Harissa Chicken recipe

As a nursing mum there are days when I am ALWAYS hungry. Nursing is definitely the toughest form of exercise that I’ve done that sometimes makes me unimaginably tired. As a mum, I’ve also realised that at times I simply forget to eat and binge on unnecessary junk items.

To get my eating habits back on track and to keep myself energised throughout the day, I have started doing some things that’s helping me immensely: I keep myself well-hydrated, I eat small portions every two hours and most importantly, I always have a protein source in my main meals. I also go for recipes that are quick and easy to make. The other day, I experimented a bit and made this dinner. My version of Harissa Chicken is easy to make, delicious and most importantly nutritious. 

You will need: A portion of chicken breast, store brought Harissa paste, lettuce leaves, cucumber,1-2 cloves of garlic, salad tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, cayenne pepper (optional) and bagel bread. 

Here’s how to make: 

1) Cut the chicken breast into bite sized portions and marinate it with 2-3 tablespoon of Harissa paste. Keep it aside for at least half an hour. 

2) While  the chicken is marinating, make your salad. Cut the cucumber, salad tomatoes and sun dried tomatoes. Mix in a touch of cayenne pepper. Drizzle some oil from sun dried tomatoes over the veggies. Give the salad a thorough mix. 

3) Heat a pan and add some olive oil (just a touch would do you can use spray oil if you wish). Take out the marinated chicken and cook it thoroughly for 5-10 mins. 

4) Cut the garlic clove into small pieces and roast it with some oil. You just need to brown it a bit. 

5) Put the cooked chicken and salad on a plate of lettuce leaf and garnish it with roasted garlic. 

6) Serve it with warm bagel bread and enjoy. 

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When I was a kid, one of my favourite hobbies was to rummage through my mum’s bag as soon as she got home from work. For me, her bag was like treasure box, I would be delighted to find office notes, pen, her kohl, a lipstick etc. I would then take her bag and try to walk around our home in her little-too-big heels.  I think my love for bags, kohl  and other beautiful things started because of her. Today, as an adult there are certain things that you would always find in my bag. 

Hand Bag essentials

In my bag, you will always find: a hand cream, compact a lip gloss or lipstick, a lip balm, tissues, hand sanitizer, kohl and a comb. As a book worm, I also almost always carry a book because you know commuting can be a tedious task.

What are your hand bag essentials? Would love to know.  

Bag: Satchel Company, Compact: Body Shop, Lip balm: Body Shop, Hand cream: Body Shop, Kohl: Maybelline Smoky, Lip gloss: Revlon, Tissues: Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer: Mum and Me. 

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Mummyhood (I just coined the term) is a very tough and busy job which can sometimes (actually most times) leave you looking like a train wreck. Here are my beauty cheats that will make you look like a million dollars even though you feel bone tired and just want to be under a nice duvet for the rest of eternity. 

beauty cheats for busy mum

1) Clinique Uplifting Liquid Illuminator: This is perhaps one of the few products that I can genuinely not live without. True to its word, it really uplifts your face. Mix it with your foundation/CC cream for an over all glow or use it as a bronzer either ways you will look like you have had a well-rested night (which obviously you haven’t). 

2) Bodyshop Peppermint foot spray: Chances are you will be on your toes all the day. Needless to say, your feet would show signs of tiredness too. This cooling spray will rejuvenate and give them an instant freshness. 

3) Batiste Dry Shampoo: Most days I don’t have the luxury of gloriously shampooing and conditioning my hair. Batiste Dry Shampoo is my go to product to get instantly fresh and clean hair. 

4) Simple Eye balm: One thing I realised after becoming a mom is that puffy, tired eyes is part of the job. This soothing eye balm by Simple freshens and relaxes my eyes and is even keeping dark circles at bay. 

5) Olay CC cream: The CC cream is the best alternate to foundation and a tad bit better than moisturizer; most also come with SPF which means you don’t need another product on your face. 

6) Kohl: Busy Mom or not, a good flick of kohl is sometimes the only thing you need to look great. Even on days I  don’t put anything on my face, I still use kohl and it lightens up my face instantly. My favourite is Mac’s Designer Purple.

7) Lipstick: Just like kohl, lipstick is another great thing to use when you have to dash out and look fresh in less than a minute. My favourite one is Mac’s Up the Amp

8) Perfume: Another thing I realized after becoming a mom is that I also don’t have the luxury of taking long, relaxing bath. Hence, spritzing on some perfume is not only a great way to feel fresh but smell great too. My current favourite is Calvin Klein CKIN2U

9) Lip balm: Another quick and easy way to give some TLC to your lips is to keep applying lip balm. I have lip balms in every other nook and cranny of my home. I love the Grace Cole as I had mentioned here

These are my beauty cheats for anyone living a busy life. What are yours? Would love to hear. 

PS: This post is not sponsored, I have brought all the above products except the lip balm. 

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Fifty days postpartum, I am still rounder and softer.

maxi skirt postpartum style

But it does’t matter for my body has done something incredible of housing, protecting and bringing a new life to this Earth and it continues to do something incredible i.e. nourish, nurture and develop this little life :).

Maxi skirts for Postpartum style

Postpartum fashion maxi skirt style

Skirt: Monsoon (sold out), Top: Marks and Spencer, Bag: Satchel Company, Necklace: MIL’s gift, Earrings: Swarvoski, Bracelet: Warren James, Cocktail ring and sandals: Debenhams.

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Being a new mum and taking care of an infant is perhaps the toughest job you will have; a journey that can bring down even the best of us. As soon as the excitement of child birth got over and my body began to adjust itself to the demands of bringing up an infant—constant feeding, changing, cleaning and looking after my little princess; it seemed my body began to complain. I began experiencing all sorts of pains—joint pain, back pain, musculoskeletal pain the list was endless. Whilst taking pain killers regularly helped me a bit I knew this was not a long term solution. So, I booked for myself an hour long session of Swedish massage at Bhavi Beauty, Basingstoke.

An hour long session with a demanding baby seemed indulgent but I gave in for the sake of my sanity and subsequently my baby’s well-being. The benefits of a post natal massage are well-documented: it relaxes tense muscles, relieves sore spots, improves blood circulation, increases joint mobility, rejuvenates you and elevates you physically and mentally.

I stepped in as my therapist took me inside a dimly lit, pleasantly smelling room. I was genuinely hoping for a miracle that will especially take away the nagging musculoskeletal pain on my lower back and yes I was literally dreaming of someone kneading and taking out the tension from various stress spots. I lay down and closed my eyes consciously telling myself to let go as I was hearing Aria’s cries even there. The therapist started the massage by generously applying almond oil to my feet and making soft, sweeping strokes.

Image via: Google

Image via: Google

As the treatment progressed, the strokes became deeper and firmer as she started kneading the muscles. For me, it felt like all the tension and stress was sweeping off from my body. My over stressed mind, on the other hand tried its best to relax whilst I kept drifting on and off out of a much needed sleep. A Swedish massage with its firm kneading, percussion-like tapping, bending and stretching techniques helps in decreasing the level of stress hormone—Cortisol and this session certainly helped me to get rid of some new-mum stress and get mentally and emotionally better.

I will give Bhavi beauty seven out of ten stars for their Swedish massage. I only wish the therapist had spent some time before the treatment with me and had quizzed me on my condition and if I had any specific issues to be sorted. But my back ache nearly gone; I could not be happier 🙂

I thank my Mum and Dad for sponsoring this post and giving me this wonderful gift.

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