If you’re an Outlander fan, you’ve probably been following the cast and crew’s Twitter and Instagram updates from South Africa, where some of the episodes for Season 3 are being filmed.
Caitriona Balfe (Claire) and Sam Heughan (Jamie) have posted several pictures of their adventures in and around Cape Town. Newcomers César Domboy (adult Fergus) and Lauren Lyle (Marsali) have explored some of the Mother City’s top tourist attractions. And even Diana Gabaldon, the American author viewers have to thank for creating Outlander’s fascinating characters, had plenty to rave about during her recent visit here. Continue reading →
I have three of Nigella Lawson’s books on my kitchen shelf. The television gourmet and self-confessed chocolate fanatic is my go-to person whenever I feel the need to create something cocoa-infused and gorgeous. This weekend, I tried her Devil’s Food Cake for the first time. Continue reading →
Oh, Michael Fassbender! Where have you been hiding?! It’s astounding that mainstream Hollywood has taken so long to notice the half-German, half-Irish actor who commands the screen with his magnetic physicality and deeply affecting portrayals of everyone from hunger striker Bobby Sands (Hunger) to Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung (A Dangerous Method). Continue reading →
I’d forgotten how much I like to linger over John Cusack on screen, but it all came rushing back this week when I took advantage of the rent-one-get-one-free special at our neighbourhood DVD store and watched Serendipity and Must Love Dogs in a single afternoon. Continue reading →
I read an interesting article the other day about how, when it comes to children, mothers are supposedly nurturers and carers while fathers are playmates. This is true for a number of my friends, particularly the households where both parents work long hours. The exhausted couples return home in the evenings and, while the moms set about making supper (and washing the dishes, and doing the laundry, and tidying the house), the dads play with and entertain the kids (for a while, at least). I know this sounds a bit like a 1950s stereotype, but I’ve seen it firsthand at the homes of my nearest and dearest – and I’m sure they can’t be the only ones. There’s a similar pattern emerging at Chez Janine, where my hubby and my daughter are spending quality time together in the evenings while yours truly is cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Continue reading →
Anyone who’s ever worked a night shift will tell you that it’s no picnic. It’s difficult to endure and it’s not for everybody. The physical strain alone is enough to separate the men from the boys, so to speak, but my biggest challenge over the past two years has been the daytime sleeping. Continue reading →
My husband read yesterday’s post about the stranger in my dreams and our subsequent conversation turned to celebrity crushes and people of interest from our respective pasts. His (previously secret) fascination with Fergie’s beautifully toned tummy had this Black Eyed Peas fan in fits of laughter, while my confession had him raising his eyebrows in astonishment. Continue reading →