Searching & Pepperment
Well, it's fall, and finally some interesting and fun movies have started to
come out, so I had to do 2 movies this week. I started with Searching. I had read about this flick and also heard a long interview with the star, John Cho, and the director. Evidently this is the first film with an Asian person as the lead. I'm not sure how they define this - first film?? What about Bruce Lee, or Jackie Chan? I'm not talking about the Charlie Chan movies since the star of those many many films was a Swedish actor. But frankly that doesn't mean a whole lot to me. I mean, why not a Chinese guy as the lead? So what? OK, enough.
As for the movie, the other thing that got a lot of attention is that the entire film, each and every shot was from a screen: phone screen, facebook live, iTalk, Television and others I think. And for me it really worked, because it was an integral part of the plot. A teen girl disappears, and her dad can't find her. He discovers that he doesn't know his daughter very well at all. I really liked this film - 4 paws.
This was another interesting twist on a murder/revenge film. In this one, it's the mom who is driven to a bunch of violent to revenge the death of her family. This one had some nice twists to it. Not alot to describe, but still it was fun - if you think lots of people getting beaten and killed is fun. I say 3 paws.
Yesterday, we dealt with a whole bunch of tomatoes that needed to be, well, dealt with. Of course there are many options when it comes to canning, or jarring which I suppose is the most correct term, but one we hadn't tried was V8 juice. Jamie looked up a recipe online, and we were off to the races. I realized that since it was Sept. 1st I could legitimately harvest our own horseradish, so I looked up the recipe for that too.
Now it's always pretty much a big mistake when I try to cook two recipes at the same time. I always seem to get the pieces/parts mixed up, and sure enough, I got the horseradish all peeled and chopped and ready to put in the food processor, and thought, "Oh I need to get the celery and onions chopped really fine too!" And so I gleefully threw them all in, reasoning that the horseradish would chop up better if there was something for it to bounce around with. I am such a "squirrel head" as my dad would have said. I absolutely should NOT have put the other vegetables in with horseradish - I was preparing two things - NOT ONE!!! So I blend it all up and then it suddenly hits me - I only need 1 Teaspoon of horseradish - not half a cup. Wow, this was a strong mixture. But I thought well, I'll add the vinegar and sugar and it will be ok. Hmmm....well it turned out that it was OK as a separate relish that could be used with other stuff, but not part of the V8.
Anyway, I started over, got it right, and boy did the V8 turn out great. So then this morning, I thought we really needed to have some of this. The reason we made the V8 was to have something to mix in our smoothies. And that's just what I did. So here's the recipe that we really like:
a carrot - I used 2 since they weren't that big,
a couple of cups of the V8
2 large Chard leaves
2 beet leaves
and a 1/2 of a ghost pepper
Ice cubes to get it the right thickness.
OM Gosh! It was amazing. I can't wait to make another one tomorrow. We are planning on winterizing our greenhouse so we can have greens year round, and now we have even a better reason to get it done!!
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