I’ve done it, I’ve jumped on the bandwagon of monthly favourite blog posts and I love it. Here are some of my favourite things from the month of November which, by the way, went by in about ten minutes.
I’m starting with TV because I think there has just been so much good stuff this month. This has resulted in the furthering of my status as a 24 going on 80 year old when it comes to social calendars, but I’ve embraced it. First can we just talk about how ridiculous David Attenborough is… How amazing is Planet Earth II? That unbearably tense iguana and snake scene, the comedy of the bobcat faceplanting straight into the snow, the ridiculous proximity to that jaguar in the rainforest… All the emotions in one hour on a Sunday evening. It’s almost too much.
Netflix has been banging out the crackers recently – no I haven’t watched Stranger Things. I can’t cope with scary and I’ve read mixed reviews. But I have been absolutely loving The Crown – even though you know what’s going to happen (as it’s about the actual real life royals) it’s still completely gripping. The acting and casting is amazing, and it looks so beautiful. I feel there was no need for the graphic scene on the operating table in the early episodes however; if you’re squeamish there’s a warning I wish I had. Also, Designated Survivor is finally satiating my Jack Bauer withdrawal symptoms. It’s no 24, but the concept is clever and highly addictive. The only downside is that they release the episodes weekly! What are you doing Netflix, the point of you is so we can binge both on episodes and share bags of maltesars.
I saw Bridget Jones’ Baby in a local cinema this month, and I loved it! I wasn’t sure how to feel about the absence of Hugh, but Patrick Dempsey is a worthwhile replacement, and Emma Thompson a brilliant addition. It was actually really funny too; the whole cinema was laughing so much at times you couldn’t hear the dialogue. Yes I cried at the end.
Obviously being an absolute Harry Potter fanatic, I rushed to the cinema on the first Meerkat Movies day which followed the release of Fantastic Beasts. (I’m not made of money.) Eddie Redmayne is amazing as usual, and you’ll fall in love with his baker friend. Some points were a tiny bit slow moving, but overall I think it was a great film with some good twists, and an exciting opening for a sequel. (Edit – or FOUR as I’ve read this morning!!) Another triumph from J.K. Flipping scary though, how is that a 12A? I definitely shouldn’t watch Stranger Things.
The order I have put these categories in is showing a lot about my personality. I thought I would mention my trip to Jamie’s Diner in Piccadilly this month as it is probably one of my favourite restaurants. I say that; I’ve only had one dish so I guess I should say they serve one of my favourite meals there. And I should add some variety into my life. In my defence, I’ve only been a handful of times, but it was one memorable dish. I have the chicken and fries in a basket, which comes soaked in lemon with coleslaw and an amazing ranch sauce. Most of the food is diner style, but cooked really well, ‘cause it’s Jamie. It’s not cheap, but I would recommend it for special occasions. We went after we had visited House of MinaLima, which you can read about in an earlier blog post! Also, they used to do this amazing apple and cinnamon soda which I haven’t seen ANYWHERE else, but have stopped doing it. If you’re reading this Jamie, which obviously you are, sort it aat.
On the baking front, I had my first go at mince pies this month for about ten years and they were amazing! The last attempt was with my mum and we didn’t leave enough pastry to make the lids, or enough ingredients to make more pastry. The resulting aesthetically displeasing mincemeat cups didn’t even taste nice. But this recipe I would recommend to anyone – it’s BBC Good Food’s Unbelievably Easy Mince Pies. There’s no rolling involved, and I think it’s the golden caster sugar which makes it extra special. Even my Nan – the mince pie connoisseur, was impressed.
What I’m reading
I started The Time Traveller’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger back in October and I have only just finished it. The premise is of a man, Henry, who involuntarily travels back and forth to different eras of his life, and the impact this has on his relationship with his wife, Clare. I enjoyed it, but not to the point where I couldn’t wait to pick it up or equally couldn’t put it down. The concept is at points confusing – it is unclear who knows or remembers what from the various periods of time travel and it takes some thinking to keep up. This is not a bad thing, but requires an investment in the story. It picked up at the end, but overall l would give it a generous 3/5.
A few other things
This month saw another birthday come and go. Perhaps in a subconscious protest at progressing further into adulthood I decided to recreate a favourite childhood party – we went bowling! It was brilliant fun, and I believe a very under-rated pastime. I was poor, and yes I did have the sides up. I did not this time, however, have to pester my mum to buy me the 20p minstrels from the slot and turny handle machine. I bought them myself obviously.
Finally the festive drinks have returned to the coffee shops - gingerbread lattes are worth the wait.
At the beginning of the month I finally joined Instagram – I know, catch up grandma. I’m really enjoying it; there are so many amazing photos out there. I’ve been loving: cupcakegrid, sofiabakes and divacupcakeslondon (again, food.) I’ve also been finding there’s way more positivity on there than Twitter. I know there is a huge downside, which is enough for a whole other post, but for finding inspiration I think it’s been great.
Thanks for reading my first ever monthly favourites. I hope you have a great December, and I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the above.
Ciao for now x
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