Friday, April 29, 2005

豬扒 (Food Related)

豬扒要煎得嫩滑香口有竅門:豬扒洗淨後要徹頭徹尾地用肉鎚或刀背鎚鬆,周邊白色的筋一定要剪開,要不然下鑊受熱豬扒會收縮成一團,近骨位我通常多剪幾下好讓那些位置受熱得快。然後我會用梳打水浸它十五分鐘左右,因為梳打水可以醃鬆豬肉,代替較無益的食粉。有檸檬不妨榨幾滴檸檬汁,酸性亦能夠令肉地鬆軟。倒去多餘的梳打水,加生抽、糖、鹽及生粉醃多十五分鐘就可下鑊與數粒蒜頭同煎。時間掌握好重要,熟能生巧。

我今天弄的是椒蔥香茅豬扒,炒香青椒及洋蔥粒後加入調好的醬汁(香茅醬、急汁、糖、生抽加水,喜歡吃辣亦可加辣醬)兜炒數下倒在預先煎好盛上碟的豬扒上,再灑黑胡椒即成。只要淋上面的醬汁有所改變就能做出不同口味的豬扒,另一款西汁也同樣惹味(茄汁、白醋、急汁、糖及水)。

Saturday, April 23, 2005

The Royal Tenenbaums (Movie Review)

三月號Sight and Sound封面為Wes Anderson新作The Life Aquatic,我匆匆揭過並沒太留心。借The Royal Tenebaums是偶然的事,因為影碟盒子配圖有趣,當然並不知道它跟The Life Aquatic差不多是原班人馬。特別一提是導演選擇背景音樂的一流品味,由解構Tenenbaums家歷史及他們在Archer Avenue的大屋時用上的Hey Jude到Richie及Margot劇情的背景音樂:多年後重遇的These Days,在小時候玩耍的帳篷中互相表白的Ruby Tuesday及Richie獵鷹飛回來那幕的Stephanie Says。溫暖的色調,高質的道具背景,親情愛情的無奈。人生有許多的遺憾,不過沒有什麼這所房子容納不下的,只要願意承認過失並面對必然的困境。"I need help." "So do I."

如果你喜歡Love Actually,你大概會喜歡The Royal Tenenbaums。

簡易雞皇飯 (Food Review)

材料:
金寶蘑菇忌廉雞湯一罐
雞肉適量切粒┐
青椒半隻切粒├(約一寸乘一寸,大小相若才能受熱均勻)
洋蔥半個切粒┘
火腿一片切幼絲
芝士一塊切粒

做法:蒜頭數粒與雞肉同炒至熟透盛起,用餘下的油炒香洋蔥及青椒,下鮮奶煮約兩分鐘加忌廉湯攪勻,再斟量加入牛奶及芝士,最後放入火腿絲及雞肉調味少許鹽及麻油即成。

雞皇飯成功要訣:
不需要先炒火腿,因為炒過後質感變老。材料缺一不可:青椒帶甘,洋蔥帶甜,火腿則提供雞肉沒有沈實的肉味。除了最基本這幾種材料還可隨喜好加入雜菇甚或海鮮。任何種類的芝士也可以,不加芝士也不成問題,不過就做不出街外餐廳雞皇飯那種香濃的口味。白汁(奶,麵粉)可以自己弄,不過當然不及用罐頭湯方便。簡易雞皇飯精神在於烹調時候總在十五分鐘內,快捷味美。

Friday, April 22, 2005

Mon Oncle (Movie Review)

開首設立在地盤人工化的製作人物表叫我不禁再次查閱影碟盒背的資料,真的是五幾年的作品嗎?然後鏡頭一轉到維多利亞式街燈後的一部石牆,牆上用白色粉餅寫上了片子名稱《Mon Oncle》,幾隻小狗在輕快音樂下一邊嗅路邊垃圾一邊跑。導演在這短短的一幕已經不客氣地告訴觀眾們他想說的,打後的兩小時只是重複地演繹一幕又一幕惹笑但其實想深一層一點也不好笑人情味與摩登科技的對抗。片子道具場景製作不吝惜,人客身上令主人家誤以為是地顫兜售者的摩登服飾,寵物狗身上和主人晨褸一樣圖案的小衫;片子對白不多,導演希望觀眾能集中注意他營造的角色們的衣著及動態。結局叫人無奈,這是科技生活長江後浪推前浪必然的命運。

隨DVD附加短片L'école des facteurs,其中一幕訓練郵差送信是否似曾相識?棍波,極力子呀...不過,是差利卓別靈,是戇豆先生甚或是許冠英,我只要不是那些白鴿眼擺著一副很了不起樣子的人就可以了。

Thursday, April 21, 2005

City of God (Movie Review)

《無主之城》被加上許多標籤:巴西的「自行套入各馬田史高西斯作品的名稱」,不過因為我根本未看過那些所謂原作(我從來都不是黑道電影的擁躉,所以史高西斯的電影我一直也看得不用心。天,我還未看過《Goodfellas》),此片的鏡頭運用對我來說十分鮮明。因為導演大動作的演繹很難叫觀眾不去察覺,略嫌有點像小孩子學了新玩意急不及待展示於人前的感覺,不過多元化的技巧展現著實豐富了畫面又跟片中節奏配合得恰到好處。此片勝在舖排清析,要談一個城市二十年的發展及人和事一個不小心便會走掉了許多觀眾。不過善忘如我都不用怕一下子消化不了幾十個生面口,因為片中給予不少的提示。比起其他讓觀眾抓頭嘆「有好既唔做走去做壞人抵你死啦」難以代入的黑道電影,《無主之城》並未有提供選擇的權利給一眾角色,能展開雙翼飛離此地除了在無數爭鬥中被殺的人以外還可以是誰?在這個沒有「生命可貴」意識,每人只是跟隨一個不談未來的欲望去行事的地方,恩怨循環被娓娓道來,你以為你做過的壞事你能走得甩?片子本身陳述時間的方式強調了一點:每件今天發生的事情全由昨天而起,亦是明天的事情無可避免的起因。那個聲稱不會殺害無辜的人的新血在輕挑的背景音樂下放棄自己堅持時,他已同時為自己的死亡鋪路,不過導演留待最後才告訴我們。觀眾經過兩個多小時活生生的精神及肉體暴力呈現後原來還未練得一身刀槍不入,因為人性比生命還脆弱。里約熱內盧大大的耶穌像腳下竟然有個無主之城,單是這點已是個難以想像卻真實無比的諷刺。

用extreme low angle來描述十多年Li'l Dice的成長只是導演其一技倆

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

African Textiles (Artwork Review)

excepts from my homework aka a load of bs

...The figures on the piece are highly stylized; a strong sense of tribal culture is reflected by its simplified body rendering. Angular figures may look animated but textures of the clothing and animal furs are carefully depicted demonstrating the effort on observation. The amazing feature of the piece is that viewers can define the simplified figures as well as those from a Michelangelo’s and be led by the direct creativity into more of the artists’ spirit...

...There is no designer cutting and there are no lavishing adornments, the wrapper from Mali is improvised and spontaneous, embedded with some of the natural characteristics also found in other African art forms such as music...

Visual interpretations are sometimes not enough to better understand these foreign cultures. What we regard here in America as art may not be so in Africa, the defined social functions from their works may be lost if the works are merely displayed in exhibitions, the original context must be taken into consideration so as to truly appreciate these textiles. One will be surprised to find out the functions behind these beautifully produced textiles are to trivially serve as daily clothing, blankets, tent dividers, and even rugs. But art and lifestyle are not two separate entities in the African culture; the way they pursue life is already art.

蜂鳥 (Misc)

每次見到蜂鳥,我就會想起夢幻街少女裡邊阿霞早晨見到窗外有架飛船飛過說「今天必有幸運的事情發生」那幕。昨天又讓我在拿信時見到蜂鳥,上次見到牠們已是去年末夏的事了。太陽稍稍開始下山的時候,還有蟬鳴般蟲叫的聲音,鄰居燴牛肉濃湯的味道。這個月份傍晚的空氣我最喜歡,讓我想想為什麼對它情有獨鍾。嗯,有點像仲夏夜之夢的感覺,微涼的風配上一層層藍染紫的天,是掌握得恰好的浪漫呀。多得鄰居在庭園中設置餵飼碟,引來好些特種鳥兒待整個下午。

Friday, April 15, 2005

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Movie Review)

With its sensitive setting, audiences inevitably make their assumptions before getting deep into the movie. It hits me when it was revealed that many of the patients were in fact voluntary and they were admitted inside the mental institution because as quoted from McMurphy did not have the guts to face the real world. Each of the patients represents a defected part of us and each of them represents something iconic in the society as well. Microsocieties exist in schools, offices and certainly in a mental hospital: black and white, good and bad, and right and wrong. The lines are drawn by us, and I drew mine when Nurse Ratched entered the ward passing by three African American wardens who were mopping the floor in the very first scene. The stratified ward didn't have a place for McMurphy because he was the only free spirit who doesn't try to trap himself in any visible/ invisible wards. It's logical how audiences connect the character McMurphy with Jesus Christ because he showed the other patients a piece of possibility they weren't bold enough to meet even though every bit prepared for it, but he was at last betrayed and was sent to the crucifixion in return. This is definitely one of the best acted American films out there, characters in the movie acted out all the intense emotion intended for the audiences to feel, and expressions and gestures were carried out beautifully to facilitate the plot.

I recognized Danny Devito halfway through the movie from his height.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Movie Review)

他們住大屋,用黃金打造的香煙盒,講究馬提尼的喝法;他們有廚子,有工人,有司機,有園丁。生活大概難不到他們,縱然每每被來錯時候的賓客打擾最具生活象徵的吃飯動作,他們也好像一點也不介意,觀眾一直看下去,看這群上等人如何地拿著那刀叉看著放涼了的烤羊及鵝肝醬,直到出現太離譜的場景才敢問「等等,這好像有點不對」,哦,原來只是反映他們慾念及抱歉驚惶的潛意識的夢境。他們的夢與現實隨著電影發展變得並無分別,原來我們用梯子攀也攀不到的階級就是這樣渾沌的生活著,這是Luis Buñuel帶出的其一重要主題。

Saturday, April 02, 2005

Napa Valley (Food Review)


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我們趁天氣清爽駛了兩個多小時車經過Sausalito到達加州釀酒出名的Napa Valley參觀了Robert Mondavi WineryBeringer Vineyards,興致勃勃試飲了酒吃了餅乾,逛了賣許多芝士的超級市場,又駛兩個多小時回家。昨晚我做了少少功課,知道:握著杯腳觀其色澤時,成熟的酒會帶褐黃色,內圍深紅;未成熟的酒外側會呈透明。我那杯八元美金的2002 Pinot Noir,因為年份較少,外側理所當然呈透明;入口感覺還算柔順,並無苦澀感,不過略嫌過酸…我想當一個人到了某個階段能夠晚飯聚餐開瓶酒與親友共賞是件美事,但我離那個階段還遠,我暫時仍能滿足於pizza後一杯可樂或睡前一杯熱牛奶。

Friday, April 01, 2005

喜馬拉雅星 (Movie Review)

其實我認為此片真不錯,充分表現天方夜譚的誇張感。也許就是因為取景於印度這等他人眼中如神話的國度韋家輝才可以如此放肆,看得觀眾一舊雲想吐口水。何必每樣事情都必經一才到二,既然只是梵天的一場夢,幹嘛要那樣認真?