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McCain’s Favourite Winter Warming Recipes – McCain Vegetable Pot Pie

24 Jun

Yield: approximately 4 servings

Cooking time: 30-45 minutes

 

Filling:

2 Tbsp.    Olive Oil

100 g   McCain Chef’s Solution Diced Onion

1    Garlic, clove, minced

½ cup    Celery, chopped

½ cup   Leek, medium, chopped

½ cup   Fennel, chopped

500 g   Mushrooms, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp   Flour

1 Lt    Vegetable Stock

500 g   McCain Stew Mix

Small handful  Parsley, chopped

To Taste  Salt

To Taste   Pepper

 

Pastry:

1 Rolls   Puff Pastry

25-50 ml  Egg wash (equal amount egg and milk)

 

Method:

  1. Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add McCain Chef’s Solution Diced Onion, garlic, celery, leek, fennel and sauté until soft
  2. Add the mushrooms and cook until soft and then add the flour and cook for 1-2 minutes
  3. Add the vegetable stock, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the McCain Stew Mix, parsley and season with salt and pepper and allow to cool
  5. Preheat oven to 180C.  Roll out puff pastry and cut disks big enough to line a pie dish
  6. Divide the pie filling between the pie dish/s and top with the pastry lid
  7. Brush with egg wash and cut a small hole in the top
  8. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the pastry is cooked and golden brown

 

All that’s left to do is ENJOY!

Pro-life or Pro-chioce?

19 Mar

It’s not a raging debate here in South Africa like it is in the United States of America but it certainly is one worth considering. What started this quest for information was when someone close to me recently told me that they needed to have an abortion. She is a young, single mother and she has very little support financially. My first response was that it was her decision if that’s what she wanted to do.

Can someone who professes to be a Christian be pro-choice? I read an article by a woman who was pro-life after three abortions! Quite contrary one would say, even hypocritical. In the article, you come to understand that it’s through the devastation of abortion, that being pro-life is her choice. It is that bad, that heartbreaking and that traumatic.

 I started to investigate what the terms pro-life and pro-choice actually meant. Pro-choice is not pro-abortion but it does give the woman the right to ultimately choose. The stigma attached to abortion is that “you were stupid to fall pregnant in a day with freely available contraception”, “you knew what you were doing by having sex” or “you’re just looking for the easy way out!” Then the “sense” of justice and judgment follows with “you made your bed so you should lie in it.” It’s so sad how people so easily forget that it takes two to tango. There was the Gosnell case recently in the USA that horrified and turned many pro-choicers into pro-lifers. The man standing trial showed how brutal the process of abortion can be and it is hectic.

What people fail to understand is that a life is irrevocably changed once a woman falls pregnant and that whatever choice is made about that pregnancy, that woman’s life will never be the same EVER. There is hardship ahead whether my friend keeps the baby or terminates the pregnancy. I can’t tell her to keep it and know that I will not be able to support her, how dare I? Being a mother makes me so much more compassionate because I understand how hard it is for two adults to take care of one little baby let alone a single mother. Woman should be given the right to choose with freedom from judgment or criticism. There are so many orphaned kids in our country as it is, why add to the stats.

It makes me think that educating our kids about sex is more than telling them to abstain or to condom-ise. We need to find people whose life stories illustrate the complexity and the responsibility that come with the choices we make. It wouldn’t take us long, considering the word we live in, to figure out that we know someone living with HIV, or who has had an abortion or even living with an STI. If we could get those family members or friends to share lovingly with our kids, maybe they would make different choices. Maybe somewhere in the back of their minds, they would think twice before being reckless with their sexuality or maybe, just maybe, they would have someone to turn to who would understand should they find themselves in any predicament.

Just my thoughts…

Real Beauty

12 Nov

Slide1 Slide2 Slide3So now that I’m on holiday, I’ve got a lot more time to surf the net, read the books stacked on my kindle and dawdle for no good reason. While checking out my Twitter timeline, as I often do, I came across this heart-warming, feel-good post on Women24.com and it got me thinking about how I view my body. This is no new issue to my blog, I’ve spoken about how real women have curves and the like. Reading through some of the comments of the article, hit home for me again, especially because I always try to find things to be grateful for – I have a body that is healthy and FUNCTIONING the way it should. It may not be catwalk material but I’ve learned to dress my figure so not as to look like a over-stuffed sausage (I hope)!

Here’s some of my favourite comments from “It’s my body, I can love what I want to“:

Anisha: My soft and fleshy tummy! I have made peace that I wasn’t born to have a six-pack. What I do know is that I have given birth to 2 beautiful children & my man loves to caress my tummy! Besides, you need a “real” tummy like mine to do belly dancing!

Linda: I am weighing more than a few years ago because I quit smoking and picked up some weight. I love the fuller me, my butt and my hips. I look very healthy than before. 

Faziel: My long, glossy, black hair and infectious smile. As long as I have them, I can take on the world!

Laurinda: I love my flat tummy but the best part of my body is my round chunky bum! Much loved by my husband and my girlfriends are all super jealous. Very proud to say that it’s the best part of my body.

Shireen: My blemish free face and skin. 

Nasika: I love my muffin top because it reminds me that I love to eat food made by my husband. I love my stretch marks as I’m reminded about my daughter. I love my laughter lines as I see how many happy times I have had.

Janine: That it works. I’m not a terribly sporty person, but I love that I can walk on the beach, and run after my kids. What I like most about my body is that it is healthy.

llyson: I am an amputee, finally, I like my leg.  Wish I had liked them both before I lost one!

Pam: My hair. I am lucky to have thick hair and try to look after it and go to the hairdressers quite regularly for a good cut and colour. I am 63. 

THIS one is my favourite – Alzena: Looks-wise not that much, but having gone through 2 healthy pregnancies and a recent pubic biopsy, I like that my body has not failed me. Even with the not-so perfect size and cellulite, it is healthy, able and willing. It is my mind that needs a pep-talk

While it was part of a Dove Campaign, I still think it gives plenty of food for thought. Now that I’ve spent time thinking about how I feel about my body, I must admit a thing or two: I like my hazel/green eyes, I love that they change colour but more than that, I love how much more green they get when I get emotional; and I actually do like my hourglass figure (front view only, the side view not so much); my husband commented on how nice my legs looked over the weekend when I wore a short dress and I don’t mind my tummy all thaaaaaaat much (not that it needs to stick around). At the end of the day – IT WORKS and its HEALTHY!!!

When I was much younger and had a banging body (if I do say so myself), it was all about how I looked and my self-confidence was in that, not to mention how shallow I was back then, or maybe it was just immaturity. I’ve come to like the “grown-up” me, the fuller-figured me, the intelligent me and being in my skin is not so bad after all – whether my hubby likes the lumps, bumps & curves or not!

So is it really a bad thing to say that my body looks the way it does because it gave life to my son??? No! Is it an excuse not to lose weight? That’s entirely up to you to decide, I happen to think it’s not! Round is a shape! And that’s not a question, FYI (for your information). Would I like to lose weight? Of course but I’m not about to obsess about it.

What part of your body do you like?

Help a child reach five even after Global Hand-washing Day

14 Oct

So I’m a bit delayed but you can still be a part of the initiative to save lives. Last week was Global Handwashing Day (15 October) and Lifebuoy still wants to highlight the importance of proper handwashing with soap as a simple but effective measure to combat the spread of common infections.

Global Handwashing Day was an international initiative by key stakeholders to increase awareness around the benefits of developing a healthy hand washing routine. Over 200 million people are involved in recognising Global Handwashing Day in over 100 countries around the world.

Every year 3,5 million children under the age of five around the world, die due to infections such as diarrhoea and pneumonia. Developing a daily handwashing routine, using soap and running water, has been shown to be among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent these common infections. However despite its life saving potential, many people have yet to adopt a daily, simple and efficient hand washing routine.

Be part of the social change and join Lifebuoy this Global Handwashing Day to reach millions of school children and mothers by changing handwashing behaviour from an abstract good idea into automatic behaviour in homes, schools & in your community.

It can’t be done alone so Lifebuoy needs you to pledge your support on http://www.facebook.com/lifebuoySouthAfrica , or tweet using #GHDLB, together let’s help every child reach their fifth birthday.

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I needed to remind myself of this today

1 Oct

I’ve been pretty quiet lately because varsity is getting so hectic with end-of-term tests leading up to final exams which start in three weeks time!!!! My stress levels have soared. I’ve got really, really good marks for some subjects and failing tests for others so I’ve been really worried about how I’ll make it to write my 2nd year final exams. You will understand from my earlier posts that I take my studies seriously, I have some wild aspirations and I just honestly do not have the luxury of time to fail. Time is ticking! I need to pass, graduate and join the workforce and I have put myself under a lot of pressure. Not to mention that I suffered my first migraine ever!!! My dad suffers from that and you cannot begin to understand the excruciating torture it is until you’ve had one – especially when all you have is Pandos to take for it – not funny at all!!!

All in all, Lester and I decided to do the Nike 10K 2013 this month and with the way I’ve felt (miff and all), I just wanted to go for a run. But more importantly, I had to get back to remembering the basics: I have a privileged life, I am blessed beyond measure and that in the end, it is all going to work out awesomely for my GOOD! It’s about remembering to be grateful for the little things and that I still have a fighting chance – the fat lady has not sung YET! It’s not the end of me! I’m a hard-worker and life really does go on!!!

So here’s a little something I found and I hope it encourages you…

 

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