Daily Life

I'm always dreaming about the time I'll get a chance to do a home tour. Since the house is always 'in progress' it's hard for the idealist in me to let go of what could be, and just show you already! I thought today I'd just share what my daily life looks like, minus the crazy photo-shoots! My night routine is pretty grim, so we'll just gloss over that too haha.

So mornings are my favourite, since it's me time! I love waking up in this bright room, thinking of all the possibilities for the day. Truth is the days are very similar, but I like to think they're endless! My First on the list is to take care of myself, that can mean all sorts. This week has mainly been about eating yummy food, and trying out yoga poses at home. Today I was focused on making sure I looked good for the day. I've been a bit hard on myself lately, and sometimes I just want to look my best to say 'things will be alright!'. Work, plus social life can leave me a bit exhausted, so I'm trying to relax by focusing on things I enjoy.

This brings me to my all time favourite obsession, Pinterest! I know I know... it doesn't really fit in fully with my minimalist objective, but in my defence I do have a new zero waste board haha! I've updated my boards, because I realised my style has changed quite a lot. The bright colours I once loved actually started hurting my eyes. I think something about organising your social media makes you feel some strange sense of control haha (I'm really giving too much away these days!).  Its been some good therapy. Feel free to follow along boards that interest you, and keep my hobby alive! On  a side note, I had to let go of my twitter account. It was weighing me down *thumbs down*

After I've done everything I wanted for myself, I get straight to work. I like editing while listening to podcasts or lectures on things I'm currently interested in. It makes my work time more enjoyable until I realise I need to cook! I seriously don't know how women work, and find time to do house-wifey things. It's nice to do things out of love for your family, but with plenty of stress, that can be tough. I can only imagine what working mothers must go through (power to you!).

Enough of my rambling. I've shared the recipe of what I made yesterday below. Sadly it's not a healthy meal, but I have to compromise. Thankfully it ticked my 'something different' and 'something delicious' boxes. Scroll down and take a look...

Katsu Curry



  • For the curry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 4 teaspoons curry powder
  • 600ml chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • For the breaded chicken
  • 4 chicken breast fillets, pounded to 1cm thickness
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 100g fine breadcrumbs or panko breadcrumbs
  • 230ml vegetable oil for frying
  1. For the curry sauce: Heat oil in medium non-stick saucepan, add onion and garlic and cook until softened. Stir in carrots and cook over low heat for 10 to 12 minutes.
  2. Add flour and curry powder; cook for 1 minute. Gradually stir in stock until combined; add honey, soy sauce and bay leaf. Slowly bring to the boil.
  3. Turn down heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until sauce thickens but is still of pouring consistency. Stir in garam masala. Pour the curry sauce through a sieve; return to saucepan and keep on low heat until ready to serve.
  4. For the chicken: Season both sides of chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Place flour, egg and breadcrumbs in separate bowls and arrange in a row. Coat the chicken breasts in flour, then dip them into the egg, then coat in breadcrumbs, making sure you cover both sides.
  5. Heat oil in large frying pan over medium-high heat. Place chicken into hot oil and cook until golden brown, about 3 or 4 minutes each side. Once cooked, place on kitchen paper to absorb excess oil.
  6. Pour curry sauce over chicken, serve with white rice and enjoy!


  1. Great post.
    I don't understand how anyone has time to cook either. The katsu curry looks great though and I think I even have all the ingredients (besides the chicken) so I think it's time I break old habits and finally make myself a homemade meal :)

    1. Thank you Hannah! Perhaps try new spices or go back to basics with veggies in the oven haha. Homemade cooking is always best xx

  2. Oh, Amira, these photos are so serene and lovely. Can't wait to see more of your home sometime!

    1. Thank you Celia, it's finally starting to shape up! Just need to get some exotic plants and I'm done! :)

  3. The mirror in your room is gorgeous, is it from Libya?

    1. All our furniture is from Libya, from the "Ikea' stores, including this mirror :)


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