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Winter DIY: When Boredom Strikes…

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As you can see, I was clearly very bored. But also quite productive. I used objects and material which I thought could be revamped by colours and accessories, specifically for use during this absolutely freezing, and quite depressing, time of year. I decided to decorate my mug and beanie (yes I stayed on the safe side)!!!

Bookeater Sharpie Mug

I usually drink something hot and sweet whilst I’m reading and I thought I would exhibit my love for reading through my mug. My mug is quite messy but I love it like that because I feel that it describes moi. I mean, I love reading, I doodle a lot and I’m a fool for things which look simple yet edgy. Also, I do believe that I did my not-so-pretty mug some justice (cue happy high-schooler squeal after a drastic makeover).

What I did: I just doodled whatever (a stack of books and a huge heart in my case) I wanted on my mug with a sharpie and then heated the mug in the oven for about 30 minutes (as to set the design). Aaaand voila! I was really impressed with it, considering it was my first time permanently doodling on an object that I would be using. (Though I try to limit its usage as I am very scared the design will fade so TIP: Don’t be a Lara. Buy an oil-based marker.)

Black Beatles Beanie

Now as for my black beanie, which can be purchased anywhere, I just simply fastened a badge of the animated members of The Beatles to the side of my beanie. I thought placing the badge on the side would make the beanie look more mature, if ya know what I mean. Once again, I found this presentation of it quite simple – yet edgy.

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Song in my head: Save Tonight – Eagle-Eye Cherry

*Have a wonderful winter…*

-Lara, girl who usually loves winter but is just not feelin’ it 

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Showing off… my food?!?

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The above photos are: Spinach & Mushroom Omelette, Roast Chicken, Mash & Gravy, Beef Taco, Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls.

So this is officially the first post of 2015. Late, I know. But I mean what better way to start the new year than with food that looks like it came straight out of heaven? Okay, I’m exaggerating. However, I did want to post these pictures so I can find out what recipes people would want! (I care about y’all) There are also vegetarian options, as I don’t eat meat, but sadly I did not take any pictures. Buuuut I will be posting a vegetarian burger recipe as well as my long-awaited (as if) quesadilla recipe.

The reason for my absence was, to put it simply, mocks. Yes, I had mocks and I was busy revising SO incredibly hard And no, I did not watch Korean variety shows instead, okay?

Yes I did. And I don’t regret it. I still did well, though!!!

Happy Belated New Year… and I hope you’re looking forward to my post tomorrow, lovers…

-Lara, excited for twenty fifteen

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Easy Giza (Garlic Bread Pizza)!!!

I know what you’re thinking: Enough with the food posts!!!

I apologise, but I can’t help it. I have an undying passion for food. You can’t stop me, ever. I guess you could say I was…

One of my hobbies is to look up recipes on YouTube without getting sucked into the dessert vortex, which consists of those videos which instruct you on how to make a Hogwarts Castle cake… as if I could even attempt that mammoth of a dessert. But I still click on the damn link. I ‘Always’ do. On a brighter note, I did find some good ‘easy pizza’ recipes which inspired me to make this garlic bread pizza…thing! Let’s call it… Giza.

The ingredients you need for your garlic bread are: FOOD

2 slices of your preferred sliced bread

6-7 garlic cloves

Butter

Dried herbs: Basil, oregano, marjoram…

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions for your garlic bread:

1. Arrange both your bread slices so they are next to each other

2. Mince garlic and soften butter

3. Mix together with the herbs and salt/pepper

4. Leave to stand for a while and then coat one side of both your bread slices with the mixture. Coat one slice more than the other as this will be the your pizza’s filling.

5. Place the coated slices on top of each other (less coated on top) in the preheated oven for 5 minutes. (at max)

Ingredients for your Giza:

You can use anything you want! I used grated mature cheddar, olives, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes and mushrooms.

Instructions for your Giza:

6. After you’ve taken out the bread, spread any pizza/tomato sauce of your choice on top of the bread (less garlic-coated slice).

7. Add your topping along with some extra grated cheese. This is optional but I combined my vegetables with a mayo-ketchup mix before adding the topping on the bread.

8. Place in the oven and heat until the cheese melts!

9. Enjoy ya Giza!

I’ll be posting my quesadilla recipe along with its accompanying dips soon!

-Lara, coiner of the culinary term ‘Giza’… yes, I am fully aware that it’s a pyramid in Egypt.

 

 

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Vegetarian: Faux-Turkey Sandwiches!

20141212_163445[1]Just so you know, this is meant to be a belated Thanksgiving as well as a Christmas-is-so-close post. You know, Turkeys and all.

 If there’s one thing you probably won’t understand it’s that I get overly excited whenever I find vegan/vegetarian food. I absolutely love it. I usually enter Holland & Barrett expecting to find nothing but the usual: vitamins, protein powders… and Japanese Rice Crackers. Anyway, I found this pack of turkey style slices which I thought was worth a try – and it was. I mean yes, the faux-turkey slice itself kind of tastes like diluted cardboard, but it tastes great in a sandwich. By great I mean G-R-E-A-T. So good. I made this Turkey club sandwich using my own semi-homemade Caesar sauce.

My Caesar sauce was made using: Mayonnaise, Asda’s Garlic Ketchup, Lemon Juice, Worcester Sauce, Salt, Pepper.

I originally added 2 tb spoons of Mayo, 2 tb spoons of Garlic Ketchup, and a combination of the remaining ingredients but my tip for you would be to just keep adding and tasting as it’s a matter of preference.

Just spread this Caesar sauce on both slices of your preferred bread, add a cheese single, slice of tomato, and a lettuce leaf. You can also add spinach or onions… AND VOILA. Happy eating!

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-Lara, girl who loves lettuce and also happens to be a bunny.

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Quick Book Review: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I had it for a long time but I just never got around to reading it. Oops. But I did! I finished! I finiiiiished! (Yes, I am ecstatic because it took me aaaages for some reason… aka coursework, stress, mocks, stress, university prep, stress…) I also promised myself not to watch the film without reading the book first. So this novel is 432 pages long and I will admit it only got really interesting towards the middle because – SURPRISE! – it only gets darker and more messed up than anyone thought. And the twisted person gets his/her way in the end. Hurrah! Yay justice system! (Don’t even get me started on America’s corrupt justice system…)

Here’s the blurb:

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media–as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents–the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter–but is he really a killer?
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?
  

Anyway this novel will have you guessing. I promise. But it will also get you bored (beginning), suspicious of literally everyone, even yourself, your family, and your nonexistent child (middle of beginning), freaked out (middle), excited (beginning of the end), aaaaand then it feels lackluster towards the end. Nope. Not having that. Strictly no bull zone.

So it’s a tad bit unrealistic, but we all love that, don’t we? It was quite intelligent but so unreliable as it MESSED YOU UP BIG TIME. I loved this inconsistency, the way it was written with the whole dual perspectives narrative… each of the characters make each other look both amazing and disgusting. Good luck figuring out the truth.

If you ever want to read this, I apologise in advance. I really want you – shoutout to my (0) readers out there – to read it but as I’m still psychologically a mess, I’m probably making it sound either much better or much worse than it is and I quote ‘this book needs to die, while I pet it lovingly’. Take your pick. (See what I did? I’m unreliable. Ha!) If you don’t want to read it, fine by me, just watch it.

I am currently reading Anna and the French Kiss… stay tuned, my precious fans

-Lara, cool girl (giggles maniacally)

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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Fun Facts:

I watched this on Saturday.

I had a sandwich from subway and nachos with an awful sour cream dip (from the cinema!!!).

I fell in love with the series again.

It was criticized for being ‘unsatisfying’ due to the lack of plot development (or being closely compared to the amazing Catching Fire), but as it’s part 1, it is merely setting up the foundation for Mockingjay Part 2. Yes, the movie did lack the terror and suspense that it’s predecessors were famous for. However, this one is more dark and political as it digs deep into the roots of the problem. I thought the acting was superb (RIP PSH) and I don’t think anyone could have played Katniss as well as Jennifer Lawrence. The angst was gripping and the cinematography was beautiful. Watch it anyway, it’s worth it.

Here are some good songs from the soundtrack which was curated by Lorde (I am Lorde, ya ya ya)

Yellow Flicker Beat – Lorde

Scream My Name – Tove Lo

All My Love – Major Lazer

The Leap – Tinashe

CHVRCHES – Dead Air

Charli XCX – Kingdom (ft. Simon Le Bon)

The Chemical Brothers – This Is Not A Game ft. Miguel

Roll on November 20, 2015…

-Lara, girl on fire (Don’t ridicule me.)

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American Horror Story So Far…

Season 4 – Freak Show

Ah, yes. 1950s America – Florida, 1952, to be precise. It’s about one of the last remaining freak shows in America. Or the survival of the freaks/performers. Or Elsa Mars’ desire to be famous. Take your pick. My queen Jessica Lange is still at it. She’s just so enchanting to watch and her characterization is so different every season- although she still has that greedy charm to her every time.

This is Elsa Mars. Respected German expatriate freak show owner who collects freaks and provides them with their one true ‘home’… the freak show tent things. Amazing. Also, I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, but Elsa’s backstory and reasoning behind her actions is beautifully written and gripping.

My second favourite actress on the show – Sarah Paulson – plays Siamese/conjoined twins, Bette and Dot. Paulson honestly does a great job as the twins are so dissimilar I almost forget that they’re being played by one actress. Also, their backstory might surprise you.

Even though the series is an anthology… we have been told that there are connections with previous series. One connection for certain is Pepper from Asylum. Hi Pepper from Asylum.

Verdict: It Keeps Gettin’ Better (note the reference to Christina Aguilera, who is totally irrelevant in this post, but whadaya gon’ do ’bout it?)

-Lara, biggest Jessica Lange fangirl