Archive | October, 2011

but if you never try then you’ll never know… fix you

21 Oct

recipe #12 perfect fluffy american pancakes

9 Oct


3 large eggs

120g flour

150ml milk

1 tsp baking powder

teeny pinch of salt


separate the eggs, put whites in one bowl and yolks in the other

add the flour, baking powder and milk and mix together to make a really smooth batter

in the other bowl whisk the whites with the pinch of salt until they form peaks

fold the egg whites into the batter mix and whisk together

heat a pan to medium, grease with some butter

pour in some of the pancake mixture and heat for a few minutes

when it’s almost golden, add whatever mixture you want, chocolate, bananas etc..

cook until golden…

(note: the ones i made in the pictures were a little lighter than the recipe above)

zumba – what’s it all about?

4 Oct

Zumba is a Latin-inspired dance and fitness program created by dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez in Colombia in the 90’s.

I had my second class last night in Clontarf with Stepping Out and have to say, it really is exercise in disguise!

It involves both dance and aerobic elements and it’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, salsa, samba, merengue, flamenco, mambo, cumbia, reggaeton, martial arts, bellydancing and bollywood. Squats and lunges also play a huge part in the routines so you really ‘feel’ you’ve had a good workout. They say you burn between 500 and 1000 calories per class. I have to say it’s more of the fun element that brings me back as it’s such a laugh and a great way to meet people if you are new to the city or area.

In the 1990s, this Perez guy forgot his tape of aerobics music for a class he was teaching. He took the tapes he had in his car—Latin salsa and merengue music—and improvised a class using this non-traditional aerobics music. After this spread across  Colombia, he took the class to the US in ’99.

There are now more than 20,000 Zumba instructors in 35 countries and Zumba fever is spreading…So it’s not only me that’s been bitten by the Zumba bug…

I have 8 more classes to go and am definetely on the look-out for the next program as it really is fun, you do get fit, and it doesn’t even seem like an effort. Give it a try yourself..

recipe#11 homemade chicken and potato curry

3 Oct


chicken breasts (better if bones still intact)

one large onion

1 clove of garlic

pinch cumin seeds toasted

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp paprika

1 fresh chilli (more if you like SPICY)

1/2 teaspoon salt

tblsp tomato puree

1 tsp cayenne pepper

2 tblsp nut oil

4 or 5 potatoes

stock cube

300-500ml water

olive oil for frying

4-5 peeled potatoes

corriander to taste


whizz all curry paste ingredients in a food processor

heat a big pot, add oil and curry paste

heat for about 15 seconds until you can smell all the ingredients

add the chicken and coat and heat for a few seconds

add stock to curry paste and cook chicken

leave to simmer

about 25 minutes before serving, add potatoes (halved)

serve with some torn corriander, rice and  wholemeal pitta bread