Roast Chicken and Broccoli Pasta




  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Broccoli x2
  • 500ml chicken stock
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 300ml cream
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Seasoning – parsley, oregano, basil, salt and pepper
  • 2 cups mozarella
  • 2 cups cheddar
  • 1 cup parmesan
  • 1 ready roast chicken


  1. Add olive oil to a large frying pan, finely chop the onion, and fry until brown
  2. Add the garlic and chopped broccoli, fry off for several minutes on a medium heat
  3. Add the chicken stock, chicken stock cube and garlic powder to the pan, cover, and let the broccoli cook for 5 minutes
  4. Start cooking the pasta in a separate pan
  5. Once the broccoli is al dente, add the lemon juice, cream, seasoning and cheese. Combine all ingredients and keep on a medium heat for several minutes until the pasta is al dente
  6. Once the pasta is al dente, add it to the frying pan
  7. Shred the roast chicken and add it to the pan at the very end, mix well

How to be a good judge of character

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How do you choose who to let into your life? It is a natural habit to evaluate the personal characteristics and traits of another person. It is a survival mechanism, hardwired in the human brain. While the judgement of others is a thought process many of us try to adhere from, especially for those that take pride in being accepting, the reality, is that judgement is an instinctual behavioural response, one which we have little control over, and one which serves a protective purpose. The question I want to ask is – how exactly, should we go about assessing others? What is the correct method to use when doing so?

As cliché and cheesy as it sounds – I judge people based on whether or not they have a “good heart”. I don’t know whether this is the most effect technique to adopt, but it is the one I have always intuitively implemented. By definition, a “good heart” meaning the person is kind, polite, respectful, supportive, and only has good intentions. While, a “bad heart” entails characteristics such as maliciousness, manipulation, ill intent, dishonesty, untrustworthiness, bitchiness, jealousy, and aggression. Sometimes, there will be people who possess a mixture of both a “good” and “bad” heart – people that are nice and kind to your face, but as soon as your back is turned, they will make spiteful comments, and in some cases, may even attempt to manipulate others into steering away from you.

When it comes to my ‘strategy’ of choosing who to converse with – I try to be open minded and accepting. Personally, I don’t care how eccentric or ‘weird’ a person may be, as long as they have a good heart, that is all that matters, and I will not judge them negatively in this respect. There have been occasions where I have met a person who possesses a personality type that few understand – yet they have nothing but good intentions. They may confuse you, and may be difficult to read – but they mean well and only want the best. Despite having difficulty deciphering a person, if they are good hearted, then I will not speak badly of them. Yet, in all honesty, if I perceive someone as being bad natured and to have ill intent, then I feel little remorse in speaking negatively of them.

I have also learned how important it is to trust your intuition when choosing who to surround yourself with. The “vibes” you receive from another person, can act as a strong indicator, regarding whether or not that person is good natured. What I find interesting, is that sometimes you may befriend a person who has a very similar personality type to you, yet you receive very negative vibes from them. On the other hand, you could become friends with a person whom has the complete opposite personality type to you, but you receive only positive vibes from them. When I was living in Hong Kong, despite being a highly introverted person, I became friends with a girl who had a very extroverted personality type, and she ended up being one of the most kind hearted people I have ever met and someone whom always projected positive energy. In contrast, that same year, I also met a girl who had a very similar, introverted personality type to me, yet she was someone I always felt uneasy around and would receive negative vibes from. With this being said, I also think it is crucial to give people a chance before drawing a conclusion and reaching a verdict about a person’s character. Some people take a while to come out of their shell, which is perfectly fine, and I think it is important to be persistent instead of judging them right off the bat.

Overall, as humans, I believe we are innately talented at picking up on the vibes of other people and assessing their inherent character, and it is important to use intuition as a guide. In regards to this post, I am more interested in hearing your views – how do you choose who to let into your life? What strategy or methods do you use to depict a person’s character? Or, do you try to avoid the judgement of others in entirety/how do you achieve this? Please leave a comment below.

The Future of Humanity and the Earth

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A few days ago I was reading an article on overpopulation. In the comments section someone had posted “when I was born in the 1950s there were only 2.5 billion people on the planet”. I thought to myself – surely that can’t be right…if there are currently 7.6 billion people on the planet, how could there only have been 2.5 billion people just 67 years ago. I looked this figure up and it turns out these stats are correct. I don’t know about you, but that really puts things into perspective for me. Scientists predict that our earth can sustain a maximum of 10 billion people until we begin encountering major problems with resources, and we are expected to reach this in 2056. In fact, in 2023 Africa’s population is forecasted to overtake that of India and China. These regions combined will make up half the world’s population by 2023. Sure, there are some places, like Japan, that have an imploding population, but in its entirety, overpopulation is a huge problem, and I believe that most of us aren’t aware of the magnitude of this problem, as well as how many of today’s issues are linked, some of which are listed below.

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Climate change – The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which includes more than 1,300 scientists from the United States and other countries, forecasts a temperature rise of 1.38 to 5.5 degrees Celsius over the next century. To maintain stable global human societies, we must prevent the earth from warming above 2°C relative to the pre-industrial level. To stay below two degree warming we must take the global energy system to net zero carbon emissions by mid-century. Scientists warn that we have a 5% chance of limiting warming to 2°C. If this tipping point is crossed, there may be catastrophic effects such increased droughts and heat waves, an ice-free Arctic, stronger and more intense hurricanes, and a sea level rise 1-4ft by 2100. In fact, recent research has found that many areas in Australia, such as Darwin and the state of Queensland will become uninhabitable in the very near future due to temperature rise. In addition to C02, another greenhouse gas, methane, is twenty times more potent than carbon dioxide, and there is more methane stored in the Arctic ice than there is C02 in the atmosphere. The Arctic is warming faster than any other place on the planet. The IPCC also states that a 1.5°C average rise may put 20-30% of species at risk of extinction. If the planet warms by more than 3°C, this will be detrimental to most of the world’s ecosystems.

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The Global food crisis – Sarah Menke’s models predict that the world could be short by 214 trillion calories per year by 2027. A food deficit we will not be able to replace (please see her TED talk for more information on the global food crisis). Earth Overshoot Day is an annual event when humanity’s consumption outweighs Earth’s production of resources. An event which is becoming earlier and earlier. This year, this event landed on August 2nd.

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Deforestation – The destruction of large areas of forest is disastrous for the local species and communities that rely on them. Eighty percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and many cannot survive the deforestation that destroys their homes.  Every year about 18 million acres of forest – an area the size of England and Wales is destroyed. Deforestation is also a driving factor behind climate change.

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Ocean acidification – one of the biggest threats facing humanity, yet one in which so many people are unaware of. Since pre-industrial times, the pH of the oceans has dropped from an average of 8.2 to 8.1. Projections of climate change estimate that by the year 2100, this number will drop further, to around 7.8. Increased human activity has ultimately resulted in the oceans becoming 30% more acidic since the beginning of the industrial revolution, taking a heavy toll on marine organisms. The impact of ocean acidification on plankton may have serious implications, as these microscopic organisms sit at the base of the food chain. Coral reefs are also at risk. If global warming remains on its upward path, by 2050 just 5% of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – the world’s largest coral reef – will remain. Around half a billion people rely on fish from coral reefs as their main source of protein and these reefs also act as nurseries to young fish and smaller species. Researchers predict that most of our remaining coral systems will collapse even before a global temperature rise of two degree Celsius.

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Plastic pollution – Plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile. At least 8 million tons of plastic enter the oceans each year. It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. Recent studies have found that sea salt around the world is also contaminated by microplastics – the effects of this on humans is not yet known. By 2050 there is expected to be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

Overpopulation is the common denominator underlying the majority of these environmental issues. The most important question is, what can we do about it? How can we limit our population? Personally, I believe that introducing a world-wide one child policy would be incredibly difficult to implement and control. In a podcast on overpopulation I was listening to recently, the speakers discussed the possibility that scientists, are most likely, already working on a super virus (that could be transmitted by mosquito’s) which could drastically reduce the population. While this theory may be disheartening, it would come of no surprise to me if it were true. Another solution could be reducing fertility rates – chemicals and toxins may be incorporated into food products or water streams in order to lower fertility rates in both men and women. If you really want to help the environment – the most productive way you can do this is by not reproducing. Studies have found that having one fewer children per family can save an average of 58.6 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions per year. Scientists propose that everyone on the planet needs to reduce their carbon footprint to just 2 tonnes of C02 per year by 2050, to stay below the two degree tipping point.

In regards to my personal views on humanity and the status of the earth – I view humans as parasites. I see climate change and increased weather patterns as the earth attempting to eliminate the human plague. It took literally perfect conditions for this earth to form, and I do not believe that humans are perfect enough of a species to survive and succeed on this planet. What I have realised over the past few years is that I am far more pro-earth than I am pro-human. In the snippet of time humans have inhabited this planet, we have caused an unfathomable amount damage and destruction to our one and only home. Humans think as individuals rather than as a species, and as pessimistic as it sounds, I do not believe that we deserve a place on this planet. One thing I will never be able to comprehend is the sheer amount of ignorance humans possess in regards to these issues. How so many humans can passively go through their lives, blatantly ignoring (and even disputing) the major threats to humanity, is beyond me. If you don’t feel educated or knowledgeable on these issues – go and make yourself aware.  However, I also understand the difficulty in knowing what to believe. While all of the “facts” and statistics I have stated above have come from scientists and researchers, there is no way of knowing with 100% certainty that these facts and figures are correct. But what I do know, is that being uneducated and choosing to ignore the issues, like a proverbial ostrich, is the worst thing you can do.

While I may have a skeptical take on the future and do not have a whole lot of faith in humanity, I do have faith in science and technology. I believe that advancements in science and technology could resolve a number of environmental threats, however, it is all a race against time. There are countless technological solutions (such as project Clean up, and Bill gates idea of lab grown meat), which have been proposed to alleviate the varying threats facing humanity, however, I feel pessimistic as to whether such solutions will be implemented in time. It seems as though too many tipping points are about to be crossed. The outcome all comes down to who will win the race first – mother nature or technology.

I would love to hear your views on this topic – do you believe that humanity will survive? Or do you believe the earth will become uninhabitable? Do you think we will develop the technology in time to save the planet? Please comment below.

Thai Chicken Salad

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  • 1/4 red cabbage
  • 1/4 white cabbage
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 large cucumber
  • 1 roast chicken
  • 1 packet of crispy noodles
  • A handful of cilantro
  • 1 small bag of peanuts


  • For the dressing:
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1 red chili
  • 4 tablespoons of dark soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • The juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon of rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of fish sauace
  • 3 tablespoons of water
  • A pinch of salt and pepper


  1. Grate and chop all vegetables and add to a large bowl, including the shredded chicken, peanuts, crispy noodles and cilantro
  2. Place oil in a pan and put on a low heat
  3. Fry off the garlic and add all of the other dressing ingredients
  4. Add dressing to the bowl and mix well


Modern Day Dating Difficulties

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How would you define the world of dating in the modern day? A few terms spring to my mind – complex, confusing, frustrating…. Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy the single life – I am someone that values having ‘space’ and alone time, but ideally, I would like to find someone to share my life with. The problem, is that finding the right person is proving to be incredibly challenging. Over the past couple of years, I have spent some time reflecting on why exactly, dating has become such a difficult process. I have come to the conclusion that there are a variety of intertwining factors which add to the complexity of dating in today’s world, with the main one’s being stated below:


The millennial generation…. With advances in technology and the introduction of numerous dating apps and online dating websites, the dating world has become our oyster in regards to the limitless stream of “options” that pop up on our phone screens. On one had, I think it is quite phenomenal that we can literally jump onto an app and arrange a date with a stranger within a matter of minutes. Yet, I also believe there are several problems with this new form of ‘meeting people’. One problem, is that dating apps have ultimately resulted in people becoming increasingly picky. For many of us, we know exactly what we want and what we are looking for, and may even have a mental checklist of qualities we are seeking to attain in a partner. On these dating apps, we will most often pick contenders that tick the boxes, and skip past those who do not fulfill our desired criteria. Additionally, we now live in a world where everyone seeks instant gratification. If that sense of instant gratification is not achieved on the first date, then we are likely to “dump” that person, and move onto the next. Essentially, people have become very particular, and don’t always give each other a chance anymore.

Being an introvert

Being picky and not giving others a chance makes the dating scene evermore challenging to those of us that are introverted. I would consider myself an introvert – it takes me a fair amount of time to come out of my shell. If I am on a first date and do not feel entirely comfortable around the other person, I tend to close off, become very reserved and standoffish. Unfortunately, this means I often get pre-judged as being “cold” and “distant”. I have found it difficult trying to meet someone who understands that introverted people take time to be themselves, as well as someone who is willing to be persistent with this. Yet, I will not lie, I am also guilty of being relatively quick to judge. I know what type of person I am looking for, and I am not going to settle for anything less, even if that means being single for the next 20 years (stubborn I know). What I have learned is that if you walk away from a date feeling “unsure” about the person, give them another chance. You might be surprised at how much that person’s personality changes once they become more familiar and comfortable around you.

Changing values and societal norms

The world is very different place to what it was fifty odd years ago, especially in terms of values and societal norms. In the modern day, there seems to be a considerable blurring of the lines when it comes to relationships, with unconventional relationships appearing to be the new norm. One aspect that I believe makes dating tremendously difficult is finding an alignment of “goals” between two people. In many cases, a person may find someone they are highly compatible with, yet both people may have very different ideas regarding the type of relationship they are looking for. Not to mention, traditional relationships (as well as marriage) just don’t seem to be valued anymore. To be honest, I have quite a modern take on this. While I do value monogamy, I do not necessarily believe in the concept of marriage. To me, marriage is not real, it’s a label; a contract that legally and financially constrains two people. Sure, my views on this may change one day, but I would be lying if I said marriage is something that is important to me, especially considering the staggering rates of divorce. What I have also realised in terms of evolving societal values, is that “cheating” is sadly becoming more accepted. Back in the 1950’s, if a person were to cheat on their spouse, they would be frowned upon and made to feel a great sense of shame and guilt. Today, however, it does not seem as though anyone really bats an eyelid when it comes to the acknowledgement of cheating. Something I find very intriguing is how societal values and norms will continue to change due to developments in AI – and potentially, the introduction of AI partners, whether it be in the form of a conscious system, or a humanoid. Personally, I cannot wait for this day. Even though these advancements may lead to humans loosing touch with one another, a conscious AI system could be of tremendous help, and act as a companion, to people dealing with social anxiety, or to those that are on the autistic spectrum. Also, once a self-aware/conscious AI system is developed, then who’s to say the conversation aren’t “real” or meaningful. While I am all for some of the developments that will take place in the near future, I do think they contribute greatly to the complexity of relationships. Thus, making dating progressively more complicated for us mere humans.

Let’s face it, dating in the modern day is difficult. And it is probably only going to become more difficult in due course. But at the end of the day, there are more single people today than ever before, so why not embrace our single status and enjoy life solo. I know that may not be the most comforting or encouraging advice to some. In fact, I don’t think I can offer a whole lot of valuable advice on this subject at all, because I am still trying to understand it myself. However, as cliché as it sounds, you only live once – so stop stressing, and remember that you can still live a fantastic and fulfilling life as a singleton.

Meyer Lemon Molten Cakes



  • 8 Tablespoons (4-ounces) unsalted butter
  • 1 (4-ounce) white chocolate baking bar
  • 2/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • 4 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 extra large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup lemon curd
  • The zest and juice of two lemons
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 425º F
  2. Grease 8 ramekins and set aside
  3. In a bain marie, melt the butter and white chocolate, turn off the heat, then add all other ingredient. Make sure to mix well so the consistency is smooth and there are no lumps.
  4. Pour mixture into the ramekins and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from the ramekins
  6. Add icing sugar and raspberries for decoration