Tomato and Pea Pasta 

What you will need

  • 1/4 packet of dehydrated peas
  • 1 tin diced tomatoes 
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Basil, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf 
  • Garlic 
  • Parmesan cheese 

In a saucepan boil the peas with a little water and salt until peas become soft. Add the tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, bay leaf, parsley and basil. 

Summer until sauce reduces – approx 30 minutes. 

Add to cooked pasta and sprinkle with parmasen cheese to serve. 

Movie Review: Ghost In The Shell 2017

Plot: In the near future, Major is the first of her kind: A human who is cyber-enhanced to be a perfect soldier devoted to stopping the world’s most dangerous criminals. 

My thoughts: First of all, I have to admit that I am a huge fan of the original Ghost in the Shell anime from 1995. I first saw it when I was thirteen years old, and it blew me away completely! So going into seeing this film, I have to say I was expecting it to break my heart. But luckily, I was happily surprised. The storyline, although different from the original, was full of depth and gave the Majors character a back story that was rather intriguing. The “villain” of the movie, was brilliantly acted and really kept me captivated and wanting to know more. Scarlet Johansson did a wonderful job at acting the Major (I was never a big critic on this though, as after seeing her in ‘Under The Skin’, I knew she could pull this sort of role off fabulously!) As for the other actors in this film, woah. They were all cast amazingly. I especially have to give props to Pilou Asbeek, who starred as Batou. I’m hoping to see him in many more films to come!

The scenes that were recreated in this film from the original, were done with a lot respect for the material. I actually found myself with a big grin on my face as I saw the scene of the Major being created. Visually, it’s a really stunning film! Although I have to say one negative I found was that there were two scenes in particular where the CGI in this film was rather awful and took away from the immersion. 

If you’re a fan of the original, I would say go into this film with your thoughts at the back of your head and try to enjoy this film as if it’s brand new. Otherwise it can cloud your judgement and lead to disappointment. If you haven’t seen the original, I think it’s a great film definitely worth checking out! 

And also, please go watch the original anime if you haven’t already, you won’t be disappointed in the slightest, ha-ha. 

I do 

I apologise for my lack of posts lately, I have been off marrying the love of my life. It was a spectacular day and we will cherish the memories we made with our closest friends and family for the rest of our lives! 

But now, it’s time to get back to every day life. I’m looking forward to getting out some more movie reviews, and sharing some of my favourite recipes with you.

We also have a trip to Fiji coming up later in the year, so I can’t wait to take lots of happy snaps and share the experience! 

Movie Review: Green Room

Plot: A punk band is forced to fight for their lives after witnessing a murder at a Neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

My thoughts: I’m actually a big fan of the thriller/horror genre, and this movie did not disappoint. It is a fun, sometimes horrifying and witty film. The realism of the tactics used by the band to survive, along with the sometimes brutally realistic gore leaves you really feeling empathy for the victims, and a deep want for revenge seeping in! With a wonderful cast to compel audiences even more, it stars such actors as Anton YelchinAlia Shawkat, and Patrick Stewart. I would definitely recommend this film to anyone who enjoys the thriller genre, or anyone who enjoys survival and revenge.

Toasted Almonds, Honey and Mascarpone Figs 

A very simple dish that’s delightful on a hot summers night!

What you will need

  • Figs – halved
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • Pure icing sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Toast the almonds in a frying fan on a low heat until lightly golden. Leave aside to cool. Add the mascarpone and the honey into a bowl and stir to combine. Sprinkle the now cooled almonds with pure icing sugar.

Place the figs on a plate, with the mascarpone, and almonds sprinkled over for a delicious crunch. Also goes fantastic with a glass of sweet dessert wine.

Bon appetite!

The Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road

Situated on the Great Ocean Road, the Twelve Apostles are limestone rock stacks which rise up from the Southern Ocean on Victorias coastline.

Created over millions of years by constant blasting winds and the wild ocean,  erosion of the limestone cliffs has formed caves in the cliffs. The caves eventually became arches, and when they collapsed rock stacks up to 45 metres high were left isolated from the shore. 

Although sadly over the years some of the rock stacks have started to crumble, what is left is jaw-dropping beauty, no matter what time of the year you visit.

I was lucky enough to visit this wonderful spot with my fiancé earlier this year (it is currently Summer in Australia from December – March), and am definitely planning another visit down the Great Ocean Road within the year.

With so many beautiful spots to see, Apollo Bay, Lorne, Anglesea, Airleys Inlet, it is a definite must for anyone visiting Victoria, Australia.


 

Not your average wedding songs

As someone who doesn’t listen to the usual “pop” music, finding music for my up-coming wedding was quite a struggle! Here are some of my top picks of music I have come across on my research of not so average wedding songs.

The world is ours – Donora
The dress looks nice on you – Sufjan Stevens
I will be there – Odessa
Sea of love – Cat Power
I will follow you in the dark – Death Cab for Cutie
Love like this – Kodaline
The girl – City and Colour
Bloom – The Paper Kites
Mango tree – Angus and Julia Stone
Until we get there – Lucius
Heart skipped a beat – The xx
Little numbers – BOY
Falling down – This Wild Life
Beautiful – Smashing Pumpkins
I would do anything for you – Foster The People
Flowers in your hair – The Lumineers
You’ve got the love – Florence and the Machine
Light Me Up – Birdy
All I want – Kodaline
All of me – Angus and Julia Stone
Young and beautiful – Lana Del Ray
Better together – Jack Johnson
Walking on a dream – Empire of the Sun
I need my girl – The National
Settle down – Kimbra
Anyone else – Moldy Peaches
I like the way this is going – The Eels
Feel love – Ben Harper