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Winter means binge watching: supper and series. Bon Appetit!


Supper and series has a good ring. On summer weekends, you may feel guilty about spending lazy hours indoors, in front of a screen, ignoring the glorious, sunny outdoors in favour of a murder mystery or a sci-fi horror.

But it’s winter now, and that means the rules have changed, because we said so. Winter is the perfect time to watch series, while eating dinner, while snuggling up on the sofa, while feeling zero guilt.

And we’d like to help keep you happily and lazily pinned to the sofa with these highly recommended and impossible-to-tear-yourself-away-from series, combined with some highly recommended dishes that pair up well with what you’re watching. Some are recent, some we think you MUST watch if you missed them.

Black Mirror

This television anthology series (each episode is a self-contained story) shows the dark side of life and technology.

In Hated In The Nation “In near-future London, police detective Karin Parke, and her tech-savvy sidekick Blue, investigate a string of mysterious deaths with a sinister link to social media.” (IMDB)

The Entire History of You. “In the near future, everyone has access to a memory implant that records everything they do, see and hear – a sort of Sky Plus for the brain. You need never forget a face again – but is that always a good thing?” (IMDB)

Prepare to be shocked and entertained.

What to eat?

Well it’s a British series, but there’s nothing traditionally Brit about it. So what’s un-traditionally British? Curry, that’s what. Here’s a great recipe for Butter Chicken.

Prepare to be shocked and entertained.

The Crown

How about something royal? A beautifully made series about the life of HM Queen Elizabeth ll, Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

Not a fan of royalty or Her Majesty? Watch it, and we think you will be.

What to eat?

Well, let’s keep it British again – why not? But let’s not get too posh, because that’s too much fuss. How about cottage pie, or as they call it in the UK, shepherd’s pie? Try this one, from Prince Jamie himself.

Top Of The Lake

Discovering she’s pregnant, a 12-year-old girl tries to drown herself in a freezing New Zealand lake. Detective Robin Griffin investigates, and has plenty of questions for the girl. But when Tui suddenly disappears, Griffin finds herself knee-deep in small-town secrets. Directed by Oscar winner Jane Campion, and starring Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss, this series is top drawer stuff.

What to eat?

Since we’re in New Zealand, we vote for lamb, of course. Lamb and rosemary pie, anyone? Here’s a Kiwi recipe, to keep it real.

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