Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Old El Paso - Soft Taco Kit

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你好
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I thought I'd share something that's really simple and easy to make as well as looking pretty and colourful. These kits are available in all major supermarkets as well as other Mexican kits like Enchilada's and Quesadilla's.
Shall we get cooking?


Ingredients:
Old El Paso Stand N Stuff Soft Taco Kit
500 g minced beef
1 lettuce
2 tomatoes
125 g grated cheese

Start off by prepping your tomatoes and lettuce and grating your cheese.

Next brown the mince in a little oil on a medium heat for 4 minutes.

Next sprinkle over the seasoning mix and add 50 ml of water, give a good stir and simmer for 10 minutes on a low-medium heat.

While your mince is cooking heat your soft tortillas, you can heat them in the microwave by placing them on a microwavable plate and heating for 30 seconds on full power (800 watts). Or you can heat them in the oven at 165C (145C fan/Gas Mark 3), wrap the tortillas in foil or greaseproof paper and heat for 7-9 minutes.

Once everything is ready you can fill your tortillas with the mince, lettuce, chopped tomatoes and grated cheese as well adding salsa for topping.

I love these little kits as they are really quick and simple to make, I got the Smoky BBQ flavour as it was the mildest one they had at my local Tesco as Skye isn't a fan of spicy food. I think I may have burnt my mince a little but it still tasted really nice. I'm not normally a fan of tomatoes and lettuce but it made this recipe really refreshing. I also added sour cream to my plate as I love it and it gives your tongue a nice cooling affect from the spice of the salsa. I'm wanting to try all the other kits so watch this space and I'll share them with you when I do.

See you soon!



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さようなら
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再见
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Bye

Monday, 11 June 2018

Red Velvet - Rookie

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I'm back again with another release from Red Velvet and this time with their 4th mini album Rookie.

On the 20th of January 2017, SM Entertainment announced that Red Velvet would be making a comeback.
Five days later on the 25th of January 2017, Rookie Teaser Clip #1 was released.
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On the 27th of January 2017, Rookie Teaser Clip #2 was released.
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On the 1st of February 2017, the M/V for Rookie was released along with the digital and physical release of their 4th mini album of the same name.
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On the 10th of February 2017, the Rookie Dance Practice was released. 
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On the 13th of February 2017, an (MU-BEYOND) Rookie 1st video was released.
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On the 22nd of February 2017, (MU-BEYOND) Rookie 2nd was released.
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Billboard called the title track Rookie a "quirky, funk-driven dance track with an unforgettable ear worm of a hook", while The Star's Chester Chin thought Rookie was the albums weakest track, he praised the rest of the album and noted that the group has finally found the perfect balance between their red and velvet sound, something he believed the group had been struggling with. He commented that it was the right mix of "saccharine and sophisticated" with it's fun pop numbers and heartfelt ballads.
Hours before both the M/V and albums release, Red Velvet held a live broadcast through the Naver V App, where they promoted and discussed their new album.

Promotions for Rookie began the 3rd of February 2017, Rookie won 9 music show trophies, with 2 wins on M Countdown,  2 wins on Show Champion, 1 win on The Show, 2 wins on Inkigayo and 2 wins on Music Bank.

Rookie peaked at No.1 on the Gaon Albums Chart, No.43 on the Oricon Albums Chart, No.21 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums Chart and No.1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart.
Rookie also peaked at No.4 on the Gaon Monthly Albums Chart for the month of February.
Gaon Sales:
96,347+
Oricon Sales:
4,351+
Giving the album sales a total of 100,698+ copies sold so far.
*YouTube views are correct at time of posting*
The M/V for Rookie has so far gained 53,303.462 million views, the views continue to increase each day.

Rookie was released in 5 versions and set out in a box case.
All 5 versions are exactly the same apart from each cover being a member of Red Velvet, with the concept following the Rookie M/V. Each version comes with a Cd, Photobook and random member photocard.

Track List:
Rookie
Little Little
Happily Ever After
Talk To Me
Body Talk
마지막 사랑 (Last Love)































I get strong Alice in Wonderland vibes from Rookie (or as they pronounce it Lookie), I think the blue dresses also help with that.  I love the styling for this album as well as the colours, it definitely works with their red image. As you can see from the main photo, I got Wendy's album cover which I was rather happy with as both Wendy and Yeri are my favourite members and Wendy has been one of my favourites since Red Velvet first came out. Rookie proves once again that Red Velvet are a very versatile group and the range of all 5 members vocals always get to shine with each track. I love that Wendy gets a solo track with 마지막 사랑 (Last Love), both Seulgi and Wendy have amazing voices but personally for me Seulgi tends to get more of a chance to shine, so I was really happy hearing Wendy get centre stage. From start to finish this album screams Red Velvet, each track is different from the last but you just know that it's a song sung by Red Velvet. 
Check out the tracks below.

Rookie

Little Little

Happily Ever After

Talk To Me

Body Talk

마지막 사랑 (Last Love)

Red Velvet are about to make their Japanese debut so it maybe a few more months before they make their Korean comeback but I can't wait for them to return as expected they keep coming back with amazing title tracks and amazing albums, next time it's my favourite album so far.

Which Rookie cover did you get?
What is your favourite track from Rookie?
Let me know in the comments below.


안녕
(Annyeong)
さようなら
(Sayonara)
再见
(ZaiJian)
Bye