I’m afraid I’m completely at a loss as regards good bolognese puns… the low-cal bolognese sauce I made yesterday was brilliant, though! Another triumph for the Hairy Dieters 🙂 I’m almost to the end of ‘Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight’, and I can definitely say that it’s been great 😀 For budgetary reasons, next week’s recipe won’t be from that book, but it’ll still be good — I’ll be adapting the tartiflette recipe on the BBC site to make croziflette (which is basically the same but with pasta instead of potatoes). I’m really looking forward to it because it means I have an iron-clad excuse to raid the fancy cheese section at my local Sainsburys! 😀

Speaking of Hairy Dieters, I recently received my copy of their last diet recipe book, Fast Food, which contains recipes that can be prepared in half an hour or less. It’s fascinating stuff and I look forward to trying bits of it out ^^

Another good book that I’ve been reading is Crimson Peak: The Art of Darkness, the behind-the-scenes art-book-type-thing for Guillermo del Toro’s masterful Gothic romance piece (it’s *not* a horror film, whatever the marketing tried to say — it’s a Gothic romance with horror in it). I loved the visuals of the movie, with the symbolic use of colour and the detailed sets and the magnificent desolation of Allerdale Hall. Reading AoD, I found out many things that I’d missed on first viewing the movie, such as the meanings behind Edith’s various costumes and just how deeply embedded in the design the moth/butterfly visual symbolism is. The book also contains abridged versions of the biographies which del Toro provided for the four main characters (Edith, Alan and the Sharpe siblings) which provided interesting new angles from which to view them. I was also able to really appreciate the time and skill and passion which went into building the world of the story — quite, quite fascinating!


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