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Yum Yum: Rhubarb Crumble

24 Nov

So, I always run out of ideas, never know what to make my hubby for dessert and boy, does he love his desserts! So, tonight, I decided to try Rhubarb Crumble. It went down a treat! He loved it! Brownie points for me!!

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Cut the rhubarb into 7½cm/3in long sticks and place on an oven tray, sprinkle with the water and caster sugar and roast in the oven for 10 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the oven, sprinkle over the ginger and mix well. Fill an ovenproof dish about 4cm/1½in deep with the rhubarb. Rub the butter into the flour and sugar to make the crumble topping. Sprinkle over the rhubarb and bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes, or until the crumble topping is crisp and golden-brown and the rhubarb filling has softened and is bubbling. Remove and allow to cool slightly before serving with double cream.

Here’s what you need:

  • 10 sticks of rhubarb (you can get this in LuLu Hypermarket!)
  • 4 tbsp water
  • 8 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • 4 ounces of butter
  • 4 ounces of demerara sugar (you can get this in Sultan Centre)
  • 6 ounces of flour
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As a child, I didn’t watch much TV

24 Nov

First of all, I’m a mum. I let my kid watch TV. I don’t see the harm in it. Of course, I would never let him/her  sit in front of the TV all day but, he/she does get 30minutes in the morning and 30minutes in the afternoon.

How do you feel about it?

I have researched alot on this subject and too much television has been linked to ADHD, OCD, Autism. So, what’s your view?

Does it? Is it detrimental to your child? Is it my responsibility to not let my kids watch TV?

I think 30minutes a day does no harm when they are young and when my kids are old enough to go to school, I will reward them with 30minutes TV a day IF and WHEN they finish their homework.

As a child, I didn’t sit and watch TV after school, I went out for walks, rode my bicycle and visited friends houses and played ‘teacher/pupil’ or ‘families’…On a Saturday, I was allowed to watch TV from 8 – 10am and that was it, I was sent outside to play. I’m glad that my parents did raise me that way, even now, I’m not a ‘TV’ person. I rarely sit down to watch anything. I have, of course, my favourites series which I would never miss, but I would never sit down at 5 in front of the TV and spend the night in front of it. That would drive me crazy. Instead, I go out with hubby shopping, go for walks, blog, read a book or listen to music.

Anyway, I’ve kind of gone off what I was talking about, what do you think?

Does TV do more damage than good?

What do you think?

21 Nov

Found this FANTASTIC website… it’s a UK handbag website, it’s got bags for fantastic prices!! I think I may order a bag for my mum, aunt and sister for the holiday season!
AND guess what, they ship to Kuwait!!

Spices that you MUST have in your cupboard this winter!

19 Nov

Winter IS here whether you all like it or not, you do actually have to get your jackets, cardies and uggs out,ladies! Summer is gone.

The horrible thing is , flu season is here.

Forget your local pharmacy, natural things are going to make you feel better faster and they are cheaper!

Here are a few spices that you MUST have in your cupboard.

Cayenne pepper – gets blood flowing, and speeds ups metabolism.

Rosemary – aids in lung functioning properly and will help with those nasty upper respiratory infections!

Scallions – thin mucous secretions & help sweat out fever

Jalapenos & red chili flakes – help open up nasal passages (say goodbye to those horrible Sinus problems!)

Onions and garlic – have amazing antibiotic properties and help again with thinning out mucous secretions. Studies have found that garlic has antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiprotozoal properties.

Ginger – Long appreciated as an aid to digestion, numerous studies have shown that it is effective against nausea. Ginger has also been shown to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties, so consuming it while you’re sick may help knock out whatever is ailing you. Add minced fresh ginger root to soup, or blend it into a Vitamin C-rich fruit smoothie!

Mint – Mint is a natural source of menthol, so a steaming cup of mint tea can actually help open clogged nasal passages and soothe sore throats, at least temporarily. Drinking it throughout the day may even help offset the need for dehydrating decongestants.

There are hundreds of spices out there that are good for you but these are the must have’s that you should be stocking up on for this winter season!

The real reason behind Morning Sickness

19 Nov

Guys, you can skip this post and move on to the next OR you can read it and share your thoughts.

Morning sickness, that dreaded thing that creeps up on your when you are pregnant…if you are lucky you will experience a few weeks at most but unfortunately for me, I had 9 months of it. At one stage it got so severe that I had to go to the hospital.

On average I was vomitting 9 times a day…on one particular day, I recall 15 times.This is a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (severe morning sickness). My obstetrician could give me no reason as to why I was being sick so much. I was prescribed with anti-sickness tablets which I was reluctant to take. It wasn’t pleasant and was quite scary. My throat felt raw, the enamel on my teeth was starting to erode. It was a truly horrible experience and that upset me. Pregnancy is supposed to be one of the best experiences of your life, all I have to say is I was glad to see that delivery room.

It got me thinking this morning, what IS the reason behind it?

Looking back, I had a normal diet, no different than any other pregnancy woman. I craved chocolate and all the other bad things you should crave but I also ate veg, fruit and had a ‘somewhat balanced diet’. I gained around 15kilo during my pregnancy -yes, alot. the average is 10…my baby arrived and was a dainty wee thing. Weighed just over 2kilo and I was full term when I delivered.

My reasoning for this post is …my baby is now lactose intolerant and it has got me thinking. Is that why I was sick so much? At the time, my baby was refusing all the ‘dairy products’ that were going into my body?

Anyone else had similiar experience? Did you eat alot of something and very little of something else? Was there anything particular that made you sick?

I always seemed to vomit after having tomatoes. I cut those out after my first trimester.

It’s an interesting angle to ‘morning sickness’…what if it is caused by a lactose intolerant foetus?

A simple search on google will bring you up thousands of questions:

‘Did you become lactose intolerant during pregnancy?’ – What if the answer is simple, it’s not you that is intolerant, it’s your foetus.

Just a thought to all women out there suffering from morning sickness, try cutting out your dairy products, you might be pleasantly surprised. I wish now I had thought of it. Next pregnancy it will be no dairy for me and calcium supplements!

 

 

IMO: This ANIMAL should get the death sentence

19 Nov

Bully isn’t the word that should be used here.

Monster seems better fitting.

”A 6ft 2in “selfish bully” has been jailed for life for the murder of his partner’s 15-month-old daughter.”

It seems that the child started to cry while he was playing his Xbox…this angered him…he then proceed to stamp on the 15month years old’s head.

A post mortem confirmed she had at least 35 separate injuries on her face and body, rib fractures and brain damage.

I hope this ANIMAL never gets out of jail. This is when the death sentence should be in place…for animals like this who don’t deserve to walk the streets ever again.

Gary Alcock and Claire FlanaganThis is him. This is the mother. She stood by and watched as she quote ‘didn’t want to lose her boyfriend’. Remember these two faces and should you see them in 10, 20years, don’t forget to SPIT at them.

 

You can read more here.

Ladies here’s a MUST HAVE iPad APP

17 Nov

Can you guess?

Yes, it’s VOGUE.

Vogue have finally brought out an app for the IPAD!

It’s available from iTunes here