Recipe | Spicy Peanut Chickpea Curry Bowl

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I've never been blessed in the culinary arts but this recipe is a glorious combination of nutrition and taste.  The intent was to create a Buddha Bowl but it quickly turned into a curry.  Nonetheless, it is delicious and had to be shared.  It contains my favourite ingredients: chickpeas, peanut sauce, and spice so it was a sure success to me.   As mentioned in my previous recipe (click here for Stir Fry with Ramen Noodles), I find frozen vegetables easier to use as they are long lasting. Hence, this is more of a Buddha Bowl inspired curry than an authentic Buddha Bowl.  If you wish to use fresh alternatives, feel free to do so.  It's the perfect lunch and meal-prep recipe if you're like me and struggle to plan ahead.


This picture makes the dish look very basic but my fancier bowls weren't clean.

Total time taken: 30 minutes
Recipe Feeds: 2-3

Ingredients

Base:
Quorn Meat Free Pieces*
1 Canned Chickpeas
1 Cup Frozen Peppers
1/2 Cup Frozen Mushrooms
1/3 Cup Frozen Spinach
1/3 Cup Frozen Chopped Onions
 2 Garlic Cloves
2 Tablespoons Sunflower Oil
1 Avocado

Flavouring: 
1 Tablespoon Amoy Peanut Satay Sauce**
Chilli Flakes or Chilli Powder*
Paprika*
Salt
Black Pepper
Lime

*Starred Ingredients are Optional 

**Vegan Alternative: Smooth peanut butter, Soy Sauce, Lime, Coconut Milk, and Water (depending on desired viscosity) heated in a pan for 5 minutes.

Method:

1. Heat up the sunflower oil in a pan at medium heat before adding the salt, black pepper, chilli powder/chilli flakes*,  onion, and garlic; stirring for 2-3 minutes

2. Add the frozen peppers and frozen spinach and continue to stir for 2-3 minutes. 

3.  Add the frozen mushrooms and Quorn meatless chunks and close the pan to cook for 5-7 minutes.

3. Add the drained chickpeas and the peanut satay sauce and cook for another 5-7 minutes until the Quorn Meatless Chunks and chickpeas are cooked and hot.  Keep stirring to prevent any food sticking to the pan. 

4. Top with sliced avocados and drizzle with lime.

Happy cooking!



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My Favourite Global Health Books

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Whenever I get DMs or emails, a majority of them ask about how one can pursue or enlighten themselves on the topic of 'Global Health'.  This is challenging as the phrase is an umbrella term for a truly multidisciplinary field.  However, these books are fantastic for those wanting to dip their toe in the water to learn or improve their understanding of global/public health without cracking open a textbook.   

The Health Gap by Sir Michael Marmot



Sir Michael Marmot has been one of many leading the conversation about social determinants of health and their impact on health and wellbeing.  He pioneered the Whitehall studies that analysed the prevalence of cardiovascular disease and mortality amongst British civil servants. Thus, coining the term 'Status Syndrome'.  His writing emphasises on how the definition of health is contextual and the innate requirement for health systems and policies to address this unmet need.  As stated in his book, we treat patients in our clinic and put them back in the very environment that made them sick in the first place. 

Pathologies of Power by Paul Farmer



This is a slightly heavier read in comparison to 'The Health Gap' but equally as phenomenal.  Paul Farmer is one of five individuals that founded the 'Partners in Health' nonprofit health care organisation.   It aims to develop and provide access to appropriate healthcare for poverty-stricken nations.   The book can be difficult to swallow when learning about the heart wrenching conditions and environments of the world's most under privileged.  Nonetheless, what makes this a written masterpiece is the underlying optimism and hope.  Farmer explores potential solutions with evidence and examples on how we can improve the situation of many helpless people through realistic approaches.  He, too, highlights the importance of policy and how lack of access to care is a breach of human rights.  

The Great Influenza by John Barry



This is easily one of my favourite books.  The approach that John Barry takes in depicting the history of the 1918 Influenza resembles that of a thriller novel. Despite the slow start, this biography of one of the greatest pandemics in history builds momentum as we learn about the key players in public health during this time, the impact of this infection, and the importance of research and development.  Many of these lessons are applied in similar situations today.  In light of the 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) outbreak, this book actually forewarned why we may soon be experiencing another viral epidemic when published in 2009.  If you have a keen eye for infectious disease and epidemiology, this is a terrifying yet brilliant read.  

Fighting for Life by Sara Josephine Baker



Dr Josephine Baker was Physician and Public Health/Medical Inspector Civil Servant with a particular interest in migrant health within the New York population.  In addition to this, she worked to improve the health of children - especially those succumbed to urban poverty.  Dr Baker campaigned the hiring of nurses in schools, the importance of preventative medicine, and tracked down the infamous Typhoid Mary.  Mary Mallon was a cook that transferred the Salmonella enterica pathogen and thus typhoid fever via being an asymptomatic carrier.  Not only is this an autobiography which explores the presence and impact of social inequalities, but acknowledges the difficulties women faced in championing change, then and now.  Public health and woman empowerment - can you think of a more dynamic duo?

And those are my top books for the moment.  These are comprehensive for those who simply want an engaging read or those pursuing the field.  


Happy reading!
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Designer Trends on the High Street | Spring Summer 2020

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It's that time of the year where we begin to transform our winter wardrobe to welcome the warmer seasons.  Whilst exploring the fashion runways and magazines, I am noticing a lot of peculiar trends which are easy to manipulate into day-to-day outfits.  There are some that may seem difficult to imitate, nonetheless, I will be discussing subtle ways we can incorporate a breath of fresh air into our closet.  Usually I only discuss what was seen by designer brands during fashion week or otherwise, but this time around I will be demonstrating high street replications of these trends so it is more accessible to my readers. Let's greet the new decade with a new look!

Puffed Sleeves. Puffed sleeves are my kryptonite.  Not only are they elegant, but they can have the ability to elevate an otherwise simple look.  They are feminine and work to dress up a pair of jeans or complement an office pencil skirt.  Hence, making them perfect for various events.  

Brands: Zimmerman, Erdem, Marc Jacobs 

H and M Wide Sleeve Blouse: £12.99

Balloon Sleeved Jumper: £12.00

Broderie Anglaise.  Anyone who knows me is fully aware that my wardrobe is tainted with broderie anglaise blouses and dresses.  The classic lace texture and style is hard to miss.  Due to its evident regality and femininity, it is an obvious staple in my closet.  This summer, we will see it hitting the shelves as wrap dresses or cover ups for the beach, mini bodycons, and even embroidered on coats. 

Brands: Kate Spade, Zimmerman, Erdem

Religion Sheer Broderie Anglaise Jumpsuit: £26.00
Pretty Little Thing Broderie Anglaise Belted Shorts in Red: £11.00
Dorothy Perkins Ivory Broderie Top: £7.00
Vila Petite Blush Tilly Dress: £40.00
Not quite Broderie Anglaise but beautiful lace nonetheless

Polka dots.  Is there anything more 60s than polka dots? They are youthful and an easy pattern to pull off for those who struggle to deviate from monochrome garments.  Wear it as a skirt to really embrace the Swinging Sixties or as a blouse to inject fun yet work-wear vibes.  

Brands: Gucci, Balenciaga, Marc Jacobs 

Blush Spot Print Shirred Neck Top: £15.60

H and M Dress with Smoking: £24.99

H and M Fine Knit Jumper: £17.99
Dorothy Perkins Grey Spot Print Collar Jumper: £26.99
Dorothy Perkins Black with Beige Spot Print Skater Dress: £42.00

Dorothy Perkins Black Polka Dot Print Pleat Midi Skirt: £32.00

Top Shop Ivory Spot Embroidered Jumper £39.00

White Summer Dress/White Out. Wearing white is parallel to wearing a plain canvas. It provides room for the wearer to paint the picture they wish to illustrate to the world through accessorising or matching.  It can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. 

Brands: Valentino, Khaite

H and M Dress with Belt: £24.99
H and M Lace V Neck Dress: £24.99
Quiz White Sam Faiers Crochet Bodycon Dress: £18.49


White Textured Mini Shirt Dress: £39.00

Trench Coats.  This is a British Staple.  For that classic wardrobe, a trench coat is a sure must.  The army button detail and synched waist is projects a preppy yet put together appearance for anyone wishing to feel like luxury.  And you can do it without breaking the bank!

H and M Trench Coat: £49.99




Dorothy Perkins Camel Rain Mac: £27.50
Dorothy Perkins Neutral Longline Suedette Mac: £20.00 
River Island Beige Faux Leather Blocked Belted Trench Coat: £85.00
And that's my top 5!  I absolutely love these trends and have many similar pieces already in my wardrobe.  I hope the use of high street brands has made this information far more informative than my previous blogposts about this topic.  Thank you for reading!
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Fashion Favorites Vol. 2 | Elegant Patterns

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Happy New Year!  It has been months since I have last posted due to a very hectic term.  I found myself having little time to rejuvenate every evening that it led me to have immense writer's block.  Nonetheless, my wardrobe has expanded slightly with a few more statement pieces that is perfect for this season's transition period.  

River Island Brown Monogram Cape Jacket 

This cape/jacket is a statement piece.  If you are like me and tend to reach for monochrome and patternless apparel, exploring with print in this manner is the best way to dip your toe in the water.  Preferably, the cape looks more sleek with a predominantly black or dark outfit due to the black trimming on the jacket.  However, one can easily wear white or browns to accentuate a very fashion-forward appearance.  This cape screams 'look at me'.  Most of my outfits are rather subdued but I find that individuals never fail to comment on this as it sticks out like a sore thumb.  Given the price drop from £65 to £30 this is an investment worth the cash.  



£30.00 from £65.00

H and M x Richard Allan Collection

It has taken all my self control to not splurge when witnessing this collection.  The 1960s was a period of elegance and art.  We would see pops of pattern in scarves, printed swing skirts, head bands, and even shoes.  It is so easy to get sucked into monochromatic wardrobes (which I am guilty of) and forget the power and sophistication of pattern done right.  I have lusted over Richard Allan's scarves but given it's price point, I admire from afar.

Richard Allan is a designer of the 1960's; producing luxurious silk scarves in London.  The infamous square scarf was a staple of the Swinging Sixties.  Now, the brand Richard Allan has collaborated with H&M to give rise to more affordable yet timeless chic garments.  Personally, these pieces look like contemporary art. 

There are only a few more pieces left in the line but the prices have dropped to under £15 so I recommend taking a peek!

Shop the entire collection here: H and M x Richard Allan 



Wide Trousers £7 from £17.99




Skirt with Belt £9.00 from £24.99



Satin Skirt £12.00 from £24.00

TopShop Long Sleeve Pontelle T Shirt

I love basics.  Often times my outfits look incomplete or do not appear cohesive because I am pairing heavy pieces together.  Balance is key.  For example, I tend to wear pinafore dresses and prior to these T Shirts, I'd match them with plain jumpers.  Unfortunately, I was drowning in my garments: I looked as though I was suffocating.  As a result, having thinner jumpers or long sleeved T shirts such as this creates the perfect basic.  The black Pontelle T shirt is a soul mate for the cape I showed above from River Island.  Surprisingly, I noticed that many of my friends and colleagues had the same basic from TopShop in various colours; demonstrating its popularity.   They pair well with printed skirts or trousers, acting as a layering piece, or even on their own with jeans for a casual yet chic vibe.  It is light weight, fitting like a glove with a subtle lace-scalloping detail which doesn't take away from the versatility of the piece. They come in various colours such as dusty baby blue, red, black, and white.



Long Sleeve Pontelle T Shirt £12

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