Wednesday, 17 October 2018

What We Ate Wednesday--Sweet Potato and White Bean Curry

Hello lovelies! I was just saying to Spiderman that we eat quite a lot of orange food. But that's good from a nutritional standpoint because we eat lots of red lentils, sweet potatoes and tomatoes which all full of goodness and vibrancy.

This recipe is an old favourite of ours. I am not sure where it came from. I suspect I found it somewhere on the internet and no doubt adapted it because that's what I do.

It is great with rice or naan bread and makes enough to feed us for two nights.

If you don't have enough sweet potatoes, then sub in some carrots. After all they are both orange root vegetables.

It's all about the orange, baby.

This recipe needs curry paste. Yes, it is more expensive than curry powder, but I think tastes sooo much better. It's worth the investment. I'll also post a recipe next week that uses curry paste so you won't feel like you don't know what to do with the rest of the jar.

Sweet Potato and White Bean Curry
1 onion, diced
a few cloves garlic, crushed
800g chopped sweet potatoes or a mix of sweet potatoes and carrots For me this was 3 medium sweet potatoes and a big carrot
2 cups vegetable broth
1 tin haricot or other white beans, drained and rinsed
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2-3 TB Curry paste We like Patak's Balti paste

1. Cook your onion and garlic in a splash or oil or water until softened.
2. Add everything else and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes until your root vegetables are soft.
3. Scoop out about half of it and whizz it in a blender until smooth then add it back into the pot so you've got chunky and smooth bits. Or if you like it all smooth then whizz up the whole thing. Whatever.

That's it. It's really easy and the curry paste gives it a huge depth of flavour without having to add the 12 spices individually or go out and buy tamarind paste.

We had it with brown rice the first night and homemade GF flatbread with a bit of sugar, cinnamon, coconut and raisins the second night to make sort of ersatz Peshwari naan . Flat bread recipe found  HERE.  These days I don't use soya yogurt and water like I did in the recipe link.  I sub all liquid ingredients  with buttermilk made from 1 TB vinegar topped up with soya milk to make 1 cup (250ml.) If you want to make the sweet version--3 TB each brown sugar, ground almonds and coconut and 1 tsp cinnamon plus a handful of raisins.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Fairy Tale Friday--Hard Candy (2005)

Hello and welcome to Fairy Tale Friday. Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Then I’ll begin.

This is the second Fairy Tale Friday I have had to put a disclaimer on. The film Hard Candy is a thrilling psychological game of cat and mouse. Or girl and wolf, in this case. It also contains violence and some very disturbing scenes. It is an excellent example of predator vs prey where those roles flip in an unexpected way, but it also contains a scene of shocking violence.

Spoilers ahead. You have been warned.

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This film, directed by David Slade, focuses on a 14-year-old female vigilante's trapping and torture of a man whom she suspects of being a sexual predator. Heavy stuff. It is essentially a two-hander and stars the amazing Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson. Ellen Page's character wears a red hoodie which reflects back to us the idea of a red hooded cape. She is the young girl, navigating the deep woods of puberty and adulthood, who comes face to face with a wolfish older man. The tagline on the Japanese version was Red Hood Traps Wolf At His Own Game. 

Our film starts off with this online conversation between the 14 year old Thonggrrrl14 and Lensman319. The conversation is flirty and dangerous. It rings every alarm bell about online safety and my heart starts to pound when she suggests they hook up. That's right. it looks like her idea. The first thing that really struck me was her use of grrrl (like Riotgrrrl --the same reason i use Spidergrrl) and the 14. We are clear that this is a young teen. On the other hand, he announces his maturity without letting slip his age through the word LensMAN. This is a dangerous situation waiting to happen. All the fears we have for our teenage daughters can be encapsulated in this opening scene. Don't chat online with people you don't know and don't agree to meet up with them (even in a public place.) You fear for her, afraid for her safety and possibly her life. 

They meet up and she looks even younger than fourteen. Ellen Page's character Hayley has such a baby face that she could be twelve here. (Ellen Page was actually eighteen at the time of filming.)Her voice is high and childish. What is particularly worrying is that this does not deter Jeff. You see him sensually wipe the chocolate from her lip with his thumb.

After a bit of flirting they go back to his place, which is also his photography studio. He wants to take some pictures of her (another red flag.) She offers to make them both screwdrivers saying they have taught in her school to never drink something she didn't make herself because someone could put something in it. He laughs and commends her for her wisdom and allows her to make them alcoholic drinks.  We see him drink, then become dizzy and collapse. All of our fears about her safety in the deep dark woods with the older man have suddenly been turned on its head. The opening scenes present him very much as predator and Hayley as the prey, but this changes the dynamic. After an unspecified amount of time he wakes up, tied to a chair.

He wakes up disoriented, oblivious to the fact that she has removed her red hooded cape (symbolising the shedding of her innocence) and her face has become hard and her voice slightly deeper. He thinks this is some teenage sex game. but as she tells him, Playtime's over. Over the course of their conversation you learn that she has been stalking him online. She chose this day to meet up as she knew his neighbours were away so there is no one to hear him scream. But then she accuses him of stalking her, of trying to do everything he could to get her to like him so they could meet up and he could have sex with her. She berates him for behaving inappropriately by asking her over and giving her alcohol. She accuses him of being a paedophile.

This is heady stuff. She looks like the victim here and his behaviour clearly looks dodgy. It gets worse.  She claims while he was unconscious she has uncovered "sick" photos of a local girl who had been kidnapped and remains missing. Now she accuses him of being not only a paedophile, but a murderer as well.

Ok, folks. here comes the bit that needed the disclaimer. Hayley once again incapacitates Jeff and when he wakes he is strapped to the table with an icepack on his groin. Hayley tells him that she is numbing his testicles with ice as she is going to castrate him as punishment for hurting young girls. Then she does it. Literally, does it. With a scalpel and a medical textbook from her dad's office. He is the prey and she is now the predator. Feel free to skip this one.

After she leaves him, he discovers that she has not actually cut his balls off, only numbed them and squeezed them in a bulldog clip. He pursues her --she is now his prey--but she attacks him with a stun gun. When he wakes she has put a noose around his neck and says if he will go ahead and kill himself that she will erase all evidence of his crimes, but if he refuses then she will expose his sordid secrets. He escapes and chases her up onto the roof. The predator/prey aspect ping-pongs back and forth in this tense rooftop struggle.

On the roof she tells him she has phoned his ex-girlfriend Janelle and posing as a police officer has asked her to come over to his house. She says that she will run half-naked into Janelle's arms to expose him as a paedophile. But if he hangs himself she will destroy the evidence of his crime.

The scariest thing to me is when he finally breaks down and confesses that he watched while another man raped and murdered the missing girl Donna Mauer. He promises that if she spares his life, he will tell her the other man's name so she can exact her revenge. It is the chilling way that she says, "Aaron told me that you did it before he killed himself," that you know he is not her first. And the way she convinces him to hang himself and then casually exclaims that she has no intention of destroying the evidence also chills me. This girl is no man's meat  (to quote Angela Carter.) 

Throughout the film, the predator/prey balance shifts. We see Hayley go from wronged innocent to vigilante, to cold blooded (assisted)  killer. We see Jeff as sexual predator, then emasculated, then broken. 

The film ends with Hayley back in her innocent red hoodie, walking home through the woods. Perhaps planning her next assault on a predatory wolf. 

That's all for this week. Next week will be the penultimate  Fairy Tale Friday look at Little Red Riding Hood. Stay tuned.  

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

What We Ate Wednesday--Balsamic Potatoes, Apple and Kale Soup

Hello lovelies! This was another clean out the fridge sort of meal. We've had it before (you can see the original recipe HERE) but this time I adapted it a bit to what I had and turned it into a soup.

We had the fag end of a bag of white potatoes and the beginning of a bag of sweet potatoes, so I thought this would be perfect. And who doesn't like soup? Soup Nazis, that's who. Go away Soup Nazis. You are not welcome here.

This is easy to make and takes 40 minutes to roast the veggies, but it is all downtime. So bung them in the oven and go read a book. Then stir halfway and finish the chapter.

Balsamic Potatoes, Apple and Kale Soup
Preheat your oven to 180C/350F. Normally I roast at 200C/400F but you need a slightly lower temperature and longer cooking time so the apples don't turn to mush.

In your biggest roasting pan put all your chopped veg.
I used:
3 small to medium sweet potatoes (mine were about the size of a man's "naughty bits" if you know what I mean)
1 red onion, chopped
half a red pepper, chopped
1 gala apple,  cored and chopped
about 3 small potatoes, chopped (mine ranged between the size of a walnut to an egg)

So by now my pan was full, so I added:
1.5 TB tamari (or soy sauce)
3 TB balsamic vinegar
lots of shakes of fennel seeds
pinch of salt and pepper

Roast for 20 minutes, stir and roast for 20 more minutes.

For the soup:
100g curly kale (4-5 handfuls), destemmed and torn into bits
4 cups (1 litre) hot vegetable stock

Right before the veg are done then work on the soup. Heat 1 litre of stock in your biggest pot. Add HALF the roasted veg and puree until smooth with an immersion (stick) blender . Add the rest of the roasted veg and the kale and bring to a low boil, stirring constantly to keep the greens submerged so they can soften. When the greens are softened to your liking, it's done.

That's it. It made 4 HUGE bowls, but if you were feeding a crowd add some chickpeas and serve over rice.

Friday, 5 October 2018

Fairy Tale Friday--Freeway (1996)

Hello and welcome to Fairy Tale Friday. Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Then I’ll begin.

This is the only Fairy Tale Friday so far I have had to put a disclaimer on. The film Freeway is violent, sweary and contains very sexually explicit dialogue, so if those things are likely to offend you then perhaps stay away from this week’s post. It was originally rated NC-17 but was reduced to R after some explicit dialogue was removed.  But if you are willing to go along for the ride, it is a remarkable modern retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.

Spoilers ahead. You have been warned.
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Our modern day Red Riding Hood is Vanessa Lutz, a poor illiterate teenage girl living in Los Angeles. The name Lutz is also the surname of the family who lived in terror in the house that became known as The Amityville Horror. I don't know if that is intentional, but it is a nice touch. Other ties to the story include her gang member boyfriend Chopper Woods and Bob Wolverton, a seemingly nice man who gives her a lift when her car breaks down, but proves himself to be more of a predator. 

According to Wikipedia:

 Vanessa's mother is arrested for prostitution and her stepfather is taken into custody on drug and child abuse charges. Rather than be taken into care and forced into a foster home, Vanessa takes the car and plans to go to her grandmother in Stockton. Along the way, Vanessa stops to see her boyfriend Chopper Wood, a local gang member, to tell him about her trip and he gives her a gun to sell upon arriving at her destination. Minutes after Vanessa leaves, Chopper is killed in a drive-by shooting by rival gang members. Later, Bob Wolverton, a counsellor at a school for boys with emotional trouble, picks her up after her car breaks down and offers to take her as far as Los Angeles where he is headed.
Over the long drive, Vanessa comes to trust Bob, and confesses to him the details of her painfully dysfunctional life, including being sexually abused by her stepfather. At one point, Vanessa shows Bob a photo she keeps in her wallet of her biological father. Bit of trivia: The photo that she shows him is actually of Richard Speck who murdered 8 nurses in 1966.

That evening, Bob reveals he is a serial killer of young girls – known in the press as the "I-5 Killer". He tries to kill Vanessa when she refuses to give in to him. The tables are turned, however, as Vanessa eventually pulls out her gun and shoots him several times before escaping. She goes to a local restaurant where her blood-stained appearance attracts attention from the patrons and staff.

Bob has survived, but the bullet wounds have left him severely handicapped and disfigured. Vanessa is put on trial, with everyone believing that Bob is the innocent victim he claims to be since he has no criminal record, while Vanessa has a long record and is a veteran of juvenile homes. Vanessa goes to prison, while Bob and his socialite wife Mimi, who knows nothing of his crimes, are treated like heroes.

The rest of the film follows Vanessa as she spends time in juvie, makes friends with a Hispanic gang leader and a heroin addicted lesbian. Using a sharpened toothbrush as a crude knife, she escapes, steals a car and once again heads towards her grandmother’s house.

Wikipedia continues:

When new evidence shows that Vanessa had told the truth, Bob's home is searched, violent child pornography is found, and his wife told about their suspicions. Mimi commits suicide. Bob finds the police at his home, and flees to Vanessa's grandmother's place, a trailer park. The address was found on the photograph Vanessa shared with Bob.

When Vanessa arrives at her grandmother's house she finds Bob in bed wearing her grandmother's nightgown and nightcap with the covers pulled up to his nose. His big sharp teeth can be seen above the blanket. Bob reveals himself and Vanessa sees her grandmother's body on the floor. A struggle ensues, culminating in Vanessa strangling Bob. Vanessa eventually exits the trailer exhausted after her struggle and finds the detectives waiting for her. They enter to find Bob and Vanessa's grandmother both dead.

Here is the scene where she finds out that Bob Wolverton is planning to kill her and "do sex to her body after she's dead." This phrase "do sex to me" always stands out to me as it is a perfect example of someone who has been sexually abused and has never had a loving consensual relationship. Even with her boyfriend Chopper Wood, she is like to to be no more than a passive receptacle  for semen. I also really love the fact that Vanessa cannot shoot Bob until she has found out if he believes in Jesus as his lord and saviour. It is an unexpected moment that shows her vulnerability. 

Here is the court scene where it really looks like Vanessa is the baddie and Bob is goodie, but as we know things are not always as they seem.

Finally, the ending.

That's all for this week. Stay tuned next week for a Little Red Riding Hood version where you can't tell who is the predator and who is the prey.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

What We Ate Wednesday--Cocoa Coconut "Nung" Balls

Hello lovelies! This is one of those copycat recipes. It's Not Quite made like the original (but tastes just like it), but I just used what I had on hand to make them.

I try really hard not to buy single serve snacks in non-recyclable wrappers. But the other day I had been out and about running errands and I was out much longer then i meant to be and I started to go all funny.

I am hypoglycemic so when I go funny:

  • My vision goes all wibbly
  •  I feel extremely tired
  • I feel dizzy
  • I can actually see the energy slowly drain out of my body  like the water from a kiddie pool
I also get HANGRY (hungry + angry) so this is not a good combination. I was loaded down with library books and and a kilogram bag of rice flour and half a kilo head of broccoli and I suddenly needed a bit of food and a sit down. 

I popped into our local Health Food Shop Aardvark Alternatives and bought one of these for 99p. 
NĂ„kd Cocoa Coconut
I had never tried this flavour, but it was really good. I sat down on a bench and ate my Nakd Bar and pondered on the ingredients as my energy level rose like the mercury in a hot thermometer. I *knew* I could make this at home. 

Now I have made little LITTLE CHOCOLATE BROWNIE BITES rolled in coconut, but these had the coconut inside. 

I went home, unpacked all my bags and got to work.

Now their recipe used dates, raisins, coconut, cocoa powder and cashews. I didn't have raisins or cashews on hand, so i used all dates and (GF) oats. 

They taste *exactly* like the Nakd bar, but in reality they look like little DUNG BALLS. Seriously, like the sort of ball the ancient Egyptians believed was rolled across the sky to be the sun by the solar deity Khepri. 

That is why there are no photos of this delicious treat as I don't want to put you off. 

I have called them NUNG BALLS because they are Not Dung balls, ya dig? 

Nung Balls
3/4 cup dates soaked in warm water for about 20 minutes then drained (save the soaking water)
1/2 cup desiccated coconut (dried shredded coconut)
1/2 cups (GF) oats or cashews
3 TB cocoa powder

Whack everything in your food processor and blend until it sticks together. Adding in a TB at a time of the date water if it is not sticking together properly. Then roll into a dozen balls while pretending to be  a scarab beetle or the god Khepri. Or just be yourself rolling up treats if you lack imagination or don't have time for nonsense ..

Store in the fridge. it made 12 balls...well, probably more like 13 but i kept nibbling at it. If you were making bar shapes like the actual nakd bar, I'd say it would make 4. 

Sunday, 30 September 2018

I'm Cuckoo for Cocoa

Hello lovelies! As a member of the Do-It-Yourself Beauty Brigade, I wanted to share some of my homemade beauty secrets. The best bit about them is the all revolve around CHOCOLATE.

Yeah, you heard me correctly. Chocolate. Cocoa. The baking stuff. So not only is this good for your skin and hair, it is edible. Bonus.
Tesco Low Fat Cocoa Powder 100 g

I use cocoa in a variety of beauty treatments and I'll tell you why.

It is natural.
It smells amazing.
It s cheap.
It really works.

The website BEAUTY MUNSTA has this to say about the benefits of cocoa powder (with a few notes from me):

Skin repair: Yes, cocoa powder helps repair skin cells! That’s because it is packed with antioxidants that fight off free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that steal oxygen from skin cells to balance themselves. In the process, they make skin cells lose oxygen and become lifeless. This causes a variety of skin problems like blemishes, dull looking skin and more. So, make a cocoa powder face mask to repair your skin cells and rejuvenate your face!

 Improves Skin’s Hydration:  Did you know that cocoa powder can actually improve its natural hydration? This works when you consume cocoa powder or apply it on your skin!  

Exfoliates Dead Cells: Cocoa powder has a gentle exfoliating texture that helps slough off dead cells on skin. It is good for carefully exfoliating sensitive or acne prone skin without irritating it. Personal note:  This really works. I have been making a face mask and applying it every “Self -Care Saturday” and have seen my skin be brighter and softer.

Face mask: In a little dish mix 1 TB unsweetened cocoa powder with 1 tsp sugar and 1 tsp oil of your choice. I like sunflower oil as in is non comedogenic (won’t break me out) and is high in vitamin e. I have very combination skin, so my skin is can’t decide if it wants to be an oily teenager or a mature adult. Wet your skin with warm water then mix all those ingredients into a paste and carefully rub all over your face avoiding the eye area. It is ok to put it on your lips because it can help exfoliate dry lips and if it gets in your mouth it’s fine because it is edible. Leave on while relaxing (preferably while resting with closed eyes on a yoga mat while listening to Enya) then using wet hand carefully scrub your face letting the sugar exfoliate and rinse off with warm water.

 Fights Acne & Pimples: This cacao face mask for acne works wonders in reducing the appearance of acne and pimples. Cocoa lessens redness and inflammation caused by acne. Find the cacao face mask recipe here: DIY Cacao Face Mask for Acne

 Prevents Sun Damage: You know when they say ‘eat your sunscreen.’ Well add cocoa powder to your list of sunscreen foods because it helps prevent sun damage! A study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2006 showed that a group of women given a flavanol rich cocoa drink showed 15% less reddening of the skin when exposed to UV light. This is due to its high antioxidant content which fights off free radicals generated when UV light hits the skin.

 Improves Skin Complexion: Cocoa can improve your skin complexion, making it brighter and clearer! The flavanols in it nourish the skin, boost its elasticity and help reduce blemishes that make skin dull.

 Firms Skin: The caffeine and theobromine found in cocoa powder make skin firm, taut and toned. That’s because they help break down fats and eliminate excess fluid retention. So, if you have sagging skin, puffy skin and even under eye bags, try making a mask out of cocoa powder and applying it to your face for a few minutes.

Makes Hair Shiny & Soft: Cocoa powder isn’t just good for skin, it’s great for hair too! It contains a significant amount of sulphur, which is one of the most important minerals for hair health. Consuming cocoa powder makes your hair shiny and soft naturally.

 Darkens Hair Naturally: This delicious powder doesn’t just stop at making hair soft and shiny! It also gradually darkens hair and helps cover up greys. So, if you’re a brunette, try making a cocoa hair mask or even mixing cocoa powder in warm water and using it as a hair rinse. Personal note: This really works. I have stopped dyeing my hair and have successfully darkened my light brown hair to a lovely medium brown shade by doing this.

Hair darkener: Mix equal quantities of unsweetened cocoa powder and your favourite shampoo. It will be the texture of that ready to spread canned frosting you can buy in a shop. Store it in a jar. With dry hands scoop a little out and rub your palms together until they are evenly coated. Rub into your hair and really massage it in. Then rinse, but don’t over rinse. I have crazy oily hair like a teenager and this has actually helped to dry it out a bit. If you do not have teenage hair, then feel free to mix equal parts of the cocoa powder with your favourite conditioner as well

Slows Down Ageing of Skin: Cocoa powder is rich in antioxidants called flavanols. The powerful 
antioxidant properties of flavanols help fight free radicals, hence making skin youthful for longer. Consume cocoa powder and also use it externally to plump your skin cells and fight premature wrinkles!

 Reduces Cellulite: Enjoy the cellulite clearing powers of cocoa powder! Because of its caffeine and theobromine content, cocoa powder helps drain fatty cells, promote flow of excess fluids out of the body which helps clear off cellulite by firming and tightening the skin. Drink cocoa powder and also make a cocoa coffee scrub to help you with this!

Cocoa Coffee Cellulite Scrub: In a large bowl, add ¼ cup cocoa powder, ½ cup ground coffee and ¼ cup liquid coconut oil. Now add 1 tsp cinnamon powder. Mix everything well to form a soft scrub. Transfer the scrub into an air tight container. To use, place 1 tbsp in a bowl and take the bowl to the shower with you. Scoop up a little and rub in circular motions over wet skin that has cellulite. Leave it on for a couple of minutes then rinse off and wash your body as usual. Use every other day in the shower.

Personal note: if you'd like a body scrub, but like me don't drink coffee so don't have any coffee grounds just hanging around try this body scrub. It makes you smell like a York Peppermint Patty (US Version) Fry's Peppermint Cream (UK version.) 

Chocolate Peppermint Body Scrub: In a jar mix 1 cup sugar, 2 TB liquid soap (helps it to wash away easier), 3 TB cocoa powder, a few TB oil to make it a paste, 10 drops peppermint essential oil. With dry hands (water can aid in breeding bacteria) scoop out and bit and scrub your body in the bath or shower. Your body will be soft and smell amazing. 

Add to your Dry Shampoo: DIY dry shampoo is all the rage these days and what’s more is that it’s so easy to make! Cocoa powder is one of the main ingredients for brunette or dark hair types. Here’s how to make dry shampoo with cocoa powder:

Amazing DIY Dry Shampoo: In a bowl, mix up 1 tbsp arrow root powder, 1 tbsp baking soda, ½ tbsp cocoa powder and 3-5 drops lavender essential oil. Dip a brush into the bowl and dab it on your hair roots starting from one side going to the other. Let it sit for a couple of minutes then brush your hair and voila! Your hair will be soft, fluffy and look and feel clean!

So, that's the wonders of cocoa! Let me know if you have a go at any of these beauty tips.

Friday, 28 September 2018

Fairy Tale Friday--Hoodwinked (2005)

Hello and welcome to Fairy Tale Friday. Are you sitting comfortably? Good. Then I'll begin.

For the last few weeks we have looked at short animated film versions of Little Red Riding Hood. We have had comically sex crazed wolves (and Grandmothers) as well as a sensual cat and mouse game of kiss chase between our heroine and the wolf. This week we look at a clever full length animated film. 
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Hoodwinked was produced independently by Blue Yonder films and the story of Little Red Riding Hood is retold as a police investigation using flashbacks to show multiple character's point of view. It was inspired by non-linear crime dramas such as Pulp Fiction. 

It begins in the traditional way that this tale is often told: Little Red discovers the wolf disguised as her grandmother. Her grandmother jumps out of the closet all tied up just as a woodsman bursts through the window startling everyone.  The police quickly arrive and are Red, the Wolf, Grandma and the Woodcutter are all questioned by Detective Nicky Flippers.

Here's where things get interesting. According to Wikipedia:

Red explains that she was delivering goodies for her grandmother when she discovered a threat from the mysterious Goody Bandit. Hoping to save her Granny's recipes, she embarked upon a journey to take them to the top of a nearby mountain where her Granny lives. On her way, she encountered the Wolf, who asked her a series of suspicious questions. She managed to escape and eventually reached her Granny's house; however, she found the Wolf already waiting in ambush.

What at first seems to be an open-and-shut case becomes confused though, once it is learned that the Wolf is an investigative reporter. He reveals that he was searching for a lead on the identity of the Goody Bandit and had reason to believe that Red and Granny were the culprits. Locating Red, he questioned her, hoping to get to the bottom of the mystery. When Red escaped, he headed for her Granny's house and arriving first, went undercover, hoping to trick her into giving him the evidence he needed.

When questioned, the Woodsman, Kirk, reveals that he is in fact an aspiring actor who was only trying out for the part of a woodsman in a commercial. After his schnitzel truck was robbed by the Goody Bandit, he went out into the woods to get in character for his role and spent the rest of the day chopping trees. A large tree rolled after him and pushed him through the window of Granny's home. The investigation then turns to Granny, who reveals that, unbeknownst to her family, she is an extreme sports enthusiast. During a ski race earlier that day, she was attacked by the opposing team, but got away safely after learning that they were hired by the Goody Bandit.

Here is how some of those scenes play out. It is very interesting to see how the same actions look different from another’s point of view. Oh, and if you want to to know the identity of the Goody Bandit you'll have to watch the film.

 Red meets the Wolf.

The Wolf meets Red. (and by the way...Twitchy the squirrel is totally me on caffeine. So please don't ever offer me coffee.) 

Granny's secret passion (extreme sports and snickerdoodles)

Our method acting Woodsman.

That's all for this week. Stay tuned next week for a more potty mouthed heroine.