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Monday, 22 September 2014

Beauty: My Toners, Serums and Moisturisers of the Moment

My skin has become a bit more sensitive (fussy) as I've gotten older and I find that some products, particularly those that are heavily scented, tend to break me out in a rash. Not pretty. The following list are the moisturisers and serums that I've been using for while and which are working pretty well for me. I have combination type skin which has a tendency to be oilier in the summer and drier in the winter.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Food: Spicy Chicken Curry and Mint Yoghurt Wrap - Haste's Kitchen

It's so easy to get caught in a rut when it comes to weekday meal planning. I try really hard, though, to try at least a few new recipes each week so that the littlies can continue to try new flavours. Sometimes my new meal attempt will raise no more than a lick and a suspicious sniff (they can be cruel) but often we hit on a winner and I get told that "this is the best dinner, ever!"

Haste's Kitchen's Chicken Curry and Mint Yoghurt Wrap was one of these successes. I served these on corn tortillas, with avocado to add some creaminess and rocket for a hit of pepperiness. The minty yoghurt was delicious, though the littlies opted for natural yoghurt instead. Empty plates and a request for a second helping! Very pleased!


Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Life: Keeping my Head in a Good Place

It's so easy to feel overwhelmed when life throws something unexpected at you. I am guilty of this and have been finding it increasingly hard to stay on an even keel when I am stressed. I've realised just how much I was relying on running to keep my stress at bay. My injury is slowly healing but running is still vetoed by my physiotherapist, so I've had to turn to other methods to keep my head in a good place.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Beauty: My Favourite Undereye Concealers

Dark undereye circles are the bane of my life. I try to use good eyecreams to keep the blackened eye look at bay but there is always a bit of residual darkness that need to be covered up. I have a few fine lines so need concealers that do not settle into any crevices and are easily blendable so that I am not tugging on the delicate undereye skin too much.

Friday, 12 September 2014

Food: Mary Berry's Chocolate Chip Cookies with a Gluten-Free Twist

I'm quite keen for the littlies to develop a love of cooking and we often spend our afternoons baking. Mary Berry's Chocolate Chip Cookies are a favourite as they take about 10 minutes to knock up and another 10 to bake. I used the Dove Farm gluten-free flour to which I'd aaded 7.5g of baking powder, and dark chocolate chips. I also added a few chocolate beans to the top about 2 minutes before the end of baking.

Enjoyed still warm with a glass of milk. Yum!


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Travel: My Favourite Travel Blogs

I love travelling but wouldn't like to live a nomadic life. My internet browser history however betrays the fact that I am a bit of a virtual nomad. Some of our most exotic holidays have been booked on a whim and although I've slowed down a wee bit since the littlies have arrived, this doesn't stop me from living vicariously through the travel blogs that I follow. These are a few of my favourites:

Monday, 8 September 2014

Beauty: My Favourite Red Lipsticks

I used to be afraid of red lipstick, instead opting for berry shades. However, after discovering the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, I changed my mind completely, and now I find that wearing a red lip is probably my fastest and easiest makeup look.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Travel: Memories of Tibet

Lhasa, Tibet. Even the name evokes images of somewhere mythical. This was a trip we'd always talked about taking and we jumped at the opportunity, even though we were only able to spend a few days there. Even flying into Lhasa was exciting. The majestic mountains seemed everywhere and at  3490m above sea level breathing was slightly laboured - even walking up to our 3rd floor hotel room felt like we were scaling a peak. The city thrummed with religious fervour as so many people had undertaken a pilgrimage to the city. Even on the way from the airport I spotted  a lone Japanese man prostrating himself with every step he'd travelled.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Food: Chilli Con Carne (with a lot of help from Jamie Oliver)

The first cookery book I bought was one by Jamie Oliver. I had just started my PhD and was working really long hours in the lab and needed food that could be frozen. I'd often pop back home while an experiment was running and then head back after I'd eaten.  The recipe that worked best at the time, and which we still make regularly  is Jamie Oliver's Chilli Con Carne recipe from Happy Days with the Naked Chef. I've dabbled with other Chilli recipes over the years but always return to this one. The recipe can be easily adapted for heat, tomato-iness or the amount or type of beans added.

I always substitute the sun-dried tomatoes for sun-dried tomato paste and add a bit of chipotle paste too for added smokiness. This time I served it with Sour Cream, Rice, Avocado, Coriander leaves and a squirt of lime. Very, very, tasty and clean plates all round!


Monday, 1 September 2014

Beauty: My Summer Favourites

I've tried quite a lot of new products over August, and while it was fun doing so, only a few products really turned my head. Instead, when I returned from my holiday, I found myself appreciating some products more than ever. Sometimes you only appreciate something once it's gone.