A lunch so healthy, you’ll turn into Superman!


I’ve been on a health kick recently and one of my favourite things to eat, as you guys know, is salad! I’m trying to eat a bowl (a bowl the size if my head) everyday! Whenever I have salad, I feel like I’m hungry an hour later again and I start binging so I cracked it.. Glug down some milkshake after! It keeps me full for so much longer and tastes yummy!

Cut up whatever vegetables/fruit you like in your salads. You can see this one isn’t too extravagant!

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I like to pour in 1-2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil which helps to remove the dryness of the salad and half a lemon-ish for extra flavour!

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For the milkshake you should choose your fruit of choice! Just ensure its extra ripe! You can my bananas are briefing so were really sweet.. Having a riper fruit means you won’t need to add sugar or unhealthy sweeteners

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Break them up into small pieces and put in your blender

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The consistency I was aiming for was not a smoothie! I don’t like bits or smoothie-like consistencies so, I want to add as much milk as possible to keep it light. You can see I’m using semi-skimmed milk

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To 2 bananas I added 3 & 1/2 cups of milk (875ml) which is a lot! But you can share with someone or make 1 banana or keep it in the fridge until tomorrow! Start blending…

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And you’ll have a thick but not gloopy milkshake which doesn’t need anything else added to it

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This is a really easy and quick lunch (will take you 20 mins to make the night before and leave it in your fridge until tomorrow)!

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How to make a red velvet cake.. Differently!


For my second post I thought it’d be nice to give you a good option as its half term (spring break) for the kids and it’s such a lovely day in London, this one is perfect for picnics!

Ingredients:
125g butter, softened
300g caster sugar
63eggs
1 tablespoons red food colouring
1 & 1/2 tablespoons best quality cocoa powder
180g plain flour
250ml buttermilk/milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
2 bars of chocolate

Always start your baking by preparing the things you will need at the end of your mixing so have your cake tin lined with baking paper (I put something inside the tin to keep the paper weighed down).

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Preheat the oven to Gas Mark 3/ 170 C

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Whenever there is butter and sugar in a recipe, be sure to use room temperature butter because you’ll have to cream them together and having a softer butter makes this easier.

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You then want to add your eggs in one at a time and mix well after each one

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And your mixture will begin to look like this

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Add your cocoa powder and food colouring and mix until it begins to look a vivid red colour! I used a food colouring powder as that’s all I had

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Add your salt, vanilla extract and bicarbonate of soda to the mixture

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Then add a little of your milk/buttermilk and flour alternately, mixing well between each addition

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Pop the mixture into your cake tin and put in the preheated oven

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I left my cake in the oven for over an hour (it is quite a low heat, though)

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When you take the cake out, it’ll be a gorgeous bake with a few cracks on the top if its anything like mine. Stick a clean knife in and out and if the knife comes out clean, your cake it ready!

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Because I’m a chocoholic, I melted 2 bars of chocolate (I used Galaxy cookie crumble and plain Dairy Milk). I then carved a hole in the middle of the cake and poured the melted chocolate within the whole and spread the other bar of chocolate all over the top. To help the chocolate set, I put the cake in the fridge using a bowl to prop it up so that the chocolate in the middle didn’t pour out.

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And you can then enjoy…

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Beauty Haul!


The title says it all! There’s a lot. So lets get cracking!

Sally Hanson Miracle Nail Thickener

So this I got, because my nails are EXTREMELY BRITTLE! I’m talking about.. Shampooing my hair and my nail will break off mid-nail! It’s awful! I couldn’t deal with the pain any more and I went to Superdrug in a huff and with my finger in a band aid to hide the shame! Lol! When I saw this I thought it looked brilliant! I’ve used Sally Hanson nail polish before for ridge filling before a good manicure! This says to test it for a month and I did so.. The results weren’t AMAZING and if I’m honest very hard to tell! However, I do feel as though my nails are slightly stronger. They still flake a bit as shown in the image however, generally, they haven’t broken in around a week or two so I’ll keep using it! For the price I paid for it, I’ll be patient!

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Sally Hanson Miracle Nail Thickener £9.69

Rimmel London I HEART lasting finish nail varnish in double decker red

The colour of this polish is FANTASTIC! I’ve been into reds a lot this month and I’m LOVING this colour! It’s a complete dupe of a colour I had manicured on me around a month ago! The colour was OPI- thrill of brazil and I think this is exactly the same! The finish is really glossy and it looks beautiful for any time of the year! However, although the polish is shiny, it doesn’t last very long at all! The polish chips in no time, even with a base and top coat to protect it :( for the price though, it’s brilliant!

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Rimmel I HEART lasting finish nail varnish in Double Decker Red £2.99

Ruby Hammer Recommends Beauty On The Go

Some of you may have seen my male up collection where I have TONNES of Ruby hammer recommends products! Ruby Hammer is a make up artist who made her own brand and I LOVE her products! The pigmentation and price are perfect! This palette is definitely perfect for on the go and is such a good size that I think I might take it to France on the weekend! There’s a wide range of eye shadow colours and some lovely coloured lip glosses with a handy mirror too! I would however, like some matte colours because they were all shimmery and I would probably like Ruby Hammer to be available more easily! I don’t see it in every Debenhams store, which isn’t very handy! Plus, I got it at an AMAZING price!

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Ruby Hammer Recommends Beauty On The Go £4.20

Ruby Hammer Recommends the Professional Beauty Case

This is AMAZING! I not only love the packaging and think the make up train is lovely but the make up inside is gorgeous! I didn’t expect to receive what I did when I ordered online! The train was on sale on the Debenhams site so thought I’d pick it up because I liked the storage solution and obviously I like the make up! The box surprised me completely! The box consists eye shadows, lipstics, lip glosses, nail varnishes, blushes, palettes and a whole manicure and pedicure kit! Everything a girl needs in the morning! The products are lovely and the presentation is too! Lovely!

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Ruby Hammer Recommends the Professional Beauty Case £31.50

YSL pure rouge shine in Tuxedo Pink 31

This lipstick was my splurge of the month and I’m not disappointed! It’s the perfect colour to spruce up any outfit and I think it would flatter you, no matter what your skin tone! The lipstick is also long lasting and the colour can be built up or sheer! But the shine of the lipstick is perfect! A good dupe is Mac Impassioned (not as much of a shine)

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YSL pure rouge shine in Tuxedo Pink 31 £23.50

Sleek Shangri- La palettes in Supreme and Respect

These eye shadow palettes are some of my about items from Sleek Make Up! I think the pigmentation of the eye shadows and the colours are fantastic! I love the way they created two! Choose the respect palette is more warmer tones whilst the supreme palette is blue toned! There are a variety of colours to chit any look you want to go for! I got both because I couldn’t choose! I might be using some of the colours as blushes if I’m not brave enough to wear them on my eyes.. Multi-tasking.. WOOPEEE!!

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Sleek Shangri- La palettes in Supreme and Respect £7.99 each

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The end of summer..


I love summer!!! And now it’s coming towards the end of it.. I thought I’d show you guys some of the things that I love/ have loved!

I hope you get some inspiration from the things :)

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I got these bracelets from our fellow YouTuber StyleSuzi! She hand makes her jewellery in your chosen colour! She has some great stuff on her website!

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These 2 bracelets have fantastic colours! I absolutely love how delicate and subtle they are! Debenhams are having a 25% sale at the moment so go in and look at their jewellery because I got these bracelets for £12 each!

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I was in the garden today with my mum and we were discussing how she wasn’t wearing earrings! (if you know my mum, she’s never seen without jewellery) I was sitting on the grass next to a flower so popped it in her ear and think they look gorgeous! Lovely for a beach or park day!

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I’m not afraid of animals and definitely not bees! So I didn’t mind snapping this little fuzz ball doing its thing in a flower in the garden!

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Who says you need a grill when you’re doing a BBQ?? My dad grabbed himself a random wok used for making roti’s, got some corn and we all had BBQ corn on the cob today! It was AMAZING! (The mess in the back.. We’re redecorating!)

BLOGGING DAY #6


The end of the day is here and it’s been lovely today! I really like blogging like this because when I look over it, it reminds me of the lovely things I did!

Little things people take for granted a lot! Today when I woke up and the sun was shining, I went straight into my garden and just sat in the sun for half an hour before enjoying an amazing breakfast!

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Watching the movie! I had Tania (my little qu’ran student), over watching it with me! We had a lot of fun watching the movie and playing games too! Look at some of the stuff we made with yarn!

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As well as that, I got to do some pampering too! I love pulling out my facial masks, creams and lotions and potions to treat myself at the end of the week! (No, I don’t use ALL of this stuff, LOL).

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Night night, All
X

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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