Saturday, 29 August 2015

Prepare

Prepare - Make someone ready to be able to do or deal with something.

Prepare to be unprepared.

Life with it's roads well travelled by others
foot prints left before you tell their story.
They attempt to guide you, left of the trouble.
Right of the despair.
But my dear children prepare to be unprepared.

The wind will whisper at you through the leaves of the tree
stand strong, learn this lesson, think, hear, see.
Revise and revisit, take the best of what you've learnt.
Remember the reminders.
But my dear children prepare to be unprepared.

Loves swaddle around you you will feel tight, secure
keep you from stumbling, cushion your fall.
It's admiring touch will lead you away.
Embracing is a comfort.
But my dear children prepare to be unprepared.

What can I teach you from what I have gained?
That every story has an ending, 
but every picture isn't framed.
I can tell you all I know, I can usher you past my lane.
But my dear children just prepare to be unprepared.






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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Mixed Bean Salsa with Tortillas

Another recipe from the cook book 200 Light Vegetarian Dishes: Hamlyn All Colour Cookbook .  This one is a quick and easy snack for when you just can't deal with hours in the kitchen, just add rice to make it a full meal.





Ingredients

1 tin mixed beans
3 spring onions chopped
1/2 red pepper chopped
1 tomato chopped
1/2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 red chilli de-seeded and finely chopped (alternatively you can add jalapeño peppers to your liking)
salt and pepper to taste.

Method



1. Put the beans, onions, pepper and tomato into a food processor and blitz to form a thick mixture.  




2. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.  (Optional) leave for 30 minutes for the flavours to combine.  Serve with Tortillas and sour cream (or a vegan alternative) 

And there you have a quick snack for 2 ready in minutes.




Salsa anyone?

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Okra, Plantain and Coconut Stew

As you may have already guessed from previous posts I'm a fan of cooking with okra and  try my best to encourage my children to eat it by preparing it in various ways.  Yesterday, after having done a little meal planning for the week it was time to test my hand at an okra stew.  I got a basic okra and coconut stew recipe from a book called '200 Light Vegetarian Dishes, Hamlyn' and as I do with most dishes I did it my way.



Ingredients
200g okra
1 large plantain
4tbsp coconut oil
1 onion chopped
1 green pepper, cored, deseeded and cut into chunks
4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
4 tsp cajun spice blend
1/2 tsp ground tumeric
300ml vegetable stock
400ml coconut milk
200g frozen sweetcorn
1 can kidney beans, washed
juice of 1 lime
salt and pepper to taste

(handful of spinach jalapeños and a sprinkle of grated coconut to garnish - optional)

Method

1. Heat 2 tbsp of coconut oil in a large pan and fry okra and plantain for 5 minutes.  Lift out and set aside.


2. Add 2 more tbsp of coconut oil and gently fry the onions and green pepper stirring frequently for 8-10 minutes until softened but not browned.


3. Add the spice blend, garlic and tumeric and cook for 1 minute.
4. Poor in coconut milk and vegetable stock and bring to the boil.


5. Reduce heat, cover and cook gently for 10 minutes.
6. Return the okra, plantain to the pan and add the sweetcorn, lime juice and kidney beans and cook for a further 10 minutes.





7. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnishes of your choice.  Can be served with bread, rice, noodles or eaten alone, the choice is yours!



Bonn appetite!

Do you like cooking with okra?
Let me know if you give this one a try. 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

24 Hours Naked

I don't think I've really written any clothing posts on this blog so joining in with a new link up I thought I'd try writing on a new topic.

Ideally if someone were to give me the opportunity to wear anything I wanted for 24 hours no judgement, no stares and no bumping into people I know, or anybody for that matter, I would choose to spend the day in my birthday suit, butt naked, feet up and coffee in hand.


Ok so not quite coffee cup in hand but naked all the same! Photo Credits to the Teen Princess on my old BB

However as I'm not brave enough to go and hang out at a nudest sight and I'm not fond of trying to avoid staring at naked mens bits, I'll fill you in on what 24 hours of outfits would look like for me if the children were away and I had a social life.

So starting with my fictional day date with the girls, I'm thinking sex in city meets real house wives of Atlanta type day out.  This fabulous sheer blouse with the cute shoulder detail from Brand Attic teamed with the equally fabulous high waisted skirt from etsy and oh so sweet mid heel sandals from Kurt Geiger.




After a lovely lunch date I'd probably head off to the gym for a quick workout session, my ideal workout kit would be practical yet trendy, something like this perhaps?






A hot shower and a nap later and I'd be all ready to hit the town and I already own what I think happens to be a super cute dress for the occasion, unfortunately for anyone who didn't manage to grab one this Zara number is in the sale and it looks like they are all sold out!  



Last but by no means least there is bed time but who am I trying to kid, that's the one time I really can get away with nudity ;-)


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Back to School - As One Journey Begins...



Next month little man is starting school and it hasn't been an easy road so far.  First there was the choosing of the schools, we (little man and I along with a husband and wife duo who I am proud to call my friends)  visited many schools which made choosing the schools I love that little bit easier, however the schools I liked most were further away from home which meant the likelihood in him getting into them were slim to none but I left it for the universe to decide.

When we got the results as I expected he didn't get into any of our chosen schools and instead was given a place at a school which was yet to be built.  It took me a while to get my head around this but the more I thought about it the more I liked the idea of him going to a brand new school which would have to work really hard to prove itself.  The date was set for us to visit the temporary site and we were excited to find out more.

Unfortunately when the day arrived there were only about 6 other parents in attendance, the meeting started and we were promptly informed that, "The school will no longer be opening due to the lack of accepted places and the viability of travel to and from the new site."

We were back to square one.  Little man had no school to attend.

Time passed, his birthday came and went and I grew more anxious wondering how I would go back to work if nothing had been organised for little man.  Would I have to send him back to nursery?  Would I have to home school?  None of these were options that appealed to me due to needing the income from working.  Fortunately on 13th August we received an offer, another brand new school but this time it will open.


Now with school uniform purchased and one less thing to worry about it's time to switch focus a little and come up with the best plans possible to support the teen through her last year of secondary school.  Wish us luck.






Monday, 10 August 2015

Bajan Fish Cake Recipe

On Saturday I hosted my little boys 4th birthday party and along with the usual children's party food I also prepared a nice spread for the adults including pasta salad, chicken, hard dough bread and of course bajan fish cakes which went down a treat with the parents.  I've decided to share the recipe I used, it's great when other people make you fish cakes but there is nothing better than making your own.  Hopefully you will find it easy to follow and can enjoy your own bajan style fish cakes, if you do make some let me know how you got on x

Ingredients:
300g skinless boneless cod salt fish
3 cloves garlic
3 sprigs of thyme
3 sprigs of parsley
3 spring onions
1 small onion
1 1/4 cups of flour
2 tsps baking powder
30g butter
3/4 cup of milk
3/4 cup of water
1 egg
1 tbsp bajan pepper sauce (optional)
1/2 tsp black pepper (approximately)
salt to taste
Sunflower oil for deep frying
kitchen roll for soaking up excess oil


Method:
1. prepare the salt fish by either soaking over night or boiling, I chose the boiling method.  Place in a pan with enough water (approximately 6 1/2 cups) to cover the saltfish and bring to the boil for 10 minutes, drain the water then repeat the process this time with a little less water and leaving for 1/2 hour then drain.

2. flake the salt fish using your fingers or a fork then set aside in a large bowl.



3. Finely chop onions, spring onions, garlic, thyme and parsley (ensure that the thyme and parsley stalks have been removed and discarded prior to chopping).






4. Place all the ingredients, including the chopped ingredients, into the bowl with the salt fish and mix until you have a thick batter.


5. Heat a large pan of sunflower oil to a medium heat.

6. Place teaspoon fulls of the batter into the oil (they will sink to the bottom then float so don't worry) heat until golden brown ensuring to turn them regularly to avoid the outside browning before the inside is cooked.



7.  Once cooked place in a bowl with kitchen paper to drain excess oil.  Serve as they are or with a dip of your choice. (makes approximately 30)





Have you had bajan fish cakes before?
Enjoy!  Don't forget to come back and let me know how you got on.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Okra Curry

I love okra but my children usually aren't so keen because of its sometimes slimy texture but I decided I would do my best to make a meal including okra that they could not help but love.  In my house we are curry lovers; Indian style curry, Caribbean style curry, Thai style curry, you name it we love it.  Thankfully this okra curry went down a treat.



Ingredients:
1 green sweet pepper
1 red chilli pepper
2 cloves garlic
1/2 onion
1 inch ginger
2 1/2 tbsp curry powder
1 tsp black pepper
500ml vegetable stock
175g okra
100g frozen mixed vegetables
3 large potatoes
sea salt to taste
3 tbsp coconut oil

Method:
1. De-seed and chop the peppers
2. Chop the ginger, onions, garlic


3. Peel and chop the potatoes into quarters and the okra in halves ensuring that you cut off and discard the tips and ends.


4. Add the coconut oil to the pan and once hot sauté the ginger, onions, garlic and peppers until soft


5. Add the curry powder, black pepper and vegetable stock
6. Add the okra and the potatoes cover and cook on a medium heat for 20 minutes or until all raw ingredients are cooked.  Keep checking as you may need to add more stock.


7. Add the mixed vegetables and boil for a further 4 minutes
8. Add salt to taste
9. Serve with cooked quinoa or rice






Sunday, 2 August 2015

Hold My Hand Son - My Sunday Photo

Pre-School Graduation/Prom 1/8/15

Hold my hand son,
listen to mummy but always be you
Hold my hand son,
be sweet be gentle and forever be true
Hold my hand son,
learn and grow be the best that you can
Hold my hand son,
don't be a heart breaker be a gentleman
and when life gets tough
when challenges arise 
be strong, be compassionate and forever be wise
Hold my hand son,
I will be there for you
Hold my hand son,
and in all that you do 
remember that love is eternal and great
and though this life has an end love never breaks
Hold my hand son,
Hold my hand




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