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To serve



  1. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl. In a separate bowl or jug, lightly whisk together the milk and egg, then whisk in the melted butter.

  2. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and, using a fork, beat until you have a smooth batter. Any lumps will soon disappear with a little mixing. Let the batter stand for a few minutes.

  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter. When it’s melted, add a ladle of batter (or two if your frying pan is big enough to cook two pancakes at the same time). It will seem very thick but this is how it should be. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1cm (½in) thick.

  4. Repeat until all the batter is used up. You can keep the pancakes warm in a low oven, but they taste best fresh out the pan.

  5. Serve with lashings of real maple syrup and extra butter if you like.

Courtesy of BBC website – copied as it may be removed by them on their website.


Basic pancakes with sugar and lemon



For the pancake mixture

To serve


When You Are Old


When You Are Old

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;

How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;

And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

Two Night Stand

Two Night Stand explores that apparent phenomenon of people using the internet to have random sex with a stranger in order to get over a failed relationship and “get back on the horse”.

Megan is someone with a pre-med degree who studied in order to meet the man who would be her husband rather than actually become a doctor. When her ex-fiance leaves her she doesn’t do anything of value – no work, no studying, no paying her rent. Her options are to move on or move out as her room mate is getting tired of coming home after a hard day to find that Megan hasn’t moved from her place on the sofa.

The “booty call” seems like the shake up Megan might need except that she ignores the weather warnings on TV and ends up getting showed in with Mr-1-Night-Stand.

What could possibly go wrong, right?

There’s lots of exposition about why people fail at relationships because they lie at the beginning. Will it help to be brutally honest in a trapped environment to find out what really makes another person tick?

The film is a 15, more because of the drug usage than the sex scenes I should imagine.

If you like your rom-com wordy with a message, catch this on Sky Movies this week.




Ricki and the Flash

RickyRicki and the Flash comes to Sky Movies premier this week. The film is billed as a comedy drama and there are certainly elements of both genres throughout the movie.

Ricki is that rare thing, the woman who has turned her back on her children to pursue her own dreams. Later, once her dreams have never come to financial success and she has filed for bankruptcy, one of her grown-up children needs her support after her own marriage has failed.

The film explores issues such as is the parent the steady one who raises the child or the fun one who has given birth…is financial success ever compensation for being work-driven…is it possible to parent an adult that you have never parented as a child…is it okay to be chasing your own freedom but a teeny bit racist and homophobic, and even what is real love and why do we fear it?

Throughout it all it is the mesmerizing performances of the actors on screen – not just Meryl Streep – which knits the disjointed patchwork together. As one says, “It is our job to love our children. not their job to love us.”

The film at least avoids the cliche of the Hollywood ending where the trope would have been the discovery of Ricky’s talent finally being rewarded.

The film allows the audience to play spot the famous musician and Meryl Streep is really getting in to these singing roles now, it seems. Her real singing performances sound like someone with just not enough talent to make it big and her guitar playing looks a bit suspect at times but overall you’ll believe in this rock chick and the family she left behind.

The film is dedicated to one of the real musicians involved in the film, coincidentally called Rick. Look him up and watch his style in the film.


When we met

Again, years later, you said how you’d had a

Breakdown after we broke up

Taken to staying indoors and mithering





Because dear heart, you were the one who left

With the “it’s not you, it’s me” narrative ringing in my ears.


Except, in this case it was true.

You were just not that into you





The 100 Code

This 12 episode series is set mostly in Sweden and as it was a co-production goes between Swedish and English to suit both potential audiences. Basically it is a police procedural with two protagonists – one Swedish and one American – both chasing a murderer who appears to be doing the same thing in different countries. What the men have in common is that they have both lost their wives/partners and use work as a way of covering up the flaws that they have and memories that won’t go away easily.

The series veers between the quirky, for example a talking ghost that appears every so often to fill in the back story, and the risqué with more than a nod to The Story of O.

All the things we have come to expect from Scandi drama are there, an autistic officer – check, father/daughter misunderstandings – check, annoying mobile phone ring tones – check, tunnels and bridges – check and antagonists who are too clever to be caught at the start of the series.

You probably won’t see the ending coming, which is both a blessing and a curse.

Worth watching in a box-set-fest. Don’t expect to sleep easily afterwards though.

The Night Manager


A volatile Egypt, complementary cocktails and the beautiful Sophie looking for a coffee while flirting with Jonathan Pine, the eponymous Night Manager. Jonathan sits down and agrees to photocopy sensitive Iron Last documents in his private office and store them in his safe as Sophie’s  insurance policy in case something should happen to her. And so it began. The foreshadowing of napalm being important to the plot line happened within the first fifteen minutes of episode one.

Rescuing Sophie from her abusive Freddie and driving her through the desert came all too easily to a man apparently working in the hotel trade. Mr Pine had many talents, and many voices. Battered Sophie, or Samira, was ever so grateful for some of them.

The Hamid family owned too much of London and UK political parties for Samira to be safe there, according to the embassy contact. London wasn’t an option. The changing of the guard comment by Samira indicated her acceptance of her only possible future, one without Jonathan.

Four years later Jonathan is in Switzerland, still a Night Manager, but finally getting the chance to meet the antagonist of the piece – Richard Roper.


Follow the Money 1 & 2

BBC4’s new Saturday Euro-treat  comes from Denmark and is created by a co-writer of Borgen. The title Follow the Money (BBC 4 9pm) hints at the driving motive shared by most of its characters. Tonight’s opener contains one of the most chilling warnings ever uttered in international crime thrillers: “If necessary, go to Manchester.”


Mads (Thomas Bo Larsen) is a cop with definite maverick tendencies who, via the death of a Ukrainian workman employed at a wind farm, finds himself working with a strait-laced partner to investigate fraud at a Danish energy company. One of the major plot developments is telegraphed very early on and is one of the ho hum moments but the series looks promising and worth tuning in for next week.



turns on a sixpence. The two and fro

of work-life balance comes to a clattering halt.

Trying to meet targets and create impact crashes down

When the real impact comes.

Crash, bang, wallop what a car crash!

A rubber-necker’s delight.

On the radio before the emergency crew arrive

And when they come, they keep asking you

Name, date of birth, what happened… over and over

While inserting wires under clothing, clips on fingers

Apologising for bumps on the road and reminding you how

To take gas and air.

Life turns on a sixpence, and sometimes

You actually get lucky

And live, to tell the tale.


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