September 17, 2009

Peanut Butter Bacon Cookies

I tried a most unusual cookie recipe: peanut butter bacon cookies. Apparently the creator of this recipe heard about a friend's grandfather who made peanut butter bacon sandwiches. The recipe was easy to do and only requires 5 ingredients. The taste is . . . incredible. It's like peanut butter cookies with an extra zing. You could easily exchange turkey bacon if you are watching calories. I do highly recommend dipping the cookie balls in sugar before marking them with the fork tines. It is less sticky. The other really great thing about this recipe is it only makes 15 cookies, so you are less likely to gain 20 pounds eating them since there are less.

At first, I wasn't sure about the taste. Later on the next day, I found myself thinking about the taste of these cookies and salivating. I like the zaniness of them. God puts unusual combinations together and makes beautiful things with them.

Here is a link to the original recipe from the Joy the Baker Blog. It looks like she has a lot of other great ideas. Featured right now is zucchini pancakes.

September 07, 2009

Movie Review: District 9

Click here to see a trailer.

Peter Jackson's new protege, Neill Blomkamp, has created a film that takes the science fiction genre to a higher plain. On the surface, you think you are getting a typical science fiction evil alien story. That is certainly what my expectations were after watching the trailer, which is mighty misleading. But the story here is about the essence of humanity and what humans are capable of when they forget what the word "humane" means. It is sure to provoke a strong response in whomever watches it.

The film goes back and forth between a mockumentary format and a regular narrative film. Our setting is modern day Johannesburg, South Africa. Twenty-eight years ago, a large spacecraft came and hovered above the city. When the local authorities finally get up the courage to break into the ship, they find a horde of aliens that are half-starved. They move the aliens to a "safe location" for them, which is really an internment, called District 9. The local government feels this is necessary to protect its human citizens, since the aliens began to exhibit violent tendencies.

Now in our current setting, the population of Johannesburg is unhappy with the alien presence. They want them gone. So the government decides to relocate the aliens to a new location through forced migration. We can see District 9 has become a slum, and we understand why the humans want them removed. They plunder the land, fighting over tires and trash. They own weapons that humans can't operate, and they eat cat food. But we can see why the aliens might live this way. First of all, if you are starving, you will eat anything, and if the only option is cat food, well, you eat cat food. Also, when you force a bunch of people into a tight spot, they are going to fight for ownership over the little land they have. The aliens act as any oppressed people group throughout history has. They begin to act like animals.