All posts by abbiosbiston

Hi, I’m Abbi. I grew up in South Africa and moved to London in 2004 because I didn't have anything better to do. It turned out to be the best decision I ever made. I live in Essex with my long-suffering British husband, Mr O and our smaller human, Little O. I divide up my life between my day job as a Digital Product Owner, trying to get my head around mummery, experimenting in the kitchen, reviewing random crap and spending too much time on Instagram.

TV Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina – Part 2

Part two of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina sees Sabrina starting her new life at The Academy of Unseen Arts. She’s now a fully fledged witch involved in a burgeoning relationship with her classmate, Nick Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood) and throwing herself into her studies. It’s not long though before she realises that letting go of her mortal life won’t be that easy.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019)

As my current movie buddy is not quite three yet, he gets to pick the films we actually go and see in the theatre. “Pets 2”, as he calls it, was his latest pick. He was a big fan of the first Secret Life of Pets movie, which was one of the less annoying films he’s been fixated on so I was happy to take him along to the “cimena” to see the sequel.

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TV REVIEW: Workin’ Moms – Season 1

A group of moms who attend the same mom and baby group reach the end of their maternity leave and prepare to return to the world of work. None of them have realised just how much motherhood has changed them or the challenges they will face trying to balance parenting, their careers or their relationships.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri (2017)

Seven months after the brutal rape and murder of her daughter, Ebbing resident, Mildred (Frances McDormand) is still waiting for justice to be done. With the local police department ignoring her pleas, she decides to put up three large billboards on the road into the town plunging the whole area into chaos.

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TV REVIEW: Narcos – Season 3

I have to admit that I was in two minds about continuing on with Narcos post season two. The first seasons were focused almost exclusively on Pablo Escobar and with him out of the picture, what was the point really? But we soldiered on to find out what happened with the Cali Cartel that filled the gap left by Pablo.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Lady Bird (2017)

Christine “Lady Bird” MacPherson (Saoirse Ronan) is sick of her hometown, Sacramento. She’s sick of her mother (Laurie Metcalfe) telling her what to do and putting her down. She’s sick of feeling less than her wealthy Catholic school classmates. Her grand plan is to get into an East Coast college and become the person she thinks she was always supposed to be.

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TV REVIEW: The Umbrella Academy – Season 1

On 1 October 1989 41 women around the world suddenly gave birth without showing any former evidence being pregnant. Sir Reginald Hargreaves (Colm Feore) adopts seven of these children, discovering that they all have special abilities… except for one.

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TV REVIEW: The OA – Season 1

Seven years after she went missing, Prairie Johnson (Britt Marling) reappears in her home town covered in strange scars. She has also regained her sight and insists that her name is now the OA.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Rebellious young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) joins a band of outlaws stealing stuff on behalf of an organisation called Red Dawn (sounds like far right organisation). His plan is to get back to his beloved Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) who he has been separated from by the Empire. Along the way he meets his lifelong companion, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and his favourite frenemy, Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) who join him for the adventure.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Knock Down the House (2019)

In most countries around the world it feels like politics is in a worse place than it has been in a long time. On every side of the fence there are questions of corruption and pandering to the highest bidder meaning that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. No country is more under the spotlight when it comes to this inequality than the USA. This documentary looks at four women involved in a grassroots movement trying to ensure that everyday people are represented by those like themselves, rather than a privileged elite.

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TV REVIEW: The Last Kingdom – Season 3

With Alfred’s (David Dawson) health failing he starts to prepare for his son Edward (Timothy Innes) to become king but Athelwold (Harry McEntire) continues to lurk in the shadows, convinced he should be king. Meanwhile wracked by grief, Uhtred (Alexander Dreymon) crosses a line that sees him banished from Wessex and returning to his Dane brothers. Things are not quite going to plan for the Danes though as no army has ever prospered with three conflicting leaders and Uhtred will be will be forced to question where his loyalties lie when he discovers that his beloved Aethelflaed (Mille Brady) is in danger. If that wasn’t enough, he’s been cursed by Skade (Thea Sofie Loch Næss), a powerful witch who wants Uhtred for her own.

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RECIPE: Giant Jam Tart

Mr O loves jam tarts so I’ve had my eye on this recipe for a while. I made it recently for lunch with his family and it was delicious.

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TV REVIEW: Narcos – Season 2

After his daring escape from prison, Pablo Escobar (Wagner Moura) is forced to go to ground, hiding from not only the DEA but also his former associate, Judy Moncada (Cristina Umaña). Of course Pablo has no intention of stopping his operations, leading to every craftier ways of moving his merchandise around but as the stakes get higher and higher will the price of success become to high?

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Universal Yums: April 2019 – Israel

This month’s snacks came from Israel. It’s not the first time I have tried Israeli snacks as a friend of mine who lives in Tel Aviv once sent me a personalised box. This time the snacks were the Universal Yums choice and it was a mixed bag. Some were great. Some were weird.

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TV REVIEW: Rick and Morty – Season 3

Season 3 of Rick and Morty sees Beth (Sarah Chalke) and Jerry (Chris Parnell) are getting a divorce and Morty (Justin Roiland) and Summer (Spencer Grammar) will have to adjust to a new way of life. Rick (also Justin Roiland) takes it on himself to try and keep all his family members functioning, but when you are a self-serving sociopath, acts of compassion don’t always go as planned.

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RECIPE: Sort of black forest cake

Mr O surprised me recently when we were on holiday at Centre Parcs by ordering a black forest waffle. He doesn’t normally like desserts much and especially not creamy ones but it turns out that black forest is one of his favourite combos. Recently when we had friends around for lunch I decided to do a take on a black forest cake for dessert because I knew he would enjoy it. It is made up of a flourless dark chocolate cake, topped with a layer of dark chocolate ganache and cherry compote and then whipped cream, more cherries and some decorative flake.

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TV REVIEW: Line of Duty – Season 5

AC-12 are back and this time they are dealing with an undercover operative who has gone rogue. John Corbett (Stephen Graham) has been out of contact with his handler for several months and seems to be involved in progressively more serious criminal acts with the Organised Crime Group he was tasked to infiltrate.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Black Panther (2018)

The citizens of African nation, Wakanda, have always kept themselves to themselves. With access to the powerful metal, vibranium they have been able to master massive technological advances, while hiding from the rest of the world and protecting their way of life.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

After the events of Age of Ultron, Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man (Tom Holland) has returned to New York and been told to resume his “normal life” by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr). Essentially he would like Peter to be a friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man, who stays out of trouble and doesn’t draw attention to himself.

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TV REVIEW: Fleabag – Season 2

Season 2 kicks off with Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) in a much better place than before. The cafe is thriving. She’s no longer using sex as a weapon. And since Claire (Sian Clifford) refused to believe that Martin (Brett Gelman) made a pass at Fleabag, she’s been avoiding both of them. Life is good… or is it?

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