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I came across the recipe while browsing Hannah’s blog and decided that I MUST make it. Living in Singapore when I was a kid, I’d eat this A LOT, it tastes amazing *drool* and a must have make at home kind of food! It’s simple to make & delicious 😀

The original recipe came from the Visit Singapore website but I did some changes to the recipe myself. For the rice, I used garlic puree paste because, as Hannah’s said, I didn’t want garlic bits in people’s mouths lol. I’ve written my version of the recipe with the small changes I made for you to try, or you can see the original one.

Ingredients for Chicken & Rice
1 Whole Chicken
2 Scallions, cut into 1 inch pieces
6 slices fresh peeled Ginger
4 tsp of Garlic Puree Paste
4 cups Uncooked Basmati Rice, washed and drained
1 tsp fine salt

Ingredients for Chilli Sauce
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
4 whole chilies finely chopped (red preferably)
5 cloves garlic, chopped
3 slices of ginger finely chopped
1 tsp fine salt
1/2 cup boiling hot chicken stock (this is taken from the chicken after it’s ready)

Method
Boil a large pot of water. Stuff the cavity of the chicken with scallion, ginger and some garlic puree paste. Add chicken to boiling water, breast side-down. Lower the heat to a simmer just under boiling point and cook, covered until just cooked through, about 40 minutes. Bathe the chicken in an ice water bath till chicken is cold to create a tender, springy texture. Heat garlic in a pan for the rice, stir fry till fragrant. Add uncooked rice, fry for a minute, add salt and enough chicken soup to cover 1/2 inch above the top of the rice. Boil on high heat, lower heat when steam holes form, cover and steam for 30 minutes till rice is cooked. Chop chicken and serve with steaming hot rice and chilli sauce. Dark soya sauce is the ideal accompaniment.

Method for Chilli Sauce
Add all the ingredients into a bowl & mix together, then put them into a blender & blend for a minute until liquid… easy!

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Let me know how you get on with making this, you won’t regret it 😀

Ever since I started doing Customized Blog Designs with Jacqui, we’ve been emailed numerous times with requests & because we do them for free, its even better for the clients, plus it boosts our portfolio.

But, now we’re getting more & more and we’re starting to think we should start charging for them, why not make money out of something we love, especially since I’m jobless!

So the question is; how much would you pay for a custom blog design from Jacqui and me?

Would you still want a customized blog design from us if we charged you for it?

Please give us some feedback 😀

On Wednesday, I went to the Flo Rida concert with my brother’s girlfriend. I was a little unsure about who would be supporting him in concert, but hours beforehand thanks to the Twitter god’s, I came across Kobi Onyame who is a Ghanaian Born UK Based rapper and found out he was supporting Flo Rida that night. I googled him and listened to a few tracks he recorded (he’s unsigned at the moment!) and like what I heard.

Anyway, we got to the view around an hour beforehand because we didn’t want to wait in queue’s, sadly when we got there the queue was huge and filled with teenie bopper white girls in neon tutu’s and crap…. I felt like the oldest person there and very under-dressed LOL but thankfully the queue grew & grew with people my age so I didn’t feel so bad in the end… except…. when it started to rain cows & sheep & horses & elephants and I had no umbrella *cries* but a nice little black guy went to buy one for his girlfriend, who then ended up standing under a bus shelter, so he stood in the queue with me putting the umbrella over my head which was nice of him. My brother’s girlfriend then went to buy one along with some drinks & snacks, and as our luck had it, the rain then stopped LOL

So, concert time… opening the nights evenings event was a DJ (can’t remember his name) he played some greats songs (as well as a Michael Jackson tribute *yawn*) to get the crowd pumped before Kobi Onyame took the stage to perform a few tracks, in particular “He Said She Said” which is his latest single, the crowd love him & I’m sure he’ll go places! He’s a really nice guy, I met him after the concert had finished, took some photos with him & he signed his flyer for me (I’m trying to organise an interview with him for my blog to talk more about the life of an up & coming artist)

When Kobi Onyame was done, there was a huge delay from when Flo Rida took to the stage, they could of at least brought the DJ back on stage, instead they played music which wasn’t that loud & everyone just stood there waiting until Flo Rida came on to perform. The crowd went crazy, people were pushing & shoving each other making it very uncomfortable for those at the front. We were at the front center, the best position in the house, so naturally everyone wanted to be where we were. I’m surprised cat fights never took place, one girl fainted in the crowd because it was so hot which then forced the Security to hand out cups of water to everyone at the front to help cool us down.

My brother’s girlfriend was not as lucky, three drunken idiots were jumping & pushing us all over, so much so that she got thrown to the ground in a near stampede all to try at catch a signed sweaty towel from Flo Rida. She was okay other than hurting her back a little, more shocked than anything else and I was so pissed at a group of girls behind us for not trying to help me pull her back up onto her feet. They just stood there staring, bitches! We then moved from our position because the pushing was getting too much for us to handle and we bought some drinks & sat in the seating areas at the side, still in stage view so we didn’t miss anything.

Overall, the concert was really good! I discovered a new artist, saw Flo Rida’s tatoo’s close up, danced my socks off, sweated like a pig, got blisters on my feet & ended the night with a chicken burger 😀

Lot’s of Video’s & More Photos after the jump….

We have now finished 6 Prizes in 6 Days for 6 Years and have announced the winners:

Now for an even better reason why you should have taken part in the daily competitions is because to end the 6 Days of celebration, we are going out with a big bang, think HUGE :party:

Everyone who entered the daily competitions will be eligible to win one of three Grand Prizes which are:

First Place: A £60 Amazon.co.uk or $60 Amazon US Voucher
Second Place: A £15 iTunes Gift Card or $15 iTunes Gift Card
Third Place: A Customized Blog Design by me & 1 years Free Web Hosting

Those who have not entered previously will not be eligible to win any of these additional prizes which will be given away on Friday July 17th at 12 Midnight 😀

The more you entered the competitions, the more chances you had to win, that’s why I kept reminding you to join on a daily basis & over populating my twitter account! For example, if you’ve taken part since Day #1 until Day #6, you will be given 6 entry numbers into the competition, if you’ve taken part since Day #3 until Day #6, you will be given 3 entry numbers into the competition etc etc etc

If you are a daily competition winner, you will not be eligible to enter for the Grand Prizes to be fair to all the other participants who didn’t have the chance to win.

Those lucky entrants who are eligible to win are: (in order of first comment then additional entries shown next)

Entry 1: Kai Kai
Entries 2-6: Jacqui
Entry 7: Tata Botata
Entry 8: Fajer
Entries 9-12: Daddy’s Girl
Entries 13-14: Fereej
Entry 15: Ansam
Entry 16: KTDP
Entries 17-19: Dreamy
Entry 20: Desert Palms
Entry 21: Yasser AL-Harbi
Entry 22: Wissam
Entry 23: LenoOsh
Entries 24-26: Atoona
Entries 27-28: Sunshine
Entry 29: Natasha
Entry 30: Soul
Entry 31: Suspic
Entries 32-33: Bo Zaid
Entry 34: Yasser AL-Harbi
Entry 35: Jared Earle
Entry 36: Zii
Entry 37: Andrew Thomson
Entry 38: Gavin Lloyd Payne
Entry 39: David Johnson
Entries 40-42: Steve
Entry 43: Andrew Roberts
Entry 44: Cheryl Pasquier

Three Winners will be chosen at random again using Random.ORG tomorrow at 12 midnight and will be notified here on this post along with being emailed & tweeted (if applicable).

Thank You again to everyone who took part *hugs* here’s to another 6 years :love:

Update: The winners have been chosen & I’m proud to announce that they are as follows

1st Place: Sunshine (Entry 28)
2nd Place: Steve (Entry 40)
3rd Place: Atoona (Entry 26)

Random.ORG Screenshots of winning numbers:

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Thank you again to everyone who participated ;*

Today up for grabs is courtesy of my mom & her little home/handmade bath product business (free advertising!). She makes and produces soap, bath bombs, novelty soaps, wedding favors, along with other bath products which you can customize to your own choice by choosing your own colors and scents 😀

The prize you’ll be receiving is a gift box fulled high of rosebud shaped soaps, mini heart bath bombs, simmering pink bath oil beads and heart shaped bath confetti <3 Example of what you’ll receive:

In order to win this gift set, please answer this question:

When did I leave Aberdeen & move to Glasgow?

As explained in the previous post, these are the steps you need to take in order to enter:

1. Find the answer in my blog using pages, archives & the search bar

2. Post your answer in the comment area & your comment number is your entry number

OR

3. Tweet your answer on Twitter to the question along with the hashtag #ananyah666 at the end of your entry

4. The winner will be chosen via Random.ORG & will be notified both by email as well as on this entry after closing

All entries must be in at 12 midnight GMT & Prizes will be sent worldwide, however, if you’re in the Middle East, please have an Aramex Shop & Ship Account because of the nature of the product

Good Luck, you have 12 hours :party:

Update: After receiving all entries, we had 10 correct ones and the winning entrant was:

Last Year’s Girl (Entrant 4)

Congratulations! Hope you love the goodie bag 😀

Today up for grabs is not just one, but two gifts! A signed CD by Kelis as well as a dual CD/DVD Box Set of Corinne Bailey Rae live in London & New York.

In order to win these two prizes simply answer the following question:

Who is my favourite Male Vocal Group & when did I meet them in person?

As explained in the previous post, these are the steps you need to take in order to enter:

1. Find the answer in my blog using pages, archives & the search bar

2. Post your answer in the comment area & your comment number is your entry number

OR

3. Tweet your answer on Twitter to the question along with the hashtag #ananyah666 at the end of your entry

4. The winner will be chosen via Random.ORG & will be notified both by email as well as on this entry after closing

All entries must be in at 12 midnight GMT & Prizes will be sent worldwide

Good Luck, you have 12 hours :party:

Update: After receiving all entries, we had 7 correct ones and the winning entrant was:

Peter Alevy (Entrant 5)

Congratulations! Hope you like your prizes when they arrive in the post 😀

For the rest of you, see you again in 12 hours with your next competition question 😎

Today, the Prize up for grabs is a £20 Voucher for the UK & Ireland Online Takeaway company Just-Eat kindly donated by the Managing Director David Buttress. This prize is restricted to those currently in the UK & Ireland so those outwidth will not be able to participate unfortunately. Those who are in the region, who doesn’t love food?! and it’s even better when it’s free!

To know more about Just-Eat check out the review I wrote previously about them & have used several times since 😀

In order to win simply answer the following question:

What do a Kangaroo & Crocodile have in common?

As explained in the previous post, these are the steps you need to take in order to enter:

1. Find the answer in my blog using pages, archives & the search bar

2. Post your answer in the comment area & your comment number is your entry number

OR

3. Tweet your answer on Twitter to the question along with the hashtag #ananyah666 at the end of your entry

4. The winner will be chosen via Random.ORG & will be notified both by email as well as on this entry after closing

All entries must be in at 12 midnight GMT, otherwise they will not count, so make sure you check your timezones! Entries by those not in the UK & Ireland for this prize will not be accepted.

Good Luck, you have 12 hours :party:

Update: After receiving all entries, we had 14 correct ones (11 comments & 3 via twitter) and the winning entrant was:

Ross Burns (Entrant 13 via Twitter)

Congratulations! Hope you fill your belly til it pops *drool*

For the rest of you, see you again in 12 hours with your next competition question 😎

Today, the Prize up for grabs is 3 of my favourite French Movies on DVD:
1. Les Choristes
2. Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain
3. Le Divorce

In order to win simply answer the following question:

What gift did my dad give me on my 25th birthday in Paris?

As explained in the previous post, these are the steps you need to take in order to enter:

1. Find the answer in my blog using pages, archives & the search bar

2. Post your answer in the comment area & your comment number is your entry number

OR

3. Tweet your answer on Twitter to the question along with the hashtag #ananyah666 at the end of your entry

4. The winner will be chosen via Random.ORG & will be notified both by email as well as on this entry after closing

All entries must be in at 12 midnight GMT, otherwise they will not count, so make sure you check your timezones!

Good Luck, you have 12 hours :party:

Update: After receiving all entries, we had 7 correct ones and the winning entrant was:

Elegant Chic (Comment Number 3)

Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the movies when they arrive as much as I do 😀

For the rest of you, see you again in 12 hours with your next competition question 😎

Today, the Prize up for grabs is a customized blog design along with a years free web hosting courtesy of Tribe 9 and maintenance. Some previous examples of work are: Eleventh-St, p0ach & ZDistrict

In order to win simply answer the following question:

What is the name/pseudonym of the blogging couple I met in real life?

As explained in the previous post, these are the steps you need to take in order to enter:

1. Find the answer in my blog using pages, archives & the search bar

2. Post your answer in the comment area & your comment number is your entry number

OR

3. Tweet your answer on Twitter to the question along with the hashtag #ananyah666 at the end of your entry

4. The winner will be chosen via Random.ORG & will be notified both by email as well as on this entry after closing

All entries must be in at 12 midnight GMT, otherwise they will not count, so make sure you check your timezones!

Good Luck, you have 12 hours :party:

Update: After receiving all entries, we had 16 correct ones and the winning entrant was:

Miyafushi (Comment Number 9)

Congratulations! You are about to get an Extreme Blog Makeover 😉

For the rest of you, see you again in 12 hours with your next competition question 😎

In order to win 1 year’s Flickr Pro account worth $24.95, simply answer the following question:

What was the name of my first ever puppy, what age was I & what is doggy dog aka chewy’s real name?

As explained in the previous post, these are the steps you need to take in order to enter:

1. Find the answer in my blog using pages, archives & the search bar

2. Post your answer in the comment area & your comment number is your entry number

OR

3. Tweet your answer on Twitter to the question along with the hashtag #ananyah666 at the end of your entry

4. The winner will be chosen via Random.ORG & will be notified both by email as well as on this entry after closing

All entries must be in at 12 midnight GMT, otherwise they will not count, so make sure you check your timezones!

Good Luck, you have 12 hours :party:

Update: After receiving all entries, we only had 6 correct ones and the winning entrant was:

Mike (Comment Number 3, Entrant 2) @Thepathtoamen

Congratulations! Expect an email from me regarding your prize 😀

For the rest of you, see you again in 12 hours with your next competition question 😎

This month, ananyah.COM has been around for 6 whole years and to help celebrate this occasion, starting tomorrow, I’m giving away 6 prizes in 6 days to celebrate 6 years of blogging *throws confetti in the air* can you tell I’m in a good mood?!

Prizes up for grabs within the upcoming 6 days include:
1. A customized blog design by moi including 1 years free hosting & maintenance
2. A years Flickr Pro account worth worth $24.95
3. A £20 gift voucher from Just-Eat (UK Entries only sorry) courtesy of David Buttress
4. A signed CD by Kelis & a deluxe box set CD/DVD set of Corrine Bailey Rae live
5. 3 of my favourite French Movies on DVD
6. A handmade bath produce gift basket customized to your choice, thanks mom :*

How will it work?
At 12 midday GMT, a new question will be asked and will close at 12 midnight on the same day. In total there will be 6 questions and all answers will be found within my blog, so make use of pages, archives & the search bar! Some are easy, some are a little bit more tricky but it’s all in good fun!

You can enter every days competition events, however, if you are a winner one day, you will not be able to win another day… making it fair to other participants!

How will I determine the winner & how do I enter?
Entries will be accepted by commenting on the individual blog post on the specific day. At 12 midnight each day, comments will be closed off. Once you comment your answer to the question, your comment number will automatically be your entry number, for example if you are first to comment, you’ll be Number 1 and so on.

You can also enter using twitter by tweeting the answer along with the hashtag #ananyah666 within the 12 hour allocated time. Your twitter entry number will be determined by counting the number of blog comments that have been entered. For example, if there are 15 blog comments and 10 tweets… the tweeted entries will be number 16, 17, 18 and so on.

Once all entries have been gathered, I will be using Random.ORG to determine the winner by inputting the total amount of entries and randomly generating the winning number. The winning number will be captured and posted to show that I’m not favouring one entrant over another 😉

The winner on each day will then be posted on the entry after comments have been closed (so check for updates!) as well as on twitter, and will be emailed for contact details, so make sure you enter your correct email address if you enter by commenting. All prizes (excluding the Just-Eat voucher) are open to World-Wide entrants so no matter where you are, you’ll get your prize 😀

The competition starts at 12 midday GMT on Saturday July 11th so keep a look out on Twitter, your RSS feeds & of course my blog for the first competition.

Good Luck & hopefully we’re around for another 6 years! :party:

I’ve been going to Duck Bay on the banks of Loch Lomond ever since I was a little kid, it’s one of my favourite places to go in Scotland. So when we got really good weather last month, we went for a picnic in the area for the afternoon with my brother, his fiance & dog tagging along.

If you’re ever in the area, you should really go there, great views 😀