Day 30: What’s in your makeup bag? 

A make-up bag? Seriously?

Shocker: I don’t have one.
 
Until my next post, Live, Love, Inspire & (don’t forget to) Smile. Believe in yourself and you can conquer all your fears.
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Day 29: Where have you travelled?

I haven’t travelled to a lot of places internationally but the few on my list are:

1) Dubai
2) England

I have travelled a lot across my country if only that counts. Also, I hope to have a better and bigger list by 30.

Until next time, Live, Love, Inspire & (don’t forget to) Smile. Believe in yourself and you can conquer all your fears.

Day 28: What are you Looking Forward to?

At the moment, nothing. If this counts then I am looking forward to myself and living this life one day at a time. I have had a rough patch in my life and the aftermath is ongoing so I will rest my heart and soul for a while and not look forward to anything except myself. Additionally, I have learnt it the hard way that everything wouldn’t go by ‘your’ plan then why plan? Well, avoiding my philosophies before this brief post turns into a long boring essay, I shall end this now.

Until the next post, Live, Love, Inspire & (don’t forget to) Smile. Believe in yourself and you can conquer all your fears.

Day 27: Post your Favorite Recipe

Since a year now, I have been obsessed with Trinidadian style stew chicken and I’d love to share the recipe. I was really bad at making it initially but I didn’t give up and now whoever I make it for, they can’t stop talking about it and always end up asking the recipe. So let’s get started, shall we?

Marination:
1kg Chicken and marinate with 4 tablespoons of Chief Green Seasoning. You can usually not find it in grocery stores but the Caribbean stores. I located one close by my house but if you don’t have the seasoning, no worries!! All you need is, 1 1/2 teaspoon of garlic paste, 1 1/2 teaspoon of ginger paste,1 1/2 hot chilli powder (more or less depending on how hot you want it to be), salt (as per your taste) and 1 teaspoon coriander powder. Chop 2 onions finely and throw them in the bowl along with the marinated chicken.Then leave the marination for an hour or so (I usually leave it over night).

Cooking:
Add two tablespoon of oil and let it heat. Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of sugar to the oil and caramelize the sugar and wait for it to change the color to dark brown-ish (more like blackish). Add your marinated chicken and onions in the caramelized sugar and mix it well so the chicken is covered with sugar properly. At this point, usually take down the temperature of the stove a little bit and cover the pot with its lid. Let the chicken cook in its own water but just don’t leave it to sit by itself (my mistake initially). Keep checking every 4 to 5 minutes so the chicken doesn’t burn. Also, initially you might think it needs water but don’t make that mistake either. Towards the end, if you think the chicken is not properly cooked, then you can add water and let it cook and bring it back to however thick gravy you want the chicken to have but this step is usually not needed. Well it will take around 20 to 30 minutes to cook the chicken. After 10 minutes of cooking the chicken, add 2 to 3 tablespoon of ketchup (more or less based on your taste again) and add chopped scotch bonnet pepper (Trinidadian people love a lot of pepper and I can tell with experience but people like me and you can burn our tongues and taste buds) so I prefer chopped green chilies. They aren’t as spicy as scotch bonnet and gives a good flavor to the dish too. You can tell the chicken is cooked when you can see a layer of oil on the sides of the pan (it seems like it’s a separated layer, something like that). Garnish it with chopped coriander and mint leaves (absolutely optional — moms like to pull that move with presentation).

Serving:
You can serve this with either boiled rice or roti or a takeaway naan from your local grocery store. Enjoy!

I think it wasn’t that bad. If any of you give it a try, I want to hear all about it!!

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Until next time,  Live, Love, Inspire & (don’t forget to) Smile. Believe in yourself and you can conquer all your fears.


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Day 26: An Old Photo Of You

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I don’t know why am I quite that lost on my birthday (chocolate cake I guess – yum)

This is my sixth birthday and my brother’s fourth birthday (who’s in the picture with me) photograph. My family usually celebrated our birthday together because it happens to be on consecutive days. Good old days — these old pictures remind me how time is ticking away so fast.

Until next time,  Live, Love, Inspire & (don’t forget to) Smile. Believe in yourself and you can conquer all your fears.


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Day 25: Your Favorite Five Blogs

I don’t think I can choose any five favorite blogs generally but I have been quite active with blogging for over a month now. As a result, I have followed really great new blogs and I will share my top five blogs that I have recently started following and I enjoy reading:

Barrira

Claire

Deanne

Julie

Kavya

Thank you for writing (this goes out to every blog I follow and read).

Until next time,  Live, Love, Inspire & (don’t forget to) Smile. Believe in yourself and you can conquer all your fears.

Day 24: Your Favorite Childhood Book

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson 

A book I read in sixth standard when I was 11 and it left a life long impact on me. I think I will blame that book for teaching me that it’s all about ‘giving and asking for nothing in return’ in friendship or for the matter any relationship. It taught me that happy endings are not important as long as you learn the lesson.

Until next time,  Live, Love, Inspire & (don’t forget to) Smile. Believe in yourself and you can conquer all your fears.

Day 23: Your Dream Job

I am a very career-oriented woman and I will love to be a professional working woman one day but my dream job might not have the very same idea of professionalism.

My dream job is to be a novel writer/writer. I want to travel around the world and feed on inspiration to write. I don’t want to be some genius like Dan Brown. Instead, I want to scribble down stories of people that we don’t pay quite an importance to but they are heroes of today. I want to be able to tell people what is reality with a pinch of fairy-tale-pepper (only because it exists).

So yeah, that’s it for this post. I can’t believe it’s Day 23 already for this challenge!

Until next time, Live, Love, Inspire & (don’t forget to) Smile. Believe in yourself and you can conquer all your fears.

Day 22: The Best Thing to Happen This year

Something went wrong so I had to post this again. Apologies for any inconvenience.

I recently got published if you didn’t know (Am I Really Published?). It was not just any article, it was a big achievement for me and for The Tab Leicester as well.

According to this girl who is the assistant editor at The Tab, my article was responsible for generating the most of the traffic on the day it was published (11 February 2015) making Tab Leicester’s ranking 7th across all Tab sites.

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I got around 285 shares and 22, 583 views for my only article leaving me to be the 15th most popular Tab contributor. I was astounded to be on the second place for my very first article in the list of Tab Top Five Articles of The Week. I couldn’t believe all this was happening within a matter of two days because I didn’t think that the article was this good.

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I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you WordPress and my readers who have been sharing their love with me for a long time. Thank you for reading, appreciating and sharing.

Until the next post, Live, Love, Inspire & (don’t forget to) Smile. Believe in yourself and you can conquer all your fears.


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