It has been very silent around the book club over the past few months, mostly due to unexpected twists and turns in the lives of the participants in that same club. Before the silence really hit in a book was chosen for the next dinner, and that was Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, don’t think anyone out there could have missed hearing about it by now, as there is also a movie that already made it to DVD.
Tonight I went over to a friend’s place to cook some food and watch a movie, just chillin like one do on a week night (I’ve heard that’s what normal people do), and suddenly it happened. We did get a movie from the store, can’t even remember which one, then we made it to Miss T’s place and she mentioned that she had the Hunger Games movie, and hadn’t seen the extra material yet, so we decided to do that.
Before we started the DVD I threw together some food (this post was to be called “Dinner for two” thus all the food pictures) as both of us were starving. Tonight’s menu; Bacon Wrapped Pork with Rice and Fried Veggies. Pretty simple really;
Buy pork (uhm), bacon in stripes, red onion, pepper, sweet peas and (if you don’t have it at home) rice. The rice of the day is jasmine rice – boil in bag.
Get the water boiling for the rice, then chop the pork into smaller pieces and cut the bacon stripes into halves. Wrap the bacon around the pieces of pork and fry on low heat to get the meat fried through properly without drying out. While the meat is in the pan (and once the water boils, the rice in the pot) cut the pepper into large pieces, I usually choose red and yellow to add some colour to the food. Cut the onion into cloves and then half them, half the sweet peas as well.
I usually start with frying the onion and then put the pepper and sweet peas in at the end as I want them warm but still crunchy. I also like frying the veggies in the same pan as the meat to have them soak in all the glorious yumminess of the meat and the fat (yes, the fat) from the bacon.
Once the food was on the table we started looking at the extra material on the DVD, and trust me there is plenty of it, unfortunately most of it contains a whole bunch of people having this we are so awesome club, run by the director of the movie, Gary Ross. If I never have to listen to or see this Gary Ross ever again it would be too soon.What all this extra material did trigger was plenty of discussion regarding the book, the differences between the book and the movie and of course which one we liked the best. Me personally, I saw the movie first and wasn’t that big of a fan as I thought that they made the characters to likeable, after reading the book I liked them better as they became more human.
These discussions are why the title of this blog changed from “Dinner for two” to “The accidental book club dinner”, and maybe it can kick-start the book club back into life and of the “Completed Projects” List.