Playing hair and beauty with Caroline is my idea of a perfect activity. She does my hair (she’s a super talented hairdresser). Then I wave my makeup brushes around getting creative. All of this while drinking great coffee, listening to good beats, with great conversation to boot. On this particular day, following Caroline hiding the silver in my hair, it was my turn to play makeup. We thought we’d go for a slightly different look – I was keen to try out any look that would take Caroline out of her reported comfort zone of neutral colours. Caroline kindly gave me free reign to do whatever look I liked! So, I went for a smokey eye using pinky/plummy and burgundy tones. We were both rapt with the look. Here’s the products used: (more…)
I was mortified when I dropped my MAC eyeshadow on the floor (it was the colour ‘Brun’, in case you are interested). At NZ$38 a pop, it was an amateur mistake. Unfortunately it was an eyeshadow I used every day (not on my eyes, by the way, on my brows, it’s my favourite brow powder).
But I’d heard that broken eyeshadows/blushers can be fixed and I was up for that! So, after a five minute investment of time on You Tube to witness this first hand, I bolted to the chemist to buy some rubbing alcohol ($6) and presto – my eyeshadow is (almost) as good as new. To be honest, the colour now it’s fixed is slightly lighter, but it works just fine. I’m rapt.
This recipe is inspired by Taste Cornucopia in Hastings, an organic cafe which never ceases to wow me with their food. They always have an incredible array of salads, packed with stuff that’s only good for you – and my favourite is their quinoa salad. I’ve had this salad for lunch at least once a fortnight for the last three and a half years and I think I’ve finally figured out how to make it almost as good as theirs! This is a fantastic winter salad.
We had this for dinner tonight and Hot Hubby said ‘you’ve gotta blog that’ – it’s been one of his favourite meals for at least the last decade! This meal is so easy to make, utterly scrummy and easily rivals any teriyaki dish I’ve had in an authentic Japanese restaurant. If you’ve purchased store-made teriyaki sauce in the past, you won’t anymore when you see how easy this is! On that note, I do recommend you double the recipe for the sauce and store the remaining half in a jar the fridge – it keeps well for months and bonus: You’ve got some on hand ready to go next time (or use as a stirfry sauce… Yum).
I wouldn’t exactly say I’m the most domesticated wife in the world, but I do, without fail, make this muesli for Hubby every second Sunday. I’ve tried lots of muesli recipes over the years, but this our favourite based on taste and nutrition: It’s low in oil and sugar. (more…)
Love cooking a roast chook? Dislike the cooking time? Spatchcock it!
I’m often asked which products I can’t live without. That’s actually quite easy! To pick just one of these though – now that would be
tough impossible! Here’s my favourite five makeup essentials, products I’d never want to be without! … (more…)
What do you do when you live on a former citrus orchard and your orange tree goes, um, bananas? Invite friends around for lunch so you have an excuse to bake – this cake is amazing. If this recipe has a few too many steps for you, cull the candied oranges. But if you can be bothered… it turns this cake into something extra special. It would be easy to turn this into a gluten free recipe by replacing the flour with more almond meal, or using a gluten free flour substitute.