I am so very happy that I have absolutely no idea who those people and films are (except of course for Snow White as a typical gory fairytale and Disneyfied cartoon).
Other than working, I made some mujadara early this morning (many possible spellings and pronunciations), that incredibly cheap and easy, and strangely addictive, Middle Eastern mix of lentils and rice. I wasn't happy with my mujadara before - it is because the lentils I used were too "good", French-style (but Canadian-grown) Lentilles du Puy, wonderful in salads. You need a lentil that will turn a bit mushy, like plebean brown or light-green lentils, though not the red ones either, which are the above deprived of their skins, and far too mushy for this dish - they are good for purées and soups. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Mujadara-51100640
This recipe has no spices or herbs whatsoever, in part because it is also being used to make puréed baby food. My friends from the Levant add some aromatic spices - cumin, coriander, cardamom etc and sometimes a bit of hot pepper, but it is not usually a "hot and spicy" dish - you would add heat and other garnishes upon serving - think green herbs, finely-chopped tomatoes, raw mild onion (such as red onion or little green onions) etc.
You will easily find more regional variations at wikipedia and doing an online search.
I took a break around noon and cycled (a VERY SHORT distance) to Jean-Talon Market to meet a friend who was buying flowers and herbs there. We had coffee and discussed a friend of mine who is doing dog rescue and spay/neuter in Oaxaca, where she has retired, and a friend of hers who has retired to Cuba and is doing the same for cats (but also dogs).
Every puppy a wanted puppy! Every kitten a wanted kitten!
It was raining gently as I ran a couple of errands afterwards. Now it is raining harder, but such a warm tropical rain! It is falling most romantically through the wall of green leaves in front of my office window.