Specifically Ratatouille themed. I’ve been reading a lot about food this week, and I pulled out my family’s Ratatouille DVD today and watched it, and I think I’ve worked out probably a really good themed meal. Everything in it is inspired by things made in the movie.
The meal would start with a cheese platter and fruit, after Remy’s illustration of why cooking is awesome using the chunk of cheese and the strawberry. A good guide on cheese platters is here, and here’s some tips on pairing with fruit, but I highly recommend experimentation with this appetizer. After all, that was Remy’s philosophy behind doing it in the first place. :3 Also it’s hard to go wrong with cheese and fruit. There would also be some sliced baguette and butter at this stage.
Then would come this soup, which was reconstructed from watching the scene where Linguini accidentally ruins the soup and Remy fixes it, bringing the duo to the attention of the other cooks in the restaurant, as well as allowing them to meet each other.
The main meal would largely consist of an equivalent to Remy’s Sweetbread a la Gusteau. This one is probably the one most unfamiliar to American tastes, though, so anyone attempting to make something like this should be aware of that. First of all, obviously it’s not vegetarian. Secondly, even if you eat most meat, if you have a problem with eating animals that didn’t live well into adulthood, you should probably make sure it’s made with fully-grown beef sweetbreads rather than the traditional veal or potential alternative of lamb. Thirdly, traditional veal is actually not very humanely raised and I personally do not support the industry. However, cruelty-free veal does exist. It tastes a little different, but from what I’ve read it actually tastes better. So if you’re going to go ahead and use veal, aim for cruelty-free. If you can’t find that, lamb or beef sweetbreads may be ok. Fourthly, if you don’t know what sweetbreads are, they’re, uh, not the cuts of meat you’re probably used to. So if you get at all squeamish about eating new parts of an animal, you should tread lightly. HOWEVER, if you’re cool with all that, I found this recipe that at least vaguely resembles the alterations Remy made to Gusteau’s original failed recipe. This one was harder to match because most of the listed ingredients in the film are purposely disgusting. The point of challenging Remy and Linguini to make it was to sabotage them. And Remy’s rescue of the dish is not detailed very much. But I tried my best to match what ingredients are known, and the method of cooking them, when finding a recipe.
And served with it, of course, would be the quintessential Ratatouille, which is actually based on a real version of the dish invented by chef Thomas Keller and is called Confit Byaldi. Thomas Keller served as food consultant on the film, and his dish was included.
For dessert I figured it would be nice to go back and use the dessert featured at the beginning of the film, when Remy’s family first learns about his talent. So a Napoleon seems quite appropriate.
I also wanted to point out that there are quite a few Bible verses that condemn men who have made sexual advances against women who were “questionably” dressed, as you might put it. Judah and his daughter-in-law, Tamar, for example. You may remember that Tamar dressed as a prostitute in order to entice Judah, because Judah refused to give her his third son in marriage, as was her right in that day and age. When she was later found pregnant, Judah is ultimately the one accused of wrongdoing (and rightfully so!). How about David and Bathsheba? He saw her bathing on the roof of her house (a perfectly normal custom in those days) and desired her. Who is punished later for the crimes that followed? Technically it was David’s son, true, but the text is clear that the punishment is meant for David; David was the one who committed the wrong. Shall we have another one? Jesus says absolutely nothing about women dressing provocatively, but in Matthew 5 he tells men that if they lust after another woman they have committed adultery, and later insinuates that they should probably just tear out their eyes. That’s right – Jesus’ solution to the lust problem is that men should tear out their eyes if they can’t help themselves, not that women should cover up more.
Revealing one’s body to others was not an unusual thing in the ancient world. They had public baths and public latrines, neither of which were separated according to gender or afforded much privacy. If you got worked up over seeing someone naked, that was your problem, not theirs. I really don’t see why it should be so different today.
animax3dexperience said: Oh my gosh! I can not believe some one would be so rude as to brush off your love of dwarf planets. Me and you need to form the Eris fandom.
Yes! Dwarf planets are so neat. ^_^ Space in general is just so cool. I love space.
Anonymous said: What do you think of Catholicism?
I’m guessing this is from that call for questions to discuss? Thank you! I’ll try to add this to my list to discuss at length if/when I ever write that thing.
For a short answer right now, it’s not personally for me. I know that many people find a lot of comfort in the liturgy and ritual of more orthodox denominations, and that’s really great for them. But I personally feel more comfortable in something a bit less structured. I also don’t totally agree with some of the more minor denominational beliefs, but we still agree on the important stuff, so that’s what really matters. ^_^
conniferusblack said: Now that you have finished watching Madoka, is there any other shows or animes that you're thinking of tackling next?
Attack On Titan is on my to-watch list next, I think. But sitting down to marathon things is difficult because my house is so noisy sometimes. XD I’m also working on introducing my mom to Buffy the Vampire Slayer right now, so I’ve been rewatching that with her.
templeoflokiandcastiel said: Hi friend I just wanted to say thank you so much for the list of calming sites. Also your blog is REALLY pretty :-) xxx
Thanks! I am glad you found it helpful. <3
mysmalltrampoline said: this is probably a message you get loads but I wanted to say thanks for your list of calm things/resources it's so incredibly helpful and it's really lovely of you to put it together. also I love how positive your blog is it's really wonderful :)
<3 Thank you! I’m so glad you found it useful. ^_^
And I won’t say too much in ways of spoilers here, but I will say that the hype is accurate, and I really liked it.
Instead, I want to talk about a thought I was having regarding the whole magical girl genre.
I know Madoka is mainly aimed at older audiences, and is sorta a study of why real-world magical girls wouldn’t necessarily be the greatest thing. And I know there are magical girl animes that are aimed at men, and while I haven’t seen them myself, I can only imagine that they are probably pretty creepy in sexualizing young girls.
But I think the magical girl stories that are actually aimed at young girls are really important.
Because the lesson they all teach is that you can be a strong, powerful woman, who stands up for what you believe in and can take care of yourself; and also be feminine, beautiful, emotional, and sensitive. They teach that being girly and being strong are not mutually exclusive. That feeling deeply and being strong are not mutually exclusive. And I think that is a critical lesson for kids to learn. (Even Madoka, while being so dark, ultimately teaches that lesson too). And I am so glad that I was able to grow up watching Sailor Moon (and even the Powerpuff Girls), for just that reason. :3
I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.
But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.
The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.
So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.
PRO TIP: watching “how it’s made” is SUCH a good way to combat an anxiety attack! There’s soothing music, a soothing narrator who’s intonation never changes (narrators never yell or change their speaking pace), it’s engaging enough to keep you occupied but doesn’t force you to think too hard!
also sometimes the narrator makes bad puns
Hmm, might try this out some time.
Is it available online anywhere?
yourataribaby said: Four years ago, I saw some rumor that the Jim Henson company was gonna pick up Tithe for a movie. So Labyrinth is like possibly the best movie of all time, Dark Crystal is a masterpiece, and the mythology shorts were great. Everything Henson did was magic (RIP). So if you ever got that offer from JHC, would you consider it?
Tithe was, at one time, optioned by the Jim Henson company. I even went to the studio in LA. Unfortunately, the option lapsed, but I would absolutely love to have a film version of Tithe that was in any way like Labyrinth and Dark Crystal, two of my favorite films of all time. Who knows? The future is a mystery. I live in hope.
Sometimes I’d like a sentient AI who can just go through posts on various social networking sites and go, “oh no don’t look at that one, it’ll stress you out/make you mad and I know you can’t deal with that right now. Just keep scrolling, there’s kittens 4 posts down.” and can do it regardless of the actual words in the post.
'cause, like, tumblrsavior is great, but it doesn't catch everything, you know?
Orphan Black, or “we’ve been fangirling for four days because a woman danced in a room by herself in four different outfits”
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