I am ever so thankful to God for blessing my family and i with wonderful times together and Christmas and new is always a foodie time of year for us. As i write this i am still recovering from all the cooking i did. On Christmas day i decided to roast a large chicken which turned out absolutely delish. I have never been a big fan of turkey as i often find it rather dry so i often avoid it plus the work that goes into it. Just before the new year my husband decided to bring home not 1 but 2 massive turkeys. I was gobsmacked as he happily announced we will be having that for new years day. As i struggled to fit those big birds in my freezer i pondered to myself how i would be accomplishing the mountain task on new years day. I know that some people start cooking theirs the night before so i just braced myself to do it my way. New years day came so quickly and i started seasoning the turkey first thing and started cooking right away. I had to stay on top of things with my potatoes,veg and gravy as i dedicated too much time to the turkey. After a long day (2 hours) of cooking I was quite surprised it turned out beautifully. Everybody went back for seconds and thirds and my husband joked about how he felt as if he was eating a prehistoric bird as the drumstick looked humongous on his plate. The good thing about the mammoth task of cooking a turkey is that you can be exempt from the kitchen for at least the next 3 days and that is exactly what happened….thank God for leftovers 🙂
The other day i was preparing dinner. The plan was to make roast potatoes to go with spicy chicken and coleslaw. Whilst peeling the potato i came across this cute looking heart shaped potato. Excuse my puns but i simply did not have the heart to peel it or cook it as it looked so cute. I called my husband and sister in love into the kitchen to have a look but for some reason they could not see what i could see. The lack of enthusiasm from them was just heartless as they compared my cutie tattie to allsorts. They said its more of a hairy bottom than a heart…never mind.
I find the whole thin quite funny how human perception varies. How one thing could resemble many things to many people. I have always been this way even as a child, during the day i would happily climb some trees but at night the same trees would look like scary people with waving arms.
Look at the pictures below of my potato and let me know what you think.
Last night my family and i were super excited to see the countdown to the new year. My big has been enjoying her geography lessons so it was interesting explaining to her how it was already new years day in Australia and New Zealand. We all enjoyed watching the fire works display on the news of course as i was not cuckoo or brave enough to go see it live with 2 small children. My favourite part of the evening was going to church and listening to a lovely message by my pastor.
Church is always super packed and the overflow has become an extension of the church so i never get it when news papers write about Christianity being in decline. Anyway, last night it was so packed there were 3 over flows plus a different location near Hyde Park. Church was amazing i enjoyed every bit of it. Pastor Colin preached about walking in boldness,embracing who we are in Christ and going back to basics which is our relationship with Christ. He also preached about the importance of prayer and not neglecting the word of God. Praise and worship gave me extra life. It was truly wonderful night and even better to see in the new year in the house of God. I feel so ready to grab 2018 by the hands because of my pastor’s encouraging message.
Well hello 2018 and happy new year to all. May you be truly blessed in all aspects of your lives Amen.
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It has been a while since i posted anything here as i have been so busy juggling work, children,school and everything else. I may only have two hands but i am ever so thankful that i have an awesome God who holds me and and all that concerns me in His hands amen. The year has gone by so quickly and its only just sunk in that it is yet another Christmas eve. Just before bed time today the girls and i left out a glass of milk for Santa and some carrots for his reindeers. I told my girls that this year we will give Santa only 3 cookies because he is on a diet..yes he really is on a low carb diet 🙂 After we left out the treats my girls quickly went to sleep. I must say it has been the easiest bed time ever yessss. As i sat down to relax i pondered deeply on how fast this year has gone and how Christmas has taken me by surprise. Well now it’s time to stop overthinking and start enjoying because after all it is a blessed day.
I just love love this new song by pastor Donnie Mcclurkin. I have been playing , ‘i need You’ non stop and it is just such a moreish song. Everything about this song captures my heart. I love the slow drumming at start of the song as it sounds like an army marching. The instrumental is not fussy at all, it is so simple and beautiful it allows me to focus on the amazing vocals both lead and backing. The words to this song for me is a cry of the heart. It acknowledges that yes we are are human, we make mistakes but God is so perfect and we need Him everyday . I don’t know about you but i definitely need Him amen.
Where will I go without, Your hand holding me
How would I live without You I could not see
what will I do in Life where will I go
How would I handle things All that I know
I Fail, Again
I Fall, I Fall so short
You Know, You know my End
From the start, You know my heart
I Need You
Extract of the above Lyric by Donnie McClurkin
I am known as the mama of the family because i just love to have people over. Sometimes friends,family,neighbours and of course fellow mums. Friends on a diet often avoid popping round for fear of adding on calories because they know that visiting me equals lots of yummy home cooked food and i never take no for an answer. The other day whilst returning from the school run, i bumped into my dear friend Julia Gulia. As usual we agreed on date for tea and cake. Me being me i offered to host but my dear friend would have none of it. She promised me some yummy home baked chocolate cake and well….i just could not refuse.
When i arrived for our tea and cake a few days later, i could not believe all the trouble she had gone. She had baked he most amazing chocolate cake which was just waiting for me to dive into. My friend knows how much i love herbal tea and well any type of tea really and she made a huge effort. I had so many to choose from i was like a spoilt gummy granny.
It was such a blessing and as i left that afternoon i thought, sometimes all we need is a love,tea,cake and great chit chats. I also realised that it is perfectly OK to be loved on and spoilt because kindness can experienced both ways.
I am always on the look out for ways to make my cooking easy by trying lots of different stuff…yes i like to spice up my life lol (my kitchen life). I have recently become acquainted with the darling savoy cabbage and i must say its the best cabbage ever. I am familiar with the red cabbage which can be used for salads an likewise the white cabbage which can be steamed but the savoy cabbage in my eyes is the queen of all cabbages. I have found the savoy cabbage to be so versatile that i have been able to use it raw for coleslaw, gentle steamed and served with a delicious roast. The most surprising thing of all about the darling savoy cabbage is that it has withstood my African cuisine. I was able to make a proper soup with palm oil and smoked fish which tasted amazing alongside pounded yam. I know that some African dishes takes ages to be prepared and my soup was prepared in 30 min but i was amazed that the cabbage retained its colour and crunch. So if you are looking to spice up your life and add some colour to it then i would recommend this delicious veg. It is simply delicious whichever way you choose to serve it and i guarantee you will soon be chomping at the savoy.