Butter chicken meat pies

Hello my chickens!!
So sorry I haven’t posted on here for a while :/

Today I bring you a favorite of my household 🙂
butter chicken piessss….. awww yissss!!!

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Ingredients :

  1. Boneless chicken thighs ( cubed)
  2. Sheet of store bought puff pastry
  3. Handful of coriander
  4. 5 cloves of garlic
  5. 2 Tbsp ginger paste
  6. 1/2 a lemons juice
  7. 1 can tomato puree
  8. 1 large white onion (diced)
  9. Spices
    . 3 tsp curry powder
    . 3 tsp coriander flakes
    . 1 tsp garam masala
    . 1 tsp turmeric
    . salt and pepper
    . 1 tsp cumin seeds
  10. 3 Tbsp olive oil
  11. 1 cup greek yoghurt

 

Method:

  1. In a medium sized pan heat the oil, once you know the oil is hot, add the onions, ginger, garlic and saute for 2 mins
  2. Add the tin of tomato puree
  3. Now add the chicken, coriander and spices
  4. Cook chicken for 10-12 mins
  5. Add the Greek yogurt and lemon juice and simmer for an extra 2-3 minutes.
  6. Roll out your pastry and cut out 6 circles with either a round cookie cutter or lid. ( the circle should be big enough to fit in a muffin tin.
  7. Now re-roll the left over pastry and cut 6 smaller circles for the tops of the pies. (you can substitute with mashed potatoes if you want.)
  8. Lightly spray your muffin tin with cooking oil and line them with the pastry and using a fork, poke two lines of holes at the bottom.
  9. fill with the butterchicken mixture and cover with the pastry covers.
  10. Brush the pies with a egg wash and bake for 15 minutes at 200 degrees.

+ Tip: Leave pies in for longer if you don’t see them browning nicely or have opted for a bigger size.

 

Hope you enjoyed them as much as my family did 🙂

Chicken Palau (Fijian Edition)

Chicken palau takes me back to the rainy afternoons in Fiji when my grandma would wrap me up in warm clothes and fix me up a plate of this with some chai.

I hope you enjoy my interpretation of my Nani’s recipe and let me know if you try it 🙂

Yield: 4 Servings



Ingredients:

  • 600 g Chicken pieces cut into medium pieces (boneless or with bone)
  • 2 cups of basmati rice (washed)
  • 1 big yellow onion (coursely chopped)
  • 6 cloves of garlic and a 5 cm piece of ginger made into a paste
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil

Spices:

  • 4 – 5 pods of Cardamom
  • 2 sticks of Cinnamon
  • 6 cloves
  • 3 Tbsp of Palau masala (find them at your local spice store, i use the punjas brand one)
  • Salt to taste (usually 2-3 tsps)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp fenugreek seeds

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot on medium high heat
  2. Add your onion, garlic, ginger to the pot and brown (approx 5-6 minutes)
  3. Add all your spices and cook (approx 2 minutes
  4. Add your chicken and cook until the chicken is fully cooked (approx 10-15 minutes)
    * it is crucial that all your chicken is fully cooked to avoid any food poisoning
  5. Lastly add your rice and double the amount of water (4 cups for this recipes)
  6. Close the lid and let it cook until the rice is fully cooked (approx 15-20minutes)
  7. Serve with yoghurt/ raita and enjoy

 

Dear Zindagi

Sometimes you feel trapped within the confines of your head and heart. You forget to appreciate and love yourself, keeping emotions so bottled up that when they eventually come out? you cannot contain it and it takes a colossal toll on you.

Dear Zindagi is a Hindi motion picture that follows Kiara a young cinematographer and her battle with abandonment issues and self-love.
The movie begins with Kiara and her life as a young, successful single girl in Mumbai. Her only dream is to be a successful filmmaker and find love. She constantly finds that she is breaking up with her boyfriends as soon as they start exhibiting signs of long term commitment.

She then travels back to her hometown of Goa and hears a mental health seminar and a specific doctor talking about acceptance of one’s self and how we as humans often find it difficult to accept our flaws and love ourselves.9b8fd8d0320a37fc27894b0928cd3652

Kiara hesitantly begins therapy with the Jug (Doctor) and finds herself divulging more than she bargained for. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions and very relatable.
Kiara realises that she has abandonment issues from the past which don’t allow her to form and sustain romantic relationships.She has no issues with making friends but she doesn’t quite trust men when it comes to love. She’s constantly finding issues that aren’t there and nit picking. MV5BZWQzYWI3ZGMtYzgyYy00OWZkLWEwODYtNGNiMTZhODBkNzUyL2ltYWdlL2ltYWdlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNjY1MTg4Mzc@._V1_UY268_CR9,0,182,268_AL_

Jug forces her to dig deeper and understand that it’s okay to feel these emotions but it’s also necessary to talk about them and accept them in order to be able to trust in life again. I’ll stop yapping here because I want you all to give this movie a watch.

 

Below I’ve listed a few quotes from the movie that have resonated with me and hopefully, some of them touch you as well xx

Bachpan mein jab rona aat hai, 
toh bade kehte hain aasun pocho!
Jab gussa aata hai, toh baade kehte hain 
hasso taaki ghar ki shanti bani rahe.
Nafrat karna chahetoh ijazat nahi di.
Aur jab pyaar karna chahe, toh pata chala yeh saala 
emotional system hi gadbada gaya, kaam nahi kar raha.
When I wanted to cry as a child, the adults told me to keep
quiet and wipe my tears.
When I got angry? they said smile so that there was peace in the
household.
When I wanted to hate something they didn’t allow me to.
So when I want to love? I found out that my emotions were all over the show and
I didn’t know how to feel

Hum hamesha muskil raasta kyun chunte hain?
Zaarori kaam keh liye?
Kya pata, aasan raaste seh bhi kaam ho jaye?
Why do we always opt for the most difficult route?
You never know, the similar solution may also lead you to your
destination.

Jab hum khud ko samjh lete hain na, tab aur koi humare baare mein kya sochta hai?
fark nahi parta. 
When we are able to finally understand ourselves, what others think truly doesn’t matter.

And my favourite 🙂

Don’t let the past blackmail your present into ruining a beautiful future.

Beef Burgers and Sweet Corn

Josh and I really love burgers (probably one of our favorite foods) and mixing the flavors is just one of the ways I like experimenting with them. Don’t get me wrong we love a good ol greasy beef and cheese burger! the greasier the better, but sometimes we need to make sure that we are getting our greens in and find ways to enjoy it…. in a healthier way…

Hope you enjoy this recipe and I’ll be sure to post more weird and wacky burger recipes in the future.

Ingredients:

Patty

  • 400g Beef Mince
  • 1 Free Range Egg
  • 1 Tbsp of Flour
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Cheddar Cheese

Pickled salad

  • 1 Small Red Onion
  • Handful of Coriander
  • Handful of Basil Leaves
  • 1 Tbsp of White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Olive Oil

Rest of the Ingrediants

  • Brioche Burger Buns
  • 1 Squirt of Aioli Sauce
  • Jalapeno Chutney (optional)
  • Shredded lettuce

Sweet Corn

  • 2 x Sweet Corns on the Cob (Halved)
  • 1 Tbsp of oil
  • Sprinkle of Peri Peri Chilli Powder
  • 1 Tsp of Extra Hot Peri Peri Sauce (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Mix the beef, egg, flour and salt in a bowl and make two even balls.
  2. Heat a pan with oil on medium heat and cook your patty’s for 4-5 minutes on each side. This will give you a meium-rare patty. Cook for longer if you prefer it well done. Once cooked place the slices of cheese on the patty and close the lid so that the cheese can melt and settle on the patty.
  3. In a bowl mix your chopped up pickle salad elements and mix well with the oil and vineger.
  4. Toast your brioche buns in the oven or in a pan.
  5. Assemble your burger as so:

Burger bun
Aioli Sauce
Pickled Salad
Patty
Shredded lettuce
Chutney
Lid of bun

Sweet Corn:

  1. Place the corns on a sheet of tin foil.
  2. spread oil, salt, peri peri sauce and powder on the corn.
  3. Wrap the foil really tightly and grill on your stove.
  4. Rotate the corn every thirty seconds and cook for a total of 5-6 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with your burger

🙂

 

Scrumptious Eggs

I won’t lie, for years I was cooking eggs wrong. I would always overcook them and dry them out. I thought it was normal until i saw Gordon Ramseys version on youtube. I was hooked and needed to try this wonderful gooey goodness.

I hope you enjoy my version of Ramsey eggs and let me know if you try it 🙂

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This recipe is for two adults

Ingredients:

  • 5 free range eggs
  • 1 Tbsp of Greek yogurt
  • Chives, Cilantro, spring onions – a handful
  • salt and pepper to suit
  • 2 Tbsp butter – salted

Instructions:

  • in a bowl/jug mix the eggs, yogurt, herbs with the salt and pepper.
  • whisk it well with a fork.
  • heat your pan on medium heat and melt the butter.
  • pour the mixture into the pan and keep an eye on it.
  • grab a silicon spatula and mix the eggs consistently to avoid them being over cooked.
  • after 5 minutes of cooking take them off the heat (they should still be a bit gooey and not stiff. set aside for a minute whilst you plate up the rest of your breakfast.

Usually i serve this with fresh toasted bread, grilled tomatoes, avocado and strips of bacon. This dish is a family favorite in my house. hope you like it 🙂

Fire in you

“I love you because you have this fire in you that you don’t even recognize, but i do. You’re strong and you’re a survivor.”

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I love a good friends to lovers story! this one didnt dissapoint and J Lynn once again proved that she is queen of angst and slow burning love novels.

Jillian – Has been in love with Brock since she was a small gal and has been pining over him for the last 7 years. Her existence for these last 7 years has been almost…robotic! She has a 9-5 job which she has no passion for and an obsession for hangbags.

Brock – Tried his hardest to see Jillian as a sister for most of his life as he didnt want to accept the fact that she was special to him… also, he was shit scared of her dad.

One horrible night led them apart and Brock has been trying to get back into Jillians life ever since. Jillian tries to ignore his sudden appearance in her life but is still tormented by her love for him and that fateful night that changed every thing.

The fire in you is the sixth book in J. Lynn’s “wait for you series” and doesn’t disspoint! I however can only give it 3/5 stars as it was good but not great. Lynn dabbled with the angst factor brilliantly in the beginning but it really died down half way through the book and I found myself skimming through from 70% and onwards. Fab chill down or holiday read. Pick this one up if you love romance and friends to lovers stories xx

Savoury Mince and Potatoes.

I am a big fan of mince based foods and today I tried something a little different to my usual spaghetti bolognese or lasagna. This dish is full of goodness and you can alter the side vegetables in this dish to suit your taste buds.

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Ingredients:

  • Beef Mince 200-300g
  • 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1 Yellow Onion – Thinly Sliced
  • 3 Cloves of Garlic – Thinly sliced or Minced
  • 1 Cup of Frozen Spinach – You can use fresh too.
  • 1 Cube of Beef stock
  • 1 Cup of Warm Water
  • 3 Tsp of Plain Flour

Potatoes

  • 3 Medium sized white potatoes (cubed)
  • 1 Tsp of Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp of cumin
  • 1 Tsp of Garlic powder
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions:

Mince:

  • Heat the oil in a pot on a medium high heat
  • Saute the onions until they turn light brown in colour
  • Add the mince and cook until brown
  • Season the mince and then add your spinach
  • In your cup of water add the beef stock cube and add this mixture to the pot.
  • Let the mince simmer for 2 minutes and then reduced the heat to low.
  • add the flour and stir – making sure you have no clumps of flour.
  • the consistency of the dish should be similar to a stew.

Potatoes:

  • Boil water in a medium sized pot and add the potatoes
  • let this boil for 15 minutes until just cooked.
  • Once the potatoes are boiled – drain the water and return back to the pot.
  • Now add the paprika, garlic powder, cumin, salt and a tsp of oil to your potatoes and mix well.
  • spread the potato cubes on a baking tray and bake in the oven at 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Add steamed broccoli, cauliflower and whatever else you like. the more vegetables the better.

Please let me know if you make this dish and tag me on the photos 🙂

Crunchie Cheesecake

I usually make this bad boy once every three months because it is quite decedent and definitely a treat! img_6011

This cheesecake requires little to no baking and is quite easy to make. (Fun kitchen project with the kids)

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Base:

  • 300g Plain Biscuits (Digestives/Wine/Malt)
  • 120g Butter – Melted

Filling:

  • 500g Cream Cheese (Full Fat)
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 120g Confectioners’ sugar
  • 300ml Cream
  • 250g Milk Chocolate – Melted
  • 150g Crunchie Chocolate – chopped up

Toppings:

  • 50g Crunchie bar chopped up
  • 3 Tbsp Nutella spread (For drizzling)
  • Optional: Add Whipped cream or any other chocolate bits

 

 

Instructions:

  1. Place biscuits in a Ziploc bag and bash with a rolling pin. If you have a food processer you can blitz it in there too.
  2. Add the melted butter and press into a 9-inch spring form pan.
  3. Bake biscuit base in the oven for 1o minutes at 180 degrees and then set aside to cool. If you want to cool it quicker – place pan in the freezer whilst you make your filling.
  4. In a mixer bowl add your cream cheese (cut in blocks), icing sugar and cream. Using the balloon whisk attachment set your mixer on the lowest setting and mix for 6 minutes.
  5. Melt the chocolate in your microwave. (Melt in 30 second bursts to avoid burning the chocolate).
  6. Add the melted chocolate to your mixer and mix for another minute.
  7. At this point you will want to stop the mixer and scrape down the sides in order to get all the cream cheese of the sides.
  8. Crank the mixer to medium high and mix for another 5-6 minutes.
  9. Add the chopped crunchie and fold it into the mixture with your spatula.
  10. Pour the filling onto your biscuit base and chill in the fridge for 4-6 hours. For a quicker chill time place the cheesecake in the freezer for 2 hours.
  11. Decorate however you want with toppings afterwards and enjoy 😊

 

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Children of the Vice

“Sometimes you need to do bad to do good and worse to do even better”.

The story of Mani di forbice and Belladonna.

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JJ McAvoy is a stupidly amazing writer and this book didn’t fail! Like its predecessors, this book will take you on a gruesome journey of crime, love and family!

I can just picture JJ with a smug grin on her face thinking… “Yáll thought I couldn’t do better than Melody and Liam? but I did….”
This book is a trilogy and focuses on the children of Liam and Melody Callahan, Ethan, Wyatt and Donatella. The first book is based on the eldest and the current Ceann na conairte… Ethan Callahan.

As an avid McAvoy reader and a Ruthless fan, I already knew that the Callahan clan were a crazy bunch! You’ll see glimpses of the older family members and see what has become of the Callahan children.

Now let me start off by saying that if you’re looking for a Liam and Melody story? you’re not going to get it. Its Chicago, there’s drugs, blood and treachery but it’s completely different.

“I shall show no mercy; I shall offer no forgiveness; there will be no peace for those who stand against me.”

Ethan Callahan is ruthless, sometimes heartless and always king! Well, what else would you expect from the firstborn of Liam and Melody? Everything he does or says has a purpose and family is always the first priority.  Now that he is 28, he wants to marry and he’s chosen a firecracker!
“I’ve found a wife—”
She’s not exactly Callahan material—and before you ask, I do not know her. She is a tool in a very important game, a tool I need you to secure without a doubt so she’ll be ready by my birthday.”
Ivy O Davoren is a vision in her orange prison overalls and matted blonde hair. Ivy has spent the last seven years in prison. The one thing keeping her sane is her thirst for vengeance on the Callahan family for killing her father. She is determined to avenge her father but her world is turned upside down when an unexpected visitor and she finds out who her father’s killer actually is.
“My pop always said poverty fucks with you… makes you think you can do things you really can’t and start selling your soul for things that are priceless.
This book was so OTT, hilarious and gruesome, I flipping loved it! I love that family was kept at the forefront and the romance was to die for ( I won’t go into any detail as I might spoil it)
The ending did leave me feeling particularly stabby… (Damn you and your palpation causing cliff hangers)
If you love fearless female protagonists and dirty mafia romances… this one is definitely for you.
“You’ll be expected to smile even though you want to scream and say everything is fine even when the sky is on fire… Because that’s what queens do. They make beauty look effortless and fear pointless.”

American Queen

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An epic love triangle between two powerful men and one very lucky girl. Written exquisitely

Greer  (girl next door, shy, well-educated, impressionable, trusting)
“Political princess”, is a very shy-timid-stand back and don’t get attention kind of girl. She did aggravate me in the beginning when she wouldn’t stand up to her snotty cousin Abilene. I mean grow a backbone! Her first kiss went to the president and her virginity went to the vice president, Not too shabby.

“The secret he keeps, the lies he tells.”

Maxen Ashley Colchester (Ash) – (Dominant, ruthless, deviant, enigmatic, heroic)
Is a Lieutenant, war hero and current president. Ash is a submissive girls dream! loves to be in control and takes pleasure in his partners’ submission and to some extent her embarrassment… oh no Bueno!
Not for me but definitely a well-written character.

“You belong to yourself and you belong to me, and I don’t fucking care that it seems to be a contradiction because we both know it isn’t.”

Embry Moore(Prince, secretive, seductive, aloof, reckless)
Comrade to Ash and vice president. I did do the whole, “you should pick Embry!” He is the typically polished bloke who hides scars that helped get him there. He’s very smooth and aloof and definitely my pick out of the two.

“You dropped this,” he said in that sophisticated purr, a purr that belied money and education and privilege. (EMBRY)

Despite being war veterans, this love will be the hardest battle they’ve faced yet… A well written and intriguing love triangle that’ll keep you interested all throughout.