July 16th, 2020


Movie Critique – Born for Trouble

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: A fast-paced investigative story by two reporters who solve a complicated case and at the same time bring down a whole slew of corrupted officials. Easy to watch, thoroughly entertaining and leaving you with a smile at the end.

Born for Trouble is a 1942 American crime drama starring Van Johnson and Faye Emerson in the lead roles. Originally released as Murder in the Big House, it was re-released as Born for Trouble in 1945 following the wedding of Emerson's marriage to the then President Roosevelt's son Elliott Roosevelt.

Young reporters Bert Bell (portrayed by Van Johnson) and Gladys Wayne (portrayed by Faye Emerson) take on the assignment of another top investigative reporter, "Scoop" Conner (portrayed by George Meeker), and find themselves looking at the body of death row inmate, "Dapper Dan" Malloy (portrayed by Michael Ames). They have their suspicions on the supposed "death by lightning" report by Warden Bevins (portrayed by William Gould) and start their own investigation. Little do they know that they would unravel a long trail of corruption and murder.

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Kitchen Fun - Dates Tomato Curry (Odisha Style)

In my many experiments that I do on my kitchen stove, one I have tried was how best to use pitted dates in my daily consumption of food. Earlier I tried a Dates-Walnuts Bread (Recipe link here) which was good for one time eating I suppose. Not being a super fan of dates, it is hard for me to like anything made with it. However, I need to ate some portion of dates every day for building my immune system.

Then a friend shared her recipe, Oriya Curry with Tomatoes and Dates, which seemed more appetizing for me than the bread. And I had to give it a try before I chuck it away Lo and Behold! Here is my version of the curry which surprisingly turned out very tasty. I made a few changes to the recipe to suit my palate.


1) Pitted Dates - 15, all cut to small pieces

2) Tomatoes - 2 medium sized, diced

3) Green Chillis - 1 large size

4) Ginger - 1/4 inch piece, grated fine

5) Oil for cooking as needed

6) Water for stock as needed

7) Salt to taste

8) Red Chilli Powder - as needed

9) For Seasoning: 1/4 teaspoon of Urad Daal (Split Black Lentil), Jeera / Cunim Seeds, Mustard Seeds; 3 or 4 Curry Leaves; pinch of Turmeric; pinch of Hing (Asafoetida)

10) Cilantro / Coriander Leaves as needed for garnish

Preparation Steps:

1) In a sauce pan, heat Oil. Add everything listed under Seasoning. Stir until the seeds starts sputtering.

2) Add grated Ginger and Green Chilis. Stir well.

3) Now diced Tomatoes. Cook a little.

4) Add Salt and a little Water. Stir well.

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