An Update on Sub-Stances

Over the past year, Sub-Stances has explored the world through different lenses. We’ve shared recipes from Georgia and Portugal, given you our thoughts on the French presidential election and tried to open your eyes to the world of mental health. As we’ve explored and traversed this world, we have decided to add a “Travel” section…

Cake & Scrabble

I couldn’t tell you the last time I actually played an honest board game. My generation tends to minimise the complexity of board games to apps, where you don’t have to count your score manually. Rather, a quick line of code does that for you. You watch pieces move on a screen rather than move…

Of the Recent Cookery

Of the recent cookery in my life, there’s hasn’t been that much to share. Granted I did bake some delicious chocolate shortbread cookies yesterday and some questionable chicken meatballs earlier this week – but nothing has seemed (and forgive me if I  seem superficial) aesthetically pleasing enough to post online. But as I was writing…

Book Review: How to Bake Pi by Eugenia Cheng

Title: How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics Author:Eugenia Cheng Genre: Nonfiction, Science, Mathematics, Food and Drink, Cookbook Publisher: Basic Books Goodreads Summary: What is math? How exactly does it work? And what do three siblings trying to share a cake have to do with it? In How to Bake Pi, math…

Breaking out of Monotony

The months of March and April don’t usually symbolize the happiest of months for me. It’s not that I associate anything bad with these months but… just nothing in particular. It’s not especially warm. It rains a lot. Generally these are the months where monotony begins to exert a bit of a drain. Despite that,…

Rereading my Favourite Book: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Whenever you reopen the pages of your favourite book, whatever it might be, there’s always some sense of fear. What if it isn’t as good as you remember it? How do you reconcile the memory of it with what it is now? Maybe it’s just me, but I’m always terrified of that happening. Certain books,…

Recipe: Smoothie Bowl and Eggs

Maybe this is the most hipster phase of my breakfast life as of yet, but smoothie bowls… are pretty incredible. I know they’ve been a huge riot on different social media outlets for some time now. However, when you don’t possess a blender – there’s very little you can do to go about making these…

Recipe: Chai Banana Pancakes

In the aesthetic dreams that Pinterest and Instagram fuel, I imagine the perfectly lit kitchen smelling of healthy morning pancakes cooked on a sizzling cast iron skillet. I dream about the quiet mornings where I made breakfast for my family on a Sunday, no one yet awake, leaving me to alone start to fill the…

Every Millennial’s Dream: Stability

So I was having a chat with my therapist last week and like every time we talk, the same issue comes up: wanting stability. Being a millennial supposedly means traveling the world, not being bound to your country and living the life of a global citizen. Which is all well and good, don’t get me…

Book Review: Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews

Title: Red Sparrow (Book 1) Author: Jason Matthews Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Spy Thriller, Espionage, Russia Publisher: Scribner Goodreads Summary: In today’s Russia, dominated by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, state intelligence officer Dominika Egorova struggles to survive in the cast-iron bureaucracy of post-Soviet intelligence. Drafted against her will to become a “Sparrow,” a trained seductress…