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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Fantasy Veggie Dinner Guest - ATTICUS FINCH

Social commentary can be a tricky business. But if you can filter your views through the eyes of a child, you can create a way of witnessing, assimilating and portraying the most horrific of events and create a literary classic at the same time.

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout Finch reveals the trial and conviction of Tom Robinson almost as an afterthought, a way to show the brilliance of her father. Her energies are firmly focused on the Radley House and whether Boo is friend or foe.

I often find it difficult to like the film if I have loved the book, but Gregory Peck’s portrayal of Atticus Finch pushes all such prejudices aside.
I could have decided on all sorts of meals here, cooked by Calpurnia, drenched in maple syrup, but instead, here is a good old corn recipe…


Makes 6 large wedges

200g plain flour
2tsp baking powder
2tsp salt
1tsp black pepper
2 free range eggs
280ml milk
200g cooked sweetcorn
oil for frying

Sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and pepper.
Beat the eggs with the milk and stir this into the dry ingredients to make a smooth batter.
Add the sweetcorn and mix everything together well.
Heat a little oil in a pan and pour in mixture. Keep the heat low as you need to cook it through without burning.
You should begin to see small air bubbles come to the surface.
The next step is to turn the mixture over in order to be able to cook both sides. This is the hardest part as you need to time it just right. The trick is to wait for the point where it begins to shrink away from the sides of the pan.
When both sides are golden, tip onto board and cut into wedges.

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