Outlander’s Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Cesar Domboy and Lauren Lyle make the most of Cape Town’s sunshine

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

Nigella’s Devil’s Food Cake is heaven on a plate for lovers of chocolate

Picture of Nigella Lawson's Devil's Food Cake as made by Janine Du Jour
Nigella’s Devil’s Food Cake is definitely one of the softest, crumbliest cakes I have ever made. Every mouthful is a treat! Picture: Janine Du Jour

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

Jane Eyre: Michael Fassbender fills Rochester’s riding boots with ease and Mia Wasikowska is anything but plain as the heroine

Picture of Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska in the movie Jane Eyre
Michael Fassbender plays Edward Rochester and Mia Wasikowska stars as Jane Eyre in director Cary Fukunaga’s interpretation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel. Picture: Allmoviephoto.com

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’ve been caught in between all you wish for and all you need

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

X-Men: First Class – Michael Fassbender, your magnetism is going to make you a star!

Picture of Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr Magneto in the movie X-Men First Class
Michael Fassbender plays Erik Lehnsherr – the mutant who becomes Magneto – in director Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. Picture: Allmoviephoto.com

German actor Michael Fassbender has been hovering on the fringes of Hollywood for a while, doing really big things in really small roles. He was memorable as Stelios in 300, but all the attention was on Gerard Butler’s abs at the time; he impressed critics as hunger striker Bobby Sands in Hunger, but the film was hardly a commercial success; he put his German to good use in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, but somehow Brad Pitt stole the show. He has completed filming for the upcoming Jane Eyre opposite Mia Wasikowska, and for David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method opposite Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley. I’m sure his interpretations of Rochester and Carl Jung will be superb, but for the moment, it’s X-Men: First Class that has my attention. Continue reading