Girl Crush: Jack Monroe

Jack Monroe

 

Jack Monroe is a blogger, food writer and a political campaigner. Her blog, A Girl Called Jack, began when Jack started to document the extreme budget recipes she was creating to feed and her son. At the time, Jack was living in poverty, struggling to pay the bills, never mind find money for food.

The blog was an enormous success, and since then, Jack has gone on to write two best-selling recipe books and a regular Guardian column. She is an active campaigner on poverty, calling out politicians lack of response to British families living below the line. And her blog? It is still a regular place to find super cheap, tasty recipes.

I found Jack a couple of years ago, through her blog. Spending more than I could really afford on a tiny flat in Bath, budget recipes kept me alive that year. Most of them were Jack’s. Her Bacon and Brie Risotto is still one of my fall-back recipes when I don’t know what to cook. I now own both her books, and they are an immensely refreshing change, nestled beside my more extravagant River Cottage and Nigella books. Jack’s recipes do not call for fancy ingredients, challenging ingredients, or hours at the stove. I can open her book, or her blog, and find a cheap, simple, tasty recipe I can have on the table in half an hour. Perfect.

Her voice is an important, and unfortunately, rare one. Thanks to Jack, hunger in the UK has been a topic of discussion in Parliament, and she continues to call for a closer look at poverty, hunger and food bank use in Britian, and the reasons behind it.

This is not a girl crush based in admiration of pretty outfits, or a flash career. It is based in respect, and the genuine impact this woman has had on my kitchen. Go and read her blog. Buy her books. And enjoy the delicious cheaps.

Girl Crush: Kat Dennings

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My list of girl crushes is getting out of hand. The latest lady I kind of wish I was is the glorious Kat Dennings.

Where to begin? The figure? The face? The wit? The films?

I vaguely remember seeing Kat in an episode of Sex and The City, but it wasn’t love until Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist. I really think this film is underrated; great music, and a cute and quirky rom-com plot-line. I loved Kat in it, admiring her acting and that beautiful face. And then there was 2 Broke Girls.

I could write one of these posts about Kat’s character Max Black. I was always going to love a character like Max; she’s independent, sarcastic, and she’s mouthy. The show has it’s problems, but the two central characters are so much fun to watch, and anything with Kat Dennings was sure to rate highly on my list.

Seeing Kat in both Thor movies was exciting too; she deserves to be SO much wider known than she is. Darcy makes me laugh so much, and just goes to show what a brilliant comedic actress Kat really is.

She’s funny in ‘real life’ too; her Twitter account is a highlight in my timeline without fail. She often posts selfies with her cat, live-tweets 2 Broke Girls episodes, and tweets about food a lot.

Let’s be real for a moment; it’s awesome to see a woman with Kat’s shape in Hollywood. Super skinny shapes are so often held up as the ideal, so it’s refreshing to have something different out there. Kat could rival Christina Hendricks in the curves stakes.

Plus, apparently she dated Tom Hiddleston back in 2010. Girl got taste.

Girl Crush: Robin Scherbatsky

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Yes, I know she’s a fictional character, but Robin is far and away my favourite character in How I Met Your Mother (tough contest against Barney, but she just gets the title). I think I like her because I relate to her and want to be like her. She’s quite contradictory; she’s definitely tough and independent, but not ‘masculine’ (guns and cigars aside). She’s career driven, and ambitious.

It’s refreshing to have a woman on TV whose sole goal in life isn’t to get married and have babies. There are so few women on television who are openly child-free by choice, but still portrayed as ‘normal’ women. Go Robin for flying that flag.

Mostly though? I love Robin because she’s a bro. One of my favourite episodes is her bro’s night with Barney, where she suits up and plays laser tag like a true bro, proving that girls can be pretty awesome at that too, and make the best wing-men.

Plus she really knows the power of suiting up; trust me, it always goes down well.

And anyway, how can you not like a girl who can bust out moves like these?