Life- Review

OK… so this movie has been out for a few weeks now and I wasn’t really eager to watch it. On the whole I don’t really like space type movie as I feel that too many of them have the same kind of story line.

Life, however was something completely unexpected. The movie is about astronauts on a space station waiting for samples from Mars. They receive the samples and start to examine and study them. They stimulate the growth of the samples and finds that they have created life. An unexpected gas leak occurs and changes the atmosphere in the organisms chamber which renders it in a state of hibernation. They then try to bring it back to life with electric shocks….. This however puts the organism in a state of fear and it starts to fight survival by basically tormenting the rest of the crew.

I have to admit that a movie hasn’t effected me like this one in quite a while… I was shocked and felt uneasy… there were some pretty gruesome scenes in the movie that kind of reminded me of the first time I saw the Alien movies.

I really enjoyed the movie and was glad to have put the time in to watch it. It had a really good story and the organism essentially also only wanted to survive, that was it. It didn’t want to kill the crew members out of pleasure it simply wanted Life.

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Budget Bites: Eggplant Surprise

Hey guys!! My dad is always on the lookout for meals that you can make with only a few ingredients, especially things that you already have at home or something that’s really cheap to buy, so every now and again he sends me some recipes to try out. This is one of them. Its a type of eggplant bake that can be used as a full meal on its own or as a side dish. You can eat it on rice, pasta or mashed potatoes. Depending on the price of vegetables, you could get away with less than $3 for a family of 4.

I love eggplant so I was eager to try the recipe.

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It tasted great. It was a little sour from the tomato but also sweet from the yogurt. It doesn’t however look great when you take pictures of it 😛

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Ingredients

  • 3 big eggplants
  • olive oil
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 2 Tbs white wine
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 small tub of yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • grated cheese or breadcrumbs (optional)
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Slice the eggplant into equal rings. Then rub them with olive oil. Fry in a pan until golden brown then remove and set aside.
  3. Fry the onion and garlic together until soft. Add the white wine, thyme, canned tomatoes and tomato paste and simmer for 3 minutes
  4. Pour the sauce at the bottom of a baking dish. Space the eggplant rings on top of the sauce.
  5. Hand whisk the egg with the yogurt. Pour it over the eggplant rings. Add some cheese on top if you please and  bake in a preheated oven for 20-30 minutes.

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Waikiki Pizza

Hi everyone. Ever since we’ve been in Korea we’ve been experiencing a lot of different kinds of foods and different ways of making old favourites. For example, Korean pizza’s often have honey, potato, sweet-potato and even nuts on it. One of my favourite pizza’s here are the Waikiki Pizza from 7th Street Pizza. Since it was a little overcast and rainy this weekend I was in the mood for homemade pizza, with a lovely thick crust, so I decided to try making my own Waikiki Pizza.

I used my trusty homemade pizza dough. I love this one because it rises a lot and make a wonderfully fluffy pizza base. The dough takes about 2 and a half hours to get ready but the cooking time is only 12-15 minutes. I also coated the dough with olive oil as this stops the dough from becoming soggy once you add the toppings.IMG_8022.jpg

For the Waikiki pizza, I added some ham, sliced sausages, pineapple pieces, mushrooms, red peppers and some macadamia nuts. the only mistake I made was being overly generous with the nuts making the pizza a little oily.

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INGREDIENTS ( Makes 2 pizza’s) Serves 4-6

  • 2 and 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 and 1/3 cups (320ml) warm water (105-115F degrees)
  • 3 and 1/2 cups (440g) unbleached all-purpose flour, plus more as needed
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) olive oil, plus more for brushing crust
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon (13g) granulated sugar
  • cornmeal, for dusting
  • Spices of your choice

Waikiki Toppings

  • 1/2 cup Pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup sweet chilly sauce
  • 4 slices of sliced ham
  • 4 sausages
  • 4 pineapple rings
  • 6 mushrooms
  • 2 sweet red peppers
  • 1/3 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese ( I used Colby Jack)

THE PIZZA DOUGH

  1. Proof the yeast. You do this by adding the yeast to warm water and mix it a little with a fork or spoon. Make sure the water is not too hot. Leave it for 5 minutes until it has dissolved and looks foamy.
  2. After 5 minutes, mix the flour, olive oil, salt and sugar together in a bowl. If you’re using a stand mixer, you can use the hook attachment to mix the dough on medium for one minute. I mixed it by hand so I used a wooden spoon until it was smooth and elastic. If the dough is too wet, add more flour. Knead the mixture for 7 minutes. Your dough should spring back when you poke it.
  3. Coat a bowl with olive oil.
  4. Once the dough has been mixed, roll it into a ball and place it inside the oil coated bowl. Cover lightly and place in the oven to rise ( or in a hot area in your house) Leave it to rise for about 2 hours. It should be almost double in size.
  5. Preheat the oven to 475F degrees. It should heat for about 30 minutes before baking.
  6. Punch your dough to release the air.
  7. Divide the dough into two equal balls. Cover lightly and let stand for 15 minutes.
  8. Prepare your toppings.
  9. Coat your pizza pan with olive oil. Then dust with spices and flour or cornmeal ( cornmeal works better)
  10. Shape your pizza ball into a pizza. You can do this on a silicon mat or inside the pan.
  11. Brush with olive oil and leave for 15 minutes. The olive oil stops your dough from becoming soggy when adding your toppings and sauce.
  12. Add your toppings starting with the pizza or pasta sauce.
  13. Then bake for 12- 15 minutes. Just before removing the pizza from the oven, grill the top of the pizza for 2 minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

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Coffee Talk- update on our Korean Bike Licenses

Hi guys… so just an update on our bike licenses. Last week we went to do the practical test and got our Korean Bike licenses Yay!!! My husband got a perfect score on his test but I was so nervous that I missed the very first turn. After that I put my foot down which is also a no-no and an immediate fail. Throughout the rest of the test all I could think of was ” Oh no I don’t want to come and do this again next week” I was so concerned about redoing the test that I didn’t concentrate on the rest of the course and made no further mistakes. When I stopped the bike at the end of the course everyone applauded me and I was really confused because according to me I put my foot down… but my husband told me that I put my foot out… but it never touched the ground. So I passed the test after all 😀

Furthermore I finally got outfits for my dolls that I ordered just before Easter. It took a very long time to get here but now I have it. I ordered it from Lovely Woods when I bought my first doll and wanted to recreate Harley Quinn and a female Joker. Since it took so long to get here however, I scrapped that idea and just made my own custom doll. I dressed Cinnamon in one of the outfits and took her outside. I’m still deciding whether or not to do a Harley Quinn doll so for now I won’t share that outfit yet but here is Cinnamon in the park 😛

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The Mummy – Review

I was exited to see this motion picture as it looked really action packed in the trailer and I was eager to see what the movie was about. I also really like Sofia Boutella, I’ve been wishing for a good female action hero for a while now especially since no one does it as well as Angelina Jolie…. Therefore we went out to see it on Tuesday morning.

-Spoiler alert-

The movie started off pretty well with Nick Morten (Tom Cruise) being a bit of an anti-hero. Nick and his friend Chris Vail, so called soldiers of fortune accidentally discover the tomb of Ahmanet, a cursed princess who killed her father and baby brother to gain power of her fathers kingdom. She made a pact with Set to bring him into a mortal body but was captured and buried alive before she could complete her ritual. After Nick discovers the tomb, Ahmanet chooses him as Set’s Vessel and a chase ensues….

I have to admit I expected a lot more from the movie… I expected more scenes between Ahmanet and Nick where she tries to persuade him to join her cause. I expected her to have more power and I expected Nick to use the power of Set in a more dramatic way than he eventually did.

The character didn’t develop that much even though they tried to depict him as a liar and a thief who only cares about himself. It however felt as if he was always a good guy and would always choose the right path in the end…. to me Ahmanet made the wrong choice in choosing Nick as her beloved….

Overall the movie was disappointing and had a weak story-line.