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Chiara / April 9, 2018 , Mon / food

Hello there! You may or may not know this, but I’m vegan. But that doesn’t mean that I want to spend half my life cooking. I didn’t suddenly turn into an amazing cook when I decided to go vegan, nor did it make me want to try outlandish recipes that have 67 ingredients, 42 steps, and only a three hour cooking time! I’m guessing there are other vegans out there like me, so I decided to share some actually simple vegan recipes here on my blog. Often, there will be a gluten free or super cheap option as well! Today we are cooking…

spaghetti bolognese

Serves: Two massive bowls, three moderate bowls

What You’ll Need:

– 250 grams spaghetti (I use Barilla cause it’s delicious)

– 1 cup cooked lentils (lentils in a can are cooked, just don’t forget to drain it!)

– 1 jar of tomato pasta sauce (I use Mutti Simply Sugo because it’s amazing)

How You’ll Cook It:

1) Bring a pot of water to the boil and then add spaghetti

2) With about six minutes remaining on the spagehtti, put the lentils and the pasta sauce in a saucepan on low-medium heat

3) When pasta is cooked, strain and serve into bowls

4) Spoon bolognese sauce on top of pasta as required

5) Eat!

Gluten Free Option:

Use your favourite gluten free pasta, or for some extra nutrition try out San Remo Pulse Pasta

Under $5 Option:

Coles/Woolies brand pasta ($1)

Dolmio Pasta Sauce ($2)

Coles/Woolies brand Lentils ($0.75/$0.80)

Total: AUD $3.75

So there you have it! A super simple vegan recipe for spaghetti bolognese. I only discovered this one recently but it’s already a firm favourite. If you try it out, let me know what you think!

All my love,

Chiara / March 23, 2018 , Fri / films & music, lgbtqia

1. g.b.f.

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Ah, G.B.F. – where do I even begin? I was pretty much cringing through this entire film. Almost every scene was so non-PC that I contemplated turning it off. But I had spent my $5.58 on this movie so I was determined to finish it to the end. And I did. And I was thoroughly unimpressed.

G.B.F. definitely falls into the “outrageous comedy queer film” category. When I think about queer films in general they mostly fall into that outrageous comedy category or depressing tragedy category. This has been the way for far too long, which is one of the many reasons I’m excited for Love, Simon because it’s neither of those. It’s the run of the mill (and I say this with endearment) queer rom-com that we’ve been waiting for for so long.

But back to G.B.F. I will say that there were approximately two positive things about this movie:

1) The two main gay characters did not end up together. It was nice to see them as best friends without the need for the writers to shove them together in a romantic relationship just because they’re both into guys. There was a moment where it looked like they were going to but they didn’t.

2) It actually tackles the ridiculousness of the entire GBF (gay best friend) thing and how harmful it is to want to be someone’s friend just because of their sexuality. And how placing an expectation on them to be sassy and flamboyant because of their sexuality is bullshit.

So yeah, I did like those two things. I thought there was a third thing I liked but it is escaping me. Overall, I wasn’t a fan, though.

2. but i’m a cheerleader

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If I thought that G.B.F. was bad, boy was I in for a treat when I sat down to watch But I’m a Cheerleader. This movie was also an outrageous comedy, and there was so much inherently wrong with it I don’t even know if I can express it. I can honestly say that I liked one thing about this movie and that was the fact that it was a happily ever after for the main f/f couple. That’s it. I was not here for the bi erasure, the jokes about sexual assault, the simulation of “straight” sex (again, nice bi erasure). In fact I was not here for most of the things in this movie. I really didn’t like it.

3. imagine me & you

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I was super excited to watch Imagine Me & You because a few friends had told me that it was cute and important to them as queer babies. So I bought it.

This was definitely my favourite of the three queer movies in this post because even though it was a comedy with a few over the top moments it never made it into the outrageous comedy category. I wasn’t a big fan of the cheating element, though. I would have liked the two women to come together without hurting the people around them. That would have been nice. But I guess overall the romance was pretty cute. I loved Luce, and her flower shop was so incredibly lovely. I wanted to visit it.

This was another happy ending, which was nice! I wasn’t blown away by this movie, but I definitely think it’s one I could sit down and watch again because it has that easy-to-watch feel to it where you don’t have to think too hard or get too emotionally invested, haha.

Have you watched any of these movies? Do you want to? Have you seen any LGBTQIA+ movies recently?

Chiara / February 20, 2018 , Tue / this book is lgbtqia

This Book is LGBTQIA+ is my way of putting a spotlight on books that may not be widely recognised as such. I want these books to have as much exposure as they can, and I hope you add some of these titles (or all) to those never-ending TBR piles!

Today’s book is:

radio silence by alice oseman

Title: Radio Silence

Author: Alice Oseman

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre/s: Contemporary

What if everything you set yourself up to be was wrong?

Frances has always been a study machine with one goal, elite university. Nothing will stand in her way; not friends, not a guilty secret – not even the person she is on the inside.

But when Frances meets Aled, the shy genius behind her favourite podcast, she discovers a new freedom. He unlocks the door to Real Frances and for the first time she experiences true friendship, unafraid to be herself. Then the podcast goes viral and the fragile trust between them is broken.

Caught between who she was and who she longs to be, Frances’ dreams come crashing down. Suffocating with guilt, she knows that she has to confront her past…
She has to confess why Carys disappeared…

Meanwhile at uni, Aled is alone, fighting even darker secrets.

It’s only by facing up to your fears that you can overcome them. And it’s only by being your true self that you can find happiness.

Frances is going to need every bit of courage she has.

Why This Book is LGBTQIA+

The main character, Frances, is bisexual. I am pretty sure most people know that this book is about a bi protagonist, but I just wanted to write this post because the synopsis doesn’t share that at all. So maybe I’m letting someone know by writing this post!

Radio Silence was one of my favourite books of 2017, hands down. For such a long contemporary novel I absolutely flew through it, and when I got to the end I didn’t want it to be the end. I wanted more about all of these characters.

This book was an honest to goodness emotional roller-coaster so be aware of that if you plan on reading it! There are a lot of heavy themes that come into play for almost all of the characters. But I will say that Alice Oseman handles them all incredibly respectfully, which was both amazing and lovely.

If you want to check out my full thoughts, you can read my review here.

(trigger warning: suicidal themes, absent parent, domestic violence (physical and emotional), death of a pet, use of ableist language, and bullying in this novel)

Chiara / January 16, 2018 , Tue / films & music, lgbtqia

1. the way he looks

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I remember hearing about this movie quite a while ago, but never being able to watch it because Australia sucks and doesn’t import a lot of foreign movies. But then I bought an all-region DVD player (honestly the best thing I have ever purchased) and as such I have gone on a buying spree of all the movies I’ve never been able to watch before. The Way He Looks was one of the movies I was the most excited about. It just looked so sweet and adorable.

Funnily enough, a few weeks before my copy arrived, I saw the original short film that the movie was based on. It was so cute, and I was interested to see how the writers would expand a story that worked so well as a short into something that was full length. Honestly, they did a fantastic job. I liked the movie better than the short because there was so much room for character development and growth, as well as relationship development and growth.

I think the thing I liked best about The Way He Looks is that it wasn’t tragic at all. There was an element of bullying that was almost in the really horrible category but never quite made it. For the most part it stayed at the level of teenagers being shitty to each other. The Way He Looks is a queer boy movie that ends happily, and I am so glad it exists.

2. those people

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I found this movie by searching “lgbt” in the Netflix searchbar, which actually brings up all their queer movies so YAY for figuring that out. I don’t really know why I picked this one out of the multitudes but I did.

Can I just say that the movie poster for this movie fucking slays me? I mean, it might not slay you unless you’ve seen it but my heart is aching because of that picture, jesus holy christ.

Those People follows this guy who is in love with his best friend – who is also gay – but starts seeing this new, older guy. Drama and angst ensues. And also a realisation on my part that I am very attracted to Jason Ralph.

I feel like Those People went for the “life isn’t always perfect” route, which I am never a particularly big fan of. I know life isn’t always perfect. THAT IS WHY I WATCH A LOT OF MOVIES. I WANT THE GAY BEST FRIENDS TO END UP TOGETHER AND LIVE HAPPILY EVER AFTER, OKAY? I DON’T NEED ~MATURE~ REALISATIONS. EVER. But I guess these kinds of movies do serve their purpose. Even though I weep for the loss of a friends to lovers romance with a perfect ending.

3. breathe

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Bless Stan for having a dedicated “LGBT” film section so I don’t even have to use a searchbar like I do on Netflix. To be honest I chose to watch Breathe because it was quite short, the poster was pretty (it was different to the one above – more romantic), and also it was about queer girls and I feel like I haven’t watched enough queer girl movies.

Breathe was incredibly… weird. Though I feel it definitely falls into the queer film category it never explicitly feels like it does. There is one kiss shared between the two girls, but it was when they were kind of play acting with each other so its sincerity was never covert. To be honest the only real confirmation of its queerness comes at the very end.

Speaking of the end… I had no fucking clue what I had just spend an hour and a half of my life watching. Furthermore, I had no idea why I had watched it. The only thing I can say about the ending of Breathe was that it was vicious and out of the blue.

4. the handmaiden

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I can honestly say that I have never watched a movie quite like The Handmaiden. It blends elements from almost every movie genre I can think of – drama, romance, comedy, crime. With a dash of sex in there, as well.

I decided to watch The Handmaiden because I had seen it on Stan, and then a few days later I saw it on someone’s Twitter thread of f/f movies that end with happily ever after. The Handmaiden does indeed end with a happily ever after for the two women of the movie, and for that I was very glad.

The Handmaiden, while quite a journey of two and a half hours, hooked me from the very beginning – so much so that I didn’t even take into account how much time had passed. Told in three parts, the story is woven in a very interesting way. You think of the story in one way, and then it is completely turned on its head.

This is a movie I know I won’t be forgetting any time soon.

Have you watched any of these movies? Do you want to? Have you seen any LGBTQIA+ movies recently?

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