Had a go at Herman’s wonderfully eccentric recipe for Weiner Schnitzel last night and was mightily pleased with the results. Charley read the bizarre cooking instructions out loud in his lovely booming voice and declared it to be closer to poetry than a recipe. The result was delicious – a “little fish” placed in a wiggle on top of the breadcrumbed and egg smeared bashed up veal, capers scattered at all four corners and a visually pleasing fried egg on top.
Poor old Bing had rather a sad demise once his particular brand of humour fell out of fashion. According to the insanely thorough IMDB filmography Bing tended to have very small – often uncredited – roles such as “butcher weighing sausages”, “Hans, delicatessan man” and “stout passenger”. The work dried up in the late 1940s though and Bing did himself in. I do quite fancy getting hold of a copy of “The Devil With Hitler” though as Bing plays Hitler’s astrologer – that certainly has comic potential.
Am feeling very tired around the eyes today after an extended crying jag with Charley. Good to get it all out though I guess… It was Kate Bush that triggered it off, I started feeling tearful when I heard her on the radio before going to meet Charley in the pub. I was gripped by that “Arndale Centre” feeling. A kind of relief that I was going to be spending some time at last with someone who just KNOWS me – no need for any of the self critical self analysing behaviour that has been accompanying many of my encounters this week.
It is blind dates a-go-go.
Ah, the joys of procrastinating on your site when I should be getting on with my own work ! The name Herman Bing caught my eye as in my old ‘Flywheel’ series, the landlord of Flywheel’s building was called Herr Gruber and the actor, Grahmam Hoadly played him as Herman Bing . He was used in one of the Vosburgh/Milligan episodes in series 3 about a Tour Bus Company Flywheel and Ravelli inherit ! What a small culinary world it is ! Have a listen I know you will enjoy .
Haha – I know the feeling Mark. Ooh, could you send me a link to Flywheel so I can listen in? Sounds fabulous.
It was fun reading this old blog post. I was in a very different place in 2007 – looking for love in all the wrong places – haha.
I feel like digging that Herman Bing recipe out again. Sounds bloody good!
That link should take you to the internet archive . If not just going to i/net archive.org and google Flywheel,Shyster&Flywheel. Also it should be coming up on R4 extra in june anyway as they’ve only one more ep of series 2 to go .
I’m glad you’re not in ‘that place’ anymore too, I’ve just met someone at The Cinema Museum – of all places of course – I’m very much hoping to cook Valentino’s sauce for ! But we’re not there yet .
ooooh, now THAT is exciting. Good luck my dear and keep me posted!!!
Six degrees of Separation … I have just delivered Flour to ‘Herman Bing’s’ door step ! Aka the actor who played ‘him’ in Flywheel . He lives locally and has been told by the government to stay home as he’s in his 70’s now . Here’s the first 15 mins of ‘The Devil with Hitler’ All I could find . Looks great !
Oh how brilliant! You have reminded me once again Mark to listen to Flywheel, Shyster and Flywheel. I will email you about it as of course, I’ve left it too late to listen online from the beginning…
Love the devils’ horns in this clip!