Do you remember the TV before the 90s? I do. It was frowned upon by decent actors, giving us mostly cheesy films, soap operas and a few good shows although not groundbreaking. Everything changed in the 90s and HBO started it. The first show who like Copernicus change everything and sort of ‘stopped the Sun and moved the Earth’ was ‘Sopranos’. It was the first TV show made like a film – great script, production, amazing actors and filmed the way films were shot. It also expected the audience to have a brain and know how to use it. There were metaphorical scenes, psychological divagations and subconscious dream scenes. Not only were the cinematography and writing exceptional, but the choice of location (mostly filmed in the real locations – existing restaurants, strip club and meat market) and music.
Since then HBO became the network famous for choosing edgy, ambitious, intelligent shows.
Recently they have made short series ‘Show Me A Hero’.
The mini series is based on the book by Lisa Belkin and written by David Simmons and William F.Zorzi. Both worked on ‘The Wire’ and in a way ‘Show Me A Hero’ has got a similar vibe and social exposure.
I have to say, it is a brilliant show and I am so glad the television changed so much that now we can watch long (6hrs) films on TV.
‘Show Me A Hero’, in a capsule, is about local politics, public housing and racial issues. It is again an intelligent show, with real issues and realistically portrayed people. Well acted with, like in Sopranos, well chosen music it is more like an epic film than a TV show. Because it’s based in the 80s, it gives the show another layer of sentimental value – I love to see the clothes, cars and house decor from the 80s again.
Food wise, avocado used to be quite popular in old days filled with a prawn cocktail. Those days are gone. Nowadays modern foodies make chocolate mouse and key lie tarts out of avocado. So here it is;
Raw Key Lime Avocado Tart:
for the base:
1 1/2 cup pecans
1 1/2 chopped, pitted dates
2 tbsp almond butter
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut
for the filling:
1/2 dates or agave syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup toasted and chopped pistachios to sprinkle on top
- Start by making the base. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and mix well. Transfer into a tart form and press to the bottom and corners. Leave for 30 minutes in the freezer to set.
- In the meantime make the filling. Put the avocados (without the pit and skin of course) into the blender, add melted coconut oil, syrup and zest and juice of your lemons. Blend until really smooth. Taste if it’s sweet and zesty enough, spread onto your base. Sprinkle pistachios on top and leave in a fridge for 1 hour to set.