Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Belated Valentines post

So myself and the bf don't really celebrate Valentines day, because you know.... we're too cool for all that......... yeah right! So ignoring our coolness for a moment I decided to make something cutsy out of left over pancakes. Heart shaped chestnut pancake cakes.



This is a very simple recipe that takes minutes to pull together.

You will need:

8-10 Pancakes
Chestnut spread
Orange zest
Heart shaped cookie cutter
Chocolate Sauce

 Place your first pancake on a board. Mix together the orange zest and chestnut spread. Spread a layer of chestnut spread over the pancake and then layer on another pancake and repeat until all the pancakes are stacked. Place the heart shaped cookie cutter on top and carefully, using something flat and heavy (e.g. a book), push the cookie cutter through the stack and repeat until you've cut as many hearts as you can. Drizzle with chocolate sauce and serve to your loved one = )



No-one could call me un-romantic ;)


And finally so you can see the delicious chestnut-ness

Oh the sweet zesty earthy chestnut goodness
Hope you try these and enjoy!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Revisiting Breaking Bad

I have a little valentines post planned which I had hoped to have ready for last week and then for today but time has not been on my side this week. Work, work and more work would sum up my week and with all that work there was very little time left for baking. Today I spent a significant amount of time making another type of desert but I made one mistake that ruined the perfection and I would not subject you to that so instead I offer an opinion that I have been working on the last few weeks.


My boyfriend has been watching through all five seasons of Breaking Bad. It is interesting to watch through from the beginning again. I am not one of those people that enjoy re-watching (with the exception of Gilmore Girls). My whole childhood my sister loved re-watching episodes and it drove me mad but now she's a gifted academic and I wonder whether I was missing something, revisiting brings many more insights than the first time.

During this re-watching of Breaking Bad something potentially controversial occurred to me and I want to share this insight for your consideration.  Everyone hates Skyler, and yet I honestly think Skyler is one of the most important characters in the whole show and the work of Anna Gunn is absolutely pivotal. Ok, now you may be thinking 'Shut up Cat, I hate Skyler!' I'm right there with you, but why do we hate Skyler? Why?

(Below I discuss this further, with spoilers, in white writing. Highlight to read)

If we consider every action taken by Skyler, they are all reasonable. She discovers that her husband has terminal cancer and she throws herself into his care and treatment and we think 'Go away Skyler.' She pushes to get him the most expensive doctors and searches for ways to pay for that treatment and we think 'Just mind your own business Skyler.' She starts to notice that her husband is drifting away from her, leaving his home for long periods of time with no explanation, acting in odds ways that are even affecting his job and she tries to address it with him and we think 'F*** off Skyler.' She sees through his lies and we become more annoyed rather than notice how smart she is. 

Skyler has struggled with the changes and felt understandably felt betrayed and disgusted by Walter's decisions and in many ways reflects how we should be feeling. However I would wager that she actually feels so strongly negatively throughout the show that we rally against her. We project our negative feelings about Walter's decisions onto Skyler, making her a super-ego style figure for us all to rebel against. Even in season five when Walter has jumped right off the edge and abandoned any notion of doing this for his family we continue to cheer for him and boo Skyler and I believe this will continue.

It takes some amazing writing and some wonderful acting to create a character who behaves in such normal rational ways and yet with whom none of us are intended to relate.

 This is just my opinion but it's safe to say that this truly is a brilliant, intelligent and wonderful show and one which has viewers absolutely gripped, if you haven't watched it yet, why not?

All images property of AMC, meme from quickmeme.com

So.........that went well......but I'm back with a bang!

At the start of the year I said that I would try to post more regularly and......yeah....that didn't happen =/ Finishing this doctorat...