Thursday, December 1, 2016

Supernatural 12x07 "Rock Never Dies"

Vince Vincente, we hardly knew ye. Not that I cared so much, because to be perfectly honest, I'm already over this Lucifer storyline. How many times do the Winchesters have to deal with Lucifer before he's gone already? We've been dealing with angels and demons since season four now, when is enough enough? At least we aren't having to watch angel politics again. ...yet?! Please no!

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Jared Padalecki as Dean Winchester in Supernatural 12x07 "Rock Never Dies"Anyway! Let's get on to this week in particular. While Dean plays Words with Friends with his mom, Sam is researching the British Men of Letters. But they aren't the focus on this episode, oh no! Because Lucifer has found his way back from the oceanic depths and is able to give his faded rocker body another lease on life thanks to a fossilized feather of his. Yes, that sounds ridiculous, and yes, it's true. He decides he wants to get Vince's band back together to gain new followers. Okay?

When they hear of this reemergence of Ladyheart, said faded rocker band, the brothers plus Crowley and Castiel team up and head to Los Angeles to find out if Vince is still possessed, etc. The answer? Yes. Duh. They do all have some difficulties in getting anyone to divulge where a secret show is going to be taking place, though. Because everyone in LA is narcissistic and only cares about fame and money, apparently, no matter how it comes to them.

Misha Collins as Castiel and Rick Springfield as Lucifer in Supernatural 12x07 "Rock Never Dies"We have to endure quite a few scenes of Lucifer being "menacing" and making fans carve his name into their flesh and kill the head of his record label and members of his band, so on and so on. It's not clear what his point is - and that's kind of the point, apparently. Once the team manages to confront him, he basically whines a lot about God leaving and now he's not sure what to do. He doesn't have a grand plan. So... okay? Blah?

He burns through this body before he's able to do any more bodily harm to anyone else, though Sam argues that though Dean might count saving all of the concert-goers as a win, he doesn't because the real Vince still died, and now they don't know what Lucifer is going to do next, only that it's "big" or something.

Yup. That's about it. Next week - the midseason finale.

Random Thoughts:

- When Dean looked at the box of pizza only to find it was empty and was all subtly disappointed? Ha, too funny.

- No but seriously, do any of you care about this Lucifer storyline? It's also quite clear they're going to have to eventually work with the British Men of Letters to take him down or something. It only seems logical since they are so ineffectual at doing anything to him on their own. Seriously, why do they ever bother when it's so obvious they're just going to get tossed around a bunch?

- All of the shots of LA were kind of disconcerting, especially when combined with that 90210-type music. Especially since they clearly never actually shot in LA at all.

Quotes:

Dean: Still living out an '80s buddy comedy with Crowley?
Cas: Unfortunately.

Crowley: We team up to save the world and them bupkis. You don't call, you don't write.
Dean: We don't care.

Dean: I like history. Gladiators. Outlaws. Pirates. Hell, we're driving a piece of history right here.

Sam: He could be an agent.
Dean: Yeah, a third tier agent.
Cas: At least I don't look like a lumberjack.

Crowley: This is LA, I know a lot of people.

Crowley: Well, together again.
Cas: Yay.

Sam: We're not winning. We're losing slow.

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Supernatural 12x06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"

Supernatural has rarely delved into the network of hunters that exist outside of the ones that come into contact with the Winchesters, so tonight was a nice look into some of the others that are also out there. And a nice little nod to the show being filmed in Canada with these hunters being based up in the north. Just how do we meet all of these new hunters?

Well, one of them dies, of course.
Kim Rhodes as Jody Mills and Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester in Supernatural 12x06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"
The one in question is Asa Fox, who we learn in a little flashback was a young boy saved from a werewolf by Mary back when she was supposed to have given up hunting. Once he knows about this other world, he takes it upon himself to also become a hunter, and we get a montage of his life growing up and killing things and bedding girls, you know, the hunter's way. All of that comes to an end when he gets strung up a tree, dead.

Turns out, Jody knew him, and she happens to find out about his death right when the Winchester are passing through town. They all head up to pay their respects, and learn that all of the other hunters know who the Winchesters are, with some of them being a little too fanboy gushy. They're all telling stories about Asa when Mary shows up, much to everyone's surprise. But she has been trying to find people she knew all those years ago, and found out about Asa, etc. etc.

It's not long before death visits the hunters again, though, when they discover that another of their own has been killed - and right in the very house the wake is taking place in, aka right under their noses. One of the hunters surmises that the one doing it must be a crossroads demon named JL, I think, who had it out for Asa. They try to head out to find said demon, but discover the house has been warded. They can't get out! Except for Dean, who is already outside lamenting his mommy issues.

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester, Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Samantha Smith as Mary Winchester in Supernatuarl 12x06 "Celebrating the Life of Asa Fox"
Dean gets back in with the help of the reaper Billie, who was there taking dead hunter Randy's soul. The demon hops into one pour lout after another until it rests inside Jody, who of course no one wants to kill, except maybe Mary, since she doesn't understand the import of one Sheriff Jody Mills. There is much tossing about of people around the house and JL spouting off people's secrets - like two of the young ones were actually Asa's kids, and that Jody secretly wanted a relationship with him.

Oh, and that his best buddy actually killed him. Dun dun dun! Yes, it turns out that hunter Bucky accidentally killed Asa and decided to make it look as if JL had done it. He confesses to the whole thing after they manage to do a group exorcism. What do they do with Bucky? Basically ostracize him, which is better than killing him, I suppose.


Mary is still struggling with being back in the living world, though. She hasn't really accepted the hunter life, though it seems like she's on her way there. But then Billie shows back up. And I'll tell you what, I was going to be pissed if she left so quickly. Thankfully, it turns out that a reaper can't just take a soul without the person being dead, and seeing as no one is planning on killing Mary, that will just have to wait. Mary still isn't quite ready to head back to the bunker with the boys, but she at least lets them buy her breakfast.

Random Thoughts:

- I have to say, I enjoyed this episode a lot. I think it might be my favorite of the season so far. Do I like every episode that Jody is in? Hmm. I think maybe I do!

- These hunters were introduced in a more natural way than they've done in the past, and I wouldn't mind seeing some of them again, even those young twins who seem ripe for another Supernatural trial at a spin off, what with being the kids of a hunter and a witch. They did say their mom was a witch, right? I think so.

- Did you all hear that Supernatural will be moving to 8pm come mid-season? While the show has been on virtually every night of the week over its many years, it has never been on at any time other than 9pm. I'm not sure what to think about that. Isn't the 8pm hour supposed to be more tame? Hmm.

- I love that Mary has the one piece of hair that's longer than the rest. I don't know why, but I do.

Quotes:

Jody: Wow, you look terrible, what's wrong.
Dean: Sure, we'd love to come in.

Sam: Did you know people tell stories about us?
Dean: Yeah, we're like, legendary.

Billie: Between us, it's always nice to see a Winchester who can't get what he wants.

Dean: Can we buy you breakfast at least?
Mary: Bacon?
Dean: All the bacon.
Mary: I would love that.

Previous Episode -- Next Episode

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sticky Toffee Pudding

Sticky Toffee Pudding by freshfromthe.com

Funny enough, I thought I had posted this recipe some time ago. Then I realized I think I didn't like the pictures, so I never did post it. What a shame! This cake is seriously delicious. It's super moist (I know, I know, some of you hate that word) and the toffee sauce on top?

O.M.G.

I could just spoon that straight into my mouth and be happy. Like, what else can we put this sauce on? Ice cream? Sure. That sounds amazing.

Sticky Toffee Pudding by freshfromthe.com

It's also pretty dang easy to make. The only thing you need is some time to chop up your dates and let them soak. Otherwise it's pretty basic and simple. I will give you one tip - I started making the rest of the dough while the dates were still resting, so I then let it sit a bit until those were done. It got a little hard to stir after that, so mixing in the date puree wasn't as easy and took a little more elbow grease. So, I would wait until the date puree is ready to go before starting on the rest of the batter. 

Also, the toffee sauce does bubble up a bit, so you may want to use a larger saucepan than you think is necessary. I just used a regular saucepan and had a couple close calls, but it did work. Just something to consider!

Sticky Toffee Pudding by freshfromthe.com


Sticky Toffee Pudding

Ingredients
    For the Cake:
  • 12 ounces (2 1/4 cups) dried dates
  • 2 1/4 cups boiling water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • For the Sauce:
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Cooking Directions
  1. First, make the cake: Pit and roughly chop the dates and place them in a heatproof bowl. Pour the boiling water over them and stir in the baking soda. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350F. Butter a 9x13 baking pan.
  3. Blend the date mixture in a blender or food processor (I used a hand blender) until smooth. In a large bowl, combine the melted butter and sugars. Whisk in the the eggs, then the salt. Stir in the flour, and then the date puree. Pour the batter into your prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  4. Then, make the sauce: Combine the butter, cream, sugar and vanilla in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, then whisk for about 10 minutes until it thickens a bit.
  5. Cut out a piece and drizzle on the toffee and enjoy! Optionally, you can also make some whipped cream and add that as well if you need a little break from the sweetness. 
Recipe via Smitten Kitchen
Sticky Toffee Pudding by freshfromthe.com

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Supernatural 12x05 "The One You've Been Waiting For"

Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester and Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester in Supernatural 12x05 "The One You've Been Waiting For"What could have been a very timely episode turned into a very silly one, in my opinion. I'll be honest, it's been hard to concentrate on everyday things since Tuesday. I usually keep this blog completely separate from anything political because that's not what you're here for. You're here to read some stuff about Supernatural and see some recipes and that's what I'm giving you. But I am very sad and disheartened about what happened on Tuesday, and I'll leave it at that.

So, yes, this episode about the resurrection of Adolf Hitler via an enchanted horcux, er stopwatch, could've been timely given who has been elected, but I suppose they didn't know this was going to happen back when they wrote and filmed it, so whatever. That doesn't really mean it was an altogether entertaining and super interesting episode regardless. Because if I'm being honest, I was only half paying attention most of the time, and didn't particularly care about what was happening for the rest.

Basically, Dean finds this case where a couple people in an antique shop were burned alive. Turns out, the owner of the antique shop was a big Nazi fan, and the stopwatch he had been intending to sell this rich white woman was some Nazi relic. The Winchesters call up their Jewish buddy to find out if he knows anything, but that's kind of a bust. What they do know is that another body has shown up, only this time there was also a survivor.

Jared Padalecki as Sam Winchester, Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester in Supernatural 12x05 "The One You've Been Waiting For"Only said survivor is taken by one of those Nazi worshipers, the thule or whatever the heck they are. Sam and Dean catch up with them and capture the dude, who confesses that the stopwatch was Hitler's and essentially has a bit of Hitler's soul in it and they want to resurrect him. Only, they need someone of his bloodline in order to do. Hence - that girl who this Nazi dude kidnapped.

The Nazis end up getting her back again, and transfer her blood into their leader, and do some spell and such to resurrect Hitler into his body. He's generally wacky and played for comedy, and eventually the brothers are able to kick some butt and kill all the Nazis, with Dean getting the killshot on Hitler himself. Which, of course, he will never let Sam hear the end of.

So. That happened.

Random Thoughts:


- At least next week's episode looks interesting. Apologies to any of you who actually liked tonight's, but maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it either.

- Not mentioned above, in the beginning of the episode Dean refuses his beloved pie, but of course after besting Hitler in the end, he must go get some dang pie. Har har har.

Quotes:

Sam: Looks like we missed the cavalry.
Dean: Guess we should go home then.

Dean: We've gotta follow that car. I've always wanted to say that.

Dean: Boy, family's a bitch, ain't it?

Dean: Let's go kill some Nazi's.

Dean: Heil this.
Sam: Dude, you killed Hitler.
Dean: Yeah. Awesome.

Previous Episode -- Next Episode

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Easy Homemade Pita Bread

Recipe for Easy Homemade Pita Bread by freshfromthe.com

Bread always seems very intimidating, doesn't it? All this kneading and rising and blah blah makes a person just want to go buy a loaf at the grocery. Pita bread seems especially daunting. How does one get a pocket inside a piece of bread? What is this magic? Surely I can't do it myself!

My friends, you are wrong. You CAN make pita bread yourself, and you will be downright amazed at just how much dang better it is than anything you can buy at the store. Like, whoa, I just wanted to eat all of it immediately, better. And it's pretty easy. For someone who hasn't made a lot of bread, I didn't really have many problems doing this. I suppose I have baked a bunch so I kind of have a certain instinct going on, but seriously? So easy. And delicious. Deliciously easy.

Recipe for Easy Homemade Pita Bread by freshfromthe.com.

I'll tell you what's also really fun - getting to watch them puff up in the oven. I was like how does this work, really? What will happen in there to make a pocket? Answer - puff up city. The puffing happens because of the water vapor creating steam and the high high heat being up next to the broiler. Magic? Maybe not. But it seems like it, right?

For this batch, I just used an upside down baking sheet because I was lazy and did not want to deal with getting the baking stone out from the cupboard. I'll have to try it another time on that and see if it makes any kind of difference. But these turned out so wonderfully, I don't know that it's even necessary.

So - go! Make pita bread! Eat it and love it forever!

Recipe for Easy Homemade Pita Bread by freshfromthe.com.


Easy Homemade Pita Bread

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons dry active yeast
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
Cooking Directions
  1. Mix together the yeast, sugar, and a 1/2 cup lukewarm water in a small bowl. Let sit for about five minutes until it gets foamy.
  2. Combine the all-purpose flour, bread flour, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Mix on low until blended. Add in your yeast mixture, another 1/2 cup water, and the olive oil. Mix on low until the dough forms a ball that pulls clear from the sides and bottom of the bowl. If that doesn't happen after about a minute, add another tablespoon of water.
  3. The moment the dough starts to pull clear of the bottom of the bowl, add another 1/2 cup water and continue mixing until it's all incorporated. The dough should feel tacky when slapped with a clean hand, but it shouldn't be very sticky. If it sticks to your hand, add more flour, a tablespoon at a time, until it feels right.
  4. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size, about an hour. OR you can let it rise in the refrigerator overnight. Note: It didn't really rise for me in the fridge. I took it out and let it sit for quite a while on the counter and it did eventually rise.
  5. Preheat your oven to 500F, with a rack in the upper third. Place either a baking stone or an inverted baking sheet in the oven to preheat along with the oven.
  6. Roll the dough into 8 balls roughly the size of baseballs. Cover with a cloth and let rise until they are about the size of softballs.
  7. Roll out each dough ball to about a 1/4 inch thickness with a floured rolling pin on a floured work surface. Place one or two at a time on your baking stone or sheet and bake until puffed and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Serve immediately, or let cool.
Recipe from Michael Solomonov's Zahav:A World of Israeli Cooking cookbook

Recipe for Easy Homemade Pita Bread by freshfromthe.com.