Friday, August 29, 2014

TODAY's RECIPE: Risotto

My home made Risotto is as easy as it can get , you too can try it.... 



1 bulb of onion
1 cup of coconut milk or milk
2 tablespoons of margarine or cooking oil
White or red wine
Beef,chicken or shrimps stock
Vegetables(carrots,green peas e.tc) as desired
Seasoning 
Salt to taste


*The rice is first cooked briefly in a mixture of onion and margarine or cooking oil to coat each grain 
*Then add white or red wine let it be absorbed by the grains, leave to cook for about 8-10mins; When   it has evaporated, 
*Add very hot stock and coconut milk  gradually stire gently, almost constantly creating a smooth
 creamy-textured liquid.
*Leave to cook for another 6-7mins, (add Parmesan cheese if desired)
*Then serve

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

FASHION WEDNESDAY: The Midi Skirts- Kim Kardashian-West


The Midi Skirts was a big trend in the 80's, its back and better now.... 
North West's mum is our fashion star for this friday because we love her style; 
To rock this trend you need to find the version of this style that fits you,it can be rocked with low or high heels.






TODAY'S RECIPE: Simple Homemade Curry Sauce


A homemade curry sauce can be made easily with curry powder bought from a store down the road..... 

Take this few steps of mine to make yours, trust me its as simple as it can be;




5 tablespoons of curry powder

3 tablespoons of flour
2 tablespoons of cooking margarine 
1 cup of milk or coconut milk
Seasonings
Salt to taste



Mix margarine and flour ,
Add curry powder, melt slowly in milk to form paste (blend to achieve smoothness if desired),
Add mixture to cooked lobster, meat or fish (as desired) or shrimps,
Add water and seasoning as desired
Serve with pasta,rice mashed potatoes or yam.

NOTE: This recipe can serve 3 people.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CINNAMON:




Who doesn’t love a sprinkling of cinnamon on fresh apple pie or as a seasoning while cooking? It’s just one of those spices that tastes fantastic. But taste is not the only reason to love cinnamon.
Here are 8 health reasons to love this spice:

1. Numerous studies show that cinnamon REGULATES BLOOD SUGAR, making it a great choice for diabetics and hypoglycemics alike. That’s also great news for anyone who wants stable energy levels and moods.

2. It reduces LDL CHOLESTEROL LEVEL. LDL is also known as the harmful cholesterol. Reducing it may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

3. It has natural anti-infectious compounds. In studies, cinnamon has been effective against ulcer-causing H. pylori bacteria and other pathogens.

4. It reduces pain linked to arthritis. Cinnamon has been shown in studies at the Department of Internal Medicine, Kangnam Korean Hospital, to reduce cytokines linked to arthritic pain.

5. Research at the University of Texas, published in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, shows that cinnamon may reduce the proliferation of cancer cells, holding promise for cancer prevention and sufferers of the disease.

6. It is a natural food preservative.

7. It contains fiber, calcium, iron, and manganese—albeit small amounts to the typical dose of ground cinnamon.

8. It’s been proven effective for menstrual pain and 9. infertility. Cinnamon contains a natural chemical called cinnamaldehyde, which studies show increases the hormone progesterone and decreases testosterone production in women, helping to balance hormones.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Koko Diaries: PND

PND here refers to postnatal depression....

You have just given birth to a wonderful baby, and everyone's ecstatic. Everyone, that is, except you. If this is supposed to be such a happy time, why do you feel so low?

You're not alone. Some degree of emotional vulnerability is natural and expected after childbirth. Up to 80 percent of new mothers experience the baby blues, an emotional reaction that begins a few days to a week after delivery and generally lasts no longer than two weeks. If you have the blues, you may be weepy, anxious, and unable to sleep. You may also be irritable or moody.

Signs and symptoms of postpartum depression

Unlike the baby blues, postpartum depression is a more serious problem—one that you shouldn’t ignore. However, it’s not always easy to distinguish between the two.
In the beginning, postpartum depression can look like the normal baby blues. In fact, postpartum depression and the baby blues share many symptoms, including mood swings, crying jags, sadness, insomnia, and irritability. The difference is that with postpartum depression, the symptoms are more severe (such as suicidal thoughts or an inability to care for your newborn) and longer lasting.

Signs and Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

  • Lack of interest in your baby
  • Negative feelings towards your baby
  • Worrying about hurting your baby
  • Lack of concern for yourself
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Lack of energy and motivation
  • Feelings of worthlessness and guilt
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Sleeping more or less than usual
  • Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
Postpartum depression usually sets in soon after childbirth and develops gradually over a period of several months. But it can also come on suddenly, and in some women, the first signs don’t appear until months after they’ve given birth.
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TODAY's BEAUTY TIP: NATURES BEAUTY PRODUCTS




Everyone understands the health benefits of eating fresh fruits and vegetables. However, few people think about using those very same items to make healthy, all natural beauty products. However, the truth is that both fruits and vegetables are chock full of antioxidants and valuable vitamins, minerals, and nutrients like vitamin A, B, C, D and E, co enzyme Q 10, potassium, selenium, and zinc to name a few.





Combined with other ingredients, fruits and vegetables are extremely useful in making some of the best facial masques, skin creams, bath treatments, and skin ointments that can be found anywhere.

Fruits such as bananas, berries, cantaloupe, grapes, lemons, oranges, peaches, and pineapple can be used to make facial masks, luxurious skin creams, cosmetics and anti-aging products. Vegetables like avocados, carrots, cucumbers, greens, peppers, potatoes, and tomatoes have similar valuable uses. Below are some examples:
* Avocado is packed with properties that naturally help the skin in its own collagen production.
* Banana has natural oils that work perfectly as skin softeners while the fruit’s rich vitamins and nutrients are wonderful for improving hair’s elasticity.
* Beans of differing varieties can be useful in fighting off the first signs of aging.
* Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are packed with antioxidants as well as their own natural anti-inflammatory properties. Used in skin cream, they can help soothe skin while repairing surface cells.
* Cantaloupe makes a soothing skin cream that ensures a radiant and glowing complexion.
* Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which can help smooth rough skin patches.
* Cucumbers have long been known to help in the reduction of dark circles underneath the eyes.
* Garlic can help stave off signs of aging by jump starting new tissue regeneration.
* Grapes contain help to hydrate both the hair and skin.
* Greens are rich in antioxidants that reduce skin inflammation and prevent cell damage.
* Lemons act as a natural skin bleach and softener. Used on rough elbows, knees, or foot calluses lemon can help even out skin color and make skin softer and more supple.
* Peaches are chock full of antioxidants and nutrients that work to protect skin from damaging UV rays.
* Peppers help increase circulation and work well in cosmetics to plump up the lips.
* Pineapple contains a powerful enzyme that helps eliminate dead skin while protecting it from free radicals.
* Potato helps to alleviate dark circles underneath the eyes.
* Strawberries are a natural tooth whitener.
* Sweet potatoes are great for helping to stop the signs of aging.
* Tomato is rich in lycopene which helps to fight free radicals, and its vitamin C boosts collagen production.
* Watermelon helps to soothe sunburn and makes minor skin repairs by encouraging tissue regeneration.