Gola Kebab Recipe - National BBQ Week

Gola Kebab Recipe

If it would've been normal circumstances, I would've surely said I've already been to a few BBQ parties hosted by friends and family. However, due to the current situation and the lockdown in the UK, I can only say that I've just been able to do BBQ once until now, and that my family and I did in our own personal garden without having anyone else around. 

This year the National BBQ Week falls between May 25th - 31st 2020, and I've come up with a recipe that is easy for all of us - for those who have their own personal garden and even for those who do not have access to outside space. 

The tender meaty lamb Gola Kebabs marinated with different spices are really flavourful and something everyone can enjoy. Moreover, they also make a perfect starter for any dinner party or festive season too, and that's the reason why I decided to share the recipe. 


Gola Kebab Recipe

The Major Ingredient - The Lamb! 

Being a versatile ingredient, lamb is loved by people from all cultures and walks of life, especially because of the numerous festive recipes that can be created by using different cuts of lamb making it a perfect ingredient for every day meals or for special occasions.

Lamb Try it, Love it

The EU funded Lamb Try it, Love it campaign has enabled people to discover the unique flavours of lamb at their convenience. The Gola Kebab recipe is a protein-packed meaty food, perfect for any occasion. The European farms produce premium and high quality European lamb using sustainable practices, and the contribution made to the local economies by the farmers for producing the best meat for the consumers is praise worthy as there's nothing like fresh and tender lamb. Thus, making it an absolutely exciting ingredient to use in the kitchen while cooking.

Variety of Cuts of Lamb

I wouldn't hesitate in defining lamb as a fantastic ingredient, because it can't just be used for one all time favourite dish i.e. lamb chops served with mashed potatoes, but can also be used in lots of different recipes and in a variety of cuisines. Even by using the economical cuts of lamb, one can easily produce incredible lamb dishes. There are lots of different cuts of lamb - chops, rump, leg, shank, breast, chop, loin rack, neck and shoulder. Lots of everyday meals can be prepared using lamb as an ingredient in just 30 minutes, and lamb is not just easily available and affordable, but full of flavour too! 

Health Benefits of Lamb

Amentioned earlier, high quality lamb is packed with proteins and is very healthy enabling the consumers to get all the essential nutrients, more importantly the 7 vitamins and minerals including vitamin B12 and niacin that leads to a healthy lifestyle. Once you try it, you're definitely going to love it! For more information on lamb and the lamb try it, love it campaign. 

INGREDIENTS FOR GOLA KEBAB:
(Serves: 6)
For marinade:
500 grams minced lamb meat (washed, cleaned & drained)
1 tbsp salt (or as required)
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 tbsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp coriander powder
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp cumin powder
1 tbsp papaya paste
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp gram flour 
1 tbsp yogurt
1 tsp corn flour
1 tsp chaat masala
1/2 fried onion 
1 green chili 
Oil for frying
Coal for a smoky taste


Gola Kebab Recipe

Gola Kebab Recipe

Gola Kebab Recipe

INSTRUCTIONS:
Add all the ingredients to the lamb mince, and mix well (Ready made papaya paste is easily available at Asian stores, otherwise fresh papaya can be used to make a paste).
Cover the dish with a lid and refrigerate it for an hour.
Add the mince in a chopper,  blend everything and take it out in a bowl.
To make the kebabs, use your hands to shape them, add a straw in the middle of each kebab and remove the straw to make a hole in the centre.  
The kebabs can also be cooked on a preheated grill if one doesn’t have a BBQ to hand or an outdoor space, while for cooking them on the stove, you need to add 4 - 6 tbsp of oil to a pan and fry the kebabs on low heat, ensuring to cook each side for 5 minutes.
For cooking on a BBQ, cook the kebab in each side for 5 minutes and make sure to brush some oil on them.
For serving, you may use a normal serving dish or a sizzler plate. 
Place a sliced onion on the bottom of your serving plate and put the cooked kebabs on the bed of onions. For garnish, you can also place sliced lemon and green chilies. They're lovely for those who need an extra kick to their kebabs.
Green mint chutney also works perfectly as a dip alongside the Gola Kebabs.


Gola Kebab Recipe

Gola Kebab Recipe

Gola Kebab Recipe

Gola Kebab Recipe

Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 10 - 15 minutes
Serves: 6 adults (makes 12 kebabs)

Gola Kebab Recipe

Tips:
Make sure there is no water in the lamb mince before adding your spices.
Although this step isn't essential, but for an enhanced smoky flavour, you can put a burnt coal in the pan containing the mixture of minced lamb meat or cooked kebabs. This can also be done before serving the lamb kebabs if you're not cooking the lamb kebabs on a BBQ and instead choose to cook them on a pan or a grill.
Once the lamb mince is blended, make one kebab and cook to taste the level of spices you want. Spices can also be adjusted at this stage, in case you want to be adventurous and want something spicer! However, spicy dips and chutneys always help in adding an extra kick for those who prefer spicer food. 

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Top Tips for Marketing Your Start-Up Business

Top Tips for Marketing Your Start-Up Business

If you have recently launched your very own business, your mind is probably filled with lots of thoughts and considerations. Do you have enough money to finance the business? Do you need to employ staff? Do you require a building for stock or perhaps an office space? One important consideration that may have slipped your mind in all the chaos is your marketing strategy; without it, you can’t expect potential customers to even know you exist. There are lots of options when it comes to marketing so don’t panic. 

Nowadays, it’s important to have a strong online presence. This means you’ll need a decent, user-friendly website. Blogging is a great way to ensure your website is current and regularly updated, to show that you are an active company. What’s more, blogging is great for Search Engine Optimisation, as it targets suitable keywords. Essentially, this means that people who are using Google to search for topics related to your company are more likely to stumble across your website via your blog. Other ways to build-up a strong online presence is through email marketing, social media and maybe even influencers. 

Another fantastic marketing option is branded merchandise. This is basically promotional items that are personalised with your branding and gifted to people, so that they recognise your company or think of you when they require a certain product or service. For instance, if you are a Beautician, you could giveaway small lipsticks or nail varnishes to your clients, so that they remember you going forward and feel more inclined to return to you in the future, as a result of your excellent service and the little added extra. Alternatively, if you’re attending a pitch meeting, you could take along some branded notepads and pens to leave in their conference room so that you are at the forefront of their minds every time they use the item. 

Of course, the type of marketing you go for is entirely dependent on your company, as different strategies that work for some won’t always work for others. For instance, something more traditional like print advertising or a radio clip might work better for you. The trick is to experiment with some different techniques until you find something that clicks. Don’t be disheartened if it takes a little while; it will pay off in the long run.


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Using Technology to Help with Home Learning

Using Technology to Help with Home Learning

There are lots of pros and cons when it comes to a child’s use of technology. Recently, lots of parents have become concerned with the amount of time their kids are spending using digital devices, because it can become an unhealthy addiction. When used in the right way, though, technology can be great. The current global pandemic has forced many parents to become teachers, and technology can be used in a positive way to help children with their home learning. Most schools are uploading resources to their websites that their pupils can download and complete each day. However, even without a direct input from your child’s school, there are lots of learning tools on the internet that you can use to help stimulate your child’s brain so that they don’t fall behind with their education. Here are some tips from a co-educational school in Kent.

Technology is far more flexible than a normal classroom environment because it allows the child to work in ways best suited to their unique learning style and abilities. For instance, if your child finds the work set by their teachers too easy, you can help them find slightly harder learning tasks online to challenge them. What’s more, an auditory learner might prefer to download and listen to an audiobook, while a visual learner might prefer to write up some notes from a fact sheet that they’ve read online.

Since most children jump at the chance to use their smartphones and other digital devices, it’s likely that your child might feel more inclined to study if they are allowed to use technology. This is great for their motivation and will enrich their learning journey. For instance, they may like to watch a vlogger on YouTube teaching them cooking or crafting tips. Alternatively, they might like to play educational games by downloading apps to their phones. Essentially, if you can help your youngster find some suitable learning tools, they will be able to have fun whilst also staying on the right track with their education.

Technology is also great for ensuring that parents and teachers stay connected during this challenging time. It would be a good idea to email your child’s teacher asking them for an outline of the curriculum so that you know what they would’ve been learning about in class. This will help you come up with suitable tasks and activities at home and allow you to feel a little more in control of the situation. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you’re struggling; there are learning activities in everything around us, if only you choose to see it that way.

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Exploring Internet Safety with Your Child

Exploring Internet Safety with Your Child

The Internet is without a doubt an incredible tool with many advantages. It gives us access to information instantaneously and enables us to keep in touch with friends and family, even if they live overseas. On the other hand, the Internet can also be quite a sinister place, which is cause for concern for many parents. When your child reaches a suitable age, it would be wise to chat to them on a regular basis about appropriate Internet use and staying safe online. They need to be aware of the different dangers and how to avoid them. I have teamed up with an independent school in Oxfordshire to help advise parents on how to teach their kids about Internet safety.

Begin by completing some research about Internet safety so that you can give your child some truly informed guidance. There are various resources in books and, ironically, on the web that cover topics from viruses and scamming to cyberbullying and stalking. Once you’re clued up, have a chat with your youngster and try and figure out how they are actually spending their time online; which websites and apps do they prefer to use? Make sure they are all age appropriate and, if they aren’t, explain to your child the reasons why you would prefer they didn’t visit those websites. Make sure to check-in with your child frequently to ensure everything is ok and they aren’t facing any trouble online.

Of course, you don’t want to scare your child and the amount of information you choose to disclose to your child regarding the dangers of the Internet is dependent on their age and maturity, so it’s entirely up to you what you decide to share. Maybe start by clarifying that talking to strangers online is just as dangerous as it would be in real life, sometimes it’s even worse. Explain to them that people who are hiding behind a screen can easily pretend they are someone else, so your child can never be too certain of who they’re talking to.

Ensure parental controls are in place and all social media profiles are set to private. What’s more, you should warn your child that they should never accept friend requests or follows from people unless they know for sure who that person is. Your child may ask you questions whilst you’re chatting them and it’s wise to be as honest as possible. What’s more, you should keep an eye on their Internet use and know what their passwords are, just in case.

Once your child is aware of the risks involved with the Internet, then you can start to establish some rules. Some parents decide that the Internet can only be used in a communal area of the house and not in their bedrooms. Other rules are more concrete, such as “never meet up with someone you’ve only spoken to online” or “never respond to threatening messages”. You might want to try and limit screen time to a set amount of hours per day to ensure your child has a healthy balance and is still getting enough exercise and face-to-face interaction.

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Helping Your Child with their Home Learning

Helping Your Child with their Home Learning

Showing an interest in your child’s schoolwork lets them know how important it is and helps keep them motivated while schools are closed. A child’s education shouldn’t stop just because they’re at home; it should continue in the form of educational activities and homework tasks set by their school. The Royal School, an independent school in Surrey, offers the following tips to help you assist your child with their home learning, regardless of their age.

Praise Positivity

Praise is very encouraging for young people, so be sure to congratulate your child each time they complete a piece of work or just generally show a positive attitude to learning. You could even stick it on the fridge to show how proud you are! Even if you don’t think they got all of the answers right, be sure to praise them for trying in the first place because that’s just as important.

Be a Good Role Model

Does your child ever see you immersed in a novel, performing a musical instrument or sat at a desk doing some form of work? It’s certainly worth doing activities like this in front of them from time to time to set a good example, as children tend to repeat behaviour that they see their parents doing.

Set Up a Dedicated Study Area

If you haven’t already, make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit environment to do their schoolwork, preferably free from distractions such as a TV. All their study supplies should be within reach so that they don’t have to keep getting up to search for things. This includes pens, pencils, a notepad, a ruler, a calculator etc. Their phones or tablets should not be in range, but it’s important to schedule frequent study breaks so that they don’t burn out

One of the most important thing you can do to help your child with their home learning is to make yourself available to them by letting them know you can assist if they need you to. This will help them understand that they have your support and they can ask you any questions that might come up. It can be easy to end up doing your child’s schoolwork on their behalf, but that won’t help them learn. Just be there to make suggestions and offer guidance and encouragement, while helping them find the answers on their own.

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Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset

Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset

Kids can now recreate scenes from the Ben 10 Cartoon Network TV show, with the Ben 10 articulated omni-enhanced action figures, and Ben suited up in his racing gear is always ready for a bumpy ride! The Transforming Omni-Cycle allows him to drive through any off-road terrain or zip through the skies to fight the bad guys. Collapsing wheels change the Omni-Cycle from cycle to flight mode, enabling kids to play with it in two different modes! 

Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset
Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset

Ten year old Ben Tennyson discovers a mysterious alien watch called Omnitrix, after which he attains the power to transform into any of 10 different alien heroes - each one has their own power! BabyN’s recent toy unboxing was a surprise package we recently received in the mail. The box was packaged very well, and so although he started the unboxing himself with the help of a pair of scissors, he still needed a hand for help. His excitement during the process was priceless and soon mummy and BabyN’ were able to finally take out the toy from the box. 

Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset

It’s perfect not just for your own children, but also to giveaway to any child (age 3+) as a birthday present or on any other occasion. Kids nowadays are very sharp and they generally don’t need parents to read instructions and guide them on how to use a toy. I was going to read more information about Ben 10, but even before that, BabyN’ himself figured out what to twist and turn and how to play with it. The Ben 10 figure has moveable hands, feet and even the helmet can go up and down, so the kids are able to make him sit comfortably on the bike ensuring his hands grip the handles of the bike well, so he doesn’t fall down. 

Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset

Now talking about the vehicle, it can be used as a bike, but it’s wheels can also be twisted and turned to make it to change to something else. BabyN’ suggested it can also be used on water. 

Ben 10’s Transforming Omni-Cycle Playset can be purchased from Amazon

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A Handful of Podcasts to Help You Get Through the Week



Which podcasts do you listen to religiously each week? As the world of radio declines, podcasts are stepping in to take over. This listening trend is booming, and more people than ever are putting on their headphones or tuning into their home’s smart speaker to get their podcast fix. When surveyed, 7.1 million Britons said that they’d listened to a podcast within the last month. This may seem like a lot, but we had nothing on the respondents from South Korea, who had the highest listening rate of 58%, or the United States, who were fifth with 33%. 

When discussing the power of podcasts, Ian Macrae, Ofcom's Director of Market Intelligence said: “Podcasts are transforming the ways people listen to audio content, just as on-demand video is changing how people watch television. It's fantastic to see how UK radio broadcasters as well as newspapers and other media companies are embracing podcasting and offering more choice about what we listen to than we’ve ever had before.”

The BBC for one, has embraced the power of the podcast — out of all the podcast producers it has been found to have the highest reach. Organisations like the BBC, as well as small independent producers, are constantly pushing out interesting shows covering a wide variety of genres. Whether you’re a big corporation or you’re just starting out, as long as you have ambition, branding and business cards, you can get your name out there. What’s more, there are many genres you can choose from! In a recent survey, Ofcom found that the genre most listened to was ‘entertainment’ (57%), followed by ‘comedy’ (54 percent), ‘discussion’ (53%), ‘current affairs’ (49%), ‘sport’ (41%), ‘science and culture’ (39%), ‘politics’ (39%), ‘hobbies’ (35%), ‘TV and film’ (35%), and science and technology (33%). 

Each of these categories has seen trailblazers, leading the way into 2020. In May of last year, the British Podcast Awards were held to honour those shows that were racing ahead in listenership and interesting content. Paving the way in each genre, here are the podcasts that we were most interested in over the last year: 

Best Arts & Culture Podcast: 
“Have You Heard George’s Podcast?” — George the Poet

Not only did George the Poet’s epic podcast take home the award for ‘Best Arts & Culture Podcast’, but it also took home four gold awards, two silver awards, and the podcast of the year award. Maybe the success of this podcast is that it has something for everyone. Made up from news, poetry, storytelling, and cultural observations, this podcast keeps it fresh and intriguing. 

Best Comedy Podcast: 
“Dear Joan & Jericha” — Julia Davis and Vicki Pepperdine

Successfully taking the gold for best comedy podcast, Dear Joan and Jericha will have you in stitches. The agony aunt parody is almost two convincing, and the cringe-inducing line that it walks will have you wince one second and laugh out loud the next. Absurd, deranged, and always funny, this podcast has set the comedy standard for 2020.

Best family podcast: 
“Surrogacy: A Family Frontier” — BBC Radio 5 Live 

If you’re looking for a moving podcast that will challenge your perceptions, go and give ‘Surrogacy: A Family Frontier’ a listen. Made up of a collage of personal stories, interviews, and anecdotes, this podcast is thought provoking and artfully executed. 

Best true crime Podcast: 
“Case Notes” — Classic FM

A true crime podcast with a twist, Classic FM’s Case Notes sets out to investigate historic crimes that have some relation to the world of music. Taking a look back through the most infamous and blood thirsty musicians of all time, this podcast shows that we are now looking for a new and unusual angle when it comes to true crime podcasts. 

It’s official — the standard has been set. As we strive forward int 2020, our ears will demand only the most intriguing, hilarious, or informative podcasts. With more budding producers and presenters every year, we are likely to see many more innovative shows competing for this year’s prestigious awards. 

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