Monday, 22 July 2013

American Mary

Here's another dessert combo for you sweet-toothed scare-seekers out there...

     First I made vanilla cupcakes with chocolate suturing on top, based on an idea I saw in this book. Then came the dark chocolate surgical glove sugar cookies dipped  in even more dark chocolate. 

Photo credits: Kelly Garsha

     I was inspired to make these treats by the recent horror flick American Mary (2012) from newcomer, twin sister directors Jen and Sylvia Soska. Med school student Mary (Katharine Isabelle) wants nothing more than to become a surgeon. So when she becomes disillusioned with the world of medicine, she turns to underground surgery as a way to get her kicks and make ends meet. Mary performs body modifications, altering physiques, excising tissue and amputating appendages according to the whims of her eccentric patients. Isabelle is a knockout in more ways than one and the film itself is so sleek and deliberate that the overall effect is actually... charming. That, or I've really gone too far down the rabbit hole and there's no hope for me. 


If you're the indecisive type when it comes to sweets, you might also like my cookies and apple crisp combo.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Cronenberg Cookies

Happy Canada Day!

     I baked this batch of maple sugar cookies to celebrate Canada’s 146th birthday. Delicious maple goodness!

Photo credits: Kelly Garsha

In honour of the holiday, I decided to pay tribute to four amazing films from the great Canadian horror director David Cronenberg.

Shivers (1975), Cronenberg’s first feature, is a wonderfully strange sci-fi film that mixes sex and body horror. These parasitic worms infect their hosts in the most invasive ways possible. 

The similarly titled Scanners (1981) explores the world of telepathic and telekinetic individuals known as “scanners”. The exploding-head cookie seen here depicts a memorable moment from the film.

Videodrome (1983) tells the story of a TV station executive who discovers an eerie snuff program broadcast by a mysterious source. As he investigates further, he enters a world of increasingly violent and strange hallucinations. 

Finally, in The Fly (1986), quirky scientist Seth Brundle (Jeff Goldblum) attempts to solve the mystery of teleportation with tragic, metamorphic results. 

In conclusion, Canadians are weird. Let's celebrate!

"Be afraid... Be very afraid."