Thursday, December 12, 2013

Stroke of Inspiration / I

I've been consuming a lot of brain food (and food food) lately,
and rather than tweeting out each and every delicious bit I decided to start a (semi regular?) compilation
of podcasts, books, documentaries, recipes, and articles I like right now.

Voila, the Stroke of Inspiration.

The Rosie Project is Graeme Simison's first novel. This book is light, funny, and completely relatable for anyone who has ever spent time in a university setting surrounded by academics (I could name a few who are startlingly similar to the book's main character, Professor Don Tillman).

This isn't exactly food for your brain, more like a nice, quick cup of tea. And we can all use one of those sometimes.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011) has been sitting on my must-see list for ages, and it is worth every ounce of hype it has received. It is a masterful documentary.

You'll never see sushi - or Japanese culture - the same way again.

This recipe for vegan leek, apple and walnut soup with turmeric is on constant rotation in my house right now.

And it's pretty, to boot.

If you're new to the world of podcasts (of which I'm campaigning to be elected mayor) This American Life is a good place to start. The granddaddy of all storytelling podcasts, each week this American Life selects a theme and broadcasts stories on that theme.

This week's theme: Unconditional Love, which attempts to answer the question "Can love be taught?"

I realize I'm about ten years late on this one, but Six Feet Under (2001-2005/5 seasons) is a great character-driven anecdote to Breaking Bad withdrawal. Not for the drugs and violence, but for the complex personalities, the rawness, and the bad-assery.

The Elevator Pitch: Dysfunctional family mourning the loss of its patriarch runs an independent funeral home in California.

With a generous helping of gore, and tear-jerking moments, on the side. 

If you're a fan of Terry's Chocolate Oranges, good news! This is the grown-up adult drink version. 

Goes great with any of the reading or watching material listed above. 


  1. Ahhh Six Feet Under - I have the box set (styled as a gravestone) but it's, unfortunately, in our storage in Canada. I've been yearning for it. I love, love, love that show. I devoured it in my first year(s) of teaching while living on my own, occasionally through my fingers as I covered my eyes. Where are you in the series?

  2. Six Feet Under paired with Cointreau-spiked hot chocolate might be the best idea I've ever heard of...


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