Sunday, April 09, 2006

Pirozhki/Head On

Good things I ate this weekend:

Mushrooms and cabbage pirozhki*, made by my mom. I don't have the recipe, but I bet there's a good one in Anya von Bremzen's Please to the Table. Pirozhki are even better when served with a rich, clear chicken broth.

Good things I saw this weekend:

Head On, the German movie about a wild Turkish girl, Sibel, who lives in Germany with her conservative Turkish family and marries herself off to an unstable, 40-ish Turkish rock'n roller guy, Cahit, so she can party without her family threatning to kill her for tainting their honor. A year into this marriage of convenience, the wild girl and her drunk, drugged (but still pretty hot) quasi-husband fall in love and it ends badly.

Lest you think this has nothing to do with food, there's a magical cooking scene, far removed from the seedy backdrop of the rest of the movie, in which Sibel makes Turkish stuffed peppers for Cahit. You see her mixing the meat with the spices; carefully arranging the peppers in a pot; then mixing tomato paste and stock to make a sauce which she pours over the peppers. Cahit watches her, smiling, a cigarette dangling from his lips, and, for an instant, daring you to hope this movie will have a happy ending.

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