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Lucas North at the local Chippy

Continuing on the theme of Skinny Minnie Lucas in the first episode of Spooks season 7, I want to focus on the first request he had when he was safely back on British soil.

If you remember, the disheveled, gaunt Lucas, with his ‘been sitting in the car boot for hours’ hair requested one thing:

Fish & Chips

It may seem like an odd request for some, but I guess if he was American, he would have asked for a burger and fries.

During my last few visits to London, I have mourned the disappearance of local Chippies.

You won’t get good fish & chips in Kebab shops. If the batter is made of breadcrumbs, it’s not real fish and chips!

The closest you’ll get to authenticity is perhaps a pub, but for locals, not tourists.

Your best bet would be to venture out of the main centre of London, and go to a residential area, and not a posh one!

There’s a better chance of scoring this dish is the estates (low-income neighborhoods).

When I was a child, we’d sometimes have fish & chips from our local chippy, wrapped in white  paper.

The outer layers would be newspapers, to keep the heat.

The bonus is that all the grease would be soaked up by the paper.

Nowadays, they pack it in those horrible white plastic containers, that are so bad for the environment that even Mc D’s have stopped using them.

I can’t tell you what a delicacy fish & chips were for me as a child!

The chips must be cut into thick chunks, with a crispy shell, and soft inside.

I like mine with plenty of vinegar poured on the chips. The only problem is that the vinegar would soak into the paper, and you’d have to top it up to get that strong taste.

The fish batter must be beyond crunchy. With its golden brown shell, it should house a firm cod filet.

Depending on your preference, you can add mushy peas.

They don’t look that appetizing, but the taste is amazing!

There’s a British Fish & Chips restaurant in the centre of my city, but I dare not try it!

On the one hand, I’m afraid it’ll be nothing like the authentic British.

What I fear more is that I’ll actually love it and become hooked.

No matter what Nigella Lawson says, deep-fried food – not that healthy!

Let Proust have his madeleins. For me and Lucas, fish & chips is what takes us back to happier times 🙂

John M. brightens up my day

John Mulligan, from Moving On episode 3 Drowning not Waving, can easily be described as one of the most loathsome of RA’s characters.

It is however where we see some of the most stunning RA smiles EVER!

I would advise a pair of sun glasses, the gleam from that gorgeous smile might actually hurt your eyes 😉

That’s one of the main reasons Ellie should be bummed about losing her house.

 Every time the woman opens the door, John seems to be standing there with a cheeky grin and often with a tasty treat. I love a man who can provide some grub with a high calorie and fat content.

 Who’d want to move?

By the way, fish and chips have never looked so appealing!

By the way, if you’ve never seen Moving On and all you’re curious about are the RA parts, here are the excerpts:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

BTW

This picture showing the different types of collars reminded me of John

I wish I could analyze which one he wears  but, who am I fooling, I wouldn’t be able to focus on anything else but the beautiful face 😉

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