Recently I visited my friends. Which was very nice.
They live in Docklands and when I left them, on the way to the tube station, I couldn’t stop thinking about ‘Working Girl’. I know, my mind works in a mysterious way. I can just say that it was a really nice, warm evening, and if you haven’t been to that area of London, at night it looks like this:
Which in a weird way made me think of New York, Working Girl, Tess’ (main character) commute to work and the glass ceiling. It was all connected and totally appropriate as it was Women’s Day on that day. And to be honest, it made me realize that not much changed from the 80s, women still need to work twice as much as men to succeed and most workplaces are little boys’ clubs (including mine).
Anyway, I love ‘Working Girl’. First reason: great actors and brilliant acting. Not just Melanie Griffith, Sigourney Weaver, Harrison Ford or Alec Baldwin but all supporting actors and great ones in little roles: Joan Cusack, Olympia Dukakis, Kevin Spacey, David Duchovny, etc.
Secondly it is a really good story and I love 80s films. Thirdly I love the transformation Tess goes through. Her change of style, make up, hair, getting articulation lessons to sound less common and trying to lower her voice so she wouldn’t sound so girly.
And last but not least it was always a treasure trove of quotes for any occasion to me. I can’t say how many times I used many of them:
1. ‘Can I get ya anything? Coffee? Tea? Me?’
2. ‘Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn’t make me Madonna. Never will.’
3. ‘I have a head for business and a bod for sin.’
To with it you should settle on something a bit retro but with a modern twist.
Coconut Rice Pudding:
1 cup short grain rice
1 l Alpro coconut milk
1/2 cup xylitol, agave syrup or honey
1 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup soya cream
1. On a low heat bring to simmer rice with coconut milk and xylitol. Leave to simmer for 30- 40 minutes stirring from time to time.
2. When rice starts getting creamy and soft, add shredded coconut, vanilla extract and soya cream. Simmer for 5 min, then leave covered for another 5 min. Serve with fresh fruit on top and a drizzle of agave syrup and sprinkle of cinnamon.