October Monthly Round-up

Happy Halloween everyone! Is it just me or have the shops and the media been pushing Halloween since the start of October this year?

I’ve been watching…

The Leftovers a dark sci-fi show about 20% of the worlds population suddenly vanishing into thin air. The series staring Justin Theroux focuses on a fairly small town of people who are trying to get on with life three years later including a strange cult (that isn’t actually a cult). This can be quite dark at times but it is a good drama. I just hope the writers have a plan and it doesn’t take a Twin Peaks/Lost route.

Rougue now in it’s second series, features Thandie Newton as Grace travis an ex undercover agent turned ‘handler’ who chooses to go back under cover. We not only follow the very dysfunctional team but the back story of bad guys and we learn how rogue’s choices are effecting her fractured family.

I’ve been listening to…

Lulu James The Sweetest Thing – Robin Paris Remix
Lulu James The Sweetest Thing – Robin Paris Remix
 

I’ve been eating…

At Pizza Express (including review) which was a nice change from Thai and Indian food, which we normally have when we go out or order in.

I’ve discovered a blog called…

Super Space Chick a cool geek blog about sci-fi, fantasy, manga, gaming and style, created by the awesome Kristin.

I’ve been playing…

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes which is seriously solid if you play this on ‘Hard’ but a lot of fun on ‘Easy’ running around blowing up tanks with anti-aircraft guns and then blowing up the guns with C4 or rocket launchers. The graphics are exceptionally realistic looking, the gameplay slick and the missions are basic but gripping. Note: There is a really grizzly disturbing seen at the end of the first mission (that I can’t bear to watch) so be warned.

I’ve been posting…

My Alternative 80’s & 90’s Film & TV Style Icons series.

I was sent the perfect Rockabilly style dress for me.

I’ve found the best cookbooks for absolute beginners.

I took part in Blogtober post prompts and read lots of others.

What I’ve learned…

No matter how old and how many times your blue jeans have been washed, there is still enough dye in them to make your whites look a lovely pastel blue colour. It actually brightened some of them up, which wasn’t so bad.

Chrissie xx

 

Food – Pizza Express Review

 

 

 

Me and The Bloke are fond of Pizza Express because unlike some other chain restaurants they make the food fresh, are reasonably priced and use quality ingredients, and they have an extensive menu.

Usually it’s easy to find one that’s fairly quiet on a Wednesday but unfortunately we chose the Piccadilly restaurant at around 6.00pm where they had really crammed as many tables in as possible. Silly us!

Best Virgin Bloody Marry I’ve tasted and no celery stick – thank goodness!

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For starters I ordered Melanzanine. The tomato sauce was thick and rich, the cheese stretchy and tasty and the aubergine perfectly cooked, although I would have liked more chunks. I liked the cute little pot it was cooked and presented in.

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My pizza being traditionally hand stretched in their open kitchen.
Pizza express making pizza fresh

Although there are plenty of options to choose giant salads, pasta and calzonies for the maines, this pizza addict always ignores them! I ordered a Leggera Padana and when it arrived my first thought was there’s a lot of lettuce on here with the spinach. I adored the sweet onion pickle but I thought it needed less pickle and more goats cheese to balance out the sweetness. I folded my pizza up and ate it like a calzonne which made the flavour combinations work really well. Clearly, I should try one next time.
Pizza Express pizza

The Honeycomb Cream Slice was the best desert I’ve ever tasted! Salted caramel has been popular for a while now but having never tried it, I was pleased to see it on the desert menu. The plain vanilla ice cream went perfectly with the salted caramel and crunchy biscuit base with the cream adding a luxurious texture.

Pizza Express salted caramel desert

How Many Vegetarian Options?
Intros: All veggie
To Share: Non veggie
Starters: All but one are veggie
Sides: All but one are veggie
Salads: 2/6
Al Forno: 2/5
Pizza: 12/36
Desert: All veggie

There is a large range of gluten free options or dishes that can be adapted. This mainly being a pizza joint, don’t expect it to be vegan friendly. Dishes including nut traces are also marked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actresses Who’d Play Me In a Film of My Life

To play a teenage me I’d pick Sarah Jeffery who plays Thandie Newtons daughter in the series Rougue and Jennifer Lopez daughter in Shades of Blue. She looks really quite similar to me when I was about 13 and I think she is a fantastic actress.

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As for who’d play me now, I’d say Michaela Conlin who plays Angela in Bones. She has the same build, faceshape, features and skin tone as me. I also love her as feisty, wise and empathetic Angie.

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The actress who I’d really love to play me – given a little bit of artistic licence – would have to be Michelle Rodriguez. She plays all of the tough-chick-with-a-heart characters that I love. She is amazing in the film Girl Fight.

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The green contact lenses would be out in force at this point!

So who would you pick to play you?

Chrissie

Alt 80’s & 90’s Film & TV Style Icons: The Craft

The Craft

Chrissie xx

A Note To Men

Thank you to the type of men who realise it’s not nagging when a woman is asking what time you will be back or when you are planning to get that thing done.

Thank you for just telling us without a fuss.

Thank you to the type of men who realise we just need to know in order to plan our day or to know when we should start worrying if you are out much later than expected – especially at night.

Thank you on behalf of all women kind to the men who are thoughtful and always do this. You are lovely. xx

#Blogtober Day 21 My Pet Peeves

Clothing manufacturers assuming all size 10 people are Hobbits and all size 18 people are giants.

Checkout assistants who zoom your stuff through quickly, expecting you to pack your stuff and pay them at the same time, then they start serving the person behind you before you’ve finished packing or even put your change in your purse.

When someone on the bus before you has clearly been eating a pasty/sandwich and it’s gone everywhere – yuk.

When people have a conversation by yelling at each other while standing at opposite ends of the street.

Pigeons.

When people leave their bike on the floor so it’s perfectly blocking the shop doorway.

When people are oblivious to where their toddlers are and the fact they are running into peoples legs and only narrowly missing the corner of your hand basket.

When people on the bus think it’s more important their bag gets a seat than your butt.

Ring pull can lids which only open half way and then when you really yank it the contents go all over your kitchen walls.

When people spot a nice place in the park to chill and dump their litter all over it, so it’s now a crap place for other people to chill.

When you fall over in the street and people just stare at you without asking if you are ok.

When someone is wearing giant padded earphones and yet you can still here that they love thrash metal – at 8.00am on a Monday.

When you go shopping and come back with a bag full, only to realise you forgot the main thing you went shopping for in the first place.

Workers who are granted a tiny bit of authority in their job and go on a total ego trip by lording it over everyone.

When people say “I’m not being rude but…” Then don’t.

People who move to a leafy suburb then spend hours a week noise-polluting their neighbours with effing leaf blowers!

Wow, that feels much better!

What are your pet peeves, any of these?

Chrissie xx

Harvey Nichols Are Still Selling Real Fur!

Harvey Nichols have quietly started stocking items made from real animal fur again, a year after Fashion Director Paula Reed resigned and the company, very publicly, went fur free.

Items which appeared in a search for “real fur” on Harvey Nichols website: Racoon Fur Stole by Lanvin, rabbit and racoon fur hooded parker by Mackage and fur trim leather gloves by Dents.

Peta’s UK senior programmes manager Yvonne Taylor, sent a letter to Harvey Nichols Chief Executive Officer Stacey Cartwright asking them to reconsider their decision.

“I appreciate that it must be a particularly busy time for you in your new post, but please take a few moments to watch this video, narrated by actor Eva Mendes, which highlights the routine cruelty that animals endure at the hands of the immoral fur trade. It is estimated that 85 percent of the world’s fur comes from farms where animals spend their entire lives confined to small, filthy wire cages,”

“The inexplicable actions of Harvey Nichols’ former fashion director, who reneged on the store’s no-fur policy last year, shocked your loyal customers. Knowing now how animals suffer at the hands of the fur trade and that there is no such thing as ‘ethically sourced’ or ‘humanely farmed’ fur, will you please assure Peta and your customers that Harvey Nichols is once again fur-free?”

As consumers we shouldn’t underestimate the influence we have over companies decisions. If we shop with our hearts by spending our money with cruelty free companies then the other unethical companies will have to rethink their policies if they want to keep their profits up.

Please share.

Alt 80’s & 90’s Film & TV Style Icons: Daria

Alt 80's & 90's Film & TV Style Icons: Daria

Chrissie xx

Best Cookbooks For Begginers

“I don’t do cooking” is a statement I hear a lot of women without families (and some with them) say. I was happy being one of them until food intolerances forced to me “improvise and create”, that’s right, I still don’t call it cooking. Here are three cookbooks that will teach us how to create some simple but delicious food.

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Chop, Sizzle, Wow illustrated by Adrian Rampazzo (£12.95 Phaidon)

This comic book literally shows you how to cook 50 Italian inspired recipes. If you often think “It’s easy to write but how exactly do I do that?” then this is the book for you. Note: These recipes aren’t all veggie but are easily adaptable.

 

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The Hungry Student Vegetarian Cookbook by Charlotte Pike (£7.99)

Charlotte talks us through every part of cooking right from the beginning, even improvising with utensils to sticking to a very small budget. There is no confusing jargon and while she writes with the assumption that her readers are clueless cooks, she still manages to sound like a helpful friend rather than a patronising chef. The series also includes The Hungry Student cookbook and The Hungry Student Easy Baking.

 

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Anjum’s Indian Vegetarian Feast: Fabulous Fresh Indian Food by Anjum Anand (£19.99)

Anjum is vegetarian by religion and her recipes are based on the ingredients and incredible flavours of Indian street food. Her book features snacks, dips, mains, curries and deserts all laid out in beautiful photographs.

Wish me luck!

Chrissie xx