Food Challenge: Calamari Tubes In A Sauce With A Cheesy Salad

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

Hi everyone!!

As I sit here typing out this post, I’m actually reminiscing about the winter cold…
I suppose it is really true that we as humans will never be satisfied by what is, right now.

The only great thing about summer for me is the ability for me to quickly slap together a meal with minimum time in the kitchen.

This evening was no exception.

Here’s my quick and healthy recipe:

Calamari Tubes With Lemon Butter Sauce & A Cheesy Salad by Rubina Hassan.

1 packet Calamari tubes (I have a friend that sells single portion calamari tubes)
Milk, preferably full cream.
Green Masala ( a mix of garlic and green chillies ground together)
Red Chilli Flakes (optional)
Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper

Lemon Juice
Butter

Method:
When preparing calamari, take it out of the freezer about 15 minutes before cooking.
Rinse under water and drain
Put in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients, except lemon juice and butter.
Leave to marinate one side while making the salad.

Cheesy Salad:

Romano tomatoes ( small/cherry tomatoes will work)
Cucumber
Red onion
Mozzarella cheese
Feta cheese
Pimento Stuffed Olives
Basil
Coriander

Method:
Wash veggies under running water. Rinse herbs.
Slice tomatoes in half… If it’s too big, slice into quarters. Slice onion thinly. Cut cheeses into squares. Slice cucumber into thick rounds and half them. Rough chop coriander, and tear basil leaves up. Add in olives.
Toss everything together. Serve with a creamy dressing, Knorr Creamy Italian Dressing is a great option.

Now, to finish off the calamari:

Take butter and add to a pan on medium-low heat. Melt the butter and add the calamari tubes. Cook for 2 minutes and then add in the marinade. Cook for a minute and then add in about two tablespoons of lemon juice.
Cover your pan and cook for 5 minutes.

Take out the calamari tubes and set aside. Reduce the sauce until you achieve a nice thickish consistency.
Pour over calamari tubes and serve with salad, creamy Italian dressing and crispy rolls or ciabatta slices that have been lightly toasted.

This salad is also great with a tangy yet spicy roast chicken or with my Thai Inspired Fish.

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I do know that I haven’t put in measurements, the reason is that I honestly didn’t measure anything.
I just put in what I thought was enough.

My salad was enough for 4 people with generous helpings for each. The calamari was just for me as the rest of my family is a bit … Squeamish, I guess… When it comes to cooking or eating certain things…

Like sushi… And mushrooms… And crab sticks.. And … The list really goes on and I fear you’ll be bored in no time, so I’ll stop here.

In any case, the above recipe works with fish as well, white fish like hake and kingklip or line fish etc is preferable.

If you do try out any of my recipes, I’d love to have some feedback.

Until next time إنشاءالله
Bon appetite!

وعليكم السلام و رحمةالله و بركاته

November 2013 Events

السلام عليكم و رحمةالله و بركاته

Hi everyone!

How are you all doing?

I just got back from a fantastic weekend! It was beyond awesome, extremely insightful and educational, and awe inspiring!
I have never felt so much energy, positivity and excitement in my life!

Curious to know where I was? And what I did?

Hmmm…. I shall share it soon.. Don’t despair.

For now though, I want to let everyone know about some amazing events taking place.

If you want to attend, please contact me ASAP so that I can book your seat, as well as your friends seat if you are taking someone with you, with regards to the one event.

And that would be: The Herbalife MEGA SHAKE PARTY!

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Does everyone see the details of the poster?

If you’re waiting to make a positive change in your life, now is the time!
Sitting and waiting around isn’t going to make it happen, but by taking that first step right now, you’ve already won half the battle of wills!
The will to look fantastic by New Years at least, that’s for sure! 😉

Anyway, here’s another cause if you’re not into the Healthy Active Lifestyle by Herbalife….

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So come on people!

Let’s make some positive changes in life, if not for ourselves, than atleast for someone else!
Who’s in?

Those who reply, your comments will be showing up! Come on, YOU CAN DO THIS!!!

(If I seem hyped up, it’s probably the Thermo Tea and NRG combination from Herbalife! No Blue Monday for me! Just a beautiful day with a million positive possibilities!)

Have a wonderful energized week!

وعليكم السلام و رحمةالله و بركاته

Product Review:2: Fitbit Flex

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Earlier this year, while at OR Tambo,waiting to board, I came across a shop selling Fitbit gear.

What is a Fitbit?

A Fitbit is a tracker that syncs via Bluetooth with your phone.
It keeps track of your steps, diet, exercise, calories and even tracks your sleep!

A Fitbit Flex is an easy way of wearing the tracker. Not only is it stylish but it will be with you wherever you go.
Want to check how many steps you’ve done?
Easy, just tap the tracker and every illuminated LED light will show you 20% of your target steps that you’ve completed.

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There’s a beautiful color range of bands available that you can insert your Fitbit Flex tracker into, even some designer wrist bands!

Now I had been looking for a pedometer to count my steps and to be more active generally, and this seemed almost perfect. And so I bought it.

That was 9 months ago, and I haven’t regretted using it. Infact I’m thrilled at knowing just how much I’ve moved and I’m able to keep track of my diet and calorie intake.

The Fitbit Flex is simply an awesome addition to leading a healthy, active lifestyle.

The battery life is pretty good considering that I charge it once every 5 – 6 days.
And you get an email reminder to charge your flex when the battery level goes low.

I haven’t experienced any cons to the Fitbit, except that I don’t wear my Fitbit flex on my arm. I actually strap it to my ankle because I feel it’s more accurate in counting my steps that way.

Recently a new Fitbit Force tracker has been released and I am so in love with it!
Hoping to get it soon!

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You can visit Fitbit South Africa here for more information.

NB: I was in no way compensated for this review. This is purely my own opinion after having tested this product for a period of time.

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