Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving is here for our American friends, I wonder how many people have watched Planes, Trains and Automobiles with their families in preparation? Written, directed and produced by John Hughes this was certainly John Candy at his best, he will make you laugh and cry as well as quote lines for the rest of your life.

I am ashamed to say I didn't know Canada's Thanksgiving (Jour de l'Action de grĂ¢ce in Canadian French) was on the second Monday in October - something I believe Canuks also call John Candy day!

Although I am in the UK and we don't celebrate Thanksgiving over here, I am aware that I have a lot to be thankful for. In two days my boyfriend comes home from India and I just can't wait! I am just hoping he doesn't have a Planes, Trains and Automobiles experience getting home - however if he was to meet a Del Griffith that would be no bad thing.

I presume John would celebrate both Canadian and American Thanksgiving (any excuse for a party) and I found a lovely quote from his wife, Rose Candy, taken from The Second City Unscripted by Mike Thomas;

"John loved to gather friends and family. When we had people over, is was 'Enjoy, relax' as we cooked in our kitchen. One Thanksgiving, we invited the cast over from Second City Toronto. A small detail had been over looked - the turkey was still frozen. Thinking quickly, we put the bird under the shower to thaw, and at around two in the morning we celebrated Thanksgiving."

I believe this instance wasn't just isolated to Thanksgiving, it was quite common for people to be invited over for dinner and finally eat during the early hours in the morning.

As a small gift here is a deleted scene from Planes, Trains - I truly believe it should have been left in and god knows how many more of these gems didn't make it to the screen.

So Happy Thanksgiving to you all! I would love to know what you are thankful for...

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

How to make an Orange Whip...

Ever wondered how to make the Orange Whip a la Blues Brothers? Just add vodka, rum and cream to orange juice, pour over ice and stir.

Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips. 

Longer post coming soon... thanks for following.

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