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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Curry recipe

This is a really tasty curry recipe, which I made with a bit of experimentation. With some tweaking you can make it stronger,or weaker.
serves around 8, or more depending on adults, or children.
1 can of coconut milk.
1 small carton of passata.
3 cloves of garlic.
1 large onion.
1 sweet pepper, chopped.
1/2 teaspoon of garam masala.
1 teaspoon curry powder.
3 teaspoons of curry paste. ( I used patak's mild)
600g beef strips, or chicken.

Brown the meat in a little oil, and when browned add the curry paste, spices and garlic.
Add onion, and pepper. Stir and cook till all nice and sealed.
Now add the coconut milk, and pasatta. Bring to the boil, and you can add some frozen peas at this point.
Cover, and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
Enjoy!! I served with basmati wholegrain rice.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Keeping Fit

Having 10 children, can be exhausting, especially when it comes to the everyday tasks, such as cooking and cleaning. I have always endeavoured to keep myself fit, to help with pregnancy, and the after stages of looking after young babies. Easier said than done, though! Before I was married, I was very active, in football teams, walking, running, you name it! It really does make you feel better though, if you at least try to keep fit.
Here are a few tips, to help you incorperate exercise into your day:
1) First, remember to warm up, as it is easy to overstretch muscles! Just start at the feet, and work up, slowly mobilising the joints.
2) Try to walk, rather than drive! I like to walk, or cycle to the post office, rather than have a lift, it is fun, and burns off calories!
3) Go for nature walks with the children, exploring new places.
4) Take the children to the park.
5) Try an exercise DVD. My faves are Rosemary Conley, and she has some great toning routines, too.
6) Try rounders, cricket, or football with the children. Easy for us, as we have a whole football teams worth.
Above all, don't forget to exercise the pelvic floor muscles!!You will thank me for it, trust me. Ah, almost forgot...trampolines are great, but keep it short and sweet to start off, or you will feel it.