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Sunday, 12 August 2018

Raising Children with Fun and Love

Seafood foraging

Playing with iphones and ipads just aren't the way I want to raise my children. Going to the seaside during summer to forage for food is a great way to get your children out of the comfort zone of their home.


Southend-on-sea
Great opportunity for children to learn where food come from.

We visit Southend-on-sea whenever the weather is nice enough. Remember to check the tidal times beforehand,. https://www.tidetimes.org.uk/southend-on-sea-tide-times. Plan your trip so you can visit the beach during low tides and collect oysters, mussels, winkles, cockles, even crabs if you look under the rocks.


This end of the coastlines has gigantic oysters.

Oyster bigger than my palm.
Oyster as big as my palm.




















I like eating oysters raw and fresh from the sea, medium size oysters are actually tastier if eaten raw. The big ones are also delicious if cooked over a good old barbecue.



Just opened.
Creamy inside during summer.

If you are not a big fan in raw seafood or shucking oysters, cooking them will allow them to pop open on their own.


Cooking on my DIY barbecue.
cooked meat over barbecue






You can also collect crabs, mussels and winkles at the other end of the coastline of Southend-on-sea closer to Chalkwell Beach.












mussels, cockles and clams

crabs if you look under the rocks










Saturday, 11 August 2018

Fertility & Maternity Recipes

Blackberry Muffin 


You can find blackberries throughout England from June to October, blackberries have been
foraged and eaten by British since the beginning of time. Blackberries are filled with vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium, folic acid and antioxidants, all are vital for baby's healthy skin cells and immune system.


Ingredients

  • 400g fresh blackberries (washed and drained)
    Blackberries collected from backyard.
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g melted butter
  • 300g self raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 150ml milk
  • brown sugar (for sprinkling)
  • nutmeg (for sprinkling)







Instructions


Add mixture with blackberries

  1. Pre-heat oven to 160C or 325F.
  2. Pour milk and butter in a measuring cup and place in microwave for 30 second or heat gently to melt butter. 
  3. Whisk gently till butter liquidized, then add the eggs and whisk gently again to mix up the eggs. Then, set aside.
  4. Mix all the rest of the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. (make sure all ingredients are sifted)
  5. Pour No.3 in the mixing bowl while whisking.
  6. Whisk through the batter mixture till it is smooth.
  7. Half filled each baking cups and add 3-4 blackberries before filling the cups again.
  8. Place a few more blackberries on top.
  9. Sprinkle brown sugar and nutmeg on top before baking.
  10. Bake for 10-15 minutes or till golden.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Fertility & Maternity Recipes

Poached Apples with Red Wine

Drink this fertility boosting natural remedy in the morning for that extra boost.


Ingredients

  • 1 apple
  • half fresh lily bulb
  • 1 lime
  • 300 ml red wine
  • 1 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Slice lime and soak in cool water.
  2. Wash, peel and slice fresh lily bulb.
  3. Cored, peel and cut apple into eight slices.
  4. Add apple slices to lime water.
  5. Heat red wine in pot gently on low.
  6. Add Cinnamon and sugar to wine.
  7. Bring wine to boil then add apple and lily bulb slices.
  8. Boil on medium heat for 15 minutes.
  9. Turn off heat and let it brew for two hours before serving.


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Everything Pregnant

Acupressure to boost sexual pleasure (Geshu)

Benefits

Massaging the Geshu point promotes blood circulation and increases pleasure during intercourse.

Location

Geshu is located on the back between the shoulder blade and the spine, one on each side. It is below the spinous process of the 7th thoracic vertebra.


Instructions

  1. Begin massage by applying pressure on geshu point or in pairs with circular clockwise motions for a minute. Then repeat counterclockwise for a minute.
  2. Gradually increase massage duration as you get more comfortable with it. The longer you endure, the better the result. 

Fertility & Maternity Recipes

Deep Fried Green Peas

Ingredients

  • 400g Fresh green peas
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn flour
  • 2 tablespoons chilli (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger (crushed)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (crushed)
  • 2 tablespoons spring onion (chopped)
  • 1 cup chicken / vegetable broth
  • salt (seasoning)
  • soy sauce (seasoning)

Instructions

  1. Deep fried fresh green peas in hot oil for 3-5 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  2. Heat pan with oil, add chilli, ginger, garlic, sugar, salt, soy sauce and vinegar.
  3. Mix corn flour in small amount of water and add to pan.
  4. Cook mixture for 2 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat and add spring onions.
  6. Mix everything together with deep fried peas in a bowl and serve.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Everything Postnatal

Afterpains


Just as you thought you have said goodbye to the unforgettable memory of childbirth. The pain of contractions silently creeps back to you especially while you are nursing. What you are experiencing are afterpains, which helps your uterus shrinks back to its normal size after child bearing.

You can probably feel the afterpains more intensely if it is your subsequent pregnancy since your uterine muscles are more likely to be lacking in tone due to stretching from previous births. Painkillers can be taken if prescribed by your practitioner.         

 

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Everything Pregnant

Acupressure to boost libido (Kaku)

 

Benefits

Massaging the Kaku point promotes blood circulation and boosts libido.

Location

Kaku is located between the shoulder blade and the spine, on each side.


Instructions

    1. Begin massage by applying pressure on kaku point or in pairs with circular clockwise motions for a minute. Then repeat counterclockwise for a minute.
    2. Gradually increase massage duration as you get more comfortable with it. The longer you endure, the better the result.