To date, I haven't written any controversial posts. I haven't ranted or raved about anything on my blog. I like keeping things light and fun.
Well, people...today is a new day. Let the ranting begin.
Last night was the MTV Video Music Awards. I watched them, not because I cared who won the awards, but I desparately wanted to see The Hunger Games sneak peak movie trailer.
For those of you who don't know about The Hunger Games, it's a three-book series that is a mixture of suspense, love, war, and survival. It's thrilling, thought-provoking, can-not-put-down-good. Have you read the series? If so, you understand why I'm obsessed.
If you haven't, here's the description for Book 1:
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.
16-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to death before - and survival, for her, is second nature. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
Are you intregued yet? You should be. It is a fantastic read!
But back to my rant....
I watched the entire show. All of it. Every last second of it just to see the trailer. I sat through:
1. Almost 2 hours worth of commercials - for every 5 minutes of award time, there was 10 minutes of commericals...for 2-1/2 hours of air time!!
2. Lady Gaga's weird man alter-ego thing. Don't get me wrong, I'm a Lady Gaga fan. But what was that about?! Ok, fine. Do it for the opening number. But pretending to be a man for the entire show? I know Lady Gaga is known for being out there, but this was way beyond what I could tolerate. It was just too weird for me. And honestly a little disappointing. Her normal craziness is entertainment enough for me.
3. Really awkward and not funny announcers, like when Deena from Jersey Shore said that the Female contestants were "smooshalicious" and crickets could be heard.
4. Lil' Wayne's new song had so many curses that every other word got muted out so for those of us watching from home, we mostly heard silence with bursts of song here and there while watching Lil' Wayne jumping around the stage. Note to MTV - maybe next year pick a performer/song appropriate for television. It was like trying to hear someone on a cell phone with bad reception cutting in and out.
I suffered through all of that just to see The Hunger Games' movie trailer which was shown within the final minutes of the show. And how long was this hyped-up, sneak peak movie trailer? One minute. One lousy minute.
Maybe I'm cantankerous today because the movie trailer did not reveal much of anything. If I hadn't read the books, I wouldn't even know what the movie is about. I realize they are still filming, but this trailer had been so hyped up, it was a let down, at least for me. I am still 100% going to see the movie in March 2012 and will drag Mr. Stranded with me because I know he will enjoy it. But it was not worth staying up late and suffering through all of that garbage to see it. But don't take my word for it. See for yourself.
As for how to segue from the VMA's/Hunger Games to my salmon recipe??? I have no idea. I've stumped myself. So instead, I'll just tell you that we liked this salmon quite a bit. Of couse, Mr. Stranded protested saying he wanted me to make salmon the same-old-boring-way, but then gobbled it up and said I could make this again. This salmon was a breeze to make and one of my favorite salmon recipes thus far.
Horseradish-Crusted Salmon Recipe
Yields: 2 servings
2 salmon filets
1 Tbsp prepared horseradish1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1/4 plain breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp olive oil
salt and pepper
1. Preheat over to 500 degrees F.
2. Mix together horseradish and mustard. Season both sides of filets with salt and pepper. Brush the rounded side of the filets only with the horseradish mixture. Sprinkle breadcrumbs over mixture until completely covered. Press breadcrumbs lightly with fingers so that crumbs adhere to the horseradish mixture.
3. Add oil to a oven proof pan and place over High heat. When oil is smoking, add salmon, mustard side down, and lower heat to Medium. Cook 2 minutes until a nice crust if formed. Using a plastic spatula, flip salmon and cook an additional 2 minutes.4. Transfer pan to the oven. Cook 4 minutes for medium doneness or 6 minutes for well-done.