Have you ever seen anyone with a fishing rod look more gorgeous than Ava Gardner?
Lest we assume Ava only donned the waders for a set of cheesecake photos, here she is with Gregory Peck “gone fishing”.
Naturally once I’d stumbled upon these pix, I wondered which other film stars might have done a spot of fishing. First glamourpuss I searched for was Sophia Loren…
YES! Here’s a shot that is slightly less glam, with somebody giving their nose a good blow beside her.
Not just a fair weather fisherwoman our Sophia!
I thought Lauren Bacall was probably the type…
and hoped my favourite glamour girl Carole Lombard would have been too…
I have never in my life rolled up my trouser legs and got in a river to try and catch myself a fish but when this pandemic is over, it’s on my to-do list.
So maybe Ava was just posing in her fishing pix, or maybe she really did enjoy casting a line for a fishy or two. Whichever way you look at it, here’s a fish dish she liked to prepare with flounder.
I couldn’t get flounder for love nor money here in the UK, so I had a lovely fillet of Dover sole instead.
In the Ava Gardner Cookbook, published by the Ava Gardner Museum, this recipe also includes tomato sauce in the ingredients list. I assumed this would just be served on the side so I made a sauce with red onions, fresh tomatoes chopped finely and some anchovy paste for an umami boost. I soaked the fish in the eggy milk while I was making the sauce and steaming some veggies and I cooked my Dover sole for about 4 minutes on each side. It was a lovely solo din-dins. Just what I needed.
This dinner marked a special day for me. It was day one of my participation in a new medical trial. I will no doubt tell all at some point, but for now let’s just say for the next three years I have to cut down on my boozing and live a healthier life. Step one was to do something I can’t remember doing for a long, long time. Sitting at the dining table to eat my lovely dinner, rather than just eating it standing up in the kitchen – haha! It’s a whole new me!