Sunday, 31 January 2021

Kitchen Korner: Russian Salad!

As a child I lived in a very diverse neighbourhood in an even more diverse city. Thanks to this, I was exposed to a lot of different cultures and foods from a very early age. One of these was what we called Russian Salad which I later came to learn as an adult is also called Olivier Salad. This salad along with most things Russian (tsars, tsarinas, babushka dolls) was introduced to me by our Russian trained medical doctor neighbour, whose two daughters quickly became my childhood best friends when they moved in next door. Naturally we spent a lot of time at each others’ house; our front doors literally faced each other. Anyway back to the salad, one of my earliest childhood memories was of my friends and I helping their mum to make the Russian salad which we absolutely loved! I tried re-creating it from memory with a few extra ingredients that I came across on YouTube. The ingredients that I could remember from my childhood were mayonnaise, boiled eggs, garden peas, cubed carrots and potatoes and corn/sweet corn. I didn’t come across any corn in all the videos I watched while trying to recreate this recipe but like all the YouTubers I watched said, everyone has their own twist to the Russian salad, so maybe corn was my friends mum’s own twist to it. All other ingredients remained constant in all the videos of the Russian ladies I watched preparing this salad, however the one thing they added that I honesty do not recall from my childhood, was some type of sausage or ham and pickled cucumbers.

 

This is my recreation of one of my favourite childhood salads.  I used;

·         One large peeled and boiled potato cubed

·         One large peeled and boiled carrot cubed

·         Half a cup of boiled garden peas (you can use canned if you like)

·         Half a cup of canned sweetcorn (you can use regular corn)

·         One large hardboiled egg cubed

·         Half a cucumber cubed that I pickled overnight for about 16 hours

·         One ready to eat sausage that I browned slightly before dicing

·         A generous helping of mayonnaise.

·         A pinch of salt and paprika for seasoning

 

I boiled the garden peas, egg, potato and carrot, in one pot adding and removing ingredients as needed in order of their boiling time. Once cooled, I mixed everything together then added mayonnaise. It tasted just as I recalled from my childhood with the added tanginess from the pickled cucumber.

Before I added mayonnaise

Final result!


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Friday, 8 January 2021

SHAPE UP!!!

 
 
If you are a curvy or should I say thick girl like me then you probably know the struggles that come with wearing clothes that leave you feeling frumpy and unflattering. Don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with the outfit or my body shape, I just like clothes to look flattering on me and leave an aesthetically pleasing silhouette no matter the size. That’s why I invest in body shapers that make the clothes look good on me. Whether that means investing in a waist trainer for weight loss which by the way can also be used for working out or for body shaping if one is trying to lose a few inches off the waist area, or any other item that I feel will give me my desired silhouette. 
 
 
 
 
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Friday, 25 December 2020

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

 

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Merry Christmas everyone! Remember Jesus is the reason for the season.

Also remember that;

Mince pies are trash

Brussels sprouts are trashier

Mulled wine is trashiest!

But

Yorkshire puddings are the truth

Christmas pudding is the truthier

Turkey is dry eat chicken instead!

Merry Christmas everyone!!! I love you all!



 

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Saturday, 19 December 2020

CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS!

It’s that time of the year again! Here are a few Christmas gift ideas from me to you. Anyone who knows me will tell you that anytime I am asked what I would like, I usually respond in the following ways;


I like to smell good

I like to read

I have a sweet tooth

So the gifter can pick from any of these options or all if they like when choosing what to get me. Going by my response the first type of gift I would suggest is perfume, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to smell good, myself included. Unless you know the specific scent(s) of the person you are buying a gift for, it would probably be a good idea to get miniature perfume sets or smaller size bottles so that they can have a variety, incase they don’t like a particular scent there will be other scents to try from the gift set. Fun fact I can count on one hand the number of times I have purchased my own perfumes; my perfumes have almost always been gifts or when I worked retail many years ago, I got free from work.


Next gift idea would be a book whether an E-book or physical book, a book is always a good gift idea for voracious readers. People who gift me books usually know me very very well, they know what kind of genres I like, what type of writers/topics that I gravitate towards and they always end up buying me the best books.


Chocolates! You can never go wrong with chocolates or other sweet treats as part of a gift or a gift all on its own!


My childhood Christmases are filled with memories of going carolling in the hospital. We lived in a medical complex the hospital was literally five minutes away. Every Christmas everyone in the neighbourhood who wanted to (we were all families of medical staff of the hospital) joined the nurses and doctors, (well from my memory it was mostly nurses, especially student nurses) in a candlelight carol singing session in the different wards. It was so much fun definitely one of my favourite Christmas memories from my childhood!


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Sunday, 8 November 2020

HAIR UPDATE!

So I relaxed my hair first week of October; I know I know!  This post is about a month plus late in the writing. Life got in the way anyway it’s here now. So I relaxed my hair after just a little over two years since my last touch up! Crazy I know I wasn’t transitioning or anything it just wasn’t a priority, I just chose not to. My hair was pretty much in a protective style 80% of the time, so it was in pretty good shape with minimal breakage. To be honest this touch up felt more like a virgin relaxer because of all the new growth I had going on, some people actually thought I was a natural head when my hair was out. I just felt it was the right time to go back to my texlaxed hair. I used my true and trusted Beautiful Beginnings to self relax and these are the results below;

 

Living alone struggle! No one to take hair photos for me on demand, so this will have to do for now.

I retained quite a bit of length which I was super happy about because this is the longest my hair has been in about maybe 8 or 9 years. I am pretty close to armpit length at the moment. The plan for the near future is to simply take care of my hair as I have always done and just take it one day at a time. If I feel like touching up in three months time, I will if not I won’t, I am keeping it simple there’s so much going on in the world right now that  touch up timelines are the least of my worries. As long as my hair is clean, moisturised and thriving, I am happy.

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Thursday, 24 September 2020

ITS MY BIRTHDAY!!!

I actually share my birthday with four people that I know personally and two that I know of by association. One of those people I know personally, has the same first name as me and went to the same high school as me and I only just met her two years ago!  It was such an interesting coincidence. The other even more interesting coincidence is that I share the exact same birth date, month and year with a former housemate. We found out in the most interesting way. While at university, back then we had to physically submit council tax exemption letters from our school to the local council, so as not to be liable to paying council tax for our student housing. This particular housemate was tasked with presenting the letters to the council since she had some free time, so after collecting them she goes through them to make sure all the details are correct, gets to mine and exclaims “you stole my birthday!!!” hahaha it was the funniest scene ever, you had to be there to see it. Good times! Two baby girls born on the same day on different continents, met years later as undergraduates living in the same house in a third continent. Anyway the second half of this year has been amazing to me; God has been so good I am so grateful for all the blessings and looking forward to many more. Here’s to an amazing birthday! I haven’t really celebrated my birthday properly in a few years so this is one is going be awesome! I have a very big wish for this birthday and I know it will come true!

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Monday, 7 September 2020

PROS AND CONS OF WORKING FROM HOME

 

PROS

No commute – this in my opinion is the best part for me.

I can literally wake up 10 - 15 minutes if I choose to, before I am due to start work and still make it to work on time.

Working independently. Not that I mind working in a team, but sometimes I tend to be more productive working independently.

Great for home work life balance if you are disciplined enough to separate the two.  (I know people who pick up their work laptops at 9pm because they are “bored”). This is especially great for working parents. Think of a situation where a parent has a child who is not sick enough to go hospital, but still needs to be monitored closely, it’s more reassuring to know that you are only a few feet away from your sick child and you can pop in at any time to check in on them. Something else that really hit home for me; I woke up with a terrible headache one morning, it was so bad I had to lie back down for an hour before I could muster the strength to get out of bed. So if this was a regular go into the office situation, I would definitely have called in sick for the day, but guess what by around 10am I was feeling so much better, my headache had subsided and I was well enough to start work by 11am. So because I was home I only took a few hours (it was actually just 2 hours) off, as opposed to a whole day off that I honesty did not need if it was a regular go into the office day.

You don’t have to dress up for work heck you can choose not to shower all day, no one will be any the wiser!

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CONS

No social interaction among colleagues (think water cooler conversations, lunchtime banter etc).

You can’t exactly lean over your desk to ask a question or get a clarification on something, you actually have to pick up the phone and call or send an email. (This one gets to me).

Poor internet connection can mess up an otherwise great work day.

Distractions, depending on one’s circumstances of course. People living with families can relate to this a lot. But those living alone experience this too, that loud neighbour, those noisy kids playing outside, the delivery doorbell ring etc.

Poor work life balance. Yes it’s both a pro and con. Sometimes it can be difficult to separate the two especially if you are working in the same environment. If you do not have a dedicated room/space/area, separate from your other living quarters for a home office set up (which is most people), it can be a huge problem trying to separate the two.  In my opinion if one has a dedicated home office corner, room, balcony, attic, shed or something detached that is outside of your living space boundary, then it is easier to shut that door/draw that curtain at the end of the work day and call it a day until the next morning. But if you are working from your dining table for example, there can be that urge to send that email at 8pm that ideally can wait till morning, or finish that not so urgent task well into the night, so you don’t have too much on your plate the next morning.  Sometimes you end up feeling like you are always at “work”.

 

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