Monday, 23 May 2016

Kitchen Conundrums

It's not hard to get stuck on a YouTube binge. The suggested videos on the side lead you down a path of almost no return. Whether it's late night talk shows, Ellen, movie trailers, BuzzFeed food, Grey's Anatomy clips, or epic fails, we all have our weaknesses.

I don't know how I've only recently discovered this channel, but Everyday Food's series 'Kitchen Conundrums' is my new favourite binge-worthy playlist. The channel is from Martha Stewart so I'm sure the recipes are up to par. All of their videos are pretty great, but this series especially so because the host talks a little about the science behind the recipes. It also doesn't hurt that he's pretty cute to look at ;)

Here are some of my favourite videos gearing up for summertime. 

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold brew is so nice when the weather starts to turn!

Seeding a Pomegranate

I don't think I've ever seeded a pomegranate without creating a bloodbath. 

Grilling Steak (without a barbecue)

I love steak with a capital L but tend not to make it for myself because I've never been able to cook it the way I like (medium rare). I will definitely be trying out this technique! 

Fixing "Broken" Buttercream

This has happened to me too many times to count and I hate having to try to frost a cake or cupcakes with gross buttercream. Glad to see that there is actually a way to save it!

Making No Churn Ice Cream

An ice-cream maker is nothing that I've ever considered a necessity and this tutorial validates my hesitance. This recipe seems so simple! 

Don't all of these seem so easy now? I am dying to try out the ice cream. 

Monday, 9 May 2016

Statement Couch

Over the past few years, it seems that 'statement' couches have become increasingly popular. I admire the woman who can organize a fuchsia velvet couch into her living room - it takes serious guts to invest in furniture like that. A bold piece certainly becomes a focal pint and sets the tone for the rest of the house. I mean, if you're looking to add some feminine flare, that is one sure way to do so. I used to think that something like said fuchsia velvet couch would stick out like a sore thumb, but finding these designs on Pinterest has changed my mind. 

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Girl on the Train

I was aware of the popularity of The Girl on the Train before deciding to read it, but it was finding out that Emily Blunt would be the star of the adaptation that encouraged me to read the book. I mean, the woman really can do no wrong. If Miss Blunt thought it was a worthy read, surely I would too. Great news: I did! It's been described as the 2015 version of Gone Girl. Sure, there are similarities - thriller, multiple narrations, different timelines, slightly unlikeable characters - but overall they are separate. Gone Girl is about games whereas The Girl on the Train is all about secrets. 

The novel is a slightly unsettling tale that will give you a lesson in character study. Our three lead women are connected through the men in their lives and the mystery begins with a death (I was going to say "shocking event", but, in all honesty, everyone presumably knows that's implied). Though the main protagonist is Rachel, we are privy to other character's thoughts that certainly enlighten the story. 

As for the film, it looks like everyone was cast perfectly. I'm a little skeptical of Justin Theroux as Tom for no other reason than he is not at all what I had envisioned (I was picturing a Matthew Goode-Andrew Scott hybrid). Haley Bennett as Meghan is fantastic - I can't say anything else; I've been dying to see Rebecca Ferguson in something since Mission Impossible last summer so I'm very excited for her as Anna; Allison Janney is perfect in everything so I have no doubt she can bring a little more life to Officer Riley; we didn't get much of a look at Luke Evans as Scott but considering the rest of the cast, I'm sure he is game; and lastly, Emily Blunt is obviously looking superb as Rachel.

Here is the trailer:

WARNING: Spoilery-area ahead :)

Some thoughts about the novel:
  • All of the characters are clearly messed up and it makes me wonder if a community of people like this really do exist...
  • It had quite a few lull points - took me quite a bit longer to get through than I thought
  • Will Rachel ever be happy again?
  • Kamal should really have his licence revoked
  • From the trailer - I think they made it obvious who the killer is
  • I first wondered why Anna was part of the narration, but I think I ended up enjoying her parts the most
  • Will Rachel and Anna keep in contact? They share a unique bond...
  • I think I read the last 70 pages consecutively because I was too hooked at that point to put it down