Swiss Pamily Robinson

Something I forgot to mention yesterday when I was talking about last week’s food section was this recent fixation with chutney. It seems like everywhere I turn I see a chutney recipe, which my research tells me “is a term for a variety of sweet and spicy condiments.” I’m so not interested in making chutney or having it served to me. It’s a 4 year old’s mentality because I don’t think I’ve eaten much chutney and I don’t know where the resistance comes from but enough with the chutney already.

A recipe that thrilled me appeared in today’s Foodday which featured a huge article about cheese and had a tidbit about the woman who won the Tillamook Macaroni and Cheese Bake-Off with a recipe called Crab and Macaroni Bake. It doesn’t sound good for the middle of summer but when the first cool days are here, I can’t wait to try it.

I forgot to mention that on the way to Tacoma the train showed Swiss Family Robinson. Yes, the Disney movie that came out in 1960. I thought that was odd, too. I’ve never seen the movie or read the book and everything I know about the story comes from an attraction at Disneyland that I played on as a kid. According to this website (which includes some wonderful photos) the attraction is no longer at the California Disneyland where it was transformed into some sort of Tarzan thing, but it still exists in Florida.

The original book Swiss Family Robinson was written in 1812 (!) and you can read it for free at Project Gutenberg.

The movie is completely loopy. Especially if you’re not really watching it because you want to read your book but you can’t help but look up at the screen because of all the crazy stuff going on. There was a shipwreck and an island and the Swiss family managed to adapt to the new situation pretty quickly. In Lost everyone wandered around in a daze picking through refuse and arguing about a rescue fire. In SFR they were all running around in clean clothes teasing elephants and riding ostriches right after they slapped up their tree house. What sort of magical wonderland was this because in addition to elephants and ostriches, I saw giant snakes, tigers and a zebra. And these goofy pirates of possible Asian origin. And the pirates were looting a different ship with Euro-type occupants including the Captain’s boy who was really a girl (his daughter or granddaughter?) who hooked up with the Swiss Family. (Probably a more amazing plot twist in 1960). It seems like the island wasn’t all that deserted. I guess I’ll have to netflix it and watch it because I’m intrigued now.

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