With the grizzly winter chill upon us, I have been happily bundling up and catching up on TV shows I didn’t know existed. Life on Mars is an award-winning British show, translated to several different languages, that originally aired in the UK in 2006. With the magic of Netflix, we watched the last episode last night. Sigh. Today, I am lost in thought, left to wonder what became of the fictitious characters…
There are so many reasons to love this show, but as a child of the 70’s, maybe it’s because of:
- the irregular angles used to emphasize certain details of Manchester in 1973
- the detective work – clearly exaggerated for TV in the politically incorrect 70’s fashion, sometimes comedic but sometimes squeamishly brutal
- the love-hate relationship between Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) and Detective Inspector Sam Tyler (John Simm)
- the side plot where Sam likes Annie and Annie likes Sam but there is never enough time in an episode to explore their chemistry (it’s a detective show with bits of paranormal layers and underlying tones of time travel for crying out loud – it’s complicated enough)
- the awesome soundtrack reminiscent of an era gone by
- the skewered pineapple & cheese in Season 2, Episode 4
- Sam’s monologue in the British accent I love (this must be the real reason) –
“My name is Sam Tyler. I had an accident and I woke up in 1973. Am I mad, in a coma, or back in time? Whatever’s happened, it’s like I’ve landed on a different planet. Now, maybe if I can work out the reason, I can get home.”
After two incredible seasons and as sad as I may be, I know Sam Tyler has found home and I guess that’s good enough for me.
Like stumbling upon a good show, I have also accidentally found my way to this wonderfully outrageous recipe. A pair of two ingredients I would not have imagined together…kind of like Gene Hunt and Sam Tyler. So completely different yet together can work wonders. Need I say more?
Salted Chocolate Tart with Potato Chip Crust
I only made half the recipe since I couldn’t find the “Sharing Size” bag of chips here and because I like things mini, I used the small 4.5″ tartlet pans. Below is the full recipe from What’s Gaby Cooking. She uses a 9″ tart pan.
For the Potato Chip Crust
1 “Sharing Size” bag (8.5 oz) Kettle Chips, Sea Salt flavor
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
For the Chocolate Filling
1/4 cup heavy cream
10 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
For the Chocolate Ganache topping
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup heavy cream
Grab a slice and watch some episodes of Life on Mars. As corny as it sounds, after eating this dessert, you’ll feel “a little bit out of this world too.” I joke, I joke. I did some “googling” and apparently there is a sequel to Life on Mars set in the 80’s called Ashes to Ashes with Philip Glenister. Can’t wait.