A surprise weekend!


What a weekend I’ve had! Plenty of surprises, guests and events have been going on! No need to worry, guys.. LET ME FILL YOU IN!

The weekend begun on Friday after work (however, the planning for these events have been going on for around a month for me)! So after work, off I went to collect my cousin Miss A. the Olympian from her house! It took quite some time because of traffic etc and we arrived home at around midnight!

Now.. The Bubble household is fully aware, on the days that Miss A. comes round, it’s going to be a late night so of course we went to bed around 5am!!! I woke up the next morning at around 10am and got dressed! I left the house as soon as Miss A. got in the shower as, I knew she would ask plenty of questions!

I grabbed my dad and we ran out to our local grocery store where I had already got a list of all the shopping I needed! I knew exactly what I was going to cook and the reason I left the house so early, was because I needed to let the meat marinate whist I was out with the girls!
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After I arrived home, the questions began from my cousin but I carried on as normal and began to put all my shopping away whilst my lovely dad made us all breakfast! After we had finished. It was almost time to head on out and almost time for the surprises to begin!
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On the way to the shopping mall, I had put little goody bags under mum and Miss A’s. seat! They were full of all things girly like jewellery and shoes and bags that I knew they would all love! Luckily they were so excited and I could tell they were very happy with their presents!
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I knew work would be packed and the first surprise was Miss A. getting her iPhone 5! So I got all all the staff at work to know I was coming and we had planned a big prank on her.. But, of course.. My luck meant that we got stuff in traffic and the prank would have taken some time and so I let them know that we’d have to leave it! It’s a good prank though, so I shall use it to play on someone else for another time!

We got to work and she got her phone! A very good deal on it too and off we went to surprise number 2.. A MANI/ PEDI! Now my cousin wanted a back massage instead of a pedicure so I complied and made sure she got what she wanted! I had told the staff in the salon to expect 3 people and I told them to book us into a basic manicure and pedicure but this could be changed later! The reason being because I’m not sure what my mum would want and what my cousin would have liked! It was so nice and my mum got her first ever spa-like treatment!

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After this, we had a little stroll around the shopping centre and I had planned for a fellow florist to hand over some BEAUTIFUL flowers to my mum and cousin! They were gorgeous and even better than I had planned them to be! Mum as Miss A. Were very surprised and I think they liked them! It was quite funny because Mum saw the stall for the flowers and said we should get some flowers for decoration but little did she know, I had already or her some!
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We then went into a jewellery store and chose some really nice pieces of jewellery!

After this, we were exhausted, so headed on home where everyone was STARVING! We hadn’t eaten since the morning and so I started to make dinner! I had planned a 3 course meal! (Want to see the menu..? I can do a blog post on it) The dessert… decided everyone could make their own ice cream cones and had to decorate them accordingly! The best people would win prizes!
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So of course, after the ice cream challenge, I thought everybody had very creative designs and they all won!
• My brother got a Manchester United football shirt with his name on the back
• Mum got an electric toothbrush thing she had wanted for a while
• Dad got a jacket cause he is OBSESSED with them!
• And wonderful Miss A.. A trip to Paris!!!

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They were all so happy with their gifts and I could tell that they were shocked about my planning! So to all my French readers: BONJOUR!!!! I’ll see ya soon!

I had no recollection of what happened after this point because I fell asleep straight after and I was EXHAUSTED!!
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The next day arrived and Miss A. Got ready to go home however, we had a busy evening planned and so after she left, I got in the shower and began getting ready for a fun-filled evening In central London!

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We had planned a dinner at a South African style restaurant in London as my cousin had recently got a new job! It was brilliant fun and the food was fantastic! They had amazing South African style drinks which tasted so nice!

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We had then planned a comedy show for my favourite comedian Michael McIntyre at the O2 arena (millennium dome) and we had such a laugh! The atmosphere, the place and the journey were all so FANTASTIC!

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This was then topped off with a coffee stop which really refreshed us and off we went home! By this time it was quite late and so we all parted ways and off we went home!
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Just wanted to share the weekend with you guys as I had so much fun and I know I’ve been MIA lately, but I’m back now with plenty of posts to keep you guys busy!

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Cooking BBQ.. Pakistani/ Indian style!


The main ingredients that go into a BBQ are smoke and a lot of fire.. But when you’re Asian, like me.. You need SPICE IN YOUR LIFE! And I don’t mean baby, posh, sporty, scary and ginger!

We made a large variety of BBQ and I’ll give you a run down of the spice we used, as well as some stations which I think would taste good!

Vegetarians.. IM SORRYYYYYYYYYY!!

Ok so the menu consisted of:
Lamb tikkas
Chicken tikkas
Whole boneless chicken
Prawn skewers
Kebabs
Salad
Various sauces

1.) LAMB TIKKAS!!! These were the best.. Hence their poll position in my recipe guide! So my aunt got lamb tikkas which were pre-cut from the butchers who were more than happy to cut if for us since we spent about £100 on meat :)

The lamb tikkas were marinated for about 18 hours in about 3- 4 whole lemons which were juiced, 2- 3 table spoons of olive oil and 1 table spoon each of grated garlic and ginger. Then theres the spices.. I’m sure no matter where you live, theres an Indian shop nearby which sells tonnes of colours and spices! You’ll need, 1 and half teaspoons of: red chilli, turmeric, chaat masala! Youll then just cellophane wrap it in a bowl and keep in the fridge to marinate! Before you’re about to Barby the suckers, dab a tiny bit of water around them and cook the
for about 5 mins each side until gorgeous and sizzling!

2.) Chicken tikkas! Exactly same way! In fact.. The boneless chicken was also done the same way! instead of adding the cumin though! We added black pepper for flavour! The chicken was BEAUTIFUL! Especially the whole chicken because it was soft and moist when we ate it! I would add around 5-6 lemons to the chicken though because it picks up the flavour better! Also, a good sauce on the side or chicken gives a lot of flavour!

3.) Kebabs! The spices used were chilli powder, cumin, turmeric, chaat masala! Chop up some very finely cut coriander and onion in their too! Add some garlic and ginger paste and allow your nose buds to go wild! Grab a skewer, roll the meat around and it and you have a yummy kebab! No measurements because it’s best if you add to your taste! I like them REALLY spicy! For about 1 kilo of meat, I would use more than 1 tablespoon of each spice! That’s far too much for some people!

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4.) The prawns were pre cooked because they were already pink when they were bought! We chopped up some peppers (Red and yellow) and we just alternated between prawn and pepper on the skewer! We allowed the pepper to burn a little and it tasted GORGEOUS! Literally like 3 minutes, changing the side every now and again!

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5.) Salad:
Lettuce
Cabbage
Peppers
Onions
Cucumbers
Boiled potatoes
Tomatoes
Kidney beans
Chick peas
Feta cheese
Nando’s Peri Peri sauce.. and WHAM BHAM THANK YOU MA’AM!

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6.) The sauces! Grab some fresh mint and grind this until like purée! Add some whole green chillies and salt to taste and mix with yoghurt! This makes an amazing sauce with chicken and lamb!

7.) For drinks we made Mojitos! We got some fresh mint, crushed ice and some flavoured soda water which we poured over the ice and mint and added a small slice of lime! Why added over??? We found the flavours were stronger and had a bite this way and kept us refreshed ALL DAY!

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THIS WAS THE MOST AMAZING BBQ EVER! We enjoyed it so much! Even though a lot of my family were constantly moaning about the sun (the ones which usually complain of it raining all the time!), I loved the weather! Hope you guys like the recipes! Make it your own and remember you can add and remove spice as you wish! So test one but of the meat and adjust the spice as you go

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