Saturday, 17 August 2013

10 Ways to Eat Baked Beans

1) With sweetcorn mixed in
2) With lashings of pepper (you'd be surprised how much the taste changes)
3) In a toastie. A twist on beans on toast.
4) With a dash of ketchup/brown sauce/peri peri (useful for when you spend too much on booze and have to buy the cheap brands)
5) Cold. Not nearly as disgusting as it sounds.
6) Make your own!
7) Mixed with minced beef/Quorn mince to create a quick, filling meal.
8) Added to cooked mushrooms (let the mushroom juice and bean sauce mingle).
9) Heated for longer to thicken the sauce (again, useful for those cheap brands).
10) As a dip for nachos. Greatly improved by grated cheese.

Heinz: The King of Beans

Thursday, 8 August 2013

The Heat Review

The 'good cop bad cop' concept has had a makeover and The Heat prompts the question 'why hasn't this been done before?' Uptight, by-the-book FBI agent Sarah Ashburn (Sandra Bullock) is paired with foul-mouthed officer Shannon Mullins (Melissa McCarthy) to solve a drug case in Boston.
The character clash is instant and hilarious. Mullin's loud, lewd behaviour is offset by Ashburn's reserved and mildly repressed personality.
You'll also notice other famous faces, such as Marlon Wayans and Michael Rapaport, but the majority of screen time goes to the ladies. I thought this was a refreshing change and the golden pairing of Bullock and McCarthy reminds the world that, given the chance, women deliver quality comedy.
The script is well written and crammed with jokes, each of which are delivered with the precision you'd expect from such accomplished actresses.
I should also take the time to mention the kick ass soundtrack. The Isley Brothers open the film and set the tone with such precision it reminds you that background music really can make a film something special.
However, the plot was slow moving. Perhaps they should have spent less time swearing and more time on the case. There was also a blatantly obvious continuity error at a pivotal point in the film. A crying shame as the rest of the directing was top notch.
I'm awarding The Heat 4 stars as the comedy was nothing short of hilarious and I'm already clearing a place on my shelf for the DVD. It also gets major points for not forcing a romantic interest.

Monday, 5 August 2013

Giorgio Armani Liquid Foundation Review

Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation Shade 4
RRP £34

On first look the product is nothing special. The bottle is a boring black cap and glass combo that sports a functional pump top. There is no design flair which is surprising considering its origins. I expected something I would be proud to display on my dressing table. The 'Giorgio Armani' is barely visible, a look that is probably meant to be understated but comes out as depressingly unremarkable.
The foundation has a smooth, silky texture but upon application it becomes evident that it is too thin. It lacks coverage with even minor blemishes remaining visible.
There's a temptation to layer it on to improve the coverage, but this isn't possible as the foundation glides around with a shiny appearance to any that has not been blended properly. It also highlights any dry skin patches that weren't noticeable before application.
My skin was left feeling slightly oily with a rather unattractive sheen.
For the price, it is an abysmal waste. I've had better results from cheap foundations. One star. To shame Armani, to shame.