30 Days of Kiki : day 29

day 29- in this past month, what have you learned

(in no particular order)
I look great in a moustache.
Sometimes, writing a book is just a matter of bums on seats.
Alcohol’s just not all it’s cracked up to be.
Neither is Diane Cluck.
I need glasses (for work).
The Loving Hut do great burgers, but shit TV.
I need to meditate more often (or indeed, at all).
I really need a new career.

ps: Shouldn’t that be “what have you learnt”?

30 Days of Kiki : day 28

day 28- a picture of you from last year and now, how have you changed since then?

This is me a year ago, fresh off the boat from Carlisle after my brother’s wedding, showing off the staff bag I designed and my mum made while I was there (thanks mum ;)).

staff bag

And this is me last week on the moustache shenanigans photo shoot.

hey! calm down, calm down!

How’ve I changed? I guess the becoming scouse, growing my hair (head and face) and telling everybody to “Calm down, calm down!” all the time has been the major change. Apart from that nothing much is new really.

Actually, what an odd question to be answering. We change daily, moment to moment, so you may as well ask, How am I the same? As the Buddha said, not only can the same man not see the same river twice, but there is no one to see the river.

That being said (and so as not to be boring)… I have managed to give up all forms of intoxicants (and by that I mean alcohol – I don’t count caffeine in that list), I’ve been more solidly vegan and come up with many recipes, I’ve come to understand what I do and don’t want in life more clearly, and I’ve become more decisive in moving away from negative influences for the better. Overall it’s been quite a positive year.

The challenge is Now (and there’s a statement!) is to invoke further change, massive change, and get out of this rut I’m still pretty much in. Maybe change is constant, but it doesn’t seem like it sometimes. Then again, that’s what the blog’s all about, so I’ve got that going for me. 🙂

ps: The moustache shenanigans final photos are on their way. They’re just being photoshopped up into their final form at the moment, and then they will be released upon the world.

Chocolate Almond Crunchies

Here’s a nice simple sweet snack to make that’s well tasty. And I dare you to not lick out the bowl when you’re done.

tea and crunchy

150g dark cooking chocolate (I used Dr Oetkers Continental Plain Chocolate)
50-75g of cornflakes
1/3 of a cup of almond flakes
1/2 tsp almond essence

( makes 8 )

melting chocolate

Break up the chocolate and put it in a medium glass or ceramic bowl with almond essence. Put a medium pan on a high heat with about half an inch of water (so that it doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl) and bring to the boil.

Remove from heat and stir chocolate until melted. Return to heat as needed to achieve this.

adding cornflakes

Add the cornflakes and stir in until completely covered by chocolate. How much you put in is up to you, but if they’re not covered properly the crunchies won’t hold together.

Stir in the almond flakes until mixed. Don’t worry too much about covering them with chocolate too.

put in bun cases

Dish out into bun cases and then let cool completely. You can put them in the fridge if needed to cool them faster, it won’t make any difference to the flavour.

Enjoy with a nice cuppa char. 🙂

Zack and Miri make a Porno

“Hi, I’m a delivery man, and I have some cream for you!”

Kevin Smith has made some great films. He’s made some iffy ones too (Mallrats anyone?) but generally he can be relied upon to come up with the goods.

Sometimes the stories around his movies are as interesting as the movies themselves; the controversy around Dogma, including his protesting of his own movie; shooting his first film Clerks at night in the movie stores where he worked; but that’s by the by. His films stand out as almost a genre within themselves, with a returning compliment of actors and characters, recurring themes of interpersonal relationships and pop culture references, and sharp witty dialogue (yes, I said witty) that’ll have you in fits of laughter.

I have a soft spot for parts of all his films, but his ‘best’ and most accessible movie to date has to be Zack and Miri make a Porno, the tale of how the relationship between two friends changes after they have sex (on camera).

There’s not a duff moment in this movie. The story flows seamlessly so that we accept as perfectly reasonable the idea that they have to make a porno to make some cash. Everyone in it gives a solid and believable performance, including Katie Morgan, an actual porn star who I thought was a proper actress they’d hired because she looked ‘porny’. Seth Rogen manages to hold it down as Zack, the slovenly roommate of Miri, Elizabeth Banks, and even Superman, Brandon Routh, does a great job as Bobby Long, out but still slightly repressed boyfriend to Justin Long’s gay porn star, Brandon.

It really is a strange movie, but it’s worth the effort. Well written, well made, this is a warm and caring comedy that really shows us the cuddly side of the porn industry. Have a box of tissues handy, coz you’ll need ’em. 😉

Oh, and this has nothing to do with Zack and Miri, but you gotta watch this clip from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. I wet myself laughing every time I see it.

Jason Mewes, Jay to Kevin Smith’s Silent Bob, is in Zack and Miri too. Really, that’s all the excuse you need to see it. Ever hear of a Dutch Rudder? You’re gonna have to see the movie to find out what it is.