Sunday, 19 June 2016

Recipe | Vietnamese Tofu in Tomato sauce 🍅

Recipe | Vietnamese Tofu in Tomato sauce

Quick super easy healthy tofu in tomato sauce recipe for the family. This recipe serves a family of 4. Suitable for Vegans. 

Ingredients
400g of fresh tofu in water
4/5 tomatoes
2 spring onions 
A pinch of salt
Optional 
2 tbsp of fish sauce
1 tbsp of chicken stock 

Method
1. Slice the tofu into even rectangular chucks - you should be able to get around 18-20 slices. 
2. Dry the tofu with a kitchen paper towel, before frying them in a pan for about 15mins until a golden brown.
3. Whilst waiting for the tofu to cook, slice out the tomatoes into medium size chucks
4. Sauté the tomatoes into a pan with a little water to soften 
5. Once the tomatoes have softened, add in the cooked tofu and stir for another 2mins.
6. Chop up the spring onions diagonally and add to the dish a few mins before serving.  


Make sure you blot water from the tofu off otherwise it'll take longer to cook.

Look at the crispy goodness! YUM! 


You don't want the sliced tomatoes to be too small or to big, slice them up just right. :)



Friday, 10 June 2016

Lifestyle | My Non Muslim Ramadan - Keeping Healthy

Lifestyle | My Non Muslim Ramadan - Keeping Healthy

My First week of Ramadan has gone alright. :) Apart from the humidity which is making my body cry and head spin, the limited period for me to enjoy my Iftar and Suhur meal (especially in this summer period) has been going surprisingly well. Its given me more to think about when it comes to the things I choose to put in my body and my thoughts go to thinking about the less fortunate whom probably suffer from starvation and hunger everyday. My Muslim friend has been so supportive and we've been messaging one another ever since to keep an eye out on our progress. 

Here's 3 things I've learnt so far;

1. Selflessness - One of my reasons for fasting is for me to think more about other people, learning to give more and take less. Experiencing this really makes me sympathise with the less fortunate and make me more appreciative about the food on my plate. I volunteer at a community centre whom serve food to the homeless and its just an amazing heart-warming feeling that they've put in so much effort to help others. When I successful my aim is to either start up my own charity or fund a cause I'm passionate about. 

2. Appreciation & Self control - Having that first bite of my Iftar meal after waiting more than 12 hours is a blessing I can't even describe. For a while now, after many heart breaking events I have seriously lost my appetite compared to when I was a kid. But now, re-framing and having that self control from my desire to eat and waiting till the time is right has made me so much more appreciative of not only my food/fuel but the delicate flavouring. I had a strawberry yesterday evening and I almost melted at how beautifully amazing it tasted. 

3. Awareness - With working a full time job and living a 40min walk away, planning my day and week has become vital. I plan the week out in advanced to make sure that my body is getting the right nutrients to function for the day. In all honestly this is what I should be doing everyday, but its hard to keep on track of everything when lifes passing by so fast. This experience has made me focus more on what I put in my body and the importance of water. Going back to the first day I had a full on headache from the lack of water, I learnt my lesson. I'm now planning to drink 5 glasses of water during sun's hiding period and I know what my body is capable of. 

I hope have the strength to continue on this venture. 


Review | Boba Jam

Review | Boba Jam 


Want to try out cute and guilty ridden desserts?! You have to check out Boba Jam in London's one and only Chinatown

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Recipe | Healthy Meatball wrap

Recipe | Healthy Meatball Wraps


This is a healthy meatball wrap. sequel to our first Thai meatball recipe.

Additional ingredients used:

3 leaves of romaine lettuce( although you can use other lettuce but this type has strong stem for holding as wrap)
spread the peanut butter sauce and place the meat ball . next mix the following ingredient:
diced cucumber- 2 tbsp
 finely chopped coriander- 1 tbsp
finely chopped red onion- 1 tbsp
may add more veg- olives, sweet corn
place the mixture on meatballs.

Finally add -

hot sauce - cholula( drizzle as you please)
2 tbsp Greek yoghurt


Recipe | Poached egg with Avocado salad

Recipe | Poached egg with Avocado Salad


GOOD MORNING!

Another healthy breakfast to start your morning.

Asha's Flavourful Poached Egg
Ingredients:
2 fresh eggs for poaching(  check out Jamie Oliver's 3 perfect ways of poaching below) I used the first method 
sea salt and black pepper to taste
for salad
diced 1/2 avocado
red pepper-2 tbsp
chopped coriander-1tbsp
chopped spring onions- 1tbsp
half lime


Method
mix all the ingredients above to form the base. add the remaining for garnish and finish.
feta cheese -25 gm
flaxseed power 1 tbsp






Recipe | Super Overnight Porridge

Recipe | Super overnight porridge


Ingredients
Porridge -1/3 cup
flaxseed powder- 1/3 cup
Greek yoghurt -1/3 cup
soya milk-1/2 cup or bit more if you like it creamier
chia seed- 1tbsp
Honey- 1 tsp
Cinnamon powder
 blueberries or strawberries optional


Keeping it cool in cling film 
Method
  • Mix all the ingredient together except honey and fruits in a bowl or small wide mouth glass. seal the top with cling film
  • Leave it overnight in freeze.
  • Ready to eat following morning.
Simple and easy 

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Review | Lebanese Mix

Review | Lebanese Mix 

Camberwell and south-east London is on the rise with pop-up trendy hipster places. Like the bussey building, Franks bar with an amazing view of the city and The bar story. Bringing the night life a new meaning to the south of the river. Alot of new food places have opened as well which has given us more variety on the type of food to try out. If you're looking for a place which is halal, and the food is to die for, look no further than the Lebanese Mix. 

The Mix grill
A friend and I tend to go for the grills and fresh juices when we come here, the staff are really friendly and always offer you a sweet free dessert afterwards. I think its called baklava although I always tend to mispronounce it as balaclava.  

The lamb grill <3 
I mean look at this, who wouldn't want to give this a try. I'm salivating right now thinking about returning here. 

4/5 Happy Dumpling Rating 

xoxo Amese