Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Spicy Baked Mac and Cheese

Finally posting the other mac and cheese recipe that I used recently!

Sorry that it took so long. I've been writing a lot of articles for Affairs Today recently so my blog has kind of been put on the back-burner... But now I'm back!

I made this recipe because a friend of mine said that he was craving mac and cheese and asked if I would make some for him. As I said in the last mac and cheese post, I was browsing through Spoon Fork Bacon and found a few recipes - this being one of them. I knew that my friend likes spicy foods so I thought that this recipe would be perfect to make for him. And I was right! It says that it feeds between 6-8 but there were 3 of us... and we finished it all. Oops!


This one is completely different to the brie and camembert mac and cheese I made. Mostly because the cheese's used aren't as strong and it's not quite as saucey and it is pretty spicy. I think it was a bit too spicy for me but it was still enjoyable! 

There's a big divide between mac and cheese lovers. You either love it when there's loads of sauce or you love it when it's baked and the pasta soaks up all the sauce. I think I'm definitely more of a sauce-y mac and cheese kind of girl so I prefer the brie and camembert recipe, but for all you baked mac and cheese lovers out there who like a bit of a kick to your food, this recipe is definitely for you!

Let me know what you think!

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Black Lives Matter v. All Lives Matter

Latest opinion piece for Affairs Today! 

This one is on the Black Lives Matter movement and the 'All Lives Matter' rhetoric that people always fire back with. 


Let me know what you think!

Also, I haven't been posting the news articles that I've been writing. Otherwise I'd constantly be bombarding you with blog posts about stuff that you probably already know! So I've decided to just post my opinion pieces. But feel free to check up on the Affairs Today website or like us on Facebook to keep up to date with all the latest news stories!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Brie and Camembert Mac and Cheese

A couple of mac and cheese posts are going to be coming your way in quick succession because I've gone through a bit of a mac and cheese phase recently.

It all started when I found my new favourite food blog: Spoon Fork Bacon.
I was browsing through their recipes and quickly bookmarked two mac and cheese ones. I read them out to my mum and she was determined to have this one for dinner that night. And who could blame her. Brie and camembert together in one creamy pot of mac and cheese goodness? Sounds amazing, right? Well, it was.


Yes the topping looks a tad burnt, but who doesn't love an extra crispness to their meal? 
Just look how yummy that looks. All that bie and camembert just melted together to make such an ooey-gooey-yummy cheesy sauce and the specks of whole grain mustard that you can see [the recipe calls for Dijon but I used whole grain instead] gave it just a little tang. 

The only thing missing was some salty, crispy bacon which would have pushed it over the edge into food of the Gods. Because everyone knows that everything is better with bacon. So what did we do with the leftovers that we were saving for lunch the next day?


Fried up some bacon to top the mac and cheese with, of course. I highly recommend anyone trying out this recipe to do the same because it really just completes the dish.

Anyone wanting to try out this yummy recipe can find it here: http://www.spoonforkbacon.com/2014/04/creamy-skillet-mac-cheese/

Happy cooking!

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

ISIS is not Islam

Latest opinion article for Affairs Today is up!

This one is on the wrongly believed assumption that ISIS is Islam, which is not the case.



Let me know what you think!

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Les Miserables @ The Esplanade, Singapore

I saw one of my favourite theatre productions yet in June at the Esplanade in Singapore - Les Miserables. It was incredible. Amazing cast, fabulous music, incredible staging - it had it all.




















I've only ever seen the movie and I absolutely loved that. I love the storyline and I love the music. It's so evocative. 
I get goosebumps everytime I watch the movie so I knew watching the production live would be 10x more amazing. And I was right.  

 

 It's so hard to pick a favourite song because they are all so good. Everytime I think about writing my favourite down I think of another and I have to reconsider! 
I Dreamed a Dream is obviously one of the most famous songs and for good reason. I loved that song but I actually thought [unpopular opinion coming] that Anne Hathaway sang it better in the movie than the actress did in the show... Not that she wasn't amazing, because she was! I just prefered the movie version. 
I love One Day More because so many different characters are singing their own songs and it's just so dramatic and amazing to watch and listen to. They all blend together so well but at the same time you can pick out each song and it's just so incredible. 
Similarly, I love Do You Hear the People Sing/The People's Song because it gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it. Seeing all the people on stage coming together getting ready to fight for something they believe in whilst singing this song is amazing. It is also played at the finale so it's the last song you hear in the musical so again, it's a really big moment.
 On My Own is close to being my favourite song from the show. It's a beautiful song and it's so emotional. The actress in the production sang it so well, as did Samantha Barks in the movie. 
My overall favourite song though, oddly enough, is probably Master of the House. It's the only song in the entire musical that provides some comic relief and not only is it really catchy and happy, but it is also really funny. I think the Thenardiers are actually my favourite characters of the whole show because they are so amusing to watch/listen to. 

 

I went with my dad, one of my parents friends, and one of her friends because my mum refused to go. She thought it would be too sad for her to watch and whilst it does have its sad moments, they handle it well. 
[SPOILERS]
When Gavroche is killed, the spotlight falls on him and its silent for a moment but then his brother carries him off center stage and the scene carries on. Because it doesn't dwell on the moment, it doesn't get too sad/emotional for the audience. Well, it didn't for me anyway. The only time my eyes welled up, was when Eponine was dying/singing with Marius. And it was mostly because of the music and the fact that it carries on for a while. It's a sad song but it's also a sad moment. Not only is she dying but it's the first time Marius has ever shown any affection to her in the way that she wanted. 
My mum definitely would have handled it but I'm also glad she decided not to go because it meant I could!


 If anyone gets the opportunity to go see Les Miserables, you should definitely go and see it. I guarantee you'll love it. 
For anyone in Singapore, it's still showing at the Esplanade so go get your tickets!
Also, look out for the staging. It is done so flawlessly and cleverly. The way the scenes transition and the way the spotlights are used when a character dies. Especially when {SPOILERS] Javert dies. They use a moving screen as the backdrop of the stage to make it look like he's falling off the bridge and into the water. It is pretty spectacular.

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Victim blaming - Stanford rape case

Latest opinion article for Affairs Today is up! By latest, I mean it was actually posted on the 19th June... Still relevant though!


This piece is on the infamous Stanford rape case and how this case was the latest evidence for the culture of victim blaming that is prevalent in our society. 

Unfortunately for this victim, and for so many others, the court and the media focused more on what she had done on that night to have this awful assault happen to her and how this would affect the assailant's life and his swimming career, instead of focusing on the terrible act that Turner had committed and how it will haunt this girl and her family for the rest of their lives. More blame was placed on the victim for being drunk than on Turner, who had sexually assaulted an unconscious woman. Whilst the fact that he was drunk gave an excuse for his actions, the idea that the victim was also drunk somehow meant that she had been asking for this to happen to her. This double standard is all too often prevalent in many rape cases.

Have a read and let me know what you think!

Saturday, 2 July 2016

The Delancey @ Wild Honey: Singapore

Wild Honey describe themselves as a cafe that loves breakfast and with meals like the Delancey, I 100% believe them.


I've talked about how much I love Wild Honey before, and how amazing their breakfast meals are. Whilst this may not be a traditional breakfast dish - definitely more of a brunch option - I would gladly have this to start off my day any morning of the week.

What's not to love? Sacha & Son's [a New York Delicatessen] pastrami piled up high on thick slices of toasted brioche, topped with two poached eggs and covered in a grain mustard hollandaise sauce. Delicious.


This is everything you want from a meal. Slightly sweet from the brioche, peppery and juicy from the pastrami, rich from the poached egg and tangy and creamy from the mustard hollandaise sauce. It was so good. And it was nicely washed down with a prosecco mimosa! Which Wild Honey make rather strong, FYI. 

If anyone is looking for a new dish to try out at Wild Honey, or if anyone is going for the first time, I highly recommend the Delancey. You won't be disappointed!