The weekend’s gone and Monday morning’s here already. Kirtee’s gone back to school after being a great help for two weeks of school holidays. She’s been great the last few weeks; I’ve been so impressed with her. She saw the madness that goes on here during the day with cooking, cleaning and feeding kids and instead of hiding away in her room as teenagers so often do she stayed and helped me, I’m so proud of her.
If you’re a stay at home mother of 4 like me with a gorgeous husband (he reads my blog) you’ll know first hand all the planning that goes into all the details of your day and week. Breakfast, dressing, cleaning, washing, entertaining, dropping to school, collecting from school, cooking, more cleaning, more feeding, walks, dinners, bedtimes and so much more. (The only thing we don’t plan for is the moods).
This is a busy week for me, full of activities. Have you seen ‘Better Call Saul’? Sometimes I feel like Saul’s brother, the idea of going out or having anybody come to the house sends me a bit weird. I need notice and planning!! This evening I’m going to a surprise baby shower (so I can’t post this till after I come back). Tomorrow morning I have to bring Benjamin for his BCG.
Tomorrow afternoon an old Brazilian friend of mine is coming to visit me. Not sure about Wednesday but Thursday I have Bokwa and Friday my in -laws (out-laws) are coming to stay for the weekend. They haven’t been here for over three months, so I have to make an effort for the MIL.
Getting back to the planning, I knew I was going out tonight, so I had to make dinner in the morning (you never know what might happen during the day and I didn’t want to leave it to chance). I feel a responsibility to feed the proper family food. Good food. I remember my granny telling me that kids that are well fed and clean are happy kids. Happy kids play contentedly and give me time to get other things done around the house.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t last very long but a few minutes peace is worth a lot. Having said that, chicken nuggets and chips do make it onto the menu occasionally but usually when Thomas is cooking.
Babies can get very cranky and need a lot of attention after immunisation I thought I’d make enough dinner for two days, I’ll require more time with Ben tomorrow. At 8 o’clock in the morning, I was chopping up pork chops for a biryani to cooked in the rice cooker. By 11 dinner was made and the house filled with the aroma of the Biryani spices. Just in time for my lunch!
My rice cooker, although not a very fancy one has helped me through many busy days like today. Who could even imagine making a delicious Indian Biryani in a small, cheap rice cooker? Well, now you know! And trust me it’s not that difficult. Swap the meat for any other protein of choice!
A quick and easy way to make a biryani without compromising the flavours is using a rice cooker. Have you got one? Click the Rice cooker Image to get yours!
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How to make a quick Pork Biryani using a Rice Cooker
- Pork chop or lamb chops
- 3 cups of brown basmati rice
- 5 cloves of garlic crushed
- 1 onion roughly chopped
- A handful of chopped mint
- a handful of chopped coriander
- 1 pck of Shan Biryani spice
- 5 tbsp of coconut oil
- Pink Himalayan Salt to taste
- Wash the rice and leave it to soak while you prepare the rest.
- Chop the Pork 1-2 inches long.
- Put the pork into the rice cooker.
- Add the shan biryani spice, garlic, onion, oil and mix all together.
- Add the rice and flatten the rice evenly with a wooden spoon.
- Add 5 cups of water and set to cook in your rice cooker
- If the rice is still not cook you can add some more water and set to cook again.
Post updated: 13/07/17