Saturday, 28 March 2015

Rice and Peas with Oxtail Curry

Rice and peas

For the Rice you'll need:-

Easy cook Basmati rice
3 cups of water
1 can of coconut milk
red onions
thyme
red kidney beans including the liquid
scotch bonnet
seasoning
salt to taste

Add the 3 cups of water into the pot, add the kidney beans, onions, thyme, seasoning and salt to taste. Allow the beans boil for 40 to 45 minutes on low to medium heat. Now add the washed rice, coconut milk and a scotch bonnet for flavour, stir and let it boil until the rice is nice and soft. Now be careful here as we don't want the rice soggy, so its best to leave on low to medium heat. As soon as the rice and peas are soft, drain off any excess liquid and leave to simmer until dry.

For the Curry oxtail you'll need:-

Oxtail
Curry powder
chopped fresh tomatoes
mixed red, green and yellow pepper
1 chopped scotch bonnet
stock cubes
seasoning
1 chopped clove of garlic
1 chopped red onion
1 potato
Sliced carrots
thyme
4 tablespoon of olive oil
3 cups of water





Season the washed oxtail with salt, onions, garlic,curry powder, seasoning, stock cubes, tomatoes, thyme, mixed pepper & scotch bonnet and let it marinate for about 2 hours.

Add oil into a pan, onion, garlic and curry powder and leave to fry for a few minutes. Now add the oxtail leave to fry and add some water and leave to cook for an hour or 2 on low heat. After about an hour and a bit, add the potatoes & carrot; leave again to cook and there you have it :-)

Let me know how yours go if you try this recipe; I've got a YouTube video of this recipe available here, don't forget to like and subscribe:- https://youtu.be/ysqbqQwt27w


Thanks for reading :-)

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Kitchen Essentials- For Starters

Hey guys welcome back to my blog..

Are you a student, single man or woman or are you just that one person that is just starting up on your own and there's obviously alot on your mind to think about.. Well I'm making it so easy for you by giving you a list of Kitchen essentials for your new home, which is one less thing to think about :-)

My friend recently got a place not too far from central London after few years of living with her parents; and she asked me a very worrying question she had in mind, she said "Sai what are the basic things I should have in my kitchen since you've been living on your own for several years". So I thought I'll share with all my readers what I advised my friend to get to be able to start up at her new home.

We all know that feeling when you move into your new home and you basically want if not all, but most things to be brand new when you move in. Here are a few Kitchen essentials for new starters that would give you a rough idea on what to purchase or shop around for.

Firstly carry-out your research; you don't wanna buy cheap things and end up chucking them away after 3 months of use, so my suggestion is to get the best value for money items. The price might shock you but it is definitely relevant and worth spending on longer lasting products.

OK lets start from the very basic stuff:-

Kitchen utensils such as plates, knives, forks, spoons, pots & pans:- Now depending on how much cooking you will be doing, I'll recommend to get sets of these utensils as you'll find that getting them in singles actually costs more. So for example a set of cutlery that includes 4 of each of Knife, forks, tablespoons & teaspoons.

Cost is circa £29.99





 A set of Pots and Pans depending on size so for example in the image below is a decent size for a starter and costs circa £80 to £95. Now this might sound a bit pricey but what you need to understand is the fact that it is non-stick, which is very essential in cooking.

Prestige 5 Piece Non-Stick Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Mixing bowl- Plastic, glass or metal mixing bowls will do, its very versatile and can serve you for a number of things such as beating, mixing, massaging flour etc.


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Graters- Amazing for grating, shredding your veggies such as carrots, cheeses, iceberg lettuce etc



Whisk- Very useful for beating eggs, sauces, gravy etc. They come in different types such as the electric and Vector whisks below.

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Toaster- Now if you are a bread lover like me, a toaster should be your best friend. That early morning toast with butter/jam & a nice cuppa hmmmmm yes a toaster should be on your list 

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Chopping board- used to cut, dice, slice veggies, fruits, and anything that requires you to use a knife to cut. They come in different shapes, colours and sizes.


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Small Appliances:-

Blender
- Blenders have a multitude of uses such as chopping, puréeing etc. It can also be used for making smoothies, shakes, juices etc.

Microwave- What is a Kitchen without a microwave, I don't think I can survive without one lol, its benefits are amazing from heating up cold food to cooking ready meals to defrosting frozen food.

Kettle- Now if you live in the UK, I don't think you can actually survive without a kettle in the kitchen. Yes I said so lol, from boiling water in a short time to boiling water to make your teas, coffees, cappuccino etc to making soups, porridge etc.. yes the UK is a really cold country so you'll find one of these in every corner to go to.

Those are the basic things needed in a start up home; once you move into a bigger house then you can start looking at getting bigger items to suit your needs such as gas cooker, dishwasher, Fridge Freezer, washing machine, coffee machine, bread maker etc.. These are basic white goods that should be included in your tenancy if you live in the UK; but as things change, some landlords might not provide these so it will be up to you to get them yourself. Remember the major appliances can be second-hand; you don't have to get brand new if you cannot afford it. There are also different schemes like the "buy now pay later"scheme available in most appliances shops so carry out your research and make use of the schemes.

Let me know how you get on guys, and good luck in your new home :-) O'toodles












Sunday, 15 March 2015

Happy Mother's Day 2015

An ounce of a Mother is worth more than thousand pounds of gold. There is no price we can pay for the glory of Motherhood..xx

Happy Mothers day to all mums and mums to be out there; wishing you an amazing day and also congratulating you on being a super mum, well done and more grease to your elbow.

Mother's day is a day to celebrate motherhood and not just a day to receive cards and pressies from our loved ones. It is a day to show our love and gratefulness to our mothers in many ways: such as gifts, quotes, send text messages, bombard them with phone calls and also share beautiful images to your beloved mother. 
Mother’s Day is a wonderful day for all mums but it’s not just one day out of 365, its every day. We should celebrate our Mothers every single day.



I hope all you Mothers get breakfast in bed, and a wonderful dinner at your favourite restaurant, treated like a queen for the entire day & also get showered with alot of well deserved pressies.

Here is a definition of Mother I came across online & absolutely fell in love with :-)

“M” is for the million things she gave me,
“O” means only that she’s growing old,
“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,
“H” is for her heart of purest gold;
“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,
“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,
Put them all together, they spell “MOTHER,”
A word that means the world to me.

(Jewish proverb)





I also use this medium to remember all the great women we've lost in previous years; may their souls rest in peace..xx

Here is to all mums out there, hope you enjoy this special day & cheer you up..xx
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Sunday, 8 March 2015

Happy International Women's Day & Mother's Day Gift Ideas..

Hey guys welcome back to another episode of Saiprojects cooking, today's blog is going to be about Mums. 
Either single, married, working-class, busy and all types of Mums around the world. By the way, Happy Mothers day in advance, here in the UK Mothers day is celebrated on Sunday 15th March 2015 so if you're also celebrating Mothers day anywhere around the world, I am using this medium to wish you a big "Happy Mothers day celebration", well done on being a mum, (it's a tough job), more grease to your elbow. :-)

Also lest I forget, it is "International Women's Day" today, it is  an annual event that celebrates women’s accomplishments and promotes global gender equality.
This year’s theme is ‘make it happen’ and aims to encourage effective action for advancing and recognising women. It focuses on women in different professional sectors; the arts, female-owned businesses, in senior leadership roles, and all aspects of working environments where gender parity has still not been achieved. So Happy Happy Happy International Women's day to all women around the world, and remember "Lets all make it happen" :-)

Happy International Women's Day!
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As Mother's day fast approaches, alot of us are thinking of what to get our mums, wives, partners, and all mother's out there!

Here's a list of affordable gift items that you can get your hands on at really good value for money.

Google is your friend, do not be afraid to use it. You can easily search for Mother's day gift ideas and a series of searches will come up for you to view.

Firstly think about what you know your mum likes; for example I love writing and I love social media so its very easy for my husband to pick up a gift for me for Mother's day.

If your mum is not easily predictable, then not to worry here's a list of gifts you can lay your hands on, and I'm sure you'll thank me later.

Flowers, Jewellery and perfumes seem to be the most common gifts mums receive for mother's day, however why not surprise her with something different this time.

Here are some of my ideas for a perfect Mother's day gift :-)

-Personalised gifts:- they are the best, it creates memories in years to come. You need at least 3-5 working days to be able to get your gift on time for Mother's day


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-Kitchen Utensils:- If you've noticed your mum's kitchen items are old and crying for help, why not surprise her with new sets of cutleries, pots/pans, kettles, food processors, coffee maker, microwaves or you can even change her cooker, dishwasher, washing machine and other major kitchen appliances if you can afford to like I said IF YOU CAN AFFORD TO lol. Don't shoot me here I know it seems big and sounds expensive but if you can buy your mum a perfume, take her out to dinner and buy her clothes all worth £150, well you can get cheaper Kitchen appliances as cheap as £29 which your mum can look back on in the next 5 years with a beautiful smile on her face.

Russell Hobbs Bread maker only £55



Breville digital fryer only £55



George Foreman Compact With Removable Plates 20830George Foreman Compact With Removable Plates 20830
George Foreman Health grill  really cheap at £46




Russell Hobbs Kettle only £29

All available at www.ao.com




Cutlery set available online at Debenhams.com



-If your mum, partner or wife is a working class woman that works 24/7 and you think she deserves an amazing treat, you can visit www.groupon.com,  www.vouchercodes.com & Martin Lewis's Money saving website www.moneysavingexpert.com (which is one that I am a big fan of) for amazing Mother's day treat deals such as:-

  • Full body Massages.
  • One-Hour Deep Postural Massage and Spinal Check for £19 at Back To Health Wellness (68% Off)
  • Pedicure & Manicure treatment.
  • Whisk her away with a Spa weekend that includes Lunch/dinner, Champagne and a facial.
  • Yorkshire Dales: Stay For 2 With Breakfast for £99; Plus Dinner and Cream Tea for £129 at The Whoop Hall (Up to 62% Off)
  • A day trip to a location of your choice that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • A Horse riding experience.
  • If your mum is a fashion lover, or a gym enthusiast you can get her one of these cheap and affordable hoodies, fleeces and tops as cheap as £8 from http://www.benola.co.uk/collections/womens



  • Photo frames:- really cheap and affordable, pick a really good photo of your mum, personalise it by engraving a really good message for her. Check out different websites online (there's millions of them)

Hope you all enjoy your week and once again Happy Mother's day to all mums out there :-)


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