May 25, 2010

recipes, movies and the best way to spend a monday night

Last night, I came home from work and made a delicious shrimp scampi (not one of my cookbook recipes) and enjoyed with a nice tall glass of water on my roof. It was about 80 degrees out and I was loving it! After dinner, I jumped into Levels 2 &3 of the 30 Day Shred (which I'm almost finished with!) back to back and then showered, poured myself a glass of Blueberry Port (from my favorite Long Island vineyard), grabbed a dish of dark-chocolate covered blueberries (from Trader Joe's!), through on my pajamas and curled up to watch:

 (#58) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) starring Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Elijah Wood and Kirsten Dunst; Directed by Michel Gondry. As soon as I saw that this was directed by Gondry, I knew I would like it. I studied his music videos in my Mass Media class in college and loved his work. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is about a couple who undergo a procedure to have all memories of one another erased from their minds after their relationship turns sour. I really liked this film. I love how it started and how the film made a full circle from beginning to end. I felt, however, like the end was a little bit anti-climactic and how the Kirsten Dunst storyline could've  been eliminated and the ending would've played out the same. The editing was spectacular though and it really was a great film! I definitely recommend it!

And while I was doing a whole lot of nothing this past weekend, I also took time to watch:
(#90) All About Eve (1950) starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and Marilyn Monroe. What can I say? I love old Hollywood films! All About Eve is about a famous theater actress (Bette Davis) and a young woman (Anne Baxter) who worships her and ingrains herself into the theater scene. This old B&W film is vindictive! The acting is unbelievable though and it's films like this that make me wish I lived in the 1950s sometimes - when theater was still an occasion to get all dressed up for and people worshiped theater stars just as much as film stars - if not moreso! I really liked it - although it was surprisingly long for an old film (over 2 hours!) - if you're into old movies, definitely check it out!

I also cooked 2 more recipes out of Real Girls Eat over the last week:
1. Porridge with Apples, Pears and Crispy Walnuts - The description of this recipe reads: "Fiber, fiber, fiber! Many a ski race - and other races we're sure - have been won on a tummy-full of porridge, "so naturally, I thought it would be a great breakfast at 5am before my race last week! I did not like it at all. I'm not a fan of milk and this recipe called for making the oats with A LOT of milk, so the bowl tasted like hot milk with chunks of oat in it. It also called for lemon juice and zest which were not a pleasant addition to the milk. The dish didn't look very pretty either, so here's the photo copied from the book. If any of you are interested and think it sounds good, I'll be happy to share the recipe but it wasn't for me!

2. Spiced Chickpeas - These were definitely spiced! They were such a great treat! I made them and brought them to work as an afternoon snack and then took the leftovers and used them in the Chickpea and Spinach Curry recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance and they were a great addition! That's the great thing about chickpeas, they're so versatile and they're high in protein so they're a great thing to add to any meal for veggie folks who are afraid of tofu (guiltily raises hand). Here's a picture and a recipe!

1 teaspoon each paprika, ground cumin, chili powder, turmeric, sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 can cooked chickpeas, strained and rinsed
1 lemon, zested and juiced

- Heat a small frying pan on low while you mix the spices. 
- Add olive oil to the pan, then add spices, stirring gently to make sure they toast lightly and become fragrant.
- Add chickpeas and toss in the pan to coat with the spices. Pour in lemon juice and turn up the heat to evaporate the liquid. 
- When they look golden and even a little charred in place,s turn the heat off and tip onto a dinner plate with absorbent paper to soak up excess oils. 
- Season to taste. Can be served hot or cold. 

Enjoy your evening everyone!


  1. such a lovely blog you have here! i love the design - i see my real life friend sarah designed it! - she rocks! so great to "meet" you! : )

  2. Yum for the chickpeas...I am all over these lately. I loved Eternal is up there with Being John Malkovitch for faves.

  3. Your blog is too cute! I'm excited t read about you :)

  4. LOVE the movie All About Eve! That sounds like a heavenly night. xxSAS

  5. Those chickpeas sound amazing. I just recently made homemade hummus and I'll never go back to the grocery store stuff.

  6. I just got the 30 day shred...I haven't started it yet because, well, Jillian Michaels kinda intimidates me! Do you like it? Have you noticed any changes since you are almost done with it? Now that I know someone out there is doing it, I'm getting excited to start it!

  7. Your blog is all cute and lovely. I fell in love with it :D

  8. I love those nights where everything seems at peace and everything you do is just perfect! The roof top dinner sounds awesome!
    I love chicpeas - thanks for the receipe!!!

  9. I love your evening! The Shred, Trader Joe's and two great movies??? What a perfect summer night!

  10. My God! You are totally making me hungry!! Thanks for the comment on my blog! I have used 2 different training plans but I'm going to use the BAA Veterans plan off the Boston website this time around. I have a friend who had great success with the rookie plan! Good luck with the training!

  11. Oh you have such a cute & awesome blog!! I'm turning 25 in 3 months so I'm looking forward to reading your blog! I loved Eternal Sunshine for a Spotless Mind. =)

  12. i love eternal sunshine too!! sounds like a fabulous night :)

    and thank you for the congrats! :) what a small world a lot of people you know when to UNT!! good school but glad to have left it lol

  13. I have really enjoyed your blog page. Your food looks delicious. Thank you for letting me visit.

  14. I love that movie All About Eve! It's so good. I am a big Katherine Hepburn fan too!

  15. Hi! Just stumbled upon your blog and love it! You really pack a lot in...seem to appreciate the small stuff and are very good at decribing it it which makes me feel like I was there experiencing it!
    You are very inspiring...makes me want to figure out what's on my list of things I want to do and accomplish! THanks for sharing!

  16. wow very inspirational blog you got here. Hope you could check and follow my blog as well. =) thanks hun



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