The one day Vacation

Recently I took a short vacation, in scheduled and it took place instead of a stream. It was an outing that I did not know that I needed. And I am grateful.

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Chennai Express… A Movie Review.

Chennai Express is a movie starring Shah Ruhk Khan and Deepika Padukone. Two of my favourite actors from the Bollywood movie scene. This is a star crossed lovers type movie.

Shah Ruhk Khan

It starts as Shah Ruhk Khan’s character, Rahul, is tasked by his grandmother to take the ashes of his grandfather to southern India as part of a ‘ritual’, I don’t know the right words to use here as I am not Indian/Hindi. But Rahul, who has been trying to get out of the family business, decides to lie to his grandmother and not do it, he boards a train heading a town away to meet his friends and everything goes wrong.

Chennai Express is a fun movie though, the standard Bollywood things apply, singing, dancing, fight scenes, manliness beyond compare, true love, and of course, two languages I don’t speak. This movie hits me with Hindi, and Tamil. Now I am trying to learn Hindi, but it is a slow process, throwing Tamil into the mix has slowed me down. However, in India, there are over 1600 spoken languages. You read that right, 1600, so I should be somewhat thankful that this movie at least spoke the hindi in which I am working on learning.


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But I digress, this movie is a beautiful story and I fell quite in love with the characters. The acting, dancing, the way the camera moved, it was all done right, sure it has the atypical Bollywood spin to it, that you don’t traditionally see in block buster Hollywood movies, but that is the joy of Bollywood movies. That is the fun, its different, and it is amazing.

I give this movie a 8 out of 10, it really is worth the watch. If you are not a fan of Bollywood movies, or you don’t like international movies, then you should put that fear or hate aside, turn this movie on, and throw on the subtitles. It takes some getting used to watching whole movies with subtitles, but it is worth the adventure.

Shah Ruhk Khan is one of India’s best actors, beloved by over 3 billion people, that isn’t even a joke, literally over 3 billion people. Shah Ruhk Khan is a household name. That is how famous this actor is, so if you want to find out why, I recommend you watch this movie, as well as his other works, and I promise you will not be disappointed.

Dhoom 3, A movie review

Aamir Khan plays two exceptionally different, yet the same, characters in this movie, a worthwhile and telling story, very compelling and entertaining.

Aamir Khan plays as Sahir and Samar, the sons of a man who ran ‘The Great Indian Circus’ in Chicago. As young boys Sahir and Samar with their father created an amazing magic act, and after their fathers untimely death we fast-forward and see how they use that trick going forward.

Aamir Khan

This Hindi movie is the third in a series, and is my favourite one. Albeit, it has Aamir Khan, my favourite Indian actor, so that may be why it is my favourite of them all. I found the story easy to follow, intriguing, and following the humour that has been set out in the previous Dhoom movies (Which I have not reviewed as of yet).

Sahir / Samar from Dhoom 3

Throughout the movie, we see the typical Bollywood action sequences, fast car chases, impossible action, overthetop humour, singing, dancing, and great story.

Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra in Dhoom:3 (2013)

The two chacters captured above are the two Mumbai cops who travelled to Chicago to help the police capture Sahir and prevent any further bank heists.

As I don’t like to go to deep into detail as I don’t want to spoil the movie for people, I’ll say no more about the story. But I will say this, this movie is a solid 9.5 out of 10. If you don’t speak Hindi, watch it with subtitles, I promise you, you’ll be entertained. I certainly was, enough to write this review.

Tandoori Chicken

When chicken is being cooked, it’s best to cook the best! and this, this is the best.

When it comes to dinner time, I like to think my favourite food is chicken, of any sort. But as of late I have really come around to tandoori chicken.

Tandoori chicken is simply what I love to cook when it comes to chicken. It used to always be BBQ chicken, but now, now it’s all tandoori.

What you’ll need for this recipe.

  • Chicken drumsticks – 8-12
  • Tandoori masala – as much as it takes
  • Garlic – 2-3 small cloves
  • Ginger – a small nub (not too much)
  • Cilantro – half a bunch
  • Tomato – x1
  • Salt – to taste (use what you personally need)
  • Tumeric – half a teaspoon
  • Green pepper – 1 whole
  • Onion – 1 whole
  • Thai chili peppers – as many as you need
  • Crushed chili flakes – 1 tablespoon
  • Curry – 2 tablespoons

This recipe takes about 45 minutes in the over, prep time is about 15 minutes. Make sure you preheat to 375. Some ovens don’t hit the right temperature so make sure the chicken is thawed before cooking, and keep an eye on it as you may need to remove it.

I will always recommend taking the chicken out half way and rotating them in the container you’re cooking them in. For me, I use Corning Ware. But rotating half way is a good indication if your chicken will be done on time.

Let’s begin…

Chicken, remove the skin to begin!
Slice the chicken a few times, let the tandoori seep deep into it. Trust me, this is KEY to a good tandoori chicken.
The hell is this? Tomato? You’re a wild man!
Chop that tomato up!
Green pepper? Now I know you’re joking!
Chop that bad-boy up!!
A bunch of cilantro…
Chop the cilantro up too! It deserves to be chopped!!
Onions have layers!! I have layers!! I am an onion!
Chop that onion up!
Now we get to the fun part. Depending your spice tolerance, chose a few Thai chili peppers of your liking. Unlike spicy things, so I use lots.
Chop them up too boo!!
Make sure you have chili peppers, tandoori masala, salt, curry, and a little bit of tumeric (literally a little bit. Tumeric makes things bitter so don’t put too much in)
Add all your veggies to the chicken. Sprinkle some olive oil on your veggies/chicken.
Now add your spices. This might look like a lot, but once it’s mixed, you’ll probably want to add more, especially the tandoori masala. But sparing at first. But be ready to add more, even after cooking has started.
Mix it all together with your hands… Yes they will turn red so if you want, use gloves. As you’re handling raw chicken, make sure you wash up appropriately.
After cooking at 375 for 45 minutes in the oven, your tandoori chicken should look like this. I like my tandoori chicken saucy so I can add more sauce to my chicken, or on my sides.
Plate and enjoy.

Chicken is meant to be eaten IMHO, but if you’re a vegan, or vegetarian, you can use this recipe on tofu or some other veggie based food and enjoy a nice flavourful tandoori experience. But it’s best on chicken.