color in movies
January 31, 2010, 11:00 am
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We watched 500 days of summer last weekend. It was an ok movie, but one of the best parts was this dance sequence. I really noticed the use of color in the scene.

This weekend we watched Playtime. 1967, what a funny movie. Mr. Hulot. Very film school. But funny because it’s so old. Modernism gone bad. Skyscrapers, reflections in glass, uncomfortable chairs. It had a cool color scheme. All cold steel blue and grey. It’s a fun thing to watch. Reflection on being human vs. the environments we build.

And towards the end it gets really 60s wacky as a new restaurant opens and the people start drinking. Funny stuff.

Here’s a scene at the restaurant–check out the air-con blowing on the lady’s back. Ew! Also some great dance moves in here. They party so hard they rip the place apart!

One other color movie I strongly remember is one with Julianne Moore. Far from Heaven. 2002. The colors were wonderful in this. All jewel tones, reds and oranges. A hot movie. Fall leaves. Great. I guess thematically there is not a big connection to Playtime, but similar reflection on an era, lots of interiors. Conventions/ vs. messiness of human life. It was a pretty good movie as I recall, I do like the actress, and it was a pretty movie too.


dahlias kicking my butt
January 30, 2010, 11:36 pm
Filed under: dahlias, gardening

Oh to save a tuber. Every year I dig em out, and every year they shrivel up because i don’t treat them right. I dig them out too soon and they rot, or they just dry out. But alas, they are pretty forgiving. Last year I gave up on most of them when I found some had rotted in the paper bags they were stored in. I angrily threw most of them away. But too lazy, some of the bags sat there untouched. And in the spring when I returned to clean up the mess–surprise! They had begun to sprout. Amazing. I started them up in soil (in Feb. or March I think) and wound up with the earliest display of dahlias I’ve ever had! So who knows. This past year I patiently dug them out, washed them off a bit and then had this to look at for a few weeks.

save us. save us please!

Ok yes you caught me–that’s the picnic cooler on the right there. Use what’s handy!

please won't you take the time to store us for the winter?

But the splitting is a big job. And it took me a few weeks to finish it. The blasted things–they were ready to start growing again!

we want to live!!!

That’s a pretty good little picture of where the eyes come in. So you just cut them apart and leave an “eye” on each part.

Now they’ve been stored in our too hot, too dry basement and they are seriously shriveled, so I’m trying to gear up to plant them up. Or lose the crop–and all that work. Ugh.

herbfarm cookbook
January 30, 2010, 11:07 pm
Filed under: cookbook, herbs, recipe

I get the urge to invest in new cookbooks every now and again. Which is a bit odd since I usually just type ingredients into google and see what comes back. But I do like to look at a nice cookbook and this is a nice one.

From the Herbfarm guy. Beautiful looking and some interesting recipes in there too. So far I have only tried one. But it prompted me to plant more anise hyssop!

Greeting Tea

2 quarts water
1 large bunch anise hyssop sprigs (2 oz)
1 large bunch lemon verbena or lemon geranium leaves (2 oz)
2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp mild honey

Bring water to boil in large saucepan. Stir in the herb sprigs. Remove from heat and cover. Steep for 15 minutes. Strain into large pitcher and stir in honey and lemon. Refrigerate until cold. Yum!

There are a fair number of meat dishes in the book, but the book makes up for it with garden and use info. Still to try, chervil avgolemono (minus chicken stock), and lentil goat cheese mint strudel and some desserts with lavender and rosemary.

tomatillo time
January 26, 2010, 10:00 pm
Filed under: beans, gardening, recipe, the yard | Tags: ,

Ok, so the day finally came–time to get the tomatillo harvest out of the freezer. All 12 oz. of teeny tiny tomatillos. Sigh. First experience growing tomatillos and it just didn’t really work out. Planted them out in March. Protected them but one of the two plants didn’t recover from a big frost. So we had one plant. It grew like stink. The plant looked so healthy. It had loads of little fruit. But alas, they didn’t get big. So I ended up with 12 oz of usable sized fruit. All about the size of really big marbles. Or maybe small ping pong balls?

tomatillo large bushy thing upper right side

lots of little tiny tomatillos

Anyways. I also bought a bunch from the farmer’s market and froze those too. So tonight, time for some chickpea chili!

My version of Chickpea chili–a great dish from Mad Mexx, local pseudo-mexican place with tons of veggie options on the menu.

2 pounds Fresh tomatillos, husked
1 onion chopped
2 tbsp Olive oil
2 Jalapeño peppers, chopped or 1 small can green chilis
4 Garlic cloves
2 tsp Kosher salt
2 cans (15 oz) Canned chickpeas, drained
2 tbsp Cilantro, chopped

In saucepan heat oil, saute onion and garlic. And basically just drop everything else in there. Frozen tomatillos right in there. Cover and simmer. Puree with hand blender. Add beans last so they’re not pureed. Cilantro is important. Also important–top with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese. Maybe an extra splash of hot sauce. Yum!

chocolate pudding
January 26, 2010, 12:41 am
Filed under: dessert, recipe

This recipe is the one that we use for a quick and DEE-licious chocolate pudding. It makes kind of a lot, so good to have some for the next day. It’s best if you can wait until it’s really chilled. Of course, doode and little doode are always saying–yum, but you know, what would be really great? It’d really be TERRIFIC excellent if you just added a bit of orange zest. Sigh, you just can’t win. But this basic recipe is most excellent just the way it is!!! Oh, and ok, the orange zest is a nice touch.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Directions

  • In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa, cornstarch and salt. gradually add milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil and stir for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in butter and vanilla. Spoon into individual serving dishes. Chill. Yield: 6-8 servings.

a thaw!
January 23, 2010, 4:17 pm
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And the goaties loved it!

super speedy

around the firepit

i'll take you on sydney!

the fine art
January 22, 2010, 10:06 pm
Filed under: goats

so my dad and my uncle are both artistes! first i asked my dad to paint the cutest cat ever, and he obliged. love it!!

if you click on it you might be able to make it out!

and then my uncle surprised us with a really sweet and lovely wedding present! doode and goat!

sydney was so tiny!

I really love having these paintings in the living room!