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African prints all the way ๐Ÿ˜

Another one of my designs… Call it a Dashiki, call it Angelina… whatever ๐Ÿ˜‚IMG_20150223_160447

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Sweet Chilli Dunked Wings

So I’ve been craving KFC dunked wings for a while now, so I thought hey, why not make my own? So I remixed it a little (because I don’t have a clue about how to make BBQ sauce) and improvised in making a sweet chilli sauce. ๐Ÿ˜€

Ingredients

10 chicken wings

2 table spoons potato/corn starch

75g plain flour

1 piece of ginger (blended)

1 egg

1 tbsp soya sauce

ground pepper and salt to taste

cooking oil

Directions:

In a bowl, season the chicken with black pepper, salt & ginger and just mix it. Now crack the egg in the bowl, add the plain flour and potato starch and mix it together. It should turn into a sticky dough, and your wings should be well coated with it. ย It should look kinda like this.

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*Note this is a deep fried chicken recipe so you need enough oil to deep fry the chicken

Pour some oil in a frying pan or a pot and heat it up until it’s ready to fry. You can test by dipping a piece of chicken in the oil. (If it’s hot enough to fry then bubbles will form around the chicken). Fry the chicken on one side for about 7 minutes or until golden brown before turning it over.

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Turn them over gently using a spatula or a pair of tongs and fry them for another 7 minutes or until golden brown.

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When they’re golden brown on both sides, take them out and place them in a strainer to drain the oil. Remove the oil from the heat, you’ll put it back on when you’re ready to fry them again. You’re going to have to fry them again, just to make certain the chicken is cooked all the way through. You really don’t want to bite into the chicken and find raw meat on the inside! You can start your sauce now ๐Ÿ˜€

You’ll need:

1 tbsp vinegar

160 ml water

4 tbsp tomato sauce

1/2 a piece of ginger (blended)

2 tsp castor sugar

2 tsp blended chillies

1 heaped tsp corn/potato starch

Method:

Heat up water and vinegar a small saucepan. Dissolve the sugar in the pan, add the blended chilli and ginger and stir with a whisk. Add tomato sauce and continue stirring until mixed well. Now add the potato starch and whisk it in immediately otherwise lumps of jelly will form in the sauce. Keep stirring it and then let simmer for about two minutes on low heat. If any lumps do form, you can just strain the sauce into a bowl.

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That’s how it should look… kinda looks like t-sauce huh?

Back to the wings! Heat up the oil again and fry the wings on each side for about two minutes and drain the oil again.

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There are only nine here because I got hungry… ๐Ÿ˜€

So now, all you have to do is put the wings in a bowl and pour the sauce over them and mix it up until it looks like well, this:

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I joke. This has a filter but you get the idea ๐Ÿ˜€

If you try this recipe, please by all means send me a pic and tell me how it goes ๐Ÿ˜€ If you want, leave a comment below ๐Ÿ™‚

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When I get that feeling…

By now I’m sure you’re getting tired of seeing my face ๐Ÿ˜‚ So far everything I’ve actually designed and had made was for me, thus I’m the only one who can fit into these wonderful clothes (that was my feeble attempt at making you think these pieces are am-a-zing ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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You know that feeling you get when somebody compliments your outfit? Or says they really like your sneakers? That’s the feeling I get when somebody compliments one of my designs…times 7. I feel a sense of accomplishment when something that I created (..with my mind… ๐Ÿ˜) is not only acknowledged, but praised. This might sound strange, but even when nobody says anything, I still get that tingly feeling because I know I’ve done a good job. So I say to myself (in that Trevor Noah accent) “Well done Casta, well done.” Hey, the whole world isn’t gonna be your cheerleader so you have to do it yourself sometimes.

So my message for today is: compliment yourself once in a while. Think about it this way, if you always waited for someone to feed you when you were hungry, you’d starve to death. It’s the same idea I guess… I think… I hope! Don’t wait for someone to say “oh you’re so cool/dope/whatever” before you think you’re so. Be like this baby:

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Anyway, if you’re wondering why I turned this fashion post into some kind of motivational rant, you’re not alone; I’m asking myself the same question. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Let’s not think about it too much okay?

Well go forth and have a juice filled day. ๐Ÿ™‚ x

Adios

Photocreds: T. S. Makufa

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To blog or not to blog?

ย At first they’ll ask you why you’re doing it. Later they will ask how you did it.

I’ve already been asked a number of times why I’m doing this. It’s been kind of hard to answer I must say ๐Ÿ˜ฅ … but I will try my best. Basically, I’m trying to start something here, and this is my starting point. If you look at my About page, I say that I want to and I’m trying to start a brand. I love fashion and I’m passionate about it, what’s wrong with that? I won’t pretend to know everything because I absolutely do not! I’m young, and I’m still learning… so please, allow me to do just that.

I have a dream & I want pursue it ๐Ÿ˜€

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Photo credits to Tsitsi Sharon Makufa

She has a page in the works so watch out for her! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Happy Saturday ๐Ÿ™‚

My story

Hey guys ๐Ÿ™‚ So I thought I’d tell you a little about myself and my story. This may take a while LOL.

There are a million reasons I can give for why I started creating my own clothes, but that would take forever, so let’s just start with three. The first reason is that I wanted to become a model. Don’t laugh! I was still young and foolish… ๐Ÿ˜‚ So in 2013, ย my school held a fashion show for clothes made out of recycled material; Glam Trash Fashion Bash (GTFB). There were a whole bunch of people participating and I really wanted to model for someone but I was too scared to ask, (again, young and foolish.) so I ended up not going because nobody asked me! Tragic right? Anyway, the next year I came across a quote on Instagram that read:

If you can’t model their clothes, design your own clothes and model them yourself!”

And that’s what I did. And guess what? I placed third in the fashion show out of about 15 different designers. My work was even shown in the national newspaper ๐Ÿ˜€ Not bad huh? Unfortunately for me, as I was modelling I messed up and went the wrong way. (it was a really confusing runway) That’s when I realised that maybe I actually had some talent when it came to designing clothing.

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July 2014

The second reason was that because I’m so small, it’s hard to find clothes that fit me perfectly and don’t hang off my body. It’s really difficult to not look like a pre-pubescent 12 year old with clothes that don’t fit and my body shape. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ So what better way to fix that problem than getting clothes made that look and fit exactly the way I want them to?

The very last reason is that I like to be different. As pompous as that may sound, it’s true. I believe that each and every person in this world is different to the next person, so there is no reason why we should all look the same. I live in a very small place and so it’s inevitable that we will all go to the same stores and buy the same things. So if you buy a shirt from a popular store and you wear it to school, you can count on seeing at least four or five people wearing the exact same shirt as you the same day. So if I do my own thing, there’s no possible way someone will look exactly the way I do. Whether we like it or not, the way we look is part of our identity, so I’m going ahead forming my own.

Thanks for reading! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Chicken Curry & Chapati

Hello Hello ๐Ÿ™‚

So this is a recipe I’ve been using for about a year now, and I absolutely love it. I really enjoy Indian food and can’t get it as often as I’d like (unless I keep randomly showing up at my friend’s house asking for food o.O) ย I won’t lie, it’s not entirely authentic, but it tastes pretty damn good… If I do say so myself ๐Ÿ™‚ Try it out and let me know how it goes ๐Ÿ˜€

Ingredients:

500g chicken cut into bite sized pieces

50g butter or roughly 4 tablespoons of oil

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 medium potato, peeled and diced

2 medium tomatoes

1 clove of garlic

1 piece of ginger

1 tablespoon of curry powder (I used Packo Roasted Masala)

salt & chilli to taste

Method:

  • Heat the oil in a small pot for about 2 minutes
  • Add the onions and fry until golden brown
  • Add 1 tablespoon of curry powder and mix well
  • Cut up tomatoes, ginger and garlic & blend together until smooth
  • Add this mixture to the pot and mix it a little more
  • Add salt & chilli to taste
  • Add your chicken (it should be pre-cooked) You can either boil it before hand or bake it in the oven until it’s almost cooked
  • Add your diced potatoes and a little more water
  • Allow the potatoes to cook in the curry
  • Stir at regular intervals until coooked

You’ll know it’s ready when the potatoes are cooked

*I prefer to boil the potatoes in the curry so that they don’t get mashed in the pot. It turns out like baby food which isn’t so appetizing… But if you’d prefer it that way, go ahead! ๐Ÿ˜›

I’m actually pretty horrible at making chapatis so I don’t even know why I’m writing a recipe on it LOL. Fortunately for me (and you!) the chapatis in the picture came out okay so I’ll just show you what I did then.

Ingredients:

  • 500g cake flour (plain flour)
  • pinch of salt
  • 200 ml water
  • 1 tablespoon of oil

Sift the flour into a bowl and add the salt. Make a well in the centre of the bowl and pour the oil. Slowly add the water and mix it together at the same time. You could use your hands (make sure you’ve washed them already) or you could use a fork to do this. I prefer to use a fork because it’s less messy. Mix it until it has a soft, dough-like consistency. It will probably be a little sticky so you’d have to add a little more flour. Knead it well. (I’m serious, put some muscle into it!) Now divide it into balls roughly the size of golf balls and roll each on out. Fry them in a non-stick pan if you have one, but a normal one works the same I guess. NB: you don’t ย need oil to do this.

The trick to getting chapatis right is to fry them on one side until you see air bubbles forming before you flip it to the other side. (I say it like I’m an expert :D) Let it cook on this side for about a minute more before flipping it again. If you press the chapati gently at various points, you’ll see it puff up and you’ll know it’s ready.

You could either wrap them in foil, put them in an airtight container or tie them up in a freezer bag to make sure they stay soft.

That’s it really. Good luck and don’t burn your kitchen down!

If you have any thoughts or questions, feel free to leave a comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Hey everyone! So I thought I’d just go ahead and do post number two. I’m still very new at this so please bear with me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Once again, this is something that happened two years ago (I guess my creative juices were really flowing back then! lol) This particular dress is called a Kaftan.ย They come in all shapes and sizes; long, short, fitting, loose etc etc. Mine is obviously short… very short! There are types for both men & women.

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Photocreds: Tsitsi Sharon Makufa
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Surprise! My older sister used the same Kaftan design but made it her own of course. Looks great ๐Ÿ˜€

 

 

So this is my first post ๐Ÿ˜€ I designed these pair of shorts two years ago. It’s made of Kente printed material and not the actual Kente hand woven fabric. I just love them because they could be a little dressy with heels and a nice bag, or casual with a plain t-shirt and sandals.

Photo credits to Tsitsi Sharon Makufa

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I’m in love with Kente. It’s so unique to Ghana & the Ashanti Kingdom
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I actually made the hoop earrings myself & I might be posting a DIY Tutorial on how to make your own… stay tuned! ๐Ÿ˜€
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Kente Kente Kente

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Happy Monday ๐Ÿ™‚

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