Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Redirection

I may not post on this blog for sometime.  It is still incubating until I make up my mind what to do with it.

The Chapter continues on CALABAR GAL.  Please head on over there!!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Berrilicious Smoothies

New Years are synonymous with new year resolutions.  I did not make any this year and I do not think I have made any resolutions for a couple of years now - just a strong and silent determination to try and eat right and healthy.  Delving into smoothies is my way of achieving that goal.


Today, I decided to experiment some more.  I looked into the fridge and saw that I had some strawberries, blueberries and bananas.  I decided to throw them together and make a quick smoothie.  While I was at it, I remembered that I had some leftover oats in the cupboard and got those out too.  Did I mention I love roughage in my smoothies?  The oats would see to that.  Out came my processor and we are good to go.



Banana - washed and chopped.  Blueberries - washed, strawberries - washed.  Oats - check. Ice cubes - check and we are good to go.  I dump  all my ingredients into the processor, pour a cup of cold water and whizz away.  I love making my smoothies with good old still or sparkling water.  You can try substituting yoghurt, coconut milk, milk etcetera, etcetera in place of water when making your smoothie.

Voila!! A lovely fruity summery smoothie!! It might not yet be summer but permit me to borrow the term.


I had some fruit leftover and so I decided to make another variant of my fruity smoothie by substituting oats with kale - good old kale.  A step in the right direction of focusing on a healthy new me,


Banana - check, Strawberries - check, Ice cubes - check, Kale - check, blueberries - check and again, I whizz away after adding a cup of water.


Voila!! This is greener than my first smoothie but it is just the way I love it!! Cold, healthy and full of green goodness.

P.S:  It tasted yummy to me but if you feel your smoothie is not sweet enough, you can add a few spoons of honey to yours for an extra zing!!

                                                       My berrilicious smoothies!!                

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Gong Xi Fa Cai!!

That means Happy New Year in Mandarin.  The Cantonese equivalent is 'Gong Hey Fat Choi'. The Chinese New Year is here once again and the air is agog with Chinese lanterns, food and camaraderie.  Each new year is associated with a symbol which has a significance.  This year is the year of the Sheep (or Goat?).  Well, I have read in certain quarters that there is some confusion whether it is the year of the sheep or the year of the goat.  It seems as if they are grouped together as they are seen to 'belong' to the same family so you wont be wrong if you say the former or latter.  We are still waiting for clarification regarding this from 'the horses mouth'.

I have attended a couple of celebrations and this year will be no different.  Today is the first day of the new year and everyone heads home to spend the festivities with their families.  The first three days of the year are usually declared holidays and some people take up to a week off work to to participate in the festivities.

Its not going to be any different over here and I bet Chinatown has been a beehive of activities the entire week.  There will be a parade on Sunday beginning north of Trafalgar Square, past the square and into China Town, there will also be the traditional lion dance and loads of dim sum and sushi for the uninitiated to try.  It will be a wonderful display of culture and a great way to spend the weekend if you are looking for outdoors activities.  

The clothing, the lions, the face painting, the Geisha, the dancers, the music, the drummers, the restaurants, the food, the paper lanterns, the souvenirs, - nostalgic!! I am so looking forward to the celebrations.  Culture is indeed a wonderful thing.  Below are some pictures to whet your appetite regarding the forthcoming celebrations.


Monday, 16 February 2015

My Kale Smoothie Experience

I love visiting Dooney.  She is a lady after my very own heart who has opened my eyes on loads of culinary shortcuts.  Dooney has been educating us on how vile her kale smoothies are.  This made me curious as I had recently jumped on the kale bandwagon - kale chips inclusive.  I use it in soups, stews, yam porridge, as a substitute for spinach and efo and in my eyes, kale can do no wrong.  I haven't had a kale smoothie yet so I decided to experiment and see how it would go.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

An Epiphany

Epiphany.  That word is fast becoming a 'constant' in my vocabulary.  Self Realisation - that I have to catch up on all the goals I set for myself donkey years ago that seem to have fallen either by the wayside or off the wagon.

I have these thoughts of taking up a cause, of becoming an activist.  The problem is I dont know what cause I will be pursuing yet.  There are so many out there.  Just pick one already I tell myself.  Thoughts and visions of championing a cause, speaking on behalf of the oppressed and those without a voice, answering questions, helping others.   Right now, I am an 'upcoming activist without a cause' *Sigh*

Epiphany

I've had thoughts of venturing into the blogging world for some time now. Call it an epiphany or whatever you like. This time, no more hiding under the cloak of anonymity - anonymity is so last century!!

I've not made up my mind what I'll be blogging about. My life? My quests? My desires? Aspirations? Hobbies? Lifestyle? Passion? I'll most likely discover my niche as I plod along. Trepidition lurks at the back of my mind that the world wide web sometimes releases unwarranted vitrolics at you. I know I dont have a thick hide but will I be able to with stand this? Only time will tell.