Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Chicken and Broccoli with Béchamel


-       500 g chicken cubes
-       4 tbsp of olive oil
-       2 tbsp of finely sliced almonds
-       4 tbsp flour
-       5 tbsp butter
-       1 cup of chicken stock
-       1 cup of milk
-       ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
-       ½ cup parmesan cheese
-       Salt and pepper to taste


1.     Add an inch or two of water to a medium saucepan with a lid, and then insert a steamer basket. The surface of the water should be under the basket. Bring the water to a boil over high heat. When you hear the water bubbling and see steam starting to emerge from the pot, it's ready. Scatter the broccoli over the steamer basket. Cover the pot and reduce the heat to medium. Steam the broccoli for 10 minutes until tender.
2.     Remove the broccoli, rinse under faucet to stop it from continuing to cook and set aside.
3.     In a skillet pour the olive oil and sauté the chicken over medium heat until golden brown. Then remove and set aside.
4.     In a medium saucepan, add the butter over medium heat, then throw the flour and whisk about a minute.
5.     Pour the stock slowly followed by the milk while whisking constantly until the batter starts thicken.
6.     Add the nutmeg, salt and pepper and the Parmesan cheese and stir until the cheese is completely melt.
7.     In a pyrex, spray some olive oil then add the broccoli in a way that covers the bottom of the pyrex.
8.     Put the chicken above the broccoli and sprinkle the almonds on top.
9.     Pour the béchamel on top of the chicken and bake in a preheat oven, 180°Cfor about 30 minutes until the top takes a golden brown colour.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

How to blend your blush and contour to get the perfect natural look!

Hello friends! Today I am going to share with you some beauty tips about blending. No one looks good in streaky, unblended makeup. If you fail to blend your blush you would end up looking like a circus clown! No one wants that for sure.. so let me give you 6 simple tips of how to blend your blush and contour properly to get this natural and fresh look you want..

1.    Always start with a moisturized face

Blending products will be much easier and more comfortable on hydrated skin. You can even dab a tiny bit of moisturizer on your foundation or blush brush to buff in product that's clinging to dry patches.

2.    Choose the correct brush

The difference between natural and fake harsh look usually lies within the tools. Choose a duo-fibre fluffy brush to blend your blush because such brushes distribute pigment eventually, in addition you can build up to your desired color without overdoing it. Go for one with natural bristles to leave the softest-looking finish. After applying your blush, use your brush in a circular motion along the edges to blend out any hard lines.

3.    Use warm browsing to contour

To add depth and narrow your cheeks, apply some warm bronzing powder in the hollows of your cheekbones. Apply your bronzer with an angled brush from your ears to the middle of your cheek, blend back and forth, and then blend slightly upwards a bit.

4.    Apply your blush on the apples of your cheeks

Blush is the easiest product ever to make you look instantly healthy and awake. Apply your blush on the apples of your cheeks then blend upward with your brush. Doing so will give a natural finish.

5.    Don’t forget the highlighter!

Apply your highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones, above your contour and before your apply your blush. Highlighter should sit higher than blush, slightly overlapping so there are no visible edges. Once you applied your blush blend subtly until you get the perfect glow.

6.     Finish with a facial mist

Try using a facial mist MAC Fix+ to help to liquefy your makeup so it blends better. And once dried, it helps keep your makeup in place all day!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Quinoa Cucumber and tomato salad

Quinoa is a very healthy seed that you should include in your diet. It is anti-oxidant, gluten-free, full of vitamins and minerals, high in protein content, great magnesium source and very high in fiber. In addition, it assists metabolism and help with weight loss.  Today I am going to share with you a simple quinoa salad made with a light and refreshing dressing. Hope you enjoy it!  



    3 tbsp lemon juice
    2 cloves of minced garlic
    2 tbsp honey
    1 tbsp pomegranate molasses
    2 tbsp cup olive oil
    Salt and pepper to taste


    1/2 cups cooked quinoa
    1 ¼ cup of water
    2 medium sliced cucumber  (quarters)
    2 medium chopped tomatoes
    ¼ cup of chopped parsley


1. Combine the quinoa with the water and bring to boil. Turn heat on low and cook semi-covered for 20 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Then let cool for 5 minutes.
2. Combine the lemon juice, garlic, honey, pomegranate molasses, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Whisk in the olive oil until the dressing is combined.
3. In a large bowl, toss together the quinoa, cucumber slices, tomatoes and parsley.

4. Add the dressing when ready to serve and toss to combine.