Kitchen Diaries: Easy Spinach Stirfry

We all know eating healthy is important and great for our general health and well being, but it’s not always easy. Today I will be sharing an easy and inexpensive spinach stirfry recipe I normally incorporate into my rice dishes. It can be tweaked with the addition of meats or seafood but this is the basic recipe.

Spinach Stir Fry

INGREDIENTS

Spinach

Bell Peppers (2)

Chilli Peppers (1)

1 medium white onion

Soya Oil (1 tablespoon)

Stock Cube (1/2)

Salt (a pinch/to taste)

OPTIONAL

Curry Spice

PREPARATION

Pluck spinach leaves and cut into ½ inch sizes (you can make it as chunky or thin as you wish). Rinse Spinach in water several times (Vegetables from Nigerian markets would normally have a substantial amount of dust, so rinse several times to get all the dirt off)

  • Blanch Spinach (hot water for 1 minute and transfer to cold water) and set aside.
  • Wash and Chop onions
  • Rinse, Deseed and chop bell peppers
  • Chop chilli peppers
  • Heat pan up (I normally use a non-stick pan for stir frys and heat before use)
  • Add oil (a recommend 1 tablespoon as you do not want the spinach to be oily, I normally use a tablespoon and spread around the pan and most times would drain off any excess oil as I aim to only coat the pan with oil.
  • Now, add onions to the pan and fry until the onion turns translucent, then add peppers (you can choose to pour it all in at once, but this is my method and I stick with it)
  • Add stock cube to onion and pepper mix; keep stirring
  • Ensure that at this stage you are pleased with the onion and pepper mix.
  • Add Spinach to the mix and stir in to ensure that the onion, pepper and spinach are properly blended.
  • I recommend cooking for about 3 minutes; I do not cook for too long to avoid wilting of the spinach as it will continue to cook a bit even after the heat is off.
  • Add pinch of salt (or to your taste, but keep it healthy!)
  • Your spinach  is now ready to serve.

Serve with rice (steamed, jollof, fried) and enjoy!

Reflections on blogging and writing

In my head I have planned and written out this post, several times…life just seems to happen and ‘get in the way’.
 I love to read although now my reading is predominantly blogs, websites and the occasional e-book. My love for reading I believe has influenced my writing; professionally I get told I write well. Writing well professionally has been emails and well crafted communications to clients. In the last few months it included editing some website content and sending out newsletters within a school environment.
 Writing, can I say I love it? What I will say is I find it fulfilling, just the feeling of seeing my thoughts on paper, articulated and communicating something, gives me great joy. I guess this is why I continue to be drawn to blogging; blogging gives me my own space to practice and hone this writing craft.
 It is my own space to write and hopefully inspire and influence.
This year I plan to re-invent this blog; it has been a space chronicling my journey of self-discovery, reading past posts give insights into my life journey and how far I have come. I have evolved from the young, single lady I was when I started to a wife, mummy, professional and budding entrepreneur. The content of the blog is going to change; I intend to write about marriage, motherhood, write reviews of products/services and other things related to my life at the moment.
I felt the urge to create a new space to do this, but honestly I cannot think of a new blog name, tagline etc and I really felt this space I created is my space and it should evolve with me.
Once again welcome to Beeba Inspired; a personal (re)introduction is in the works and the blog will get an all round update in the next few weeks.

2014: The Year of Change

It’s 3.30 am and I am sitting here, finally typing this… I have been running through the year in my head for the past hour or so…

What an awesome year it has been for me and my family. My family increased this year and honestly we are so, so blessed. We have had difficult moments but together we got through.

It’s been a defining year in my marriage, we have learnt so much more about each other, discovered sides of one another that came unveiled as a result of more responsibilities. We have figured out how to handle our challenges without involving the world. We have remained friends and laughed together throughout.

My kids…it has been wonderful seeing them grow this year, I am so pleased to be able to have mini conversations with D; it’s fun watching them grow. They are truly blessings and I wouldn’t trade them for the world.

Friends…come and go. I have met several amazing people in the course of the year at my son’s school, while shopping, at church and at work. I have been terrible at keeping up relationships because frankly I get so wrapped up in my own little world. This I will continue to aim to get better at….

Career wise; 2014 was surprising. I had new experiences that have enriched my skills and given me the courage to take the next bold step. I worked at two jobs this year and the variety of experiences gained has been wonderful. I have discovered some of my strengths and my weaknesses and these will help in my next steps.

Spiritually, I did not achieve certain things I would have loved to, I feel I did not pray enough, read my bible enough, have faith enough…but God remained faithful.

As I step into the last few hours of 2014 I cannot but feel grateful for an amazing year; a year of growth, a year of change.

Goodbye 2014!

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Gratitude Challenge: Day 2

My days have been come extremely stressful recently. This has got me really rethinking certain things and making changes in my life.

Work particularly can be an emotional roller caster most days. I guess this is an opportunity to pour out my feelings, – today was no exception and after breaking down in tears I made a huge decision. I am not sure how it will play out and frankly I am scared but I guess it is better for my mental health and well being.

After a particularly difficult day, I love to come home to my kids. Their smiling faces and loud voices just melt my heart. I am blessed with two lovely boys and I thank God every day for them.

Today, I am grateful for D & G. My heroes.

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31 Days of Gratitude: Hello December

I find it hard to believe we are in December already! Seems just like yesterday we were heralding in the new year. As the year draws to a close, I decided to give my self a challenge; to write about at least one thing I am grateful for each day in December.

To start this off on Day 1, I have to say I am grateful for LIFE. It certainly is great to be alive. I realize I am not where I desire to be, but I am on my way.

November Reflections

November seems to have gone by pretty quickly, it’s been a good month for us as a family. For me it has been a month of learning. I have learnt so many new things regarding my roles as wife and mum.

Every new parent will attest to the fact that a baby changes things in a relationship and we are no exception. One habit we developed in the last couple of months and really enforced this month has been; spending time together once the baby in bed every night. I have learnt to be consistent with D’s bedtime,ensuring that he is in bed early, giving the hubs and me time together.

We attended a Couples’ Timeout event organised by our church around mid-November, we had to take D with us because we didn’t have any child-care arrangement, but it was fun still. The event was on a Saturday and started about mid afternoon and was over by about 7:30/8pm. The theme was Submitting to one another. I can honestly say that before then I never heard of this portion of the Bible because the usual emphasised verse is the one regarding wives submitting to their own husbands. The guest speaker was Pastor Ruth Essien and I must say I was refuelled by her talk.

Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
– Ephesians 5:21

Something else I learnt or discovered this month is regarding being a wife, mother and homemaker. At several times we have discussed the issue of getting help around the house, but I do not feel the need for that right now. Sure, it would be great to have someone to take the load off me and not have to do certain tasks, but I have discovered that with proper planning and management I can accomplish most of my tasks without getting overwhelmed. Funny enough, it was one of the questions that came up during the interactive sessions of the Couples’ Retreat. I now manage my tasks spreading them out over the various days of the week.

Yes, November was a learning month and the number one thing intake away with me is making time for the important relationships in my life.