FILM TEASER: Moana (2016)

Genre: Animation | Disney
Directed by: Ron Clements and John Musker
Starring: Auli’i Carvalho and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson
Written by: Taika Waititi

To those who know me well, you will already know that my all-time favourite New Zealand filmmaker is Taika Waititi.  He is the talented, Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter who brought us such films as Two Cars, One Night (2004)Boy (2010)What We Do in the Shadows (2014), and Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016).  But, most admirably, he is the writer behind the soon-to-be-released film Moana, which will see the much-anticipated introduction of the newest Disney princess. Continue reading

‘Love Another Mother’ This Mother’s Day

Why hello there!

I know what you’re thinking – it’s been a long time!  A lot has been happening over the last month – I moved back to Dunedin and settled into postgraduate study – but I am beyond excited to reconnect with you all and let you in on what’s been happening in my life lately.

The big question on my mind for the last few weeks has been this: What are you doing for your mother this Mother’s Day?  I know that for some people the answer to this is always simple: a nice card, a box of chocolate and maybe some flowers.  But the reality is that for some mothers out there this is not going to be the case.  Some families just do not have the means to celebrate their mother or show her just how much they appreciate her. Continue reading

Types Of People At The Airport

For those of you who read my previous blog post, you’ll already know that I have returned to Dunedin for my University year.  This involved one hell of a journey, driving from Hamilton to Auckland, flying Auckland to Christchurch and finally onto Dunedin.

As much as I love travel – and I love travel – this journey included a ten hour wait at Christchurch airport.  Admittedly this isn’t exactly the ideal scenario when travelling; it is always preferable to fly direct or at least have minimal time in transit.  However, as well as a keen lover of travel, I also happen to enjoy indulging in a bit of good ol-fashioned people watching.

Ten hours is a long time to sit at the same booth, in the same departure lounge, with ever-changing crowds of people walking past. So this week I decided to cram all ten hours of people watching into one video: Types Of People At The Airport. Continue reading

What ’50 Shades Of Grey’ Taught Me About Love

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that yesterday was Valentine’s Day.

This time last year, the movie version of ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ was released.  Do you remember the story?  It involves a young college graduate named Anastasia Steele who begins dating the successful businessman Christian Grey, only to discover that he is a sexual sadist who wants to lure her over to the dark side of his deepest desires.

But what you may not know is that this story of fetishism has been read by women the world over, and apparently they find it to be very erotic and emotionally fulfilling.  All I can conclude from that is that this story must be an encyclopaedia full of information about love.

So, in celebration of that very fact, I decided to make a video called “What 50 Shades Of Grey Taught Me About Love”.  Check it out! Continue reading

Happy GALentines Day

This morning I woke up painfully aware of one, simple fact: I am single.

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Dr. Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

That probably came off as the most depressing blog post intro that I have ever written.

Believe me when I say this: I am incredibly happy with my current single-status and the life that I am living.  The popular culture narrative around being single is founded on ideas of loneliness and loss, and it irks me that people are under the assumption that a single life is an empty life.  I feel that I lead a happy and full life, and I am the best version of myself I can be. Continue reading

The Kanye West – Taylor Swift Debacle Continues

For all the Soutside n****s who will know me the best

I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex

Why? I made that b***h famous

God damn, I made that b***h famous

All I can say is this – typical.

Kanye West, a rapper who seems to revel in the limelight that controversy brings, has recently debuted his seventh studio album ‘The Life of Pablo’.  Whilst many of his songs host attention-grabbing lyrics, perhaps intended to spawn backlash or at the very least gossip, it are his lyrics in the song ‘Famous’ featuring Rihanna that really take the cake. Continue reading

Super Bowl AKA The Beyoncé Show: An Open Letter To Queen Bee

Dear Beyoncé:

Let me start with this: I am a HUGE fan.  I was a Beyoncé fan when you were a member of Destiny’s Child, promoting a healthy body image for “Bootylicious” women the globe over.  I remained a Beyoncé fan when you branched off as a “Naughty Girl” and fell “Crazy In Love”.  I continued to be a Beyoncé fan, now that you are “Flawless”, and I have no intention of changing my fan status now that you are pushing social issues you are passionate about. Continue reading

Social Rules: To Drink Or Not To Drink

Have you ever hosted a party or social gathering at your house?  Well – at 22 years of age – I can safely say that I have hosted my fair share.

Don’t get me wrong; I absolutely love having people around at my house.  But the responsibility of hosting people at your house brings with it socially awkward situations.

This week on my YouTube channel, I decided to tackle the society’s rules around what to do with beverages, both alcoholic and non, that are left over at your house following a social gathering.  It would mean the world to me if you would check it out!

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#PrayForHashBrowns

Today I was perusing the internet corner that is Twitter, and came across a trending hashtag started by @oap900 – #HashBrownEquality and #PrayForHashBrowns.  To some people, this may not mean much… But it really got me thinking!

At some indeterminable moment in the past, the reign of the hash brown ended, and there entered the standard cooked breakfast of Bacon, Sausages and Eggs.  Greasy forks forewent their box graters in favour of poaching pans.  Menus everywhere were being edited, and nobody seemed to be looking back.  Effectively, in an instant, morning-time tuber consumption was transformed forever.

I have to say that I don’t love it.  People go on and on and ON about how much they love a plate of bacon, sausages and eggs… But what about the humble hash brown?!  That is why, today, I #PrayForHashBrowns and #HashBrownEquality.

You may ask how I, and my fellow hash brown lovers, are going to rally the troops for #HashBrownEquality?! Well the answer is simple.  As with most food-related problems, the solution can be found in a recipe.

INGREDIENTS

6 golden potatoes, peeled

2 tbspns standard flour

1 egg, lightly whisked

Pinch of salt

Vegetable oil

  1. Preheat the over to 100C fan-bake, and line a baking tray with baking powder.
  2. Grate the potatoes into a colander, then attempt to remove as much liquid as possible from the potatoes.  Once this has been done, transfer the potatoes into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add the flour, egg and salt into the mixing bowl with the potatoes.  Stir until the mixture is well combined.
  4. Divide the potato mixture into 12 equal-size portions.
  5. Pour vegetable oil into a deep frying pan, until the oil reaches a depth of 2cm.  Heat the oil on medium-high heat, then spoon 4 portions of potato mixture into the pan.  Shallow fry these portions for 3 minutes, or until they have turned golden-brown underneath.  Turn the portions over and continue shallow-frying for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. Remove the 4 portions from the shallow fry, place on the baking tray and put into the preheated oven to keep warm.
  7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 for the remaining 8 portions of potato mix, topping up the vegetable oil if and when needed.
  8. Season the hash browns with salt and pepper, then serve!

These taste beautiful when served with your choice of seasoning and sauce.  My suggestion would be some sour cream and parsley leaves, or the classic Kiwi favourite Wattie’s Tomato Sauce.

Admittedly, from a health viewpoint, it isn’t advisable to eat a large portion of potatoes for breakfast.  However, if you are going to allow yourself this little indulgence every now and then, you may as well do it right!  A massive chuck of potato flesh by itself would not be particularly appetising, but untouched grated potato bits sandwiched in amongst a crunch outer hash brown exterior is simply glorious.  Who are we kidding?! We need this sort of indulgence in our lives so, if you’re going to do it, then do it.

The next time you fancy a good old fashioned, home-cooked breakfast, why not try some hash browns?! They are quick and easy to make, and taste delicious when they are straight out of the oven.

Please share my recipe and follow my blog to keep up with the latest happenings in my kitchen. I would love to hear your thoughts on the hash brown, and how YOU like to eat it.

#HashBrownEquality

L x