Happy Valentines Day! As I’ve mentioned before that as I don’t like to overly celebrate Valentines. Dan and I usually cook a nice meal together and then watch a movie at home. In the spirit of this low key celebration I thought it would be fun to share a few of my movie recommendations no matter what your relationship status.
About Time – I don’t know why Dan is collecting good boyfriend points all of a sudden (less than a week ago he took me to see this), but he is like they are going out of style, so this is the movie we will be watching tonight. It is Rachel McAdams’ third movie as the wife of a time traveller, and the latest offering from Richard Curtis is as full of all the quintessentially British and undeniably human moments you would expect from one of his films.
Rush – OK, so it’s a little for her as Chris Hemsworth’s perfectly sculpted bottom is on full display in the first 10 minutes or so, but after that it’s all cars and testosterone for 90 exhilarating minutes.
The Giant Mechanical Man – I am instantly drawn to any movie featuring actors from my favourite American shows, and this delivers in abundance: Pam from the US Office, Dr Danny from The Mindy Project and Eric from That 70s Show. This movie is obscurely indie enough (I found it whilst trawling the depths of Netflix one night) that you will seem cool and trendy, yet unlike many of its peers is highly watchable, so you won’t be sitting there wondering if your date is plotting his / her imminent escape.
Celeste and Jesse Forever - This is Rashida Jones movie writing debut, and what she has created is a beautiful bittersweet story of what happens after marrying your best friend hasn’t worked. It is heart breaking and often hilarious, and the chemistry between Jones and her co star Andy Samburg is wonderfully believable.
50/50 – Does anyone else remember when Joseph Gordon Levitt was just the littlest alien in Third Rock From The Sun? Every movie I see him in he just gets better and better, and his performance in this, as a man in his late 20s fighting cancer with a 50/50 (hey, that’s the name of the movie!) chance of survival, is one of his best to date.
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This Is The End – This was without a doubt my favourite movie of last year. I think I must have watched it about 5 times already. Stuck at James Franco’s house during a world wide disaster, a group of actors playing themselves have to try and survive. It is full of ample drug use, dirty humour and dozens of cameos from celebrities. It’s easy watching, so you don’t have to pay attention to the film the whole time which makes it perfect for watching with a group of people.
These little chocolate orange mousses can be whipped up in about 10 minutes in things found readily in even our small city supermarket. This is an only slightly adapted version of the recipe I posted 2 years ago for Valentines, with the addition of a little cream on top and a cheeky spike of alcohol in the mousse. Instead of serving them in martini glasses like last time I chose a selection of glass pots, jars and tubs I had accumulated in my cupboards, I love the eclectic look when they are served together.
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Boozy Chocolate Orange Mousse
adapted from Gordon Ramsey’s recipe
serves 4 (or two hungry people) (or one person who is just having one of those days!)
100g Orange Chocolate
165ml creme fraiche
2 tbsp Cointreau (optional)
284ml whipping cream
1 tblsp of something to sweeten the cream i.e. icing sugar/honey/golden syrup
smashed up chocolate to decorate (optional)
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water.
When the chocolate is melted, but cool (you don’t want it to warm as it will melt the cream) mix in the creme fraiche.
Whisk the cream with the sugar/syrup until it forms soft peaks, reserve ⅓ and set to one side and fold the remaining ⅔, with the Cointreau into the mixture.
Divide into serving bowls, add a spoonful of whipped cream to the top and sprinkle with the smashed up chocolate.