Salt and chilli pepper chicken with egg fried rice 

Salt and pepper chilli chicken
2 organic chicken breasts, sliced

2 eggs

1/2 red pepper 

1/2 onion

Tsp garlic purée 

1 teaspoon salt 

100g bread crumbs

1 tsp chilli powder 

Light soya sauce

Coconut oil – tbsp

 
Method
Step 1
For the coating: Pour the bread crumbs into a bowl, add 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 tsp chilli powder and mix together. 
Step 2
Take your strips of chicken and dip in a bowl of beaten eggs, then roll in the bread crumb mix – repeat until all the chicken is coated. 
Step 3
Place the chicken pieces on baking paper on a tray . Cook the chicken at 200° for about 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through . 
Step 4
When the chicken is nearly cooked stir fry your chopped pepper , onion , chilli and garlic in the coconut oil, with 2 tsp of soy sauce.

Step 5
When the chicken is ready, add it to the pan with your onion mix . 

For the egg fried rice – 
Rice
An egg
Coconut oil

Step 1
Cook rice according to instructions (I used microwave rice) 
Step 2 
Heat 1 tsp of coconut oil in a pan
Step 3
Add the rice and coat in the coconut oil
Step 4
Whisk an egg and push he rice to one side of the pan, in the space add the egg and keep whisking until it’s all cooked through 
Step 5 
Mix the rice with the egg 

Chinese curry sauce 

Chinese curry sauce 
(adapted from an allrecipes.co.uk recipe) 
•1 medium onion, diced

•4 teaspoons Chinese five spice

•3 teaspoons ground ginger

•1 teaspoon garlic purée 

•1/2 teaspoon mild chilli powder

•2 tablespoons mild curry powder

•2 teaspoons tomato ketchup

•1 pint chicken stock (made with 2 •chicken stock cubes)

•1 tablespoon light soy sauce

•50ml full fat milk

•3 teaspoons sugar

•1 tablespoon coconut oil

•1 tablespoon cornflour, mixed to a paste with a drop of water
Directions – 
Heat olive oil in a frying pan or wok over medium heat. Add the onion, five spice, ginger, garlic granules, curry powder and chilli powder. Stir and cook for about a minute, then add the stock, oyster sauce, soy sauce and tomato ketchup.

Bring to the boil, then add cornflour paste and stir until thickened. Reduce the heat add the sugar and the cream and then leave to simmer on a very low heat for about 20 minutes.

Add your desired cooked ingredients to the sauce and warm through. I have added chicken and mushrooms to the sauce in my photo.

Rye raspberry and almond brownies 

❤️raspberry, almond and rye brownies ❤️
So lucky to have some amazing local producers on the Isle of Man. One of my favs is @laxeyflour . Not only do they have an amazing range of flours they are all preservative free – how amazing is that! I wasn’t going to post until new year but I made these amazing brownies with some rye flour that Laxey mill kindly let me trial for them and I couldn’t wait to post! Perfect for a New Year’s Eve pudding served warm with ice cream and certainly NOT #refinedsugarfree ! The rye gives these brownies an amazing rich flavour but if you only have plain use that. Also for richer use 300g plain but I prefer 1/2 plain 1/2 milk chocolate in mine 😍 enjoy!

❤️150g dark chocolate (I used green and blacks organic)

❤️150g milk chocolate (I used green and blacks organic)

 ❤️250g @iomcreamery salted butter

❤️400g soft light brown sugar (I thought I had this is the cupboard but it was brown Demerara – worked fine but went a bit clumpy in the pan when melting but resulted in the brownies having delicious sugar clumps in them 😍😍)

 ❤️4 large #gellings #manx eggs

❤️140g @laxeyflour rye flour

❤️50g cocoa powder

❤️200g fresh raspberries

 ❤️100g flaked almonds

 ❤️❤️Heat oven to 180C

. ❤️❤️ Line a 20 x 30cm baking tray tin with baking paper .

❤️❤️break the chocolate into pieces And place into a pan on a low heat with the butter and sugar stirring occasionally. Removed from heat when fully melted

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❤️❤️lightly whisk in the eggs into the melted chocolate mixture one at a time.

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❤️❤️Sieve over the flour and cocoa powder and stir in to the chocolate mix

. ❤️❤️Stir in half the raspberries then transfer the mix to the baking tray, scattering the remaining raspberries on top

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❤️❤️ Bake on the middle shelf for 25-36 mins depending how gooey you like your brownies 😍

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❤️❤️cool and slice into squares ❤️❤️
 #brownies #raspberry #almond #rye #ryeflour #laxey #isleofman

Baby shower gift ideas 

Instagram is a treasure trove of amazing independent stores that offer practical but fun and amazing ideas for mums and dads to be!! Let’s face it, there’s only so many baby grows one kid needs, so how about treating mum and dad to a special little treat at the baby shower instead?  

So my super cool friend Tam @australian_dad has written a book called ‘becoming daddy’. It’s a perfect eye opener for a first time dad to be, packed full of facts, anecdotes and humour. It’s a guide to what will happen, how Tam coped with it and for you to think about how you will cope with things. It’s in no way a ‘YOU MUST DO THIS’ book it’s like a cheat book to dad life so nothing will come as unexpected 🙌🏻🙌🏻 (well some bits will but that’s life!!) 

Or how about this book for the mama to be ‘how to grow a baby and push it out’ by Clemmie Telford @mother_of_daughters – she’s a midwife and mum of 4 beautiful little girls so Experiances from both sides of the fan…….. errrrrr fence 😂😂 

What does a new mum need? SNACKS!! Get her some of these @nomnomkids reusable pouches and snack bags and not only can she keep them for when she’s weaning the baby, before that she can make her own healthy smoothies and keep a secret stash of healthy snacks near her for 3am cravings or close by if she’s feeding ☺️

Speaking of snacks – imagine a snack that’s delicious and looks amazing and that you can personalise?!! Well imagine no more, just head over to @ladybakewellpark and order the new parents some biscuits?!! If they already know the name, how about popping that on the biscuits? Or maybe get some in pink and blue if they’ve not found out? Or their fav song lyrics………. the possibilities are endless 💜

Just as tasty but healthy too are the amazing snacks from @skinnybakery 😍 packed full of healthy ingredients and posted straight to your door. Give these at the shower, or get them delivered to the parent’s door in the days after birth. It will defo be appreciated! 

And on the same thread – water water water!! Make sure she’s getting enough by buying her one of these @hydratem8 bottles 
 
These aren’t available yet but these lidded hot drink cups by @mother_pukka not only look amazing AND keep your coffee warm but you’ll also be supporting the very very serious campaign about getting flexible working hours for parents. What more could a mamma want?!! 

What does every mum to be and new mum need? COMFORT!! How Gorgeous is this snuggley cosy ‘girl gang’ jumper by @essexmama ? As you can see suitable with or without bump! I’ve just ordered a varsity collection jumper for myself 😍 cosy cosy cosy 

Dad’s need to be cosy too!! How about one of these ‘breaking dad’ sweaters for him? @parentapparel have some seriously funky designs for mama too such as their ‘gin & on it’ and ‘are we there yet?’ – something any parent can connect with I’m sure! I’m also waiting for their ‘mental wealth’ jumper to launch. 

And while we’re on clothing how cute are these matching ‘raising the future’ and ‘the future’ tops by @mre_soeur ? I love these!! Perfect parent and little apparel 😍😍

Keep on the twinning theme with these super cute ‘mama’ and ‘dada’ bracelets by the ridiculously cool @woodyandflorence . I had one of these bracelets and loved it. A perfect little present and one that won’t break the bank either. A perfect reminder of joining the best club in the world ❤️

If in doubt @annabelkarmel it!! Annabel has cook books for everything!!! How about a book for pregnant mamas? Or a book for busy mamas when the baby arrives? Or better still, buy the books yourself and give her an IOU at the shower for some healthy, home cooked meals delivered to her door when the baby gets here to save her a job 👌🏼

And for those healthy meals how about some @oogaababy products? Parents can use these when weaning but before that they are PERFECT for leftovers (they come with silicone lids) and you can bake in them too, cutting down on the washing up – what’s not to love?!! 💚

Memories 😍😍😍 now this isn’t technically an Instagram store but how about booking the new parents a photo shoot with a local photographer? A family shoot like local photographer @liamgilman did for my beautiful sister and her family? Or how about a newborn shoot? There’s nothing like those first few days of a baby’s life and capturing it on camera is priceless 👼🏼 

If you can’t resist treating the baby to something then how about some nursery sparkle? @sparklechildlondon have some unbelievably STUNNING things on offer! How about this sparkle cloud for the nursery? I bought my girls a sparkly crown and wand each and they truly are the most beautiful things I’ve seen! How about getting something for an older child instead? Kristal also makes superhero masks for boys too……… go and check her out, not only is her stuff beautiful but she’s a beautiful person so you’ll want to give her your money! ✨✨

More baby ideas from @porterandbramble ⭐️ what about a beautiful custom print for baby’s nursery? You want it and Megan will make it to a stunning quality. Be quick though as she’s currently cooking a custom order of her own so will be shut for a little while 👨‍👩‍👦‍👦

If you’re not sure what you want, then why not have a scan through @mackymoocreations and pick something up from there for the nursery wall? There’s so many cute and bright and beautiful designs I’m sure the only difficulty you’ll have is choosing only one 👌🏼

And lastly, how about getting a special present instead for a big brother or sister? These lovely designs for boys or girls (there’s lego crayons – need I say more??!!) are a sure win from @colormehappy_crayons . Why not get ‘brother’ or ‘sister’ in crayons, or their own name or fav shape? They could draw a masterpiece for their new little sibling 

Happy shopping guys!! I hope I’ve given you some great ideas 😍😍