October 30, 2014

Nigerian Style Oven Baked Fish And Vegetables

This is my first attempt ever at baking fish in an oven at home and I think I’m hooked on this recipe. Thinking about it, its kind of strange because I do cook quite a fair share of grilled chicken, steak even prawns in the oven but for some reason I would only cook my fish on an open grill or griddle. I was inspired to try this recipe, after I visited my sister inlaw for dinner recently and she dished up this gourmet style looking grilled fish. I enjoyed her fish so thoroughly, I decided to give the recipe a spin but with my own twist to it. This recipe comes highly recommended, it is so easy to make, yet very very tasty. It’s also super healthy, which is something I strive to achieve with my meals these days. You can easily have your 5- A-day in this one meal, with its combination of vegetables that are melt in the mouth delicious. It’s currently the newest addition to my arsenal of recipes for date nights with the hubs and when I want something quick and easy to entertain guests.



Here’s what you need to make it.

Ingredients

For The Fish
  Whole Croaker/ Tilapia/ Mackerel/ Red snapper / Cat Fish (Any Fish of your choice, I used Croaker)
  Oyster sauce
  Soy sauce
  Red Chilli Peppers
  Nsukka peppers ( Some people call this Cameroun peppers. Its sun dried chilli and the flavor is out of this world)
  Garlic clove
  Ginger
  Oil ( I used sesame seed oil)
  Cube seasoning ( I used Knorr)


For The Baked Vegetables
•  A knob of Butter
  Carrot
  Cabbage
  Irish Potatoes
  Black Pepper




Directions

1. Clean, descale, and gut fish. Make about an inch deep cuts across both sides of the fish and set aside.

2. Blend together some oil, knorr cubes, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, oyster sauce and all peppers, with some water to make a slighly loose paste.

3. Rub in blended pepper into fish. Massage into every opening of fish, you might need gloves to do this, the mixture is quite spicy. 
Put in the fridge to marinate for at least an hour. I left mine for about 6hhrs.




4. Chop all vegetables into small chunks or slices, spice with some black pepper and salt. Transfer into a foil wrap. Add a generous knob of butter and close competely.






5. Wrap up marinated fish in foil paper and bake together with vegetables in a hot oven (270C) for about one hour.




6. 10-15mins to the end of the cooking time, open foil paper of fish and put some holes through the foil paper to drain off the fish stock (Liquid). Continue cooking with foil wrap open until the fish has a crispy top. Bring out fish and vegetables from oven at the same time and serve hot.



There's my fish! served rustic, no frills just full on flavour. Trust me this is one recipe you want to try.


Notes:  After I dished out the vegetables I realised it could have done with more colours, so for my next attempt I would try using large red, green, and yellow peppers and possibly some aubergines and sweet potatoes.

Tried it? Let me know what you did differently and how it came out.

Bon App├ętit

October 07, 2014

Trend Loving - Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

Hey People, How are you all doing, Not bad I hope? …Ok great! I’m not much of a trend follower with respect to what I wear. More often I choose classic pieces and then incorporate a few trending pieces that I absolutely love, in other to keep my look updated.
However, by necessity I have to be in the know with regards to fashion trends. Fashion week events proves a great way to get an insight into what’s ‘in’ and what’s ‘out’ for the up coming season, in this industry that is constantly obsessed with finding the next ‘new’.  

Unlike the past, when there is a long wait after shows before the trends hit the stores. Thanks to the media and technology we do not need to wait several months after fashion shows to start incorporating the ‘now look’ into our wardrobe.

Obviously for the most part the major trends would not get fully circulatory until next season. However, some elements can be easily incorporated into your wardrobe straightaway, as there are a few throwbacks from previous seasons.


Trends like the crop tops and sports inspired looks seem like they would be going nowhere, and old favorites such as the polka dots trends have been given a breath of freshness. Here are some trends on my radar from the Spring/Summer 2015 shows.


I love this trend for its simple elegance. Trends aside, I think every woman need a great white button up shirt, paired with midi skirts  they look super chic.




The Gingham has been trending for some time, next season they come in an array of colours.




Belts were all over the  spring/summer catwalks. These Obi belts inspired by  the Samurais stood out for me, could they be the 'next new' come spring? fingers crossed.


I love me a good overall, and when they come tailored and smart even better!


Great turn-up look I think.  Too much? too little or just right? share your opinion in the comments. 


Fresh take on the polkies, can't wait to see how this trend would be adapted by high street brands.


I mostly choose more tailored fit over slouchy tailoring, but I love how refined this slouchy pieces look.



And it looks like we would still be baring our mid-sections come next season.

These are a few of my favourite trends from the shows, What trends are you loving, what would you rock?  

Thank you for always stopping by.

Photo Credit – Vogue.it

September 17, 2014

Linen And Lace

Many apologies for the infrequent posts. Hope you’ve all been great. I hate to give excuses about not blogging as frequently as I would like to but sometimes it’s a tough job to balance managing two rambunctious boys, keeping the hubby well taken care of and happy and managing a growing business. Every single day I have to prioritize my long to-do list in such a way that the most important items are ticked off and the clan is happy. Sometimes I even have to re-priotise as things crop up.  I’m not complaining, I am happy doing what I love and I’m thankful to God for a family that supports me.

Taking about managing a business, On weekends when I have to do a bit of running around I like to pull off a comfortable yet chic laid back look. 
I like the idea of pairing white linens pants with a Tshirt/ Tank top and sandals.
It’s an instant way to look put together and comfy at the same time, especially when it's white linen.  Wearing the colour white is a great way to pull off an instant chic factor.  Just wondering, What is your go to item to get that laidback yet chic look?







What I'm wearing -  Top  - Express   || Pants  - Gap || Sandals  -  NineWest
Have you been following the fashion week? What trends are you loving and looking forward to seeing next spring? join me on instagram to see some of my favorite trends from the shows. hope to see you again here soon, yes soon :) . Thank you for always stopping by.

August 28, 2014

7 Ways To Stay 9-5 Chic

Hi guys! How have you all been? Good I hope :). So,  this past week I worked on a post about infusing fashion trends into work clothes using some items we have in stock at the store. This doesn’t really sound like space science but when you have to navigate the road blocks of cooperate dress codes it can be a bit of a challenge. I appreciate that some of these pieces would probably still not fly within some corporate settings, thanks to strict dress code restrictions. The way around these restrictions is to rely on textures and detailing. Take this as a guide to help you strike the balance between professional and trendy.
Trend 1: #Stripes
Rather than go for your trusty pinstripe pants, consider investing in a tailored striped jacket. A great pinstriped jacket paired with a bright coloured separate can add some flair to your regular suit style.



Trend 2: # Printed Pants

While this may be off limits in some organisations, where it is allowed, consider a nicely tailored printed pant preferably in a muted colour scheme. This is a great look to spot for dress down Fridays.



Trend 3: #Lace
Though lace might not look appropriate for work, but in the forms of tops and camisole they can add more versatility to your work look.



Trend 4: #Polka Dots
Polka dots are considered classic prints and as such are never really out of fashion, a great way to wear this trend is to wear as a dress while keeping accessories to the minimal. Consider throwing on a blazer or a cardigan over a polka dot dress to tone it down if this is considered too loud at your work place.



Trend 5: #Pinafore Dress
This is a great way to give your wardrobe extra millage and make your looks more versatile. It also a great trick to wear sleeveless dresses that might ordinarily not be office appropriate.



Trend 6: #Peplums
Peplums are great for enhancing the female form while hiding everything you want hidden. It’s a silhouette that is very forgiving while being figure flattering and trendy.



The way to pull off this trend at the work place is to stick within the same colour family. A dark blue blazer with a sky blue blouse and an indigo skirt would keep you looking trendy and within 9-5 dress codes.

This is my 2kobo on working trends into professional clothing, what is yours?

Catch you here soon :).


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