kitsjay: (Cheers)
I was reading an article recently about a new restaurant which opened in the Philippines called, "Van Gogh Is Bipolar". One of the concoctions mentioned in this article was called the "Courtney Love Potion". Unfortunately, it only listed the ingredients, not the measurements, so after some experimentation, I give to you my own version:

Courtney Love Potion

1 cucumber, peeled and diced
1/2 of a large mango, diced
5 mint leaves
1 lemon, juiced
2 tsp honey (I prefer the real kind, with the comb still in it, but I imagine regular will work fine)

1. Throw 3/4 of the cucumber, all the mango, leaves, lemon juice, and honey into the blender. Blend until still slightly chunky.

2. Throw in the rest of the cucumber and stir, then garnish with mint leaves.

3. Enjoy!

Calories: 155
Sugars: 31.9 g
Vitamin A: 22%
Vitamin C: 62%

Mine came out a yellowish-green which, uh, does not look appetizing, but I assure you that it tastes delicious.
kitsjay: (It's a Curse)
My hair's been dry lately, but rather than spend money, I decided to use a combination of Google and rummaging through my pantry to find a hair mask. I found this one, which combines honey and olive oil and decided to give it a go.

I didn't have any Vitamin E capsules, so I skipped that step. Also, I played a little fast and loose with the measurements because I didn't feel like washing out a measuring cup. So this is more the "cheap and lazy hair mask" version of that recipe.

Tips:

1. Be careful. I poured some in my hand to test the warmth and it seemed okay, but it apparently has a delayed heat reaction and I nearly burned my scalp. Ouch.

2. Do this while alone. I didn't have a shower cap--who has a shower cap?--and so am sitting in my apartment, my hair a sticky, oily mess, with a Wal-Mart shopping bag over my head waiting the twenty minutes out. This is not something I want to have to explain. Ever.

3. Also, I would recommend wearing a shirt you don't care much about.

4. You may also get a facial, considering the viscosity of this mixture. Be wary if you have an oily forehead. But I hear olive oil is good for the skin--or is that ingesting it? Hm.

5. They mean it about not doing this in a shower. Olive oil and slick surfaces really do not mix.

Verdict:

Well, my hair doesn't smell like a week old potato salad, but it doesn't smell good either, so 3 points there. As for its efficacy, my hair is noticeably softer, but not really more moisturized, which was the whole point of this mask. However, total points for not being nearly as greasy as I would have expected, and, like I said, soft! So four points there.

Final Score: 7/10
kitsjay: (Secrets)
Ingredients

4 Russet potatoes, washed and cut into vaguely fry-like shapes
3 tbsp. olive oil
2 1/2 tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. chili powder
2 tbsp. spicy brown mustard
A dash of Louisiana hot sauce*

Directions

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until well-mixed. Toss in the fries and stir until well-coated.
3. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and place the fries on it in a single layer. Bake for 20 minutes, then turn the fries over and bake an additional 10-15 minutes.
4. Optional: Sprinkle with cheese and bacon and dip in ranch dressing for a really great taste.

* You may think that the spicy brown mustard, the garlic, even the chili powder would be enough spice, but then, you might also not be from Texas, where all your taste buds are ritually seared off at the age of 5 when you innocently ask for a pickle and find yourself cruelly tricked by relatives into unsuspectingly sucking on a jalapeno. (That happened to everyone, right?)
kitsjay: (Default)
Summer recipes! I just wish I had someone to make these for sometime.

Recipes Here. Pictures to follow. )
kitsjay: (mountain)
Well, that picture I just posted was awful, and I went out to eat tonight and got all dressed up, so I thought I'd take a better picture!

Instead, I took these:
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who's the Flashiest of Them All? )

Ah, well. And because I know [livejournal.com profile] breakfasting is screaming, "OH YOU DIDN'T GO OUT LIKE THAT, RIGHT?" at the screen, I was wearing a black shirt over my red shirt, so you couldn't see any part of my bra.

Also, I made dinner and finally took pictures:

Lima Bean Salad, Miso Soup, and Lemon-Rosemary Potatoes )

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