Archive for July, 2013


I am a foodie. And this is SINFULLY delicious just to look at. I know I’m going to Hell. But Hell is a sacrifice I don’t mind making.

The Domestic Man

Rouladen is the German version of the French roulade, which is a roll made with thinly-sliced meat. The German version is interesting in that it probably came from Germans using items they had on hand most of the time – mustard, pickles, onion, and pork – to make something that’s unique in its own right. What’s even better is that these characteristics also make it easy to throw together this delicious meal with items you probably already have in your kitchen.

There’s no denying the French influence on this dish, with its use of a wine and broth braise (although Germans sometimes use beer instead) and mirepoix vegetables to add flavor. It’s commonly thought that Rouladen was originally made with strips of pork, although beef has become the most popular meat for this dish over the past century.

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Oh! So beautiful.

Get Behind the Muse

I’d never cut anybody else’s nails until I was thirty-one years of age. Then, in the space of a couple of weeks, I was cutting the nails of two of the most important people in my life, neither of whom was able to perform this task themselves. At one end of life’s journey was my father, riddled with cancer and possessing neither the strength nor agility to wield a nail clippers. At the other, my newborn daughter whose facial lacerations a day after emerging from the womb demanded the application of mouth to tiny finger and the careful nibbling away at her delicate, but razor-sharp nails. I was struck at the time by the difference between the two sets of nails. My father’s were dry and brittle, almost turning to powder on contact with the metal of the clippers; further evidence of his decline, the cancer-driven weathering of his tissues…

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30 seconds and the whole truth is out there! Very good.

Johnny McHone

“More Than a Drawing” a stopmotion animation by Johnny McHone submitted to Gilbert, Arizona’s 30 second film festival.

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An unusual typical love story ! That’s how I would put it.

Wonderful Cinema

This Spanish film is a brilliantly written romantic drama without any of the unsubtle, inauthentic adornments we have come to expect from the heavily-marketed rubbish that passes as romance these days.

Lovers of the Arctic Circle takes you on a journey of longing, heartache and love. You will fall in love with the two wonderful central characters. This is a film that will find its own niche somewhere in your heart.


This is the second film we have reviewed starring the talented Fele Martínez. He produced a superb performance in Tesis (1996).


You can find more information on this Spanish-language movie on Wikipedia and IMDb.

Like we always recommend: don’t ruin surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers. The following trailer, as usual, gives away far too much.


Title: Los amantes del círculo polar

Language: Spanish

Direction: Julio Médem

Screenplay: Julio Médem

Cinematography: Gonzalo F. Berridi

Editing: Iván…

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This is an interesting piece of writing that I stumbled upon.

I like the theme of this post. So true. We all face this conundrum at some time or the other.

Life and other things


I’m a good little feminist. I could have told you that I would never take my husband’s last name when I was six years old. Unless maybe his last name was Disney…I guess.

At 32, little has changed. I still wouldn’t take a man’s name. But a woman’s…well, maybe.

My partner and I will be married next year and have begun discussing the more complex practical realities of our relationship. How will we procure our first kid? What are the special legal issues that we face as a same-sex couple? Who would get the dog in the event of a divorce? Oddly, the last is probably the most intense of them all and I am the one who loses custody.  

Hard decisions aside, the most life-impacting decision thus far has been with regard to last names. If I were straight, I probably wouldn’t care so much about this. There…

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Biscuits for breakfast

Something variant!