Now you are probably wondering why a mature lady like me- notice I did not say old lady- would want to involve herself in Twilight? It’s fun-ny. A handsome teenage vampire who has this charming magnetism attracts this clumsy, sullen, mature beyond her years- or is she?- human teenager. Our book club chose to read Twilight as a few of us have pre-teens or teenagers exposed to this book. It produced a lively discussion and we then decided to watch the movie together as well. My neighbor Theresa hosted and we watched Twilight all curled up together on her fluffy sofa. Some of us had been completely sucked into the series reading all four books and thirsting for more, while others have never even heard of Twilight and the cult following that it has created. So with a bunch of OME’s (Oh My Edward!) exclaimed the Forks Dorks enjoyed this teen sensation.
I always find it fun to have theme inspired treats at gatherings like this and came up with a few goodies to share. Theresa had provided plenty of red drinks for this BYOB- bring your own blood- event. She served red wine, red seltzers, and some bubbly water. She also served up generous bowls of popcorn and pretzels.
Since Edward has this tongue-in-cheek way of describing his family’s dietary choice as “vegetarian” as they only dine on animals and not humans a vegetarian dish was in order. Spinach Artichoke Dip is a great crowd pleasing dip touting rich cheese and herb flavors.
Fire and Ice Shrimp is a spicy shrimp dish when served up cold is delicious. I usually make this shrimp dish with the shells still on the shrimp for a nice peel and eat style meal but thought that that would be too messy for our movie night. This dish makes plenty of sauce and can be served as a meal over rice if you leave the shells off. The ladies liked the name of this dish, named appropriately for Edward and Bella’s differing body temperatures.
Lastly we needed something sweet, rich, and chocolaty. My Cream Cheese Sheet Cake was a perfect medium for piping various Twilight themed words such as Edward, Vampire, Wolf, Bella, blood types, and OME. The cake was served on Forks.
We had so much fun watching this movie that we have decided to watch more movies together especially ones made after books we have read in book club. Twilight the movie was not as good as the book, the acting was weak and some of the cast was not near what any of us had pictured while reading the book. I pictured James Franco as Edward. Who did you picture? But I do have to say that the music was beautiful, the scenary was breathtaking, and my favorite scene was the baseball game for the music, artistic appeal, and color.
Thanks Theresa for hosting, it was a bloody good time!
Fire and Ice Shrimp
2 pounds medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/3 cup canola oil
1/2 cup soy sauce
fresh ginger, 3 inch piece peeled and chopped
1 T. vermouth
4 bunches scallions cut into thirds
1/4 cup sugar
1 T. red pepper flakes
Put shrimp in hot oil and saute until just pink. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about 5 minutes. Do not over cook. Can be served hot or cold. Makes plenty of sauce to be served with rice or plain as an appetizer.
I am so far behind in blogging, commenting, and reading my favorite blogs. I miss you guys! Now with spring in the air, I have been busy. I am still reorganizing the BRK, we painted and changed some bedrooms around- with the help of Ma and Dad, went away for Spring Break, had company-Ma and Dad, and built a raised garden at school for my Botany students with the help of my Dad- he did most of the work. I have so much to tell you and so many posts to write. I still have my own gardens to work on but it has gotten cold agian. Some day.