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Dinner – simple but oh so tasty

Well another Friday night and once again I’m in bed before 10:30pm. With nothing exciting happening today and being too tired for a film tonight, I thought I’d share a recipe with you that I used a few days ago.

It was a cold dark Wednesday morning and Rachel, Dad and I were debating what to make for dinner. Since mum hasn’t been to Tesco yet, we were kind of stumped as everything we thought of, we didn’t have the ingredients for. In the end Rachel suggested a chicken curry and we were just going to buy a jar from the shop across the road. “Stop a minute,” I thought to myself. “All year you’ve watched Paul cook a curry from scratch, why don’t you try it?” 

And so, through the wind and the rain and the always judging eyes of my two biggest critics (Baron would never criticise my food, got to love dogs) I started to work on a simple recipe which I will post below. 

If I do say so myself, it was delicious in the end. Even Rachel had to eat her words (sorry I couldn’t help it) and actually found she liked it! The best thing was it was actually fun to cook. The only slightly stressful part was adding the natural yoghurt to the hot sauce in the pan – you can’t let it separate! But even that worked well so I will hopefully use this recipe again in the future. It can be found on Chicken Curry Recipe

ingredients
2 large onions, sliced

600ml chicken stock

2 tsp turmeric

3 cardamom pods

1 x 2.5cm piece cinnamon stick

4 black peppercorns

4 cloves

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tbsp peeled and grated root ginger

1 tsp ground cumin

½ tsp mild chilli powder

3 garlic cloves, crushed

4 skinless and boneless chicken breasts, sliced

275ml fat free natural yogurt, bought to room temperature

Salt

2 tbsp chopped coriander leaves, to garnish

method
Put the onion and 425ml of the chicken stock in a large, heavy-based saucepan. Cover the pan, bring to the boil and then boil for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat, uncover the pan and cook gently for 20 minutes, until the onion is tender, golden and syrupy.

Add all the spices and garlic to the pan, and cook for 3-4 minutes. Then add the chicken and cook for a few minutes to coat in the spices, then stir in the remaining chicken stock.

Cover the pan and simmer very gently over a medium heat for 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked.

Transfer the curry to a large serving bowl. Add 4 tbsp of the cooking sauce to the yogurt and stir well. Gradually add the yogurt into the curry, stirring continuously.

Season to taste with salt, and serve immediately with boiled rice, and garnish with the chopped coriander.

– See more at: http://www.slimmingworld.com/recipes/chicken-curry.aspx#sthash.T67yrRI6.dpuf
As it is my basic policy that I don’t cook with salt, we skipped the last step. Also, towards the end, I added about 2 teaspoons of mild curry powder, just to give it an extra kick. Another bit of advice would be to make sure the chicken is moist! Because I cooked it before lunch and then reheated at dinner time, the chicken had unfortunately dried up a bit however mum and dad said it was fine. You learn from your mistakes I suppose.
If anyone gives it a go and likes it feel free to leave a comment! Or even, let me know if you’ve any recipes I could try?
Thanks for reading!

Ever yours,

Ktkinnes xxx

  

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Posted in Lifestyle, TV

Limitless

We ourselves can be limitless if we allow it. Okay there are certain things that right now are not possible but it doesn’t mean we will forever be limited in these situations. For example. I am a 19 year old girl living in the UK, getting through university and able to do most things I want. However, limitations set by both myself and society dictate how I live. Will I happily stay at the weight I am? No because society limits “beauty”. Will I lose weight to conform to society’s rules? No because I have set the limit in my head as to how far I can achieve this goal. It doesn’t mean I don’t want to but the limitations in my mind prevent me from succeeding as I feel I never will. Recently these limitations I set myself lead to me not telling someone how I feel about them. She waltzed into my life with her music and dance and general love for life and many nights (while drunk) told me she just wanted to kiss a girl. Even with this knowledge, I hid how I actually felt until it was too late. We talk frequently but I doubt she knows how I feel. At least I hope she doesn’t know… 

What put this into my head was the title of tonight’s film – Limitless. IMDb has it rated as 7.4/10 with a description of “With the help of a mysterious pill that enables the user to access 100 percent of his brain abilities, a struggling writer becomes a financial wizard, but it also puts him in a new world with lots of dangers.” All I will say is – if you haven’t already seen it, go watch it now!  Predictable at times and slightly too long in places, this film still manages to hold you captivated as you wonder what’s going to happen to Eddie next. 

A special thank you to totallyuncool for asking about Rachel. From what I’ve gathered from her, today went okay. She came back and I knew she’d been crying but I think she’ll come talk to me when she’s ready. I’m giving her a few days before I ask too many questions. One thing I know is she has another appointment next Friday and has been told our mum should attend too. Fingers crossed it doesn’t end badly but again, I’ll keep you updated.

Sleep well friends! Tomorrow is a new day, new opportunities and a chance to help make even one person’s day slightly better. 

Thank you once again for reading

Ktkinnes xxx

  

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Make someone feel important

Evening one and all! Well if you count managing to get through 6 episodes of 24 in one sitting as a new skill or hobby then that’s great! According to you I achieved my goal for today 😀 however if you’re like me and realise that I wasted a lot of my day then you would agree that that was a bad idea.

Currently in bed and finishing season 6 (yes I know I should be working on the film list) I came to the conclusion that maybe when I’m back in Glasgow I should do volunteer work if I can’t find a job. What really put this into my head was the fact that my sister has an appointment with CAMHS tomorrow – Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Until recently only a select number of my friends have been aware of the fact that for the past 11 months, Rachel has been suffering from diagnosed depression. Mum on the other hand is in denial.

The first I heard about it was an evening in January when we were all sitting in the kitchen drinking. Mum phoned to tell me they had been to a meeting in my sister’s school during which the head of pastoral staff told my parents that both he and Rachel’s friends were worried about her mental wellbeing. It was at this point that mum told me my sister has depression and then she proceeded to tell me it was my fault for not talking to her as much since I’d moved away. After this it was then my fault because I never came home for long periods of time. But the thing my darling mother never stopped to consider was this – why find a particular person or thing to blame it on? Yes we all like to have something to point at and say “that’s what has caused this to happen” but placing the blame with me was the wrong answer. 

That night I booked to skive a few days of uni and flew home as a surprise for my sister. She was happy to see me of course but we both knew it wasn’t going to solve the problem. While we were in Ibiza the two of us talked a little about it. Rachel said its not a sudden thing that you can look at and say “yes from that point I was depressed”. Rather, it was the fact that she had always felt this way and only recently had she begun to voice her thoughts. One thing my parents told me that Rachel didn’t was that about 10 days after I went back to Glasgow in February, she tried to kill herself. They didn’t tell me how and they waited 4 months before telling me. But how exactly do I ask her about it? 

We’ve both always agreed that life would be simpler if our parents were no longer together. Recently this option has seemed more likely to become the situation but that’s a conversation for a different night. They’ve argued for years. Not just normal parental arguments but proper throwing things and violence involved. Numerous times Rachel and I have been told if it wasn’t for us they would’ve divorced years ago. That’s not exactly something a 10 year old wants to hear. Or something they need to hear for that matter. For the past 9 years I had managed to either diffuse the tension or distract Rachel from what was going on in the house but this year with me away she became properly aware of the nightmare that is living with my parents. That hasn’t helped at all. To be honest I reached a stage in my life where I swore I was never going to have children because I refused to put my kids through the hell that Rachel and I had been through.

Livin here now isn’t any easier. It can be worse because I got used to not having to deal with it. But now I want to help other people who are/were in the situation Rachel found herself in. 

So basically, to finish this post, I’d like to ask each of you to just check with your friends and family that they’re okay. Make sure they have someone to talk to if things ever feel like they’re getting too much. Also, take time to make sure you have someone to talk to. No one is ever alone and there will always be someone willing to help.

Goodnight everyone, stay safe. And thank you once again for taking the time to read this
Ktkinnes xxx

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Dude where’s my car and other questions

Good evening! That’s been a long day. I’m currently trying to make my way through an apparent list of “must see” films, listed by friends in uni. We used a Sunday night during the year to watch one a week so I thought I’d better try and continue now over the summer.

Anyway, tonight’s was Dude, Where’s My Car and to be honest I’m not 100% sure why they thought I’d like it…  IMDB gives the plot summary as “Jesse and Chester, two bumbling stoners, wake up one morning from a night of partying and cannot remember where they parked their car which prompts them on a journey to find it and along the way, they encounter a variety of people who include their angry girlfriends Wilma and Wanda whose house they trashed, an angry street gang, a transexual stripper hounding them for a suitcase full of stolen money, a cult of alien seeking fanatics, and a group of aliens in human form looking for a mystical device that could save or destroy the world.” Now to be honest, if you’re in the mood for a film that’s light and quite funny then sure go for it! The first half hour sort of was too long to set the scene but once it got to the Twins’ house it was more tolerable. Chloe from 24 even appears! Although when she showed up it made me wonder should I have watched 24 instead considering what point I am at in season 6… But that’s for another post sorry for rambling. Back to the review. There are a few faces you might recognise – Ashton Kutcher and Bob Clendenin to name two! Basically, as an overview, the film was okay to kill time. Would I have spent money on it? No. But it was definitely worth crossing off the list even if just to say I’ve experienced it as a film.

Now I am away to read the fourth book in the Housewife Assassin series. They’re brilliant! Definitely would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a light read. 

Well the decision is made, I’m definitely getting a turtle tattoo. But which one? Let me know in the comments please!  Also, possibly back of shoulder or inside ankle – thoughts?

   
Finally thought before sleep – I need a goal for tomorrow. Thinking away from revision and the usual goals of a healthier lifestyle, my goal for tomorrow is to find something new to do or learn as a hobby over the next year. Wish me luck and as ever, thank you for reading tonight!
Ktkinnes xxx

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Katie Hopkins’ latest statement

Good morning to you all! I’ve been quiet the last few days, revision has taken over during the last few days. This morning I successfully made myself a cappuccino using my parents coffee machine – they have no idea how to use it so if it vanishes to Glasgow… – and sat down to read the paper. I know I know, not something all 19 year olds do. But we get it delivered so I might as well procrastinate this way! Anyway, back to the topic at hand. As the title of this post would suggest, I found a small article claiming to be what Katie wants. 

  
For anyone who can’t see it:

Basically she wants a euthanasia van (similar to the ice cream van) for the elderly. 
Is it me or should we just stop giving her coverage?
Ktkinnes xx

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Birthdays

This evening, mum started asking about what Rachel and I would like for our birthdays. They aren’t until September and they’re 9 days apart. With Rachel turning 17 it’s easy to say she’ll get driving lessons and something small to go along side these – she automatically said Soap and Glory and some shampoos etc. I, on the other hand, have no idea. 

Well actually that’s a bit of a lie… However what I want I know I’ve no hope of getting if I ask her. I’d love some Carmilla merchandise off a website I found. You know, cushions, posters, maybe even bedding… But I’ve no hope of that once my parents find out what Carmilla actually is. They’re against vampires and definitely against lesbian vampires. And lesbians… And anyone who isn’t straight… So yeah, that’s that option out the window.

Next on the list would be books and DVDs or something along those lines. But “what’s the point in a book if you’ve got a kindle and a library?” is their next question. And why would you want to watch a film more than once? You already know the ending.

And then there’s the ongoing plea for socks and underwear. Every year they appear on the list and every year they’re ignored.
I know I sound selfish or like I’m complaining… And yes I am to an extent. But my point in all this is, why ask someone what they want if you aren’t going to get it for them? Mum laughs when I bring this up but for years every birthday, Christmas and Easter I begged for a kitty kitty kitten. One year I even told Santa he could hide it in my room and mum would never know! How naive I was… But that’s been an ongoing joke for years now.

This year they’ve offered to buy a telescope for me. Now this I certainly would agree with! But finding a decent telescope in their price range is going to be impossible. I could trade in my laptop for a better one… Or ask them for a new TV for my room for when I come back to visit. Except I don’t plan on coming home much after this year… Haven’t broken the news to them yet…
But for now, any suggestions on birthday ideas for my 20th would be greatly appreciated! Or even an idea as to what I should get Rachel?

Thanks!

Ktkinnes xxx

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A British thing?

Over the last few days, I have consumed more tea than I did during the last year. Averaging 8 cups a day, I am slightly concerned. Okay I’m barely adding any milk so it’s not the calories I’m concerned about – it’s the caffeine. Should I be? I don’t know…

I found out this morning the hard way that the moisturiser I’m currently using is a fake tanning one… I have orange hands! Ah well, gives everyone a good laugh at the minute.

Diet crashed and burned this morning with the arrival of my granny and some chocolate biscuits and homemade scones. Who can say no to an 85 year old? So today shall be my treat day. As stated in a previous post dieting + revision = bad idea! It was bound to fail.

Hope you’re all well!
Ktkinnes xxx