Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Product Review: Collagen + Beauty Milk

Hi all!


So this year it is all about regaining my body back. For me, once Christmas is over and the New Year festivities have come to an end it is all bout getting healthy again. I have joined the gym, well since November, and have been going. If you have not already I suggest buying some work out DVDs or attending your local gym as it is way too cold to go out for a run (my preference anyway.) With this in mind I was delighted to be sent Collagen+ Beauty Milk by The Protein Drinks Co .









I always jump at the chance to try out healthy products, especially since I do not consume enough protein and reach for carbs when snacking! With the added bonus of Collagen this makes this high protein drink nutritious as well as beautifying.

Collagen is an essential complex protein of the body found in skin, ligaments and bones. It is important in holding the body together. Now in terms of beauty it keeps the skin youthful, tight and soft. PLUS.


Strawberry Flavour
Size: 200ml
Nutritional Information (per bottle): 112 calories
Fat: 2.9 g
Carbohydrate: 9.8 g
of which sugars: 9.8g
Protein: 11.9g

With Vitamins C, E, B12, B3, B6, D3 all with 100% RI
Green Tea extract 50mg
Hydrolysed Collagen 5000 mg


So far I have taken this product for 3 days, after workout. The flavour is great, and the drink is smooth with no protein powder lumps or bumps. It is very sweet and you do get a sense of satisfaction upon drinking. It digests well, for those with sensitive stomachs. My only complaint is that it is not a larger sized bottle. I do not find it incredibly filling as some other protein shakes can tide me over until the next meal, but with this shake I could nibble some nuts or fruit in order to be satisfied. For me this is essential as although high in protein I do think if the consistency was thicker and sugar content less it will be more satiable.


This is a great product though, and you can have your protein and be beautiful with it. For me not suited for breakfast as not filling or satisfying enough, but a great snack on the go for an in between supplement.

























I rate this product 4 Stars ****

Find The Protein Co. here: http://theproteindrinksco.co.uk/product/collagen-beauty-milk/#reviews



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Friday, 25 December 2015

SOUL Post: The Best Caribbean Patties!

Hi all,

Christmas is approaching,is here and a firm favourite each year are my Patties. This recipe was inspired by Levi Roots Jamaican Sunshine Patties. All hail Mr Levi Roots as his recipe is full proof. After many a go at making the Patties I made my own, adapting on fillings as well as composition of spices in the pastry itself. A little more butter and a little more Turmeric for me and it is surely a winner. Also a must is to make the pastry at least a week in advanced and freeze, defrosting thoroughly the day before usage means that your pastry will be well rested and hold up well in the oven. Another must is to follow Delia Smith's tips on the perfect shortcrust pastry to ensure crisp, short pastry. 


Ingredients

Pastry:


  • 225g/8oz plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 3-4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 115g/4oz cold butter, cut into small cubes 
  • 4-5 tbsp cold water 
1 free-range egg, lightly beaten





Lamb Filling:                            
                                         
                                                       500g Lamb Mince
2 tbsp Sunflower Oil
1 Red Pepper chopped into small cubes
2 Medium Carrots chopped into small cubes
2 Large Onions
3 Sprigs of Thyme
3 Cloves of Garlic Finely Chopped
1 Chicken or Vegetable Stock Cube
2 tbsp Salt
2 tbsp Black Pepper
3 Bay Leaves
3 tbsp Ginger Powder
3 tbsp Paprika
3 tbsp Clove Powder
3 tbsp Dried Mixed Herbs
2 tsp Curry Powder
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Nutmeg
2 tbsp Adobo Seasoning (or All Purpose)
A good dash of Soy Sauce
A squeeze of Ketchup
A dash of water

Preparation of the Pastry

  1. Sieve Flour, Salt, and Tumeric into a metal bowl.
  2. Cut the cold butter into the flour with a metal knife, until it is blended into the flour forming what looks like large breadcrumbs.
  3. Once combined with cold hands, lightly rub the butter into the flour. Ensuring that you rub softly with fingertips from some height. Just until small breadcrumbs are formed.
  4. Once roughly incorporated run the cold tap, until it reaches its coldest. A little at a time add approximately 1 tablespoon of water mixing with a metal knife to form a dough. Roughly incorporate with hands until a dough is formed. Do not worry if there are clumps of butter as this will make perfect pastry upon baking.
  5. Store dough in the fridge for 30 minutes or better still overnight in cling film  I like to store in the freezer a week in advanced.


Preparation of the Lamb filling

  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celcius or Gas Mark 6.
  2. In a large lidded pan on a medium heat, fry your chopped onions until beginning to turn golden brown. Then stir in your garlic along with Red Pepper and chopped carrots to soften. 
  3. Add in Lamb Mince stirring until beginning to brown, before adding all powdered seasoning apart from stock cube. Continue to stir ensuring all of the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  4. Once the meat is beginning to cook, the juices will run. Let this cook off as you continue string the meat. Once this has occurred add in your ketchup, soy sauce and sprigs of thyme.
  5. Allow the meat to simmer and juices to dry out slightly continuing to stir. If completely dries out add a little cold water.
  6. Now add a dash of water, as well as your stock cube. Stir thoroughly and allow the mince to cook until it is a thick sauce consistency. This should take approximately 25-30 minutes in total on a medium heat.
  7. Leave to cool completely. This is ideal made the night before.



Assembling the patties
  1. Roll out chilled dough onto a floured work surface with a lightly dusted rolling pin until approximately 0.5cm thickness.
  2.  Using a cutter or a bowl of 4.5 inches in diameter, cut 6-8 discs.







   3. Using a teaspoon fill each with 1 teaspoon of the lamb filling, covering the arc facing      you, leaving the other unfilled.
   4. Dab the opposite arc with water and fold over to meet the other side, pressing down  lightly with a fork. Then with a fork pierce three times on top. 














   5. Brush lightly with beaten egg and set aside on a baking sheet ready to bake.
   6. Repeat this until all of the dough is finished.





    



    7. Place on a lined baking sheet, and bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.






The end result!

















I can attest that these will not last long, this recipe will be a firm favourite. Thanks to Delia Smith and of course Levi Roots. Please thank me later, and do share your experience with making these Lamb Patties.








Ekeisha 

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Thursday, 24 December 2015

Spirit Post: Christmas Eve Reflection

Good evening all, I hope you are all well and prepared for the christmas season ahead. A few days ago I begun the beautifying process started with nails- a pedicure as well as eyebrows etc. As far as cooking yesterday I made Lamb Patties as well as Cheese Rolls (Guyanese style) and today I have seasoned the roast duck as well as made the stuffing all ahead of Christmas Day tomorrow.

But first I wanted to check in with my last poetry freestyle for the year. To me Christmas is all about celebrating joy and peace with the ones that you love and value most. All of this stems from God who represents the greatest love of all. Reading the book of John in the Bible has humbled me and taught me about selfless love and standing up for yourself through God no matter what. Nobody believed who Jesus was yet he persevered, those who persecuted him he forgave and remained one with God, believing his own worth despite the negativity and hatred shown towards him.

In life seasons change and the hard times that we experience are only for a time. It is only our right that we fight for peace within ourselves, only then can we grow and blossom. I hope you all have a wonderful christmas full of joy and happiness throughout.



Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Artwork by Dorcas Creates


What are your New Years Resolutions?



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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Song Spirit & Soul : Pinch , Punch First Of The Month! Chit x Chat and Goals

Let's say help to the new month, 1st November 2015.



Christmas is now only 53 Days away, with the new year 2016 looming. This is exciting and i was thinking why not plan today for the new year, why wait until 1st January to begin a new.








Starting from now to work on positive changes to your life can only be beneficial. For me I need to get fit, limit all carbs, fats and sugars to a bare minimum, as well as work out. Alas, I shall be joining the gym. Also setting a schedule to complete tasks; the early bird catches the worm, this schedule will coincide with goals i have set for myself, using the SMART formula. The SMART formula allows me to set goals within a set time frame- this limited pressure as well as puts you at ease as you can measure your targets.

Keeping my faith on track is another goal, sometimes life gets in the way of attending church on Sundays but when I do go I feel the blessings. TBN and youtube does come to the rescue during times when you need a faith top up. I recommend Toure Roberts and wife Sarah Jakes Roberts on Youtube, as well as Heather and Cornelius Lindsay. Also the greats such as Joyce Meyer and Bishop TD Jakes. Oh and the Bible App, is great for on the go, however not as personable. I try to keep my spirit in check rather than religiously following as this ensures I'm keeping up with a religion. A relationship with God is the most important thing.


Whether these views of mine will change is another but as I grow closer I am open to the journey.



Let's get talking, what is your take?



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Thursday, 8 October 2015

SONG SPIRIT & SOUL Post: Poetry Freestyle: Finding Your Direction

Hi guys!

Today is National Poetry Day, so I thought why not post a poetry freestyle. I write this from the comfort of my living room, from my mobile phone. All due to wanting to share, and this I had to share before midnight!





Gone with the wind I was
Undeterable
Now at a point of transition
I find myself
Swaying with the wind
However firmly grounded
Thank God for God
What I would do without faith
I cannot answer
Self belief
A willingness 
Belief unbound 
On solid foundations
We can become
Greater 
Not that we aren't great already
But we are only human
Live for today
Hope for tomorrow
And never give up
No matter how windy the road
How difficult the route
Come rain or shine
In pursuit 
I go
We go
You go.



Ekeisha Edet - 2015


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