Cinco de Mayo

So due to living in the Southern Hemisphere the 30th April is seasonally equivalent to Hallowe'en (although we still celebrate Hallowe'en on 31st October) this makes it a good time to watch horror movies.  Now I'm a total wuss when it comes to actually scary movies so I tend to stick to the safer franchises like Scream, Final Destination, and such like.  After watching Scream 4 and finding it enjoyable we watched I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer. OMG this is a terrible movie! This prompted us to find other low rated movies which lead to Kane finding Pinata Survival Island.  He read the synopsis and it sounded hilarious! Since it is set on Cinco de Mayo and, surprisingly, had the movie I ordered straight away so we could make a night of it.

The movie stars Nicholas Brendon (Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Jaime Pressly (Joy from My Name is Earl and also Tina in DOA), Nate Richert (Harvey from Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and Garret Wang (Harry Kim from Star Trek: Voyager) - with a cast list like this, how can we go wrong!  The plot of the movie is fairly simple - a group of college kids go to the island for a scavenger hunt, two of them find an ancient pinata filled with demons and evil souls and crack it open, the pinata then starts to hunt and kill them off.

It is not very scary but there is a tiny bit of gore, there are also some really funny parts - most of them I'm not so sure are intentional - like half way through the movie the pinata develops the ability to change into a flying worm like thing, I don't know how .. or why.

To accompany such fine viewing I cooked up a big batch of chilli which we had with refried beans and rice.  I have become paranoid about calling this chilli after that episode of the big bang theory where Sheldon calls Priya's chilli a casserole!

My chilli recipe is:

* a little oil
* 2 x brown onions, sliced
* 1 x clove garlic, crushed and sliced
* 1 x thai chilli, sliced
* diced capsicum (mixed colours)
* frozen mixed veg
* tin of kidney beans
* tin of brown lentils
* large tin of diced tomatoes
* tbsp tomato paste
* few drops of liquid smoke

 Heat the oil in the pan then soften up the onions and garlic
Add the sliced up chilli and capsicum and cook for a few minutes
Add the kidney beans, lentils, tomatoes and frozen mixed veg and give it a stir up
Add the tomato paste and liquid smoke stir it up and leave to cook until everything is soft and hot.  I usually let this simmer away for 20 minutes while the rice is cooking.