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Ahhh Baileys. What a lot of fun we've had together. I remember when I drank nearly a full bottle of you in one night to myself, whilst singing kareoke at my friends house. Or the time we share when I prepare Christmas dinner, almost every year without fail. Or the dizzy rush I get when it's my birthday and the paper does not disguise your distinct form. As you can tell, I like Baileys....a lot!
Baileys Irish cream is an alcoholic beverage made using wiskey and cream. What ever crazy fool accidently combined those two would definitely be my best friend if they were here today. It does sound strange but boy is it gooooood! The first thing you get when you take a sip is the creaminess. Then when you swallow you get that warm feeling that coats your throat all the way to the pit of your stomach.
I know it doesn't sound like it but I don't drink a lot of alcohol. But Baileys I make the exception for. One of the reasons is, it's so bloody easy to drink. It doesn't have that acrid alcoholly taste that most drinks leave behind, the cream takes the edge off that. And at 17% alcohol content, this baby can work it's magic quickly.
The great thing is, although it contains cream it has a shelf life of up to 2 years from the day it was made, regardless of when it was opened or if it is re-fridgerated. That means you can enjoys the sweet taste of baileys all year round if you want. Or in my household, for a couple of months tops.
As mentioned above I like to enjoy a glass of Bailey's over ice while preparing Christmas dinner. I would highly recommend this as, it certainly makes it more entertaining if nothing else. I don't know why, but there is something inherently festive about bailey's and the feeling that it is a treat.
If you want to be more adventurous with your baileys you could always make it into a slippery nipple shot. Which is basically half vodka and half Baileys. You pour the vodka in first then the Bailey's over the top of a spoon so it floats on top. It has a real kick to it.
And if you get bored of the original flavour you've got plenty of others to choose from: Creme caramel, hazelnut, coffee or mint. I've tried all but the mint, simply because I can't stand mint in anything other than toothpaste. Anyhoo, if you have never tried it, now is the time. You can pick it up relatively cheaply from your local supermarket for around £14. Enjoy!
I don't actually have a name for this dish. And it's actually one of my girlfriends sisters creations, so sorry Sarah. This dish can feed a family of four. I don't have any quantities but you can change it around to suit the amount that you want. This dish is healthy, easy to make and quite cheap. And here is how you make it:
Fry an onion and some garlic in oil
Add some chopped chorizo sausage
Add a few tins of different types of beans. Maybe haricot, butter or kidney
Then a few tins of chopped tomatoes
Then add a few chicken breasts (whole or chopped, depends what you want)
Leave these to cook properly in the sauce for a good 45 minutes. The chicken will be really moist. You could leave for longer if you wish. Then to finish it off you could add some herbs of your choice and finally a dash of salt and pepper. You could serve this with rice or even just on its own with salad. It really is a wholesome meal that is very easy to make. And best of all the ingredients are cheap, with the chicken being the most expensive part. If you wanted you could add any other meat that you prefer. What I like to do is when I'm shopping in the supermarket, check out the reduced section. Cheap I know but you really can find some great bargins. Mostly I tend to buy meat that is reduced and freeze it. You can meat at a third of the original price and I would freeze it either way so it just makes sense. Enjoy!
We bought this blender/food processor/vegetable slicer a few months ago. I love the simplistic design and the fact that there aren't tons of buttons. There is just one knob in the centre which allows you to pulse, or blend on two settings. We use the blender a lot. I use it for soup and smoothies. It works really well and you can the consistancy you want with the fast or slow blending options. But you also have the option of making it into a food processor or a vegetable slicer which is pretty handy. It's great that you get all this as a lot of food processors on the market offer you just one of these options for the same price. The only negative thing I would say is that when I first started blending soup the liquid would come out of a little hole at the top of he jug. To remedy that I had to put a tea towel over the top, however that problem seems to have stopped now. Overall this is a really fantastic piece if kit and for the price probably the best value out there at the moment.
I was first introduced to this film by my Girlfriend. It's one of those films that you might see in the bargin bin at Adsa for 3 quid. And this i exactly what I thought I was getting. But as soon as it started I knew this was some a little different. The film is set in Wales and as such hosts many a fine Welsh actor including Gavin and Stacty star Joanna page and big hollywood star Ioan Grufford. But the real treat is seeing Rachel Griffiths taking on the lead role as Mary who is actually Austrailian. Her accent is absolutely spot on and her abillity to play the weird loner welsh girl is done to a tee. The film is based on Mary and her father who runs the local bakery and sings and plays the organ at the local church. All the local ladies love him, but he is not the great man he is percieved to be by the local community. He is a widower and is quite a grumpy old man who is strict with Mary. When mary was 16 she was offered a scholarship to sing in Milan, but her mother got ill and died and because of that Mary never went. She has always regretted this and with her life going no where in this small Welsh village she longs to sing once more. Her best friend Bethan (Page) is terminally ill and everyone in the village is rallying together to save up enough for her to go to Disney Land. Unfortunately Mary loses the money betting on horses and the whole village end up hating her. This film is a hidden treasure with loads of brilliant comedy moments to see you through the angst of Mary looking after her father after his stroke. I think this is possible one of Rachel Griffiths best roles to date and she really shows how versitile an actress she really is.
This album will forever be one of the best albums I've ever heard. It always transports me back to my childhood. The album is chock full of f**k you songs aimed at her former lover. Some are harsh, all guns blazing and others are more vulnrable and tender, showing how much it hurt her. But all are terrific. The thing that I love about Alanis is her ability to write lyrics and sing in a way no-one else has before or will again. The words she writes and the way she explains things is just incredible. And every song has its own catchy hook. Her voice is just a masterpiece too. She has an incredible talent for being able to belt out the loudest notes and other times be soft and quiet and you listen intently for both. She has done some incredible follow up albums but I have to say this one is far and away the best. I think the time of release was critical at that point in the 90's when woman power was at it's peak and people were sitting up and taking notice of those talented female musicians. I don't think there will be many people who have not heard Ironic, which is of course a great song, but not my favourite on the album. I think Forgiven had to be up there with my favourite songs. I love the rawness of what she sings about and the belting chorus. What a bloody talented woman she is.
Being John Malkovich has to be one of the strangest film I've ever seen and it is for that reason that it is one of my all time favourites! I love the fact that it has some of hollywoods biggest stars in yet has one of the wackiest plots ever. The premise for the film is that puppeteer Craig Swartz (John Cusack) lives with his doudy wife Lotte (Cameron Diaz) and is trying to make ends meet. When he finally gets proper job working in a office doing some filing work, he meets a woman called Maxine (Catherine Keener). Although he's married he hits on her but she thinks he is a sap. One day Craig finds a tiny door behind some filing cabinates. This door leads into to a portal of John malkovich (playing himself). It allows you to see, and feel whatever he does for 15 minutes and then spits you out at the New Jersey turnpike. He lets his wife have a go, who is amazed how good it feels to be a man. He then shows it to Maxine. She decides they could make some serious dough if they sell tickets to people for 15 minute trips into Malkovich. Craig continues to become Malkovich himself and after a while he discovers he can manipulate him and eventually can control him. Lotte also continues to go in the portal and the two vie for Maxine's affections as Malkovich. But when Malkovich discovers what's going on things start to unravel and get messy. Complicated huh? Well it's harder to explain than to watch. I think this quirky film is a real gem and I've personally seen it over twenty times. It is a dark film, with heaps of black comedy in it. Lotte is a great character and a real departure from the usual characters Diaz plays. In this she is actually the frizzy haired frump instead of the pin up and I have to say she pulls it off well. Cusack is very believeable as the geeky, downtrodden husband desperate for a break, wiling to do anything to get the woman he is obssesed with. It might make your head spin with the explanation of how everything came about at he end but it really is a supurb film.
This is the fifth studio album from rock gods Kings of Leon. They gained major appeal with the release of 'Sex on fire" from the 4th album "Only by the night". But they have been producing some stand out classic rock tunes from their very first album including 'Molly's chambers" from "Youth and young manhood". This album was released in October 2010. It was highly anticipated and for good reason as this is a kick ass record through and through. The first song on the album "The end" has a great hook and a nice rolling drum beat, with Caleb's vocals that could melt butter producing some fantastic lyrics. A melodic electric guitar riff weaved through really makes this a stand out track. Other must hear tracks are some of the singles that were released "radioactive" and "Pyro" . They are first three on the album and all crackers, so you know you're in for something special. The rest of the songs are brilliant, but if you don't immediately think wow, give them a few listens. I found a few of them to be slow burners, and now they are some of my favourites. As the title and the album artwork suggests this is one of their more laid back albums. It shows a maturity in their music. If you were to compare their first album with this one you would probably think they were two different bands. Their earlier work was much more grungy and indie, whereas today I think it's a lot more commercial. But that's not a bad thing. I think their music is still knock out, it's just more people like it these days. I could talk about KOL forever but I won't bore you. I'll let you make your own mind up. I can say however you wont be disappointed.
This film is one of my all time favourites. Im not sure why as it is not a well known film and didn't do very well at the box office. But much of the time that doesn't always mean its not a good film. I love the bond the two girls share in the film. And it is absolutely hilarious throughout, with some great quotes. The film is centered around two girls who met in highschool. They were outcasts but found solace in each other. Ten years on and they are still freinds and now live together. When the find out about a ten year reunion at their highschool, they go on a wild adventure trying to make themselves look as successful and accomplished as possible. Michelle is played by the massively underrated Lisa Kudrow, who is perfect for the ditzy but nice blonde. Along with Mira Sorvino as Romy, the pair make a brilliant comic duo. The other supporting cast is genius as well. Janeane Garofalo as Heather Mooney is a fantastic character, whose sarky and moody persona perfectly compliments the two girls, who discover they get on quite well despite never being freinds in highschool. If like me you're a sucker for some banging 80's tunes then you'll love the soundtrack, for the flash back scenes. This film is a joy to watch and you'll be engrossed in their world of fashion, fun and freindship. A must see flick.
On first glance the Xperia looks the business. The one I have is white and it does look uber cool. With its large screen and few buttons it resembles an iphone which is appealing if you're looking for an alternative. It is pretty easy to navigate around. The home screen can be as bare as you like, as you can add or delete any widgets you like. You can also chose from some default images as your wallpaper or a personal one, which looks great on the huge screen. It comes with an massive 8.1 meagapixel camera. Unfortunately mine rarely works. I'm not sure if it's a manufacturing issue, because I've dropped it or weather others have experienced the same. But when I press the button to take a picture nothing happens. On the few occasions it has decided to work a green square appears around the main focus of whatever you're taking a picture of. And it has to be said, they are good quality but not as good as I was expecting for a camera of such magnitude. Anyway, the other great annoyance with this phone is texting. The buttons (which are touch screen) are too small and most of the time I end up catching the wrong button and typing something highly inappropriate or just plain gobbeldy gook. I have downloaded a keyboard app from my app store to aid this problem, but it's only slightly better. The nice thing is all your texts are saved as continuous threads for each contact so you don't have to sieve through hundreds of individual messages to find something you're looking for. Also whenever you do get a text or missed call, a little green light flashes continuously until you read it. This is sometimes helpful but mostly just annoying, if your in bed it just illuminates the whole room. Overall the phone looks great, and has some nice features about it. Most of my grievences are probably due to the fact it's my first Sony Ericsson and I'm not completey into it yet, but I think there are a lot of things about this phone that could be improved and for the money, there are probably more worthy androids currently on the market.
Paul is the brain child of comic genius' Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their previous films include Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the dead. Both huge hits, that catapulted them into the mainstream after such cult TV shows as "Spaced". The film is based on two sci fi geeks who decide to go on a road trip to America. While there, an alien named Paul takes refuge in their camper van after escaping from a military base that has held him for 60 years. In between trying not to get caught carrying a wanted alien, Peggs character Graeme meets a girl. Ruth played by the hilarious Kristen wigg (Bridesmaids) is a lonely christian girl, who accidently ends up in the campervan and inadvertantly joins the 3 on their journey to get Paul home. In doing so she discovers that swearing is ALOT of fun and maybe being a servent to the Lord is not all its cracked up to be. The film is charming and extremely funny. The character of Paul, voiced by Seth Rogen (Knocked up) is a brilliant departure from your usual alien, and although he is a foul mouthed, pot smoking UFO, he is also charming and you really feel his sense of loneliness. All in all if you are a fan of the comedy duos previous blockbusters you will not be disappointed with this latest addition. And even if you're not this film is still a fun 90 minutes that will keep you chuckling right the way to the credits.