Traditional English Breakfast

I try to do a little breakfast spread for my family about once a month, my husband works varied hours so we don’t have a typical weekend routine. It’s not much fun cooking for one i.e sunday roasts, cooked breakfast’s etc; so I go with the flow and fit them when I can.

During the cold months my favourite kind of breakfast is a variation of your typical fry up only a little more refined (or so I’d like to think). This breakfast also is a great reminder of when my husband & I were a young childless couple (we’re practically middle-aged according to our son); we used to visit our favourite cafe on a Sunday afternoon after laying up in bed all day recovering from one sin or another ordering from the all day breakfast menu. Not BRUNCH oh no that might involve some healthy choices such as fruit, yogurt..etc an all day breakfast!! Everything is basically fried hence the name “Fry-Up” the plates are ridiculously big & there was no disguise to these heart clogging dishes. I’m ashamed to say i almost always ate it all, at 21 the body could handle it plus it was typically our main meal for the day.

Although my version has a lot less fat & calories than a greasy spoon I think it tastes way better. The ingredients are allowed to take centre stage keeping the vibrant colours & distinctive tastes that make this breakfast truly enjoyable. All that extra grease may have been good for a hangover but not much else.

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As it’s coming up to St Valentines day & my wedding anniversary; I;d like to share this poem  by Wilferd A. Peterson – The Art of Marriage. It gives us all a goal to work towards with the one we love  whether you have a certificate or not!

Happiness in a marriage is not something that just happens. A good marriage must be created. In the art of marriage the little things are the big things…

It is never being too old to hold hands. It is remembering to say “I love you” at least once each day.

It is never going to sleep angry. It is at no time taking the other for granted; the courtship should not end with honeymoon, it should continue through  all the years.

It is having a mutual sense of values & common objectives. It is standing together facing the world.

It is forming a circle of love that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other, not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice, but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation & demonstrating gratitude in thoughtful ways.

It is not looking for perfection in each other. It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding & a sense of humour.

It is having the capacity to forgive & forget

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which each can grow.

It is finding room for the things of the spirit. It is a  common search for the good & the beautiful.

It is not only marrying the right partner. It is being the right partner.

It is discovering what marriage can be, at it’s best.

Marlo Hampton

There has been a lot of negative things written & said about my diva Marlo Hampton….. where did she get her money from?… What does she do?

I simply don’t care to know the answers to those questions… I just appreciate her fabulousness. How a person lives their life is none of my business if your cool with me, I’m cool with you; plus you gotta respect a diva that has been to prison & completely turned her life around. I find her quite inspirational and I think if most people stopped hating on her they would too; to me Marlo signifies that anything is possible.

After seeing that closet of hers on Real Housewives of Atlanta, I started thinking I need me a Big Poppa… everyone seems to have one… (lol) I’ve always thought of myself as a career woman but i also love being a mother sometimes the two roles just don’t go together. In times of scheduling difficulties I do fantasise about a wealthy man taking care of all my needs, giving me a monthly budget  that allows me to do what I love & nurtures my serious Jimmy Choo addiction. Oh to dream!

Back to Marlo; this chick is serious about fashion and she wears it oh so well. I could do with out the constant label promotions; for me there is never a need to advertise brands it’s a little low-class & a tad tacky….in my opinion but, each to their own. For me either you know quality when you see it or you don’t!

WORK IT GIRL!! As Tyra B would say….. Marlo you are “FIERCE”

* No copyright infringements intended.

Real Housewives Of Atlanta

I’ve been catching up on The Real Housewives of Atlanta on YouTube. I love it I love it I love it. I really enjoy watching the Bravo TV Housewife series. My favourite city is New York closely followed by Atlanta then the original Orange County. I could really do without the others Miami, Beverley Hills and although Danielle & Theresa are entertaining, New Jersey should never have been opened up to the public.

Now, over here in the UK we get almost all the Real Housewives on Sky/ Cable etc except for … thats right you guessed it the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Thank God for YouTuber Brandon7837 or I would be missing out. I see a lot of comments on how Ghetto these women are & for the most part I totally agree but thats what makes the show so watchable. Just like NY & the OC – ALL these bitches are CRAZY; thats what i love about the shows…. As Luanne sings “Money CAN’T buy you class”

As a British Afro-Caribbean woman I must say it is very disappointing to see the lack of black women on British TV. It would be wonderful if one of these reality shows would show the true diversity that i see & feel in London. Perhaps its too much to expect that they show some intelligent, successful happy black women but I’ll settle for any type. People from other countries watching TOWIE, Made in Chelsea, Scousewives etc must think that           1. There aren’t many black people in the UK or 2. The different nationalities DO NOT mix.

I know it’s not just me that notices this type of discrimination on British TV, my close group of friends practically spans the globe as far as heritage goes but the love isn’t reserved for my Jamaican sisters. I keep thinking that everyone got the memo that skin colour is just that & that alone. Even within the same ethnic groups the colour of our skin is varied …people get over it!!

Ghetto comes in all shades; and so does dignity & class.

To any television producers out there; please take a chance “Black can & does sell”

Baby Blue Ivy Carter

Up until now I’ve resisted the urge to comment on Baby Carter; as Beyoncé & Jay have gone to great lengths hiding the baby as they did for their wedding I think they want to keep it private! Take a hint people, Beyoncé has always tried to draw a line between her business & personal life which I think is wholly appropriate; we all want & need some privacy in our lives.

From the moment Bey rubbed her tummy in that telling way the world has been watching her like a hawk!!! The fact that she was even pregnant has continuously been bought into question; why, who cares if she was lying? I know all about the selling of the soul & other conspiracy theories; I mean the girl seems too damn perfect  but come on people get a grip, after all they wouldn’t be so mega rich & famous if we didn’t want to know every little thing about them.

Like most ladies I don’t mind a bit of gossip whether that be a celeb or a neighbour but as i don’t like being judged i take all gossip with a pinch of salt.

Now I’m sure when Beyoncé is ready she will introduce her daughter to the world, but until then surely you guys can wait without slagging them off.

Sian Phillips Axed From X Factor

Kelly Rowland is said to have been very upset  at loosing one of her final 8 contestants Sian Phillips, 24 before even making it home to Miami for the final stages of the show before they go live.

According to the Daily Mirror, the problems began when it became clear Ms Phillips would be unable to get a visa to travel to the US as a result of her criminal record.

She was convicted of affray and served ten days in jail when aged 22 – and as a result, show bosses were forced to dump her from the programme.

Sian Phillips

Commenting on her crime, Ms Phillips told the newspaper: ‘It was my first offence. I’d never been in trouble with the police before and I haven’t since. I was shocked with myself and full of regret.’

The situation has left X Factor bosses wondering how to remove her from tonight’s episode, in which she was due to feature heavily.

They are said to be busy ‘airbrushing’ her from clips, although it looks likely that she will be shown briefly.

Read more: http://www.metro.co.uk/tv/876477-kelly-rowlands-x-factor-shock-as-contestant-is-revealed-as-ex-prisoner#ixzz1Yra6lZJj

BabyWatch: Beyonce

Mrs S. Carter might be preggers but she isn’t letting that slow her down! Beyonce has been business as usual promoting her new perfume pulse and launching House of Dereon in London’s Selfridges. Check out her latest outfits.

In Hof D at the Selfridges launch in London.

First there was the Roberto Cavalii sequinned short dress and jacket ensemble; she certainly is a magpie if it glitters ..she gotta have it. Beyonce looks really cute showing of sexy legs in super high Louboutins…Nice!

Outfit 2 at the launch of pulse in Macys’ NY was a Lanvin dress with a fab feather hem  from their 2012 Resort collection. Lanvin,  is really working for Queen B their fabulous draping seems perfect for her already curvaceous body; the Nicholas Kirkwood shoes set it off nicely.