Ok, so by now, you’ve all played “Eff/Marry/Kill, right?
If not, let me refresh your memories. I will give you three celebrity .gifs, (let’s do Brits/UK, ok?) and you have to choose with whom you’d have most intimate, and very carnal relations, with whom you’d walk down the aisle toward wedded bliss, and whom you’d kill!
HOW DO I CHOOSE?!?!?
Ok, I’d get fast with Fassbender, marry Hiddleston, and kill Hardy. Why? No one as smoldering as Fassbender could possibly be good marriage material. (I’m generalizing. Broadly.) Hiddleston is still sexy as HOLY MOLY, and he really likes to dance. He can probably argue Elizabethan lit with me for days without getting bored. I’d kill Tom Hardy, but I’d feel very poorly about it. (Poorly is a UK colloquialism for “ill,” American readers. I thought it fit the men.)
You get the gist of the game, right?! Ok.
Today’s blog is based on that.
Read/Watch/Eat the F/M/K edition.
Only, I’m totally telling you which is which, because I AM A GIVER.
The book you’ll want to have a tumultuous affair with, the movie that will lead you down a rabbit hole of Netflix binging the likes of which your iPad hasn’t seen in years, and the cake you’ll want to kill in a sitting. (But don’t do that, you’ll get a tummy ache.)
This was a real joy to read. The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, The Vampire Accountant, by Drew Hayes is a different sort of book. It reads more like an epistolary of shorts. Meaning, each chapter is more of the next installment than the next chapter. It’s a fun, raucous, whirling dervish of a little book, with hilarious characters, (Bubba, the giant gay were-pony, anybody?) great twists and turns, and a narrator that just makes the reader smile.
When we’ve been bombarded with every type of vampire we think we could ever possibly imagine, we get Fred: the meek, quiet, horribly self-conscious vampire with a knack for numbers and collection of sweater vests. Vampire Fred may view himself as utterly uninteresting, but readers will read him as utterly uncommon and wonderful. Drew Hayes has made a splash with this tweak on bloodsucking subset which will charm diehard twihards and Draculovers the world over.
Now, let me escort you into a Netflix rabbit hole, quick as you like.
I may or may not have been kinda sorta webstalking the world’s sexiest vegan–and my fifth grade crush, Jared Leto. I HAD NO IDEA HE WAS A VEGAN. *swoon* I was also coming down with a righteous book hangover from Fred, and wanted something–twisty–like the book. Scrolling through the Netflix streaming offerings, I came across a film I’d never heard of before.
Here’s the trailer–because, descriptions evade me at the moment.
I loved it. LOVED it. Which was great, but then, then I did a bad, bad thing. I “searched” Jared Leto in the Netflix search box.
There was so much Jared Leto in my box.
American Psycho, Prefontaine, Sunset Strip, Artifact.
Just hours and hours of me and Jared Leto. All because I put him in my box.
You guys need to follow my lead on this with your Netflix.
Put Jared Leto in your box.
And put this cake in your mouth.
Yeah, I know it’s not yet autumn, but I AM TRYING TO THE SECRET THE HELL OUT OF AUTUMN TO GET HERE FASTER. I don’t want the days to pass more quickly, I just want the cool to come out and play.
This is perhaps the best cake I’ve made all year. It’s so delicious and moist. It has the flavors of fall, and HOLY EFF DOES IT SMELL GOOD.
Apple Pumpkin Upside-Down Cake
Apple Pumpkin Upside-Down Cake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert vegan vegetarian dairy-free nut-free fall
Ingredients (8 servings)
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 ripe banana
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup vanilla non-dairy milk
- 1/2 cup canola or grapeseed oil
- 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tbsp baking powder
for the apple topping/bottom
- 1 extra large firm apple, peeled and thinly sliced
- 1/3 cup buttery spread or butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
preheat oven to 350F
in a 10″ oven-proof skillet with at least 2″ high sides, melt 1/3 cup buttery spread and 1/3 cup brown sugar on medium heat until melted together
(may remain a bit separated)
remove from heat
arrange apple slices atop buttery sugar mix in a mostly single layer. (the apples may overlap a bit)
In a mixer or with a mixer on medium, whip together pumpkin, oil, sugar, and banana until mostly smooth
slowly stir in milk
sift in dry ingredients
spray the inside sides of the skillet with cooking spray
pour in batter over apples
bake approximately 20-25 minutes or until edges pull away from pan and skewer inserted 1″ comes out clean.
let cool ten minutes
invert onto plate.