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Isn’t that the word for the anniversary of a cinema?

Plimoth Cinema started up ten years ago….

2007 was an autumn of really bleak pictures.

We opened with

LaVie an rose poster

which is about the life of Edith Piaf. It’s sad story. The music  was wonderful, but mournful. Many of the movies of 2007 were pretty bleak.

There will be blood 2007

Well, you get the picture…

This was a short term project. We were just going to run movies two nights a week for a couple of weeks.

I volunteered to make the popcorn. As long as we used REAL butter, no substitutes.

Of course.

And although the subject matter of the films was down, down, downer…

Attendance kept going up, up, UP.

So much so that the short run ran longer, and before December was out, we were coming back not as a limited run, but a full out program.

Thus out of small beginnings…..

Besides the usual popcorn and candies, we also offered hot dogs and Indian Pudding at the Concession stand.

If I were to make Indian Pudding flavored popcorn….ginger, cinnamon, a little molasses and butter…..? I digress.

To Ed and Charlotte Russell , to Anne Phelan and Kathleen Curtin – thank you



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Herring Run

This time of year, with the herring running in Town Brook – and lots and lots of other fresh-waterways on the Eastern Seaboard – I have fish on the brain. Good thing it’s brain food!herring watercolor

….a cup of ale without a wench, why, alas, ’tis like an egg without salt or a red herring without mustard.”

Thomas Lodge and Robert Greene A Looking Glasse, for London and Englande (1592)

Which I found quoted in

Red Herring without Mustard - Alan Bradley - a Flavia

Red Herring without Mustard – Alan Bradley – a Flavia de Luce Mystery Novel

I love mystery novels. I read this one last week.

This week I’m reading a memoir: “Shucked”

 Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm Paperback by Erin Byers Murray

Shucked: Life on a New England Oyster Farm
by Erin Byers Murray – so far only oysters have died – but not without a fight

It was also Herring Fest weekend at the Plimoth Grist Mill at Jenney Pond.

herringfest bigFriday night there was a herring documentary film and panel discussion at Plimoth Cinema.

Nancy Carol - Arts Activist - and Shervin Arya of Herring Migration documentary

Nancy Carol – Arts Activist – and Shervin Arya of Herring Migration documentary at the Plimoth Grist Mill at Jenny Pond

The film was very good – and I’m not just saying that. Frankly, most of these sorts of things are not usually described in terms of cinema, but rather as the sort of thing that is accurate or complete or not a complete and total snooze…this was beautiful, thoughtful, provocative…I seriously want to see the full 6 hour series.

And although I appreciate the place of herring in the Natural World, I just don’t like them all that much on my plate.

I don’t mind anchovies…the all natural little dose of fish. Please rinse the salt off before you put them on top of that pizza.

Still Life with Anchovies - Antonio Sicurezza 1972

Still Life with Anchovies – Antonio Sicurezza 1972

I also love mackerel.

Van Gogh - Still life with Mackerel and tomatoes 1886

Van Gogh – Still life with Mackerel and Tomatoes 1886

But herring I could take or leave…mostly leave.

Smoked fish – like finnan haddie – take.

Finnen Haddie with peppers and onions

Finnan Haddie with peppers and onions

Red Herring – smoked and salted – probably take

Red Herring (kipper)

Red Herring (kipper)

but herring, fresh and sweet?

Herring - Clupea harengus

Herring – Clupea harengus

Not so much. Since the moratorium on river herring continues, just as well.

It’s probably not coincidence that when the herring are running I eat more tuna salad, fish and chips, anchovy pizza then at any other time of the year. And wish I had a Donegal tweed jacket to toss on on my way over to the brook….

Donegal Tweed, a herringbone tweed pattern

Donegal Tweed, a herringbone tweed pattern

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Popcorn put me through college

More specifically, MAKING popcorn….

The Kingston Drive In Theatre - c. 1977. I was there then.

The Kingston Drive In Theatre – c. 1977. I was there then. The R didn’t always light up on the sign, so it was also the Dive In Theatre…..

But I also ate my fair share. Not from a package, please. Fresh. Hot. If it’s not hot, it isn’t really fresh.

Popcorn popping

Popcorn popping – kernel to delightful!

The popcorn I was raised on was the occasional Jiffy Pop. Jiffy Pop Popcorn and I are the same age. Frederick C. Mennen developed Jiffy Pop in 1958. But it wasn’t until the 1970’s that Harry Blackstone, Jr.  was telling us that Jiffy Popwas the magic treat, as much fun to make as it is too eat.

The Jiffy Pop story in pictures

The Jiffy Pop story in pictures

This is what I use at home now :

The Whirley Pop

The Whirley Pop – maybe it’s not as far from Jiffy Pop as I thought….

And then there are Pilgrim and popcorn stories….

It's emphatically NOT TRUE that there was popcorn at the first Thanksgiving

It’s emphatically NOT TRUE that there was popcorn at the first Thanksgiving

But Popcorn and Movies DO go together. Plimoth Cinema has popcorn – and I’ve made popcorn for them, too. The proof is in the pudding – I mean commercial – but I made Indian Pudding for them, too. Check out the commercial on their page…but don’t blink or you’ll miss me!

Plimoth Cinema is also raising money for a new projector – no new digital projector, no more movies. There’s a Kickstarter campaign at Plimoth Cinema Kickstarter.  One of the updates is another great video made by some modern day Pilgrims…..so pop some popcorn and start watching.

S’mores Popcorn

talk about your lily gilding…..

6 tablespoons butter
5 cups mini marshmallows

4 quarts fresh popped popcorn
1 cup honey graham cracker cereal
1 1/2 cups  chocolate chips

Honesty minute: I first saw this recipe on Martha Stewart Radio blog site, when Patrick  Evans-Hylton was a guest, which is how I discovered his Popcorn book, which I adore. I often (usually) just mix a batch of fresh popcorn with a half bag of mini marshmallows, half a box of  mini graham crackers (which I’m not sure were even being made in 2011, instead of the cereal) a half a bag of chocolate chips (the sort can vary – I love the dark, but white is nice and a mix is heavenly), toss the whole thing with melted butter (salted butter is important here) and then munch straight from the bowl without s’moring…..OR

  1.  Butter a 9-by-13-inch pan; set aside.
  2. Melt the butter over low heat. Add the marshmallows, stirring, until they are all melted.  Pour the marshmallow mixture over the popcorn to coat.
  3. Stir in the cereal and one cup of the chocolate chips.
  4. Transfer the popcorn mixture to the prepared pan. With buttered hands, press the mixture evenly into the pan; allow to cool slightly.
  5. Melt the remaining chocolate chips according to package instructions and drizzle the chocolate over the popcorn mixture. Allow to cool completely, 20 to 25 minutes, then cut into squares.

MSL radio Morning Living June 28, 2011

popcorn PHE

Popcorn – Patrick Evans-Hylton





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