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Cooking Up A Storm In The Kitchen: How To Make It Look Easy

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As successful 21st-century women, gender stereotypes seriously rile us up. There’s nothing that makes us eye-roll quite so acrobatically as being put into a box where we're expected to stay. But let’s be honest: some of those assumptions exist because we’ve gone out there and shown the world exactly what we can do.


Take cooking, for instance. We’re not saying every woman is or has to be a domestic goddess, but a fair few of us actually enjoy cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Like most things we put our minds to, we know we’re capable of outperforming and impressing whenever the fancy takes us. Why shouldn’t we embrace that?

So, fancy whipping up something special and showing just how talented you are? Then here are three great recipes to help you.

Recipe #1: Barbecued oysters with garlic, paprika and Parmesan butter

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After a long day in the boardroom, one thing that always relaxes us is going home, prepping some seriously good food and chowing down on it. There’s nothing quite so satisfying as enjoying your own labors and, occasionally, you might even feel generous enough to treat that special someone too. Luckily, we have the perfect date night or dinner party dish for when you want something that’s both easy to cook and impressive in one: barbecued oysters with garlic, paprika and Parmesan butter. Beat, barbecue and butter for a meal that will leave you licking your lips for hours afterwards.

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Recipe #2: Chicken wings in OK sauce

According to Deliveroo.co.uk, OK sauce is currently taking the UK by storm and we can honestly say we’re A-OK with that. Tasty, versatile and very easy to make, it’s a great choice to impress your dinner guests, which is why we thought we’d share it here. It’s best served alongside chicken wings, so prepare these before mixing tomato ketchup, brown sauce, sugar, Chinese 5 spice and soy sauce with a cup of water. Place in a saucepan and boil until the sugar dissolves, then put to one side while you mix cornstarch with five tablespoons of water.

Join your two concoctions, stir until the sauce thickens and then drizzle over your chicken wings for an inarguably divine dish.

Recipe #3: Persian herb and leek frittata

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Of course, not everyone is a meat-eater. To ensure all angles are covered, we’ve included a recipe for Persian herb and leek frittata too. Although your arms will get a real workout chopping it all up, preparing the remainder of the kuku sabzi couldn’t be easier and it takes next to no time to bake in the oven. Invest in dates and dry rose for a sweet take on this delicious dish or else follow this recipe to whip up something superbly savoury. Whichever way you choose to add your stamp, the outcome is guaranteed to be impressive.

With these three absolute stormers, you can seize the same level of control in the kitchen as you have in all other aspects of life. But tell us, which of these exquisitely easy recipes will you put to the test first?

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It’s Time for Women to Stop Worrying About Being “Too Much”

We are living in a time when women are rising to new heights which means they are regularly being confronted with the fear of being "too much". For women in business this is pervasive and costly.

A few ways women can be perceived as "too much" are:

Speaking up about their successes and achievements.

Sharing one too many photos of their cute kids.

Telling one too many people about that date night.

Looking a little too good in that swimsuit.

These can lead to being publicly attacked on social media or privately slandered which in turn leads to women dimming their light and walking on egg shells in hopes of avoiding conflict and judgement.

The minute a woman feels it's unsafe to shine she will begin to overthink, worry, and fear how she shows up in the world.

Forgetting to announce the book is done and the interview is live.

Choosing to focus on what's still on the to-do list rather than what's been checked off.

Many female entrepreneurs are subconsciously altering their behavior in an attempt to not attract too much attention to themselves, rather than focusing on allowing authenticity and magnetism to attract their ideal clients and community.

Women are afraid of being criticized, ostracized, and abandoned by other women for simply being who they are. This leads to quite the quantum when being who you are is simplest way to accelerate the growth of your business.

New research shows men are far more comfortable with self promotion than women are. Researchers found that men rate their own performance 33 percent higher than equally performing women. What we know is that self promotion pays off and this is where women are missing the boat.

The world needs more women to step into leadership roles and no longer be intimidated about creating six and seven figure careers.

Here are five ways to release the fear of being "too much":

1. Approve of yourself.

While it feels good to receive outside validation it will never be enough if you don't first appreciate yourself. The key to having a healthy support system is to make sure you are part of it. Being your biggest critic is what your mother's generation did. It's now time to be your biggest cheerleader. Becoming aware of self talk will reveal what belief is ready to be re-wired. Create a simply mantra that affirms how incredible capable you are.

2. Connect deeply to those you serve.

One powerful way to shift out of people pleasing behavior is to get clear on who actually matters to the wellbeing and success of your life and business. Leadership is not about being the most popular, instead it's a decision to be brave for those who can't be. Take a few minutes each day to visualize and meditate on those your business serves and supports. See your future clients moving toward you every time you choose to stand in your power and use your authentic voice.

3. Remember the legacy you wish to leave.

Having your life purpose and legacy in writing is one of the most transformational exercises you can do. Reading this often will keep you focused on what matters. Knowing what you wish to leave in the hearts of those you love most is incredibly grounding. You didn't come here to keep your mouth shut, dilute your truth, or dim your light-you came here to make a difference.

4. Forgive those who have been unsupportive in the past.

The past has a way of informing the future in a negative way when there is unresolved pain. Take a few minutes to get quiet and ask yourself who you have unforgiveness towards or maybe their name came to mind as you read this article. Listening to a forgiveness meditation or writing a letter to the person you are ready to forgive are both simple and effective ways to process and heal.

5. Be part a community of bright, successful women.

Meaningful relationships with others who have similar aspirations is what will keep you out of isolation and playing small. These connections can happen in a networking group, online community or a local Meetup. Thriving in every area of life is depend on you knowing where you belong and being celebrated there. Don't wait to be invited, go actively seek out people and places that support your dreams and desires.

6. Accept you can have it all.


Women have been fed a lie for generations that says, you can have love or money. Decide you can have it all and allow it to flow to you. You can have a successful career and an amazing mother. You can balance motherhood and loving marriage. Don't let anyone write the rules for you. This is the time to create the life you desire on your terms.

7. Celebrate everything!

The fastest way to leave the haters in the dust is to celebrate everything! At the end of each day lay in bed and recall the best moments. At the end of each week, publicly acknowledge and celebrate what's good in your life. Once a month, have a celebration dinner and share it with those who have helped you in the journey. If there's something good happening, talk about it with everyone who will listen!

May you be a woman who chooses to shine so that others may be reminded of all they can be and do.