How to Care your Clothes with Ariel

Ariel liquid and Ariel tablets both from P&G
Ariel liquid and Ariel tablets both from P&G

On this week Beauty Squad section, I have thought it was interesting to show you something different. Everybody is talking about fashion, how to dress, what to wear or the best beauty products but the reality is there are not so many written articles about clothe caring or the proper washing. And I believe this is more useful than to start to talk about which sort of tendencies are going to be this A/W season. For that we have already Vogue and they know more than me. So, let’s divide the work properly.

First, some of you will notice this strange name of the brand: Ariel. No, it is not in honour of that famous Disney mermaid. To be honest that is the only point which the dossier which send us Procter & Gamble (P&G) does not explain: why someone had the occurrence of to use this name. For European people is quite normal and we are made to the stain cleaner but I understand that from people worldwide the name can result weird. Anyway, it is a P&G brand so I am sure it is distributed in all your countries but probably under a different name. Just check it.

The most innovative part about this two type of soaps is that they clean everything without the need of to add any other product. However, the boxes are for the tablets which have three components on them: the basic Ariel soap which cleans everything mostly by itself, a whitening component plus a blue one which acts like a hard stain remover but also like a fabric conditioner. All of this means that it does not only removes the most hard stains with a single tablet if not it lets your laundry fresh and without not so much need of ironing. More easy made ever.

Although, these magic tablets are not so magical and perfect yet. They have a small problem and it is they do not dissolve well in short laundry cycles. For this reason, it is recommended to use the basic liquid gel for those short programs or delicate clothes which mostly should be hand washing if you do not have a fancy washing machine which cares of your clothes like your dogs care of your children. If it is a very delicate piece of clothing which request a hand wash or a short cycle but it has been very stained; it uses to be recommended to take a bit of the liquid product and to rub it lightly over the stain. Leave it for a while and then wash it. Maybe you will need a bit more of rubbing like our grandmas used to do but I am afraid so many people is insulting the old when they do not have idea of the wisdom and knowledge they are loosing by do not respecting certain antique traditions.

Now, a quick guide. Do you know which sort of clothes are delicate and which not? In most cases, when you buy any new item for any brand it has the instructions on an inside label. That is for to read it and to learn, not for to cut it. However, like I know there are so many “no worries and happy living out there” there is a golden rule: underwear (any kind), lace, any sequins, tweed, embroidery… All of those are delicate clothes. In most cases, depending of the type of fabric it is recommended a dry cleaning for which none of these products must be used. I mean, a dry cleaning is not easy to do. It would make a whole post about it and probably it will not work for you if you do not have the right practise. In our days, it is quite easier and a way to manage the time properly to go with these clothes to the special cleaner places which offer those services. Seriously, dry cleaning is so complicated for to make it at home.

All the clothes which have a majority in cotton or polyester work well in hard washing cycles with any product. The only problem they could have is the sort of dye in the fabric. So please, check the label before which will warn you if there is a risk of colour mixing or not.

I hope there is not need to remember that one should not mix white and fair clothes with colourful ones on the same laundry. Sometimes that could be messy. But avoiding that, it is for an old logic: to keep the white whiter for long. It does not matter how many whitening products you could use. If you do not respect this basic rule the whites tend to fade to some sort of greyish, yellowish tones quickly.

Do you want more tips and tricks about difficult stains? P&G and me are at your disposition. Please, reach us by our Social Networks and happy laundry!

Gratin Cauliflower

Some of you probably have never heard certain expressions which is natural that you have never done because they have never been published neither shared. It is something which use to happens on the creative process and which keeps only for a “small” circle of individuals whom should know about them. Well, sometimes people talks with others and this small circle becomes bigger than expected. Without knowing how, everybody is talking about things which are fantastical but not the people can see them on those fantastical ways because they have not read the story of the script yet.

It is like if, suddenly, the whole world would be talking about Mandragores or Pixies… And they were trying to get early conclusions about what those things are involved on a certain world or universe which they completely unknown.

Following this crazy rule which is what has affected me all these years and which keeps happening but better or worst I am learning to deal with it. It also happens that most of my characters have quirky ways of to curse others. Why should they have to say the classic filthy words than Tarantino knows how to apply very well to his stories if I am not Tarantino? It is a fact, I could never make a story like him despite I enjoy them. For this reason, my characters have an expression which is: “Buckets!” You can translated like “Damn” but there is also the long way form of to say everything when you are bloody upset with someone. On those cases, my characters tend to send people to: “Harvest coconuts and dedicate to smuggle them” or they say: “Buckets of cauliflowers!” I know, I know, quite quirky but I am that way. Just like an otter will curse you saying: “Go and build a dam” or they “Don’t care if you’re building a dam”. You must to be on the world context to understand it.

So, in honour of the “buckets of cauliflowers” why not to share a cauliflower recipe which is something with tons of Vitamin D that people uses to do not eat enough? You can use this like a side dish for to fill a bigger meal or simply enjoy a full quantity of this which I can assure you it feels great on the chill time. In special, if it is creamy and warm. You can go for the longer version which is to go to the orchard, harvest the buckets of cauliflowers… No, kidding. Just bought it at the grocery store or farmer’s market and to boil it until it will be tender. In other hand, you have this quick option that will save you from more than one “what can I dinner?” neurotic moment in which it seems it has not been time for anything. I am going to explain how to make a white sauce. But even in our days that is already made on the market. In case of no time and quick recipe you can go for the already made option to make everything more easy and quicker.

Gratin Cauliflower
Gratin Cauliflower

Ingredients: (for 2, 4 if it is a side dish)

  • 1 package of frozen cauliflower.
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tbp margarine/butter
  • 500 ml of milk (your favourite, almond and soy ones work good with this recipe too)
  • 2 tbp flour (gf works well too)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg (if you are allergic you can substitute it for curry or cumin)
  • Breadcrumbs or cheese (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 240ªC. Bellow microwave version. On a big soufflé dish -or small ones for to make it individual- add the cauliflower frozen. Do not unfrozen it. Spread it uniformly and add a light pinch of salt.
  2. On a sauce pan. Melt the butter and sauté the onion until is golden and tender. Add the flour and lightly golden it. Before it becomes to thick hardly pour the milk over. Stir it gently without to stop on a medium heat. It must have a lightly thick consistency which the sauce will get on 2-3 minutes. Beware to do not burn it.
  3. Once it is done, add the salt and species to taste. Pour the sauce over the soufflé dish spreading it evenly. If in the lower side of the dish there is more white sauce left, do not worry. It is not about to cover only the cauliflower; if not about to let it cook with the sauce. Do not be scared to use the whole sauce you have prepared or bought.
  4. Spread over the top breadcrumbs or your favourite cheese. It is for to give it the golden crunchy texture but you can skip this.
  5. Put the dish in the oven and cook it for 50 minutes to 1 hour. In the oven it will not be done faster but using the right microwave recipient, you can cover it and it will be done on 15 minutes, maybe 10. All depends of the size of the cauliflower pieces. However, you are going to loose the crunchy gratin side but it is easier and quick for the ones whom dislike cooking.
  6. After the time, wait a bit before to eat it because I can assure you you will burn your tongue. The cauliflower will keep cooking for a while even if you have removed it from the oven or microwave so take care with that. And good luck. I hope you will enjoy it.

The Mirror of the Gods

Not sure how many of you have started to create stories or films with the Bradbury’s method. It is a simple one: you have the most simple concept in the world, maybe just a word, and you must create of it a whole story. It is fun if you really love this. If not you will soon notice this does not go with you.

I started to create all sort of short stories in Spanish with that method long ago. However, most of the times I did not had enough time to finish them. When I realised I needed a writing reel I found myself plenty, with so many notebooks filled with ideas and concepts which I keep classifying from one side and other having so many complicated worlds developing at the same time. I am quite messy. What am I going to do.

Although, when I finished college and I was studying at NYFA knowing that on there people tends to breakfast for free and to having a series of privileges that I am not sure if my country will ever have. I though: “Why to write in Spanish for to later translate it if I can already write it on an international language?” So, here I am since then: improving my Shakespeare way of to express myself until the point sometimes I do not even recognise my own or I must ask again because I am not sure what people means. It is a bad habit, actually, this thing about to write in English. No one around me understands me if I do not go to a tourist area. Quite quirky.

Anyway, here is a story which I originally published on my very old blog. It is from 2011 and what I cannot say exactly is if it was from August. On those times I posted so much fiction in short time. Not like now which is weekly. Back then, sometimes there were like two or three fiction posts on certain days. Sometimes because it was a special day. Sometimes because crazy situations online which I did not know how to understand well or to resolve annoyed me and I finished answering with a long text on my blog. Let’s be clear: it is not logic to start any web with all sort of “secret visits” or “messages”. But I had. Some of them declared hate, some love… It depended of the day or the hallucination of those times but I am afraid some of you have already experienced a bit what is to suffer that. So sorry, I do not know how to bear with those coffee addicts and virtual stalkers neither but I hope you enjoy this old tale. All my best. Peace and Love.

The Mirror of the Gods. Picture taken by me 2008.
The Mirror of the Gods. Picture taken by me 2008.

The Mirror of the Gods

An ancient legend tells that when the Gods created the humans, they created them for to have fun. They used them as muppets and they played with them as the kids do with toys. But, one day, one human discovered how to be free and to do whatever he wanted and he taught other humans how they should do the things to do not be slaves anymore.

The deities, scared for this revolution and for to be afraid of to lose the control of their game, decided to kill that human whom was opening the mind of the people. He died, but it was late, because when a spark ignites a sea of flames it is not easy to stop it. It is not easy even for the Gods themselves.

Although the Makers, in their supreme wisdom, decided the best for to control that loving riot was to punish the humans with their wrath. They created the tornados, the earthquakes, the floods and they wake up the sleepy mountains to burn the humans as if they would be in the Hades. Still, all these measures had not the effect that the deities expected. Most of the humans were acting by themselves: by pure love and respect to the other human and not under the fear to them. They did not obeyed the Gods and they did not respected them anymore. People stopped to reverence them, to offer them blood thirsty sacrifices and, instead of all of that, they claimed there was one God only whom was pure love.

Desperate and angry, because they could not prevent or to control what the humans could do, the Gods of the Olympia created a huge mirror and they put it on the highest place of the sky: above everything and unreachable for any human, bird or animal. They made it with the intention that all the humans of the planet could see it. And all the beings were fascinated for this beautiful gift. They looked at it all the nights amazed for its beauty and they reverenced it on its mysterious attraction and shine.

The deities, admired for the great result of this new glass, thought a last measure for to control the humans. Hermes, the messenger, was sent down to the Earth. He infiltrated among the humans to impersonate one of them. “Do you see this beautiful orb that appears at night? That is a gift from the Gods. But it not only looks beautiful in the sky and it gives light to the darkness. No. It is a mirror and it is magic. If you look at it all the nights and you tell to it all your questions, doubts and wishes the mirror will give you an answer,” spread he while he travelled all the world with his winged sandals.

At the beginning, some humans were a bit skeptical about this story but some of them discovered that when they told to the mirror their questions they had an answer in their dreams. If they told their doubts, they found a conviction in what they had to do whilst they were sleeping. And, if they told to the mirror their wishes, they came true. Some of them only in their dreams other in real but humans know that everything is not perfect so they accepted it. Furthermore, people started to thought that all these answers and dreams accomplished were signs and gifts from the Gods. Despite, the truth was it came from themselves but the old fathers were sage. After all, they have been the ones whom created everything and they knew the humans well. So, it was on them to know how the human thought as it was in the human to know how the God thought by himself. Still, that was complicated for those times and primitive people to discover it yet.

And this is the story of how the first gods had the control of the humans again. The trick was simple and smart: the humans tell all their doubts and wishes, the Gods listened but they did nothing. Just, to guess what the people would do to get their goals and to prevent their movements.

Why did not them get involved and helped the people to resolve their problems or to realise their dreams? Maybe you are asking yourself, dear audience, but the answer is simple and clear. Because when Gods created humans they created them with their own will, power and the necessary courage to do the things by themselves. Those were the teachings that the mortal whom sacrificed himself from the rest known well. Although, time is the worst enemy of all beings. It is sad that the trainings and lessons were swallowed by Cronus himself. And with that, everything was easily forgotten just like any legend or tale.

Who Can You Trust?

Matt Damon on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.
Matt Damon on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.

Spies, spies everywhere. They start recruiting you for an important cause and you finish without to remember anything and with a bunch of folks at your back wanting to see you death or worst, asking for revenge. And it is worst because they are more annoying, in four films and some spin-off, the guys keep there… On the shadows… Creepy and cinematic but that is not really the point of this text. Well, in part is… It is just a big mash-up here between ethics, privacy, news and media, social media… And me wondering how Jason finished so messed up. Long story which I do not want to spoil…

I am not going to lie to this. I assisted on my college years to the ethics for journalism subject. We only used to assist two folks, including me, of the thirty something which were enrolled on the degree. And no, it was not an optional subject it was one of this main ones which you need to pass yes or yes for to have a degree which so many people keeps wondering what it is about. It is a fact, folks worldwide they do not only ask you if you are some sort of Uhura (Star Trek) whom makes magic with the communication or translations. They doubt about if folks like me have the same skills than C3PO. But the most shocking is when they ask if people like me fixes broken VHS machines. This is truth.

The reality is the sort of instruction was quite new on the style of the Heartbreak Ridge… Almost so weird like the secret undercover operations of Blackbriar and Threshold. Some of us finished amnesic, others were MIA on the operations field, or before to reach the main target: a simply job on the industry, and others turn to the enemy: the dark side of the metaphors and fandom… You know, folks have told me: “Oh no, your life is so amazing. You must write a film about your life!” And I am like: “I’ve done it. A series too because you recommended me. Other stuff is to can film it and to release it.” Yeah, that is not easy. It is like to have to expose Blackbriar without to find anyone guilty or to try to do not… Well, make some messes around. And if it is not hard enough when you are walking around and people start to chit chat around: “Is she Felicity Jones?” “No, I think she is Alexis Bledel”… Well, you start to feel awkward because let’s be honest. Do you think Felicity Jones is going to show up in your local theatre for to watch a film? She probably show up in HER local theatre but not in yours. It has more sense. What I keep doubting was how one day they confused me with Scarlett Johansson. With Katy Perry, I can understand it but Scarlett? Yeah, it is quite weird.

Then, those folks put you in a compromise position because what do you do? Thanks no one has asked me for a pic. They have taken it half hidden or using all sort of excuses and weird postures for to take it. However, let’s be honest, what to do?

A. You don’t want to spoil their dream so you invent a signature and make them believe you are the person of their dreams.

B. You deny you are that person but you keep hiding your secret agent identity.

C. (My favourite) You put your sunglasses on and hope they pass. If they approach you use the MIB method using the secret device we all have. And you make them forget about everything.

Matt Damon on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.
Matt Damon on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.

It is quite complicated… I know. However let’s go back to ethics. Because it seems in all this mumbo jumbo of to try to figure out whom could be the other person the world has forget about them.

Do you know why the social networks were invented? No, for to make friends. If you see certain films you could check there is a whole new secret operations behind on the making. So nasty as it sounds. Thanks we have Bourne for to save us of that too.

No, being serious. Social networks were very promising at the very beginning of their creation. I trusted on them for to make my own promotion campaigns believing everybody was a good guy and that the world only wanted to make friends. Then, you discover the sad reality: the ITI (Index of Technological Infidelity). And laugh about Ashley Maddison date server pages when you have Twitter or Facebook. Seriously, Zuckerberg, beware or they will accuse you of to have a monopoly.

In some moment of the constant human de-evolution, which is the evolution which goes backwards -not kidding, making a writing research I have found people is interested in to study the hands of primates to compare them with humans and to make a right palm reading for foretell the future. Shocking-, someone has decided they could dedicate themselves to have several mates at the same time. Forget about classic mating this is something more spiritual and soulmate like in which two souls do not need to be physical together for to enjoy their time or… However you want to call it. It is pure love attached to the soul and everything is so metaphysical which escapes my so logical knowledge of the practical and physical facts. The case is; it does not matter you are looking for this sort of relationships or not, people is going to look them for you. So, warning here dear folks, it does not matter that you show up in films or you are the one whom sets the camera and lighting. You are going to have to deal with someone trying to “be your friend” with the excuse of to have a date. Or someone is going to try to sell something on Ebay or other apps and folks are going to try to date and to have a new “virtual relationship” with the excuse of to buy something they do not want. Crazy enough? Because this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.
Tommy Lee Jones and Alicia Vikander on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.

Some of those folks have already a physical relationship but they are looking for other fantastical and magical one online. Why? Because it seems it is cool or something. I do not know I am not getting it and I am not inventing anything. This text is inspired by one text posted on a Glamour magazine from July. And if Conde Nast has published those are bigger words here on the talking.

Apparently, there are some sort of folks whom believe in Bad Romances (your fault Lady Gaga), virtual relationships which work (I’m going to blame here You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan) and finish well, secret spy games or strange communication methods (Ethan Hunt -Tom Cruise- you will always have the fault for this), foretelling when they are going to met thanks to the posts (Tom Cruise again Minority Report) plus to have more followers than no one and to get them all for to make jealous the other partner (aka Pokemon). This last thing is not something I say. It is Conde Nast again. And I can confirm from my spy status it is truth. One day I assisted to a conversation on the tube in which I was like: “Pinch me. This could not be real,” but it was real and I did not had no one at my side to pinch me. Where is the director assistant when one most need her?

On the conversation, a girl around my age (31 and I am not scared of to say it) was talking with a girl friend by phone saying how she had caught her boyfriend cheating on her. Apparently, that evil boyfriend had two separate FB and Instagram accounts. One, he was using it for the habitual stuff while the other he was using it for to date other girls online. For Elisabeth! What a drama here… So she had found it and she had told to him more than one word. They had split and the conversation continued with: “What does he thinks? That he’s some sort of top model or something? He isn’t worth a shit! But if I’ve got more followers on my account than he’ll ever have. I’m the one whom could have more dates not him.” I am not going to doubt about her number of followers neither that she knows how to pose and to take good selfies. What I can assure you is she was not Cindy Crawford or any other of these goddess from the fashion Olympia. We all know, ladies, you are all superb.

Matt Damon on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.
Matt Damon on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.

The case is you can apply this logic which it seems it happens with normal people whom are no one to people whom is doing their best, not for to try to be someone, if not for to prove there is some talent behind a picture. And, despite my Threshold training program was quite crazy, people like me have talent for to become good agents, not murderers. Huge difference here.

So what happens here? If current people breaks with their couples because they believe they are being cheated in some sort of Matrix relationships. Why could not they hack to be sure that person is whom s/he says whom is and not other fake profile? Why do not to throw away the ethics to the trash can putting in front the personal interest to check if everything is truth or a lie? What do you think? I keep thinking that if I pretend to be agent on the field I need the tech support from Benji Dunn or the new Heather Lee at my side. Without no offence, I prefer girl teams and beauty squads, we understand each other better.

And why? Well, it is pretty scary when your computer starts to suicide itself without to have done anything and later you notice the private things on your journal are spread around. It is not pleasant, like I suppose it is not pleasant to find pictures of you on the newspapers on awkward situations. And all of this why? For to check the truth? For to be sure if that person can be trustworthy or not? Wait a second folks, you were not on the ethic classes and the first thing there is to respect the other, in special his/her privacy. What is this? That should we back to the stone times in which tech did not existed to can have a life without the risk of to be exposed with everything just because a “virtual lover” has become jealous and he cannot allow that people like me are talking with other fellows from the same job industry? Or let’s going to portrait everything like it is some sort of ode to the “real freedom of the cybernetic systems” which only pretend to control us? Maybe the eternal Cold War old feelings and issues? Or a magic quest to figure out who is the father of who? And the problem is they put you in the middle of all this s***, just like they did with the poor Taylor Swift, and you do not have idea of what all of this is about just, someone is messing with you and your work but no idea why. Well, maybe there is some idea behind but you do not really want to know it because your mental stability is at stake if you cross that line.

Alicia Vikander on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.
Alicia Vikander on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.

So, what non talented girls like me do on those cases, or at least I have done. I give up to followers because I do not really care about that. I do not consider they are “people whom we influence” or “possible sells” like some folks believe. I consider them people whom likes my stuff and whom I would like to keep open a conversation because most of them are very nice, actually. However, I cannot because some people gets mad because I am talking with a no one and not with him. And I do not consider that is fair. Like I do not consider to cannot keep posting songs from other fellows or pieces of films just because people gets also nuts and crazy about it. No, we have not been working together all our life but if you insist in to keep being so annoying we will.

I am on the artistic world, in special music, since I was eight years old that is 1993. I was one year before in some sort of prep school of music because I was younger to assist to the official one. And I am not going to lie: the first year was a mess and I repeated but the next year I made the two years on one. That without to forget the conventional studies that any children should have. Do you know the ten commandments of the artist? No. I am afraid some folks create religions but they do not know about this basic things. Let me explain them because I have found that younger artists than others know about them while some older ones which believe to be eternal teens does not. Those are this:

– Thou shalt have not other artistic works before the one it has been assigned.

– Thou shalt not make unto thee any reproduction of any other’s work.

– Thou shalt not take the name of the Disney in vain.

– Remember Release Day, to keep it Holy.

– Honour thy father and thy mother.

– Thou shalt not kill for to get the role of others.

– Thou shalt not commit adultery for to get a better role.

– Thou shalt not steal the work of others.

– Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy other artist.

– Thou shalt not covet the role or the working position from others.

Why all of this religious turn? Because those are the basic ethics which on a why or other we thou shalt respect. And if someone does not do it using deceiving tricks behind thinking s/he is not going to be caught… Well, the Force is everywhere… You cannot move an inch without those secret powers know everything. Those are the rules of the game, even if one likes it or not. If you do not like, get out and stop to mess around with “anti-imperialism campaigns” or stupid cyber control issues because what I know is about magic. Not about that 0 and 1 language. So do not mention it because I get annoyed and bored. In special when all of you start a debate about the privacy. What is that? One must learn of to make of the lack of privacy his/her life. It is how this sadly works.

Matt Damon on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.
Matt Damon on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.

Whatever. What I really wanted to talk about is of the credibility. Because it arrived a point on my studies and my world in which some professors revealed to us the secret issues of the journalism. You know those moments in which you meet a journalist bulldog and she knows how to ask the tricky thing… Those things and then, what to do with that. So, I am not going to reveal the secret but we had some division of opinions on Blackbriar for those times.

The problem was not other than the recruitment and training methods were so new an experimental that not everybody on the recruitment we had the same goals. Not everybody wanted to work in media (written, tv…) some people wanted to be filmmakers. Just like me, for example. However, independently what some people wanted to do there, there was a huge mistake. Some people started to believe the press and media are so manipulated which they cannot be trustful and it is better to do not watch commercials, advertisement, newspapers and the worst of all: television. They saw on the social networks the new revolutionary method which will free everybody from the media manipulations and which they could trust blindly. And my otter logic thinking: “Hey, they call it social media for something.” But do not have in mind my way of thinking. I know it belongs to otter world and logic and it is not commonly understood or accepted.

The resume is that it seems you can trust anything which is on social media but no on newspapers. However, here does not finish the point because it seemed than, like we had some classes taught by Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks on any of those filmmaking sagas), we had to make everything following that complex rules which the fiction invented and which sold millions of books. Not really, I am exaggerating but not so much because you do not have idea how it was lived that Lost experience with the eternal numbers. I think I remember more the series for the chit chat about those numbers than what happened in certain episodes. It is weird actually.

So, the conclusion was: “Look for the secret hiding things. Become the new Robert Langdon and someone will say you are a genius and they will save you.” Because in the end everything is about salvation not about hard working. And this is like: “What? Dude, that shot on my short was like that because there was not room for to make the camera move back. Neither angle lens. What are you talking about the ‘oppression feeling of the subject’?” I know, it feels weird. The interpretation I mean. You start to look for the director assistant to pinch you again but it was a low budget short film and we could not have one. So bad, indeed.

Alicia Vikander and Matt Damon on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.
Alicia Vikander and Matt Damon on Jason Bourne film. Picture courtesy Universal Pictures.

At the end of all this neurotic issues which are not well digested and hard to understand. Omitting the Katy Perry confusion. Folks like me arrive to home and no one around understands why you have been waisting your time doing such things. Right, it is what I have been doing… And the more shocking is when you are having a conversation and you mention that a certain person should not believe so much what all in the social media or television shares, then he answers you what is he going to do then. To what you suggest to read a book and the answer is a an angry shout saying for to do that he needs to know the life of the author first. So, applying my otter logic again: “Books are not trustworthy because it is need to know the life of the author but you read social media or watch tv and you do not have idea about the lives of those folks behind but you believe them. Nice.” I know, I know, it is hard to understand. I think in the otter way but it is how it works.

Arrived to this point, I am afraid we are like Jason: without to know our identity and doubting who are the bad guys and whom the good ones in all those Backbriar story. And the only that you want to say is: “F*** you to all” because you are tired of the so many different versions of the story which is side is bringing to you. Then, you wish to be amnesic too but that is too much asking.

Coda: Trust your guts and the facts because if you are capable of to get so many facts in all the time as I had, without wishing the opportunity, you will find unexpected truths. Which are so disgusting like this undercover operations than the CIA has been doing but those are the facts. That, and to remember to do not be near Jason Bourne when he is driving. Even if he is very hot, do not be on the same vehicle with him. It always finishes bad. Better trust Ethan Hunt or Jack Reacher on those matters because the real Toms know the right stuff. It is all a matter of agencies and secret CIA undercover operations. In the end, everybody is working for the same guy. And all of us need a Benji Dunn or a Heather Lee in our lives. That’s the big fact.

Bean Dip with Veggie Chips

Few weeks ago it was the Eurocup. Cristiano!!! CR7!!! Portugal!!! Yeah!!! Sorry, being the football team from my country turning back to the old curse of the quarter-finals -sorry, it is something only Spaniards or well known people understands about- the next one to support are my neighbours, the lusos!, and after the French. Because we all know that here at Europe everybody is a huge football family but the French have always tendency to be a bit cocky. I think it is for the rooster…

Anyway, I was desperate. Like a football fan I needed the perfect snack time recipe and when my cooking imagination gets blocked I use to ask for inspiration to Jamie Oliver or Goop. Why? Because in all those years I do not have any complain about anything I have tasted from their ideas, au contraire mes amis, au contraire!

On this case, I have taken this It’s All Easy classic and I have made it a bit my own. I have done it with potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, zucchini, broccoli… The secret is not on the veggie if not in to leave it very crunchy and the taste of the dip. Ready? Match set. Go!

Bean Dip with Veggie Chips
Bean Dip with Veggie Chips

Ingredients:

For the dip:

  • 1 can of white beans
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • chopped chives (optional)

The veggies:

  • 2 middle size potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • add more veggies like it has described before (optional)
  • 4 tbs olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbs of fresh rosemary (optional but I like this way)

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven at 245ºC. Prepare a huge baking sheet and peel so many veggies as you like. Do not forget to cut them as thinly as you can. If you do not have enough chef or knife skills, or you are under age and you are not allowed to touch sharp things, you can use a mandolin -the kitchen thing not the instrument-. If even that, mom or dad does not let you play with those things, please, consult your tutor or mentor for to prepare this.
  2. Put all the veggies on the baking sheet. Toss everything in enough olive oil. If you see the vegetables are a bit dry do not be shy to add more oil. Salt and pepper everything to taste. I like to add some rosemary but just because I like the taste. However this is optional. The fun part of this recipe it is that it accepts any herb or spice to the making. Be creative.
  3. When everything is well combined put it on the oven and wait for more or less 1 hour to be done. Do not forget to take a peek, in time to time, and to move the veggies. If not they get stuck and glued and not crispy. It is not a bad taste but it loses the fun side of the chip: crunchiness.
  4. For the dip. On a food processor add the beans, oil, salt to taste and garlic. Close the lid firmly and press the button on the machine. Please, be sure the machine is plugged to the electric current. It seems stupid to say this but do you know it is one of the main causes why machines do not use to work?
  5. After a huge noise the sauce will be done. Basically, when everything looks blended. Taste it and correct the amount of salt for your taste. If it is fine: good job. If not repeat part of the step 4 again. Not need to add another can of beans… Just in case.
  6. If you are a chive lover or you love other herbs, you can also be creative here and add what you want. But with moderation. I give for granted people only will apply step 6 if they have enough common sense.
  7. Probably, around those times, your oven will beep you or your phone alarm buzz you to tell you the veggies are crunchy and fancy. So, do not forget at which time is scheduled the competition: Olympics are around the corner. And watch it. Then tweet about it for to be the envy of all the haters whom dislike football plus they do not know how to cook. It’s all easy.