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December 3rd, 2007

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12:25 am - Amusingly bad television + unusual baked apple recipe
teaotter and I had our friend Daire over for dinner, and to watch the first part of the Science Fiction channel miniseries Tin Man, a pulpy, 1940s/50s reinvisioning of The Wizard of Oz. I like the idea, some of the sets are quite good, a number of the minor characters are fun, but dear gods, the lead (played by Zooey Deschanel) is one of the single most wooden actors I've in any professional media. She has at most 4 facial expressions. It would be amusing to think that this might be on purpose and to find out that the character was actually a robot or something similar, but I can't imagine that will turn out to be the case - it's merely horrid acting. OTOH, the lead villain (played by Kathleen Robertson) is far from great, but is definitely having fun chewing the scenery. Of course, it would be nice if there were any significant female characters other than those two, and if any of the other women on screen were not scantily dressed, but it's the SciFi channel, where about one in five new shows and miniseries is brilliant (Farscape & Battle Star Galactica being the most obvious examples), two (and sometimes three) in five are unwatchably horrible, and the rest are moderately bad but mildly fun trash like this.

teaotter also made borscht (with beets, beet greens, sweet potatoes, cabbage, carrots, onions, and a bit of hamburger), and I discovered that beet greens are quite delicious, better even than most other greens, and I made some very unusual sweet & savory baked apples. Here's the recipe, the recipe for the apples is under the recipe for the pork roast, and despite being on the same page, is completely vegetarian, and if you can make or acquire vegan cornbread, can be easily made vegan. The combination of garlic, brown sugar, raisins, sage, and cornbread is odd, but I found it delicious (as did teaotter), but Daire was a bit more puzzled by the flavor combination. The one thing to note in the recipe is that the listed amount of cornbread muffins (approximately 1/2 cup) is about right for 4 apples, not 8. Add extra cornbread. Also, I loathe Golden Delicious apples, and often find Gala apples a bit bland. I used Braeburn apples, and they worked exceedingly well, and I expect Winesap apples would work even better.

In other news, I welcome our new Russian LJ overlords, with luck they will be less ham-handed than the previous lot.
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Date:December 3rd, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
That, and less liable most likely :P.
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Date:December 3rd, 2007 04:25 pm (UTC)
I watched Tin Man last night. Two other women were not scantily dressed - the woman laying DG's real mother and the woman playing the Auntie Em part.
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Date:December 3rd, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Ah, I had fun with Tin Man. But then again, I tend to be more forgiving of programs that don't take themselves too seriously.

An Oz story that did take itself seriously, and was able to deliver to the level of something like the new BG, would be something to watch! But I'm not holding my breath.

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