Sunday, 26 February 2017

Chicken Meatballs Recipe by Guest Blogger Amber from Recipes Pakistan

Amber is a blogger from Pakistan who blogs her amazing recipes at The Recipes Pakistan. Her website features a large array of delicious Pakistani and fusion recipes (from Arabic Chicken Shawarma to Chinese inspired Chicken Manchurian) from both her and famous chefs from Pakistan, recipes are listed by chef or by the course of meal they are usually found in (mains, dessert etc). The website also shares tips for the kitchen as well as beauty and weight loss tips.

Chicken Meatballs by Guest Blogger Amber from Recipes Pakistan

Meatballs are one of the most delicious dishes that can be made with ground meat. I mostly make this with red meat, but previously the Doctor has discouraged my mother from eating red meat, so I developed this recipe using chicken. It turned out really flavorsome. I would really encourage all of you to give a try this appetizing recipe for a pleasant change in your dining experience.


For Meatballs ½ kg chicken boneless 
1 onion (sliced)
4 green chilies
To taste salt
1 tsp red chili powder
½ tsp coriander powder
1 egg

For Gravy 2 medium onions (sliced)
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
To taste salt 
1 tsp red chili powder
¼ tsp turmeric powder
Yogurt 4 tsp
Garam masala powder 1 tsp
Oil ½ cup
Boiled eggs 4
Put chicken, onion, green chilies, salt, red chili powder and coriander powder in food processor and process until the ingredients and chicken are ground.
Take out ground meat in a bowl and mix in the egg.
Make small balls out of the mixture and assemble in a tray. Keep it in a fridge.

In the meanwhile, heat oil in a pan and brown the onion.
Add in ginger garlic paste, sauté, when it gives an aroma; add salt, red chili powder, turmeric and yogurt. Stir until oil comes on top.
Now add one and half glass of water. When it starts cooking add meatballs in gravy. Cook on high heat for 5 minutes then lower the heat. 
Cook until balls tender and water evaporates and oil comes on top.
Now add sufficient water to make your required consistency gravy. Cook for 5 minutes.

Dish out in a bowl, sprinkle garam masala powder, set boiled eggs in bowl and serve with flat bread.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Picture of the Day 20.02.17 - Daffodils

I have started to see the daffodils growing, but I haven't managed to get a decent picture yet (you can see previous years ones here: 2016 and here, 2014, 2013. This jar full of them was sitting on my mum’s kitchen table. She has a knack for setting out things beautifully and making the most of space. I love the cheerful yellow blooms in the simple jar.

Victoria and Albert Museum: Fashion and Style Gallery

The fashion collection gallery at the V&A covers all styles of clothing from the last five hundred years, the museum website describes it as "the largest and most comprehensive collection of dress in the world".

I would have liked to spend a bit more time here, but you really need more than an afternoon to see the whole museum as it is sprawling and there are four floors.  Plus the boys took one look at all the clothing and shoes and started to at as if I was taking them through a torture cell.  They managed to moan at me the whole way through the gallery until we emerged at the end.

The collection is a fascinating gallery of ball gowns, corsets, party dresses and iconic fashion from every decade in the last 100 years.  The dresses from the early 1900's especially were lovely. 

Victoria and Albert Museum: Far East Galleries

Little Lady came to the V&A last year with her school and complained for ages afterwards that she was only allowed to see the Middle East Islamic galleries and that her teacher managed to combine history, maths and every other subject into the trip.  She sneaked into the Japan exhibit and got caught by her teacher and marched backed to the rest of the trip group.  So when hubby took the rest of the kids to check out the half-term activities (building things out of cardboard blocks, which the boys really enjoyed), we take a detour to the Far East galleries.

The Far East galleries cover China, Japan, Korea and nearby areas.

I can't stop laughing at this picture evey time I look at it, it reminds me of someone I know:

Victoria and Albert Museum: Islamic Middle East

I have been meaning to visit the Victoria & Albert museum for years and kept telling Little Lady the two of us would go.  I visited with my school as a teenager and remember two things, the beautiful Mogul jewellery and textiles and getting shouted at for trying to take a rubbing from one of the displays.

As we were already at the Natural History Museum, we decided to cross the road and visit V&A.  Little Lady did moan it was supposed to be just the two of us and not the rest of her annoying family, but I told her you have to take the opportunity when it presents itself.

On entering, we were presented with the foyer and the renaissance gallery on one side.  Hubby got half a glance at the nudes in the renaissance gallery and steered us in the opposite direction, straight towards the Islamic Middle East galleries (also known as the Jameel gallery after the Jameel family).

The gallery includes items from Turkey, India, the Middle East and Central Asia including glass, ceramics, tiles, jewellery and manuscripts.

Oh - and Little Lady got too close to one of the exhibits, she was pointing something out to me and a guard thought she might touch something, we got told off - again :)

Pages from the Quran:

Tiles from Turkey:

Mogul jewellery:

Friday, 24 February 2017

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Natural History Museum: Rocks and Gems

The Natural History Museum houses a fascinating collection of rocks, minerals and semi-precious stones.  We couldn't get into the Museum's Vault room like last time  to see the gem collection, but there was still plenty to see.  The children complained before we even set out that I would bore them to death by standing around for ever by the gems trying to take pictures.  The complained when I got there and did so, then they complained some more afterwards that they only wanted to see the animals and volcanoes and not rocks.  I was unapologetic and ignored the complaining.

Some of these rocks and minerals are displayed around the museum, the sparkliest gems were in an exhibit called Earth's Treasury:

A rare kind of Fluorite called Blue John only found in Derbyshire, England, a source which is almost exhausted:

Mother of Pearl:

This one stopped me in my tracks, veins of opal in iron-rich rock from Australia:

Green Chalcedony, reminds me of the sea: