When we’re happy we want to tell the world, or the people that are close to us, because we think that other people will be happy too… Sometimes keeping our happiness and happy moments to ourselves is many times the answer. Perhaps like that happiness doesn’t have an expiration date and will last longer! Keep that secret to yourself and enjoy it! Remember not everyone has a good heart like yours ❤️✨

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Chanfana

Chanfana

Ingredients

1 large onion, finely chopped 
1 large head garlic, cloves separated, peeled and bruised 
3 kg lamb shoulder, trimmed of excess fat, cut into large chunks 
rock salt 
white pepper 
dried bay leaves 
sweet paprika 
2 x 750 ml bottles red wine (or enough to cover the meat) 
80 ml olive oil 
1 bunch flat-leaf parsley

Instructions

Marinating time 4 hours

Scatter some of the onion in the base of a large casserole pot, followed by some garlic and a layer of lamb chunks. Sprinkle with rock salt, white pepper, a torn bay leaf and 1 teaspoon of paprika. Repeat the layers until all the lamb is used. Pour in red wine to cover the lamb. Cover the pot and leave to marinate for at least 4 hours, unrefrigerated.

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Check the wine level you may need to top it up as the meat soaks some up while marinating. Pour over the olive oil and place the stems of parsley on top. Cover with a tight-fitting lid or foil, making sure the pot is well sealed around the edges. Cook for about 45 minutes (or until you can smell the wonderful aroma), then reduce the heat to 180°C and cook for another 2¼ hours.

You can serve with potatoes or white rice and vegetables.

Enjoy! Bon Apetite!

 

 

Everything Helps

Having children can be the most exhilarating and yet the most frightening. You can go from zero to a hundred in a matter of seconds. Everything helps when you have a plan. Everything helps when you set goals and boundaries. Everything helps when you have a support group outside of your home. I put together a list of five helpful tips but I know there’s so much more. If only life was this simple. I probably do a second partake in the near future. With children there’s so much to talk about. I might not have a PHD in Child Psychology or Child Development but I have four kids. That should say it all. We are always learning and trying new methods to make life easier.

 

 1. One of the best things you can do for your child is to show genuine interest. To lead by example is to be the kind of person you want your child to be. To figure out what your true values are and acting on them. They can be as simple as doing unto others what you want done to yourself. To never giving up on making your dreams come true. To know that it’s ok to ask for help when you feel a little overwhelmed and to not be too hard on yourself when things don’t go your way!

 

2. Show affection. No one ever said too much affection was a bad thing especially when kids are small but lack of affection causes a significant impact on a child’s behavior development causing them many times to act up. Don’t be afraid to give lots of hugs or shower them with kisses. It will do wonders for their self esteem. Some kids might be into high-fives or some prefer that you text them or write them sweet little notes. Find your way to show how much you care and appreciate them. They grow up so fast and will remember every second you demonstrated your love!

 

3. Be the parent that asks questions. Be the parent that shows up to practice and recitals. Be the parent that “shows up”. Be the one that’s present, and makes time for their child. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about what’s going on your child’s life. Ask questions about school, activities or interests. Be open and friendly to their friends. Ask questions about them. Be accepting of everyone.

 

4. Your child needs you to be clear, reasonable, consistent and lenient to their ever changing needs and choices as they grow older. Sometimes you are the one that’s saying “no” when other parents are just saying “yes”! At times it’s in everybody’s interest and has to be done for the long haul. Stressful frustrations can set in but setting boundaries and limits are important for developmental needs.

 

5. Look around you. Are there any adults outside of your immediate family that have a positive influence on your child’s life? Perhaps it’s his or her teacher that pushes them to practice writing their name and teaches them not to give up. Maybe they are in the swim team and the instructor pushes them a few more laps in the pool, to motivate them. Maybe they have a supervisor in charge of their routes where they deliver the Sunday newspaper teaching them commitment and responsibility. All parties can benefit from having supportive relationships.

 

 

Helpful Tips

 

Seafood Rice

1 ½ – (375ml) Cups of Tomato Sauce

2 ½ – (625ml) Fish Stock

8 oz – (250g) Shrimp, Squid, Clams, or Monkfish pieces all cleaned

1 – (250ml) Cup Rice

Salt and Pepper to taste

¼ – (50ml) Cup Chopped Parsley

 

In a large saucepan with olive oil, add tomato sauce, fish stock and fish to boil. Cook over medium high heat, constantly stirring for 3 to 5 minutes, or until fish is partially cooked.

Stir in rice and return to boil. Reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, o until rice is tender.

Season with salt and pepper. Stir in parsley.

 

Bon Apetit!

*For a different option you can also pour the seafood rice into a baking dish and bake in 350 F (180 C) oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

There are many ways of doing this dish. There are no rights or wrongs just as long as it’s delicious and tasty.

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Bacalhau à Bras

8-11-2016 Bacalhau a Bras Pic

Ingredients

 400g Salted cod
500g Potatoes
1 Large Onion
1 Garlic head
6 Eggs
Pepper to taste
Parsley to taste
Oil to taste
Salt to taste
Black Olives to taste

 Directions

To prepare Bacalhau à Bras (Portuguese Traditional Dish) you need to have placed the Cod fish in a pan or dish in water overnight and keep changing the water regularly so it won’t be too salty. With your hands shred the Cod fish into tiny pieces as you remove all the bones and skin.

In the meantime, cut the potatoes into tiny matchsticks or use your grader to shred them finely and the Onion into thin rings.

Fry the potatoes in a pan and set them to one side, drying them on sheets of paper towels.

Moments after, in a deep pan with oil, stir in the onions and garlic until golden, then add the pieces of salt cod, and cook for a few minutes, until it soaks up the oil.

At this stage, add the potatoes and stir whilst adding the lightly beaten eggs with salt and pepper.

Stir for a few minutes, turning off the heat before the eggs solidify and become an omelette!

The Bacalhau à Bras has to be served hot, with parsley and black olives.

Bom Apetite!