Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Random Movie Review: Broken English

Broken English (2007)
Starring: Parker Posey, Melvil Poupaud, Drea de Matteo

Broken English follows Nora Wilder, a career-woman who can't find love on her own or through numerous set-ups from friends and family. All of this changes when she meets Julien, an intriguing French man. She falls for him, but stays behind when he leaves for Paris. As time passes, she decides she must go to find him, feeling he is the one for her. She meanders around Paris for some time with no luck before finally spotting him on her last day there.

I can feel the sense that Cassevetes was going for. The movie has a sort of drab beginning and takes on life when she meets this (overly) perfect man and begins to experience life in a new way. Sadly, the drab portion of the movie had better execution than the latter part. Overall, however, it was a good movie. Posey does a great job with the character, which is a bit of a departure from her normal roles. I'm not really certain this type of thing actually ever happens. Though I did hear in the news recently that some guy got directions from a woman in Ireland and is returning to try and spark a relationship a year later, not knowing her name or anything about her. Perhaps this is actually less ridiculous than that. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sunday Brunch: Stuffed French Toast

1 cup Soy Milk
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 Egg Replacer
Dash of Flour
Small Handful of Flax (optional)
1/2 cup Berries (Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries, whatever)
1/2 cup Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
4-8 slices Bread (any vegan type, get your favourite baker to slice it thick and use day-old)

Blend soy milk, vanilla, cinnamon, egg replacer, flour and flax (if using). Preheat frying pan to medium/medium-low with a bit of vegan matrgarine. In a bowl, stir together berries and chocolate chips.

Take bread and cut a slit in it on the side (hence the thicker bread), inserting a sharp knife below the hump of the bread and insert most of the way into the bread and cut downward until the slit is equidistant from both the top of the bread and the bottom. *ALTERNATIVELY: If you have regular bread, fold it over the fillings in half* Fill the pocket of the bread with the berry and chocolate mixture, leaving enough room for the bread to close up (about an inch, maybe less depending on bread size.) Dip the bread in the soy milk mixture and then fry in the pan until lightly browned on each side. Drizzle with your favourite syrup and enjoy!