Have you been watching…New Girl

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New Girl is a nifty little hang out show that evolved from something I kinda thought I’d watch because hey, I had nothing better to do, to a show where I. Must. Know. What. Happens. Next!!! It also has the best will they/won’t they on TV at the moment, which has been built by showing the characters, gasp, getting to know each other! New GirlLiking each other as friends! Finding things to admire about each other! Letting the attraction grow naturally! My word, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT SUCH A THING WOULD WORK?

It also features the best first kiss ever.

New Girl follows the antics of Jessica Day and her three roommates – Nick, Winston and Schmidt. Rounding out the regular cast is Jess’s best friend CeCe. It’s a hangout comedy, where we just hang out with these peeps and enjoy their fun times. The show brings a smile to myself with every single episode.

The characters are fantastic. Schmidt is super funny, and the way Max Greenfield pronounces his words is fantastic. Funny ha ha, my friends. CeCe is more than her extremely pretty face, a well rounded three dimensional character who is totally believable as Jess’s best friend and as one half of the other romantic relationship in the show. Winston is less well-rounded, but he still gets some very funny gags, especially when he puts on his deep, resonant voice. All characterisations are exceptional, with no one ever acting out of character. The show also deals with some darker subjects, such as the death of Nick’s father, CeCe learning her childbearing years are dwindling, and other big life issues.

And then there’s Nick and Jess.

The show did a fantastic job of gradually showing how these two grow closer. They talk and are there for each other and…and other super awesome ‘real life’ things that makes it extremely believable they would be good as a couple. I’ve recently rewatched both seasons and their gradual drawing together in season two is great. Seriously, peeps, check it out.

I’m not sure if I’ve adequately described how fun and heartwarming this show is, so perhaps you peeps should just check it out for yourselves!

You can check out New Girl at:
the Website ~ Amazon US ~ IMDb


Have you been watching…H+

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H+: The Digital Series is an online web series wholly contained on YouTube. H+: The Digital SeriesProduced by Bryan Singer, who directed one of my very favourite films, H+ takes you into a future where an implantable device, known as H+, connects the human nervous system to the internet. That’s right, peeps, the computer is in your head (or base of the neck, as the case may be). 33% of the population have this device implanted, but then one day, something goes bad – very, very bad – and people with the device collapse…and die.

Spanning most of the globe (but not Australia, damn it!), H+ takes you to India, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Chile, USA, Republic of Congo, Japan, Germany and many, many other places, with people from all walks of life represented. This makes the threat truly global, affecting everyone and not just those in Places That Shall Remain Nameless. For someone from a country that is not one of Those Nameless, the threat seems more imminent and more likely to affect me personally, adding a certain thrill to the watching.

It’s also just a damn good rolicking time.

There are many different storylines running through the series, following many different characters. The series jumps back and forth through time, from 8 years before the H+ ‘malfunction’ to two years after. My favourite of the storylines is the one following Manta, mainly because it’s the one with the love story ;p Also, Manta is a bad a$$ chick. A brilliant hacker, Manta at first seems to belong to a group determined to hack the H+ technology. She seduces an undercover police officer, Topi, but it soon becomes something more. We then jump to the future, and Manta and Topi are no longer together – but he is desperate to see her, to have her listen. Further into the rabbit hole we go, and Manta is tied to the mystical Simona, who may be the savior of humanity…

It’s all very convoluted and awesome and you just have to experience it to get the full gist!

You can watch the series as it aired, chronologically, follow a character or story arc, or by chapter.

Have you been watching…The Lizzie Bennet Diaries #webseries #prideandprejudice

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The Lizzie Bennet Diaries is a modern adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, played out on YouTube and various other social media platforms. The The Lizzie Bennet Diariesbrain child of Hank Green of the VlogBrothers and Bernie Su, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries updates Pride and Prejudice in a marvellous and wholly relevant way.

Lizzie is now a grad student, working towards her thesis. At the beginning of the series, she lives at home with her two sisters, Jane and Lydia, as well as her mother and father. Then, the Bennet sisters meet a medical student named Bing Lee at a wedding, as well as his friend, this awkward, stuck-up, prideful dude named William Darcy

This is an impressive adaptation, and one I highly recommend*. Unfolding as if Lizzie really is vlogging regularly about the minutia of her life, this story has taken on a life of its own, one encompassing YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr.

Of course, the story as Jane Austen originally penned can’t be reproduced in its entirety. There are clever updates to the tale, such as Mary becoming a cousin and close friend of Lydia’s after a rocky start, and Kitty becoming, quite literally, Lydia’s kitty. All the characters have been fleshed out and given depths only hinted at in the book. Lydia especially has benefited from this, becoming an exuberant but lonely young woman who is misunderstood by her big sister, Lizzie.

We’re at the pointy end of the stick in regards to the timeline, with Wickham revealing his dickish nature. It’s truly horrifying how the writers have updated his callousness and self-interest, and so completely in keeping with the technology-soaked times we live in.

I’m on tenterhooks to discover how they’ll resolve the tale. As we all know the ending, the joy isn’t in what will happen, but how. What will happen to Lydia, now that Wickham’s true nature has been revealed? How will this affect her sisters, and Lizzie’s burgeoning relationship with Darcy? Will GiGi Darcy help Lydia deal with Wickham, seeing as she went through a similar experience? What will bring Jane and Bing back together? HOW WILL LIZZIE AND DARCY FINALLY GET TOGETHER???
Check out the website

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* I’ve recently discovered historical romance author, Kate Noble, is a writer on the show, which is just the sauce that is awesome.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like…

Cassandra Dean Mince Pie Recipe

Hey peeps,

I’ve been a busy bee today, meeting new babies, cleaning bathrooms, watching TV (such hard work) and making Mince Pies. Phew, am I right?

Now, because I’m a kind and generous person, I thought I’d share with you peeps the glories of my mince pies. Because I’m Kind and Generous. No, I’m not a braggart at all 😉

Fruit mince recipe:
470g can crushed pineapple
¼ cup brown sugar
1 cup sultanas
½ tspn cinnamon
1 cup raisins
½ tspn nutmeg
¼ cup currants
1 tbsn cornflour
¼ cup apricots
¼ cup brandy
1 apple

Peel and grate apple. Combine all ingredients in saucepan except cornflour and brandy. Stir over medium heat until mixture boils, reduce heat, simmer 3 minutes or until fruit is plump. Blend cornflour with brandy, mix into hot fruit mixture. Stir until mixture boils and thickens. Cool before filling into pie shell.

Pastry recipe:
1 cup plain flour
1 egg, separated
1 tbsn icing sugar
1 tbsn iced water (approx)
1 tbsn custard powder
1 tspn finely grated lemon rind
90g cold butter, chopped coarsely
1 tbsn white sugar

Grease 12 round based patty pan (or metal pie shells). Process flour, icing sugar, custard powder and butter until crumbly. Add egg yolk and enough of the water to make the ingredients come together. Knead dough on lightly floured surface until smooth. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 200 degrees celsius. Roll two-thirds of pastry until 3mm thick. Cut rounds to fit patty pan or shells. Repeat until all 12 are filled. Spoon fruit mix into pastry cases.

Roll reserved pastry until 3mm thick. Fashion pie lids in whatever shape you desire. Place over fruit mixture, brush with egg white and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake pies 20 minutes or until lightly browned. Stand for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool.

Enjoy the deliciousness!