What I Watched: April 2015

What I Watched April

While March was a quiet movie month, April has been packed with a variety of movies and television. I am still trying to get myself out of the house to see Age of Adaline, and I’ll definitely be seeing The Avengers: Age of Ultron (so excited for it!). What did you watch in April?

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Eat & Watch: ‘Magic’ Lima Bean and Kale Salad & Into the Woods

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I’m not one to immediately think of using giant Lima beans in recipes, but I was inspired when I watched Into the Woods and saw how powerful the magic white beans were. These beans made the Witch quickly age and a beanstalk grow high into the sky where giants live. Though the cast was stellar, I didn’t love the movie. I did, however, love this salad.

While these beans won’t grow you a beanstalk to climb, Lima beans have some impressive health benefits. They’re high in fiber, packed with protein, and rich in magnesium. Also, they’re a fantastic source of energy.

There are a variety of ways to use Lima beans, but I thought they’d go well in a salad with some dark greens, nuts, and cheese. Simple, quick, and tasty. This ‘Magic’ Lima Bean and Kale Salad is a great appetizer when you’re watching Into the Woods or Jack and the Beanstalk

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‘Magic’ Lima Bean and Kale Salad

Ingredients

4-5 lacinato kale leaves
2 cups of spinach
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 ½ cups of cooked large white Lima beans
½ teaspoon of sea salt
1/3 cup of walnuts (lightly toasted and chopped)
1/3 cup of almonds (lightly toasted and chopped)
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
¼ cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese

How to Prepare

1. Wash the kale and spinach and let dry. Chop the walnuts and almonds.

2. In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Add the cooked large white Lima beans. Stir the beans – about 3 minutes on each side – until they’re golden and a little bit crunchy.

3. Add the kale, spinach, and salt to the saucepan. Stir until kale softens.

4. Add the garlic, walnuts, and almonds. Stir until everything is mixed together.

5. Add the lemon juice and give all of the ingredients one last good mixing.

6. Remove from heat and serve onto plates. Add Parmesan cheese on top and enjoy!

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Images: Food photos by Lauren; movie shots from ‘Into the Woods

Eat & Watch: Chocolate Croissants & It’s Complicated

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I hold a special place in my heart for romantic comedies. Actually, two directors in particular: Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers. I saw It’s Complicated (2009) in theaters, mainly because I love Nancy Meyers movies and Meryl Streep. And Steve Martin, obviously. There’s a scene where Meryl and Steve’s characters sneak into Meryl’s bakery late at night where she teaches him how to make chocolate croissants. The sequence is flirtatious and fun, but it also made me crave pastries. After seeing that movie, I was inspired to make chocolate croissants, but I haven’t gotten around to it until now (recipe here). I usually prefer plain croissants, but after tasting these fresh out of the oven, I am hooked. These croissants are delightful and will make you want to pack up all of your belongings and hop on the next flight to Paris so you can enjoy them every morning.

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Watch the scene:

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Eat & Watch: Devil’s Food Cake and The Devil Wears Prada

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[Eat devil’s food cake in Prada] When I first saw The Devil Wears Prada, I became intrigued with the fashion industry. I was mesmerized by the beautiful clothes, fast-paced lifestyle, and New York City. After having seen firsthand (I interned at Seventeen Magazine for a summer) how much work goes into putting together a magazine, I now, more than ever, appreciate the magazines I read. The Devil Wears Prada was one of many inspirations to find out more about this world. Pair this movie with devil’s food cake and you’re in for one wickedly good evening.

The Iron Lady

This past weekend I went to the cinema to see The Iron Lady, starring the incredibly talented Meryl Streep. Streep played the lead role of Margaret Thatcher, for which she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress (Drama). With a budget of around $14 million, the funds were used quite impressively, considering the quality of the film and the portrayal of Margaret Thatcher over six decades. The prosthetics designer, Mark Coulier, did an amazing job turning Streep into Thatcher. Alexandra Roach, who played young Margaret Thatcher, also did a stunning job in her role as the ambitious, passionate, and smart leader.

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Though the film focuses in large part on Thatcher’s dementia and aging, we witness flashbacks in Thatcher’s old age to different times throughout her life and career. Streep noted to the United Press International, “All of us understood through a process of a year before we started shooting what  we were wanting from this piece. That it was going to be, not a docudrama, not a chronicling of Margaret  Thatcher’s political life. That it would be a very particular look back through  her own eyes at selected memories, not in chronological order, in a jumble of  memory, regret, glory days. That it would all be part of a reckoning at the  end.”

This was one of my favorite quotes from the movie. “Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become…habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny! What we think we become.”

The Iron Lady really made me think about life, aging, and what it means to be a leader. It is powerful, moving, and in its own way, heartbreaking, for many different reasons.

Oscar nominations are today…I feel confident saying that Meryl Streep will receive a nomination for Best Actress, and I do hope that Mark Coulier is given the recognition he deserves, as well.

Update: Oscar nominations have been released! And not only is Meryl Streep nominated for Best Actress, but Mark Coulier and J. Roy Helland have been nominated for Makeup!

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Friday’s Features

♥ Meryl, you slay me.

I hope you have all had a great first week of 2012! In the first Friday’s Features of 2012, these are the things I have been watching and craving.

♥ I want to make homemade tater tots!

♥ What my days have consisted of. I may or may not be obsessed with Law and Order: SVU. But actually.

♥ Coke will always be #1

♥ Re-watched It’s Complicated

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