Thursday, March 05, 2009

Sensory delights

The roundup:

- I've been eager to see Slumdog Millionaire since I read an enthusiastic review over Thanksgiving, and Husband and I finally caught it last weekend. It was well worth the wait and definitely lived up to all the hype. It was touching, funny, sweet, sad, and beautiful.

I just found the new trailer for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. I can't wait for July!

Reading - In need of a light, humorous read, I picked up a copy of An Arsonist's Guide to Writer's Homes in New England, which fits the bill so far. The narrator is a self-deluded, quirky character who accidentally burned down Emily Dickinson's home and many years later inadvertently sets himself up to be blamed for other fires. At first it was a page turner, but now that I'm halfway through it, I'm struggling to empathize with the character. I find myself simultaneously laughing at him, while constantly feeling the urge to smack some sense into him. I'll report back when I finish the book to let you know if it's a recommended read.

Listening - I picked up the new album by The Fray just before my holiday and I've been listening to it on repeat (as I do when I'm obsessed with a new CD). The only competition right now is the rain pouring down outside in sheets. The sound is soothing, until Drew needs to go out for a pee, and then it sounds like the soundtrack for a horror film!

Eating - I've been cooking from scratch a lot lately, which is unusual for me. I cook probably 5-6 nights a week, but I usually make simple dishes that require little planning and work. Last week I prepared five homemade meals as well as a batch of no pudge fudge (box) brownies! I felt inspired to be creative with the ingredients sitting in our cupboards and here's what I came up with:

*Spicy Thai coconut chicken noodle soup
*Coconut macadamia pancakes (I made these in honor of pancake day, which I've never celebrated, but all day the news talked about pancakes and it made me hungry for them!)
*Crustless Quiche with red pepper, tomato, cheese, and basil
*Whole wheat pizza with prosciutto, roma tomato, and basil
*Baked (Light!) Macaroni and Cheese with sweet peas

Not to brag (too much), but they all turned out really well, which is not the case for all of my kitchen experiments. Tonight I plan to try a Thai-inspired stir fry with the remaining coconut milk.

So. What have you been watching, reading, listening to, and eating lately?


Anonymous said...

The Fray have a new album? Yay! I was obsessed with the last one.

Might steal this to post about today as I am at somewhat of a loss :)

Angie said...

Yep! I was obsessed with the last one too, and was lucky enough to see them in concert, which made me love them more.

Steal away. :)

Hullaballoo said...

I loved Slumdog Millionaire too.

I have been baking boxing day muffins today, with mincemeat, cinnamon and allspice.

I can't remember what we watched last night, I feel asleep at 8.15.

I am reading a novel set in Spain, not got into it yet, but hope to.

I am obsessed with the bubble game on Bobo's new phone - I know, how sad lol.

Kim-free classified posting said...

I love Slumdog Millionaire.If I had time I'd watch it over and over.I love to cook too.Had a great time cooking and eating very meaty spaghetti just a while ago.

Angie said...

Hullaballoo, those muffins sound delicious! I love mince pies. Hope your novel improves and you win the bubble game! :)

Kim, it was a good movie - great visuals and soundtrack and storyline. Mmm, spaghetti is always good.

Aspiring Writer said...

Hi Angie,
I saw Slumdog too and loved it. Had me pinned to my seat right through. Highly recommended.

I'd like to read what you're reading. It's had good reviews here in NZ.

Haven't listened to anything lately. My ipod has gone kaput!

At present I'm eating a rather boring sandwich, so won't bore you with the details. But, had the perfect frothy cuppacino - home-made.

Great post!

Angie said...

Aspiring, I think it'll be one to add to the shelf when it hits DVD.

My iPod died recently as well, and it's horrible trying to run without it!

Mmm, you may have just inspired me to make a frothy latte. Yum!