movies 2017

Published October 1, 2017 by lisaolisa
  1. It Follows (2015)
  2. The Naked City (1948)
  3. Transparent: Season 4 (2017)
  4. The Infiltrator (2016)
  5. Manchester by the Sea (2016)
  6. I Love Dick (2017)
  7. Shimmer Lake (2017)
  8. Southcliffe (2013)
  9. Master of None: Season 2 (2017)
  10. Oh, Hello on Broadway (2017)
  11. Orange Is the New Black: Season 5 (2017)
  12. House of Cards: Season 5 (2017)
  13. Yojimbo: The Bodyguard ()
  14. House of Cards: Season 4 (2016)
  15. Bloodlines: Season 3 (2017)
  16. War & Peace (2015)
  17. Seven Samurai (1954)
  18. Krampus (2015)
  19. The Boss (2016)
  20. The Patriot: Season 1 (2015)
  21. The Hateful Eight (2015)
  22. Bridge of Spies (2015)
  23. Happy Valley: Series 2 (2016)
  24. Happy Valley: Series 1 (2014)
  25. Sugar Coated (2015)
  26. Respectable: The Mary Millington Story (2016)
  27. I Am Road Comic(2014)
  28. The Witness (2016)
  29. Tower (2017)
  30. That Gal … Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2 (2015)
  31. Documentary Now!: Season 1
  32. Documentary Now!: Season 2
  33. Sample This (2012)
  34. Schitt’s Creek: Season 2 (2017)
  35. Schitt’s Creek: Season 1 (2017)
  36. Maron: Season 4 (2017)
  37. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
  38. Bad Moms (2016)
  39. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
  40. The Gift (2015)
  41. Brooklyn (2015)
  42. Manhunter (1986)
  43. Westworld (1973)
  44. Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015)
  45. The Danish Girl (2016)
  46. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Season 3 (2016)
  47. Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo (2015)
  48. True Detective: Season 2 (2015)
  49. Veep: Season 5 (2016)
  50. The Martian (2015)

pizza dough from red star yeast (vegan)

Published May 21, 2017 by lisaolisa

I made this via the stand mixer method. There’s something appealing about the though of meditatively kneading by hand, but my back can’t handle it. I couldn’t find my paddle and had to use the wire whisk, which was a sticky mess of a situation. I was able to scrape the dough wad out from the middle of the wires, but it took more time than I’d like, so it’ll do in a pinch, but do try harder than I did to find a paddle. No matter how organized I think my kitchen implements are, there’s always something hidden away who knows where.

I made the basic white flour dough, refrigerated one half, froze the other half, and used both halves three days later. The dough continued to rise in the refrigerator, and the frozen dough rose as it thawed. I couldn’t tell the difference between the two. I had just as much trouble shaping this recipe as I do every pizza crust recipe, and the consistency was pretty much what they all wind up being: a firm, cracker-y topping delivery system. The happy difference was that this one cooked all the way through. Baking the crust halfway, then again after adding the toppings was key to getting this to come out at all in our stupid broken oven. Every other recipe burns on the edges and doesn’t cook in the middle. I think I’ll try that trick with other pies I try baking on cookie sheets. The bread stone has been a failure every time, even when preheated.

 Yield: Two 12-inch pizzas


  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2¼ tsp (one package) RED STAR Active Dry Yeast


Preheat oven to 400°F

  1. Combine yeast, 1 cup flour, and salt. Combine liquids and heat to 120°-130°F.
  2. Combine 1 cup of dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl with paddle or beaters for 4 minutes on medium speed. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  3. Let dough rest 15 minutes. Divide into 2 parts. Press each half into a generously greased 12-inch round pizza pan sprinkled with cornmeal. (I don’t use much cornmeal because it doesn’t make much difference to us.)
  4. Pre-bake for 10-12 minutes in pre-heated 400°F oven until edges of crust begin to turn light golden brown.
  5. Add desired toppings.
  6. Bake an additional 15 minutes.

Here are all of the instructions and methods from the Red Star website:


Have liquid ingredients at 80°F, all others at room temperature. Place room temperature ingredients in pan in the order listed. Select Dough/Manual cycle. Check dough consistency after 5 minutes of kneading. The dough should be in a soft, tacky ball. If it is dry and stiff, add water, ½ to 1 Tbsp at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add 1 Tbsp of flour at a time. At the end of the last kneading cycle, press STOP/CLEAR, remove dough from pan. Proceed to Rising, Shaping and Baking instructions below. See our Bread Machine section for more helpful tips and information.


Combine yeast, 1 cup flour, and salt. Combine liquids and heat to 120°-130°F.

Hand-Held Mixer Method

Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl on low speed. Beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed. By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface 5 to 7 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Use additional flour if necessary.

Stand Mixer Method

Combine dry mixture and liquid ingredients in mixing bowl with paddle or beaters for 4 minutes on medium speed. Gradually add remaining flour and knead with dough hook(s) 5 to 7 minutes until smooth and elastic.


Have all ingredients at room temperature. Place dry ingredients in processing bowl with steel blade. Process briefly to blend. While motor is running add water and oil. Process until mixed. Continue processing until dough cleans the sides of bowl.


Let dough rest 15 minutes. Divide into 2 parts. Press each half into a generously greased 12-inch round pizza pan sprinkled with cornmeal. Pre-bake for 10-12 minutes in pre-heated 400°F oven until edges of crust begin to turn light golden brown. Add desired toppings and bake an additional 15 minutes.

*You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast in place of Active Dry Yeast. When using Instant Yeast, expect your dough to rise faster. Always let your dough rise until ripe. Traditional methods: use equal amounts; Bread Machine: use ½ tsp Instant Yeast OR ¾ tsp Active Dry Yeast per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information on baking.


A whole wheat crust can be made by substituting 1 cup whole wheat flour and 2 cups bread flour for the 3 cups of bread flour called for in the recipe. A cheese crust can be made by adding ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend to the original recipe.


scillonian tattie cake (ovo vegetarian)

Published April 2, 2017 by lisaolisa

Every year for Christmas, Mum gives us a tea towel calendar. This potato cake recipe comes from an Isles of Scilly-themed towel. A much fancier, meatier version can be found here:

This looks to be perfectly British: boiled, bland, and full of pantry staples. When we make this, we’ll need to substitute shortening for the lard to keep it veg.


  • 8 oz. plain flour
  • 6 oz. lard
  • 1 3/4 pounds potatoes
  • 4 oz. currents
  • 4 oz. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • pinch of salt


Boil and mash potatoes. Mix with the other ingredients. Bake in a hot oven for 1 hour.

overnight berry oatmeal (vegan)

Published March 28, 2017 by lisaolisa

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/2 cup berries

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon chia seeds

2 teaspoons (or less) maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a cup or bowl, cover, and refrigerate overnight. Eat cold or hot the next morning.

fluffy whole wheat pancakes from alton brown (lacto-ovo vegetarian)

Published March 5, 2017 by lisaolisa

Today was attempt #1 at these, and they were mostly a bust but have potential. I didn’t have buttermilk, and rather than making sour milk per usual, I experimented with substituting plain yogurt. A 1:1 swap did not work. The batter was too thick, the cakes were too thick, and the cakes did not fully cook in the middle. While melting, the butter pats decided it would be best to explode and spew all over the inside of the microwave. While heating the syrup, attention was not fully paid, leading to a molten maple flow on top of the butter mess. And I added blueberries, as I do to most whole wheat pancakes.

Here’s what I used and any notes about my choices.


the dry goods

2 cups whole wheat flour (I would normally substitute pastry flour, but I wanted to try it with regular, which I always have on hand. I tend to run out of pastry flour. They are probably more fluffy with pastry flour, which I’ll use next time.)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar (I would normally substitute molasses, which I’ll try next time.)

the wet works

2 large eggs
2 cups plain yogurt (Bad idea. Next time, I’ll cut the yogurt to 1 cup and add 1 cup of soured milk. If the cakes are still too thick, I’ll use all milk.)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (I will probably resort to olive oil at some point, which is already liquid and always on hand.)

the mix-in

2 cups frozen blueberries


  1. Mix together all the dry stuff in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together all of the wet stuff. Do this in the best order: barely beat the eggs, add in the yogurt and milk, and then add the butter. If you add hot butter to raw eggs, some of the egg is going to congeal.
  2. Mix in the wet stuff to the dry stuff and stir just until batter comes together. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Fold in the blueberries.
  4. Use 1/4 cup batter for each cake. Flatten the batter down to a reasonable thickness with the back of the measuring cup or your finger, which will be all right because of course you scrupulously wash your hands before preparing food.

If you need more advice on how to cook pancakes in general, read through his original directions, which follow.

The original recipe

the dry goods
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons sugar
the wet works
2 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. in a separate bowl, whisk together all wet ingredients. (i just melted the butter slightly before adding it in with the eggs and buttermilk.).
add the wet stuff to the dry stuff and mix just until batter comes together. do not mix smooth. set aside batter to rest for 5 minutes.
* heat an electric griddle to 350 degrees or place a nonstick frying pan over medium-low heat.
*test the griddle by flicking water on it. if the water dances across the surface, you’re good to go.
* rub down the griddle with a little butter or spray with nonstick spray.
ladle 1 scoop of batter onto the griddle. (batter will be thick! just spread it out with the bottom of your ladle or the back of a spoon.) cook until bubbles form in the batter and bottom is golden, approximately three minutes. flip and cook until the second side is golden, another a minute or so. adjust the heat as necessary as you go along. serve while hot!



books 2017

Published January 7, 2017 by lisaolisa
  1. Seinfeldia: How a Show About Nothing Changed Everything by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

read at some point but not added to any list

  • The Great Hurricane: 1938 by Cherie Burns (5:50) (nf)
  • The Apartment

partway through

did not finish

on the list



movies 2016

Published December 31, 2016 by lisaolisa
  1. A Haunting at Silver Falls (2013)
  2. A LEGO Brickumentary (2015)
  3. A Picture of You (2014)
  4. Adult Beginners (2014)
  5. Aileen Wournos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1993)
  6. Apartment 143 (2011)
  7. Better Living through Chemistry (2014)
  8. Bill Hicks: Sane Man (1989)
  9. Blondie’s New York (2014)
  10. Bloodline: Season 1 (2015)
  11. Bloodline: Season 2 (2016)
  12. BoJack Horseman Christmas Special: Sabrina’s Christmas Wish
  13. BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (2015)
  14. Bojack Horseman: Season 2 (2015)
  15. BoJack Horseman: Season 3
  16. Can’t Stand Losing You (2015)
  17. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 1
  18. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2
  19. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 3
  20. Creep (2014)
  21. Dark Places (2015)
  22. David Cross: Making America Great Again! (2016)
  23. Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (2014)
  24. Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead
  25. Deadfall (2013)
  26. Deadpool (2015)
  27. Do I Sound Gay? (2014)
  28. Don Verdean
  29. Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie
  30. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
  31. Estranged (2015)
  32. Ex Machina (2015)
  33. Fairlane Road
  34. Finders Keepers (2015)
  35. Finding Vivian Maier (2013)
  36. Fortitude: Season 1 (2015)
  37. Four Christmases (2008)
  38. Funny or Die Presents: Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie (2016)
  39. Game of Thrones: Season 1 (2010)
  40. Game of Thrones: Season 2 (2011)
  41. Game of Thrones: Season 3 (2012)
  42. Game of Thrones: Season 4 (2013)
  43. Game of Thrones: Season 5 (2014)
  44. Glitch: Season 1
  45. Goodnight Mommy (2015)
  46. Grace and Frankie: Season 1 (2015)
  47. Grace and Frankie: Season 2
  48. Grace and Frankie: Season 2 (2016)
  49. Halt and Catch Fire: Season 1 (2014)
  50. Halt and Catch Fire: Season 2 (2015)
  51. Headhunters (2011)
  52. Hellions (2015)
  53. High-Rise (2015)
  54. Homeland: Season 4
  55. Honeymoon (2014)
  56. Interstellar (2014)
  57. Jen Kirkman: I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)
  58. Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed (2014)
  59. Jim Jefferies: Freedumb (2016)
  60. John Dies at the End (2012)
  61. Josef Fritzl: Story of a Monster (2010)
  62. Kids for Cash (2013)
  63. Lady Dynamite: Season 1 (2016)
  64. Le Voyage dans la Lune (A Trip to the Moon) (Color) (1902)
  65. Lemmy (2011)
  66. Let the Fire Burn
  67. Los Angeles Plays Itself (2014)
  68. Lucky Them (2013)
  69. Making A Murderer (2015)
  70. Manson Family Vacation (2015)
  71. Maron: Season 3 (2015)
  72. Marvel’s Luke Cage: Season 1
  73. Master of None: Season 1
  74. Michael Che Matters
  75. Minions (2015)
  76. Mr Robot: Season 1 (2015)
  77. Mr Robot: Season 2 (2016)
  78. My Winnipeg (2007)
  79. My Winnipeg (2008)
  80. Now You See Me (2013)
  81. Orange Is the New Black: Season 3 (2015)
  82. Orange Is the New Black: Season 4 (2016)
  83. Our Brand is Crisis(2016)
  84. Paranoid Park
  85. Passion
  86. Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping
  87. Paul Williams: Still Alive (2011)
  88. Portlandia: Season 1 (2011)
  89. Portlandia: Season 2 (2012)
  90. Portlandia: Season 4 (2014)
  91. Portlandia: Season 5 (2015)
  92. Portlandia: Season 6 (2016)
  93. Portlandia: Season 3 (2013)
  94. Run All Night (2015)
  95. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
  96. Sharknado (2013)
  97. Snowpiercer (2014)
  98. Soaked In Bleach (2015)
  99. Spanish Lake (2014)
  100. Spotlight (2015)
  101. St. Vincent (2014)
  102. Stonehearst Asylum
  103. Stonehearst Asylum (2014)
  104. Straight Outta Compton (2016)
  105. Stranger Things (2016)
  106. Tab Hunter Confidential
  107. Taken 3 (2014)
  108. Talking For Clapping (2016)
  109. Tangerine (2015)
  110. Teacher’s Pet (1958)
  111. Team Foxcatcher (2016)
  112. Tenured (2015)
  113. That Gal…Who Was in That Thing: That Guy 2 (2015)
  114. The Big Short
  115. The Captive (2014)
  116. The Fall: Series 3
  117. The Fundamentals of Caring
  118. The Holiday (2006)
  119. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
  120. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 (2014)
  121. The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: Season 2 (2012)
  122. The Invitation (2015)
  123. The Jim Gaffigan Show: Season 1
  124. The Judge (2015)
  125. The Man in the High Castle: Season 1 (2015)
  126. The Overnight (2015)
  127. The Prince of Pennsylvania (2015)
  128. The Propaganda Game (2015)
  129. The Rewrite (2014)
  130. The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz (2013)
  131. The Suicide Theory
  132. The Thing on the Doorstep (2014)
  133. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 2 (2016)
  134. The Visit (2015)
  135. The Witch (2016)
  136. The Wrecking Crew (2008)
  137. They Look Like People (2015)
  138. They’re Watching (2016)
  139. This Is Where I Leave You (2014)
  140. To Be Takei (2014)
  141. Todd Margaret: Season 2
  142. Tom Segura: Mostly Stories
  143. Top of the Lake: Season 1 (2013)
  144. Transparent: Season 2 (2015)
  145. Transparent: Season 3 (2016)
  146. Trick ‘r Treat (2007)
  147. Trophy Kids (2013)
  148. True Detective: Season 1 (2014)
  149. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)
  150. Turbo Kid (2015)
  151. Valkyrie (2008)
  152. Very British Problems: Season 1
  153. Visions
  154. We Are Still Here (2015)
  155. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
  156. Welcome To Me (2014)
  157. You’re the Worst: Season 1 (2016)
  158. You’re the Worst: Season 2 (2015)
  159. You’re the Worst: Season 3 (2014)