Thursday, November 15, 2007

such a sweet movie

I have seen Stranger Than Fiction several times. It’s a great movie. Quirky, sweet and “thinky.” Did I mention sweet? Because it’s full of sugar…not only in regards of the relationship between Will Ferrell and the adorable Maggie Gyllenhaal, but also literal sweetness with the inclusion of cookies! Maggie’s character, Ana is a baker, and she loves making people happy with her cookies. By making people happy with cookies she is making the world a better place. What a satisfying way of life!
I found some clips…they may be considered spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie…perhaps you shouldn't watch them. They don’t give away, like, the climax or ending or anything, but they are pivotal parts of the plot…

Here is the scene where Ana woos Harold with a really scrumptious-looking cookie and some milk and explains why she quit law school to open a a bakery:

And here is one of the sweetest scenes in the movie (in any movie, really…this one gets me every time! I mean he bought her FLOURS fortheloveofallthingsholy! FLOURS! Can you even stand it?):

A quote from the end of the film, as narrated by Harold’s “author” really wraps up the point of the film. That life can be beautiful when you appreciate what you have. Often it’s the little details that make the world a wonderful place to experience. Small touches, slight smiles, and, of course, delicious, comforting morsels of food.
“As Harold took a bite of Bavarian sugar cookie, he finally felt as if everything was going to be ok. Sometimes, when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy, we can thank God for Bavarian sugar cookies. And, fortunately, when there aren't any cookies, we can still find reassurance in a familiar hand on our skin, or a kind and loving gesture, or subtle encouragement, or a loving embrace, or an offer of comfort, not to mention hospital gurneys and nose plugs, an uneaten Danish, soft-spoken secrets, and Fender Stratocasters, and maybe the occasional piece of fiction. And we must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days, are effective for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives.”

I can't seem to locate a recipe for Bavarian sugar cookies, but here is one for Bavarian butter cookies. Butter, sugar, whatever, it all makes life taste good.

I was gonna conclude this post with links to cookie recipes that I'd like to try. However, there are sooooooo many delectable sounding cookies out there, I'll have to narrow it down a bit. I'll stick with "spicy" cookie recipes, since I'm talking about a romantic movie, and romance requires some spice and some I just happen to love a bit of spice in my cookies.

Spicy oatmeal-raisin cookies. Mmmmm...clove. I might add black pepper to these as well.

Chocolate-dipped cardamom and pistachio cookies. I love cardamom, Jack loves pistachios...dip it all in chocolate? Awwwww yeah.

Chocolate & Zucchini's Hazelnut pepper cookies.

Chipotle brownies. stranger than fiction, indeed!

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