Roasted Garlic & Parsley Wedges 

Hello my dearies!! So today is a bit of a tummy happy post as I just thought I need to share this really easy recipe that makes a delicious side to left over curry, sandwiches or roast from last night. I know that like me many of us don’t have time to be standing over a stove and making elaborate meals for lunch especially if you have kids around  to protect from themselves! And sometimes we just want something nice to eat too other then microwave meals, frozen pizzas and all the other quick fixes for lunch we have to resort to. 

So here is a really easy one for you guys who love fries but are tired of the frozen same cut boring ones from the superstores. 

Ingredients

  • Potatoes or sweet potatoes cut into wedges (I left the skin on) 
  • 1 tablespoon of butter/margarine 
  • 1 whole garlic 
  • Dried or fresh parsley whichever is available 
  • Olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper to taste   

Method

  1. Wash and cut your potatoes into wedges trying to keep them all equal in size so they cook evenly ( I don’t bother as I’m in a rush anyway) 
  2. Take the whole garlic and chop the stem off enough to expose the tip of all the individual garlic pieces inside. Leave the skin on and wrap it in foil after you drizzle a tiny dash of olive oil. 
  3. Season your wedges with salt and pepper and olive oil. I add a bit more salt as we aren’t using many spices. 
  4. Spread them out on a baking tray along the garlic packet and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked at 200 degrees celcius. Make sure to flip them half way. 
  5. Once done, take out the garlic from the foil and squeeze out all the soft roasted garlic out of its skin. In a saucepan add the butter, squeezed, roasted garlic, and parsley and cook for about 5-8 mins depending on how thick you want your dressing. 
  6. Add it to your wedges, mix and enjoy. 

Now I know there are so many recipes like this out there, as I didn’t invent this at all but rather used the same garlic sauce recipe I use for salmon and just added it to my potatoes. Give it a go guys as really you let the oven do the job while you can attend to your many jobs around the house.  Till next time xx 

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Manuka Miracle 

Hello dearies.. I’ve been a bit lazy with the posts due to this crappy flu I’ve been struggling with so please accept my apologies.

Anyway, because I’ve been a bit unwell, my skin hasn’t been the best. It’s been dry, flaky and thanks to my crazy diet over the past week has had some minor breakouts on my cheeks (don’t we all just love skin issues). But I have stuck to my routine despite having zero energy at all. I realised my routine has been missing a feel good, glow enhancing, bringing my zombie skin back to life mask thingy. I remember doing a lot of DIY masks as I can’t seem to find one on the market that suits my sensitive acne prone skin.

So getting to the point before you snooze off reading this, I took a spoon and ceramic bowl and whipped up a Manuka honey/ turmeric mask! Simple as that, mix the two together and slap it on guys. I usually take a teaspoon full of Manuka honey and a quarter of a teaspoon of turmeric as it usually stains the skin. Now this has so many benefits I mean to mention a few, these ingredients are anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, moisturising, and helps heal those life ruining red marks left to tell the tale of your zits even way past their demise.

I leave it on for about 30- 45 minutes unless my toddler starts freaking out looking at me, in which case I run and wash that stuff off to calm them. But yeah I always find my skin calmer, softer and definitely glowing afterwards. I’m actually wearing the mask as I write this today as it is a weekend and I have no more chores left from the endless list of chores! I did this last weekend too and hopefully will keep doing it once a week as I do want to lighten my pigmentation and just you know do something natural and good for the skin in general.  Plus I eat a tablespoon every time I’m ill or struggling with minor coughs and colds too and it always makes me feel better.

I bought my honey from Holland & Barret on a penny sale btw!! Let me know if any of you have tried this little recipe and any other DIY ideas you have. Till next post, stay positive xx

Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid

Hello beauties!! I meantioned my skin care routine in the last post and so I thought I should elaborate on it a bit further for you all to get a better picture and review one very vital product I never skip on.

As I’ve mentioned I have sensitive skin that has episodes of Rosacea flare up (yes brown people can get it too,bummer) depending on how my body is feeling. If my hormones are acting up and I have not helped them by avoiding sugar, then my cheeks and chin flare up into this angry red bumpy war zone. Summer last year was the worst and that is what pushed me into investing in a chemical exfoliant. I had already tried my luck with glycolic acids (Alpha H) but it wasn’t doing much at all in terms of keeping my pores clean and skin calm. After a bit of research I stumbled upon Paula’s choice 2% BHA Liquid and decided to give it a go, I’ve not looked back since! This product has earned my faith, it’s this one thing I would take to a vacation up to the moon if I could. 

It’s main ingredient that works so well with my skin is the salicylic acid. Now you can google the difference between an AHA/BHA as there’s lots of good information around. But basically BHA works at a deeper level to clear out the gunk and keep your pores clear. 

It has stopped those awful clogged bumps you get usually in summer from the sweat and the makeup and everything we tend to smack on our faces for vanity. Even when I do breakout due to my awesome sugar lust, this contains them in size and within a few days I bid them farewell. This can be a tad bit drying but since I’ve incorporated the Devine face oil and the night cream I mentioned in my earlier posts, that’s not an issue anymore. I use this twice daily after cleansing with a mild cleanser, night and day. I try to stick to the routine and it’s been doing wonders in managing my skins temperament.

Now I didn’t see a change shortly after I started but it was rather a gradual but effective change over the period of 3 months. Seriously, this has to be my staple product and everything else works well because of this.  Try this over those harsher exfoliaters, it’s an easy step to add as well as it’s basically a toner. I got mine from Lookfantastic with a discount code so it wasn’t crazy expensive and plus it’s value for money as I still have half a bottle left even after using this twice a day for 8 months!