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2 Feb



Be at peace with yourself, you are just as important as the stars…

6 Nov

“Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata


Thought for the day

22 Oct


Part 2 of the Nestle Salt Awareness Food Challenge

7 Jun
My gift in the post

My gift in the post

So last week I explained in THIS post about the Food Challenge by Nestle’. Here’s a look at what got delivered to my home, complete with a recipe as well for the recipe below.

 Here’s the recipe, Beef Stroganoff: (serves 4)


Flour for dusting


Beef fillet cut into strips


Olive oil


Unsalted butter


Red peppers, sliced


Onion, chopped


Maggi Lazenby Worcestershire sauce






Boiling water


Nestle’ Ideal Cook-in milk, mushroom and garlic flavour

Freshly ground black pepper


Flat leaf parsley


Dust beef strips lightly in flour, this step is very important and I made a rookie error. I dusted the beef with too much flour and in the end my gravy was way too thick and floury (in taste) if you know what I mean. Heat a frying pan and add oil and half of the butter. When foaming, add the beef and fry for 2-3 minutes on both sides until browned all over. I prefer to brown (cook) my meat for much longer, I left my meat on low heat for about 20-30 minutes so that it would be more tender. Remove and set aside.

Using the same frying pan, add the remaining butter. Fry the onions for 2-3 minutes until softened. Add the mushrooms and red peppers and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the Worcestershire sauce, mustard and paprika to cook for 1 minute. Add the water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cook-in milk and mix well. Return the beef to the pan and cook for 1 minute. Finally add the black pepper and parsley and serve with brown rice or pre-cooked Tagliatelle pasta.

The next recipe

The next recipe

Because we’re trying to cut down on salt intake, I added twice as much garlic in the beginning of the process and sweet basil dried herbs in the end. I must (quietly) admit that my dish was not a resounding success for me because of the floury gravy but I added milk (like for a white sauce) and that did salvage it somewhat.

I have not been put off my quest with Nestle’, I had so much fun that I’m going to give it another bash with this…. I’ll keep you posted, its Creamy Prawn Fettucine…. delish!


Nestle’ Food Challenge

31 May

During the week a parcel was delivered to my house from Nestle. In it was a few goodies as well as a food challenge and simple recipe to follow. Now those of you who know (and have seen me), know that I LOVE FOOD, that’s partly (mostly) why I am the size that I am but look, round is still a shape Ok! Anyway, the aim of the challenge was to consider low sodium cooking and how tasty meals can still be.

Now I don’t know about you but the only reason I took note of what went on with Nestle’ was when they were promoting their new chocolates. How many Nestle’ products don’t you know of? You did not have a childhood unless you had strawberry or chocolate flavoured Nesquik right! What about dipping your finger (or teaspoon) into a tin of condensed milk while your mother baked or sipped some ideal milk? Who does not love a warm mug of Milo in winter? Or enjoy (you or your kids) the milo cereal, let alone having them start life off on Nan then moving onto NidoSlide1

Growing up, my mother had a “light” hand when it came to adding salt during the cooking process and my dad was the one who would add salt BEFORE he even tasted the food – I never understood it. When it was my turn to learn how to cook, I started off heavy, many a good meal was spoiled but I’ve since come a long way. Sad to say tough, now that my dad is older, he’s has blood pressure problems and is now on medication, a large part of it due to his diet and he’s being pretty good about his salt intake. Hypertension, is a serious condition with not many people knowing that they have it especially in the early stages. Permanently increased blood pressure puts a strain on the heart and places further pressure on the arteries. This increases the risk of a heart attack, heart disease, kidney disease and damage to the eyes. Scary right? But remember it’s not just about the salt we add to our food, it’s also about the salt that’s in the processed foods we buy and that’s something I’ve never bothered to check but will be doing from now on. Slide2

Salt in and of itself is not all bad, it’s quite useful preservative and if you’re worried about not having as much flavour by cutting down on salt then use more herbs and spices. Spices have great nutritional value. For more information and helpful tips visit the Nutrition, Health & Wellness tab on Nestlé’s website: And of you want to test your nutrition, health and wellness knowledge? Take the Welnes IQ test at:

nestle salt ad

Ok, so we all know about Nestle’ but have you tried the Ideal Cook-in milk? I certainly not have but it comes in some really great flavours that I can’t wait to try them out. The recipe I’ll be giving a bash is Beef Stroganoff so watch this space to see how things turn out for me and the boys.


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