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Goddess within…

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I have recently started paging through Carpe Diem or BUST by Cherie Roe Dirkson. I must admit I haven’t read it cover to cover but have stumbled across random parts that catch my attention.

One such post is about Skin The Goddess. Skin is the lead female of the British band Skunk Anansie. Cherie describes Skin as one of the most powerful women. Her reasoning for this is that “Skin embodies that strong and graceful energy yet she exudes that awesome male vibration.”.

Cherie goes on to say that men have been deprived of the female goddess energy that has been replaced by the submissive female energy in survival mode. She ends of with train of thought “We are all Gods and Goddesses and we should treat each other that way with love, respect and AWE. You are AWESOME and you are DIVINE! “.

So this got me thinking for several years now I have always called myself a Domestic Goddess and my blog been called Spicegoddess is definately no coincidence. I feel its the universe’s way of reminding me that indeed I am a Goddess. I am like Skin – strong, powerful and a lady too. And that is what makes me a Goddess.

Women of the world – ignite the Goddess within you and unleash your powers, grace and your femininity.

I truely believe after reading this in Cherie’s book it is indeed the universe reminding me of the fact that I am a Goddess, I deserve to be treated no less .

ciao xxxx

My favourite read …

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About 6 years ago during my adventures in London, I came across a book that I fell in love with, cried and could relate on so many levels. During my move I misplaced the book and then 6 months ago I remembered and had to place a special order for my book which has a rather odd title – For Matrimonial Purposes by Kavita Daswani.

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The book is set in two totally different continents in two bustling cities,  Bombay and New York. “Anju” is the damsel who we come to love and share her journey as her family in India try to find her a suitable boy to marry. Anju lives in New York. A modern Indian girl who loves drinking cocktails and fashion, but every time she returns home to visit her family she is put through this whole process of meeting suitors. I identify with Anju and often find myself laughing out aloud when I am reading this book.

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This book is a must read its light , funny , sad and let’s us each walk away with a glimmer of hope. The following are some of my favourite lines in the book :

  1. “why aren’t you married yet?”.
  2. “he looks like he should be on some America’s Most Wanted List”.
  3. “in your baby pink sari ,you look like a marshmallow .All soft and sweet and fluffy and nothing inside but air.That’s what he wants.
  4. “I don’t want you to be happy .I want you to be married.”.
  5. “Beti,the boy destined for you is already born.He is somewhere in the world.We just have to find him.”.
  6. “First get married ,then do what you want.”.
  7. “he was just like every other guy I’d known- scared and closeminded.”.
  8. “I’ve met your soulmate, I’ve met the man you are going to marry.”.
  9. “we need to be two independent people in this.That’s the only way we can see if its going to work.”.
  10. “Rohan led me around the nuptial fire and I followed , our karmas cleansed by its warmth, our lives starting anew”.

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Join Anju on her quest of finding a husband feel her emotions and never give up hope :).

Ciao xxx.

Ps what are you reading?

Smitten by BITTEN

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Last year I was pretty lucky to win a signed copy of this amazing cookbook by Sarah Graham. The simplicity and set up of this cookbook caught my attention immediately.
Sarah Graham started a food blog called http://afoodieliveshere.co.za , the blog lead to the cookbook and that has now lead to the amazingly delightful cookery show called BITTEN.I am totally smitten by this cookery show and believe me I watch loads of them. The show is screened every Sunday at 4pm on SABC 3 for thirty minutes of pure foodie heaven. Sarah looks amazing and cooks the most charming dishes each with a little story while introducing us to her home, family and friends. Her kitchen makes me so jealous as it has amazing dishes from Le Creuset , Yuppie Chef and Nomu spices.
BITTEN the cookbook is wow .The pictures, recipes; hints are so appealing and user friendly. This book is must food bible for those who love food and sharing it with their friends and family. Sarah has showcased a few popular South African Food Bloggers and included a recipe from each of them. Some of these are bloggers are my favourites whom I follow on Twitter:
Jane Anne Hobbs –Rayner (SCRUMPTIOUS) http://whatsforsupper-juno.blogspot.com

Alida Ryder (SIMPLY DELICIOUS) http://simply-delicious.co.za/

Nina Timm (MY EASY COOKING) http://www.my-easy-cooking.com

I totally love all the basic tips for cooking /baking and the conversion tables. Each recipe has a little story to it as well as hints and tips. Sarah has also put together a list of meal options for a month at the back of the cookbook with the necessary page numbers so easy peasy. This book makes you want to jump into the kitchen and start baking and cooking. Most of the ingredients used in the recipes are easy to source and already found in the home.

My favourite recipe by far is Grilled Lamb Chops with Lemon & Rosemary Oil.So I have decided to include this recipe in my blog I will be making these and a few more recipes over my winter holiday.HERE IS THE RECIPE :

Serves 4 | Preparation time 10 minutes | Cooking time 15 minutes

WHAT YOU’LL NEED
2-3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter (optional)
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
½ tsp salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 lamb chops, about 200 g each
WHAT TO DO
1. Preheat the oven’s grill to its highest setting (or get your braai/bbq ready)

2. In a pestle and mortar, crush the lemon zest, rosemary, garlic, salt and pepper together. Mix in the butter and spread this evenly over the chops before
placing them in a shallow oven-proof dish.

3. Grill the chops for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until cooked but still pink in the middle.

So do yourself a favour watch BITTEN on SUNDAY SABC 3 at 4PM. This beautifully produced cookery show will feed your senses and make you think you are watching an overseas production. WELL DONE Sarah and your production team on an amazing production.
My favourite quote from the book “In our kitchens we are never alone; we have memories, happy and sad “
I hope now you understand why I am SMITTEN BY BITTEN
CIAO
XXX

Serendipity

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Ever since I watched this movie over ten years ago, I have fallen in love with this word and this movie.Serendipity means a happy accident or a pleasant surprise. In 2004 it was voted into the top ten most difficult words to translate.I am a firm believer in fate and destiny, I guess thats why I love this word.Serendipity has a romantic notion attached to it which the soppy romantic within me loves.

Serendipity the movie was realised in 2001 and stars John Cusack and the lovely Kate Beckinsale and is a romantic comedy.The movie is set in New York city during the Christmas holiday. In a twist of fate the couple meet in a busy department store before going to Serendipity 3 the coffee shop.Its on my Bucket List to visit New York and have a hot chocolate in this coffee shop since watching this movie.In the movie a $5 dollar note and a book called Love in the time of Cholera play a part in this couples destiny.(the crazy book addict within me has bought the book.).The soundtrack is pretty awesome and features Van Morrison, Annie Lennox, David Gray and John Mayer.

So without giving more away go and watch this movie its great makes you have faith in Serendipity.
Ciao
X

Ps whats your favourite movie?
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Shantaram an awesome gift

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A couple of months ago for my birthday I was given this amazing book as a gift. My love of books was the reason this book was given to me by a friend as its his favourite book .The smell of a new book is heaven and going into a bookshop ia defo my kind of heaven.

Several friends and myself were pretty impressed with my recieving this book as gift . Everybody who has ever read has said its becomes one of their favourite books including the gift bearer.Its a pretty thick book with amazing hues of blue and red on the book cover.”if fate doesnt make you laugh, then you just dont get the joke”

I coming from Indian hertitage love all things Indian and love reading books based in India . This novel is a based on a true life encounter of man on the run and his journey through India. I loved the descriptions of life in India from the slums , to the villages and the super wealthy.The book is full of love, drama, gangs, crime ,culture and friendship.This book makes one reflect on their own lives and the people who walk through our lives. “Mistakes are like bad loves the more you learn from them the more you wish they never happened”

India is truely a magical place , one does get seduced by the sights the sounds and the colours . I hope someday to visit India for more than a 3month stint , maybe I will do an Eat ,Pray ,Love Journey just like a famous SA celebrity Shashi Naidoo.Maybe i will find my Raja in India.”Sometimes we love with nothing more than hope”

So thank you Mr X for sharing your favourite book with me and enriching my world with the wisdom found in Shantaram.They say a picture speaks a thousand words but in opinion a book gives me a glimpse into your soul .

This book has some of the most amazing and memorable quotes I have ever come across.If you are looking for a book to add to your reading list add Shantaram.”Luck is what happens to you when fate gets tired of waiting ” Shantaram…..Namaste.