A War of Nerves:
I am delighted to report that The Graf von Blommehön (Chairman),Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon have returned safe and sound from their skiing holiday in Verbier with no broken bones.
Tonight the Actual Members of the Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching together again.
Attendees: (Virtual): Martha from America, MohairMK, Kitchentease, C. Nelson, Digby D and ayresorchids. (Actual): The Graf von Blommehön (Chairman),Lady Egality (Treasurer) Lady Liberty (Club Secretary) Lady Sebright and Colonel Pyncheon
Venue: Castle Coop and various international locations.
1. To toast the happy reunion of Actual Members, we shall be drinking a small glass of Berry Bros ‘Good Ordinary Claret’
and ….eating Crumpets with butter (yum) and marmite or jam if liked (yuk ) while watching tonight’s episode.
How to make Crumpets:
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
To foam the batter : 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Yield: 24 crumpets
- 12 fl oz/350ml semi-skimmed milk, warmed but not boiling
- 1 lb/450g all purpose or plain flour
- 1/8 oz/5g dried yeast
- 2 tsp sugar
- 12 fl oz/350ml finger-warm water (approx)
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1tsp baking powder
- Vegetable oil for cooking
- Whisk together the milk, flour, yeast and sugar. Once combined add half the water and beat into the batter, continue to add more water until the batter is thick and smooth. Stop adding water once it reaches the consistency of thick cream. Cover with cling film and leave in a warm draft free place until foaming – about 1, up to 2 hours.
- Whisk the salt and baking powder into the batter then heat a heavy based frying pan on the stove to hot but not smoking.
- Dampen kitchen paper with a little oil and grease the base of the pan and a crumpet (or pastry) rings measuring 3″x 1 ½” (8 X 3.75cm) approx. If you don’t have any pastry or crumpet rings then use a small, washed food can to the same measurements.
- Place one ring in the heated pan, add enough batter to fill just below the top of the ring. Cook for five minutes when there should be many tiny holes on the surface and the crumpet is setting. Flip the crumpet over and cook for another two – three minutes.
- Repeat with the remaining batter until used up. Rest the crumpets on a wire rack until cool and reheat in a toaster or under the grill before serving. Serve with lots of butter and/or jam.
- NOTE: If the batter seeps from under the ring it is too thin, whisk in more flour. If the crumpet is heavy and without holes, the batter is too thick, add more water.
N.B. With the approval of our Treasurer, I bought ours from Tesco (8 for under £1.00)
2. A reminder to all Club Members – virtual and actual: don’t forget to place a Foyle’s War picture in the room where you are attending the meeting.
How I love DCS Foyle, Sergeant Milner and Sam Stewart!
Tonight the International Friday Night Foyle’s War Club will be watching:
Episode 4, Series 3
“A War of Nerves”
DCS Foyle and Sgt. Milner investigate what they believe is a black market operation in the docks area. They set up a dummy company, with Milner at the head, to see what they might find and soon enough, they are approached by someone working at Talbot’s shipyard. By chance, the station desk sergeant’s daughter works at Talbot’s and has important information for Foyle. When her boyfriend, a sapper with the Royal Engineers, is called out to Talbot’s to disarm an unexploded bomb, he and his mates find something else that leads to one of them being murdered. Throughout all of this, Foyle is hounded by Assistant Commissioner Rose who insists that Foyle drop everything and investigate the activities of Raymond Carter a so-called communist agitator who is staying in Hastings. (http://www.imdb.com)
The shipyard racket is based on a real case of fraud by Frederick Porter of Liverpool in 1942, whose ship scaling business embezzled over £300,000 from the government.Writer Anthony Horowitz based the story of embezzlement at a wartime shipyard on an actual case of a Liverpool Shipyard owner who shot himself in January 1942. The Leftist convention alluded to actually did take place on January 12, 1941. (Wikipedia)
The Chatham Dockyards provided the perfect location for the shipyard in ‘A War of Nerves’, featuring both HMS Ocelot and HMS Cavalier (Wikipedia)
The Blitz Detective?
‘ When I first conceived the idea of Foyle’s War, it was actually called The Blitz Detective and was meant to be set in the capital, but we very quickly realised that it would be prohibitively expensive and insanely difficult to film there. That was why we moved it to Hastings: a very good idea as it turned out. Being so close to the action, with people dying just 50 miles away on the other side of the English Channel, gave the series a sense of urgency and underlined the whole point – that murder has almost no significance in a time of war’.
Anthony Horowitz (interviewed March ’13 for the ‘Radio Times’)
I’m so glad the Powers That Be jacked in the name ‘The Blitz Detective’ in favour of ‘Foyle’s War’.
- It sounds too much like ‘The Singing Detective’.
- ‘The Blitz Detective’ sounds like cheap television to me whereas ‘Foyle’s War’ has more gravitas.
What do you think?