Monday was my birthday. Two zero. Some of the things I did (and some of my presents):

  • I went to go see Skyfall – during which, while watching, I thought more deeply on some aspects of the movie (mainly subtext and art pieces – click to watch a video of Bond meeting Q in an art gallery) than I think I should have; it’s James Bond. My two favourite characters from the movie are Q and Moneypenny.
  • I also got two OPI nail polishes from the James Bond collection. (Goldeneye and On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – they’re gorgeous! I’m wearing both now, with Goldeneye on my right ring fingernail and the rest of my nails painted with OHMSS.)
  • One of my presents was The Smitten Kitchen cookbook, which I pored over and so many recipes jumped out at me. Deb’s stunning photography made me taste the food before I’d even read the recipe and some of the pairings I’ve never considered, yet am keen to try (plum and poppyseed, for example). One of the recipes from the blog I remembered with fondness, as I had made it before. There are recipes bookmarked!
  • Unplanned, I also took a stab at reading Chaucer. I’ve been familiar with the name Chaucer for years, though I don’t think I’ve ever read him (knowingly, at least). My interest and curiosity were piqued after watching this Bill Bailey sketch and it is one of my favourites. I wish there were more like it.

My birthday desserts were flognarde with apples and currants, and a chocolate mousse that I made myself. I’m currently working on the recipe (just ONE tweak required) and hope to post it soon, aiming for Valentine’s Day. Fingers crossed.


I also was treated to a cheesecake petit four and chocolate cup. The chocolate cup was garnished with berries (mainly blueberries and one massive strawberry) and a singular cape gooseberry. It was the first time I’d had a cape gooseberry. It burst like a grape between my teeth and the taste was pleasant, and just slightly tangy. (I learned later, after some Googling, that it was a cape gooseberry. At the time I just assumed it was a gooseberry. They’re not the same thing. This post at The Kitchen and the Wikipedia article are informative.) I actually wrote a poem about it, as I was writing this post and became inspired. I would include this poem, except that I’m shy about sharing it at present. Maybe one day! [Update] In the meantime, here’s a photo of my writing process for this poem.


4 thoughts on “2.0

  1. Sounds like a great birthday! Happy belated birthday. 😀 Watching that clip from Skyfall makes me want to go see it again. I’ve got Casino Royale on my toes. hehehe And Bill Bailey cracks me up! I read Chaucer in high school. We weren’t supposed to read the tale of the wife of Bath, but we talked our teacher into letting us. 😀

    1. Hi Debi, thank you! Your comment made me smile. 🙂 I’m not even a hardcore James Bond fan (haven’t read any of the books and have knowingly only watched one movie before, years ago, Die Another Day) and I enjoyed it very much. It was so rich. My family and I love Bill Bailey here. I could easily do an appreciation post about his comedy and music (have you ever heard/seen his French version of Gary Numan’s “Cars”?). The copy of Chaucer I was reading is a selection of his works, I’m not sure if the Wife of Bath is included, but that is so funny that your class talked your teacher into it!

      1. Hehehe The funny thing was I read your book review post and swooned over the fact that The Count of Monte Cristo is one of your favorites. 😀 Then I read this post and I was giggling. It made my night! We did have a really cool teacher and since we were Seniors she decided to trust we wouldn’t get carried away with the mention of “arse.” lol

        1. Usually I am the one to swoon over people’s favourite books, etc. that I like or are my favourites, too, so you are flattering me! I’ve never watched a movie version of Monte Cristo since I personally think none have delivered justice to the overall plot or subplots when I read about them. However, the anime Gankutsuou is a fantastic adaptation of it and fairly faithful to the original, even though it’s set in the far future. The animation is also beautiful and, visually, highly stylized.
          So Chaucer must have been really enjoyable to learn, then, for you! That’s so good when you have a great teacher like that. I laughed when I read that bit about the mention of “arse” – high school students really cannot call such ancient works boring when there’s language like that ;), and more importantly, when it is understood. I believe the same would happen if students understood what Shakespeare is actually saying: more interest and overall enjoyment of the text.

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