Iceland in the Age of Magic
|Much of the action is set in 9th century Iceland. There’s lots of black magic, witches, and the like.
|I think the costumes, sod houses, boats, and armor are pretty accurate.
|Iceland is a ravishingly beautiful location, and the film captured lots of great vistas.
Andri, Chief of Police in an Icelandic fishing village, is challenged by numerous
He has lots of quirks — the best-known being that he drinks milk.
The burly and brooding Andri is played by actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson.
|Hinrika, Andri's brave & competent partner in the
investigation, is played by Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir.
|The fishing village where Andri is Chief of Police. Who would think it would be a hotbed of crime!
|Map showing the location of the real village where the filming was done.
The Great British Baking Show: Wrong Again
Ridiculously unAmerican s'mores from the Great British Baking Show.
As you see: we've been watching a lot of TV. Every Friday morning for 10 weeks we are watching a newly-released episode of the Great British Baking Show. This series isn't as good as it used to be, but still is nice mindless fun. The latest episode included an American "pastry" — s'mores. I would never have considered this childhood campfire treat as "pastry," but the judges made the contestants bake their own graham crackers: in Britspeak that would be "Digestive Biscuits." I've never heard of a normal American who has baked graham crackers from scratch for other than religious reasons. Nabisco Honey Grahams are the prescribed choice for s'mores.
Still more ridiculous: the bakers had to make their own marshmallows and some kind of fancy chocolate confection to substitute for the customary Hershey Bar. And the judges’ method won’t work. They required the bakers to make marshmallows that were equal in size to around 4 commercial American marshmallows, which meant that the contestants couldn't possible toast them correctly so they were gooey, as you should for s'mores. Of course they also required using a kitchen torch, not a campfire, but that’s a detail.
|In case you don’t know it: this is a real s'more with a gooey toasted marshmallow melting the chocolate. (source)
One contestant did torch his marshmallows long enough to make them gooey, and Prue’s reaction was to make one of her dismissive sniffy noises and say that his marshmallows shouldn’t be so soft, and the chocolate isn't supposed to drip down.
Dear Prue and Paul: Drippy chocolate and very soft hot toasted marshmallows are authentic features of s'mores. The word “gooey” even appears in the first published s’mores recipe in the1927 Girl Scout Handbook (see it here). If America were a third-world country, you'd be guilty of cultural appropriation and ethnic insensitivity like what you did on Mexican Week recently. I'm sorry you have run out of variations on Victoria Sponge and are resorting to all kinds of foods that you don’t know much about.
More British than the Great British Baking show is “Marple” one of many interpretations of the work of Agatha Christie over the 100+ years since she began writing mysteries. "Marple" originally ran from 2004-2014, and is currently available for streaming. We are watching this slowly. I especially like Geraldine McEwan, one of the two actresses who plays Miss Marple in this series. Of course there are many cups of tea!