Friday, October 2, 2020

Cuisine & Screen: At Home, Part 23

It's October 2. It's officially time to celebrate all things fall, pumpkin, sugar skulls, Hocus Pocus, Halloween and more. Apologies in advance if you're not a fan - the coming weeks will showcase my obsession. 

CUISINE
A few years ago, I decided to go all out for my dinner club, and presented them with a showstopper recipe. I baked a pumpkin. We all know pumpkin as a sweet ingredient - whether it's pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie or a PSL - but I wanted to showcase the savory side of this squash. I was inspired by this recipe for Roast Pumpkin with Cheese "Fondue" and was thrilled with the result. It became a cheesy pumpkin bread pudding custard. It was outstanding. If you're looking to try something new and daring in the kitchen, this is it.

The roast pumpkin in all its glory


SCREEN
Almost Famous (2000) - I hadn't seen this film since high school and it's a shame I hadn't re-watched it before now. I LOVE THIS MOVIE. It might have just pushed its way into my top 5 of all time. A high school journalist spends weeks on the road with a fading out rock band and learns all about the highs and lows of life as a musician. Billy Crudup and Kate Hudson are fantastic - she scored an Oscar nod for this role - and the soundtrack is phenomenal. Music fans, you need to see this film.

Brothers (2009) - This film is heartbreaking and offers my favorite performance by Tobey Maguire. He plays a Marine who goes missing, and his troubled brother (Jake Gyllenhaal) steps in to help take care of his family at home. Lovely performance by Natalie Portman, but the real star here is Bailee Madison, who was 10 years old at the time. The score is by my favorite film composer, Thomas Newman. It's intense, but so worth a watch.

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