Vegan Mac and “Cheese”

Prep/cook time: ~20 minutes
~4 servings

  • 12 oz. package of soft silken tofu
  • 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp. regular yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 oz. diced tomatoes
  • 12 oz. box of dried whole wheat pasta

Blend everything using a hand blender and poor over cooked pasta. I’ve mixed it successfully with both whole wheat penne rigate and whole wheat rigatoni. I think the tomatoes add a welcome flavor, but also (along with the olive oil) thin the sauce out a bit, making it less of an immovable congealed blob if I end up refrigerating some of it.

Adapted from recipe at Beer and Tofu.

Slow Cooker Vegan Lasagna

Note: I use a 7-quart slow cooker.
Prep time: ~20 minutes
Cook time: 1–2 hours

  • Half box of 13.25 oz box of whole wheat lasagna noodles
  • 23.5 oz jar of any marinara sauce
  • Veggie ground “beef” [example]
  • 10 oz frozen spinach (can use more or less)
  • 1/2 to 1 pound of mushrooms sliced or chopped
  • 12 oz. package of tofu (crumble into feta-like consistency)

When I prepared this, I thawed the spinach for about an hour until I could cut it into strips and lined the bottom of the pot with those spinach strips. I also added a small amount of sauce. I then put strips of the pasta on top of the spinach for the first layer. For the next layer, I used some more pasta sauce and about half the mushrooms I had before adding another layer of pasta. For the next layer I used tofu and the vegan “beef” crumble. On the top layer, I added the rest of the mushrooms. This would probably be great with black olives and other greens such as kale.

This took about two hours to cook on high. I didn’t babysit it, though, so it might have been done before that. I used uncooked noodles and was concerned that they wouldn’t cook. This concern was unfounded, though, as they ended up cooking fine.

Mouchette (1967)





Arsène’s Bite Wound Cauterization

Mouchette’s father: “She was a brave woman.”

Once upon a time the dead were embalmed. Now they’re not even washed. I know the departed go to heaven, as the curé says, but even so…. The dead were worshipped once. They were gods. Real religion, that was.

Mouchette works mud into the old woman’s rug. She whispers, “You’re disgusting, you old bitch.”

Final scene:
Mouchette holds the thin fabric of the dress against her body. The bottom of the dress gets caught on a bush and tears. The sound of a tractor motor can be heard. She raises her hand as if to get the driver’s attention. He looks back and continues on. She wraps the dress around her body, over her clothes, and rolls down a hill. Leaves, twigs, and dirt cling to her clothing and to the dress.

Throughout most of the film, she has worn no expression on her face. In one scene, where she appears to be enjoying riding the bumper cars, she smiles. In a few scenes, she is shown to have tears on her face (though, her expression doesn’t change). In this scene, whatever she’s thinking is her secret as her expression remains neutral. She rolls down the hill a few times before dropping into a pond at the bottom of the of hill. The camera stays fixed on the water. She doesn’t surface and music beings to play. It’s clear that this shot of the water’s surface is rewound and replayed several times to prolong the shot.

Thoughts Concerning Blue is the Warmest Color

Something I thought of while enjoying Blue is the Warmest Color (streaming on Netflix!): “As for erotic or pornographic films, without being a passionate fan I believe they are in expiation, or at least in payment of a debt that we owe for sixty years of cinematographic lies about love. I am one of the thousands of his readers who was not only entranced but helped through life by the work of Henry Miller, and I suffered at the idea that cinema lagged so far behind his books as well as behind reality. Unhappily, I still cannot cite an erotic film that is the equivalent of Henry Miller’s writing (the best films, from Bergman to Bertolucci, have been pessimistic), but, after all, freedom for the cinema is still quite new. Also, we must consider that the starkness of images poses far more difficult problems than those posed by the written word.”
—François Truffaut, 1975

This isn’t to say that I found Blue is the Warmest Color (aka La Vie d’Adèle) to be pornographic. Then again, I also don’t find pornography to be pornographic. That is to say, I don’t find the act of watching humans copulate any less significant or legitimate (or voyeuristic!) than, say, watching Jack Nicholson perform his home-entering ritual in As Good as It Gets. Why should things be this way? Maybe in 50 years things will have changed. Too bad we’ll all be dead. Still, …Warmest Color seems a positive step to me and I couldn’t help shedding a few tears both for Truffaut and for Roger Ebert while watching it as I know they’d’ve liked it as much as I did. That’s the worst problem with being dead.

Strong Female Characters

Lisbeth Salander (Män som hatar kvinnor)
Frances Farmer (Frances)
Ripley (Alien)
Elizabeth Shaw (Prometheus)
Ellie Arroway (Contact)
Maggie Fitzgerald (Million Dollar Baby)
Mallory Kane (Haywire)
Christine Collins (Changeling)
Mattie Ross (True Grit)
Lisa Reisert (Red Eye)
Marge Gunderson (Fargo)
Clarice Starling (The Silence Of The Lambs)
Sarah Connor (The Terminator)
Ryan Stone (Gravity)
The Bride (Kill Bill)
Jackie Brown
Erin Brockovich
Karen Silkwood
Ree Dolly (Winter’s Bone)
Mildred Pierce
Marie Curie (Madame Curie)
Stella Gibson (The Fall)
Shosanna Dreyfus (Inglourious Basterds)

Need Further Exploration
Jordan O’Neil (G.I. Jane)
Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games)
Diana Guzman (Girlfight)
Gloria (Gloria, 1980)
Hanna (Hanna)
Jen (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon)
Bree Daniels (Klute)
Norma Rae Webster (Norma Rae)
Josey Aimes (North Country)
Temple Grandin
Tina Turner (What’s Love Got To Do With It)
Dian Fossey (Gorillas in the Mist)
Sabina Spielrein (A Dangerous Method)
Ada McGrath (The Piano)
Diana Christensen (Network)
Edna Gladney (Blossoms in the Dust)