People Eating Together- Some Hannibal-Inspired Cooking

Put the pomegranate seeds out on a rimmed tray, roll the cheese ball gently over them, and try not to sing the Katamari Damacy song. Plot twist: You CAN’T.

Howdy!

Today’s entry is all about what I’ve been cooking lately. If you’ll recall, some friends of mine (who are THE BEST) got me Janice Poon’s Feeding Hannibal book for Christmas. Within its glossy pages are essays on cooking, entertaining guides, food styling anecdotes from the show, and best of all, recipes! There’s also some absolutely stunning photography of the food and settings. Just the thing to get a depressed food nerd through the holidays!

Below the cut* you’ll find pictures of some of the meals I’ve made recently, including recipes from the book and elsewhere. All the meals were made for me, my significant other, and my friends – just so you don’t think I’m making these and then eating them alone. I haven’t managed to ask my friends if I could post images of them for the feature, because ‘Can I take a picture of you for my blog entry on cannibalism’ just sounds wrong no matter how you slice* it.

So, let’s dig* in!

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Friday At Last!

It’s not just recipes, it’s cooking advice and entertaining too!

For only being in the office four days, this week was starting to feel a hell of a lot longer. Part of it is work stress, part of it was the usual ‘broke before payday’ blues, part of it was problems with my car, and part of it was the existential mind-melt that American political news has become.  What is it the kids say about they can’t even? That. That is what I can’t right now.

And with all the peculiar astronomical phenomena last year and this, it’s tempting to ascribe the current social climate to some kind of temporary madness; mostly because temporary things END and we can get back to sweet, sweet sanity. But I digress.

Lately I’ve been cooking up a storm, mostly due to possibly one of the greatest Xmas gifts I’ve ever gotten:

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This Way Lies Madness – Anthophobia

Imagine a world where flowers are 100% DONE with our shit.

…Now imagine they’re able to DO something about it.

Found this on i09. 

Imagine a world where flowers are 100% DONE with our shit.

…Now imagine they’re able to DO something about it.

GORGEOUSLY shot, this little quasi-horror film is beautifully insane. Fannibals especially will love the haunting, dream-like imagery. It works both as a short film and as a music video. I really, REALLY like the premise and how the flower-people speak through hunting horns.

Beware though! Borderline NSFW for… thematic reasons.

Spotlight: Character Actor Glenn Fleshler (True Detective, Hannibal)

I fully recognize that Mr. Fleshler is not the characters he portrays, and as an artist has a wide range, bags of charisma, and probably a very vivid imagination. I expect he is also highly professional. I am also confident that were I ever to meet him in real life I would go through a 5-minute decompression thought process of “GGRAAAAGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!” before I could have a normal conversation with him. I wonder if this is something he and other brilliant character actors get all the time?

“Character actors! Who gives a f*ck if we’re fat?” – Patton Oswalt, quoting Brian Dennehy

*Spoilers for True Detective, Season 1; Hannibal, Season 3*

(This post will contain some pretty dark content – trigger warning for entertainment that involves harming children and mentally handicapped people – Proceed with caution!) 

Forgive my hyperbole, but character actors must be some of the most patient, most compassionate people on the planet.

I say that because last year, I watched HBO’s amazing inaugural season of True Detective. It is magnificent, incredible, it’s filmmaking greatness, from the production value to the performances to the characterizations. It’s just the bees’ knees and the kitten’s britches, and it is ABSOLUTELY NOT FOR EVERYONE because of the disturbing content. Seriously, I was disturbed for weeks after I shotgunned it over a period of 3 days.

One thing I couldn’t get out of my head was character actor Glenn Fleshler’s portrayal of the villain.

Just a Deeply Troubled Man Painting a School
Just a Deeply Troubled Man Painting a School

There’s a moment when the TD villain, a back-country inbred janitor with a scarred face, unusual size and strength, and a penchant for molesting and murdering little girls, relaxes at home. He watches some TV, which he responds to in a variety of voices (Fleshler’s voice has an amazing range and ability to mimic), then he has sex with his possibly mentally handicapped sister-wife, while still doing the voices.

So That Happened...
So That Happened…

As you can imagine, this totally put me in the mood for a July 4th barbecue where I would be surrounded by my (now ex) boyfriend’s coworkers, most of whom we didn’t know and whom I realized I had nothing in common with after trying to chat with them for over two hours. I was ready to party, and by party I mean have some kind of existential nervous breakdown.

SERIOUSLY I AM FINE NICE TO MEET YOU WHERE THAT BEER AT?
SERIOUSLY I AM FINE NICE TO MEET YOU WHERE THAT BEER AT LET US PARTY!!!!!!

Anyway, I’m all right now and going to pick up the Season 1 DVD soon and watch it again since I am mentally more prepared. I haven’t watched Season 2 yet since I don’t have HBO but I’m curious if it’ll cause the same kind of spiritual collapse as the first season. Time will tell!

I just need to take my hat off to Mr. Fleshler’s performance. I did start to wonder what it must be like to be an actor pursuing your dream in a nontraditional career full of gambles, where you get contacted about a part and find out it’s this sort of thing.

A friend of mine is a talent coordinator for a voice talent agency and I asked her about that the other day at a party. She said they try to handle it very professionally, even a little obtusely.

The Correct Way to Handle It:

  • “Hi! We have a part we think you’d  be interested in. It’s very out there and we think you’re creative and talented enough to make it work. Interested?”

The Incorrect Way to Handle It:

  • We have this part we think you would be perfect for, we need someone deeply offputting to play a child molester who ritually murders his victims, is into incest in a big sloppy way, and will make the viewer lose all faith in humanity. Nothing about this guy is human and he should give everyone the willies, if not make them want to burn their television set with cleansing fire. Interested?

I fully recognize that Mr. Fleshler is not the characters he portrays, and as an artist has a wide range, bags of charisma, and probably a very vivid imagination. I expect he is also highly professional. I am also confident that were I ever to meet him in real life I would go through a 5-minute decompression thought process of “GGRAAAAGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!” before I could have a normal conversation with him. I wonder if this is something he and other brilliant character actors get all the time?

Mr. Fleshler is currently playing the character of Cordelle on season 3 of Hannibal, acting as Mason Verger’s caregiver. I cannot think of a more perfect role for him. I recognized the voice before the face, and by “recognized” I mean “fell into terrified crisis.”

I cannot wait to see what else the future holds for him and I wish him all the best with his career! He will certainly go far!

In Lieu of Real Content, Another Link!

Taking a break at work I read this wonderful hilarious article from the wonderful hilarious people at Filmdrunk, a publication combining two of my favorite things. GOD can they do comedy!

Forgive me!

I have been lazy!

Well, not lazy. I work 40 hours a week and then write between 20 and 30 the rest, on top of housework, social engagements, reading, cooking, and exercise. I haven’t been this productive in YEARS and it is awesome.

But I have been a lazy blogger!

And I’m doing it again! 

Taking a break at work I read this wonderful hilarious article from the wonderful hilarious people at Filmdrunk, a publication combining two of my favorite things. GOD can they do comedy!

Please enjoy this post of theirs, which boiled down is basically The Rock Should Be In All the Remakes.

8 Movies We Should Remake With The Rock.

The “Jaws” poster had me crying at my desk. I’m not even playing.

ALSO –

Anybody else on the edge of their seat for the Hannibal premier tonight? I hope they stream it right away like they did with Constantine!