martedì, febbraio 06, 2007

Love me tender

I'm alternating sharply between a tiring, grinding pessimism and choosing out my ideal Brussels apartment on Immoweb - they have so many with slopes there - and wondering why no one else wants me, or at least wants me enough that they haven't already hired me or got me to this stage of interviewing. So last night we talked about our tensions and 'relaxed' over Wild at Heart, which I hadn't seen before. Not my favourite movie ever but Laura Dern was fantastic; not scared of being annoying or ugly, and being beautiful as she did it. And I admire David Lynch and whoever else for maintaining a vision of consistent weirdness throughout the whole two hours, even if I was kind of bored of it by the time the Good Witch appeared.

In response to the fuckin' cold, because it is fuckin' cold (the Korean student who I tutor most weeknights screamed in pain when we left the library for the metro station, and I sympathized enough to spontaneously and loudly teach him 'fucking' as a modifier for 'cold') Figaro made me salep, a Turkish drink made from (traditionally) ground orchid bulbs. It was delicious - like a really pleasant, thin hot custard. One of those tastes and consistencies which appeal to your eating/drinking instincts that get things into your belly. Highly reccommended.

9 commenti:

Melbine ha detto...

Yeah, Wild at Heart is a pretty wicked Lynch film. Probably my favourite one actually..although I never saw the "normal" tractor one..

Mmm, a salep sounds nice. How does Figaro know of such things??

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

He told me and I forgot, although I think it has something to do with a Romanian girl he used to date.

Sugarplum ha detto...

orchid bulbs - the gardener in me cringes. If they don't make it with orchid bulbs anymore what do they make it out of?

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

I don't know, probably corn starch and a light vanilla flavouring, or whatever goes in custard powder.

Sugarplum ha detto...

Well I'm glad no beautiful orchids were harmed in the making of that treat. Many wild orchid varieties are now endangered by urban sprawl etc. Who would have thought orchid bulbs would be sweet?

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

Figaro said it's not so sweet on its own - more subtle - but people like to put in a taste of honey.

Melbine ha detto...

I'm sure that the recipe pre-dated urban sprawl by quite a bit. I wonder what the ancients would think of the mess we've made of things these days? Do you think that there was a sub-group of Romans who knew that they were going to kill themselves if they kept on the path that they did? Or were they all just lead poisoned maniacs?

Mistress La Spliffe ha detto...

The scary thing is I think most Romans knew as soon as they thought it through, but felt they were in a plot that they couldn't alter.

Sugarplum ha detto...

Hmmm. Sounds familiar.