Channel your inner chef with this mouthwatering prawn and seasoned rice recipe, perfect for lunch, dinner or a barbecue with friends. The prawns are inspired by a combination of Indian and Spanish cuisine: ‘prawn puri’ and ‘Gambas al Ajillo’ (Garlic Shrimp). The flavours in this dish are a perfect blend of sweet and savoury so even the biggest meat lovers will be satisfied! Here’s how:
1 cup basmati rice, 200g raw ‘easy peel’ Belizean prawns, 1 whole chopped onion, 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1/2 chopped ginger, 1/2 lemon, 1 tbsp chilli flakes, 1 tbsp garlic pepper, 1tbsp paprika, 1tbsp salt, 1 tbsp ground coriander, olive oil for frying and 1 tbsp butter for rice (optional)
Rinse and season the prawns with 1/2 of each seasoning and place to one side.
On a medium heat, fry together onions, garlic, ginger until clear adding the rest of the seasoning.
Next add the raw prawns and fry until their colour changes from blue to pink, while squeezing lemon juice into the pan. After cooking, ensure the prawns are piping hot.
For the rice, follow the cooking instructions listed on the packet and add 1 tsp garlic pepper, 1tsp salt and 1 tbsp butter (optional) for complimentary flavour.
Serve the rice and any garnish on a plate, and place the prawns in a small bowl (their skins will need to be removed while eating- this can be a messy process!)
Growing fresh herbs, root vegetables and spices is a great way to add style and personality to your kitchen as well as making sure you know where the food you eat really comes from. If you don’t have a garden don’t be disheartened as you too can grow your own fresh veggies and herbs (most can be bought ready to plant in your local supermarket). I’m going to show you some great ways to recycle root veggies and create your own green space for fresh herbs and root veggies in your kitchen.
Regrow your scraps of green onion by placing the roots in water and changing the water every couple of days. To take the element of recycling even further, you can use old tea-light/candle holders or acrylic storage to keep your sprouts looking stylish.
Make the most of your celery scraps by leaving the large root in water. Green leaves will begin to grow which can be used in soups or salads for extra flavour. To regrow the sticks, place your celery root back into soil in a small pot. The same can be done with garlic, and the sprouts can be used in a stir fry or salad.
Save your chilli seeds! Replant them in soil, or a damp paper towel/cotton wool (to help germinate) and water regularly. Once your sprout turns into a little plant, place it in a larger pot and watch it grow. Chilli plants are self pollinating so will produce chillies in your kitchen. The photo below is a few of the Chilli plants I’ve grown from the seeds in the photo above. It really works!
This can be inexpensive, I’ve recycled my acrylic nail lacquer storage to regrow carrot greens (by cutting the tops off carrots and leaving them in water). You can also recycle old containers, water bottles, egg shells/cartons, jam jars and much more to give your green space a personal touch.
Try this delicious, fruity Yoghurt/Smoothie recipe as a healthy morning, lunchtime or evening snack.
1/2 small cup of Natural/ Greek Yoghurt
Prep ingredients by washing, slicing and removing skin/leaves if necessary
Add all ingredients to a blender
Blend for 40-60 seconds depending on the consistency you desire (smoothie or yogurt)
Being and looking healthy is as much about internal care as it is about external care. Making sure you eat well and keep hydrated can have a huge impact on the overall health of your body (AND the strength of your skin, hair and nails).
As we know, protein is mainly used by the body for cell repair and growth, but it’s not only great for getting lean, it’s also great for the production of keratin which is what our hair, nails and the outer later of our skin are made of.
Adding a few meals to your regular diet that include foods naturally containing protein can help make sure your (muscles) hair, skin and nails are getting the nutrients they need for growth and repair. Simple salads like this can do the job if you need something quick and easy. Salad: two boiled eggs, walnuts, watercress, cherry tomatoes and spinach. (You can even add avocado or salmon, it’s all about what you prefer)
Keeping hydrated should be at the top of your list! Drinking at L E A S T two glasses of water a day is a great habit to adopt. You can even infuse your water with lemon for a boost of vitamin C (optional), or any other fruit you love.
Above all, keeping a balanced diet is essential so always remember to speak with your health practitioner about making any drastic changes to your diet.
It’s everyone’s favourite time of the year again so here’s my super indulgent ‘Victoria Pancake’ recipe!
(inspired by Victoria sponge cake)
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup icing sugar
1stp vanilla extract
Method: whisk butter until light and fluffy then mix in the rest of the ingredients with a rubber spatula
1/2 cup self-raising flower, 1/4 cup plain flower
2 eggs (I prefer to use 1)
3/4 cup milk
1stp vanilla extract
Method: mix together starting with the dry ingredients before adding the wet ingredients, fry until golden brown on both sides.
Serve up in layers or as regular toppings and enjoy. Happy pancake day!