Foodie Friday…

Seriously Good Aromatic Tikka Masala Sauce Gordon Ramsey Comic Relief

Today’s recipe features Gordon Ramsay’s Seriously Good Tikka Masala Sauce. Not only are the range of sauces packed full of flavour and creamy in texture, but they have been made in collaboration between Gordon Ramsay and Comic Relief – at least 10p from each jar goes to Comic Relief (all year round) and Gordon doesn’t take a penny.

Gordon Ramsay comments: “I recently spent time in India working with local chefs and learning first hand about their national cuisine, so when I had the chance to get back in the kitchen for Seriously Good, it made sense to put my new found Indian cooking skills to the test.

“Brits love a good curry, and now it’s easier than ever to enjoy our favourite dish at home while also giving something back. My new Seriously Good Indian range means you can enjoy a great tasting curry as well as helping to raise money 365 days a year for Comic Relief.”

Seriously Good Indian sauces have an RRP of £1.99 and the whole Seriously Good cooking sauce range is available all year round in selected major retailers including Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Asda and The Co-Operative.

Masala Biryani

Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes

500g chicken thigh fillets, each sliced into three
200g basmati rice
1 jar Seriously Good Aromatic Masala sauce
250g baby spinach leaves, rinsed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
25g toasted flaked almonds
10g coriander, chopped

Preheat the oven to 190°C/170°C fan/gas mark 5.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan and brown the chicken pieces for 3-4 minutes on each side, until golden. Remove and set aside.

Place the rice in a large baking dish along with the chicken and the Seriously Good Aromatic Masala sauce. Fill the empty sauce jar with boiling water and pour over the top. Mix well, cover in foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes.

Stir the spinach into the rice and cover again. Cook for 15-20 minutes, until the rice is tender.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a frying pan, add the onion and cook, stirring for 15-20 minutes, until golden and crispy.

Serve the rice with the almonds, coriander and onion sprinkled over the top.

Tip: Eager to get boost your vegetable intake? Try adding 150g frozen peas when you stir in the spinach.

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Mad about MÁDARA

Madara ecolips, moonkissed decolips and sunflower decoface tinting fluid

I’ve been using MÁDARA beauty products for just over a year and my favourite product from their range is MÁDARA decoface – a fabulously light tinting fluid which I use religiously in the summer months in place of foundation. MÁDARA is a Latvian brand, 100% natural and eco-friendly and the brand has a ethereal feel and honeyed floral scents…based on memories founder Lotte had of northern summers. “At night and in the wintertime, I always remember that fragrant afternoon, the beautiful, painfully short northern summer and the honey from the cleavers.”

Madara ethereal shot of girl in grass

Back to the tinting fluid – there are two kinds – sun flower (the kind I use in summer as it has a lovely bronzed glow to it) and moon flower, a lovely pinky glowy cream that evens out the skin tone. I use sun flower daily, it doesn’t break me out and there’s no need to apply moisturiser beforehand as it’s so nourishing. Another great tip is to use it to cover blemishes or spider veins on your legs – it really works!

I have two MÁDARA lip products – ecolips softening lip balm – a lovely nourishing gel cream that instantly moisturises the lips and decolips tinting lipgloss in moonkissed, which has a golden glimmering formula, again perfect for bronzed skin tones in summer. Both are packaged in handy tubes with slanted applicators.

I have also just started to use MÁDARA ecohair gloss & vibrancy shampoo and conditioner. Both products smell (as all other MÁDARA products do) quite ‘grassy’, like fresh cut grass and meadows and sweet fresh flowers. It may be an acquired taste but the scent is fresh and uplifting. The shampoo and conditioner contain linden flower, chamomile, birch, plantain, hop and cranberry to enrich, add radiance and add silkiness to hair. The main difference I have seen is my hair is more glossy and very soft after washing.

You can check out the whole MÁDARA range at www.MÁ

New Beauty Buys

l'oreal elnett satin hairspray, batiste dry shampoo, boho, steve whatley's Zhuzh tan accelerator

I wanted to share with you my latest beauty buys all of which are new to me (except one, which is something I buy every summer) as last week on a trip to Cambridge I hit MAC, Lush and a few other beauty stores and made some (well thought out!) purchases.

A while ago I had a sample of I Love Juicy shampoo from Lush and I knew I’d have to get the full size version – it smells amazing, like fruit jelly, and made my hair so soft and squeaky clean. Lush describe it as a “Juicy, fresh fruit, jelly shampoo with mango, pineapple, kiwi and papaya” – Yum! I also got a bottle of Lush Eau Roma Water, a toner for dry to normal skin. I have combination skin but I always find I need extra moisture at this time of year and Eau Roma is great as a refreshing skin boost. It contains both lavender and rose water which makes it suitable for sensitive skin and smells beautiful.

My repeat purchase from last year is Steve Whatley’s Zhuzh Tan Accelerator which is a fine spray you put on before your spf and it decreases the amount of time you need to tan by bringing natural melanin to the surface of your skin. I already have a pretty deep natural tan and no longer burn in the sun and it’s thanks to this! I also got Batiste dry shampoo in ‘Boho’ – it has a really nice scent and it doesn’t show up in my hair now I’ve had blonde highlights. It’s a really good staple product for inbetween days when you don’t want to wash your hair and a must have for festival goers! I also picked up some Elnett satin hairspray – a product I don’t often use but this is now a regular part of my haircare routine. It’s non-sticky, brushes out easily, has a natural hold and adds a sheen to the hair.

Myth by MAC

Next up was MAC and I treated myself to a lipstick that has been on my wishlist for some time – Myth. Myth is a satin lipstick and has a nudey pink colour which comes out opaque but not heavy. The thing I love about MAC lipsticks, other than the incredible choice of colours, is that they smell amazing – Myth smells like sugary doughnuts (my interpretation of the smell, I’m not sure if that is deliberate on their part!) and Viva Glam Gaga smells like white chocolate!

Lastly I got a little intro kit to the new Benefit b.right! Radiant Skincare range. It includes three trial size products from Benefit’s new skincare range – Triple Performing Facial Emulsion (Moisturiser with spf 15), Foamingly Clean Facial Wash (cleanser) and It’s Potent! Eye Benefit Cream (to fade dark circles). I got this intro kit online (which is £7.50ish) and can’t wait to try it – it’s such a cute kit – great for anyone wanting to try out the new products or to take on holiday.

What are your latest beauty buys?