Monthly Recommendations

So, it’s the start of a new year and it’s time to try out something different! Here’s some of the stuff I’ve started doing this month:

1. Books – Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

People have been talking about this book for a little while now and I’ve had to read it as part of my course. Though it’s one of those books I’ve been meaning to read. Actually once you get over the slightly difficult way its written, things begin to make sense. The connecting stories which though at first sight do have you thinking its a collection of short stories, break down into interlocking chapters and really it just leaves you hungry for more, which then makes it so hard to put down! So, yeah I can see why it’s so interesting.

TV/Film
There’s a lot of shows appearing now and I can wait for the new series of Hustle to start. I love how the team are con artists, yet they con bad guys and there’s always a good twist at the end! Eternal Law start last week and though I’ve yet to see it the idea of angels being lawyers is an interesting one. Call The Midwife is starting this Sunday and its based on a novel, which is a memoir. Set in 1950’s slums of East-end London, it follows the story of a new midwife getting to grips with the relates of life.  It looks really good and I plan to watch it with my mum, who is a full trained midwife though she has a different job now.
The new movie I want to see this month is War Horse. It tells the story of a horse at the front line in WWI and looks wonderfully filmed. I bet there’ll be sad parts too, but I think its nice to have a different take on how animals were used during the war and the amazing stories that they could tell if they could talk. It’s based on a novel and also a stage play.
3. Music
Within temptation and Raise To Remin are the new bands are discovered over Christmas. I still need sometime to listen to them before I decided officially on them. But RTR sounds like BFMV, a screamy/shouty heavy band, whilst WT have a sound softly/slowly sound to them.
4. Cooking
Awesome American Style Chocolate and Cherry muffins
Ingredients:

300g self-raising flour

1tsp baking powder

90g caster sugar

150g bar plain chocolate (chunks)

250g cherries, stoned and halved

250ml milk

2 medium eggs

4tbsp sunflower oil

12-hole muffin tray silicone/paper case or an american muffin tray (I used)

Firstly, set the oven to 200°C. Sift the flour and baking powder. Stir in caster sugar. add plain chocolate and cherries. Then lightly beat together the milk, eggs and oil. Stir them into the dry ingredients. Spoon this mixture into the silicon or paper cases and bake  for 15-18 mins, or until they are a light-golden colour and feel firm to the touch . Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cook completely. Serve warm or cold. If there’s any left!

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