Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

My rating: 5/10

I had been looking forward to seeing this ever since word got out that Tim Burton was turning the book into a movie!

I’m a Tim Burton fan and had such high hopes for this movie.  I’ve read the book and loved it, so I thought I’d share the same feelings for the movie.  Unfortunately, I was very disappointed.  I can’t believe I actually found this movie boring!  

Was it just me, or did you think the same thing too?  

Did you watch the movie or read the book?  What did you think?


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Friday Flix

I finally had a chance to watch Suicide Squad.  

*spoiler free*


My rating: 7/10

What it’s about:

A US intelligence officer (Viola Davis) rallies a team of incarcerated villains for a top-secret mission.  Dead shot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Diablo, Killer Croc, Captain Boomerang and Katana must work together in order to save the world from a mysterious and very powerful being-the Enchantress.  Meanwhile, Joker has a plan of his own.


My Thoughts:
The movie started off to be very promising with an excellent introduction to each villain.  I’m not a big fan of Will Smith, but I thought he did a great job of pulling off his character.  Harley Quinn was pretty much the main spotlight, but didn’t quite do it for me.  I feel like she tried a little too hard. I loved her look though! 

As for Joker..he had a good creepy factor to him, but I still think Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson made better Jokers.  Sorry Jared..you didn’t quite cut it for me either.  But he had excellent chemistry with Margot Robbie and somehow make Joker look sexy.  Is that weird?Majority of the movie was quite good, but the ending was just all-around cheesy.  Was this an action or romance movie?  

What did you all think? Did you watch the movie? Who was your favourite villain?

What did you think of Jared Leto’s version Joker? 

Fish Fridays 

I was born and raised Catholic, and grew up in a Jewish community.  Aside from learning to make and eat Matzo Balls, lox, bagel and cream cheese (yum), every Friday was Fish.  As an adult, I have forgone this tradition.  However, I still like eating all the above mentioned..especially fish and chips.  The best fish and chips I’ve ever eaten was in San Francisco at Fisherman’s Wharf.  

What’s my secret for frying? The WOK! A traditional Asian wok, not the shit you find at Walmart.  I’m Asian, so chopsticks are my utensil of choice for frying.   

In my attempt to recreate the best fish and chips, here’s my version:

Ingredients

• 3-4 large russet potatoes peeled (these are the best type for making fries)

• Haddock or Cod (I prefer cod)

• Olive oil for frying (or oil of your choosing i.e canola or vegetable)

• 2 cups of unbleached flour or rice flour for a gluten free option.

• 2 tbsp baking powder 

• 1 egg

• 3 tsp sea salt or pink salt

• 1/2 tsp of fresh ground pepper

• 1 can (12 ounces) of soda water or 1 cup of light beer if you want to make this beer battered.

Directions

1.  If using a deep fryer,  heat the oil to 325 degrees F.  

2.  Peel and cut potatoes into fries. Some people like to double fry the fries to get them crispy.  I usually skip this step.  Fry the potatoes for approx 2-3 minutes and remove from oil and drain excess oil from fries.

3.  Turn the heat up to 375 degrees F.   In large mixing bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt & pepper.  Mix egg & soda water/beer in separate bowl then pour into flour mixture. Whisk until batter is smooth.  Coat fish with batter.

4.  Put fries on bottom of the basket, unless you have a double fryer and can put it in the second basket.  Fry fish and chips for 4-5 minutes until crispy and brown.

5.  Remove from oil and drain excess oil on paper towel.




Voila!  Fish and chips!

Do you have a favourite hotspot for fish & chips?  What type of fish do you like to eat? What is your favourite way to eat it? Fried? Baked? Steamed?

There’s always room for dessert!

Belgian Waffles with fresh strawberries and ice cream.  Yum!

If you haven’t already noticed, I have a serious sweet tooth.  Waffles are really simple and easy to make.  Even my 10 year old can make them without my help.

What you need:

• a waffle maker

• fresh strawberries (I like to buy local when available)

• olive oil to grease waffle maker.

• 2 cups of unbleached flour 

• 3-4 tbsp of melted butter

• 2 cups of milk

• 2 eggs

• 2 tbsp of cane sugar

• 2 tsp of baking powder

• 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

• 1/2 tsp. sea salt or pink salt

• vanilla ice cream of your choice.  I usually go to a local ice cream bar where they make their own ice cream.

• Maple syrup (optional) and/or confectioners sugar for dusting.  I live in Canada, so I am fortunate to be able to get locally made maple syrup.

Recipe Directions:

 Cook time – 3 min. 

1.  Preheat waffle maker.

2. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. 

3. Add wet ingredients and mix until well combined.

4. Pour mixture onto waffle maker, a bit at a time (approx. 1/2 a cup)

5. Dust confectioners sugar on waffle and add toppings!

Enjoy!

Do you like waffles? What’s your favourite dessert? 

Brr..when it’s cold out, make soup!

Mmmm..noodle soup! One of my favourite Asian eats are noodles.  Especially if it’s noodle soup like Pho.  

What you’ll need: 

• 1 large soup pot (approx 12-14 quarts)

• 1 pkg of rice noodles

• 5-6 beef bones (marrow or knuckles)

• 2 star anise (this stuff is powerful)

• 10 whole black pepper corns

• 1 tbsp sea salt or until saltiness desired.  

•10-15 cloves

• 1 stick of cinnamon 

• 1 small daikon cut into large pieces.

•1 small bunch of bok choy (optional)

• 1 whole white onion (small-medium size)

• 2 cloves of garlic

• chopped scallions as garnish.

• beef or meat of choice (optional) 

Quick Recipe: cook time – min. 3hrs

1. Put beef bones, chunks of lo bak, white onion (whole), garlic, star anise, cloves, cinnamon and peppercorns in large pot and full with water. Be sure to skim off fat every so often.

2. Let the soup cook for at least 3 hours for maximum flavour. Add salt and toss in bok choy. Let cook until soft.

3. Cook rice noodles in a separate pot.  Follow instructions on package.  I personally prefer fresh rice noodles, which you can only get at an Asian supermarket.

4.  Drain and rinse noodles once it’s ready. 

5. Garnish with scallions if desired.

Traditional Pho uses thinly sliced beef, like the type used in Chinese hot pot.  You can use beef brisket or in my case, rib eye steak.

If you are using brisket, you will need to add it in STEP 1.  If you are using steak, cook in a separate pan.

Bon Appetite! Hope you liked this recipe.  

What do you like to cook or eat on a cold day?

Fall Activities Book Tag

I totally missed the boat on this one, but thanks for tagging me Queen Mery!  Sorry about that 😬


Fall is my favourite season! I love it because of the cold weather. Bye bye bugs! AND because the best holidays happen to occur during this time-Thanksgiving, Halloween & Christmas.

Alright.  So here we go with the tag:

Apple Picking – a book on your TBR list that is so delicious you can’t wait to take a bite out of it.

Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Corn maze – a book that’s so much fun to get lost in.

Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling


Haunted House – a book that scared you silly.

Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Pumpkin Patch – the latest book you picked up/purchased.

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena


Scenic Drives – a book that is lyrically beautiful.

World Without End by Ken Follett


Pumpkin Carving – a book you didn’t like and wouldn’t mind carving up.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Drinking Apple Cider – a sweet book to curl up under the covers with.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden



Jumping in a leaf pile – a book that reminds you of your childhood.

Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer

This series reminded me of my teenage years and what it was like to fall in love for the first time.


Scarier Movie Night – your favourite spooky read.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz 

These stories scared me as a child.


Bonus: Costume Party – a book with an eclectic cast of characters.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs





HTGAWM: Who’s dead

*Caution: major spoiler alert*

If you missed Thursday’s jaw dropping episode, stop reading this RIGHT NOW! I’m about to reveal who died.  So if you’re still reading, you’ve been warned 😊.

Before watching this episode, I already had my suspicions as to who died.  It was either Frank or Wes.  I actually thought it would be Frank since he’s reached a point of no return.  Annalise wanted him dead, so it only made sense in my mind that she might try to find a way to kill him and make it look like an accident.  


On the other hand, I only thought Wes was a possibility to keep things interesting.  I figured his exit would only be merely wrong place at the wrong time.

So who actually died?  Drum roll..

WES.  I still can’t believe it!  I was totally shocked they killed off a major character.

Were you shocked too? Who did you think it would be? 

I’ve been nominated

Wow!  I want to thank For Tyeth at FTSabersite for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award.  I feel so honoured.  I started this blog merely to share my thoughts out loud to others alike.

As part of the nomination process, I was given some questions to answer. Ready? Here we go:

1) What would you consider your favourite post is so far? (apart from your next one that you haven’t written yet😀 ).

Hmmm.  Good question.  I’m not sure.  I’m a Star Wars fan, so probably the one about who’s more badass-Darth Vader or Kylo Ren. 

2) Why is my Homepage slow to update my newest posts? (It has posts from 3 days ago 😦 )
I’m not very tech savvy, so I have no idea why your posts don’t upload right away.  Perhaps it’s the theme you’re using?

3) Having seen so many “Foodie” posts and recommendations, what’s your favoutite food/snacks while blogging?
Ooooh..this is a hard one to answer because I’m a junk food junkie who’s a total foodie.  But I love French fries.  Especially hand-cut fries.  Here in Canada we have poutine which is comprised of hand-cut fries, Montreal cheese curds and gravy…yum!

4) Wow this is difficult, do you try to plan or schedule your posts or do you “wing it” and write as and when inspiration strikes? (Me personally, I fall between the two styles) 
It’s hard to follow a blogging schedule since I spend my days with my hubby and kids, so I just wing it.  I write about whatever I just finished reading, watched on tv or feel inspired to write about.

5) Who introduced/welcomed you to Blogging?
No one really.  Blogging is something I stumbled upon when I tried creating a website for my husband’s dog breeding business.  However, I do want to take this opportunity to thank all my followers and fellow bloggers. You are the ones who made me feel welcome to the world of blogging and keep me inspired.

6) I have met a varied range of people in a very short time, from the people you have met what is the most interesting thing you have learnt and from whom?
I have been fortunate to have met quite a few interesting people/blogs (you being one of them For Tyeth).  But there is a blog I follow called The Historical Diaries which chronicles historical facts/events that occurred each day.  I never paid much attention in History class, so I’m learning something new each time with this blog.


7) If you were to start a new blog what would you blog about?

I’d probably blog about Yorkies and my breeding adventures with my hubby.  You never know.  I might just start one in the near future 🤓

8) I spent a month planning my site and testing it before going live including deciding which Theme to use, which do you think is the nicest Theme and who uses it?
Hard to say.  We’re limited to the number of themes to choose from if you’re using WordPress’ free plan.  I’ve seen a few bloggers with the same theme as mine (Hemming Way).  Um.  I do think there’s one called Adele that I think is nice.  

9) In the world of Star Wars and Lightsabers colours say a lot about your character, so which colour best suits you?
As you already know, I like the red lightsaber 😜

10) It’s been an amazing 4 months for me since starting my blog and I want to get better at it next year, what are your hopes for next year?
Next year I hope to meet more bloggers, find more time to read and at some point finish my long list of reads. 

11) Phew! is this the end…if it is how do you think I’ve done?
I think you did an awesome job!  Keep up the fantastic work you do.

Cheers 🍻 

Foodie Fridays

Mmm..doughnuts! Drool..

I currently live in Niagara Falls, Canada and there’s an amazing doughnut shop called Beechwood Doughnuts. Bonus-it’s 100% Vegan (even though I’m not a vegan).  This place always serves fresh doughnuts with different flavours to choose from.  Sure, they’re a bit more expensive than other doughnut shops. And there’s always a line up.  But it’s a gourmet doughnut and SO worth it.  One bite of this soft and fluffy deliciousness is like having an orgasm in your mouth!

If you’re ever in my neck of the woods for a visit, you have to check it out!


Do you like doughnuts? Where is your favourite place to get them?