Cooking with crazzyStar


Lamb curry

1 kg Lamb
1 serving spoon oil
2 Tbsp ghee
7 onions – chopped
Whole Garam Masala (2 peppercorns, 1 stick, 1loving, ½ tsp whole jeera, 1 elaichi)
2 Tbsp ginger-garlic paste
2 level tsp salt
2 tsp chilli powder
½ tsp haider (turmeric)
3 heaped tsp dhana jeero powder (cumin/coriander)
1 tsp jeera powder (cumin)
1 tsp dhana powder (coriander)
2 chopped tomatoes plus 1 heaped Tbsp Puree (or 1 can tin tomatoes)
1 tsp green chutney (heaped)
Handful chopped coriander (dhana)
1. Heat oil and ghee. Add chopped onions and whole garam masalas.

2. Once onions have browned add the ginger-garlic paste, stir for a while and then add the meat.

3. When the meat changes colour, add salt and haider, mix well then add all the other masala powders. Let it cook for 15 mins till most of the water has evaporated.

4. Add tomatoes, mix and cover. Leave to cook on low heat until oil separates and the meat is soft. (Keep checking and stirring whilst it’s cooking, to avoid it sticking to the bottom of the pot.)

5. Garnish with chopped coriander before serving.

* ‘green’ chutney is a mix of fresh green chillies, fresh coriander and fresh garlic all pounded together to make a paste.

Tip: *to prevent your eyes from watering while chopping the onions, keep a glass of water next to you and onions.

 

We (U1, U2, U3) had our first official cooking lesson today with  http://instagram.com/crazzystar_08

We decided on lamb curry because crazzyStar makes a mean curry, and it seemed easy (especially because we used boneless lamb). We used a nan recipe shared by Sakina. It’s almost foolproof. Almost.

Naan:
5 cups self raising flour
1 tbs yeast
Salt to taste
1 TBs sugar
oil
Mix with yogurt/milk
Leave to rise.

ALSO, http://instagram.com/majortrading.uk

had the wonderful idea of starting a family-favourites recipe folder. This is the first of (hopefully!) many recipes to come. Join our journey – Cook With U’s!

Children’s Heart Unit, Glenfield,Leicester

U3 had an appointment at the heart unit at children’s Outpatients at Glenfield hospital this past Friday. She had an ECG, and a heart echo scan.
Her consultant suggested it, not because anything seemed wrong, but just to make sure that everything was OK. Thankfully, it is – her heart is fine.

I have used the Unit twice now. My son, U5, when he was first diagnosed with PCD (at three days old) went there as a seven day old baby. The doctors pored over his echo pictures for over an hour, while the nurses comforted me (I was an emotional mess). My son has dextrocardia and situs inversus, (Google is my friend), and the doctors needed to know that every part of the heart was functioning normally. They found that even though everything was mirrored, his heart was fine. Miraculously. I am thankful.

Needless to say, the Unit is vital to people whose children have heart conditions. Yet, this important service is under threat due to cuts.

You can read more about it here:

http://www.itv.com/news/central/story/2016-07-07/hospital-will-no-longer-carry-out-childrens-heart-surgery/

And here.

http://www.peterboroughtoday.co.uk/news/health/mum-s-plea-to-keep-heart-hospital-open-1-7501854/amp

 

And here.

“Closing the unit would also compromise our paediatric intensive care unit, with a knock on effect on other vital children’s services in Leicester, and put at risk our world leading ECMO service which is the largest in the country, with the only national patient transport service. (MP Liz Kendall)
http://m.leicestermercury.co.uk/children-s-heart-surgery-to-stop-at-glenfield-hospital/story-29487750-detail/story.html

 

Here.

It makes no sense to close this service – and leave the East Midlands as the only region in the country without a children’s heart surgery unit – when Glenfield’s outcomes are so good, and improving.
Closing the unit would also affect our brilliant Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) service, which is the largest not just in Britain but all of Europe. (Liz Kendall, MP)
http://m.leicestermercury.co.uk/why-we-must-save-glenfield-hospital-s-children-s-heart-unit-by-liz-kendall/story-29538169-detail/story.html

And here.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-leicestershire-36722533

 

Petition here.

https://www.change.org/p/jeremy-hunt-mp-save-the-east-midlands-congenital-heart-centre-at-the-glenfield-hospital?recruiter=373698056&utm_source=petitions_share&utm_medium=copylink

And here.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-glenfield-children-s-hospital

And here:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/160455/signatures/new

Thank you.

MumOfFive

Brocks Hill

We went to Brocks Hill Country Park today.

http://www.oadby-wigston.gov.uk/pages/brocks_hill_country_park

https://www.britishorienteering.org.uk/poc/brocks_hill_country_park

It was a warm summer’s day, and we enjoyed rambling along the paths, looking at the flowers, trees and bees.

There is a pretty cool den-building area with spruce trees, lots of sticks and small logs.

There are lots of shaded areas, and two play areas. The visitor centre is also quite interesting, but we didn’t go in today.

Definitely worth a visit. Check their website for more information on the summer activities.

 

Useful Websites.

This is a short list of websites we love. It is by no means complete, and we will be adding to it as well.

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44624

http://discoveryk12.com/dk12/

http://www.mensaforkids.org/achieve/excellence-in-reading/

http://www.calendarlabs.com

http://m.educationquizzes.com/11-plus/

https://majortradinguk.wordpress.com

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Family Camping. U1

Last week I went camping with my family to Williowbrook farm in Oxford. Willowbrook is an organic farm, and they have chickens, sheep, a horse, geese and soon turkeys, amongst other animals.

I have been camping before with my scout group- but it was a interesting experience to go with my family. I really enjoyed it. I’m quite ok with sleeping on the ground. Like I said to Mum, the first night is the worst. You get used to it. Or it may just be that I like my sleep, and I could sleep with a stone as a pillow. That’s what Mum tells me, anyway. Especially when I slept through the heat which drove everyone out of their tents by 9 am. Aahhh well, what can I say?

The only downside for me is that I’m afraid of animals so it was a bit different for me to go places with complete comfort, especially the trip to the bathroom because to reach it you have to pass through the horse pen (a very friendly horse might I add) who loved to be petted and fed. That was a very unique experience for me.

We also had a camp fire which took a lot of effort to start because of the wind. U2suggested laying the logs ‘Japanese style’ whatever that may be. It didn’t work.

We pitched two tents, one for my sisters and me and the other for my parents and brothers. The nights were cold, and days really hot. We had the beginnings of the heatwave while we were there.

Overall it was a really fun trip and I recommend people who haven’t gone camping to give it a try. Willowbrook sell a variety of meat products and you could have a lovely barbecue right there on the farm.

Till next time – cya!