How’s that for coming full circle: I started creating this post, simply calling it “October recap,” only to realize there’s another post with the same name already on the site. I’ve been doing these recaps — very off and on — for a year now.
It was lovely looking back, recalling how I totally snagged Steph’s style when she mentioned her favourite black ankle boots in that October recap from 2015. As soon as I saw her boots in person, I hustled my butt — in the pouring rain, appropriately enough — to pick up a pair. There are some days when Steph and I meet up in the same shoes, mixing them up in a pile at a friend’s home. We can only tell them apart because she’s done a far better job of not scuffing up her shoes.
The days are getting crisp and cool, and I’m investing in teas to keep me warm through the holiday season. My cupboards are filling up with earl greys, and spicy herbals of cinnamon or liquorice. But really, I drink too much coffee and tea in the summer as well, so that’s nothing new. Here are some of my favourites — that don’t include tea — from the month of October.
Visual | Rear Window. I adore old movies. Admittedly, acting is probably leagues better now than it was then, so I understand when people dislike the slow pacing, the dramatic acting, the at-times antiquated scripts. But I grew up on old movies. As a child, you could find me watching Chaplin, Marx Brothers, and Hitchcock classics. I developed a love for musical theatre watching My Fair Lady and West Side Story, and for slow, suspenseful films watching Vertigo, Dial M for Murder, and Gaslight. In a recent spoopy movie marathon, my pick was Rear Window. This isn’t the scariest movie ever — it’s not even the scariest Hitchcock movie ever — but I love the combination of the curmudgeonly James Stewart, perfect Grace Kelly, and sassy Thelma Ritter. It builds up slowly over time, told strictly from one apartment and its expansive view. Some of my favourite Hitchcock movies are the uncomplicated ones, that maybe only take place in one location and feature a small cast of characters. (Rope is another good example of this.)
Audible | Solange Knowles’ A Seat at the Table. My friend commented that Lemonade and A Seat at the Table are tied for best album of the year in his books, and I’m inclined to agree. The Knowles sisters knocked it out of the park, with their respective pieces that are passionate and political and beautiful, in such distinct ways. There is no comparing the two artists and their works: Lemonade is bright and aggressive; A Seat at the Table is relaxed R&B that is powerful in its simplicity. Listen to A Seat at the Table while sippin’ on smooth whiskey.
Edible | Pumpkin spice crème brûlée. Y’all. I saw this recipe for pumpkin spice crème brûlée on Bon Appetit‘s YouTube channel, and I had to make it. I got a crème brûlée torch as a going away present when I left my last job, and I had yet to use it. October seemed like the perfect opportunity to whip it out and light it up, for a spicy, creamy treat. Having never made a custard before, I was worried I would scramble the eggs, but I got over that hurdle no problem. I was worried I wouldn’t thicken the custard properly, but that worry proved baseless. It wasn’t until it came time to brûlée those crèmes — the thing that makes the dish — that things went awry. I don’t know what happened, but the torch lit for a minute or two and went out. I couldn’t get it to work for the rest of the night. I tried again the next day, and it worked for a short period before refusing to light up again. Fortunately, the pumpkin spice custard went beautifully atop a grocery store pumpkin pie as a replacement for whipped cream.