For those of you who may know Babs on a personal level, there is quite an obsession with food on film representation.
Recently (before his sojourn to Vietnam to experience amazingly fresh food that has also become an obsession) Babs watched 2 filmed projects that sparked off an obsession for fried chicken US style.
1. I saw the HBO mini-series “Mildred Pierce” starring the brilliant Kate Winslet in her Emmy award winning role as the chicken frying/waffle making shameful mom of a conceited daughter, kudos to Guy Pearce for his Emmy win also, and the rest of the sublime cast – Mare Winningham, Evan Rachel Wood, Melissa Leo, Brian F. O’Byrne….. directed by a great favorite of mine Todd Haynes. But I digress…there was a sequence where Mildred prepared her famous fried chicken and i just salivated all over the TV screen. thank god for spray’n’wipe!!
2. I also saw the hit US film “The Help”, a very successful Hollywood adaptation of a book about “coloured” maids and their experiences in the 50’s amongst the priveleged white folk, it is very commercial, but in a spot on way that deserves the success it has achieved. Great performances by all, especially Viola Davis and Jessica Chastain. it also featured a chicken frying sequence that had me drooling once again.
So Babs googled and perused until he was happy with the fitting recipe to fry up the chicken for himself.
Here are the results….. sorry for the copious amounts of mashed potato, but it is an American meal after all.
Oh and by the way, I was thrilled that production designer Mark Friedberg won the Emmy for Mildred Pierce, he is so brilliant, the day he wins an Oscar will be a thrill to Babs – will celebrate with a Southern fried chicken meal thats for sure.