My big plans this weekend include jumping in a lake and eating all the late-season fruit I can get my hands on. It’s still the summertime, right?
Did you happen to listen to this week’s Sporkful episode
? It was a real treat — Sohla
and Ham El-Waylly stopped by to chit chat with Dan Pashman before the three of them helped settle a debate between a couple grappling over the true nature of a pancake. And like previous Q&A episodes, the conversation was low-stakes quibbling — this time about pancake size — with a light sprinkling of couple’s therapy. By the end it’s not clear whether the mediation was a success, but maybe that was the point all along.
The episode also introduced me to the El-Waylly’s YouTube show for New York Times Cooking, Mystery Menu
, where they make both a dinner and dessert out of a single mystery ingredient (bet you can’t watch just one!). The show isn’t reinventing the wheel — resembling a more streamlined version of Chopped
— but the pair is fun to watch and after every episode I feel like I’ve learned something. So far, the hot dog episode
is my favorite, where they managed to cram hot dogs into a lasagna, caramel popcorn, and an ice cream topper. And while the hot dog praline looked like an absolute nightmare, I was very entertained.
On the other end of the leisure spectrum, I finally started reading Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic.
The novel is set in the 1950s, and is about a young socialite visiting her newlywed and unwell cousin in a dilapidated (haunted) manor in the Mexican countryside. It only took a few paragraphs to be wholly transported, as Moreno-Garcia’s writing is lush, layered, and oh so spooky. She’s just published another novel, The Daughter of Doctor Moreau
, that I’ve already made plans to read as soon as this one is finished.
That’s all for now. We’ll talk soon.