Friday, March 23, 2012
Dinner and a Movie: I See a Dark Stranger
St. Patrick's Day is the holiday that keeps on giving. We ended up with a fair amount of leftovers, so what could be better than Corned Beef Hash? I'd never had it before, but Modern Meal Maker suggests making it like potato cakes, so there was no argument here. The scallions in the champ and the saltiness of the corned beef really make this dish. Yum! We ate it two nights in a row with a green salad.
Corned Beef Hash
2 tablespoons lard
1 cup chopped cooked corned beef
1 1/2 cups leftover champ
flour, for dredging
4 poached eggs, to serve
Heat the lard in a skillet over medium to medium-high heat so it gets hot but doesn't smoke. Meanwhile, combine the beef and potatoes and form into four patties. Dredge them in flour and fry until browned on each side. Top each with a poached egg that's been seasoned with salt and pepper.
Adapted from "Corned Beef Hash" in Martha Meade, Modern Meal Maker (San Francisco: Sperry Flour Company, 1935), 322.
Naïvely patriotic Bridie Quilty (Deborah Kerr) travels from her small Irish hometown to Dublin in order to join the IRA. Rejected, she falls in with a Nazi agent (Raymond Huntley), relocates to England and finds another way to act on her hatred of the English. On a mission to free a Nazi spy from prison, Bridie seduces British officer Lieutenant David Bayne (Trevor Howard). Bridie starts to think the British might not be so bad after all...
This is such a fun movie and is quite suspenseful in places. It should be--it's director is Frank Launder, who wrote the screenplay with Sidney Gilliat. They're the screenwriting team behind The Lady Vanishes and Green for Danger. Launder also directed Two Thousand Women. I See a Dark Stranger is available on DVD.
Keep an eye out for David Tomlinson, Katie Johnson and Joan Hickson.