Home Cooking by Dee

Home Cooking by Dee

I’ve wanted for a while now to post something close to my heart. Something I can inspire anyone who is willing to try.

That had to be something I am conversant with and passionate about.

Currently I have fallen in love with food creation. I’m talking about fun, quick and mostly healthy food creations.

Thanks to my roomie I play with food literally, to make fun foods that look good on camera. She allowed me to create sometimes last minute or just on the spot. If I’d go to the nitty gritty This blog would need a new title. (Will save it for a later time).

Another reason for this post is how my mom “THE greatest cook there is I know” told me my cooking had now surpassed hers (although I know she still reigns supreme. I occasionally ask her for tips here and there). If you can tell, this girl was giddy from head to toe 😁 I can proudly say I am my mama’s girl! And yes it’s a mark I’m willing to attain in this wholesome healthy eating journey.

In this post I want to give you tips on how to make food at home moreso if you have a busy schedule and takeout doesn’t feel healthy enough. I have joked about venturing full on to tackle nutrition because healthy eating and healthy living make my heart palpitate in glee. Who knows, I could actually do that- but that’s a story for another day as well.

Here are several of my tips to making home cooked meals and I hope to inspire you to cook some more and think out of the box when it comes to creating wholesome meals:

1. Don’t be afraid to try new things in the kitchen

Of course by now you’ve had many posts from foodies tell you about this. If you can’t tell, this is a favorite of mine. To be honest I get frights when it comes to cooking certain foods some because of them being an unfamiliar food and others because the phobia is ingrained deeply in me. For instance I fear making maize meal (ugali) so much so I get jitters thinking about how to make it. Whereas my roommate is the queen of making great ugali I totally suck at it.

Sometime back I decided to face my fear in the eye and gave making maize meal a hand, I must say I was proud of how it turned out. That said, I know my weaknesses so I eschew from making them but if I have to, I certainly will give it a try.

2. Love it and mean it- it will show

There is a saying that goes “made with love” and I can solemnly promise I try my best to create all the food I present with love. Somehow it gives me joy when the food is set at the table and the chow down is happening with great pleasure. If that means making two meals just to cater for someone else’s preferences I will do it wholeheartedly. I mean, who wouldn’t want food that has some thought into it rather than haphazardly served food?

3. Be open to learning from others

Well apart from passed on tips from family and friends the Internet tends to come in handy when you want to learn how to create great food. Find out different ways to make your food better, healthier or tastier than you conventionally do. Then make your own version that you like. Say if you have a food you don’t normally eat but is incorporated in the meal you’ve seen being made try a version that you’ll like. For me that would be foods containing gluten.

4. Work with what you have

Well, you don’t have to drain your pockets to create a certain meal, although that is highly likely-it’s happened to me severally.

Ha! That’s why I advise you to work with what you have. There’s no problem wanting more but with whatever you have you can actually make a wholesome meal that people can savor.

5. Use as many colors as you can

Your food doesn’t have to be bland. You could use certain spices and vegetables to give your meal flair. I like natural spices and fresh vegetables and I advise you to try it too. You’ll love all the flavors that come from mixing certain spices to make a meal that is to die for.

6. Don’t rule out eating out

It’s great to be served from time to time. If someone invites you out to eat or you crave for restaurant meals don’t hesitate to indulge. You’ll need to be extra cautious on the food you choose especially if you are on a healthy journey and afterwards detox if you feel the urge to do so.

7. Train your mind to eat certain meals and schedule the time if you can

It’s important to have a scheduled mealtime or certain foods to eat especially if your ultimate goal is to lose weight or maintain a healthy wholesome diet. I am big on sumptuous breakfasts if I had it my way I would make my mornings as breakfast banquets. I love a hearty early dinner later on during my meal plan for the day. In between I try to eat little to no food and so far my body has rewarded me to stay lean and I enjoy it. That said, I wouldn’t ask you to scrape off your lunch plans. I would ask you to know what makes you satisfied. For some it’s portion control to others it’s snacking throughout the day on healthy nibbles. Ideally it has to boil down to what fills you up and leaving you feeling like your best.

8. Snack

If you can’t last a whole meal to the next meal that you normally take, I’d suggest to eat or nibble on some snacks that are healthy for you. Nuts and fruits top that list for me and lately homemade popcorn is the queen of snacks in our household 😊 

9. Don’t forget to stay hydrated.

I’ll be the first to admit that drinking water is a challenge. Unlike most healthy folks I have to put some thought to it. Try different and fun ways to incorporate water into my meals. It helps you get off the bland taste of water and somehow makes it tastier. Add a fruit or cucumber to taste and voila a cool drink of water, literally!

You could also add some not so common water in the sense of coconut water, fresh juices or a healthy drink that is not so sugary.

If all else fails, just go the plain tall glass of water and stay hydrated 😊

10. Have fun!

Did you know that cooking for yourself is a stress reliever? A fun fact I spotted the other day. Drop in your favorite tunes as you prep and cook. Have a blast and just loosen up to what cooking from home is all about!

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Don’t hesitate to ask me for recipes for a certain food you have liked from the pictures here for you to try at home.

Ps: Most of the food pictures in here can be found on my Twitter timeline using the handle @denisetuyilife. There you will also get the recipes and ingredients used to make the various meals.
So there you have it, make food at home- Your body, mind, and pocket will thank you.

Home Style

Home Style

Over the past month I spent my days at home. April for those who don’t know yet, happens to be my birth month, hello fellow Aries birthmates 👋

While there my little brother turned my official photographer took the pain of taking my oh-so many poses. 

I am a hill billy, country raised girl and so taking pictures where my heart beats for and with the people it beats for the most was well worth it.

Besides, what’s a girl to do than #CarpeDiem all the single moments God, favor, time and good fortune had bestowed me 😊

So here are some of the many pictures I thought to share as I seriously take this blogging gift I have to a more consistent level. (Not an easy feat but hey, I’ll try it just because I have readers like you 😍)

Old walls are a great show when you want to show off your eye makeup, don’t you think?
Cause that’s the mantra you sweet reader of mine 😊
Oh the feeling of the sun hitting you on the face after a cold day in.
This felt majestic in some way
Strike a pose, Vogue
Looking deep into your soul
All that green made me want to swim in it
Look forward to good things 😍
Nappy hair for days
The aesthetic made this look so perfect for me.
Braiding grass 🌾
The vastness of where we stay has always felt like home and is actually home
Stole my sisie’s clothes for this. Loved the outcome 😁
My momma’s plants came to show off too. How lovely
‘Cause black is beautiful
Country girl hats are amazing 👒
Au naturel no make up just a fresh face
Y’all I have the most hilarious brother on earth! He makes me giggle like a girl! He also takes cool pics of me so I am just a lucky big sis 💕
The sun is out! Yippee 🙌🌞
Sun hat in a shade of brown
Almost blew a dandelion there 😁
As the sun set, bro decided to take some night pictures. Here goes 😊
The flash at night made it hard so there were so many blinks before this shot came to life. Ouch my eyes 😎
Night shots are cool

So there you have it friends, that was my at home style during my birthday month as I experienced the vibrations of where I am from 💕

My Acne Reality

My Acne Reality

Some acne pops on the forehead and I edited this one for the brightness to dazzle 😁

I am going to be honest with you guys because what would this blog be if it wasn’t about honesty?

Well, if you have met me you know I got them adult acne scars and pimples. 

When I was younger I had that just perfect smooth face- when puberty hit and so did the little pops flare up. At first it wasn’t that big of a deal (it still isn’t right now though, you’ll find out that shortly). Then in high school it became an issue.

I would enjoy bursting them or flaking off the old dry ones, sweet right? Well apparently I was causing colossal damage in the long run. Who knew that innocent bliss had its repercussions. Mama warned me, friends warned me but I couldn’t resist. Sweetest taboo if you may 😉

The scars stayed and so did the insecurities. My mom is a believer in healing from natural ways and so our first try was with the aloe vera plants that grew at home. And try did I. The yucky part of it all is that it tasted worse than it healed me. We tried all she knew to a fail. Thing is, these were excellent remedies but my headstrong self couldn’t let me be tamed to doing one thing days on end. I jumped from one remedy to another.

In high school almost every girl I know used a cream called “nice and lovely” I opted for the Ayurvedic one because of the ‘natural’ elements it had. Still it failed.

I tried all the treatments out there. Trust me when I tell you that because a friend once advised me to use my pee and surprisingly Google search has some success stories on the usage. Cringe!

Yes I even tried the famous chickpea flour, milk and turmeric combination to my chagrin.

As cringeworthy as it looks (tongue out, kissy face and all) I believed this was the remedy of all remedies. You should have seen how worked up I was whenever I missed using the ‘remedy’

Most of my pictures posted on social media are airbrushed to rid those ‘unsightly’ marks at least that’s what I have structured myself to believe.

Granted there are success stories but this chica here had to do much more than topical remedies. It was deeper than what these arguably impressive remedies had to offer.

One thing I forgot while in pursuit of better skin was what I was eating. I ate anything just because it was edible. I didn’t consider my skin in all of it and turns out the damage cut deeper as I grew older.

I used Google and trustworthy sites to learn as much as possible. I started eliminating certain foods and would go back to them as soon as the craving sparked. Sadly, I ended up making the proverbial one step forward, two steps backward.

Until recently when I was on a weeklong detox period did I fully commit to enough is enough! I now know my triggers and I have promised myself not to eat them.

A good friend of mine Josephine Mpore, owner of Maka & Yura Spa- who is a lifestyle coach, told me to stop eating certain foods and see how it goes. She went ahead and prescribed a cleanser, toner and moisturizer package that suits my skin type.

Using these after a clean meal of eliminating triggers has really paid off.

She also adviced on drinking unsweetened green tea to cleanse me from within.

So nowadays I go for non comedogenic products that help unlock my pores and drink plenty of water unlike previous times.

Took this yesterday. So far so good.

So there you have it, my acne journey. It hasn’t been rosy and I don’t think it will ever be but one thing is for certain, I am not pulling my hair trying to heal the skin but I’ll let nature take its course while I strive to eat well, and be well.

Foods that heal acne and those that trigger it

Peace, Love and Light to each of you my friends 🙂

MCM

MCM
To brighter clear sky days 🙂

They say it comes when you least expect it,

You know that flowery experience whatchamacallit,

Love.

Yea, that they say and truth be told it rings true,

Waiting for the right time to stand and be by you,

Joy.

In the field of grandeur and avarice it’s hard to find,

What many have coined the proverbial peace of mind,

Hope.

But in the end when you can stay sane in the midst of life’s blur,

And talk like you’ve known each other for long and all’s at par,

Bliss.

An ode to this stud

Style

Style

You can be stylish and not rob a bank while you are at it.

Well at least that’s what I am trying to showcase with
 various outfit posts I will be posting in the coming days.

This series is something I am lately inclined to. It’s going to focus on thrifty ways to dress up and not feel like the clothes are poking holes at your whole being for being a spendthrift.

So without further ado, let’s go posing.

The clothes and accessories are below 5$.
In the boardroom showing that you can be casual smart but not have robbed a bank to stay afloat with the corporate’s who’s who.
Get comfy. This outfit was not one of those stressful clads to wear all day. Sometimes when I am so tired I sleep in my work clothes, embarrassing I know but this I would have slept in it if the odds happened.
Give yourself another break and strike a pose ’cause slaying comes at a time you never thought it would 😁
Now in case you haven’t noticed those stilettos this is your chance. These babies also were not hefty at all. After bargaining for a little bit 5$ was what they ended up costing.
Hair and makeup by me so clearly I didn’t make my pockets bleed for this little project of mine 🙂
Me being the director so that we can get the best shots was caught gabbing away 😉

So there you have it folks. You don’t need a lot to make your style impeccable. 

All you need is bargaining power and a keen eye for what your body looks like in them. 
All the photos were taken using the camera Phone by my colleague Andrew Kazibwe who gets my ideas and captures them occasionally seasoning them with his brilliant ideas.

That’s it for now folks 🙂

Stay safe and until next time,

XO.

Movie Review: Ben-Hur

Movie Review: Ben-Hur

 

Ben-Hur Poster (Image from Google)

 

 

A big howdy to all you who read my blog.

So this whole week I’ve been thinking on what to write on the blog that is both interesting and also reflective of the year. Fat chance I got to watch a movie and fast forward I thought to myself why not write a review.

Armed with my pen and notebook I jotted some of the cool stuff I would love to share with you on this blog.

Don’t mind that handwriting. It was done in a hurry (Also don’t tell me I’m the only one who has a pen and paper while watching a movie- OK, I might have over done it)

Mind you this is my first review although I have verbally done so a countless times before. That said, I will put my quips here and there and of course no spoilers for those who are yet to see it. This is just my way to intrigue you and get you to watch it.

But before I start, the internet is full of the negative reviews it got also the fact that it didn’t do well on its release day (which was in August 9 this year). Just so you know I read those reviews after watching it so that it doesn’t spoil the show for me. I don’t regret that at all because it saved me a whole lot of heartache.

A fun fact is that this movie has had 5 adaptations and is originally from a book Ben-Hur: A tale of the Christ by an author Lew Wallace.

That said, it’s reeltime if you get my drift 😉

I am a sucker for intrigue and so when the opening scene starts with a race between two brothers Judah Ben-Hur and his adopted Roman brother Messala Severus. At first I thought it read Masala like spice but I was wrong, I digress.

We are taken down an 8 year road of themes that range from faith, debauchery, fear, love, triumph, pride, reunion, suffering, liberation, revenge, loss, oppression, forgiveness and miracles.

Be sure to grab a tissue or two as it is an emotional roller coaster. You feel what they felt, and to me that counts as a well written/played story.

The brothers have a tight knit relationship and Ben-Hur’s father having been rich adopted Severus at a young age and raised him as his own. The family wasn’t the traditional homestead as Ben-Hur married the maid servant Esther, while Severus fell in love with Ben-Hur’s little sister Tirzah. Although Ben-Hur’s mother didn’t seem to like it at first, making Severus to find his own fortune.

Several years later Severus is rich and a celebrated ruler. But as things turn out Pontius Pilate is angered by the work of Zealots and wants them dead as he comes to the town only to be shot by an arrow from one of the Zealots that Ben-Hur saved to the chagrin of his soon to be estranged brother. After a frucus arises the whole of the Ben-Hur clan is taken in and a lot of casualties are left behind.

This marks the beginning of Ben-Hur’s suffering as a slave in the galley. By hate, according to him, he triumphs and makes it back to civilization.

After being rescued by a rich African named Ilderim played by Morgan Freeman, he plots a revenge on Severus who it is said had Ben-Hur’s mother and sister killed. Esther his wife who survived the ambush at their house is the sole relationship Ben-Hur has left. It’s later revealed that the mother and sister were sentenced to a slow death suffering from leprosy.

It’s the faith that Ilderim has in Ben-Hur after seeing his need to revenge that gives the protagonist a chance to run the race rather than kill Severus and get killed himself. Ben-Hur proceeds to cut his mane in getting ready for the race.

The main scene and my deduction as the central part of the story is the chariots race. If you love horses and their speed you are in for a treat, equestrian bliss if you may. I found it fascinating that the horses were black for Severus and White for Ben-Hur to express their relationship at that time.

The cast was impressive and one Esther played by Nazanin stole my heart. Her beauty and purity evoked the kindred spirit we all long in a movie. One quote to her husband stuck with me and it goes: “We’ve been given a second chance, spend it on hate and you’re still a slave.” This she said when her returning husband told her of his revenge.

Another scene is where Jesus the carpenter exudes a miraculous aura when he gives Ben-Hur water as he is sent to the galley to work as a slave. The same scene is when Ben-Hur tries to return the favor when Jesus is about to be crucified only to whipped. In the midst of rage he tries to grab a stone but Jesus stops him and says it is His choice to die on the cross.

If you are like me you’ll watch the movie till the end just to see the credits (that’s how I knew the right spelling of Messala and that Morgan Freeman’s character wasn’t African but Sheik Ilderim.) Also I like to listen to the soundtrack and just discover facts of the movie. Like this one was filmed at the archeological site of Villa Adriana in Italy. It also helps me see how many people it took for that movie to be successful. There are other facts that won’t come up in the credits and that’s when searching the internet comes in handy. I do that too.

So there you have it guys, first film review and some take home ideas I got from the whole 2 hours  and 4 minutes of this reel creation. It was an easy to follow storyline so you won’t lose the message, just stay keen and observe.

Forgive me if I spoilt the movie for you but I had this idea to be subtle which I’m the end seems like I have given too much. My bad or is it thank me later 😉

Homeless

Homeless

Tonight he sleeps cold

From this view I see a homeless man too drank to even sit straight.

On his makeshift bed of carton and well worn blanket he lays sound asleep unperturbed with the rest of the world.

Today someone gave him a few ‘reds and he sipped his worries away.

He didn’t mind walking to his ‘abode’ staggering. He knows it’s his solace, his palace if you may.

This moment he is the King. And no one can make him feel inferior tonight.

As the streets go to sleep and the shivers come to haunt him, he will curl up in an infant position and cover his body tight in the blanket.

To him, poverty is when he can’t drown his sorrows away with his favorite ‘suruduwire’ liquor.

Maybe one day the liquor will make sense to quit and live normal but normal is overrated.

Tonight with no place to call home and no one to call family he sleeps despite the mosquito bites and a strong urge for warmth.
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Disclaimer: I felt like doing a piece on this guy who shall remain anonymous because he honestly loves to work for his drinks and although he is homeless that doesn’t stop him from working odd jobs to cater for his whims and survival. He is a loner traversing earth with a hope to stay alive.