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What is mama cooking? baked spicy chicken liver with fresh seasoning

ImageYou should know by now that i love cooking…especially for my husband and my children and for pretty much anybody who loves to eat. My husband loves to eat and i love to cook so i always say we are a great match. This here is one of my husband’s fave. I do not really have a name for it but we shall call it liver with fresh seasoning just for naming sake. I prefer to use chicken liver because i find any other such as lamb liver quiet bitter and tougher.There are plenty benefits in eating chicken liver as it is high in iron and vitamin A. If pregnant do consult your healthcare provider as liver being high in vitamin A is not meant to be eaten during pregnancy (well that is it what i was told by my midwife). I am no longer pregnant and still not the biggest fan of liver but like i said it is my husband’s fave and when i cook it i mainly just enjoy the sauce it produces.Here is the recipe for those who dare to try.

What you will need:

Fresh chicken liver (i get mine from sainsburys)

Fresh ginger

fresh garlic

chicken seasoning

1 whole scotch bonnet chilli

1 whole onion

1 whole lemon

2 tbs of rapseed oil (any oil will do as long as it is edible lol)

fresh chopped parsley (half a bunch)

2 Maggi or 1 knor cube (take your pick)

First you wash the liver and put it in a baking dish. Finely grate your ginger (half a hand..i don’t know how to quantify ginger) on top of the liver. Finely grate 10 cloves of garlic on top of the liver. Put half of a tsp of chicken seasoning all over the liver break the Maggi or knorr all over the liver. Cut your lemon in half and remove seed and squeeze both halfs on top of the liver. Chop your scotch bonnet and place it all over the liver. Do not throw away the seeds because the strength of the chilli is in the seeds. Add your parsley and oil and finally rub everything in. You can also add 2 tbs of water to help bring out more juice.

It is very simple to cook,simply place the dish in a preheated oven at 150 and let it it cook for 27 minutes turning with a spoon halfway. By the end of the cooking you should be left with juicy baked liver which can be served with chips or baguette or both and green salad. Enjoy and let me know how you get on. cheers!!

The picture above is how it looks just before it goes in the oven, i took the picture with my mobile phone and the lemon is just for decoration.

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Faith school or non faith school?

schoolsThe past 1 year or so i have had to make a very important decision regarding my daughter’s education. My darling just turned 4 and in September she will be starting reception so i have had the task of visiting various schools and researching on the Ofsted website. I have always had my heart set on 1 particular faith school. It is a church of England school as that is the closest to our pentecostal denomination. This school is so lovely their website even states, ‘we learn together,we pray together’. I was fully armed with 6 choices to make because it is so difficult for school places to come by and every all parents are required to choose 6 school and also highlight their first and second choice.

I prayed about all my choices as well as talking to other mums and dads about our local schools.  I prayed that God will give my daughter the best school for her, a school which will cater to her Christian faith.  When my daughter was 6 months old we dedicated her onto the Lord and our pastors emphasised the importance of training up a child (Proverbs 22.6) and so i am keen to uphold what we have been taught. I am not here to knock non faith schools because there are some brilliant no faith schools out there but i believe so it is important to choose what is good for your child and your family.

All the faith schools required a statement from our church which our kid’s pastor was happy to provide. We then had to indicate which church we go to and how often we attend. I suppose that is a good way for the schools check out the facts. Anyway to cut the long story short we received the results today and my princess was given her second choice…we were not given our first choice because that school is oversubscribed and also siblings get priority regardless of their faith (which kind of defeats the whole faith school objective). I hear overall many children did not get their first choice and hundreds of children were not even offered a place so we are grateful to God! I was a tad bit disappointed at first but then i remembered i did not make my decision on a whim and i actually prayed for God’s best and this is what He has done so glory be to Jesus!! So that is my experience for primary school application and here are a few tips for you to consider when your time comes:

*Visit the school for open days, do not just rely on the website because when you visit a place you often get a feeling..a knowing .

*Speak to other parents who may have children in that particular school

*Check out ofsted report (http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/schools/for-parents-and-carers/find-school-inspection-report )

*Pray pray pray because when you pray you hand over the whole process to God. God cares about all aspects of our lives including school applications for our children

*Ask your child what he/she thinks and what they want and do also take them with you to open days to see how they react to that environment.

Kids say and do the funniest things…as usual

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So i was laying on the sofa minding my own business while my  baby was crawling on the floor while my soon to be 4 year old daughter was sitting beside me. I noticed she was looking at my hair and really studying it..then she pulled my hair and shouted ‘he ha mummy’ to which i shouted, ‘ouch what are you doing’. She looked at me innocently and said, ‘i am riding on a horse mummy’. To be fair my weave is at least 6 weeks old and due to be taken off shortly and had not been brushed as i was just taking time out to chill but that’s not an excuse for her to mistake it for a horse. lol

 

 

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Kirk Franklin celebrates his wife’s bday :)

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awwwww Kirk Franklin had loads of reasons to smile yesterday as his beautiful wife’s birthday. The besotted world renown gospel artist tweeted a heartfelt birthday message with a picture of the happy couple in matching outfits. The happy couple who have been married since 1996 with 4 children look stylish as they mirror each other in the picture.So here here a very happy birthday to Mrs Franklin, may God bless her,keep her and continue to bless her and her home Amen.

I am really encouraged by this, its good to see marriages …long marriages that is especially in today’s world where it seems the norm to hop from one marriage to the next.