Roasted pepper and blue cheese salad
March 27th, 2006
2 each red and yellow peppers Olive oil for drizzling 6-8 cherry tomatoes Bunch watercress 8-12 pitted black olives 1 orange 150g pack Danish blue cheese Cut peppers in half, remove seeds and cut into pieces. Lay on a roasting tray, drizzle with oil and roast in a medium hot oven 190c for 15 minutes or until just charring at edges. Allow to cool. Combine peppers with halved or quartered tomatoes, watercress leaves, halved olives and orange segments. Season with salt and pepper and then stir in the diced or roughly chopped cheese.

 

Fish with red onions and cheese crust
March 27th, 2006
1-2 tbsp cooking oil 1 medium red onion, diced 50g brown breadcrumbs Zest and juice of lemon 150g cheese, crumbled 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley Salt and pepper 4 fillets sea bass or other fish of your choice, skin left on. Fry onions in oil until transparent, add all other ingredients except fish and mix well. Preheat the oven to 180c. Divide cheese mixture into 4 and use to top unskinned sides of the fish. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve on crushed new potatoes into which you have stirred more cheese and chopped parsley or basil.

 

Field Mushrooms filled with cheese
March 26th, 2006
1 medium onions, chopped 1 clove garlic, chopped 1-2 tbsp, olive oil 50g chorizo sausage, diced 150g pack cheese 50g pecan nuts, chopped Few leaves fresh parsley 4 large field mushrooms with stalks removed 25-50g butter Preheat oven to 180C/350F/gas4. Fry onions and garlic in oil until tender, stir in all other ingredients including diced mushroom stalks but not whole mushrooms. Lightly smear butter on outside of mushrooms and divide mixture between them. Place in a lightly buttered ovenproof dish and bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve these as a starter or light supper or lunch dish with salads.

 

Chinese Prawn Rolls
March 20th, 2006
Filling: 2 cup cooked prawns minced 1 cup shredded cabbage 2 spring onions with greens chopped 1 tbsp soya sauce 1/2 cup lard or other fat salt & pepper to taste Wrappers: 2 eggs 1 cup flour salt to taste Filling : Heat lard in a fryng pan, add onions and fry till light brown. Add all the other ingredients and cook over low heat till dry. Keep it aside. Wrappers: Make a thin batter of eggs, flour, salt and water. Fry thin pancakes on one side. Keep a little batter aside. Fill the pancakes with the prawn filling on the cooked side, roll up, dip in the remaining batter and deep fry till golden. Serve with chilli or tomato sauce.

 

Chinese Soup – Shrimp & Egg Soup
March 20th, 2006
1 cup shrimps chopped 2 eggs slightly beaten with a pinch of salt 1 litre bone stock 1 tsp soya sauce 2 spring onions sliced fine salt & pepper to taste Boil together all the ingredients except eggs in a saucepan for 10 minutes. Turn down the heat and simmer for half an hour. Add a little water if necessary. Pour the egg mixture over the soup andstir very gently so that the egg forms into strings. Serve with chilli sauce.

 

Chinese Cooking
March 20th, 2006
Chicken & Mushroom Soup 1 cup cooked chicken - shredded 150gm fresh mushrooms - cut fine 1 tbsp butter 1 tbsp flour 4 cup chicken stock 1 large onion chopped fine salt and pepper to taste Heat butter in a heavy pan, add mushrooms and fry for 2 minutes. Add flour and blend well. Add chicken stock gradually, stirring briskly. Add chicken and onions and allow soup to simmer for 10-15 min. Season and simmer for another 2 minutes. Serve steaming hot in soup bowls.

 

Baby Rhymes
March 19th, 2006
Star light, star bright First star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might Have the wish I wish tonight.

 

Father is labour ward pain
January 29th, 2006
Nervous fathers-to-be could be more of a hindrance than a help in the delivery room, experts warn. Anxious men pass on their fears to mothers giving birth by Caesarean section, researchers from the University of Bath and Imperial College London found. Their anxiety increased the pain experienced by women immediately after the operation, which in turn could affect their recovery and influence the success of breastfeeding and parent-child bonding. The study suggested that fathers should be prepared, both at antenatal classes and before the operation, to help reassure their partners about the procedure. One in four babies born in Britain is now delivered by Caesarean section.

 

Hair Care – Split Ends
January 29th, 2006
The problem of split ends occurs when the cuticle is damaged and the fibres of the cortex unravel. This happens because of chemicals, neglect and harsh treatment. Conditioner will not fix this problem. You will need to have the split ends cut off. It is best to go to the hair dresser but you may do it yourself. Just take some small sections of hair strands, twist them, very carefully run some scissors up and down the hair shaft cutting off any stray ends that poke out.

 

Nail Care
January 29th, 2006
Too much water and chemicals is bad for your nails, get into the habit of wearing rubber gloves when you do any cleaning around the house. Cleaning agents can be extremely harsh on both nails and hands. The nails when exposed to water, swell and then shrink back as they dry. This contributes to brittle nails.

 

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