Time for a summery lunch catch up, we haven’t had a chance for a while due to various work commitments and annual leave. We stuck to the noir theme as usual but this time the theme was multi-cultural! The food embodied Italian noir (Taleggio cheese, Parma ham), Tartan noir (oatcakes, local eggs), French noir (a smelly french cheese whose name escapes me, baguette, Brittany butter, salad) and a bit more sunshine food thrown in for good measure; tzatziki, hummus, olives, pitta bread, feta cheese. Nordic noir was present in the form of the Swedish Summer Strawberry custard cream cake in the middle of the table which was based on a recipe someone passed on at Nordicana. Apparently this type of cake is popular all over Scandinavia in the summer months for special occasions such as Midsummer’s eve or birthdays.
We spoke about having some more face to face discussion groups in various places and possibly a small meet up at the Bloody Scotland Crime Festival in Stirling in September. There was some discussion of Top of the Lake, Field of Blood, Sebastian Bergman, how unsatisfying the tv programming has been recently. Not to mention spectacular summer storms in France, tropical weather in Scotland, Tunnock’s caramel wafers, the way the world views engineers and when will Montalbano be back on our screens?!!
*from The Twelve Seasons by JW Krutch, 1949