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Sunday Scribbles Part 1

Chapter 1

The police scanner goes off inside the vehicle of detective Tucker. The voice of office Mendes floats through the car speakers.

“This is officer Mendes, we have a one-eighty-seven on the corner of Blue-lagoon and Richards street. We need an ambulance and forensic services immediately. Over”

Detective Tucker frowns. That’s the Johnson’s house. He flicks on the flashers and speeds up, heading to the home that he is so familiar with.

Seconds later a female voice is heard on the other side of the radio.

Ten-four. Please confirm ten-forty-five? she asks.

Detective Tucker holds his breath, waiting for officer Mendes to respond and he can feel tiny drops of sweat form on his upper lip.

“We have a ten-forty-five C and a ten-forty-five D. Over”

Ten-four” the female voice responds again, leaving detective Tucker overwhelmed with emotion.

Red and blue lights flash outside the beautiful family home in the quiet suburb; yellow police tape section off the house from the outside world. Police officers, swarming around like ants, trying to analyse the chaos going on inside and outside the home of the Johnson family. Neighbours gathering on the sidewalk across from the crime scene, whispering amongst themselves and talking to officers taking statements.

Detective Tucker pulls up in his black Audi A4 and runs up the stairs, greeting a few officers and lifting the yellow tape connected to two pillars on the front porch. The scene inside the house is probably the most horrific scene he’s ever seen. Blood is spattered on every wall, dripping and leaving tracks of red ooze on the walls and tiles. Paramedics are attending to a victim in the hall and he walks over quickly to examine the patient.

Joan Johnson lying on the cold hard floor, tubes hanging from her arms, her husband James, dead just a few meters from where her body was slowly loosing touch with this life.

The Johnson’s have been family friends with him and his family. They’ve known each other for years, their children growing up together and now at college together. As a detective he had to be strong and evaluate the crime scene, gather the evidence and get the person who’s responsible behind bars, yet it was his family friend on the ground in front of him…

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Recipe & Review: Butter Chicken Curry

Hello February! I hope everyone has set some goals for the month of February and have made those reservations for Valentines day (although every day should be valentines day blah blah). It is the month of LOVE and by LOVE I mean chocolates, and by chocolates I mean we will have to push it up a notch and go the gym at least four times a week. That makes me sad.

What will cheer me up you might ask? Food, duh! So let’s jump right into it!

About a month ago I bought the Butter Chicken Curry spice from Woolworths food and let me just tell you for a first time Butter Chicken chef I think this turned out pretty amazing and yummy.

Here’s what you’ll need: Note this is the recipe on the back of the Butter Chicken Spice packaging (I have added a few things here and there)

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion chopped
1tsp chopped garlic
1 tsp chopped ginger
2 tbsp Butter Chicken Curry Spice
1 tin chopped tomato
250 ml fresh cream (the original recipe is 125ml but the 250ml made it just so much creamier)
400g mini chicken fillets (or 4 normal sized fillets will do just fine)

Butter Chicken Curry Spice available online for only R14.95 – that’s a steal! Purchase one HERE

Most of the spices that Woolworths Food sells are “Non Irradiated”. I always try and buy herbs and spices that say “nonirradiated.” Almost all spices on the market, unless specifically stated as “nonirradiated” have undergone a process of ionized radiation in order to increase shelf life and kill any possible bacteria existing on the herb or spice.

What to do:

  • Sauté the onion, garlic, ginger and spice in a shallow, wide bottomed saucepan until the spice begins to stick to the base.
  • Add a tin of tomatoes and fill the tin with water, adding that as well. Simmer with the lid off for about 15 minutes.
  •  Add cream and chicken fillets and simmer for a further 15 minutes.
  • Season to taste (It’s up to you but here I used Robertsons Chicken Spice, Woolworths Food Mixed Herbs and salt and pepper)

And here’s the end product!
I had some leftover rice from the previous evening and served the curry on top of it. Quick, easy and delicious! I also added some potatoes, I was feeling the love for some extra carbs but you could just leave them out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LC

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Recipe: Stroganoff with Whole Grain Mustard

If you love beef you will love this recipe, it will take you around 30 minutes max to prepare and you can even prepare this for your next dinner party!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 80ml cake flour
  • 5ml mustard powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 400g beef cut into strips
  • 30ml olive oil
  • 30g butter
  • 250g mushrooms
  • 1 onion
  • 250ml fresh cream
  • 45ml whole grain mustard
  • 15ml fresh thyme

  • Mix the flour, mustard powder and salt and pepper into a big mixing bowl. Add the beef strips and coat them before frying them in a pan using half the oil and half the butter. Once all the beef strips are cooked place them to the side.
  • Heat up the remaining olive oil and butter and sauté the onion and mushrooms.
  • Add the beef strips, fresh cream and thyme and bring to a boil. Adjust the heat and leave it to simmer.
  • You can serve this with tagliatelle pasta or baby potatoes. I served it with rice but it’s really up to you.

 

Disclaimer: This recipe is from Een-Twee-Drie op die tafel however I have made some adjustments.

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Let’s Play … Tag, You’re It!

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“Alexa, I need you to know that if you feel uncomfortable with what you see here tonight, in this room, you have every right to walk out of here and never come back.”

She stared at him, excitement and panic flushed over her.

“Just open the damn door Aaron” she whispered.

He entered the key inside the lock, clicked it open and slowly pushed the door to reveal his obsession. He stepped aside, allowing her to enter the room first.

Her eyes lit up. This wasn’t what she was expecting. She looked around the room, he could see the excitement in her eyes.

“Say something please” he pleaded with her.

She turned around with a devilish grin; “You know, normal people don’t have a basement full of weapons”.

He felt relieved.

“I’m not normal, you of all people should know that by now” he said, picking up a M16 rifle.

She stared at him, darkness filling her eyes. “Let’s play” she whispered.

 

 

 

 

*Image used: We heart It*
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Recipe: Blueberry & Vanilla Cake with shavings of Lemon

Disclaimer: This is a recipe I found in the “Huisgenoot Top 500 Wenresepte” recipe book. To purchase a copy click HERE.

Knowing me however, I did “spice” it up a little and added a few things that will make it my own. I’m not sure about the measurements they used in this recipe as the consistency of my batter was very thick. I have added my amended recipe below. Enjoy!!

Ingredients:

150g soft margarine
3 large eggs
500ml milk (this may seem a lot but this is the amount I had to use to get the consistency of my batter the way I wanted it. The orignal recipe recommends 200ml)
5ml vanilla essence
500ml cake Flour
12ml baking powder
A pinch of salt
250ml caster sugar

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Prepare 2 baking tins with butter or margarine.
  • Place the margarine, eggs, milk and vanilla essence in a mixing bowl and mix well. add the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar and mix with an electric mixer for 1 minute.
  • Divide the batter into the 2 tins and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until cooked.

For the butter icing you’ll need:

150g soft butter or margarine
900ml icing sugar
5ml vanilla essence

  • Place the butter or margarine into a mixing bowl and mix well with an electric mixer. Slowly add the icing sugar and then the vanilla essence.

Place icing on top of the cake once it has completely cooled down. I then added some blueberries and finally topped it all off with shavings of lemon.

LC

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Fight for Me

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“I wanted you to fight for me and you didn’t” she yelled over the noise of the waterfall rushing down into the pool below them.

He looks at her with a confused and hurt look on this face. Good. He should be hurt.

“I didn’t think you’d want me to fight for you. You got married to some other guy, you left me and disappeared and now you say you wanted me to fight for you”? He yell back, tears dwelling up in his eyes.

I looked back at the waterfall, chaotic yet beautiful. Like their love. Of course she wanted him to fight for her, can’t he see that she did all of this for him. After all they’ve been through and he still didn’t believe me.

I glanced back over my shoulder. Something must’ve given my thoughts away because he was shaking his head.

“Don’t you dare do it, don’t you dare!” he yelled.

Still looking at him, hoping, praying there could be chance, but there couldn’t and we both knew that.

“Please remember, that I will always love you. This is a love as deep and as powerful as the ocean” I yelled towards him, uncertain if he heard me and then I jumped.

I could hear him screaming but I didn’t look back. I was at peace with my decision. I closed my eyes and let the power of gravity completely overtake me as I was tumbling towards the pool of water below me.

The iciness of the water hit me and took my breath away, like he did the first time we met. Panic set in as I tried to come up for air but couldn’t. I had to do this, I had to fight the urge to come up for air. I wanted to die and this was a pretty good way of doing it. I

felt hands around my waist. It was an illusion, but then the hands was gripping me tighter and pulling at me. I couldn’t fight the hands so I let myself slip into darkness.

Finally, here I will be safe. Safe from heartache.

*to be continued*

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Recipe: Chicken Curry


I have been craving some curry since this weekend so I decided to whip something up today and call it my own! Here’s the recipe below, super quick and easy;
Ingredients:

6 -8 pieces of chicken

4 medium sized potatoes

2 medium sized carrots

1 onion – chopped

Canola oil (but you can use olive)

Salt & Pepper

Dried Mixed Herbs

Chicken Spice

Coriander for topping

Method:

•Cut the potatoes, carrots and onions and place with the chicken in an oven dish. Pour some canola or olive oil (about 7-8 table spoons). Add spices to the dish and bake in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for 30minutes.


•While you have that in the oven you can start with your curry mix. In a bowl mix 2 teaspoons of medium heat curry powder, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of flour, half a cup of chutney and some water to thin it out. You can measure the water by how you want the consistency. Mix it all together and put aside.

•After 30minutes you can turn your chicken over to the other side. I usually take a spoon and turn the potatoes as well to make sure they are cooked evenly. Place back in the oven for another 20minutes.

•After 20minutes add your curry sauce and bake for a further 10/15minutes.

I served this with brown rice and topped it off with coriander as garnish. It came out really yummy, give it a try!


PS: I don’t really have exact measurements so just wing it! 🙂

LC 💋