I had a gentleman caller last night. It was date 3 with a fellow from OK Cupid known around these parts as “Mr Shoulder” and I did enjoy seeing him smoking a fag whilst hula hooping at about 1 in the morning. Reminded me a bit of Johnny Marr strumming away with a gasper firmly attached. I also vaguely remember falling over backwards at one point and plonking my butt on my lovely 1960s tiled coffee table. I think I heard something crack but I haven’t ventured back into the lounge yet to check…
Cary Grant’s Tuna Fish Pie
200g* / 1 cup tuna
140g / 1 cup diced carrots
150g / 1 cup peas
140g / 1 cup diced potatoes
35g / ½ cup mushrooms
4 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
475ml / 2 cups milk
2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp salt
½ recipe for baking powder biscuits (see appendix)
Flake the tuna fish. Cook the carrots, peas, potatoes and mushrooms separately in small quantities of water for 15 minutes. Melt the butter, add the flour and blend well. Add milk, mushrooms and stir, cooking gently, until smooth and thickened. Add seasonings. Combine with cooked drained vegetables, eggs and fish. Pour into baking dish. Roll out biscuit dough to ½ inch thickness, cut with small cutter and place biscuits on top of fish and vegetables. Bake in hot oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until biscuits are brown.
Note: I usually add some extra seasonings such as 1 tsp celery salt in place of the salt and one tsp dried dill to joosh up the white sauce.
* A 200g tin of tuna yields about 140g tuna which is about 1 cup.
Mr Shoulder said Cary Grant was his favourite film star so I rustled up two Cary recipes. I forgot to take a picture of the Mushroom Canapes but I’ve written about those here with a surprisingly good photo. Did I take that? Seems unlikely! Must, must, must learn how to use my camera. I am going to PARIS for three days on my tod in November and am going to take the manual. My pictures are pants.
I’m excited about the day ahead. I’m going to be DJing with Lady Jane at the wondrous place that is Audio Gold in Crouch End.
We’ll be there between 3 and 6 playing records we find in the shop on our suitcase record players “Oscar” and “Pistorius”. If you are in North London pop by and we’ll play you a request.