Football Fever?! Time to chillax with Cocktails and movies – MUMS’ ZONE!
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- Published on Sunday, 08 June 2014 12:00
- Last Updated on 04 June 2014
- Monica Costa
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Let’s face it! Mums do not have many ‘me time moments’ and when we do we truly make the most of them and we treasure them for a long time as we know that there won’t be another one for a while. And football fever is starting soon with kids and dads getting mad for footy… Well, the footaball season is the perfect time for mums to regain their balance, chillax and enjoy some mummies’ cocktails and movies. Make sure it is a mums’ zone only as some of the movies we feature are too filthy for young viewers or too cheesy for dads 🙂 First of all prepare a nice cocktail you can enjoy with your girlfriends.
Here is a lovely recipe for Orange Chill Cocktail. It Makes 8 drinks, okay, maybe you want to share with a couple of friends.
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
3 or 4 fresh mint leaves
1 x 12 oz (355 ml) frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
½ x 12 oz (355 ml) frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 oz (29 ml) rum
sparkling water or soda
In a small pot, place the water, sugar and mint leaves over heat. Give everything a stir and allow it to simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Pluck the mint leaves out and discard. You’ve just made a simple syrup, the beginning of many great cocktails. Aren’t you fancy?
In a freezer proof container (can be a cake tin or a Tupperware container) mix together the two juice concentrates and the simple syrup. Either place a lid on top or cover with plastic wrap. Put it in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Take out your orange mixture, which will be starting to set. Use a fork to rake the surface and create some snow-y slush. Spoon 1/3 of a cup of your orange slush into a cocktail glass. Top with your shot of rum and then top up with sparkling water or soda. Kick back, sip and relax – we know you’ve earned it.
Now chillax with my favourite selection of TV series you can watch in a full marathon if you have Netflix, as I found myself doing, as you cannot stop. They are so addictive, so well made. Let me know which one is your favourite. Frankly I could not tell as I watched them all and sometimes I watch them again. On Netflix I am not worried about missing episodes….
Here is what these series have in common:
1) great story lines and screenwriting
2) good mix of love, sex and passion for a career
3) talented actors
4) they are addictive to the point that, when the series finish or their stars are killed / written off the scripts, you are left there with a sense of emptiness.
I recently attended a talk where I met Damian Lewis and since then I have become such a massive fan of Homeland!
I would have never thought I would like a CIA action drama like this, but the storytelling is compelling and even more so if you think that some of the stories are actually based on real American soldiers’ personal recounts of their experiences in the Middle East. It’s also a great and sad love story at the same time. It has all ingredients to keep you glued to the screen for a long time. Not sure what will happen in season 4 without Damian who was written off at the end of series 3. I won’t spoil the finale of series 3 as it is not on Netflix yet for those who have recently discovered it. But try and watch it, and let me know what you think.
Californication is very intriguing as you want to know how much more sex is the main character is going to have until the end of the season. I actually read that David Duchovny was treated for sex addiction. No surprise there! But jokes apart, he is very charming and he struggle to keep the love of his life. Great dialogues too apart from the swearing that sometimes reaches real peaks….
The Good Wife
This is one of my favourite law drama series on American TV of all times. It has really compelling story lines and an excellent casting. The Good Wife follows the trials and tribulations of Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies) struggling to get her life back on track after her husband Peter (Christ Noth whom you would remember for his role as Big in Sex and The City) was embroiled in a sex scandal, only to turn his life around and become Chicago’s favourite politician.
It must be one of my favourite law dramas of all times and is not even finished. It is so popular that they are still running new series even if they needed to write off some of the prominent characters.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums