Nowadays, I think movies are too saturated with sound, especially music. Every single moment seems to be accompanied by music, and I think it's cheating - trying to FORCE us to experience a mood that the script and the acting alone can't produce. When I watch an old movie like 'Casablanca', I keep thinking, "Now, if this were made today, they'd cover this whole scene with loud strings, like a coat of cheap shellac." It's almost uncanny to see a romantic scene WITHOUT music, but they used to do it all the time.
We don't have cakes much in our house - they just end up going stale and being wasted. So I made a peach pie in the morning (yes, *I* had to make the pie for my own birthday! Nobody else can do it as well, so the job always falls to me!) I've also been experimenting with making chutney this week. On Wednesday I tried a Major Grey Chutney, which was a bit complicated, but seems to have turned out well. Today I made a simpler mango chutney, which is very nice and sweet, with just a hint of chili powder in it (plus the vinegar, of course). I'll have to wait 2 weeks at least before we can get a good idea of what they'll taste like. It was very reminiscent of making mincemeat, as a matter of fact.