5 shows you need to binge watch right now

1. Orphan Black:

  • Genre: science fiction, conspiracy thriller
  • I have fallen in love with this show, and am already onto season three. The series focuses on Sarah Manning, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah assumes the dead woman’s identity as a policewoman, claiming her boyfriend and her bank account. But instead of solving her problems, Sarah is introduced to a world of mystery when she discovers that she and the dead woman are clones. Her next question is: are they the only ones?

2. Parks and Recreation: 

  • Genre: comedy
  • This show is just perfect when I need to chill out and take a study break. I’m only on the second season, but this show has been around for a while so there are seven seasons altogether. Amy Poehler plays the hilarious overachiever Leslie Knope, the deputy director of the Parks and Recreation Department in the fictional town of Pawnee. The show focuses on the absurd antics of Leslie and her colleagues as they attempt to execute random projects, in an effort to make their city a better place.

3. That ’70s Show

  • Genre: sitcom/comedy
  • This one’s an oldie but a goodie! It’s constantly replaying on TV so I’ve watched all eight seasons a bunch of times. But if you somehow haven’t heard of it here’s the lowdown: the show focuses on a group of teenagers from Wisconsin while they are living out their high school years in the golden period of 1976-1979. The majority of the show takes place in main character Eric’s basement, where the gang all hang out. Interestingly enough Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, who are now married, play love interests on the show!

4. RuPaul’s Drag Race

  • Genre: reality competition/trashy TV
  • If you’re looking for something to zone out to during your down time this might be the show for you! Everything in this series is taken to the extreme: the personalities, the costumes and the challenges.  Actor and drag queen RuPaul hosts the competition and mentors people as they compete for the title of ‘America’s next drag superstar’. There are mini challenges in each episode, and a main challenge which can be either individual or group focused. The winner of the challenges are granted immunity so they can remain in the running, and they also receive prizes for their win. But who will win overall?

5. Pretty Little Liars:

  • Genre: drama, mystery thriller
  • This show of six seasons is loosely based around a book series of the same title.  Set in the fictional town of Rosewood, Pennsylvania, the series follows the lives of four friends whose high school clique falls to pieces after the disappearance of their leader, Alison. A year after Alison disappears the friends are reunited once again when they all begin receiving messages from a mysterious person named “A”. The unknown “A” threatens to expose the girls’ deepest secrets, including the ones they were sure that only Alison knew. At first, the group think it’s Alison herself, but after her body is found the girls realize that someone else is plotting to ruin their perfect lives….

Winter warmer: Indonesian Chickpea Curry

The following recipe is taken from the Revive Cafe Cookbook. A family friend cooked this dish for me and I thought it was awesome! 

Ingredients:

  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 2 Tbsps oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 3 Tbsps ginger puree
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp ground tumeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 x 400ml cans tomatoes
  • 200ml can coconut cream
  • 2 x 400g chickpeas
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp honey or date puree

Method:

  1. Slice and roast carrots for approx 20 mins at 180° C
  2. In a large pan cook onion, garlic and ginger in the oil until clear
  3. Stir in spices
  4. Add tomatoes and heat until boiling
  5. Add salt, coconut cream and honey/date puree
  6. Add chickpeas (drained) and carrots

Enjoy!

Tip: It’s super easy to turn this curry into a delicious satay! After you stir in the spices, mix 1/2 cup peanut butter and 1/2 cup hot water together to make a paste and add into the pot. Then add in the tomatoes and continue as per the recipe.

Hit and Miss

Hit

  • Pitch Perfect 2: Although I’m often dubious when it comes to sequels, this movie exceeded my expectations! I loved the songs, and there were some really hilarious scenes. I’d give it 4/5 stars
  • The warmth of a full cup of hot coffee on a cold morning
  • Yoghurt Story’s Panna cotta flavoured frozen yoghurt
  • Or you can miss the dessert and do Junk Free June! Besides being a healthy thing to do, it’s also an official fundraising event for The Cancer Society of New Zealand

Miss 

  • The end of Campbell Live: I couldn’t believe that MediaWorks cancelled such a high quality current events show! Hopefully John reappears on our screens again sometime soon…
  • The looming exam period
  • Having to defrost the car in the morning and being late to your destination
  • The lack of tomato sauce given with chips at the Burg – I need my sauce!
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