There is nothing more satisfying than eating my mom’s curries. My mom is on holiday with us which means lots of cooking our favourite meals. Majority of her vegetable curries are vegan by nature. She prepared a delicious and flavourful traditionally Indian green bean curry for dinner last week.
Most of you requested the green bean curry recipe and mom tried her best to write it down with measurements. In Indian homes, most curries are cooked by eye and smell. This is one of them, however I am sure the recipe below is a perfectly outlined guideline and you can play around with the salt and spice levels.
Green bean curry
2 tablespoon organic coconut oil
2 peeled and sliced garlic cloves ( optional)
1 tablespoon chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala ( found in Indian spice shops and some Checkers)
1 tablespoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
500 gram sliced fresh green beans
1/2 cup spring water
1/2 cup ripe beans ( gadhra) found in Indian stores else replace with frozen peas
If using ripe beans, boil in water for 15 minutes.
Heat oil, add onion and garlic and fry on low heat until translucent.
Add turmeric, garam masala, chilli powder and fry for about 30 seconds taking care not to burn masala.
Add green beans, ripe beans/peas, salt and water.
Cover pot with lid and cook on medium heat until water has been absorbed.
I know it’s a little late for this to be a LUSH Christmas gift guide but it’s never too late to get in the festive spirit…(well I think this could still work as an awesome last minute gift because who could ever not love LUSH products as a gift).
I am always over the moon for the Lush Christmas collection, mainly for Rose jam and Snow fairy but this year I decided to get some of my old time favourites and some newbies for me.
Products I have purchased to use over the festive season:
Rose Jam Shower Gel
Rose Jam is quintessentially the perfect shower gel for the festive season. It’s floral fragrance and silky smooth texture is destined to leave you feeling indulgent and relaxed.
The Magic of Christmas Bubble Bar
The aroma of this bar is magical, leaves you with a warm fuzzy feeling. It reminds me of spicy mulled wine that we enjoyed on the streets of Europe in winter.This bar is a perfect stocking filler. I enjoy it for a foot soak as I tend to be water conscious and it leaves your home smelling like Christmas.
Christmas Golden Wonder Bath Bomb
This bath bomb is not only beautiful, it smells fresh and contains cognac oil. Perfect for a stocking filler. I plan on using it for an ever needed relaxing foot soak followed by a foot massage by my husband. I simply love watching bath bombs fizz up and release its gorgeous colours and scents.
Snow fairy naked body conditioner & Shampoo
These help me meet my festive holiday shower goals. I am usually at the seaside over the festive season which means hot humid days and beach strained hair. No one wants to lather themselves with lotions to feel greasy and this naked body conditioner moisturises your skin without the greasy feeling and leaves it smelling like candy floss with an elegant shimmer.
The shampoo bar is perfect for hair that tends to be over ashes drying out the scalp.I wash my hair after every trip to the beach which leaves the scalp dry. This bar is perfect for a dry scalp.
Sleepy body lotion
This lotion has a beautiful hue and scent of lavender. It leaves me perfectly soft, smooth and ready for a sweet nights sleep. A fabulous Chrsitmas gift for someone that lives a fast paced lifestyle.
Imaginary play is a critical part of a child’s development. Action figures generally do not respond and this allows children to use their memories from the TV shows and imagination to create a game through play either by themselves or in a group. A solo game encourages confidence together with learning comfort in their own skin, while a group enacted game encourages teamwork and negotiating skills from a young age. Both have benefits and set a child up for emotional growth.
My friend’s sons were the perfect age to share the Power Ranger Ninja Steel Toys given to me by Prima Toys to review. I received the following toys from Prima Toys:
POWER RANGERS NINJA STEEL 30CM FIGURE & POWER RANGERS NINJA STEEL TRAINING GEAR
The children were extremely thrilled by the toys and even slept with them, probably teaching them the feeling of protection. They enjoyed playing with them and the toys are of good quality making them withstand very active play. The toys are well priced for the size and detailed patterns.
I did martial arts for 11 years so you can imagine the excitement with every episode of the Power Rangers aired when I was a kid. I believed I was a certified ninja. Luckily these days, the excitement and learning about martial arts and ninjas spans beyond TV shows in the form of toys to encourage activity and exploration.
Prima Toys brings you Power Ranger Ninja Steel toys in stores!
Power Rangers Ninja Steel in toy stores now!
Calling all Power Rangers! Gear up to battle monsters from across the galaxy with the latest selection of toys. The new Power Rangers Ninja Steel product range is in toy stores now! Based on the brand new TV series currently being aired on Cartoon Network, the new Power Rangers Ninja Steel range of toys will please both old and new fans of the action series.
Collect your figurines and accessories for loads of fun play action. The Power Rangers Ninja Steel range includes an assortment of 12cm and 13cm basic and deluxe figures, the Ninja Steel deluxe battle gear, Steel Mega Morph vehicles and plenty more.
Chiquita Patrizi, spokesperson for Prima Toys says that playing with action figures is a great way for children to use their imagination and built their imaginative skills. “Figures such as Power Rangers Ninja Steel provide the opportunity for children to create stories and situations. By doing this, they are honing their communications skills, developing speech and building a vocabulary. This type of play is also a lot of fun!” explains Patrizi.
Playing with action figures can also help kids learn the difference between good and bad, as there are usually heroes and villains involved. This provides the opportunity to develop skills that can help in real life social scenarios.
Visit your nearest toy store or retailer to check out the mighty Power Rangers Ninja Steel range of toys, or go to www.primatoys.co.za for more information.
These Power Ranger Ninja Steel toys make a perfect birthday or Christmas gift for a child aged 5 and up.
Prima Toys has given me the following toy to giveaway on the blog
1 x Power Rangers Ninja Steel Morph Vehicle, valued at R399.99
These vehicles can transform into Ninja Power Stars and are able to combine with the Ninja Steel Megazord. Rev up the action with all new Power Rangers Mega Morph Vehicles. Each Mega Morph Vehicle is a heroic Ninja Star that can instantly morph into a powerful vehicle for endless adventure. Each Vehicle comes with an articulated 5‑inch Figure.
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Competition will close on the 10th of December 2017
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*This is a sponsored post however my review is based on my honest opinion of the product.