Lifestyle 01 August 2018
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
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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I am a proud Black business owner carrying a line of lip colors for the woman who wants to shine. At Vatarie Cosmetics you can find cruelty-free and vegan lip care products, including clear lip gloss and liquid matte lipsticks. The line is still under development, so there are more products in the making that you'll hear more about soon!
My products are high-quality and it is my dream to take my brand into high-end storefronts across the nation and even across the globe.
I have worked my way into my entrepreneurial career as I did not come from money. The goal of my cosmetic line is to bring excitement to everyone who tries the line. My products are high-quality and it is my dream to take my brand into high-end storefronts across the nation and even across the globe. I believe that with added makeup and a good set of threads, anybody can confidently face the world. I am a proud and firm supporter of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and a proud member and supporter of the LGBTQIA community.
There have been plenty of hardships that I have had to face throughout my entire life, the most recent being the recent death of my father who passed far too soon. I have never allowed these hardships to deter me, and won't start now. I will continue to progress and work hard to build my business, knowing that this is what my father would have wanted.
About the Vatarie Line: What It's All About
Upon launching the line, I had the mission of inspiring every human to find their inner beauty and to have fun along the way. With this in mind, my products are designed for people of all genders, races, religions, and creeds. The Vatarie line will have more to offer customers very soon as I am continually working on developing products and expanding the line. In addition to the lip colors currently offered, the line will soon include highlighters, eyeshadows, and new lip gloss additions.
I believe that no one needs makeup to validate themselves, and we are all beautiful on our own. I do believe, though, that makeup can make life a lot more fun. Now more than ever we are living in a world where there is so much sadness and darkness. Sometimes all we need to change our moods and get away from that darkness is something to help us feel better and more vibrant — this is where a pop of makeup and a well put together outfit can really make an impact.
Now more than ever we are living in a world where there is so much sadness and darkness.
I encourage everybody to embrace their inner beauty and inner style, and express themselves no matter what. My line of products is inspired by high fashion and designed to make a bold statement. The running theme across my products is empowerment at every stage and level. I create products that make my customers feel happy, and I ensure I am happy myself with my products before I release every single one. There is no place for cutting corners as I believe in producing the highest quality product.
I bring my sense of humor and quirky personality into my products and you can see this in the names of each item. Take the lip color "Blood Money," which signifies all the money, tears, sweat, and yes, blood that was put into the brand. Let me tell you, it was hard work, and it still is hard work, but at the end of the day, it fulfills me to know the type of quality I am providing. It gives me great pride to create a line of legendary products that will positively affect someone and bring them to a place of self-love and acceptance.
About the Past that Gives My Business Meaning
I have struggled over the years with mental abuse that has left me feeling as if "I wasn't enough." Added to that, being a Black woman in an industry that is predominantly dominated by other races, I had to work harder to get to where I am today.
Coming from a broken home, my family struggled with addiction, making my entire childhood a miserable nightmare. My mother abandoned us as she was being physically abused, and it was up to us the kids to do everything necessary to take care of the home and each other. We eventually ended up living with my grandmother in Miami, Florida. At a very young age, I had to endure physical and mental abuse and was locked up. At the age of 22, I lost my younger sister to gun violence and found myself raising her one-year-old son as my own.
Being a Black woman in an industry that is predominantly dominated by other races, I had to work harder to get to where I am today.
While my past was a rough one, it is what has made me the strong, independent, and vibrant woman I am today. That woman strives to be her best every day and works tirelessly to provide a line of only the best cosmetics products. I couldn't see this while I was living through those bad situations and struggling to grow up, but I can look back and see how I was made more resilient because of my hardships.
As I grieve over my father's recent passing, I become stronger. It is this added personal strength that will push me forward in everything I do and will be reflected in my work ethic and in the development of new products for my Vatarie line of cosmetics.