Tuesday, January 10, 2006
HOW TO GET A SQUASH IN ADVERTISING
Roast Butternut Squash Pasta; Salad w/ Yogurt, Chive and Dill Dressing 1 butternut squash 4 cloves garlic 1 tablespoon walnuts olive oil 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 1 teaspoon dried sage 300g whole wheat pasta, any shape but fusilli are good salt and pepper //Cut the squash into half-inch cubes, and the garlic into small pieces. Put these with the nuts, cayenne and sage into the roasting pan and pour the oil over everything. //Stir so that everything's covered in oil, then bake at 200C for 40 mins, stirring occassionally. //It will burn a bit, but that's part of the flavour. //When it's nearly ready, cook the pasta. Mix the pasta into the roast squash, add lots of salt and pepper, and serve. KJJ: Adapted from a recipe on the Post-Punk Kitchen. This turned out nicely, I really enjoyed trying the new combo of squash and pasta. Someone explain to me how squash can smell so much like puke when you cut it open, but turn so sweet and delicious after it is baked. JRW added crumbled blue cheese to his, but I thought that was a bit overwhelming for the nice delicate squashulizzma essence of awesomeness. Thanks PP Kitchen - sorry we de-veganized it, but we are trying, trying, trying our hardest to be decent human beans. On another note, How To Get Ahead in Advertising, starring Richard E. Grant, is one stellar blip in the celestial cinematic universe. How I enjoyed the talking boil, the vegetarian rants, the pervasive antogonist, the cries against greed and the particularly British dialogue. They just don't make movies like that anymore. I kill you now for not renting it tonight. JRW: I hadn't seen this in years, and whenever we go to the video store, I sort of bully KJJ into getting movies I like, or think she'll like if I just make her watch it (forgetting that my tastes are extreme and juvenile most of the time), so we took this home with NO BLADE OF GRASS (see below) and EROTIC NIGHTS OF THE LIVING DEAD (don't see below. In fact, don't see at all). It was as good as I remember though. Bruce Robinson again directs the wonderfully animated, sexually ambiguous Richard E.Grant (the two also worked together on WITHNAIL AND I, which is even better) who flails around like a lunatic as a BOIL grows from his neck and sprouts into a head, AN EVIL TWIN (you can tell by the moustache), which eventually takes over his poor soul, the soul of an ad exec pushed to a mental collapse trying to come up with a campaign to sell zit cream. His breakdown not only cause him to revolt against the advertising industry but also the very philosophy of trafficking unnescessary commerce and greed. Which creates the boil, which turns into the evil twin, the duality inside "killing" the new him and creating an even more sinister marketing machine. Pretty subversive comedy, and although most of us are more savvy now about the effects of being sold to on such a hyperdrive scale, his anti-advertising tirades are still great to hear,like listening to some Crass or The Fall. EDIT: We deleted our pic of the "How To Get Ahead In Advertising" poster, which we unfairly linked from another blog. Evidently our, like, 7 hits a day really put a dent in someone else's bandwidth. But seriously, it was not very neighbourly of us to do that. Speaking of not being neighbourly, our idiot Texan neighbours who spend their time shooting their BB gun at birds while pointing it directly towards OUR patio, have now installed a BIRD FEEDER in their yard. Get it? More birds to shoot. Brilliant!!!