Chocolate Cake in a Mug

Well the Lock down has us all going a bit doo lah lah, but me especially…. I was craving Chocolate Cake…… I don’t Evan like Cake.

Since September of last year- in the magnificent pre-corona days. I promised myself that I would never bake again, because I was done, I had baked 7 years non stop, not a day had gone past in those 7 years where I didn’t see flour, sugars and eggs and I was done……

but today I just…… wanted cake, not any cake, but it was chocolate cake, a deep rich moist chocolate cake, but………without wanting to go through the whole process of making a full on cake.

I am still not ready to switch on the oven, i’m still not mentally able to go near that thing. Its like a monster that sits in that corner…. its too damn big and heavy otherwise I would’ve lifted it up and chucked it away, but then i’ll also be left with a gaping hole in the middle of my kitchen…..first world struggles (seriously any distraction from corona is a blessing, no matter how big or small).

So how was I going to satisfy my craving? well easy, peasy (lemon squeezy) did i just say that? Yes. Yes. I did. (doo-lah-lah days officially here and we haven’t even been on lock down for a full week yet)

Introducing The Chocolate Cake in the Mug (Its really not my idea, I didn’t invent it, but I made it, so I will blog it) and by the way do this with the kids, its easy peasy lemon squeezy (*oh God, really? Again? really?*)

You will need:

  • 4 Tablespoon Self Raising Flour
  • 5 Tablespoon Caster Suger
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 3 Tablespoon Milk
  • 3 Tablespoon Oil
  • Chocolate chips (as desired)
  • Mug
  • Microwave (no damn Oven! *does a twirl*)

And heres how its done:

Choose your favourite mug, (it has to be a big one, as this beast of a chocolate cake will rise).

Put all the dry ingredients into the mug and mix together. That’s the Flour, the suger and the cocoa powder.

Add the wet ones one at a time and mix throughly. I added the egg first, then the milk and lastly the oil. Mix this until you get a creamy consistency.

Add choc chips to your desired taste

Put the mug in the middle of the microwave, and set the temperature to high and set it to 1.30 mins (allow another 20 secs if needed)

and voila, your chocolate cake is ready,

And its yum, and moist (and if you dont do the 20 seconds its also gooey in the middle, I like batter …. Shhhh…. That’s a secret nobody should disclose.)

Try it out, and don’t forget to share your pics and tag me on them

Love and regards. Stay Safe, stay Indoors and keep washing your hands.

M11bna

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Dining in an Igloo. The Waterfront- Market Harbrough.

We have had quite a bit of trouble trying to book the igloos in London for Christmas or new year’s. Every Year- we sit tapping on our laptops and smart phones, constantly refreshing the page to try and get a booking in. It almost always crashes and leaves us all annoyed, angry and overwhelmed. (This is the 2000’s baby- patience and tolerance went when dial up internet went)

So when this advert popped up in the local newspaper. We were stumped. Here we are trying every year without fail (actually with fail) to book us into igloos all the way in London, when half an hours drive away we have igloos off our own!

OK yes, I know Market Harbroough is no London, and the view of River Thames is River Thames- but we weren’t getting anywhere with that 2 years in row…… So this seemed ideal. It’s round the corner, it’s a fraction of a price and its an igloo…thats 3 check boxes ticked.

So how did the booking go? Well…. It was Christmas time, so as you can imagine it was exactly the same! The page kept crashing. And we struggled… But we preserveered and in the end. One day, one lucky day, one seriously lucky damn day- I managed to get through to them by phone! But…. Yup as expected they were fully booked, and afternoon tea was booked all the way to Feb ( I love afternoon tea, i was so wounded) , but we decided on lunch instead, and they managed to slot us in early January…. Wahey! Finally!! We were going in an igloo!

The Waterfront is a British restaurant/pub in Market Harborough, and at the back of this restaurant facing the Canal basin at Union Wharf, are these two beautiful Igloos for dining. It is just the perfect spot, its a mini version of the River Thames… actually maybe a minute version…..oh Sod it! its not the Thames or London at all, BUT its so damn cute and picteresque.

And tell me how preety this is? Go on say it….. ok ill say it, its so preety!…. isnt it so preety?

Inside the Igloo its all snuggly and cute. It has a dyson heater inside so its nice and warm, blankets are available to get evan more snuggled up. We got our own dedicated Waitor, who we can call with a remote device whenever needed, so we didn’t have to get up and go inside once snuggled in

We were also given a bluetooth speaker which we synced with our phones so we had our own choice of music on, which was definately a special feature. All these little details made the day so special.

And now for the Food; we started off with theses non alcoholic mocktails, Mixed Berry Refreshers which were quite nice to be honest. Really Impressed with it…… and heres a cheer to the day….

For the Food we had to go for the Vegetarian/Fish options. The menu did have a few options available, and we did ask the waitor to make sure no alcohol was in the food aswell. He made sure the request was put to the chef, and came back and advised us what we should go for.

…..whilst we waited for our food…… its selfie time….and here we are. The Golden Girls, off on one of our many adventures;

And heres what we ordered; The Vegetarian Platter Grazing Board, the Boathouse Luxary Fish Pie, and the Parmesan and Herb Crusted Sea Bass fillet. And for dessert we had Chocolate Brownie.

And all of it was devoured. It was really good and served Warm. The Fish pie was so creamy and filling. and the brownie ending our day just right.

All in all our experience was amazing, the staff were attentive to our needs, the hidden extras were a bonus to the day and I loved that we were cooped up inside this igloo, where we were allowed to laugh as loud as we want without having to worry about disturbing anyone else.

The deposit of securing this igloo is at £5 per person and then we pay for whatever food we order, and truly it is worth a visit. Get booking people heres the webby: https://waterfrontharborough.co.uk/

I know I will be going back, hopefully for the afternoon tea this time.

And now its time to say goodbye; and here is one last pic in the evening, where it looks evan more beautiful all lit up,

And One last selfie from The Golden Girls: ” To Love, To Laughter, To Happily Ever After”

Love and Regards

M11bna

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24 hours in Dubai

Whilst in India we felt like Kings (Im the only female so I always refer to the more masculine words when Im on holiday) with people more interested in us, and our lifestyle. The Hospitality and service was second to none. We were treated almost like royals, everyone coming to our beck and call, whether that be the taxi driver or the concierge or the ‘chaiiwala’

Once we landed in Dubai, we asked the dude that picked us up from the Airport to stop at a supermarket and ATM if possible. He said there’s None! My hubby asked again, he said “Are you saying there’s no supermarket or ATM on the way to hotel?”. He responded “No”. My husband asked for the third time- “Are you telling me that in our half hour drive, we will not Evan have a fuel pump?” He answered, “Buy from your hotel”.

Welcome to Dubai People.

Our last 24 hours, and I don’t really know how we managed so much, and ate so much, I feel bloated just writing about it. Seriously the way we went, anyone would think we were given the last 24 hours to live! But hey we sure did pack our day full, to a point where the journey back home on the plane felt like a relief.

Having already been to Dubai, (this is our third time) we have pretty much covered a lot of the touristy things on previous occasions. (Which I do need to do a quick blog about, especially for the kids because there’s a lot to do.) So this time it was just about enjoying the luxaries of Dubai, and eating loads to put away in the reserve for when we start our diets when we get back home (We still doing that, I promise…..maybe after our next holiday?!)

So what did we do?

PF Changs

We landed early evening in Dubai, and as soon as we had deposited our bags, we head off to ‘The Dubai Mall’ for a bite to eat. We really enjoyed PF Changs the last time we came, so this was our first pit stop.

We ordered the Dynamite shrimps, because without this picture you were never there!…

We also ordered Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Sesame Chicken with Plain Noodles, and Kung Pao Chicken with rice on the side.

And we got a table outside so that we could get to see the Dubai fountains whilst we enjoyed our food.

Dubai Fountains and Burj Khalifa

After our meal we walked outside the mall, and watched the famous Dubai fountain show……., because once again if you don’t snap it, you were never there.

Feeling extremely shattered from our flight, we headed off to our Hotel. This time we were adamant to wake up early, have breakfast and make the most of the little hours we had here.

Views from our Hotel

With the boys tucked up in bed, the hubby and I enjoyed the beautiful views from our balcony whilst having tea. Yup tea. We don’t function without it….. And just how beautiful is this view!! It’s mesmerising!

View in morning.

The next morning, bright and early. We made it to breakfast!! Straight after because the elder boy was still snoring we headed off to the pool…. Where I captured this selfie, which I’m extremely proud off. Selfie game strong! (I just deleted the 50 pics before)

Pappa Roti

Once the kid woke up, he had an empty stomach, so we headed off to Pappa Roti. Based at The Walk in JBR, it’s just a 5 minute walk away from our hotel.

These flavoured buns are just divine and melt in the mouth. We chose nutella, cinnamon, lotus and caramel and all of them were divine. And really filling also.

Alongside this we had cold drinks, It’s always virgin mojito for me, and the boys went for their smoothies. Evan this was luscious!

JBR

Further down on the same path we come to JBR Beach, having had seen loads of beaches in India, we just walked up and down, and took photos.

We had decided on another boat trip…. Until we saw this…

Flying Cup

Dining in the sky.

A slow ride up 40 meters in the air, and then you are spun round (gently) while you enjoy your snacks and drinks and enjoy the view of Dubai.

I was absolutely ecstatic to do this. Back at home I keep on going on the ‘London in the Sky’ website, I haven’t booked it yet, purely because the weather is unpredictable, and the last thing I want it to be in the sky whilst the rain is pouring down and freezing cold.

Also this is something I wouldn’t usually do with the men in my life, they are all ‘safe’ people and prefer their own feet being firmly on the ground, whilst I’m happy to jump off the Eiffel tower. (If they let me). But for me they held their breath and prayed for their lives.

Up in the air. Dudes holding on.
Fam -a -lam
Don’t look down. Your feet will be dangling, adding to the thrill.
Spotted. Burj- al-arab from the sky.

This had to be the highlight of my whole trip.

After this we headed off to the Dubai Mall again, the boys wanted to do a spot of shopping because in India they found nothing…

Dubai Mall

And the highlight for the boys….. Balmain at Dubai Mall had 70% off.

And boy did they shop….

And now the boys also had souvenirs for themselves to take home.

Patchi

It’s really difficult to bring back souvenirs for everyone at home, the families are growing and also we get everything back at home, so nothing feels new. But one thing that I knew everyone would love is Patchi chocolate.

Patchi is a luxury brand of chocolate, and just to experience the shop is amazing, they have a variety of chocolate flavours on offer.

My favourite part, this wall of chocolate drawers. I NEED this in my life. (I don’t even like chocolate!)

I fell in love. It’s amazing. I wanted a go, but only thing I got is a photo.

We got a mixture packed up in each box, one for each family.

Dubai Marina

Our evening was spent at the beautiful Marina, we walked the beautiful stretch here.

Until we got to Nandos.

Nandos

Yup. Nando’s! Because we can’t have it back at home because it’s not Halal. I’ve always had the pitta with the chicken fillet and pineapple…. But unfortunately they didn’t have it in the menu…. Actually the menu has changed so much so I was disappointed and yet excited as well.

I ended up getting the chicken strips with pineapple on the ends, and it comes with hummus and nan, which was really refreshing.

The boys went for wings and chicken fillets with rice….

And the Dude…. Chicken pieces with rice and veg…. His last meal whilst on holiday and he has decided to start his diet.

Once we were full, we left sweet Dubai and made out way to the airport. Our last haul back home.

And that’s the end of our trip. Goa, Mumbai and Dubai all wrapped up. And what an amazing trip it was. No regrets over it what so ever, we have actually decided that we will step out of our comfort zone more often, as this experience may have been daunting initially, but turned out to be the best trip so far.

Hope u enjoyed our trip with us x

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Im Going to India- Goa Eats

So you all seen what we got up to whilst in Goa- and now for the wining and dining part.

When it comes to food, Goa did not disappoint.

Inferno

On our first day we are at this place. It’s just outside Candolim Beach, which is also a walk away from our hotel, ( we only realised it’s a walk away on our last day! We were using taxis before this point) and it’s always kicking!

It’s so warm, vibrant and hip inside, I was impressed with the layout and the whole look. A combination of warm orange tones against the natural background of greenery, almost like your in forest. Scores a 10/10 with me.

We got complimentary papad and chutney as appetisers, which was tangy on our taste buds.

For starters we went for Chicken Tikkas, and Grilled Chicken and Veg Sticks which was recommended by the chef…. And don’t forget the Chips…. (Never forget the chips!!), and for mains we went for Chicken Biryani and Daar and Naans. Our first meal in Goa, and still memorable to this date.

Punjabi Rasoi

This place was literally down the street from our hotel. We tried…. seriously we really did try to wake up early, but our bodies just wouldn’t allow it, and we kept missing breakfast at the hotel, so this was out daily breakfast spot… in the Afternoon.

It was just a really large gazebo set up with table and chairs inside,

Daily we ordered Two Thalis (Indian style meal, made up of a selection of dishes, served on one platter. pic below) In the Thali we got Rice, Daar, two Vegetable curries (differs per day), Nans and Poppodom. You’ll never believe the price… For roughly £6. Yup. For both. And it was divine.

Desi Kitchen

One of the days whilst walking on Titos street we stumbled upon this place, it was very cool and quirky, so in we went.

We decided to satisfy our own cravings here, so I went for the Masala Dosa, the hubby went for Hydrabadi Biryani, and the boys went for Chicken Noodles, with Masala Fried Chips.

Once again we devoured it. Every single little piece. By far the best meal in Goa so far for me. Add this on your to do list. Im adding it on for if I do go back.

The Fishermans Wharf

Okay, so when your in Goa, and you ask anyone where the best place to eat is…. There’s only one answer. This place. Every local, every taxi driver, every tourist will tell you about this place.

And you know what, this place is as close as you can come to the Western World in Goa. From the decor to the food, to the whole vibe once inside and the price. You could say you feel at home (apart from the Indian music)

They have tried to make it so that it looks as if you are on a boat/cruise and its been done really well.

Theres fresh fish and little props set up all around the location, with is cute. Anywhere I can take a photo- I feel right at home.

Evan the cutlery they use feels like being back at home. here we ordered Masala Shrimps, Deep fried Chicken strips, Chicken Tikka, Naans, Sheesh Kebabs and a Chicken Karhai.

And we enjoyed all of this while live music was playing, so it felt preety special.

Namaste Chaii

You guys know I love Tea right? I mean I adore Tea, im obsessed over Tea. So when it comes to India- I just think of all things Tea related- I mean there should be a ‘Chaiiwala’ in every corner shouldnt there? Thats where Chaiiwala back at home has come from.

But my dear folks, not in Goa. Ive never been dissapointed this much in my life. There’s hardly any tea stops anywhere!!!
We eventually managed to find a taxi driver who knew a place- and it was like a 10 minute drive away.

Yes it quenched my thirst, but im not going to come here 6 times a day to get tea!! Dissapointed in Goa, (just in regards to the tea- mind you)

We asked the taxi driver where all the tea places are; he responded by saying, “Goans dont drink tea, they drink Alcohol…..” We got our answer.

Street Food

What is India All about? Street Food. To my delight. This part was not a dissapointment. We went to loads, like loads of places for street food, and not one dissapointed. (More street food on previous India blogs) Just keep on top of the charcoal tablets daily, and pray that the stomach bugs stay away. They did for us!

Bhel puri

And that’s a wrap from Goa.

Moving on next to beautiful Mumbai.

Stay tuned for more

Love and regards

M11bna

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A Proper Tourist in London

Hi All

Do you remember my trip to Portugal with Mama bear. We went to meet up with her sister, well my aunt then came to see us!

Having a Mozambican passport its really difficult for my aunt to get out, and to come to the UK requires alot of paperwork and going back and forth. She was approved visa to the UK for 5 days.

My Aunt came with Uncle, and It was their first time in UK, and in all honesty I dont know whether they will be coming back again. My Uncle expressed that in all his life all he has ever wanted to do is listen to ‘the Ding Dong of Big Ben’. So Mama Bear came to the one person she knows loves London. Me!

Although Mama Bear wanted me to just drive past and show them the areas, I thought it would be nice if I could give them a ‘Proper tourist day in London’ and so I went to the one person who could help me arrange this,

Say hello to Babs. London born, who better to plan our day for us?

So just to warn you readers in advance, this post is a typical post on a very touristy day in London. And apologies for the photos also. I didn’t really know I was going to be a blogger, So didn’t put much thought into them.

We started our journey by breakfasting at ChaiiWala- this is back in Leicester. We generally start all our journeys by breakfasting at Chaiiwala. Theres no journey if it doesnt start with Chaiiwala. All Leicesterians know Chaiiwala. We had our Indian breakfast and headed off.

Indian breakfast at Chaiiwala with daar (lentil curry) masala baked beans, masala omelette and roti (chappati)

I wanted my aunt to experience The People, The Manic, The Craziness, The Ethnicities, The General buzz of the London atmosphere, so we drove to Cockfosters tube station in Barnet and left our car there, and the rest of our journey was by tube. Like Londoners. (Parking at Cockfosters is £6 for the day! so saves all the looking for parking and expensive parking within London itself.)

Our first tube was from Cockfoster Tube Station to Westminister Station, this was the longest of our rides at roughly 30 minutes and only one stop at Green Park Station. This took us straight outside the Big Ben.

We got out of the station and right in front of us, there in all of its Grandeur and Glory was ‘The Big Ben’ – with scaffolding, and works going on. (Is it weird to say my heart palpitated? and I breathed in to get it all in. It really is huge when you’re not driving past it). My Uncle like a proper tourist was amazed, he took photos in all angles, evan upside down, anything to get it all in. Then he asked the sandwich shop vendor near by ‘What time does it ding dong? I want to hear ding dong in my ear?’

“eh? that thing?’ he responded ” Ding Dong? 2 years mate- its better to hear it ding dong on youtube’

I saw his face drop, I did tell him that I have never heard it ding dong either, but now I want to aswell (listed in to-do list- ‘the Ding Dong of Big Ben’)

We walked down Parliament Street, saw the buildings of Parliament, and the War Monuments featured on the street, and not to forget the Red Telephone Boxes.

And then we headed towards Downing Street, which is just a walk away.

There wasn’t much activity going on here, and it is pretty gated up, so we took our quick photos and decided to make our way back to the underground to get onto the Millennium wheel/London Eye. Whilst walking down we saw these bike rickshaw (is that what you call them?)

And instead of going on the tube, we jumped on to them and enjoyed the view whilst we made our way to the wheel.

We got dropped off just outside the London Eye and got straight into the queues for the tickets. It was a short 20 minutes wait before we got on. This was a real treat for us all. I think I enjoyed it better this time- its my third time, but this time, I was put on the spot and asked questions even I didn’t know the answer off. So with the help of Google we all learnt along the way.

And up we go…
From the Top

After the London Eye, we walked towards Westminster Station and did a quick stop at Baker Street Station, just so that we could get the pic below..

And yes they posed for that one!

And then we got straight back on to the tube to Green Park station, and the walk towards Buckingham Palace.

And here it is….The Buckingham Palace.

And having taken loads of photos, we now needed to fill our bellies, and after a lot of what kind of food we wanted to eat- we decided on Indian Food and ‘Khans’ so we walked back through Green Park and took the tube to Bayswater, and a short 10 minute walk away we got to ‘Khans’

We had Poppadoms and Chutneys, Sheesh Kebabs, Chicken Tikkas, Chicken Karhai, and Nan’s, and it was absolutely divine.

On the way home, we stopped at a few souvenir shops where Babs started picking up loads of fridge magnets, it was really amusing when my aunt asked me ‘Where is Babs from?’ I answered ‘Born and Bred in London.” She looked at me confused: ‘Why is she buying so many souvenirs?’ I laughed out loud. That my fellow readers….Is Babs….and that is why we love her.

With our fridge magnets safely in our bags, we caught our last tube for our trip back to cockfosters and then our two hour drive back home.

Overall, I enjoyed that trip so much, I’ve not ever been to London as a tourist, I usually just go to eat. So this trip was amazing. We all got to be tourists. And enjoyed every moment of it. I guess because we live in the UK we loose the novelty of it all, and this did make me love London more. (Can I possibly love it more? Yup seems like I can)

Hope you enjoyed our tourist trip to London.

I’ve got dentist appointment coming up soon. So I’m getting edgy again.

Catch up with you all soon

Love and regards

M11bna

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Afternoon Tea at The Shard. London.

I Graduated.

I got married at the age of 18. I remember telling my husband that I wanted to continue studying, however we did not have the financial means for me to continue, and thus I had to give up my one and only dream.

Although at the time working was the only option for me, both I and my husband were aware that a part of my heart was missing. Yet we laughed, we lived, and we continued. During this time we had our two beautiful boys (Ugly, Hairy and spotty now), bought our very first home, and went on loads of holidays.

We came to a position in life, where we were comfortable, and I raised the fact that I wanted to finish off my studies. Although I couldnt physically go back to university as I couldn’t leave my job and my children were still young. I looked around for options and found The Open University, and started my journey.

The Open University is made for people like me who cannot commit to full time university and so I did my studying in blocks, part time.

After 6 years of studying, working, being a home maker and a mother, I conquered my dream.

I Graduated.

As a treat my two beautiful Soul Sisters Sabina and Katija treated me to Afternoon Tea at The Shard Shangri-La Hotel in London. We headed off with Baby Dumpling in tow on a Sunday Morning.

Afternoon Tea at the Shard Sangrai- La Hotel is served onthe 35th floor of the restaurant ‘Ting’. To access the restaurant we were guided to the lifts, which takes us straight up to the 35th floor in a matter of seconds. As soon as you step out of the lifts you get the amazing views straight away. We were taken to our table with a perfect view of Londons sky line.

Our Table and View.

Before we sat down, we were welcomed by our waitor, and also offered a stool for our bags which the cutest gesture EVER. (Naturally having come with Sabina we did wonder why one of the seats was ever so low and wondered whether they were planning to put the baby Dumpling on the floor?!! Guilty)

Baby Dumpling safely in Masi’s lap.

Before we got our menu we were treated to a ritual offered at the Ting called ‘Teh Tarik’ which involves the dramatic pouring of Dry Ice, and consumption of a malaysian type hot lemon drink. As you can see our preety little dumpling was fascinated with the Dry Ice.

We were then given a menu with the types of tea on offer and chose the following:

All of this came with mini sieves (I need to find these for my own home, they are the cutest) and it gives such a picteresque photo

For the food part we were given scones, which were covered in linen to keep the warmth with generous portions of clotted cream and jam

For sandwiches we were given by far the most colourful sandwiches I have ever seen in my life. From the Halal menu we had a selection of Cheese, Cucumber, Salmon, and Honey Roasted Chicken sandwiches. And lastly the divine desserts which included profiteroles and macarons.

And just to make my day that extra special the girls had arranged a treat of extra desserts for me for my graduation. Im not a ‘crying’ type girl (ask my husband he will tell you) but this did bring a tear to my eye.

Overall would I recommend the Afternoon Tea to you guys, YES! because the building, the views, the atmosphere, the food, the colourful sandwiches and the hospitality (I forgot to mention that they have heated toilet seats!! You have to go just for this!!) Are a must, and worth the experience.

Forever Grateful for the sisters in my life. You make life more beautiful every day.

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Red Velvet Cookies

Hi All, So sorry I dissapeared for a little while. Life came in the way. Granni was admitted into hospital again with pneumonia, so we were back to our rotas and shift work at the hospital. The tough cookie fought it like a pro, and is back home now.

The hubby got Man-Flu ( that really is a thing by the way, more on this later) and my best friends brother got married. So its been a hectic ride.

But I’m back…..

…..With my famous red velvet cookies recipe.

For the ones that know me, you know what im talking about- for the ones that dont- whilst in my baking Era these along with my Lamingtons and Marshmallows were my biggest sellers. So big that when I bake them, I no longer put it on my social media, because I will get hounded by my beloved customers to make them.

So here goes:

Ingredients

  • (makes 15)
  • 115 grams butter (I use stork)
  • 150 grams brown suger
  • 50 grams granulated suger
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon Milk
  • 1.5 tablespoon red food colouring (gel colours are better)
  • 198grams Plain flour (yes! 198- not more or less!! trust me!)
  • 10 grams cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 150 grams choc chip chocolates
  • glitter to decorate

Method:

Cream the butter, brown suger and granulated suger together.

Add the egg and beat again

Sift the flour, cocoa, bicarbonate soda, and salt, add to the creamed mixture and beat. Once beaten add the milk.

Add the red food colouring, and 3/4 of the chocolate chips and mix.

You should get a red sticky mixture like below.

Put this sticky mixture on a clingfilm

Roll it up and put it into the fridge, usually between 1-4 hours. (for a small amount like this 1 hour is sufficient). 15 minutes before taking out mixture switch the oven on at 180degrees.

When you remove the cold mixture- it will no longer be sticky, take a handful of the dough and form into small balls like below

Put it into a baking tray with greaseproof paper below- leave space around the dough balls as cookies will form in oven.

Put into oven for 12 minutes

Once out add few choc chips on top and allow to cool on a drying rack.

Add a little glitter and enjoy with your tea.

So there you go. My Secret Famous Red Velvet recipe. No longer a secret and all yours now. So stop asking me to make you some! And make sure you drop some off to me.

Love and Regards

M11bna

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Chicken Karhai… The Easy Way

It’s winter, I’m retired, I’m hibernating, I’m bored, so ….. I start cooking. Im sure I don’t like cooking. Baking yup. I (use) to enjoy that, I also love ironing (*gasp*) but cooking I’ve never been a fan off. But all of a sudden with all this extra time- I’ve turned into Cook of the Year…. Okay exaggerating abit here…. I just made my speciality dish. Chicken Karhai.

Since I was in a good mood, and had loads of time, I took pictures and I’m now sharing my recipe. (Also this is now officially logged on the world wide web- proof that I do cook more than chicken fillets!)

It’s a really quick and easy recipe (hence why I make it) but it’s also damn delicious. Considering I am not a fan of cooking, I do have three extremely hungry and fussy men in my house who go mardy if not fed properly. Also I don’t like the idea of going out to get takeout – it’s too damn cold.

So here goes, let me know if you do try it

Ingredients

  • 4 Chicken Fillets cubed
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoon chilli powder (or according to taste)
  • 3/4 Tablespoons Turmeric
  • 1.5 Tablespoon Dhania Powder
  • 2 large Tablespoon liquidated Ginger and Garlic paste
  • 1 large Tablespoon Tomato puree
  • Green chillies (according to taste)
  • 1.5 cup Greek Yoghurt
  • 2 onions chopped finely
  • 2 tomotoes chopped finely
  • 4-6 Tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • 2 onions cubed
  • 1 green pepper cubed

And Now to put it all together aka- Method:

Add the salt, chilli powder, turmeric, garlic and ginger, tomoto puree, green chillies, Dhania powder and Greek yoghurt to the chicken fillets and mix together.

Cling film this up and this should be kept for up to 4 hours (or more in fridge) this part can be done overnight, or I did it in morning before I went to work. This allows all the spices to be infused into the chicken.

Next put oil into a pot and add in your chopped onions. Allow the onions to brown on a low heat… Halfway through doing this add in your mustard seeds.

Once onions are brown add in the chopped tomatoes and on low heat again allow the tomato to caramelise.

Once caramelised add in your mixed chicken. Mix this in and put onto a high heat.

Once it’s boiling add a top on and leave on high heat. The yoghurt and the chicken will release water and to get a thick consistency you need all the water to evaporate, so keep it on a high heat and stir occasionally. ( Should take 20 minutes max)

Once the sauce starts getting thick. Add in your cubed onion and cubed green pepper. This needs to be done near the end, as you don’t want to throughly cook the onions and green peppers. Put the top back on and leave on high heat once again. (5 mins max)

And Voila. Chicken Karhai ready. Add chopped up coriander once done. And serve with garam garam (hot,hot) nan.

So that’s a quick and easy recipe. Hope you enjoy it. Let me know of any variations you make. If I have it in me to make chicken Karhai again, I might try it.

And when your making it- don’t use the amount of dishes I did! Just chuck it all in…. I have a load of dishes to wash now! Urgh! All for aesthetics!

Love and regards

M11bna

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Root Canal or Extraction? Please Advise?

It’s been just over 3 weeks now and I’m still suffering. Tooth pain is by far the worst pain ever.

Before I jetted off to India with an infected tooth, I had decided on a Root Canal treatment. As soon as I got back I went in for the procedure.

Having already told you of the many ‘special requirements ‘ that have to be put into place before I go in for my appointment, the dentist had arranged for a slot of 90 minutes for me.

I had been advised that Root canal is the best option for me, and whilst in India I realised it definately is. My two chewing teeth on the bottom left are already gone, and this tooth is a chewing tooth on the bottom right. And whilst eating I struggled a lot because on the left I have no teeth and on the right it was infected so I couldn’t put food their. And my front teeth were being used for chewing which is a long and draining process.

Whilst going through the procedure- everything was great- it was all going perfectly well. The dentist was impressed with me. 2 out of the 3 nerves were already out. I had mentally told myself to think of events in my life that have caused me pain, and this really helped- so I started thinking of pregnancy, labour, people who have hurt me, etc. And it really helped with the process and also sped up time.

Then the x-ray part came. I hate this. But I told myself to think it away. It was a challenge let me tell you this.

After trying for the 6th time,(this is why the extra time is needed) I finally got it in place, and was doing my breathing exercises whilst thinking in my head how I was going to throttle this particuler person I’m not fond of. (I promise you it’s not my dentist. I love her for real,… And It works. Trust me!) And guess what…

Just my luck…. The x-ray machine was not working. She tried 3 times, whilst I kept picturing these murderous events in my head trying not to think of the film wedged in my mouth….. It was not working today!! As soon as she told me this- my gagging started straight away. Bless my dentist as she struggled to get the thing out of my mouth whilst I was retching.

Once It was out, she filled my tooth back in and I was ready to go. I was booked in for another hour appointment the following week.

That was today.

I was feeling positive today, I knew the procedure, just one more nerve and then it’s all done. Right? …

Wrong. After the xray- which I was so much more better at this time (only 2 attempts!) She had trouble in locating the nerve. Although the x-ray is showing a nerve- there is usually a tiny space in between. This space was not showing on the x-ray.

This appointment although booked for an hour took an hour and a half in her trying to get to the nerve.

She had the x-ray checked with another dentist- and Evan tried drilling a bit more to see if she could get to it. But she didn’t feel comfortable in drilling further.

Once again she filled it all back up and sat me up.

Now I’ve got to decide. I either get the root canal done by a specialist- which means the same process again, but the specialist will know how to remove the nerve. However there is no guarantee that there will be no pain or infection after. She will pass on all my details and get the specialist prepared for my case. This could cost upto £600, but it will save a tooth

Or

I get it removed entirely. And that also by a specialist whom she will refer me too. Cost will be £70, but I will be left with no tooth- therefore need to consider a bridge if possible or an implant (prices of these not discussed yet)

I was quite confused as to why she would send me to specialist as she had done the last one- so I asked her. Her response was that the trauma that I went through on the last tooth- was not only mine. She went through alot of anxiety and trauma herself, as she didn’t know whether I would collapse, or throw up or Evan worse. And she wouldn’t want me to go through that again, or herself and would rather I get it done by a specialist who may have already dealt with ‘cases’ like myself.

That was a fair comment and I respected her for that.

But now? What do I do?

Root canal is what I definitely wanted doing initially, as I don’t want that gap, but I seriously can’t handle it if I have to then remove it afterwards anyway.

What do I do?

Keep me in your prayers people

Love and regards

M11bna

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‘Pancakes and Pyjamas Pamper Party'(Part 2)

My ‘Pancakes and Pyjamas Pamper Party’ kicked off perfectly. In my last post I showed what I made, and the random invite I sent off. Most of the girls turned up and we had such a good catch up. It was so nice to have so many of us together.

Minus a few latecomers…How good do they look in the morning? Me in the back with the ‘I woke up too Early face’.

So what did we do?

I chose to do a early morning party because I knew I’d have the house to myself. The hubby would be at work, the elder Boy at college and the younger Boi at school. So no disturbances. Also the parents with elder kids would also be free of their children. A time out we all needed. Because it was a pyjama party I kept aside some blankets and water bottles, so that we could all get cosied up.

Is it Evan called a party without Shishas?. I arranged for 2 to be delivered early morning. Yes. Who does Shisha for breakfast? Urm…. Me! Because it wouldnt be a party otherwise…. I would say Shishas is the equivalent of Alcohol for us. It ain’t a party without it.

Getting the coal started.

We had a cute little visitor come to our party- it was ladies only- but he’s too cute to say no to. So in he came charming us all and breaking our hearts. And because of this shisha was confined to the kitchen area. Bonus is- I wasn’t too worried about my carpets getting burnt!

For the “Pamper” part of the party. I had arranged for a masseuse to come in and give the girls 20 minute mini treatments. Definately the highlight of the party.

And the extremely happy birthday girl got to cut her cake.

Did it Evan happen if there’s no selfies?

(all cosied up)

And Monopoly throughout the day. There’s no greater bonding then around a board game, especially monopoly. Admittedly this is one game that can bring out the best and the worst in people, and that In itself is the best part. It gave us alot of laughs, and tears. And just to put it out there- there was no clear winner! (Inside joke)

And after all was done, I was left alone in my house with leftovers and memories and still loads of time to myself. I must get use to this!

Can’t wait to arrange another one soon. I’ll have to try and beat this one though….

Let’s think themes?

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