline). But she finds herself romantically drawn to upright barrister John Cleese as her scheme unravels. The supporting cast also features Cleese's fellow ex-Monty Python mate Michael Palin. Kline took both the Best Supporting Oscar and British Academy Award for his performance. After the cooking demonstration, we’ll watch the movie and enjoy the meal. (Recommended for Mature Audiences.)

Beer-Batterd Fish & Chips
Creamy Coleslaw
Homemade Tarter Sauce and Ketchup
Jamie Lee Curtis' Favorite Lemon Cake w/Ice Cream