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Chorizo paella

INGREDIENTS
1 onion chopped
2 tbsp oil
100 g chorizo diced
2 red peppers cut into small squares
2 cloves garlic crushed
1 tbsp paprika
pinch saffron
1 1/2 cup paella rice ( I used Jasmine Thai rice it became excelent, I tried with basmati too it didn't turn up so great)
1/2 cup green olives
3 cups boiling water

METHOD
1. In a large frying pan fry the onion then gradually add the garlic, peppers, rice, chorizo, paprika, saffron, olives.
2. Add the boiling water and cover. Once the rice is cooked, paella is ready!

I always thought paella is very complicated to cook, then I found a recipe in ASDA magazine. It seemed very easy and rewarding and it actually was!

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Simplified carbonara pasta

INGREDIENTS
400 g pasta
2 cups mushroom
200 g bacon or pancetta
3 cloves garlic
250 g sour cream
1 tbsp oil
salt
pepper

METHOD
1. Boil pasta as per instructions.
2. Chop and fry the garlic. Add mushrooms and bacon.
3. When the mushtrooms are cooked add the sour cream. Season it. Add cooked pasta. Allow 10 mins for all the tastes to blend.

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Bacchus Glasgow









Bacchus, the best beef stroganof that I ever ate.

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Reinvent

tea cosie
From old blue jeans to new tea cosie

doll"s dress
And doll's dress

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Oslo village museum

If in Oslo allow yourself 1 - 2 hours to explore through the Village museum. Lovely collection of old houses, saunas, farms and a 12th century old church, it incites one's imagination on how Norwegian viking were living hundreds of years ago.













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INGREDIENTS
10 small potatoes
1 orange pepper
250g green beans
1 onion
3 cloves garlic
400g minced meat
1/2 cup tomato paste
2 cups water
mixed spice
1 bay leaf
3 tbsp oil
salt
pepper
oregano
cheddar cheese

METHOD
1. Wash and slice the potatoes.
2. Spinkle oil on a large baking tray. Lay all the potato slices to cover the bottom of the tray. Sprinkle salt and spice on top.
3. Chop onion, garlic and pepper and distribute evenly on top. Spread the minced meat on top as well. Sprinkle with salt and spice.
4. In a separate deep bowl mix tomato paste, water, oregano. Spread evenly on top of the other ingredients.
5. Bake at 250 Celcius degrees.
6. When almost done sprinkle grated cheddar cheese and bake for more 10 minutes.

The original Greek recipe has aubergine, but I did not use it this time. Also instead of using Bechamel sauce I decided to simplify the recipe and just use a bit of Cheddar cheese. It make it taste just a bit cheesy without being too heavy.

Enjoy with some tasty bread. I had it with lettuce, green onion salad sprinkled with some salt, olive oil and lemon.

Mousaka

Ash reshteh

INGREDIENTS
4 medium onions
2 garlic heads
1 cup each: chickpeas, kidney beans, green lentils
1 bunch or each: green onion, chives, coriander, dill, parsley, spinach
salt
turmeric
300g wheat noodles (Reshteh)
8 balls Kashk (Whey) (can substitute with yogurt)
2 tbsp oil

METHOD
1. Soak overnight chickpeas and kidney beans.
2. Soak 20 mins green lentils.
3. Boil all above until soften.
4. Chop and fry 1 onion and 3 garlic cloves in oil and turmeric.
5. Add 1 liter water, boiled chickpeas, beans and lentils, water, finelly chopped herbs and grated Kashk (in case it's in form of balls). Let it boil for 45 minutes.
6. Add the noodles and salt and let boil for 12 more minutes.
7. Caramelise the last 3 onions and the rest of garlic. Use it as a topping.

The noodles are traditional Iranian noodles can be found in any Iranian store, but can be substituted with noodles or spaghetti. Kashk can be replaced with yogurt, to be added at the end and mixed, or served separately.
Ash reshteh is served on its own. The meaning of Ash is soup, but the texture of the food does not resemble soup, I think. If you want to taste something totally different than anything that you've ever tasted this is your food.

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Khoresht karafs - Persian celery stew

INGREDIENTS
2 celery bunches
2 parsley bunches
1 mint bunch
1 onion
3 garlic cloves
2 lamb pieces with bone
2 dried limes
salt and pepper

METHOD
1. Chop and fry the onion and garlic with turmeric.
2. Add the lamb and sear it.
3. Add 1 liter water, bring it to boil then reduce heat. Allow it to boil 2 hours until lamb is very soft and ready.
4. Add the celery chopped into 2 cms pieces and finely chopped parsley and mint (I used the blender instead - much faster). Pierce the dried limes with a knife and add them too.
5. Allow to boil for 45 more minutes . Add salt and pepper.

Serve with some rice. Unlike the traditional recipe I jumped some steps of additionally frying the celery, parsley and mint. The end result did not differ in taste as the usual stew. Except it was healthier. Instead of salad, I served it with some avocado salted and filled with vinegar and olive oil...
Khoresht karafs - Persian celery stew

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Khoresht karafs - Persian celery stew

INGREDIENTS
2 celery bunches
2 parsley bunches
1 mint bunch
1 onion
3 garlic cloves
2 lamb pieces with bone
2 dried limes
salt and pepper

METHOD
1. Chop and fry the onion and garlic with turmeric.
2. Add the lamb and sear it.
3. Add 1 liter water, bring it to boil then reduce heat. Allow it to boil 2 hours until lamb is very soft and ready.
4. Add the celery chopped into 2 cms pieces and finely chopped parsley and mint (I used the blender instead - much faster). Pierce the dried limes with a knife and add them too.
5. Allow to boil for 45 more minutes . Add salt and pepper.

Serve with some rice. I served it with some avocado salted and filled with vinegar and olive oil...
Khoresht karafs - Persian celery stew

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Simplified carrot cake without raisins

INGREDIENTS
6 carrots
1 1/4 cups self raising flour
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
4 spoons oil

METHOD
1. Grate the carrots.
2. Mix all the ingredients thoroughly.
3. Pour in a large tray.
4. Bake at 180 Celcius degrees until the house smells lovely of carrot cake. Take a toothick and if you stick it and when you take it out, it is clean it means the cake is ready.
5. Let it rest 10 minutes and slice it.

I made this cake because I had too many carrots and my family does not eat soup. I changed the traditional recipe to increase the quantity of carrots. I also left out raisins because I don't like them so much in carrot cake. Enjoy this simple yet tasty recipe!

Carrot cake

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Mommy's little helper and more lovely food

Chappati made by Dashenka, curry and raita
Chappati made by Dashenka, curry and raita

Scrumptious dinner
Scrumptious dinner: Baghali polow ba gusht, yorkshire pudding with brown sauce, salad, Bandari pickle and Blueberry cake with Camembert cheese

Strawberry jelly
Strawberry jelly

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INGREDIENTS
1 kilo lamb pieces with bone
1 liter water
1/2 cup dried chickpeas
1/2 cup dried whitebeans
3 garlic cloves
1 large onion
3 dried limes
5 small potatoes
2 small tomatoes
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp mixed spice which has cinnamon (I used Tesco's)
pepper
salt

METHOD
1. Soak chickpeas and beans overnight. Boil until tender. Set aside. (alternatively use canned beans)
2. Boil the lamb with lemon, garlic and turmeric on low heat until soft - 2 hours. Keep the pot covered.
3. Wash well and add the small unpeeled potatoes and allow it to boil until potatoes are boiled - 20 minutes.
4. Poke holes into the dried limes and add the to the boiling pot. Add the rest of the ingredients and allow to boil for 45 more minutes.

Traditionally the sauce of abgoosht or the soup is consumed with spoon, but the remaining ingredients are mashed with a meat masher and eaten with traditional breads such as Sangak or Taftoon, with a side of onion, basil and radish.
I prefer to eat it as a stew with some nice quality bread.
Abgoosht - chickpea, whitebeans and potato lamb stew

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Blueberry cake topped with Camembert cheese

INGREDIENTS
125 g butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
1 and 3/4 cups rising flour
1/2 cup milk
200 g blueberries
50 g Camembert cheese

METHOD
1. Mix butter and sugar until fluffy.
2. Add everything else except the bluberries and the cheese.
3. Mix half of the blueberries with 2 tsp flour.
4. Gently integrate the bluberries above into the mixture.
5. Top with the rest of the blueberries and the cheese too.
6. Pour into a baking pan and into the oven for 1 hour at 180 Celcius degrees.

This cake has turned out very well, moist and delicious, subtely sweet and not fatty at all. The cheese on the top gave it a slightly salty twist.
Blueberry cake topped with Camembert cheese

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Trip to Norway

Ever since I read Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset, I was fascinated with Norwegian culture, traditions and wanted to visit Norway. Many years later on and I've finally done it.

Norway is a very beautiful (and expensive country). We landed in Oslo and had to go to our rented flat airbnb. We took a bus&train from Oslo Rygge to Oslo S. On the way we saw a lot of beautiful Norwegian houses. Made out of wood with large windows and rooms, they have a lot of personality and sometime even legs ;). Some of the window frames are sculptured with pretty Norwegian patterns. The houses close to Oslo have more subdued colours, white, light green, beige, but the houses in Bergen are very colourful. The traditional Norwegian houses have a roof with mud and grass on top. I've even saw a house with 3 trees on top of it.
Norwegian houses

Oslo is a very modern city and its architecture reflects that. Being fond of old architecture, I found this a bit disappointing.
Oslo modern architecture

Fjords are amazingly beautiful and I think I did not see the best ones. Luckily we had a sunny day to admire them! We rented a car to keep costs under control as a train trip would have been very expensive. We traveled on E16 to make it to Flam and take a cruise from there, but unfortunately we were late. But we still had a lot of views of the amazing fjords that will be remembered and treasured always. Although Google says it's 4 and a half hours by car from Oslo to Flam it took us 7 and half hours to get there. Another reason why we were late was that we couldn't find cars to rent in 2 agencies were we went. On the way we passed thru the longest tunnels that I've ever seen 25 km.
Fjords from Oslo to Flam

As we went up the mountain we saw some perennial ice and frozen fjords. It was magnificent.


We finally reached Flam but even if we caught the last cruise, there was no bus back. Flam itself was like a post card!
Flam

One thing that I liked in Oslo were the minimalistic and elegant way the town is decorated with purple flowers! In a mostly grey whitish heavy city those purple flowers looked like jewelry...
Oslo purple flowers


Oslo flowers harbour

Norwegian richness is reflected on the massive number of statues you see everywhere on the street. I liked most of the statues are representing family life.
family statue Oslo

Tho we visited very beautiful places, time constraints did not allow us to see the most acclaimed fjords, the Northern lights, Statue Park. Something to look forward on the next visit.
fjords and northern lights

Be very careful when purchasing souvenirs, especially if they are globes, we almost lost this little guy cause luggage control did not find a label stating the liquid volume!
viking snow globe Norway

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Fashion crave

Mom

On March 24, 4 years ago I became a mom. Since then my life changed rapidly to unknown territory... It changed me instantly and keeps on changing me every day.

1. I am happier, because I wake up close to the most beautiful girl in the world.
2. I am more scared, thinking of the moment when my daughter will grow enough and want move out.
3. I feel more loved that I've ever been and I remember the pure love I felt when I was her age.
4. I want to get better so that she can be proud of me.
5. I worry about her future in this world that doesn't seem to go in the right direction.
6. I appreciate my mom so much more cause I know what she's been through.

Dashenka, I love you! I wish I were your age so that we play together with the same joy and happiness!

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It's Friday

cute animals with flower crowns
Happy Friday!

rabbits with snow
2 of my favourite things: rabbits and snow

1 year in England

As we're moving to Scotland I started feeling quite nostalgic! Here's my year in pics:

Portsmouth
Portsmouth

Southampton
Southampton

Spring in Southampton
Spring in Southampton

Office life in Totton
Office life in Totton

Winchester
Winchester

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Sushi

I was finally brave enough to make sushi. Thanks Claudia and Alex for inspiration.
sushi

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Flower power

Salmon baked in a bed of tomato, basil, rosemary sauce
INGREDIENTS
2 salmon stakes
1/2 jar tomato basil pasta sauce from Lidl
1 tsp rosemary
salt
pepper
oil

METHOD
1. Sprinkle some oil on a bottom of a roasting pan just big enough to have your salmon stakes.
2. Place the salmon stakes in the pan.
3. Add on all the other seasoning.
4. Into the oven for 30-40 mins 200 Celcius degrees.

Wedge potatoes
INGREDIENTS
5 medium potatoes
2 tbsp Romanian mixed spice (the one used for mici or sarmale)
salt
pepper
mint
4 tbsp oil

METHOD
1. Slice the potatoes into wedges.
2. Pop them in a bowl with the rest of ingredients and give it a good mix.
3. Into the oven for 30-40 mins 200 Celcius degrees.

Salmon baked in a bed of tomato, basil, rosemary sauce & Wedge potatoes
It was a 5 star dinner that impressed myself and my hubs.

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It was so emotional reading this one... Dashenka is growing up a loving extremely sweet daughter.

4 Feb
<3 Sat in a group retelling the story of Little Red Riding Hood. Joined in with anticipating what happens next and joined in with repeated refrains.
<3 Dash was playing alongside with another child. She initiated a writing activity. She gave the other child a piece of paper and a pencil. She said "you have this and this". She was talking to the child as she was drawing. The other child's pencil broke. He held it out to her and said "it broke". She said "it broke?". The child said "yeah" Dash went and took another pencil for hte child "you have this one".
(already a problem solver like mommy <3 )

26 Mar
<3 Dash used her right hand in a tripod grip to draw a picture. When I asked her to tell me what she had drawn she replied "That's my mommy with long hair. She's Rapunzel"

30 Mar
<3 Dash was paying in the construction area. I asked her what she was doing. She replied "I am building a car for my daddy because he doesn't have a car anymore" She was using a variety of tools. I asked what they were for and she told me they make the car. She showed an adult an apron and said "I need help."

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fashion craving



Love, love, love blue

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This weekend I decided to keep the Easter tradition and go ahead and have some traditional food and painted eggs. Since I could not find paint, I painted them naturally with onion peel from yellow and red onion, red apple peel, turmeric and some vinegar. They turned out lovely, just good for my daughter to stick a lot of stickers to them.

DROB RECIPE

INGREDIENTS
200 g lamb minced meat
1 cup soy mince
4 green onions
half a bunch dill
half a bunch parsley
5 eggs
4 cloves garlic
salt
1/2 tspn paprika
1 tspn mixed spice (I used for sarmale)

METHOD
1. Chop the green onions, dill, parsley, garlic. I used a mixer.
2. Soak the soy mince for around 10 mins. Let it lose its extra water in a sieve.
3. Mix all ingredients and place it in a large tray oiled or buttered.
4. Place in the oven at 250 and when it starts smelling deliciously, go and see if it's browned enough.

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postcard from Portsmouth

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Native American paintings

Alfredo-Rodriguez-Acuarelas-Indigenas- (3)

Rodriguez-BlueSky

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Alfredo Rodriguez

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Iranian painters

Amir Hossein Zanjani3


Amir Hossein Zanjani2


Amir Hossein Zanjani

Amir Hossein Zanjani


Pooneh Jafari Nejad2


Pooneh Jafari Nejad

Pooneh Jafari Nejad


taraghijah-art

Taraghijah


FirozeGolMohammadiGM-1-2

FirozeGolMohammadiGM-1-1

Firoozeh Gol Mohhamadi


Iman Maleki


Iman Maleki

Iman Maleki


saqqakhana_ii_fig_6

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trees

When I remember home I mostly think of the trees that surrounded me. I used to live close to a forest. A huge forest that has lighted up dreams of a future career of path and treasure finder. This is what I wanted to become when I was small.

Surrounding our blocks of flats were so many trees that now have been cut down. Cherry, sour cherry, apple, apricot, poplar, linden. I climbed most of the fruit trees and I ate their fruits, sometimes scared by the grown ups that thought that tree was their property just because they had planted them... The poplar tree from in front of our house was my friend. It had eyes and eyebrows and each night before I went to sleep I could see the shadow of its leaves dancing on the walls. Now they are gone.

As I have lost my roots now, having left my home many years ago, my trees have lost their life. Cut down by owners who could not benefit from their fruits, by car owners that feared the poplar tree would fall down on their car.

To the magical forest that still exists, maybe with less trees - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bORzlBW5QFU translation (not that good, but you can get the idea): http://lyricstranslate.com/en/acas%C4%83-home.html

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What matters

I've had a great conversation with a friend! We were talking about work, life and books in general... It made me think of so many things.

I've had few post on what I want... It seems for such a long time I didn't think about myself any more. But maybe it's time to...

So here are my things that I want to do.

- travel more
- have a proper family vacation
- read in French, Spanish or Italian
- learn to write/read Farsi
- paint
- make local friends
- more blog posts

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Jellied vegetables and pork / chicken

INGREDIENTS
250g pork or chicken breast
pork or chicken bones
1 onion
3 carrots
2 parsley roots
3 green onions
3 whole peppers
3 bay leaves
salt
1 pack gelatine

METHOD
1. Boil the chicken or pork with water, salt, bones and the whole onion. Slow boil until almost ready.
2. Add carrots and rest of vegetables and cook all until ready.
3. Leave to cool, discard of the bones and whole onion. Keep the "soup" as you need it.
4. Chop the meat, vegetables, place in a roasting pan.
5. Mix the soup with the gelatine and pour over.
6. Refrigerate until becomes of jelly consistancy.

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Smoked mackerel fish and potato salad

This recipe is one of my favorites, because it's so tasty and at the same time so easy to make. It also reminds me of my mom, who told me that when she was small she liked it so much that he thought this is food for kings :)

INGREDIENTS
350g smoked mackerel
4 medium potatoes
3 green onions
1 egg (optional)
2 tablespoons mayonese (for healthier version replace with olive oil)
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon lemon juice
salt

METHOD
1. Boil and then peel potatoes and egg. Let them cool down.
2. Chop everything and mix together.

fish salad

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Apple cranberry semolina cake

My friend Alex made an extremely tasty cake http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/26925/semolina-almond-orange-cake.aspx
We had some cranberries and extra apples at home, and a lot of semolina so I figured it would be great to use them in the above recipe... I was right... the cake turned out very delicious and everybody liked it.

INGREDIENTS
200g semolina
2 apples cored and peeled
200 g cranberries
5 eggs
peel from 1 -2 lemons
1 tsp vanilla extract
200 g sugar

METHOD
1. Cut the apples into small pieces, put them in a pan, add one spoon water and let it cook until tender.
2. Mix all the ingredients except cranberries.
3. Butter one cake tray and pour the content.
4. Put the cranberries on top of the cake.
5. Bake for 55 mins at 180 Celcius.
6. Take it out of the oven let it rest for 10 minutes, take out and enjoy.

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Homemade cream cheese
My grandmother used to make homemade cream cheese, which I absolutely loved to eat on top of toast. For a very long time I struggled to find this cheese and substituted with British cottage cheese which is quite different in texture, but lately I found Polish cottage cheese which is same like the Romanian one.

INGREDIENTS
300g cottage cheese (I prefer Romanian - Branza de vaci or Polish - Ser twarogowy)
1/2 medium onion
3 spoons olive oil
salt to taste

METHOD
Blend all ingredients until you have a smooth paste.

Homemade dried tomatoes and jalapeno hummus

INGREDIENTS
1 can chickpeas drain the liquid
2 dried tomatoes
few pickled jalapenos
1 tablespoon of tahini paste
1/2 medium onion
3 spoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
salt to taste

METHOD
Blend all ingredients until you have a smooth paste.

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Simplified creme brulee

All those perfectly blowtorched creme brulees can be quite a chalenge and intimidating so I decided to bake a creme brulee that's easy to make and still very tasty.

INGREDIENTS

15 egg yolks (from small eggs)
500 ml milk
250 g sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla essence

METHOD

1. Add some sugar to the bottom of one non stick tray. Place on medium heat and let it caramelise until golden brown. Set aside to cool.
2. Mix all the ingredients. Pour on top of the caramelised sugar.
3. Put some water in a large tray. Place the tray with all the ingredients in the water.
4. Bake it until the creme brulee is solid and some knife will come out clean. It will still be wobly.

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2014 retrospective

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2014 quite a busy year, been a few places, Chamestan, Tehran, Glasgow, London, Southampton, family reunited, met old friends, made new ones, new job, Dash started kindergarten...

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bake off

PicMonkey Collage(2)
We had a bake off competition with all the money donated to charity. Here were my favorites.

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music

Music is one way to escape the realities of life. It works for me each and every time. To all of you who listen to music to block the haters, backbitters, etc.. here are some nice songs that can help

Counting Stars

Happy

Let it go

In summer

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Stuffed aubergine with Italian spices

For aubergine lovers this will be a rewarding treat! It surely was for me! Yummy!

INGREDIENTS
4 large aubergines
1 red pepper
1 onion
250 minced meat (can be replaced by soy mince, I used lamb)
4 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons Italian spice mix
1 chilli pepper
cheddar cheese
oil
salt

METHOD
1. Cut the aubergines in half on their length. Scoop the inside of the aubergine and keep it.
2. Chop the onion, garlic, the inside of the aubergines, the peppers.
3. Heat a bit of oil in a pan and add all the chopped ingredients above plus the minced meat, salt and spices. Cover and leave on medium heat until the aubergine softens.
4. Remove the cover and let the extra juice to evaporate.
5. Put the contents inside of the halved aubergines. Lay it all on a tray and bake it for 30 mins.
6. Take it out and sprinkle cheese on top of it.
stuffed aubergine

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When I was reading this recipe in a magazine I did a mental check on all the ingredients cause I LOVE all of them. The end result was as tasty as I imagined... I took it and adapted it because I did not have all the things mentioned in the recipe, but it still turned out great!

INGREDIENTS

250g chorizo
3 peppers
2 onions
2 400g cans chickpeas
4 cloves garlic
1 can of chopped tomatoes
250g spinach
6 tbsp olive oil

METHOD
My cooker is not working so I chopped everything, mixed it and shoved it in the oven.
After 1 hour aprox. enjoy with some bread!

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On weekdays I don't cook much but I try to make it up by making each Saturday some nice home cooked food and deliver it to my husband by myself. This Saturday I tried to make something out of the ingredients we had left in the fridge and here's what I came up with.

Garlic chicken

INGREDIENTS
6 chicken drumsticks
4 cloves of garlic
4 carrots
3 spoons soy sauce
5 green onions
6 spoons oil
salt
sumak
1 table spoon mixed spices (I used a Persian mix, but you can use your favourite)

METHOD
1. Heat some oil in a pan. Add the chopped onions, grated garlic and spices .
2. Reduce the heat and add the chicken drumsticks (unfreeze them if necessary).
3. Add the sliced carrot and some soy sauce and salt it to taste.
4. Add one cup of water and cover to allow to cook.

Mashed potatoes

For mashed potatoes I used 6 potatoes, 75 g cheddar cheese and some olive oil (I didn't have butter or milk).

Instant beetroot pickle

For the instant beetroot pickle I just boiled the beetroots, sliced them and used plenty of vinegar and salt to make it taste like real pickles.

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Stir fry vegetables

INGREDIENTS
4 carrots
4 leaves Chinese cabage
3 small onions
4 eggs
1 cup green peas
4 cloves garlic
3 cms ginger
10*20 cms tofu
soy sauce
salt
pepper

METHOD
1. Heat up a wok with some oil in it.
2. Add the grinded garlic and ginger. Add the carrots cut into stips. Let it fry for 10 minutes.
3. Add the peas, cabbage, onions and tofu chopped up as you wish.
5. Add the soy sauce, salt and pepper.
6. Beat the eggs and pour them very slowly to allow them to cook while mixing the contents of the wok.

Serve with Japanese rice boiled into equal volume of water.

vegetable stir fry

Apple pie and apple peel lemonade
For the pie crust
2 cups flour
150 g butter
100 g sugar

For the pie filling
10 small apples (I used green)
juice from 1/2 lemon
peel from 1 lemon and a half
1 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp of cinnamon

For the apple peel lemonade
the peel from all the above apples
1 lemon (the one whose peel you are using in the pie)
1 jug of water
4 spoons sugar

METHOD
The pie
1. Peel the apples and core them. Keep the skins for the lemonade.
2. Slice them into very thin and small pieces.
3. Into a pan, put the apple, lemon juice, lemon peel, cinnamon and sugar. Let it lose all the water.
4. Meanwhile melt the butter. Mix with flour and sugar in. Mix it really well until it is not that crumbly.
5. Oil one pan and place the dough by pressing so that it forms the crust.
5. Put the filling in and put in the over 200 Celcius. Check after 20 minutes. It's ready when you pinch it with a fork and comes out clean.

The lemonade
1. Put the peels of the apple, lemon, water and sugar into a mixer and mix.
2. Sieve everything.

apple pie

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The Indian Fashion Tour of Glitz

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The Indian Fashion Tour of Glitz, Opulence and Luxury in Los Angeles hosted by Fashion By Rohini has happened on Sunday the 20th of July at the Sheraton Hotel in Cerritos CA. Wish I could have seen it! This looks so impressive!

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Auto awesome

That's my pics getting auto awesomed by Google :) Some of them were naturally too awesome so Google kept them the way they are :P

Southampton

Southampton

Southampton

Southampton

Southampton

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beautiful Southampton

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INGREDIENTS
500g pasta
300g prawns
3 peppers
3 garlic cloves
500g peeled and chopped tomatoes
5 tbsp olive oil

METHOD
1. Boil pasta. Drain and set aside.
2. Blend tomatoes, garlic and peppers.
3. Heat up some oil and pour the liquid. Let is boil for 20 mins.
4. Add the prawns and pasta and let boil more 5 mins.
Enjoy.
prawnpasta

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British

There are many words that start with B, British, better, beautiful etc. That's just some of the positives.
When trying to Breach the British border, either by lawful settlement or otherwise, one is faced with a lot of problems. I will just talk here about few of them.
Problem no 1: renting a house
Problem no 2: opening a bank account

1.You just came to the country and want to rent a house. You have some money to secure the smallest room transformed into a studio or 1 bedroom apartment. But then you will be asked for a history reference, your employer, your former employer (that's UK based only), former landlord (again British one), bank account with a credit check... and the list will go on.

2. Since the landlord asks for a bank account you go to open one at Bank *BritishBank. Once you reach there, you are asked for a proof of address. Which is any bill on your name that will prove you live at that address. Needless you say, since you have just reached there and hope to rent, you won't have one.

After weeks of 1 - 2 - 1 - 2 - 1 steps you decide finally to live/ fake living in a room in a shared house, just for the sake of the proof of address. The easiest thing is find someone who rented a big house and re-rents it (illegally) to a number of people more than/ equal to the number of rooms. And is willing to let the water to be billed on your name. This requires a long search to make sure you can find such a person. Once the water is on your name, there is a letter sent to the address and finally you are the proud owner of the proof of address.

Happily you go and you open a bank account. Then the painful process of going to your "home" to check for your letters from bank, NIN, NHS. Finally, you registered everywhere, you call the water authority to close the account and send you over the bill. Call them once, waiting, waiting, call them twice. And then months after, two bills come! And the amounts are 100 pounds different. Luckily for me the smallest one is the last. And luckily for me I did call twice, otherwise I would have ended up paying a bill which was 100 pounds bigger.

Oh yes, Southern water - I know another B word - bullshit!

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