SUPER-EASY MADEIRA CAKE RECIPE

Easy and cheap to make, but never does fail to impress.

INGREDIENTS

  • 220g butter/margarine
  • 220g sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 250g plain flour
  • 3 tbsp of milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 tsp lemon zest or lemon juice

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PREPARATION

  1. Pre-heat oven on 180 degrees.
  2. Beat butter/margarine with sugar.
  3. Add 4 eggs, flour, milk, baking powder, vanilla and beat the mix with the hand mixer.
  4. Add lemon zest or lemon juice. Mix it again.
  5. Lay baking paper in the baking dish, and add mix.
  6. Bake it for 45-50min.

Do not leave cake baking on a high heat as it will burn the top before cake has been baked.

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PASTA WITH CHEESE IN A HOME-MADE SAUCE

Easy, Effortless & Low-Cost 

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 500g pasta
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 courgettes
  •  2 cans of tomatoes
  • 150g grated cheese

PREPARATION

  1. Boil water for pasta in kettle.
  2. Peel and chop onion, carrots and courgettes, and  fried it in the pan with olive oil for 10-15min on a low heat, add pepper and salt or any other seasoning.
  3. Add canned tomatoes and leave it to on a medium heat until it will boil.
  4. Drain pasta, add grated cheese and mix it with together until cheese has evenly melt.
  5. Once the vegetables and tomatoe sauce is hot and boiling, switch the heat off, and add sauce into pasta pot and mix it with the pasta.

I recommend to eat pasta with green and fresh vegetables or salad.

With Love, Gitana

Why We Women Should See ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Movie

mad-max-fury-road-8a Tomorrow I may feel a different way about this movie, but today I was inspired by characters’ bravery, the strong instinct of surviving and taking a lead in protecting innocents.

Truly, I thought this was a movie full of people with serious skin conditions which was hard for me to watch.

The movie was so intense that sometimes I felt my brains could barely keep up with the intensity of the speed in the story. Really, this is an action movie and maybe meant to be a movie for men but I felt the movie was a message to us, strong women, and our strong surviving instincts.

Film is based in desert, full of dirt, heat and endless sand.

While movie is named after main character ‘Mad Max’, I felt the true star of the movie was a Furiosa: strong leader, a female, so fearless in order to protect humanity and other women. Her right hand is artificial below her elbow. Nevertheless, this does not stop her to do really cool things.

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It is a movie of super-cool massive truck driven by Furiosa, secretly taking away five wives of leader Immortan Joe. These five females are very precious to him and the mothers to bear his children. She wants to take them to this ‘Green Land’ where she grew up and she says it is a hope for these girls to survive and discontinue disgusting destiny they had with Joe. And he chases her with his soldiers trying to get his wives back.

Furiosa is strong and she is not afraid to show it. She does not play by the 1_Maxrules if rules restricted her freedom. From a loyal soldier herself, she turned to revel against her leader.

Mad Max, prisoner himself, escapes during a battle in chasing Furiosa and actually helps her to escape from Immortan Joe.

I was left inspired.

With Love, Gitana

Celebrities Turned Businesswomen

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Being a businessperson is about finding a way to make money. Celebrities have an advantage when starting their businesses: they use their fame as a clever marketing tool. And some of them are doing this really well. I have listed five celebrities with an ambition to be a businesswomen.

draperjames 2REESE WITHERSPOON – In May 2015, Reese Witherspool has launched her own Southern lifestyle brand and online shop ‘DraperJames’. Her business idea was inspired by her Southern roots. Customers can purchase gifts, accessories, jewellery & clothes for $14-400. In my opinion, website is still lacking some quality finishes, items are highly overpriced, and quality of the items is not that great.

GWYNETH PALTROW – Back in 2008, Gwyneth launched her lifestyle gwyngoopblog ‘GOOP’ to share lifestyle tips with her fans. Slowly, ‘GOOP’ has moved into e-commerce, and now website visitors can shop online. Her website has drawn a lot of critisizm over health statements and lifestyle advices, as well as prices of items for sale: ‘GOOP’ is not for bargain hunters.

imagesJESSICA ALBA – in 2011, an actress together with Brain Lee has launched ‘The Honest Company’ that sells non-toxic household products. Jessica said that an idea came to her after she became mother and she struggled to find eco-friendly diapers and other items for her baby. The company has been a huge success and last year it was announced that company was valued over 1 billion dollars.

VICTORIA BECKHAM – in 2008, Victoria has launched fashion brVictoria-Beckham-e1339807137133and with simple design, fitted dresses. Since then, she has expanded her brand into handbags, sunglasses and shoes. Victoria claims to oversee all production and design aspects herself and has successfully transformed her fame into a high quality fashion brand.

 

BLAKE LIVELY – famous actress has launched blog & e-shop PRESERVE in f64d4599-2937-466d-b706-b59a6e09bc36-620x3722014. Her website features people who produce handmade items which can also be purchased on the e-shop. Prices wavy from $50-1400. I must confess, I only found out about her business venture while doing my research for this blog post and I have to admire her idea to put spotlight for up-coming designers and artists that are creating handmade items.

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With Love, Gitana