This Tuscan-style pasta salad is hearty enough to serve for dinner.
1/2 (1 pound) package pasta fusilli
1 small head fennel, sliced
1 tbsp. chopped fennel fronds
1/2 head radicchio, sliced
Handful pitted green olives, sliced
1 cup canned white beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 red onion, sliced
1/3 cup white wine vinegar
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 (6-ounce) cans tuna, drained, preferably packed in olive oil
2 handfuls arugula
Bring large part of water to a boil. Salt generously. Add pasta and cook until al dente.
Run pasta under cool water. Drain and add to bowl.
Add fennel, chopped fennel fronds, radicchio, green olives, white beans and red onion. Add white wine vinegar and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss. Add tuna and arugula. Lightly toss.
This Colorado stunner is the perfect example of a rustic elegance done right. Think bridesmaids in cowboy boots, a bride in glamourous white pumps, and lots of cotton flown in from Georgia.
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Studded with garlic and thyme, this easy-to-prepare whole Roast Leg of Lamb is perfect for Easter or special occasions.
One leg of lamb, bone in (about 9 pounds)
2 to 4 garlic cloves, cut in quarters or halves
6 to 8 sprigs thyme, cut into smaller sprigs
Olive oil, as needed
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Fresh Mint Sauce
1 bunch mint
1 tbsp. sugar
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
Leg of Lamb
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cut 10 to 12 small incisions into the lamb with a sharp paring knife. Add piece of garlic and a small sprig of thyme to each incision.
Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil.
Transfer lamb to a roasting pan.
Roast until internal temperature reaches 145 to 150 degrees F. for medium, about 1 ½ to 2 hours, depending on size and thickness. Cover loosely in foil and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
Carve and serve with Fresh Mint Sauce.
Fresh Mint Sauce
Add mint, salt, sugar, lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper to food processor. Pulse until blended.
After three solid years as co-host of M-Net’s entertainment show ’53 Extra’, Dolapo Oni has recently signed up with Mo Abudu’s famed talk show ‘Moments with Mo’, which has found a new home as the flagship show at Africa’s first global TV Network; Ebony Life TV.
This marks just the start for Dolapo, coming off the back of signing a deal as one of the celebrity ambassadors for bubbly alcoholic beverage, Snapp. Dolapo, always keen to perfect her craft and elevate her career to the next level, saw Ebony Life as a fantastic opportunity that couldn’t be missed. On moving to this exciting new channel, Dolapo says: ‘I’m looking forward to being part of history-in –the-making with Ebony Life TV. It’s an amazing team and the perfect new venture for me’. This is a natural progression for Dolapo and very much in keeping with her passion for arts and current affairs across the board. It will be a role that will show viewers a truly multi-faceted side to Dolapo, paving the way for more exciting ventures to come.
Not shy of hard work or risk-taking, Dolapo didn’t rely on her experience as one of Nigeria’s most notable TV presenters, but instead, took the opportunity with Ebony Life TV humbly, by going through the rigorous audition process to secure herself this monumental role. Moments With Mo will be a daily talk show, due to launch in Africa this July, before rolling on to Sky TV in the UK and DISH in the US.
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That night the Lord said to Gideon, Take your father’s bull, the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that your father has and cut down the Asherah [symbol of the goddess Asherah] that is beside it; and build an altar to the Lord your God on top of this stronghold with stones laid in proper order. —Judges 6:25–26
History is filled with people who accomplished great things even though they had to persevere past the criticism and judgment of others. Some of the world’s greatest inventors were persecuted by their family or friends, but they pressed on because they believed in what they were doing.
Benjamin Franklin longed to write for his older brother’s newspaper where he worked as a printing apprentice, but his brother refused to let him. Ben wrote stories anyway, under a pen name, Silence Dogood. Every letter was snuck under the printing shop’s door at night to avoid discovery, and “Silence Dogood” became wildly popular. When Ben finally admitted that he was the writer who was getting so much attention, his brother only grew angrier and more jealous. This resulted in Ben receiving beatings and finally running away.
Among the many inventions and improvements he created in his lifetime, Ben eventually started his own printing shop and took over a newspaper, the Pennsylvania Gazette, which under his supervision became the most successful in the colonies.
Lord, strengthen me in my inner being to be able to persevere against adversity. I can move forward confidently if I know it is Your way. Amen.
It is wedding season – aka the most fabulous time of year! And our friends at Bari Jay are more than prepared to outfit your maids with the most stunning selection of dresses of the season. It’s a fabulous time to be planning your “I do’s,” my dears! Long or short, mix and match, ruffled Bella Chiffon or new + flowy crinkle chiffon, Bari Jay will make sure your maids are looking amazing as can be on your big day!
This classic Spanish appetizer is perfect with a glass of dry sherry.
16 large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tail-on
1/4 to 1/3 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped or thinly sliced
1 fresh chile, chopped or substitute hot pepper flakes
Salt and pepper, to taste
Handful fresh parsley, for garnish
Lemon wedges, for serving
Grilled Tomato Toast
1 baguette, sliced lengthwise and then cut into 4 or 6 large pieces
1 garlic clove
2 to 3 ripe tomatoes
Extra virgin olive oil, to taste
Sea salt, to taste
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
When oil is hot, add the garlic and chilies and cook until garlic starts to soften, about 1 minute. Add shrimp, salt and pepper. Sauté until shrimp start to curl, turn pink and are just cooked through, about 2 to 3 minutes. Garnish with parsley and serve with lemon wedges. Serve with Grilled Tomato Toast.
Grilled Tomato Toast
Preheat grill to medium high. Oil grill.
Grill baguette pieces cut side down until toasted and grill marked, about 1 to 2 minutes on per side. Rub with garlic clove. Cut tomatoes in half and rub onto toast or mash with fork and spread on toast. Drizzle with lots of olive oil and season with sea salt.
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Series “FilmAfrica” Showing May 24th – May 27th as Cinematic Companion to “DanceAfrica,” Which Opens May 17th and Also Runs Through the 27th
BAM looks to be continuing its run of uniquely compelling programming.
From the BAM website: “After more than 30 years, DanceAfrica is BAM’s longest running program and one of America’s largest and most vibrant celebrations of African and African-American dance, music, and culture. Created in 1977 to heighten awareness of African culture, the festival has evolved into a high-spirited celebration that brings the entire community together.
Under the artistic direction of Founding Elder Chuck Davis, DanceAfrica features performances by traditional and contemporary dance companies from Africa and its diaspora at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House. This week-long spring festival traditionally offers five dance and music performances; master classes; and the one-and-only DanceAfrica outdoor bazaar, a global marketplace for African, African-American, and Caribbean arts, crafts, and food featuring over 200 vendors and attracting up to 30,000 visitors per year. Students of BAM/Restoration DanceAfrica Ensemble also perform.”
BAM will also be showcasing a prominent selection of recent African films in “FilmAfrica” which is described on their website as “a diverse mix of fiction and documentary, this popular annual series—a cinematic companion to BAM’s DanceAfrica celebration—presents highlights from the New York African Film Festival, including the best new films from Kenya, Egypt, Sudan, South Africa and beyond.”
BAMcinematek is responsible for the film series, and their programming tends to be first-rate. They recently finished a great William Friedkin 70s retrospective, and are in the middle of a fascinating series entitled “Booed at Cannes,” with choices ranging from Bresson to Cronenberg (all of which are 35mm film prints). I would advise keeping an eye on their line-up in general because it can sneak up on you.
Tickets are available at the box office or online.
Here’s your first look at the trailer, as opposed to a still here and there, from the sci-fi/actioner Riddick, the third collaboration involving the character from Vin Diesel and writer/director David Twohy.
The R-rated film is scheduled to come out on September 6, and the official plot-line says that, in the film, Riddick is “left for dead on a sun-scorched planet but he soon finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for him to activate an emergency beacon and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty. The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of mercenaries, more lethal and violent, while the second is captained by a man whose pursuit of Riddick is more personal. With time running out and a storm on the horizon that no one could survive, his hunters won’t leave the planet without his head as their trophy.”
Actually that sounds pretty intriguing to me. Makes me want to see it:
Pure lovely. From the notes of black, gold and pink to flowing Oscar de la Renta gown, complete with a crystal belt and Ivory Louboutins to the adorable flower girl in a fresh bloom headband, it’s just one pin-worthy moment after another captured perfectly by Cassandra Castaneda Photography.
INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTER FEMI OKE HAS BEEN REVEALED AS THE NEW HOST OF AL JAZEERA ENGLISH’S HIT SOCIAL MEDIA SHOW ‘THE STREAM’
The former BBC, Sky and CNN journalist took over presenting duties on Monday 6th May 2013. Femi has been based in the US since 1999 and spent nine years anchoring and reporting for CNN in Atlanta. She was host for the programme ‘Inside Africa’, which she also helped launch. For the last five years she has been a senior editor and host at the largest NPR affiliate in the US, WNYC.
‘The Stream’ is billed as a social media community with its own television show. It’s received critical acclaim since its launch in 2011, winning the Royal Television Society’s award for Innovation, a Webby People’s Choice Award for News and Politics, and a Gracie for Outstanding News Talkshow. It also received an Emmy nomination last year for New Approach to News and Documentary Programming. Femi commented on her new role:
“I’ve been watching ‘The Stream’ since it first came on air, because it was so different from anything else on international television. I loved how it responded to the explosion of social media, used Skype and Google Hangouts not just as back-ups like a lot of programmes do, but as a genuine way to connect with viewers. I must admit watching from my laptop in New York I was amazed and a little jealous. Here was a show that ‘got’ social media, had a young engaged audience, covered the news, and a broad range of topics in way that made current affairs fresh and exciting.”
Paul Eedle, Director of Programmes at Al Jazeera English, said: ‘The Stream’ continues to be a great success for us, and is pulling in ever greater audiences online and on air. Femi’s style is warm and inclusive so she’s perfect for the interactivity of the show.” Femi describes herself as British-Nigerian, born in London to Nigerian parents. In 2007 Femi Oke’s work in Africa was recognized by The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Communications Agency with the presentation of the African Achievers Award 2007. Femi was also named Nigerian media personality of the year in 2007 and picked up the Interaction media award in 2008 for her commitment to broadcasting the complex issues of Africa.
For more on ’The Stream’, please visit here
Follow Femi Oke on Twitter @FemiOke.
And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowborn and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, . . . so that no mortal man should [have pretense for glorying and] boast in the presence of God. —1 Corinthians 1:28–29
“But to those who are called, . . . Christ [is] the Power of God and the Wisdom of God” (Corinthians 1:24). When God calls us to do something, He enables us to do it. Remember, God uses inadequate people to do important things because that way He gets the glory.
So if God calls you to do something today that seems too big for you to handle, Christ will give you the power and the wisdom that you need to do it. God has said to each of us, “My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Made tangy and tender with yogurt, these chicken skewers will be a delight for everyone at the table, including kids.
Yogurt Marinade and Dip
2 cups yogurt
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
2 tsp. cumin
2 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. chili pepper flakes, or to taste
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tsp. paprika
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 garlic cloves
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
8 boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
16 cherry tomatoes
1 red onion, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1 each large red and green peppers, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
1/4 pineapple, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
8 medium to large metal skewers
Steamed rice, for serving (optional)
Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling on dip
The premiere of the drama film, On Bended Knees, took place last Sunday (May 5, 2013) at Silverbird Cinemas, Ikeja, Lagos. On Bended Knees was produced by Emem Isong and Chioma Akpotha. It was directed by Lancelot Imasuen, and it stars Chioma Akpotha, Chet Anekwe, and Seun Akindele. Also in the movie are Francis Onwochei, Sylyia Oluchy, Memory Savanhu, and Chukwudi Orji. The premiere was attended by several Nollywood stars, as well as members of the cast of the movie. Some of those present at the premiere were Chioma Akpotha, Seun Akindele, Ini Edo, Rita Dominic, Emem Isong, Majid Michel, Omoni Oboli, Susan Peters, and OC Ukeje.
There was a certain man there who had suffered with a deep-seated and lingering disorder for thirty-eight years. When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to become well? [Are you really in earnest about getting well?] —John 5:5-6
Isn’t this an amazing question for Jesus to ask this poor man who had been sick for 38 long years: “Do you want to become well?” That is the Lord’s question to you as you read these words right now. Do you know there are people who really don’t want to get well? They just want to talk about their problem. Are you one of those people?
Sometimes people get addicted to having a problem. It becomes their identity, their life. It defines everything they think and say and do. If you have a “deep-seated and lingering disorder,” the Lord wants you to know that it does not have to be the central focal point of your entire existence. He wants you to trust Him and cooperate with Him as He leads you to victory over that problem one step at a time. Don’t try to use your problem as a means of getting attention or sympathy.
When I used to complain to my husband, he would tell me, “Joyce, I’m not going to feel sorry for you, because if I do, you will never get over your problems.” That used to make me so mad I could have beaten him to a pulp. We get angry at those who tell us the truth. And the truth is that before we can get well, we must really want to be well—body, soul, and spirit. We must want to enough that we are willing to hear and accept truth.
Each of us must learn to follow God’s personal plan for us. Whatever our problem may be, God has promised to meet our need and to repay us for our loss. Facing truth is the key to unlocking prison doors that may have held us in bondage.
Panko crumbs and oats give these chicken fingers a delicious crunchy crust. Serve with Baked Fries for a complete kid-friendly meal.
1 cup quick rolled oats
4 cups panko breadcrumbs
3 chicken breasts, sliced into 4 fingers
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
Vegetable oil or olive oil, for pan frying
Honey Garlic Sauce
1 cup honey
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 to 2 tsp. sesame oil
2 tbsp. to 4 tbsp. white vinegar
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp. cornstarch
Combine oatmeal and panko crumbs. Set aside.
Season chicken with salt and pepper.
Dredge chicken in flour, then dip in beaten egg and then in breadcrumb mixture.
Add 4 tbsp. oil to large non-stick fry pan over medium heat. When oil is hot, add chicken fingers in batches, adding more oil to the pan as needed. Pan fry chicken fingers until juices run clear and crust is golden brown, about 5 to 6 minutes per side. Serve with Honey Garlic Sauce.
Honey Garlic Sauce
To small saucepan, add honey, brown sugar, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil and 2 to 4 tbsp. vinegar (depending how sweet or sour you prefer your sauce.) Bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and water. Stir in cornstarch slurry and bring to a boil to thicken.
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Zamunda comes to Stratford, London for one night only for ‘Coming To America’ extravaganza. 1988 was a great year for cultural phenomena. Michael Jordan was dominating basketball like no one had ever seen. Michael Jackson was the biggest pop star on the planet. Both would end up transcending their respective genres. On the 29th of June that year, a relatively well known 27 year old, Brooklyn born comedian called Edward Regan “Eddie” Murphy created a story about an African Prince flying to the USA to find his bride. The film would be a critical and commercial smash.
It’s a film that is still revered by many, even a quarter of a century later. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the cinematic release of the film, Anthony and Teanne Andrews, founders of experiential events company ‘We Are Parable ‘ have joined forces with Stratford Picturehouse to organise a screening of ’Coming To America’. The event will be made complete with African dancers and drummers ready to bring Zamunda to Stratford on Thursday 20th June at 7pm.
‘We absolutely loved this film when we were growing up and feel that a whole generation resonated with Murphy’s characters,’ Teanne Andrews said. ’Even 25 years later, a whole new group of people are still discovering how ground breaking and funny it is.’
‘My first experience of this film was a badly dubbed version on late night TV, but the world that Murphy created was so memorable’ Anthony Andrews added. ‘Even peripheral characters could have had their own separate films . That’s how complete his universe is’.
‘The thing is we were part of the generation who were too young to see Coming to America in the cinema, so what better time to bring it back to the cinema than on it’s 25th anniversary?’
With specially themed cocktails and a quiz that will test even the most ardent Soul Glo fan, this event is one not to miss.
For more information, pop them an email: email@example.com and follow them on twitter @weareparable.
YouTube fashionista, ‘Wande’s World’ (Wande Alugo) looks super chic for spring. She shows you how to look FAB for work and play. Her look book collection consists of dog tooth print skirt, stripe tees, mini pastel flare skirt, maxi skirt in pastel and tribal, denim, block heels, court shoes and many more! Check out the video below. Also peep her fluorescent embellished bed cushions in the video, we say FABtastically Neverland-esque. Find out more about Wande at her website, Wande’s World.
[Righteousness, standing acceptable to God] will be granted and credited to us also who believe in (trust in, adhere to, and rely on) God, Who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. —Romans 4:24
It is an awe-inspiring thing to realize you are in right standing with God simply because you believe in Him. Because Jesus who knew no sin became sin, you are the righteousness of God. What a thrilling and humbling thought.
But the devil doesn’t want you to walk in the wonderful thrill of that reality. He wants to bring up all your faults and distract you from the joy of righteousness Jesus died to give you.
Don’t let the devil steal the thrill of your righteousness through Christ. As you prepare for a night of rest, spend a few quiet moments thinking about that matchless gift, and worship the one who made it all possible. Go to sleep thinking, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21).