FILM THIS WEEK: Friday 6th June 2014

Ratings: ★ ✩ ✮ ✯ ✰ ☆

In UK CINEMAS: Friday 6th June  2014

 

22 Jump Street (15)

22 Jump Street - The guys are back!
22 Jump Street – The guys are back!

 


After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (JONAH HILL) and Jenko (CHANNING TATUM) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on an athletic team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to question their partnership.  Now they don’t have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship.  If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.


Jammie plays cop! 21 Jump Street
Jammie plays cop! 21 Jump Street

After seeing 21 Jump Street, I was a little worried about seeing 22 Jump Street.  The internal rumblings went something like this, “How can they match the first, it might be naff, a let down, unfunny.”

WRONG, Wrong, wrong! They’ve done it again.  22 Jump Street is funny. After a quick flashback to some of the scenes in 21 Jump Street, they jump straight in. New assignment, new undercover role, new location and a whole heap of riddickerlousness, which even included the flash of an homage to the UKs own, Benny Hill. 🙂

In one of my favourite scenes, you hear a microwave ‘ding’ sound, and Jenko goes into action – I laughed so much, I almost passed out, ‘Breathe, Sim, Breathe’. Or maybe it was the scene where Schmidt finds himself on stage, or or or….

What can I tell you.  I loved this film, so many jokes, but I don’t want to ruin it for you, so go and see it. Whoop whoop!  Rated: 5 –  ✩ ✮ ✯ ✰☆

Director: Phil Lord, Chris Miller
Starring: Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, Dave Franco, Ice Cube, Nick Offerman

 

Fruitvale Station (15)


The true story of Oscar Grant (MICHAEL B. JORDAN), a 22-year-old Oakland, CA resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air.  Not sure what it is, he takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Octavia Spencer), whose birthday falls on New Year’s Eve, being a better partner to his girlfriend Sophina (Melonie Diaz), who he hasn’t been completely honest with, and being a better father to Tatiana (Ariana Neal), their beautiful four year-old daughter.

Crossing paths with friends, family, and strangers, Oscar starts out well, but as the day goes on he realises that change is not going to come easily and that he’ll have to work hard to make it.  As he and Sophina celebrate the New Year and a fresh start, one truly shocking, tragedy shakes his community – and the entire United States – to its very core.


 

Michael Bakari Jordan
Michael Bakari Jordan

The story follows Oscar Grant over one day, showing how his day unfolds. I did find the journey through the day a little slow, particular when he is shown driving around in his car.  However, in some ways, it adds to the story, as do the other random happenings of the day. They all add up to show many different sides of Oscar’s character, and the people around him, who all have a part in how the story comes together.

I hadn’t heard the story, and decided to ignore as much as possible, all the write-ups etc. about it, before seeing it, and I’d succeeded, more or less – I knew very little about the film.  A fair bit of ignoring took place until it reached these shores. I went in blind!

The film opened with video footage from this true story, and within seconds I knew what the story was about.  I definitely hadn’t heard about it before, so the opening made me sit up and pay attention. A lovely, thought-provoking and sad true-story.  Rated: 3½ –  ★ ✩ ✮½

Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Michael B Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer

 

Other films this week:

Friday 6 June  2014:
•    Cheap Thrills (15) – How far would you go for money? A scheming couple put a family man, struggling with his finances, and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares over the course of an evening, starting in a local bar, before moving to the couple’s apartment. Director: E.L.Katz. Starring: Pat Healy, David Koechner, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton

CHEAP-THRILLSThere is a certain gleefulness in this story as the characters move from dare to bigger dare.  Part of me liked it, part of me felt horrified. But there was a bigger part of me, which felt I’d seen it all, in various parts, before, or read it, or heard – it existed in my conscious (worryingly!).  I’m far too squeamish for this film, although it’s not that bad, but I did leave feeling slightly ill.  Rated: 3 –  ✮ ✯ ✰
•    Benny & Jolene (15) – An up and coming folk duo –  Jolene is having trouble convincing her writing partner Benny to become more commercial and too many industry types are getting involved.  As they head to a festival in the Valley’s on a packed tour bus, they are forced to confront their ambitions and emotions for the first time. Director: Jamie Adams. Starring: Craig Roberts, Charlotte Ritchie, Tom Rosenthal, Rosamund Hanson, Dolly Wells
•    The Dirties (15) – When two best friends team up to film a comedy about getting revenge on bullies, the exercise takes a devastating turn when one of them begins to think of it as more than a joke. ©Phase 4Director: Matthew Johnson. Starring: Matthew Johnson, Owen Williams, Krista Madison.
•    Grace Of Monaco (PG) – A film about legendary Oscar-winning actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly, who gave up her Hollywood career when she married Prince Ranier of Monaco in April 1956. This film takes us from December 1961, looking at her crisis of marriage and identity during the period of her husband’s dispute with France’s Charles de Gaulle in 1962. Director: Olivier Dahan. Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, Mico Ventimiglia.
•    I Declare War (15) – Every day after school, two groups of thirteen-year old friends play ‘war’ in a local forest. They make their own guns out of sticks, old toys, anything they can find. They play to have fun. One afternoon, the game gets a little out of hand. Director: Jason Lapeyre, Robert Wilson.
•    PULP: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets (12A) – Sheffield, 1988, ‘The Day That Never Happened’.  Following a disastrous farewell show in their hometown, PULP move to London inpulp search of success.  They find fame on the world stage in the 1990’s with anthems including ‘Common People’ and ‘Disco 2000’.   25 years (and 10 million album sales) later, they return to Sheffield for their last UK concert:  what could go wrong? Director: Florian Habicht. Starring: Jarvis Cocker, Nick Banks, Candida Doyle, Steve Mackey, Mark Webber.

Sunday 8 June 2014:
•   The Sacrament (18) – Director: Ti West. Starring: Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Gene Jones, Kate Kyn Sheil.

Monday 9 June 2014:
•   The Hooligan Factory – Comedy Gala (15) – The Hooligan Factory is the first movie spoofing the ‘Football Hooligan film’ genre. Dex, Danny and The Hooligan Factory travel the length of the country on a mission to re-establish their firm’s glory days. However, the police are closing in and we get a sense that the Hooligan Factorys best days may be behind them, but with Danny on their side, and Dex finding his old form who knows where this may lead. Director: Nick Nevern. Starring: Jason Maza, Nick Nevern, Chloe Sims, Tom Burke, Ray Feron

The Hooligan Factory
The Hooligan Factory

I’m not a fan of spoof movies and this one didn’t help.  The film really didn’t work for me. I found some parts of the film hilariously funny. The spoof hinged on other football films, but it all felt like a decade too late, as I could barely remember the originals! The storyline felt weak, but was slightly amusing, except for the ‘oh no we might be gay’ jokes which were really annoying – come on, get over it already!  Don’t do it to yourself!  Rated: 1 –  ✮

•    NOW: In The Wings On A World Stage (15)Director: Jeremy Whelehan. Starring: Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes, The Bridge Project Company.

Tuesday 10 June 2014:
•   Common People (12A) – Director: Stewart Alexander, Kerry Skinner. Starring: Sam Kelly, Diana Payan, Iarla McGowan, Michael Ballard, Jeff Marsh, Tom Gilling, Eleanor Fanyinka.
•   How We Used To Live – Director: Paul Kelly. Starring: (Narrated by) Ian McShane.

Wednesday 11 June 2014:
•   Road (PG) – Director: Diarmuid Lavery, Michael Hewitt. Starring: Robert Dunlop, Joey Dunlop, William Dunlop, Michael Dunlop.

REWIND: MALIK Bendjelloul’s  ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ – On Air Review – March 2013

Catch Searching For Sugar Man on BBC iPlayer until the 9th June.

BBC iPlayer: http://goo.gl/wHPKOy

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Malik Bendjelloul, director of Searching for Sugar Man, died  this week.  It reminded me of a discussion we had about the film, on the radio, last year. I’m reposting the audio below.  It’s a REWIND! x

The show was the ‘Saturday Salmagundi’ breakfast show. Toby Kell-Ogg had just got back from South Africa, fresh from seeing the film, and seeing Rodriguez perform.

Voices in these pieces of audio: Simone ‘ Jammie’ Jemmott, Toby Kell-Ogg, Vanessa Maynard

Searching for Sugar Man Audio
Searching for SugarMan review-23Mar13 by JammieMedia – SoundCloud – PS. During the discussion I accidentally switch the name of Sussex Records to Sixto – I meant Sussex – honest…   Sussex!

From: https://soundcloud.com/jammiemedia

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FILM THIS WEEK: Friday 30th May 2014

Ratings: ★ ✩ ✮ ✯ ✰ ☆

Friday 30th May 2014

Edge of Tomorrow (3D) (12A)


‘Edge of Tomorrow’ unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.
Lt. Col. Bill Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.
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Scene after scene is repeated, but don’t think too hard, and enjoy as Cage and Rita (Emily Blunt) unravel the clues in attempt, after attempt, after attempt to beat their enemy. It has: alien fighting, a hint of romance, Brendan Gleeson as General Brigham, scenes in London and France, and a wicked touch of humour running through it.

Lt. Col. Bill Cage
Lt. Col. Bill Cage

LIVE. DIE. REPEAT.


The film is based on, ‘All You Need Is Kill’, a novel by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Cage changes from smooth PR man to fearful, naïve rookie soldier, to hardened fighting man. I queried why a few things didn’t add up, and had the word ‘paradox’ thrown at me. I’ve taken this to mean, “It’s good enough to get away with it”, and it is! As I said, don’t think too hard, just enjoy and watch as Cage dies over and over again. I left, smiling and slightly revved! 😉  Rated: 4½ –  ✩ ✯ ✰☆½

Director: Doug Liman
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Lara Pulver, Jeremy Piven, Charlotte Riley

 

A Million Ways To Die In The West (15)


After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man. When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love.  But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test.


Million ways 1If you like a spoof-ish, slapstick, kinda movie, then this is the one for you.  I don’t! The jokes were cheap, and silly. Some were worthy of a laugh, and I did laugh, but most of the time, in between my yawns, I was thinking, ‘Really?’ One particular scenes sticks in my mind, a man gets rammed and carried off on the horns of a bull – I looked to my left, I looked to my right, and then I laughed, a laugh of, ‘What the hell is this?’

Still, I’m sure it’s just my particular proclivities to dislike easy jokes and cheap shots – most of the rest of the audience were laughing, laughing at every joke!

I admit to being a bit slow sometimes, and it didn’t click until the next day that the lead actor (also Director, Producer, and co-writer) was the very same Seth MacFarlane who presented the 2013 Oscars… and the jokes haven’t got much better! I’ve knocked off half a point for the slave joke! Rated: 1½ –  ✮½

Director: Seth MacFarlane
Starring: Seth MacFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Neil Patrick Harris

 

Other films this week:  Friday 30 May 2014

•    For No Good Reason (showing in London only) Johnny Depp explores, through interviews, the stories and images, the art and life, of British artist, Ralph Steadman. Director: Charlie Paul. Starring: Ralph Steadman, Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp and Ralph Steadman
Johnny Depp and Ralph Steadman

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•    Downhill (15) – Four old friends, 192 miles, what could possibly go wrong? Director: James Rouse. Starring: Richard Lumsden, Karl Theobald, Ned Dennehy, Jeremy Swift
•    Jimmy’s Hall (12A) – Period-drama set in 1921 telling the true story of political activist Jimmy Gralton who was deported from Ireland after building a dance hall on a rural crossroad, where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream… but above all to dance and have fun. Director: Ken Loach. Starring: Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Andrew Scott

Jimmy's Hall
Jimmy’s Hall

•    Mariachi Gringo – A stifled, small-town man stuck in a dead end life, runs away to Mexico to be a mariachi singer. Director: Tom Gustafson. Starring: Shawn Ashmore, Martha Higareda, Lila Downs
•    Mr. Jones – Mr. Jones is ‘Cabin in the Woods’ meets ‘Jacobs Ladder’; a terrifying nightmare that’s so real, even daylight brings no relief. Director: Karl Meuller. Starring: Jon Foster, Sarah Jones
•    Omar (15) – A sensitive young baker who is accustomed to dodging surveillance bullets when he daily crosses the separation wall to visit Nadia, his secret love. But occupied Palestine knows neither simple love nor clear-cut war. To prove himself to Nadia’s family, Omar becomes a freedom fighter and must soon face painful choices about life and manhood. Director: Hany Abu-Assad. Starring: Adam Bakri, Leem Lubany, Iyad Hoorani, Samer Bisharat

Jammie x

 

THE HYPHEN SPEAKS: UKIP IF YOU WANT TO

The Hyphen
By Toby Kell-Hyphen-Ogg

If you read newspapers online and actually manage to get to the end of an article, you will have noticed that the last thing you see is a line in bold type which says something like ‘183 comments.’ And you then discover that somewhere out there in the ether there are 183 poor benighted fools who feel the need to put on public record their unsolicited opinions about some aspect of the aforementioned article in the plainly deluded hope that someone might be interested in what they have to say. What sort of person, you may have asked yourself, would do such a thing ?


My comment excited a few responses from others most of them short, to the point, and personally abusive


The answer I can now reveal, is the sort of person who is like me. Because, in the wake of the UKIP triumph in the European elections, I suddenly felt the urge, for some unfathomable reason,  to write to the DailyTelegraph.

My comment excited a few responses from others most of them short, to the point, and personally abusive, and which do not bear repeating. But one, from a Mr.Mipps, did try to counter my arguments point by point.

Here is my original comment, followed by Mr.Mipps’ response, and my rejoinder to him.

I wrote:
UKIP represent those who fear others, whether the others are immigrants or the movers and shakers in ‘Brussels.’ Does that make UKIP and those who vote for them ‘racists’? Not in the sense that they  openly discriminate against people on the basis of race. But they are most certainly ‘otherists’. They are most definitely xenophobes. UKIP’s supporters, are the old, the disaffected, the uneducated who want to blame the poverty of their lives, material and spiritual, on anyone but themselves.

Then Mr. Mipps wrote:
Something of a generalisation I fear. I am a member of UKIP and at 67 I may tick your definition of old. However I am a retired MD of a global company spent 30 years doing business in Europe and have a degree in Mechanical Engineering, so not disaffected, comfortably off and not uneducated.

From my experience I firmly believe the UK would be better off exiting the EU and that there is a desperate need for controlled immigration, notice controlled immigration not zero immigration.

And then I wrote back:
Yes, Mr.Mipps, it was a generalisation but, as you indeed are old – though only a year older than me – you tick one of my boxes and thus seem to prove by my point.

Perhaps, though I am not convinced by your assurances, we would be better off being outside Europe had we never been in, but do you seriously imagine there will not be a heavy price paid for the divorce? How many divorces do you know of where there isn’t? If the Scots vote for independence will we just stand meekly aside and let them have all the advantages they have by being part of the union? Do you imagine the same will not apply to us if we divorce Europe?

And as for ‘controlled immigration’, where do you stand on controlled EMIgration? Presumably you are in favour of retired British people – that is to say people who by definition are not productive since they no longer work – being refused the right to settle in Spain or France?

And let me add this: I live in the most multi-cultural borough, Brent, in the most multi-cultural city, London, in the UK. And very few people are voting for UKIP here. If you want to see the future you are so frightened off, get in a time machine and come to Brent. If you can summon up the courage, Mr.Mipps, you will find you have much less to fear than you think.

Feel free to add your comment if you have nothing better to do…

FILM THIS WEEK: Thursday 22nd May 2014

Ratings: ★ ✩ ✮ ✯ ✰ ☆

Thursday 22 May 2014
X-Men: Days Of Future Past (3D) (12A)

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past.


The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.
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Too many silent mutants in this film. I was particularly looking forward to hearing something from Bishop (Omar Sy).  With barely an introduction to many of the mutants, you’d have to be a real fanboy or fangirl to know who they are. The film is set across two time periods, with many of the characters seen in the films current time for the X-Men (the future), and most of the best action happening in the past.

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Omar Sy as Bishop

 

It was fabulous when Quicksilver arrived on screen, and the film entered into some great slow motion scenes. The epic battles scenes seemed a little subdued.  It’s still very watchable, and there is enough action to keep you entertained, plus Raven/Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) is great to watch. I still came away feeling like it needed a little something more.  Rated: 4 –  ✩ ✮ ✯ ✰

 

Raven- X-Men
Jennifer Lawrence

Director: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Evan Peters, Halle Berry, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Omar Sy.

 

 

Other films this week:
Friday 23 May 2014
•    Beyond The Edge (3D) (PG)
•    Blended (12A)
•    Fading Gigolo (15)
•    Heli (18)
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•    Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (U)
•    Postman Pat The Movie (U)
•    The Punk Singer (15)
•    Run & Jump (15)
•    Top Dog (18)

REWIND: MALIK Bendjelloul’s  ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ – On Air Review – March 2013

Malik Bendjelloul, director of Searching for Sugar Man, died  this week.  It reminded me of a discussion we had about the film, on the radio, last year. I’m reposting the audio below.  It’s a REWIND! x

The show was the ‘Saturday Salmagundi’ breakfast show. Toby Kell-Ogg had just got back from South Africa, fresh from seeing the film, and seeing Rodriguez perform.

Voices in these pieces of audio: Simone ‘ Jammie’ Jemmott, Toby Kell-Ogg, Vanessa Maynard

Searching for Sugar Man Audio
Searching for SugarMan review-23Mar13 by JammieMedia – SoundCloud – PS. During the discussion I accidentally switch the name of Sussex Records to Sixto – I meant Sussex – honest…   Sussex!

From: https://soundcloud.com/jammiemedia

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SUICIDE: CALM

Suicide: CALM – In memory of MALIK Bendjelloul & MyCool Bovell

The news reported that Director of Searching For Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul’s death this week was due to suicide. Earlier this week a young relative of mine was laid to rest –  he too had committed suicide.  I’m drawn again to share the webpage for CALM.

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77% of deaths of males in England and Wales, aged 20-49 are due to suicide. 77%


THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST LIVING MISERABLY, or CALM, is a registered charity, which exists to prevent male suicide in the UK.   Please get in contact with them, they can help. Or if you are worried about someone, they offer a lot of advice.

Calm are holding a charity event on June 19th – CALM Live.


Three young men a day, all under 35 – Tom, Dick and Harry.



MyCool Bovell

In memory of Michael Bovell, the Mycool Bovell Foundation has been set up to make a difference in the lives of teenagers and young adults in crisis. For many young people, life can be extremely challenging and the Foundation aims to support them financially, relationally, mentally, educationally and spiritually.

MyCool Bovell

FILM THIS WEEK – Thursday 15th May 2014

Ratings: ★ ✩ ✮ ✯ ✰ ☆

Thursday 15 May 2014

Godzilla (3D) (12A)


The world’s most famous monster is pitted against malevolent creatures who, bolstered by humanity’s scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.
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Loved it, loved it.  Thought I’d get that out of the way from the ‘git-go’! I wasn’t really expecting much from this film.  Monster, in a city, been there, seen that, blah blah blah. But it was so much better than expected.  I watched, slightly tensed througout, as the scenes unfolded, admired some of the beautifully crafted frames – stunning art in film. I appeared to be the only one laughing at certain glowing body parts though!

Godzilla seems to have quite a small role in the film.  I expected to see a lot more of him.  That said, Yep –  Godzilla gets the big thumbs up.

Rated: ★ ✩ ✮ ✯  ☆

Trailer:

Directed By: Gareth Edwards  Starring: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston

Other films this week:

Friday 16 May 2014

  • Concussion (15)
  • Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey (15)
  • In Secret (15)
  • Pantani: The Accidental Death Of A Cyclist (15)
  • Touch Of Sin, A (15)
  • Touchy Feely (15)
  • Two Faces Of January, The (12A)

And for one day only, on Tuesday 20th May, you can see a re-release of Pulp Fiction (18)

EVENT: Inspire & Innovate: Celebrating the Next Generation of Designers

19th Jun 2014; 18:00

Special event celebrating this year’s winners – and a remarkable 90 years of the RSA Student Design Awards – with past winner Richard Howarth, industrial designer at Apple, in exclusive conversation with Adrian Shaughnessy.

The RSA Student Design Award challenges emerging designers to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking. Our goal is to empower a generation of savvy, employable designers who understand the potential of design to benefit society, and we do this by running an annual Awards programme that challenges students and recent graduates to think differently about design, through tackling briefs focused on real-world problems.

The event will be followed by a drinks reception in the RSA Benjamin Franklin Room.

http://www.thersa.org/events/our-events/inspire-and-innovate-celebrating-the-next-generation-of-designers.

Chicken Pad Thai – Cooking at L’atelier des Chefs

I spent a lovely evening out with Film Reviewer EC last week, cooking up a chicken pad thai at L’Atelier des Chefs on Wigmore Street.

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You might remember I had a fun corporate evening there at the end of February – which wasn’t proper cooking, as all the food was ready prepped. It was still great fun though and I posted about it on my Facebook page, JampotMedia.

I had so much fun, that I followed them on Twitter a couple of weeks later and saw a competition running – I entered and WON!  Ha ha  #Jammie

The prize was two places on one of their, Cook, Eat and Run course.
EC chose the meal for the night, Chicken Pad Thai, and we booked, and went along to try out our skills.


Chicken pad thai – An insightful introduction into Thai cooking and the balancing of the fundamental taste senses: sweet, sour, salty and bitter. A simple classic Thai dish with beansprouts, noodles and chicken.


We were part of a small group of six people cooking  that evening.  As competition winners, we were given L’atelier des Chefs aprons, but opted to use the plastic ones given out to everyone else, and began our evening.

Our Chef for the evening was Dahlia, who guided us through preparing the ingredients and cooking the meal. The chicken was already chopped for us, and the noodles cooked, we just had to prepare the other ingredients, and cook them all together.

EC and I were the only ones who opted for a version with chilli powder, and without realising I was only supposed to put some in, I put all the chilli in that should have gone into the meal for 6 into our pan for 2.  It actually wasn’t too hot! It was the perfect heat.  😉

The food tasted fantastic – and I’m not just saying that because I cooked it!  😉 #nom

Arriving, cooking and eating, we were there for about an hour an a half, and we had the option to purchase a dessert to go with our meal.

Here are our pics from the event, and the recipe if you want to try it at home.

Jammie x

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Chicken Pad Thai – Recipe and Method by L’atelier des Chefs

Ingredients (Serves 6 ) 

  • Chicken breast(s) (150g) – skinless : 6 whole
  • Large rice noodle(s) : 400 g
  • Soya beansprout(s) : 100 g
  • Whole egg(s) : 4 whole
  • Garlic clove(s) : 6 whole
  • Sunflower oil : 3 Tbsp
  • Spring onion(s) : 1 bunch
  • Chopped peanuts : 50 g
  • Fish sauce : 2 Tbsp
  • Shrimp paste : 10 g
  • Lime(s) : 2 whole
  • Tamarind paste : 10 g
  • Palm sugar : 40 g
  • Fresh coriander : 0.5 bunch
  • Red chilli powder : 5 g
  • Red chilli(s) : 1 whole

Method
Slice the chicken breast across the grain into thin strips.

Place the rice noodles in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to soften for 5 minutes so that they are ‘al dente’. Rinse in cold water and drain well. Coat your hands in a tablespoon of oil and then run your hands through the noodles to help prevent sticking.

For the omelette: Heat a tablespoon of oil in a wok and then carefully swirl to coat the surface. Add the beaten eggs to the pan and swirl to make a very thin omelette. Once cooked, run a knife around the egde of the wok and turn the omelette out. Slice the omelette into strips and then set aside.

Zest and juice two of the limes and then cut the remaining lime into quarters or small segments. Pick the coriander leaves from their stalks.

For the Pad Thai: peel and dice the garlic. Thinly slice the spring onions and the red chilli. Add the remaining oil to the wok and heat through. Add the sliced chicken and garlic and toss over a high heat. In turn, add the noodles, omelette strips, beansprouts, spring onions, shrimp paste, fish sauce, tamarind and the zest and juice of the two limes. Finish by adding the chilli powder and the sugar, tossing constantly over high heat.

Scatter the crushed peanuts, coriander leaves and quartered limes on top of the pad thai to serve.