Thursday, 8 October 2015
A tasty dish for the whole family that you can whip up in no time at all.
1 packet Korma paste mix
2 tbsp oil
4 large boneless, skinless chicken pieces, cut into cubes
50g ground almonds
100ml double cream
25g flaked almonds, toasted (optional)
1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Follow the instructions on the korma paste packaging.
2. Cook the chicken pieces until golden brown all over.
3. Stir in the curry sauce, ground almonds, double cream and 100ml water. Simmer for 15 minutes until the sauce is creamy and thickened.
4. Divide the curry between four bowls, garnish with toasted flaked almonds and serve with naan bread sprinkled with chopped fresh coriander, steamed rice and wilted spinach.
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
A big part of any serious relationship is managing finances. Money troubles cause a lot of fights in marriages and can really put a strain on a relationship. Take this quiz separately and then compare answers.
1. What would you do with a financial windfall? Invest it, spend it all or spend just part of it?
2. With retirement savings, do you invest the least you can in it, just some, or the most?
3. Do you pay bills the moment they arrive, when they're due or when you get around to it?
4. Do you pay your credit card bill in full each month, as much as you can, or the minimum?
5. If you want something expensive, do you save up, shop around, or buy it immediately on credit, even if you can't afford it?
6. Once you're together, would you want to pool your resources and share responsibilities, keep separate accounts but share some expenses, or keep all assets separate?
7. Do you track your finances closely, periodically, or just have a vague general idea of how much money you have and where it is?
8. Do you have long-term financial goals and a specific plan to achieve them, just hope your present plan will help you meet some of them, or plan to save some day but have no specific goals.
9. Which would be your top priority: buying a home, a car, or going on an exotic holiday.
10. How comfortable would you be about making a major purchase without consulting your partner – very, not at all or only if the amount was excessive?
11. If your partner wanted to stop work and return to studying for a new career, would you agree, put your foot down or be open to discussion?
12. Have you been open in discussing your finances with your partner, withheld some information, or avoided the subject?
If you can your partner answer nine or more questions the same, you're financially compatible. Five to eight – you need to discuss them thoroughly. Five or fewer – you may need to get help from a financial adviser or couples counsellor.
Quiz by America's National Endowment for Financial Education (2004)
Thursday, 1 October 2015
Make mini milk tarts for a picnic or party or make a big one for Sunday afternoon tea.
1 packet Tennis Biscuits, crushed
125g butter, melted
2 cups milk
Piece of cinnamon stick
3 tbsp corn flour
3 tbsp flour
½ tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp butter
Cinnamon for sprinkling
1. Combine the crushed Tennis biscuits and melted butter, and press into a pie dish.
2. Heat the milk with the piece of stick cinnamon to just under boiling point.
3. Meanwhile, lightly beat the eggs with the sugar, then add the corn flour and flour.
4. Pour the hot milk into this mixture, stirring rapidly. Return the mixture to the heat and cook, stirring until the mixture becomes very thick. Thorough stirring is important to prevent lumps.
5. Take off the heat and add the vanilla essence and the butter. Stir well until the butter is melted.
6. Pour the mixture into the prepared crust. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and leave to set.
Tuesday, 29 September 2015
Here are five reasons why it's good to live with integrity:
1. When you stick to what you know is right or wrong, you are less likely to regret anything you have done.
2. Your powers of observation are more accurate. You can see the truth about others more easily.
3. No need to keep your stories straight as your stories are fact. Less mental work is required.
4. When you make a mistake, it is easy to accept responsibility and move forward.
5. Your odds of being sued, fined or convicted of a crime go way down.
Thursday, 24 September 2015
These empanadas are great for entertaining or even just to keep in the fridge as an afternoon snack.
Chicken liver empanadas
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
¼ cup red pepper, chopped
250ml cream cheese, softened
Handful of parsley, chopped
3 cups cooked chicken liver, chopped into pieces
Salt and pepper
Ready-made roll of pastry
Egg white to brush pastry
1. Preheat oven to 200ºC.
2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken liver and the other ingredients.
3. Roll the pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Cut out rounds, using a three-inch cookie cutter. Re-roll dough as needed. Repeat process with remaining pastry until you have as many rounds as you need.
4. Lightly brush edges of the pastry with water.
5. Place one heaped teaspoon of chicken mixture in the centre of each round. Fold the dough over filling, pressing edges with a fork to seal. Repeat with remaining rounds and chicken mixture. (Up to this point, the recipe can be made ahead and frozen for up to one month).
6. Arrange empanadas on prepared baking sheet and brush with egg white. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Rape is a serious problem around the world. Here are few tips to help your protect yourself.
• Try to avoid being alone with a man you do not know, especially if he is drunk.
• Use what you can as a weapon – your fingers, a spoon or toothbrush jabbed in the eye, deodorant sprayed in the eyes or a kick or punch to the groin could give you a temporary escape.
• Make as much noise as possible to attract attention. It can also increase your aggression and adrenalin rush which may scare off your attacker. Many rapists are unarmed and alone at the time of the attack so retaliate as viciously as possible.
Do a class
Attending some form of self defence training should be a must for all women. Rapists know that most women submit because of fear and this is why they keep raping.
• When your intuition warns you, react immediately.
• Avoid quiet and lonely areas.
• Try changing your daily routine.
• Keep a calm head when attacked.
• Portraying an image of confidence will assist in preventing an attack.
• Hit and run, do not wait around to finish him off.
• Give an armed attacked any material possessions he wants.
• Make sure a friend or family member always knows where you are.
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Spaghetti, sardines... this simple pasta is easy of the budget and very nutritious.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
2 x 120g cans sardine fillets in oil, drained
Zest of one lemon
A handful of toasted pine nuts - optional
A squeeze of lemon juice
Fresh parsley, chopped
1. Cook the spaghetti according to pack instructions, then drain and toss with one tablespoon olive oil and a little of the cooking water.
2. While the pasta is cooking, heat a little oil in a frying pan and fry the chilli and garlic for one minute. Add the sardine fillets and the zest of one lemon and warm through gently. Mix the sardines through the pasta with a handful of toasted pine nuts, a squeeze of lemon juice and some chopped fresh parsley.