Being locked up at home as weirdly got everyone cooking. I’ve always been really happy baking, but I’ve never took to cooking, Its always felt like so much more effort than just eating takes. You cook for hours and you eat in minutes, and that was always really annoyed me. But being home all day and ordering food is so terribly expensive, that I’ve got around to cooking much more than I’d prefer.
The crazy thing is that I obviously cannot cook everything and so over the last few weeks, I’ve started experimenting and attempting a lot of random combinations – things that sound so weird but don’t taste half as weird. This is how I stumbled upon what I’ll now call Fake Risotto.
If you don’t know, Risotto is a rice dish made in usually thick, creamy sauce. Masterchef Australia has always called Risotto as its ‘death dish’ because it’s really hard to get right and consistent. And this is where my Fake Risotto comes in.
Ingredients: 1) Salt 2) Rice 3) Chopped Vegetables (Corn, Pepper, Carrot,) 4) White sauce (Using pre-made bottle sauce is the easiest thing for a student) 5) Ketchup 6) Mixed herbs, chili flakes, oregano 7) Cooking Oil
Steps: 1) Boil water in a pan and cook rice enough for one person. [I usually measure with my fist and use two fists of rice but it really depends on how much you want to eat]. 2) Once the rice is cooked, drain the water and place the rice in another container. 3) Pour some cooking oil into the pan and let it heat. 4) Sprinkle salt into the oil as much as you want. 5) Take your chopped vegetables and add them to the pan. Sauté vegetables for 5-7 minutes. 6) Take your white sauce and add it to the pan. If you’re cooking for one person then around 1/4th of the bottle is enough. Cook the vegetables and sauce for a while. 7) Now add some ketchup into your pan. Since ketchup can traditionally be sweet, I would suggest adding about 4 spoonfuls. Mix everything well. 8) Add mixed herbs, chili flakes or oregano. Any one of these would also be find or all of them. Mix well. 9) Now add the rice into the pan. Mix the rice well with the sauce. Cook for about 3 more minutes. 10) Serve and enjoy your Fake Risotto!
I hit 700 followers last week – almost like clockwork because every year around the same time, I hit the next 100 which actually is crazy because it means that every year, somehow there are MORE people willing to read this stuff (and I don’t even really write ‘stuff’).
I’ve always been really grateful for having started this blog because its given me so many things. I really love seeing people leave comments once in while over here: all of you are magically supportive and extremely sweet about everything written here, especially since most of it is just tv shows or music I’m obsessed with.
I finished Season 10 of Shameless US last night, and let me tell you that if you’re looking for new things to watch and get hooked to – Shameless is it.
Running a total of 122 episodes spanning over 10 seasons (with the final season set to debut in November, 2020), Shameless is a re-make of its UK version on air since 2011. The show spans across the lives of the Gallagher family as their eldest daughter Fiona (Emmy Rossum) raises her five siblings in the absence of their drug addicted mother and their deadbeat father Frank (William Macy).
I’ve thought about watching Shameless all of last year but always thought that 10 seasons was a long commitment and I didn’t want another long show to sit through (Supernatural, Grey’s Anatomy). So this year, I debated over two days whether to watch it or not – and this debate with myself began after quarantine had begun. It is now safe to say that starting Shameless was one of the best decisions I’ve made during this time.
Every season has 12 episodes (with the exception of Season 9 with 14), and episodes run for an hour. Every single Gallagher faces various problems throughout the seasons and most seasons have you following a separate storyline for each family member. With a variety of really good supporting actors (Joan Cusack, Noel Fisher), Shameless never disappoints you with anything – dialogues, plot twists, monologues, romance, nudity.
Season 9 ends with Fiona leaving and moving on from her family. Fiona is 28 in this final season and correctly realizes that she’s done everything she could have to raise her siblings. The finale of Season 9 will hit you SO hard – whether Fiona has been your favourite Gallagher or not. The whole episode follows her around debating about leaving and when she does finally leave, you won’t not cry.
I’ve always had mixed feelings for Fiona. EmmyRossumportrays her complex character to perfection and so many episodes have always left me in awe of her (when she gets a full-time job, when she gets the kids back from child services, when she stands up to the racist neighbour), but I also mostly hated Fiona during various seasons. Its very hard to completely hate her especially seeing all she does for her family and thats why saying goodbye to her is even harder.
If you’re also sitting at home and have a ton of time on your hands, watch Shameless because you will not be disappointed.
Exactly an year ago today, I sat and binged through Shadowhunters’ first season and a few days later binged the thing in its entirety and totally loved it. Shadowhunters gave me a lot of new things – new music, new couples to fangirl over, new actors to ridiculously follow and new books to read [because I actually sat and read all the Mortal Instruments books just to see what content got made into the show.]
One year on, I am weirdly proud to say that I still sometimes re-watch a ton of scenes from Shadowhunters, I still listen to the music from the show on repeat, and I still fangirl over Malec.
I’ve actually always been a fan of shows tjat end properly and don’t get cancelled abruptly. As much as I loathe a show ending, a great ending is something I’m always on board for. After Shadowhunters ended, I was not disappointed one bit – mostly because Malec got their much deserved happy ending, but also because the ending was quite good [completely opposite of the books – but good.]
If you’ve also absolutely loved Shadowhunters on some level, here are shows you can watch to deal with Shadowhunters withdrawal:
Ever since I’ve started watching Showtime’s Shameless, I’ve been hopelessly in love with it. The story follows the life of the Gallagher family with their alcoholic deadbeat father and six kids who have to learn how to live by themselves. Its a remake of the UK version, but this one is SO SO much better.
It has 10 seasons with 12 episodes each and almost every other episode will make your heart bleed. Every single Gallagher member goes through problems of their own and it’ll be a miracle if you don’t end up falling head over heels for at least 2 family members. [I obviously have a favourite Gallagher and a favourite couple and a favourite season].
Season 5, Episode 6 is the most heartbreaking episode I have seen in a drama series in the last five years for sure. Titled ‘Crazy Love’, the episode finds the family and Mickey looking for Ian who’s kidnapped a baby and run away in a car confirming everyone’s fears that he may in fact be bipolar. I read this article that said that Season 5 was Cameron Monaghan‘s season to shine, and shine he does. After being mostly absent from Season 4, Cameron Monaghan brings Ian through in so many ways this season, with the best being in Episode 6 because watching it, you will never believe that Season 5 Ian and Season 1 Ian are the same – and that is exactly what acting is.
The whole episode is nothing but a huge emotional turmoil for the Gallaghers, for Mickey, and for you watching it. With a few other storylines progressing, nothing seems more important than Ian and his disease. The episode ends with the family finally finding him and admitting him in a psych ward and this gives the best Ian and Mickey moment ever since the show has started.
In another great moment, Mickey leaves an unbearably emotional message for Ian that brings along with it the first I love you for Gallavich and you will be kidding yourself if you think you haven’t waited forever for it. In a span of three seasons, Noel Fisher‘s Mickey goes from just beating people up to becoming the three dimensional character you know he can be.
All in all, the 58 minute run is an emotional rollercoaster that will remind you once again why you absolutely love Shameless. Plus, Season 5 is probably one of the best seasons the show’s produced.
When I started my degree last year, I was terrified. Sure, I was excited but I was way more terrified. I wasn’t ready to meet new people and make new friends all over again. I totally wasn’t ready to live in a whole other country! I spent my first months still being terrified and not really enjoying it as much I imagined I would. I went back home in December and (I thought) that I was happier there.
I now have a week left of LLM classes and by the end of July, I will have my degree! And now, I am not ready to leave.
It’s actually crazy (but also in another sense, very cliche) – I’m only realizing how much I’ve loved it here when its almost done. My one year in Singapore has given me SO much. I’ve met people that I would’ve never met if I hadn’t been here, I’ve tried new food I would’ve never tried if I hadn’t been here, I’ve experienced things I definitely would’ve never experienced if I hadn’t been here.
More than just the degree (and some really good teaching), Singapore has given me so much more. I once read somewhere that a lot of things change in life when you stop living with your parents. I haven’t lived with mine for years and yet so many new things changed when I came here. More than things just changing, I’ve had so many firsts in Singapore (my first time dragon boating, my first gin and tonic, my first time cooking a whole meal – and a million more things).
Now that my degree’s almost done, I’m terrified all over again. I’m terrified of leaving this city because its grown on me. I love my country, but these months have made me love this new country so much that I can’t understand why I was so excited to leave it. And so with every submission done and every class getting over, I am totally not ready for this part of my life to end.
Niall’s second studio album, Heartbreak Weather released on 13th March, 2020 and completely hooked me and I honestly feel that this album is much, much better than his first one. The songs and the music feel a lot more like him and have this amazing Niallish feeling. (You have to listen to it to know it).
A few songs have already been around for a while but even the rest of the album is equally mesmerizing. From his music videos, to his interviews, right up to the lyrics of the songs, every thing feels perfect in this album.
The first track is the album-titled Heartbreak Weather. It also has a music video and I absolutely love both. Put a little love on me is this beautiful slow song that’s really been making me cry. Black and White has the following lyrics: “Yeah, I see us in black and white Crystal clear on a star lit night In all your gorgeous colors”. – There is no way brilliant writing like this doesn’t make you want to listen to this song again and again!
My favourite song of the album is definitely No Judgement. The song, quite frankly, has every thing – good lyrics, great music, super fun music video. Really, there’s not one song on this album that I’m not playing on loop. Through every single song you can hear Niall’s voice so crystal clear that I can’t believe there used to be a time when you could barely hear him in One Direction songs.
Elite is Netflix’s Spanish original about a private school that is gripped with tragedy and suspense right from Season 1.
Season 3 dropped last night and as I expected from myself, I started and finished in half a day. If you’ve seen the trailer then you know that Polo dies in this season and we’re obviously dying to find out who kills him finally ending the whole Marina disaster.
This season has eight episodes and in my personal opinion, this is the best season that show has produced in these last three years. You will be hooked from the very first episode and every single new revelation will keep you guessing about who actually did it.
There were a few things that I absolutely LOVED about this new season and I was really glad about how they progressed through the episodes.
1) Lu and Nadia’s friendship: This is a friendship I’ve been dying to see happen since the very first time I saw them on screen together. When it finally did happen, it did not disappoint one bit. Lu and Nadia have come so far from when they first met and it shows so clearly in the last episode. (Spoiler: I cried)
2) Samuel and Carla: Only my second favourite couple on this show, Sarla (as I call them), barely have screen time with each other in this season but the few times they do – they are beautiful and they are totally meant to be and all I cared about was the pure hope that ending gave them.
3) Omar tells Ander he’d stay with him for a 100 years: Who am I kidding when I say I’m NOT totally in love with this couple from Day 1. They’ve been through so much and they started so randomly that I cannot help but cheer for every small thing they achieve or overcome together. This season hits them really hard and as always, they come out on top. Daam, I love them.
4) Guzman tells Samuel he never thought he’d be glad to see him: What has this season not given to me? Samuel and Guzman’s friendship did start last season but this season makes them one. They support each other, they stop each other from making stupid decisions and they’re always there for each other.
If you’ve never watched Elite, then PLEASE, just start. And if you’re waiting to binge the new season, then just do it!
I’m a sucker for BuzzFeed Quizzes because really they’re so ridiculously stupid that you can’t help but enjoy how a breakfast choice can decide who your soulmate will be!
So here are the last 4 quizzes I took on Buzzfeed!
1) The Emojis You Use Most Will Reveal Which “The Office” Character You Are – Find out!
2) Wanna Know What Hogwarts House You Really, Truly Belong In? Tell Us Your Music Preferences To Find Out – Find out yours.
3) Eat As Much As You Want At This Buffet And We’ll Reveal Which Avenger You Are – Are you Thor?
4) Pick Your Favorite Italian Foods And We’ll Give You A Netflix TV Show To Watch – Go watch it!
So if you have absolutely nothing to do, go take these and a million more buzzfeed quizzes and believe me, you shall not regret it.
Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (2020): The best part about this movie is howeffortlessly it delivers its core message to you. Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan follows thestory of Aman and Karthik who live together in Delhi and suddenly find themselvesfighting homophobia from Aman’s family in a small town in India. The movie runs for a little over two hours and without being overly emotional sends you all the correct messages. From quirky costumes, to soulful speeches and kissing, the movie ticks all the boxes that a regular rom-com in India would with but with a gay couple. The dialogues are so good and simplistic that they make it extremely easy for a conversation to start in a regular Indian household. There’s no reason that I wouldn’t watch this movie all over again.
Pati, Patni aur Woh (2019): A remake of a 1978 movie, this new version follows pretty much the same story – A middle class Indian man is happily married until one day is realizes that he is bored of his life and needs something new and the something new turns out to be a girl. The movie is fun and has some really good dialogues that will make you seriously laugh. Though I was not a fan of any of the leads, Aparshakti Khurana makes it all worth it with his hilarious deliver and crazy good acting. The movie is not bombarded with songs and is a super light watch.
Thappad (2020): Literally translated to ‘Slap’, Thappad is the story of Amrita whose husband slaps her in the middle of a party they are hosting and the slap leads to her re-evaluating the whole relationship. The movie is so brilliantly made and has such great acting that you cant help but follow it completely. The script moves in one clear direction and you can see this right from the start. The first half might seem a little slow to some people, but the whole process of Amrita realizing what happened and deciding what to do makes the first half so important. Taapsee Pannu makes you cry for her, makes you want to fight for her, and makes you cheer for her. The second half of the movie hits you hard and fast and before you know it, you’ve watched a really great content driven movie.