Let’s have a Twin Peaks party

1. Visit Twin Peaks with Honey Kennedy reminded me that I really need to finish watching Twin Peaks.

2. But when I get up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, I still imagine Bob is hiding in the hot water cupboard. So maybe I need to wait a bit longer before continuing.

2. If my first choice for Halloween doesn’t work out I am definitely going as the log lady.

Screenshots taken by me.

A Room with a View

If you haven’t yet seen A Room with a View, you should really do so at once. Lucy Honeychurch is a young Englishwoman on her first trip to Florence. She and her chaperone meet a group of somewhat unusual fellow Brits at their guesthouse. These people influence her time in Italy, and unexpectedly her life in England is also affected, including her marriage plans. The story is lighthearted, the pace leisurely and the aesthetic and actors gorgeous, especially teenage Helena Bonham Carter. Look at her sullen yet delightful doe-like face! Her wild hair! I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Daniel Day Lewis is also splendid as the rigid and ridiculous Cecil.

I’d also love some tips for other costume dramas if you’re a fan!

Dinner and a Movie: Days of Heaven (1978)

Every Sunday my flatmates and I, plus one or two good friends, have a movie night. We gather, enjoy a film, and take turns cooking for each other. It’s terribly wholesome! I thought I might share with you the movie and meal that I last chose.

I picked Terrence Malick’s ‘Days of Heaven‘, which I’d been meaning to see for ages, especially since one of Lover‘s dreamy recent collections ‘The Harvest’ was inspired by it.

I’d been waiting for corn to get cheap at the markets so I could make creamed corn, and this was the perfect opportunity. Combined with black beans, rice and corn bread (that Jason made in a cupcake maker we got for Christmas, lawl), I thought it made a pretty choice peasant meal. Then, of course, I watched the movie and realised they were working and frolicking in wheat fields, not corn. Duhh.

I used a black bean recipe from Homesick Texan, and for the corn I turned to one of my favourite’s, the Lee Brother’s Southern Cookbook.

Creamed Corn
Adapted (just barely) from the Lee Bros

8 ears fresh corn
6 tablespoons butter
just over a cup of milk (I used super trim & it was delicious but not very thick, you could use whole milk or even cream if you’re feeling extravagant)
salt and plenty of pepper to taste

Cut the kernels from the cob and scrape the cobs with the edge of a spoon to get as much from the cob as you can.
Melt the butter in a large skillet or pot. Add corn and stir constantly for one minute.
Pour in the milk, add salt and pepper. Simmer for about 12 minutes, until the liquid has thickened and yellow. Adjust seasoning if you need to.
Turn off the heat, cover and let steam for two minutes.
When you serve, be liberal with the sauce because it’s GOOD.

This recipe makes lots, so you could easily halve it if there’s less people (I served it as a side for five and there was leftovers) or you don’t want to chop the corn off of eight whole ears, which takes some time.

The film was stunning, filmed almost entirely in the ‘golden hour’, the first and last hours of sunlight in a day.

Set in the early 1900′s, it centres on Bill and Abby, poor lovers who pretend to be brother and sister to avoid gossip. While working on a farm in the Texas Panhandle, the young and sick farmer takes a shine to Abby and the temptation of a better life proves to be too much for Bill to resist.

The film focuses not just on plot points but on the day to day and seasonal routine of both the poor and the rich. The scenes of leisurely days at the river and croquet games in the golden light of the farm really does seem like the idea of what days of heaven might have been to these poor migrant workers.

In love with Zooey: Stills from ‘In The Sun’

Screenshots from She & Him’s new video for ‘In The Sun’ in which Zooey D continues to be adorable. Seriously, she looks so super pretty in this video. And, there’s hula hoops! The song is growing on me, I’ll be interested to hear the rest of the album when it’s released later this month. I found Vol 1 worked best as a whole album rather than as individual songs, Vol 2 is likely to be similar. It has put me in a lovely mood this morning though!

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Adorbs, I love the dancers, her outfits and how M. Ward is way too cool for school.

Sorry about image quality! You know how it goes.

P.S. Me and Zooey have the same hula hoop. B.F.F.s? Yes.