Homemade Naan bread

I’m a big fan of curry and naan bread, especially with a good chutney.

Which is why when my mom was out volunteering the other day I decided to try making homemade naan bread with chicken curry and rice. The nice thing about curry is that it’s not only good for you (as long as you don’t eat artery-clogging cream varieties in excess) and is absolutely divine.

This blog post will go over making naan bread step by step, while also making a few other foods to go along with the meal. The naan is the hardest part, while the other parts of the dinner were mostly just remnants from previous meals and all they required was heating up. So if you have shredded, pre-cooked chicken, rice, and curry sauce, then you’re good to go with the entire meal.

But your not reading this blog for mindless chatter, you’re here for food. So here it is!

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The Doctor’s new companion is…

…. Pearl Mackie! She will be playing a girl named Bill, who has the fashion sense of Rose Tyler and apparently Donna’s attitude. The new companion was named on Saturday on the BBC network, with many people cheering on afterwards.

Bill and the Doctor can be seen interacting in the new trailer released by BBC, which shows a bit of Bill’s personality and the contrast between her and the Doctor. In my opinion, Clara was a little bit of a Goody-two-shoes and was too similar to the Doctor in personality (or was that the point?) so having a decent foil would provide more friction to the show. If I had to pick the companion myself I would have chosen Faye Marsay, the lady who played Shona in the Last Christmas special, but Pearl Mackie is good. A companion who isn’t so perfect or flawless would be good for the series.

Bill comes on as the companion to replace Clara Oswold, who left last season after basically being turned immortal and dead at the exact same time. (Long story.)

 

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This also comes after Moffat stepped down as the writer of Doctor Who in January, which was also followed by a lot of cheering. With a new companion and a new writer, the show could be headed in an entirely new, possibly better direction.

Duolingo App review

Duolingo was launched in 2011 from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania as an outlet for people to learn new languages at no cost. It’s become fairly popular and updates with new languages on a regular basis. Some of these languages include Turkish and Irish Gaelic. They recently announced on their Twitter account that they’ll be adding Korean. Many people are learning new languages with Duolingo every day. I’m going to tell you about my experience with it.

I started researching language and learning apps as soon as I got my first smart phone last Christmas. I had never had a cellphone before that point and thought it would be cool to have tools and utilities that I could use to learn new things. I already know quite a bit of German, my grandmother herself being from Germany, and I’ve taken two semesters of German in my high school. I wanted to be fluent, though.

That’s where Duolingo comes in. You can learn multiple languages at the same time with its system. It also times and keeps track of your progress and you can set your level of learning and how fast you want to learn with everyday practice. It also gives you a percentage level to look at to see how fluent you are in the language you’re learning. If it’s correct than I’m 24% fluent in German. It also gives you notifications daily so that you remember to practice and don’t slack off.

Duolingo works in a different way than most language classes, though. Instead of giving you list upon list of vocabulary words to memorize or complex grammatical charts, Duolingo feeds you the grammar and vocab slowly as you pick it up piece by piece. A bit like how a toddler or a baby learns to speak. This model works great for me, but others might not like it or find it tedious.

So, all in all, I’d say the app is worth trying. It works fine on my phone and I haven’t experienced any of the audio problems that others seem to have. Although the microphone seems to think I have an accent (“It’s MinnesOta not MinnesoTA!”) and will occasionally misunderstand me.

 

‘The Angry Birds Movie’ launches OST, Blake Shelton’s music video — CINEMA BRAVO

Atlantic Records has announced its release of “The Angry Birds Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” due everywhere on Friday, May 6th. The Columbia Pictures and Rovio Entertainment 3D animated comedy “The Angry Birds Movie” arrives in theatres across the Philippines on May 11th. “The Angry Birds Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” is available now for […]

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Of Hogwarts and Houses

With the release of the new trailer for “Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them” I’ve never found myself prouder to be a Hufflpuff. It’s revealed that Newt was nearly suspended from Hogwarts for “endangering human life” but was saved by Dumbledore, leaving everyone to wonder what Dumbledore saw in Newt Scamander. Throwing the Hufflepuff stereotype of meekness and dull wits to the wind, Newt seems to be clever, cunning, and resourceful.

This trailer pushed Anne (my younger sister) to join Pottermore.com, where she was sorted into Gryffindor. I wasn’t overly surprised since Anne can be pretty feisty at times, but is a great person whose fun to be around (she’s also a pretty great sister), but she seemed upset. Anne was hoping to be sorted in Ravenclaw. I asked her why and she said that Gryffindor has a lot of expectations piled on top of it: bravery, cunning, loyalty,  and hot headedness. She even said that she would have rather been in Slytherin than Gryffindor. According to her the other houses don’t have quite the bang to them or as strict a stereotype.

Anyone who read the Harry Potter series knows that the Gryffindors are shown as party animals, jumpers before thinkers, and the first to pick fights. Hufflepuffs are dim, lazy, and slow. Ravenclaws are cold, logical and cunning. Slytherins basically get equated with death eaters.  Gryffindors are also shown in the spotlight as the house to be in, without taking into account that everyone has a different personality.

I find this kind of weird, because the sorting hat specifically describes the houses:

You might belong in Gryffindor,
Where dwell the brave at heart,
Their daring, nerve, and chivalry
Set Gryffindors apart;

You might belong in Hufflepuff,
Where they are just and loyal,
Those patient Hufflepuffs are true
And unafraid of toil;

Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw,
if you’ve a ready mind,
Where those of wit and learning,
Will always find their kind;

Or perhaps in Slytherin
You’ll make your real friends,
Those cunning folks use any means
To achieve their ends.

 

The sorting hat literally says that Gryffindors put others before themselves, that Hufflpuffs aren’t afraid of hard work, that Ravenclaws can be abstract and creative geniuses, and that Slytherins are loyal and ambitious people. Their stereotypes and associated features contradict what they are actually like.

When I was first sorted in Hufflpuff I was upset. Especially since Hagrid had clearly said “a bunch o’ duffers” about the house. Of course, then I found a bunch of house groups on facebook and was introduced to the fact that Hufflepuff’s specialty is botany. Something I’ve always been good at is gardening. I also love bugs and biology. Making friends? yep. Baking? Yep. Exploring nature? yep. After some thought I came to realize that my house fit me like a glove.

I certainly hope that anyone else whose questioning their house will look into themselves and try to reflect on who they are and what standards they hold themselves to, instead of trying to get into the most popular house or a house that might not suit them. At the end of the day, though, it’s all pretend, but gives a sense of belonging to some people. You shouldn’t cry or be upset over a house choice, because you might find yourself in a house that fits you perfectly.