Monday, November 29, 2010

Lazy Sunday

On Sunday, I go out of bed at 1pm!!!!! I've not done that in a very long time! I have a really good excuse though. We went to bed at 4am because we had a friend's wedding and my darling hubby was part of the organising team. We were exhausted!
I'm used to making a rather filling Sunday breakfast and even more filling Sunday lunch but since we'd skipped breakfast and I was way too lazy to make a spectacular lunch I decided to try a quick and oh so yummy recipe that I kinda came up with a few months ago. I don't know what to call it and I'm almost sure that someone else made it before I did so I will hold all boasting till I'm sure that nobody has ever ever heard of it (yeah I know - I'm so modest!!!!) It's a dish made out of pasta, sausages, a few veggies and lots of spices. Here goes....

First I grilled the sausages. I always use beef sausages- can't stand pork sausages!

Then I chopped them up

Heated up some olive oil and added A LOT of onions and garlic (our two favourite things to use when we're cooking)

Then I added the green pepper, chopped sausages and skinned tomatoes. Then came the spices (brace yourself) I used garam masala, corriander, cumin, basil, mixed spices, white pepper, soy sauce, worcesteshire sauce and barbeque sauce. Yes, we love spices that much!!! heehee! I usually leave it to cook for about 5 to 10 minutes till the spices blend in and the tomatoes soften (I guess tomato paste instead of skinned tomatoes would be a good idea)

Then I added the pasta (already boiled) and mixed it all up to even out the taste.

I love cheese so I could not resist sprinkling a bit of shredded gouda cheese on top - yum!!!

My darling hubby always wants to do something to help when I'm cooking (bless him) so he made the passion fruit juice - it was soooo good!

It's a quick and delicious lunch. My husband couldn't believe how fast I was able to get lunch ready :) We had our lunch while watching the Bill Cosby show!!!!!! Nice way to kick back and relax huh? My parents have some dvds of the show so we borrowed one and I always pull it out when we need to have a good CLEAN laugh - so hard to get those these days!!!
Don't you just love days when you can afford to be just a little bit lazy?

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Going traditional...

Hubby loves traditional Ugandan food. Me? Not so much - especially when I have to cook it. I love cooking but traditional food does not allow me to be creative and I can't stand that.

Anywho, on Sunday I decided to give the hubby a treat and cook matooke!!!!!!!! He was sooooo excited!!!
Even though I knew how to do it I had never done it before all by myself (don't judge!) And since I like to be different and not follow all the rules I decided to make it with a modern twist :)

So, instead of steaming the matooke in banana leaves then mashing it, I boiled it, mashed it and then put it in banana leaves and left it to steam to a nice softness with the banana leaf flavour :) So much faster and easier!!!

Peeling the matooke. I had to make sure I had an apron that would not stain from the sap and I found one at Capital shoppers for 2500 shs!!!

The mashed matooke in banana leaves

Wrapping the matooke

Mama would be so proud!!!! :)
I added some plantain to be steamed

Finishing touches :)

Steaming :)

I purchased a nice cooking pot/ frying pan at the American Club sale so I used it to make pork stew (and also to feel some excitement in the kitchen!)

My darling hubby had to get in on the action too so he made banana and mango smoothie. His smoothies are the best!!!!!!! And no I'm not biased!

Here are the finished products!!!!

The matooke was ok for my first try and the hubby loved it so it felt good that I had finally made his favourite dish. Yes, it took me 6 months but the point is I did it right? heehee!
I'll be doing it again in 6 months soon :)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Introducing my babies!!!

Like I said - I love babies!!!! And though I don't have any of my own yet there are three kids who are especially dear to me and have put a smile on my face and brought light to my life. They are my darlings, my sweethearts and they make my world a much happier place. They have been sick for the last couple of weeks so I've not been able to see them and I missed them so so much!!!!!

So, without further ado, introducing (drum roll) MY BABIES!!!!!!

I love you sweeties!!!!!! I can't wait to see you :-)

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Dining room shopping :-)

We recently moved into an apartment with a nice dining space - a rare thing in Uganda these days. Anywho, I'm doing a little window shopping for a dining table. We want a table that seats six- in anticipation of the little ones that will be popping out :) Take a look at some of the ones we have our eyes on and let me now what you think.

Monday, November 15, 2010

My new love...

I'm falling in love - with basketball!!!!! Anybody who knows me knows that I don't like anything to do with sports. The reason is I don't like sweat!!!!! I don't like it on me and I don't like seeing it on other people because sweat means I get sticky and smelly. Watching people play a game (whatever game it may be) has never been interesting to me because they get sweaty and I think there are way too many emotions involved. Well, all that has changed.

My husband took me to watch a basketball game a week ago- he used to play basketball in the FIBA league. I did not think I'd enjoy it much because I don't know the first thing about basketball but boy did I get the shock of my life. I had sooooooooooooooo much fun!!!!!!!! It's a super cool game and now I have no clue why people make so much noise about football - they should be watching basketball!!!!!!! I'm so in love with the game right now. I've watched two more games and I don't want the play-offs to end!!!!! I'm even ignoring the sweat!!!!!! Well ok sometimes I cringe when I see a player wiping the sweat off with his uniform but oh well...I even find myself becoming the emotional wreck that screams at the players and jumps for joy when my team scores- it's crazy I tell you.

Basketball, I think I'm really going to enjoy this relationship :-)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Rebekah and Isaac

I went to bible study on Monday and we read a passage on Rebekah and Isaac that reminded me of the time when I was walking down the aisle....
Genesis 24: 63-64; "He went out to the field one evening to meditate,[f] and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac."

I think it was so sweet that when they both looked up the first thing they saw was each other. It also reminded me that in my marriage I should only have eyes for my husband- just like I did on my wedding day. Nobody else should steal my focus.

Another thing that got our attention is that Isaac had gone to meditate when he looked up and saw Rebekah. He had his focus set on God and then he found his wife. God gave me my husband and if I focus on God I will enjoy my marriage to the full because He is the author - He knows exactly how it should go!

It also amazed me that Rebekah and Isaac experienced what I did on my wedding day - feeling like they were the only two people who existed. They experienced it centuries ago and I experienced it 6 months ago - God's design surely is the same yesterday, today and always!!!!

This post goes out to all those who have experienced that feeling and will always look back on it with fondness. May it remind you that God is in your marriage and His way of doing things is always the best.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Baby love

I LOVE BABIES!!!!!!! I don't have any of my own yet but I'm looking forward to it. For now I'm that person who smiles at every cute baby I see while I'm walking down the street. I particularly adore little girls - I think they look cute in almost anything.
Today, a friend of mine had a baby girl and I'm so excited coz it means I have one more baby to dote on :)

So in honor of my love for babies I decided to post a picture of my adorable nephew - I think he's the cutest thing this side of heaven!!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Yay, I have a blog!!!

Hi everyone - if there's anybody there - I'm so glad that I have a blog!!!! It's a bit scary but I'm sooooooooo excited!!!! Before I get ahead of myself let me tell you a little bit about myself:

I married my tall dark and handsome farmer husband in May 2010 - almost 6 months ago and I'm having the time of my life :) I love to cook and sing and read. I'm a Christian and very proud to be one. I'm a hopeless romantic!!!!!

Well, I'm sure I'll have a lot to write about much later so see ya!!!!!
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