Monday, September 16, 2013

Diploma course in compliance and financial crime

I have started my diploma course in compliance and financial crime and my brain has turned into mush! Two intense days of information overload but also interesting discussions, amazing coffee breaks with nibbles and a gorgeous lunch buffet! Our last day of Module 1 (out of 5) is tomorrow and thankfully, there is no assignment for this first module. The next module will be held by end of October and our last module 5 (with a final exam) takes place in February. If you pass the exam plus the three assignments, you will receive a Diploma.
Being new in the role as compliance manager, this is very interesting and informative for me and I have definitely starting to see the light at the end of the compliance tunnel! Our lecturer, Mr. Peter Haines, has many years experience in compliance and other areas, such as finance and he is inspiring and knowledgeable and also very funny. 
The participants are from all over GCC. We have regulators from Kuwait, banking people from Bahrain and the UAE, three lawyers (from the UK, Spain and France) and I am the only one representing the shipping industry. The terminology is mostly directed at the banking and finance sector but of course this is a topic applicable to any industry (as it should).

Tangy Dipping Sauce

Pork satay

Amazing nibbles served at the coffee break
Husband returned after a few days in Dallas, just managed to unpack and re- pack his bag before he left for Sweden for a week. We did have time for a nice dinner on Saturday, grilled pork satays and an old favourite I completely forgot about! Recipe below!

Grilled pork satays

serves 4 to 6
500 g pork loin sliced into thin strips
30 bamboo skewers soaked in water before using
2 tablespoons oil for basting when grilling
Sweet Thai chili sauce for dipping
sprigs of coriander (cilantro) to garnish

2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons crushed coriander roots and stem
1 tablespoon ground coriander powder
1 teaspoon ground white pepper
2 tablespoons sugar
80 ml thick coconut milk
1 tablespoon fish sauce

Tangy dipping sauce:
3 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon minced red chili
1 tablespoon thinly sliced garlic
1 tablespoon thinly sliced shallots
1 tablespoon minced coriander leaves
1 tablespoon sliced spring onion

1. Make the marinade first by combining all ingredients in a large bowl and mixing well. Add the pork strips to the marinade, mix until well coated and marinate for at least 3 hours over overnight if possible.
2. To make the Tangy Dipping Sauce, combine all ingredients in a serving bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Dilute with some water if desired. Set aside.
3. Thread each marinated pork strip onto a bamboo skewer. Thread all the pork strips in this manner and grill, a few at a time, on a pan grill or under a preheated broiler wing for 3- 5 minutes on each side, brushing with a little oil until cooked. Transfer to a serving platter.
4. Serve hot as a snack with a bowl of Tangy Dipping Sauce or Sweet Thai Chili Sauce, garnished with coriander leaves or serve as main course with steamed rice.

We love this dish and normally eat it as a main course! Enjoy!!!

Tomorrow evening, I am joining Mitzie Mee for a menu tasting event at the Royal Meridien. That would be my first time tasting a menu and I hope I won't embarrass myself or Mitzie Mee!
Elias home work has made a kick start with three quite time- consuming tasks involving making a presentation and doing research about an artist.


  1. Course sounds really interesting and the food looks great. Enjoy! Good luck with the homework too! Xxx

  2. Sounds delicious! You can store your recipes here on your blog:) Looking forward to see you tonight:)

  3. Sounds delicious! You can store your recipes here on your blog:) Looking forward to see you tonight:)

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