One of my favourite things about January is, it is totally acceptable to be a little lazy and sluggish. There is no pressure to make plans for the weekend or pack your social calendar. Everyone understands the post holidays lull. It’s the perfect time of year for people who like to spend their Sundays in pajamas binge watching shows, or catching up on a racy reed (aka me).
The “stay in & chill” vibe is exactly what makes January the perfect time to start a new blog category, list. I’m hoping to make the list a place where I can share monthly round-ups of things to watch, read, and eat every month. So here’s a look back at some favourites from January 2020…
- I don’t know if I should be embarrassed to admit this, or just a little proud, but I basically binged watched the first two seasons of Ugly Betty on Amazon Prime in January. I had watched some of the show when it originally aired on television in 2009, but I loved watched it all the way from the beginning. It’s such an endearing show, and really fun to re-watch as someone in the content creation industry now.
- East Side Sushi. An indie film about a Mexican line cook who dreams of becoming a sushi chef. I didn’t really know what to expect, but it was a feel good movie with a great message. Also fun for foodies.
- Chhapaak. Meghna Gulzar and Deepika Padukone just knocked it out of the park with this one! You can read my full review here.
- Do your remember Dil Tera Aashiq? You must know this song. I was in the mood for a little 90s Bollywood nostalgia one evening, so I played Dil Tera Aashiq in the background while organizing my closet. So bad, but so good.
- Totally saved the best for last. On the last day of Jan, I watched the Punjabi movie Surkhi Bindi with the family. Such a sweet and wholesome film, and it has a great social message. This is a good movie to watch with kids. I’m really impressed at how far Punjabi cinema has come in the last few years.
So …. I watched so much Ugly Betty this month that I did not really read as much as I usually do, but I do have a few updates and recommendations for you guys!
- The Kitchen Counter Cooking School. I first read this book in 2011, when I had no cooking skills whatsoever, and I recently re-read it – it was interesting both times. The book explores the most basic cooking skills, and how having just a few can change someone’s quality of life drastically.
- Yes No Maybe So. A YA novel with a political backdrop, this is such a good book to read with your kids if they are in their teens. Check out my full review here.
- The Stationery Shop. Jumping between Tehran in the early 50’s, California in the late 50’s, and present day New England, The Stationery Shop is one of those nooks you just can’t put down. Every character is so well developed, and the story is like a big web that just keeps untangling a little more with each chapter. Honestly, one of the best books I’ve read in a while.
January was a little different than normal on the food front. We over-indulged so much on our Portland trip, and there were all the holiday leftovers, and , I started my anti-inflammatory diet a couple of weeks ago, so I didn’t eat out too much. I still have some fun things to report on the food front.
- Zara started experimenting with making pasta toward the end of last summer, so we bought her a pasta maker for Christmas. Lately, she’s been super into the work of Linda Nicholson – she makes the most amazing coloured pastas. So I picked up her cookbook the other day, Pasta Pretty Please, and our February project is making green fettucine coloured with matcha tea.
- We discovered this amazing craft distillery which is not to far from where we live called Mainland Whisky. It’s a great little place, the ambiance is perfect, and they have whisky flights! This whisky is nothing like the “dad stuff”. It’s clear, the flavour is balanced, and it’s go zero sugars. If you stop by, make sure you try the Rose Whiskey, it was pretty good.
- This month on the blog I finally posted my saag recipe! This has been so highly requested, glad to have it off my list finally.