September 12th, 2005

Feast

My life through culinary highlights

  • Strawberry muffins, baked from an apple muffin recipe on Thursday. They were meltingly tender. We spared two for our fellow badminton players.
  • Tomato and Cucumber soup at Carluccio's on Friday. Fresh, zesty, nicely seasoned.
  • Fries, crisp on the outside, smooth on the inside, on Saturday at the Dovetail with aquitaineq, genibane, cwjat, and C. They were just as good as I remembered them from my first trip to this Belgian gastropub. The belgian waffle was quite good too. Only downside: the waffle was the only dessert option. When we were there on a Tuesday, there were a good eight or so dessert choices. It really is a city pub, doing most of its business on weekdays.
  • Roasted fig salad with wild game pie, all ingredients bought at the Borough Market and eaten on Sunday.
  • Brownies, eaten on a step along the plaza at Coven Garden on Sunday with austengirl and lady_ceres, homemade by austengirl's husband. Easy to eat, with a very nice chocolatey finish, something often lacking in brownies.
  • Chicken gyoza, at Wagamama, also on Sunday with austengirl and lady_ceres. Tasty, more-ish, much better balance between dumplings and sauce than the duck gyoza
Fishy Circumstances

Pride and Prejudice

It's been years since I've read the book, and I've never seen the t.v. mini-series which everyone swears by. And frankly - it's just as well I didn't have that baggage to bring to this movie. I didn't enjoy the Lord of the Rings, Howl's Moving Castle, or Harry Potter movies as much the first time through as I did the second; the first time through, I was too busy working through mental comparisons between book and movie. With the new Pride and Prejudice movie, I could enjoy the whole thing the first time through. We went to a free preview showing, alerted to it thanks to siusaidh. The movie opens more generally, at least in the UK, later this week.

This is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. It made me happy. I went with M.M. who loves the mini-series dearly, and who still ranks it higher than the movie; but she liked the movie too. She reports that the best strength of the the movie is how effectively social strata are presented, the difference in status between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth, the importance of the girls' marrying. M.M. thought that the mini-series was wittier, but that this was quite funny too. It was very funny.

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P.S. Howl's Moving Castle opens on September 23rd here in the UK.