Ricky Gervais on Derek – 2nd quote challenge

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I have no idea who Ricky Gervais is until I watched some of his opening jokes at Golden Globes, this guy is mental in funny way. Since then, I started to watch pretty much everything that’s he’s on to, his daily jokes on twitter, even he’s appearance on Ellen Degeneres Show.

But today, It’s about my second and third quotes challenge from my favourite comedian-actor-producer, Ricky Gervais on Derek.

Derek is a British comedy-drama television series starring him, who is also its writer and director. The TV series is available on Netflix. So far, it’s becoming my favourite TV series after Modern family. Believe it or not, I cried every episode like a weeper.

About the plot: Gervais plays 50-year-old Derek Noakes, a care worker at Broad Hill, a home for the elderly, who has worked there for three years. He likes watching reality television shows and game shows and is interested in celebrities, YouTube and, above all, talking about animals. The viewer is told he is kind, helpful and selfless, with good intentions. He is vulnerable because of his childlike naivety and distractions from society. He is ridiculed and ostracised, as well as being marginalised by mainstream society because of his social awkwardness and lack of inhibitions. Derek says it is more important to be kind than to be clever or good-looking. Many media sources describe him as autistic, though Gervais has firmly denied this.[15] Gervais has, in fact, remained carefully ambiguous as to whether Derek is intellectually challenged, autistic, or otherwise.

She said it was better to be kind than to be clever or good looking, I’m not clever or good looking. But I’m kind. – Derek

I like the quote because it makes me realise what’s more important that people should be doing in their life, just be kind to one another.

The last quote is about forgiveness, it’s totally human to be mad or angry to somebody, but forgiveness is your choice. The quote is taken from final episode of season 2 when Derek reflected on his recent and timely reunion with his father who left him when he was a kid. He decided not to forgive his dad and did not want to see him any more, but at the end, he gave him a chance.

That’s the amazing thing about life, you can just rub it out and start again. It’s what you do from now. – Derek

Well, I guess challenges accomplished. YEAY!!!

P.S. If you need to cry, watch this series.

Lily Aldrin – 1st quote challenge

Hello everyone, finally I’m back on wordpress again, after some weeks off writing on-line. Well, life has been busy lately with cooking, daily working, watching new series on Netflix, and preparing my code test for my French driving licence. I have driving since I was 18 years old and now because of typical French driving regulation, I should have French driving licence as well, and it takes time and lots of patient.

Today, it’s about accepting “the quote challenge” from one of my favourite fellow blogger A Nenes Life.

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How I Met Your Mother

My first day of the quote challenge is going to be one of quotes from Lily Aldrin. She is a fictional character in the CBS television series How I Met Your Mother.

Okay, yes, it’s a mistake. I know it’s a mistake. But there are certain things in life where you know it’s a mistake but you don’t really know it’s a mistake because the only way to really know it’s a mistake is to make the mistake, and look back, and say, “Yep. That was a mistake.” So, really, the bigger mistake would be to not make the mistake, because then you go your whole life not really knowing if something is a mistake or not. ~ Lily Aldrin

I like this quote because it simply contains lots of “mistakes”, LOL. Well, it might sound silly, but don’t be scare to make a mistake, because who knows it’s going to be a mistake or not, even if you made a mistake, don’t look back, just remember not to do the same old mistake, because you already knew it was a mistake.

Ultimate barbecue sauce

It’s Saturday and I’ve been asking myself what’s for dinner tonight since lunch time. I thought about KFC but it would end up buying the whole bucket and eat that for two days. So, KFC was not a good choice and I was going to cook instead.

Today’s dinner recipe is beef ribs with homemade barbecue sauce. So far I can remember this is my first time cooking something with a homemade barbecue sauce. Since you know, you can get barbecue sauce easily from supermarkets or left over from your takeaway fast-food. 

However, I’m just going to let you know how to make homemade barbecue sauce, and feel free to choose your own meat.

 

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Barbecue sauce

Ingredients:

  • A slice of beef fat from the ribs
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • A bunch of thyme
  • 2 garlic (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup of ketchup
  • 1/4 cup of brown sauce
  • 1/4 cup of sweet soy sauce
  • 2 tbs of red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs of ancient Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp of paprika powder
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Methods:

Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat. Put thyme and beef fat for about 3 minutes. Add garlic and onion, cook slowly without colouring for another 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients, stir the sauce regularly, and turn the heat down. Cook the sauce for about 20 minutes to meld the flavours. Once the sauce is done cooking, set 1/2 cups of the sauce and reserve for serving with you grilled meat.

Use the remaining sauce for drizzling your meat before cooking.

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Potato gratin and magret de canard fumé

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There’s always be one day after work when you just don’t have time to cook, so here’s my quick meal idea.

Smoked duck
Roquettes salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Malt pickle (optional)
Homemade potato gratin

Ingredients for the gratin:
1 big potato (thinly sliced)
1 or 2 medium Parisian mushrooms (thinly sliced)
Some sour cream
Some milk (2 tbs for each ramekin)
Shallots
Salted butter
Grated cheese
Salt and pepper

Methods:
First, melt the butter on a medium heat, put and stir the shallots until you smell the perfume, set aside. Melt the butter, put mushroom until it’s half cooked seasoned with black pepper. Put your potatoes and mushroom on top of each other in a ramekin, add shallots in between, pour the milk and sour cream, seasoned with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the cheese and bake in the oven with 200 degrees Celsius until cooked.

Serve with smoked duck and Roquettes salad. 😀

Throwback Thursday: Little Swiss in Normandy

In the spirit of #throwbackthursday and how I finally proud living in Normandy :p , I will show you my sweet trip to Bagnoles de l’Orne in Lower Normandy. At first, I had no idea where the town is, I simply found the town when I was searching a weekend great deal on travelbird website. We visited the town in late autumn 2014. I was pretty worried that the town wasn’t that pretty as I expected, I did google before, but you know sometimes pictures did not tell the truth. Fortunately, it was beyond than I expected. Bagnoles de l’Orne was a little town with approximately 2502 habitants surrounded by Andaines forest.

What make me falling love with this town is “the lake” located in the middle of the town which is formed by River Vée, it is kinda remind me of Switzerland. Bagnoles de l’Orne was also well known as typical French bourgeoise residential area, it is filled with superb villas with polychrome façades, bow windows and unique roofing which was built during “the belle époque” quarter.

Well, I can tell you that Normandy has also a little paradise. 🙂