‘Mad Money’


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Director: Callie Khouri

Writers: Glenn GersJohn Mister, Neil Mckay, Terry Windsor

Lead actors: Diane KeatonQueen LatifahKatie Holmes

2008, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

It’s weekend…and for the first time in a while this friday I had what we call…’The Friday Feeling’:)

This movie is again one of my favourites…a comedy that you cannot miss, unless you’ve seen it already!

I don’t agree with the message it sends but every now and then we need to look at life with a funky red pair of glasses and just have a good laugh:)

I am an absolute fan of Diane Keaton and her role in this film is the reason why I still find it funny and intriguing after watching it more than once:)

Bridget is an upper-class housewife who finds herself in the need to take upon a job as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. She becomes friends with two other employees and together they put in place a plan to steal money that is about to be destroyed.

After a lifetime of playing by the rules a moment’s decision will change all of their existence.

For better or for worse….?

Well…you will have to watch it and find out:)

Very straight forward story but the way the plot thickens, becomes more unrealistic and completely funny it’s all thanks to the three female characters. Their chemistry it’s off the charts and by the end it seems that they might have pulled of the perfect crime…or maybe not!

I love the ingenuity of the plan…the perfect match of roles…the quick and smart thinking…the free care attitude…all of which make this movie worthy to watch.

…and between all the broken rules, there is still place for a love story…awww:)

Life is not always fair…it’s not easy…it does not play by the rules…but with a bit of fun…we can bend the perception and live it as we imagined it:)

Have an amazing Sunday:)

Your movie lover,

Julia

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‘Love it or…’


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There is a new stream in town…It’s the LOVE & HATE tag:)

I don’t use the word ‘hate’ very often, just because I think it’s a bit strong, so for today’s challenge I will share with you a few things I absolutely love and some others I avoid as much as possible:)))

Thank you very much to Kat and her wonderful blog https://anewfoodblog.wordpress.com for the nomination!

Challenge rules:  In this tag we have to share 10 things we love and 10 we hate and nominate up to 10 blogs to do the same.

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The 10 Things I absolutely LOVE

1.  CHOCOLATE

2.  SUMMER

3.  THE COLOUR RED

4.  MOCHA

5.  ROSES

6.  PHOTOGRAPHY

7.  WRITING

8.  BOURJOIS EYE LINER

9.  HIGH HEELS

10.  PARIS

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The 10 Things I don’t really like…at all

1.  Cold

2.  Fake people

3.  Juice with pulp

4.  Soft tomatoes

5.  Rain

6.  Early early mornings

7.  Ice cubes in drinks

8.  Celery

9.  Clowns

10.  Winter without snow

I will leave this nomination open and anyone who wants to share is more than welcome to get on board:) I never took part in a tag challenge before, so thanks again to Kat…it was fun:)

Love,

Julia

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‘The Pastry Lesson’


Welcome to The Sweet Corner:)

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Today’s post is somehow a more detailed addition to one of my previous posts about chocolate tart!

The recipe had such a good response…obviously because it’s absolutely delicious:)…and some of you asked for more details about making your own pastry, so here we go…your pastry lesson!

For the full recipe just click Chocolate tart🙂

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I’ve always believed pastry is something that only experienced chefs make…I was so wrong:)

The first time I had a go, to be honest…it turned out great…but the second and third, it was awful! I wanted to give up and never make pastry again:))) I’ve researched some of the best recipes out there and came to the conclusion that I will have to find a recipe that works by combining some ideas.

Pastry recipe:  225g plain flour, pinch salt, 2 tablespoons icing sugar, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 140g unsalted cold butter, chopped, 2 tablespoons iced water.

Method: For the  pastry, place flour, salt, sugar and cocoa in a food processor and process for 15 seconds until combined. Add butter and process until butter is finely chopped. Add iced water slowly until it forms a dough that just comes together when pressed. Wrap in cling wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

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The secret here is to work really fast…do not handle the dough too much with your hands; make sure you roll it out until it’s still cool! From my experience as it gets warmer, it will be more difficult to roll it and place it into the tart tin.

What I found really useful…if you cannot roll it and it’s sticky and breakable just place it back into the fridge for another 5 minutes:)

Roll pastry out between two sheets of baking paper to 3mm thick. This is probably the most important lesson I’ve learned when making pastry:) Rolling it out between two baking sheets will prevent it from breaking and stick on the rolling-pin.

Remove one sheet of baking paper and lay pastry over a 23cm round  tart tin with a removable base or 6 small ones.

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Press into tin especially into sides. Remove baking paper and trim pastry. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Use baking beads to prevent it from rising. Blind bake for 10-15 minutes until sides are crisp. Remove baking paper and baking beads and bake for a further 5 minutes if your filling does not need more baking; if it does once you’ve removed the baking beads, pour the filling and bake until ready! 

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I usually make a filling that needs more baking, so once I’ve removed the baking beads I will leave the tart to cool for about 3-5 minutes, then pour in the chocolate mixture and bake until ready, which in this case it’s about 10 minutes.

Your tart, once removed from the oven, should look like this:)

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Don’t worry about the edge where it’s a bit split, it will look smooth and even once it’s completely cool:)

In a nutshell, here are some basic tips:

  • Do not handle the dough too much once it’s out of the fridge
  • Roll it out between two baking sheets
  • Don’t worry if it breaks, you can always re-touch it while it’s in the tart tin
  • If you’re using a filling that does not need more baking, once you’ve removed the baking beads your tart will need another 5 minutes in the oven
  • Before decorating leave the tart to cool completely
  • If you want just a simple tart, remove the cocoa from the ingredients but make up the quantity with more flour

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This weekend I’ve made a caramelised pistachio and chocolate ganache top for my chocolate tart and it turned out to be a very delicious combination…

On hot summer days I would definitely make a light berry curd and some fresh berries next to it!

…on how to make a tasty berry curd, more next time:)

Enjoy your weekend and the sunshine!

Your Pastry Lover,

Julia

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