Monday, 27 February 2017

Meal Planning Monday II


Monday again?! These weeks are going by so quickly, which I'm actually kind of excited about as it means it's getting closer to our weekend break at Center Parcs with our friends Cat, Ollie and their gorgeous baby Alanna.

This weekend was pretty awesome, Saturday consisted of a lot of board games, Rich and I played Jaipur and 7 Wonders Duel in the afternoon, then in the evening we played One Night Ultimate Werewolf and Pandemic Legacy Season 1 with Cat and Ollie. I've been so excited to play Pandemic Legacy since we got it, as each play through affects the future play throughs by changing the rules. We lost spectacularly in our first play, doing really well until we hit a bad chain reaction outbreak of the virus (if you've played Pandemic before you'll know what I mean). It's all okay though, we're going to give it another shot soon!

This week's Meal Plan isn't that exciting, but I've got a busy week coming up with work.

Monday: Madeline Shaw's Prawn and Chilli Spaghetti - this should be made with brown rice linguine, but our supermarkets near home are pretty small, so I had to make do with wholemeal spaghetti. Never tried this recipe before though, I'm excited!
Tuesday: I'm off out bowling with work friends, so probably a burger or something.
Wednesday: Chilli from the freezer
Thursday: I've got a big meeting with work in London on Thursday so I'm not sure yet. Something quick and easy most likely.
Friday: I'm out again in the evening meeting a load of Oxford bloggers, so I'll be eating out yet again.

Told you it was a busy week!

As always I'll Instagram any photogenic meals over at @inelegantwench

Rachel x
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Friday, 24 February 2017

Film Review Friday | The Lego Batman Movie


I was quite excited when I saw the trailers for Lego Batman earlier this year, it looked funny, and as a
fan of the Lego Harry Potter games, I knew there was potential for it to be very tongue in cheek. I
was never a massive fan of the original Lego movie; I tried to watch it twice, but both times fell
asleep, but still went into the cinema feeling positive.

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I absolutely loved the beginning of the movie, with Batman talking over the intro cards and it
definitely reminded me of Deadpool, but a very much more child-friendly version. However the
beginning of the film was a huge action sequence which just felt a bit ridiculous, and very childish,
which was a theme which ran throughout the movie.

Some “kids” films are just as watchable for adults, like Toy Story and Wall-E, but Lego Batman leaned a little too heavily into kid humour, so the adult nods could get a little lost amongst the stupidity. I did get extremely excited when Voldemort turned up however, even though that in itself a little WTF.

Overall I’d say that it was watchable, but I won’t be rushing to see any other Lego movies which
come out, I’ll probably wait until they’re on TV at some point instead.

I'd give it a middling 7/10.

Rachel x

PS - Don't forget you can get a month for free if you sign up to Cineworld Unlimited if you use my code:  RAF-96BU-42FB-94VV-44NV 

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Monday, 20 February 2017

Meal Planning Monday I

Meal Planning Monday

I've been reading Clare's blog A Wee Bit of Cake for years now and have always thoroughly enjoyed her Meal Planning Monday posts, so thought I'd jump on the bandwagon (late, I'm always so late to a bandwagon) and share with you what I'm planning to eat this week.

Whenever I make a particularly photogenic meal I always Instagram it, so if you want to see live what I'm munching you should follow me on @inelegantwench.

I'm mostly following the Madeline Shaw 10 day meal plan this week which I got for signing up to her mailing list (link). I attempted to follow the first 5 days last week with mixed results. It being Rich's birthday on Saturday (blog post coming Wednesday!) and having a big important meeting at work, meaning lots of biscuits and a free lunch meant that a lot of it didn't get followed. Oops. I'm working from home for most of this week though so I'm hoping it'll mean I can stick to it a lot better.

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Monday: Black bean chilli (already eaten and instagrammed, see the pic above!)
Tuesday: Vegetarian spaghetti bolognese which will be made for me by my amazing friends
Wednesday: Smoked mackerel salad
Thursday: Leftover black bean chilli from the freezer
Friday: Lamb chops with parsnip mash and kale

I've not planned the weekend because we're playing D&D on Saturday evening which probably means either eating out at lunch or getting a takeaway for tea. Sunday will most likely be a roast of some description because we've really gotten into them at the minute. Our roast potatoes are the best ones in the world. Fact.

Let me know what you'll be eating this week if you know, I love nosing at other people's meal plans. I'm definitely that person being nosy at what you have on the supermarket conveyor belt in the queue.

Rachel x
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Friday, 10 February 2017

Film Review Friday | T2: Trainspotting


When we moved down south, we were lucky enough to have a Cineworld not that far away from us, so one of the first things Rich and I did were sign up to Cineworld Unlimted. In case you're not sure what that is, you pay £17.40 a month and can go to the cinema as often as you like, which for Rich and I is a lot.

They've just introduced a bonus for referring friends (you both get a month for free) so if you're considering signing up to Cineworld Unlimited, if you use my code: RAF-96BU-42FB-94VV-44NV then you can get your first month for free - winner!

Anyway, onto the latest film we've seen. Last weekend we saw T2: Trainspotting, the sequel to Trainspotting which came out in 1996. Obviously I was far too young to watch it in 1996 but my Dad showed it to me at about 16, and it's stayed with me ever since. I don't think I was ever in danger of trying drugs, but watching that film certainly made sure that I would never even allow the thought to cross my mind!

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The sequel is set 20 years later, and as a huge fan of the first movie, I was a bit sceptical. Sequels are rarely as good as the first films, but I went into it with an open mind, hoping it would at least be okay.

It was definitely better than just okay.

Opening with little snapshots of what the four friends are up to 20 years after the first film ended, it immediately started capturing the spirit of the characters, and throughout the film the character progression was excellent. The story itself is believable and has the same raw, slightly uncomfortable, but still totally watchable feeling of the first one, and it still doesn't shy away from gore. One of the early scenes was particularly disgusting, I'm sure you'll know which I'm thinking about if you've seen it!

The music and cinematography are fantastic, and Renton's Choose Life speech sent shivers down my spine with how good and accurate it is.

Throughout the film it has little flashbacks to the first one, but they don't feel intrusive, just perfect little nods to the past, and made me really want to watch the first movie again.

By the end of the film I was totally invested in the characters, and the end sequence had me on the edge of my seat and grabbing Rich's hand as I was so tense, but it was totally perfect.

If you're a fan of the first film, make sure you go to see this one, you'll love it.

Solid 9/10 from me.

Rachel x

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Saturday, 4 February 2017

On Not Giving a F***


It's been just over 3 months now since Rich and I packed up our lives to start again here in Oxfordshire, and I feel like since moving I've finally sussed out how not to give a f*** (I want to say the swear but I have family that read this blog, and I can't bring myself to use that word in front of my Grandma!) about what other people think.

I'm the girl who made out like she liked things, just to seem "cool", who wished for YEARS that she had straight hair because that's what everyone else had, and wouldn't talk about things I liked in case people laughed at me.

It's been slow progress, but I finally think I'm there. I now no longer care about telling people I love watching YouTubers, I don't really watch TV, that I go to festivals with my Dad and that I am in a D&D party and I love it. When I first started telling people these things, some laughed at me, but some people immediately started telling me about similar things that they enjoy too. In fact, by telling a girl at my new job that I love computer games, it's forged a really nice friendship between us both, and we have regular discussions about what we're playing.

In the spirit of not giving a f***, I'm going to start making more blog posts about these more alternative things. A part of the reason why I've not blogged so much recently is because the things I'm passionate about at the moment are really geeky, but it finally twigged the other day that it doesn't matter, I should just blog about those instead.

So prepare to see some blog posts about Dungeons and Dragons, board games, and any other general geekiness which I'm loving at the moment. I hope this won't put you off reading my blog, but it will definitely show you a part of my world I've never let you into before (does that sound dirty to anyone else?). I also have a LOT of embarrassing stories I can share, so why the hell not.

Rachel x



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