OF ZOMBIES AND SUCH

Brad Pitt in World War Z

Brad Pitt in World War Z

 

The other night, Paul and I finally got to watch Brad Pitt in World War Z. Now, I am not a huge Brad Pitt fan, but I do admire his work. I go more for the old fashioned male Hollywood movie stars like Cary Grant and Clark Gable, Tab Hunter and David Niven. But, that’s just me. It’s the same when it comes to the women stars. Give me Susan Hayward, Ida Lapino, Debbie Reynolds and Sandra Dee. I think Jane Fonda rocks! Also, I hate scary movies, but World War Z got good reviews and sounded interesting. I loved fictional characters such as orcs, zombies, goblins, elfs fairies, etc. from my days of playing such games as Yserbius, Asheron’s Call and World of Warcraft, just to name a few. I used to be a die-hard gamer. You could not pry me away from my computer. I’d play for 12 hours straight if I didn’t have to work. I even led an online guild for 20+ years. So, I figured a movie with zombies should be cool, wouldn’t you?

I did not find Word War Z to be cool. Not in any way. I did think it was a well-thought out movie, full of too much violence for my taste, but well-done. The acting was good, especially in light of the fact that there seemed to be too few spoken lines. Brad Pitt was good as was the supporting cast. The make-up and effects were great, but I doubt if it this movie will win any Academy Awards. I don’t think I’d like it to.

However, I would rather talk about the story-line. When I asked Paul what he thought about the movie he told me that it was ok because it wasn’t possible. I couldn’t believe he said that. I totally disagree. I think it is not only possible but very likely. His reasoning was that no one could look like the zombie as portrayed in the movie. I disagree. For those of you who don’t know the story, it is about a viral disease outbreak that turns people into zombies. After turned, they in turn bite others, infecting them. Suddenly the entire world is infected, with few exceptions. How do you contain an epidemic of that magnitude? I feel we’ve seen signs this is possible from such diseases as AIDS and now Ebola, Scarlet Fever, Smallpox, etc. I think that we’ve seen people who were as emaciated and pale as the zombies in World War Z in victims of the Holocaust and AIDS victims. So, I say, yes, we can very probably become zombies when Mother Nature decides do inflict the right disease upon us.

I was  fascinated by a scene between Brad Pitt’s character, a UN investigator and family man, and a young genius doctor who specializes in diseases. The young doctor told Brad’s character that Mother Nature was the cruelest demon of any and the most ruthless, that it is within her power to destroy mankind. But, he goes on to say, like all criminals, she is egotistical and likes to play games, thus she likes to leave clues on how to foil her plans. He said to follow the clues and solve them and you can control the spread of the epidemic. Mother Nature…wow….a true Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the feminine persona…Mother, the nurturer and healer….also Mother, the demonic mass murderer. What a horrible but interesting picture of her. But given the horrible destruction she’s already shown us in diseases and storms of all kinds, how accurate that picture is.

I was so taken with this movie, I decided to return to the world of zombies and dwarfs and goblins and I reinstalled World of Warcraft’s free download tonight. Being an addictive personality, I am praying that I don’t get hooked again as it would take away my writing time and I’d rather write and be creative than sit and kill monsters all day and night. We shall see. If you keep visiting me and make some comments if will help me fight my addiction. So take pity on me and read and interact with me via comments. That will keep me focused and dedicated.

I am writing this on Sunday night at 11:00 pm because tomorrow I will not get a chance to write a post as I have to go to the doctor’s office. I think my cancer has returned and I need to check it out. Please say some prayers for me. I’m not overly concerned though. I am putting my faith in G-d.

Here are some zombie recipes for your delight:

 

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Home Cookin Chapter: BEVERAGES – ALCOHOLIC

Zombie #5

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1 oz light rum

1/2 oz creme de noyaux

1/2 oz triple sec

1 1/2 oz sweet and sour mix

1 1/2 oz orange juice

1/2 oz 151 proof rum

.

Strain ingredients into Collins glass filled with ice. Top with

151 Proof Rum.

19% (38 proof) Serve in: Collins Glass

Read more: Zombie drink recipes

http://www.drinksmixer.com/cat/3236/#ixzz3NuvSjkS3

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http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/halloween-zombie-chex-mix/ef2ef34f-03a0-41f9-99e7-9714a2483c28

Home Cookin Chapter: HALLOWEEN 2014

 

 

halloween zombie check mix

 

 

Halloween Zombie Chex Mix®

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This mix is a great way to use whatever Halloween candy you have

on hand.

Prep time 15 min

total time 1 hr 15 min

ingredients 7

servings 20

Ingredients

4 Cups Vanilla Chex™ cereal

4 Cups Cinnamon Chex™ cereal

2 Cups chopped chocolate Halloween candy

1 1/2 Cups candy corn

1 Cup orange or red candy melts

1 Cup chocolate candy melts

2 Tablespoons vegetable or canola oil

.

Steps

1 In very large bowl, mix cereals. Chop chocolate candy into

bite-size pieces. Add to cereal mixture along with candy corn.

Toss to combine.

2 Spread mixture evenly on waxed paper.

3 Melt orange and chocolate candy melts separately as directed on

packages. Stir 1 tablespoon oil into each color; stir until well

combined. Drizzle melted candy coatings over cereal mixture.

4 Let stand about 1 hour or until candy coating is hardened.

Break into pieces to serve. Top mix while chocolate is still soft

with orange, red or brown sprinkles for an extra-festive touch.

Servings: 0

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ZOMBIES-RISING

 

 

Home Cookin Chapter: HALLOWEEN 2014

Zombies Rising

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Epicurious | October 2011

By Zilly Rosen

Photo by Andrews McMeel Publishing

Yield: Makes 12

Take a close look at the graveyard, and you might see a zombie

rising from the dead—if you see a

Rotting hand reaching out from underground, you can be sure the

rest of the zombie will soon follow. They’re coming to get you…

This delectable mud cupcake gives you a taste of the grave from

the zombie’s perspective. Remember to warn your guests that the

hand is secured using a toothpick.

Ingredients

Mud Cupcakes

10 Oreo cookies

1 3/4 oz semisweet chocolate

1 cup white all-purpose, cake, or pastry flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

5 tbsp unsalted butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 large eggs, beaten

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

6 tsp sour cream

2 tbsp water

1/2 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

Decorations

12 1/2 oz Half and Half, colored green with 1 drop mint green

paste food coloring

1 quantity Dark Chocolate Ganache

2/3 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

A little clear piping gel

12 Plastic Flies

Toothpicks

.

preparation

1 The day before, make the hands. Roll the green Half and Half

into 12 balls and then roll and press one end of each ball to thin

it out into a cylinder shape. Flatten the rounded end so that the

piece of frosting vaguely resembles a Ping-Pong paddle.

2 Using a craft knife, make one cut on one side of the flattened

area to make a thumb. Pull it out to the side. Make a second cut

in the middle of the remaining rounded portion, and a third and

fourth cut on either side to create 4 fingers.

3 Pull and mold the tips of the fingers to make them slightly

pointed. Using a toothpick, score 3 lines into each finger to

create joints. This will be the palm side of the hand. On the

reverse side, use the toothpick to indent a fingernail shape at

the end of each finger.

4 Bend the fingers up from the palm to resemble a claw. Prop the

hand against a vertical surface so that it dries in the claw

shape. Make another 11 hands in the same way and let dry

overnight.

5 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-hole muffin pan with 12

cupcake liners. Crush the Oreo cookies into 1/4-inch pieces. Spoon

1 tablespoon spoon into each liner, reserving the remaining

pieces.

6 Melt the chocolate in a microwave oven on low, stirring every 15

seconds, or in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of gently

simmering water, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and

let cool. Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt together and set

aside. Put the butter and sugar in a large bowl and, using an

electric mixer, beat together until pale and fluffy. Blend in the

melted chocolate and then gradually beat in the eggs and mix well

together. Mix in the vanilla extract and sour cream. Add half the

flour mixture and blend in, then mix in the water and remaining

flour mixture until incorporated.

7 Spoon half the batter into the paper liners and spread over the

cookies. Add 1 heaping teaspoon of chocolate chips to each. Add

the remaining batter and sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips

and cookie pieces over the tops. Bake for about 25 minutes,

turning once halfway through baking, until well risen and firm to

the touch. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool.

8 When the cupcakes are cool, spread or pipe the Dark Chocolate

Ganache on top of each cupcake. Mix together most of the chocolate

cookie crumbs and all of the chocolate chips in a dish and dip the

top of each cupcake into the mixture to create graveyard earth.

9 Push a toothpick into the wrist end of each hand and press into

the earth to anchor it. To enhance the effect of the hand rising

from the grave, paint clear piping gel in different places on the

hand and at the base, and sprinkle the remaining chocolate cookie

crumbs on the gel so that it sticks. Finish by adding a Fly.

From Zombie Cupcakes: From the grave to the table with 16 cupcake

corpses by Zilly Rosen, (C) © 2011 Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC

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COMMENT: Just make sure you realize the half and half they’re

talking about is not the stuff you put in your coffee. Click

through to the recipe.

by karenehart19 on 2013-10-28

SOURCE:

http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Zombies-Rising-367230

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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE:

World War Z photo – http://virtualborderland.wordpress.com/2013/07/28/review-world-war-z-2013/

Zombie Family clipart – http://www.clipartpanda.com/clipart_images/original-zombie-clip-art-26268153

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THE 6TH DAY OF CHANUKAH

THE 6TH DAY OF CHANUKAH

 

 

a mensch on a bench

 

 

 

 

 

-VS-         elf on the shelf

 

This is the first year I have ever heard of the Mensch on The Bench or the Elf on The Shelf. I didn’t give either a second thought until just now reading Rabbi Jill Crimmings’ wonderful article at http://tcjewfolk.com/rethinking-hanukkah-traditions-buying-mensch-bench/.

I am a person who loves decorations and have always felt the empty hole of a lack of a Chanukah symbol. But now I see that perhaps we are better off without it. I, for one, would not like to see our kids think that they get gifts for anything they did that was good or bad. I always saw getting Chanukah presents as payment for the kids of past times finding the oil that led to the miracle of Chanukah. That it was to celebrate the miracle that kids got Chanukah presents. To have someone or something sit in judgment of Jewish kids at Chanukah time leaves me cold. Now, if someone could come up with something like a Macabee freedom something or other as a symbol, that would be truly wonderful. If it could be colorful that would be even more wonderful. I don’t know, perhaps adopt a whale because of the whale blubber…I don’t know. And why isn’t there a Judith Macabee doll? She was a part of the miracle after all. Why can’t we come up with our own unique cookie? Why does everything have to be blue and white? I think we can adopt more color into our celebration. I am also appalled at the lack of Jewish crafts for our holidays, the lack of poetry and cannot understand why there are no adult Chanukah stories. Why don’t Jewish composers and singers such as Neil Diamond and Bob Dylan write songs and or sing songs for the Jewish holidays? Ok, yes, we have Adam Sandler and his Chanukah Song and all its versions. Truthfully, that just doesn’t cut it for me. I applaud The Bare Naked Ladies for their efforts on our behalf. Are all of you Jewish entertainers ashamed of your Jewishness? I have always admired Mandy Patinkin for embracing Judaism and making Jewish albums. We need more of it. We need more up-to-date Jewish music and art literature. I seem to read more Jewish novels from writers hailing from the British Isles than from the US. Why is that? Am I missing something?

Perhaps we need to create a niche for this type of thing? Is it the lack of a market? Is it the lack of money in the market? How do we solve this problem? Or is it just me? What do all of you think. What do you feel is lacking in the Jewish arts?

Speaking of British-Jewish novels, I am now reading “The Marrying of Chani Kaufman” by Eve Harris. This is Ms. Harris’ debut novel and came out in 2013. It is a wonderful book with a very real storyline. Chani is standing under the chupah (the Jewish wedding canopy) with her groom, Baruch. They are very young (Chani is just 19 years old) ultra religious people who both come from ultra religious families. They have only met four times prior to their wedding. They are both innocent in the ways of the opposite sex and in many ways the world around them. They are scared. What is the wedding night going to be like? Will I have more freedom to be me in our marriage than I do under my parents’ roof? Will he/she love me? Do I love him/her? What will we talk about? How many children will we have? To complicate things even more, they are to set out for Israel where Baruch will study to become a Rabbi. What will this move mean? These are some of many things this couple is wondering about, just like many couples, the difference being more poignant due to the fact that they don’t know one another. While they are contemplating their lives, their Rabbi and his wife are contemplating their lives and their marriage. Their marriage seems to be falling apart. Their beginnings were so different from Chani and Baruch’s. The Rabbi and his Rabbitzin (Rabbi’s wife) met and fell in love in Israel. The Rabbitzin had a secular upbringing and life prior to marrying the Rabbi. She was more worldly than either Chani or Baruch, and after many years of marriage and motherhood, she is questioning her life as a wife, mother and member of the Orthodox Jewish community of London. I am loving this book. It is well written and the characters are wonderful. I look forward to more books by Ms. Harris.

I got some writing done on my book after a week off. I now have 8 ¼ pages completed. I introduced one of the antagonists. I’m not sure if I really like introducing her so early. It was not my original plan. And I’m not sure how it will play off in this chapter, but we shall see. I know how I want to color this character. It is much clearer in my mind than the other characters. But, I am not sure why. I am having the most trouble seeing the male protagonist and the male antagonist clearly. I need to work on them a lot more.

I had to interupt this post to join my mother for a day of girly fun. We went to have manicures and pedicures and lunch, then shopping at Sam’s for prescriptions and printer ink. Then I dropped her off, picked up Paul and we took Chanukah-themed pasta, meatballs and meat sauce that Paul worked all day making over to mom’s apartment and had dinner with her. It’s almost 10 p.m. And I have so much to do. I apologize for having not posted this sooner and cutting this post short. I am not sure if I will be able to post tomorrow. If I can, it will be late too. We have last minutes errands to run tomorrow.

Here’s today’s recipe: This is in honor of my hubby who is a Brooklyn boy. He has had many egg creams in his life and claims to have come up with the idea of adding an egg to it! So, my darling, here’s to you!

 

Made with Brooklyn Boys & Girls in mind.

Made with Brooklyn Boys & Girls in mind.

 

 

Home Cookin Chapter: CAKES 2013-2014

CHOCOLATE EGG CREAM CUPCAKES

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ACTIVE TIME: 50 mins.

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr. 20 mins.

YIELD: 6 cupcakes

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE CUPCAKES:

1/4 cup UNSWEETENED Cocoa Powder

1/4 cup Chocolate Syrup

2/3 cup All-Purpose Flour

1/3 cup Granulated Sugar

1/4 tsp. Baking Soda

1/4 tsp. Baking Powder

1/4 tsp. Salt

1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

1 LARGE Egg

2 tbsps. Whole Milk

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

FOR THE FROSTING:

1 oz. MILK Chocolate

6 tbsps. UNSALTED Butter; AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract

2 cups Confectioners’ Sugar

1/4 cup Whole Milk

2 tbsps. UNSWEETENED Cocoa Powder

2 pinches of Salt

2 tbsps. Malted Milk Powder

Mini Pretzel Rods; FOR TOPPING

.

“Try this fun frosting trick: Put two different kinds of frosting

in separate disposable pastry bags, then position both bags in a

larger pastry bag fitted with a star tip. When you pipe, the

frosting will come out swirled!”

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Make the cupcakes:

PREHEAT THE OVEN TO 350° F. LINE A 6-CUP MUFFIN PAN WITH PAPER

LINERS.

Whisk the cocoa powder with 1/3 cup HOT WATER i a MEDIUM bowl

UNTIL dissolved. Whisk in the chocolate syrup UNTIL smooth; LET

COOL SLIGHTLY.

In a LARGE bowl, whisk the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda,

baking powder and salt.

2. Whisk the vegetable oil, egg, milk and vanilla extract into

the cocoa mixture UNTIL smooth, then fold into the flour mixture

UNTIL JUST COMBINED. Divide among the PREPARED muffin cups. Bake

UNTIL a toothpick comes out clean, 18-20 mins. LET COOL FOR 10

MIS. IN THE PAN, then REMOVE to a rack to cool completely.

3. MAKE THE FROSTING:

Chop the chocolate AND place in a MICROWAVE-SAFE BOWL; MISCROWAVE

ON 70% POWER in 30-second intervals; STIRRING UNTIL MELTED. LET

COOL SLIGHTLY. Cut the butter into pieces, beat the butter,

vanilla extract and confectioners’ sugar in a bowl with a mixer on

MEDIUM-HIGH speed UNTIL fluffy. Add 3 tbsps. milk and beat UNTIL

smooth, 3 mins. REMOVE HALF OF THE FROSTING to a separate bowl,

add the cocoa powder, melted chocolate and a pinch of salt and

beat until FLUFFY, 2 mins. Mix the remaining 1 tbsp. milk and the

malted milk powder in a cup, then add to the plain frosting; add a

pinch of salt AND beat until fluffy, about 2 mins. IF THE

FROSTING IS TOO SOFT, COVER AND REFRIGERATE UNTIL FIRM ENOUGH TO

PIPE.

4. Put the 2 frosting in SEPARATE PASTRY BAGS and snip off the

tops (or put in separate zip-top bags ad snip off a corner of

each). POSITION THE FROSTING BAGS SIDE-BY-SIDE IN A LARGE PASTRY

BAG FITTED WITH A LARGE STAR TIP. Pipe the frosting onto the

cupcakes in a spiral motion to create a swirl. Put a mini-pretzel

rod upright into the top of the swirl so it stands securely to

look like a straw (you want it a bit tilted but not too tilted).

SOURCE: food network magazine’s “Sweet, Our Best Cupcakes,

Cookies, Candy and More” cookbook, pg. 25.

Servings: 0

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