Recipe

Chicken, Mushroom and Thyme, Quinoa “Risotto”

After Searching a fair bit on the internet for a healthy version of one of my favourite ever dishes Risotto, I then had this mad idea to replace the rice with Quinoa (yes that really hard to pronounce grain) for a semi guilt free twist on my fave dish. Turns out it’s not such a mad idea and actually there are lots of recipes out there. I found this awesome recipe from Donna Hay, so I can’t take the credit but me being me I decided to use add chicken and see how it came out. If you’ve made risotto before this recipe pretty much follows the same base, but just substituting the rice for quinoa. I’ve since made this dish three different times and it has been so delicious each and every time and it was also way too good not to share.I say this is “Risotto” but risotto gets its name because of the rice used in the dish so this is really a knock off hehe.

I’m not going to rewrite the recipe, as I reckon Donna Hay has it pretty much covered. The only difference in mine is that I added chicken in. I just used chicken thighs about 500-600g. I cooked this through with the garlic, thyme and mushroom. I also substituted the dry white wine with grape juice, only because when I went to the supermarket to buy the ingredients I had forgotten my ID and even though I’m well and truly beyond 18, I do look around 17 especially on this non make up wearing day, so I really couldn’t be bothered with the hassle of explaining that yes I am 26 and yes I know I’m young looking. To be really honest the grape juice worked really well.

I’ve linked the recipe above but I’ll also pop it here

http://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/dinners/dinners-pasta-rice-noodles/quinoa-mushroom-and-thyme-risotto

Here is however a few pictures of how I made the risotto and the end result. I really hope you all give this a go.

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Thanks for reading,

Stay cool,

Bailey

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Beauty Bites

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm

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I’m going to try start a series of posts where I do a short review on a product I’m really into at the moment. The first winner of my Beauty Bite award is this Lip Balm By Nuxe. I purchased mine from Feelunique.com, for around $18-$20 NZD including P&P. After reading and hearing rave reviews on this little gem, I had to get my paws on it and boy oh boy was I pleased. I usually like to give a product a while before I declare my undying love, but this one had me at hello.

I noticed a difference in the texture of my lips after the first application. It has a thick consistency, which might not be to everyones liking, but personally this is a huge plus, it really makes me feel like my lips are being thoroughly nourished. It takes a little while to sink into the lips but that too is A ok with me. It has a combination of honey and precious oils (according to the website) which really work deep down to restore chapped, dry lips. It also has a delicious citrus flavour, which is down to the grapefruit essence. I’m a little bit of a lip balm fiend and I have to say when it comes to lip balm I’ve definitely had a fair share in my time. This by far is my all time favourite and something I will continue to use for a very very long time. My lips look not only plumped and kissable but there’s not a bit of flakey skin in sight.

So for this Beauty Bite I’m awarding the Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm a life changing 5 out of 5. You are pretty awesome my friend, and don’t you ever change!

Thanks so much for reading,

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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Beauty

Two Sponges, That Changed My Life

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Ok so the title of this post is a little dramatic, but ask anyone and that’s me, dramatic. Anyway, I wanted to dedicate a post to these two sponges, both with different jobs in my life, but both equally as important.

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The first is this teardrop shaped sponge, that if you are a true beauty addict you will recognise right away. No its not the original Beauty Blender, but a $5 dupe, that I found whilst browsing the aisles of my local Kmart. I treated myself to the original BB about 4 years ago, when it was relatively new on the scene. In fact I made a whole youtube video dedicated to it. Somewhere along the way it got lost in this huge Bermuda Triangle; that I’m sure my bobby pins and hair ties end up in. Anyway, I digress, naturally over the years since I lost my BB I did contemplate purchasing another but the price tag always stopped me. But then on a sunny Saturday afternoon, this Beauty stepped into my life. If you’re unfamiliar with the BB, it’s a sponge that you pop under running water until it expands and doubles in size, you then wring it out, place your foundation or concealer on your face and then stipple (dab) the sponge over your face. You’re left with a beautiful, natural skin like finish. The other benefits of these sponges is that they use far less product, as the sponge is wet it doesn’t absorb the foundation like a brush or latex sponge would. This dupe is pretty amazing. It performs just like the original in my opinion. I’ve had it for over a month and its still holding up well. The only downside is that it’s a little harder to clean, than the original. I’ve been using a baby shampoo and it’s doing the job ok, but there’s still a little product left on the sponge after each wash. This though is something I’m willing to overlook as it’s an absolute steal at $5.

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The next sponge is on a whole different spectrum. I’m probably really late to the party with this one but its the Konjac sponge. It’s a Japanese face and body cleansing sponge that’s made from vegetable fibres of the Konjac. I believe it was originally used in Japan as a sponge for bathing babies, because if its soft texture. I, on the other hand have been incorporating this sponge into my daily skincare routine. Basically all you do is place the sponge under running water until it expands in size, add a tiny amount of your preferred cleanser and get to scrucbbing, once you’re satisfied with your scrub just hang it up by the white string and let it dry for the next use.  The sponge has an alkaline property so, it works really well at neutralising any problem areas, like enlarged pores, blackheads and acne. It’s also gentle exfoliator, and I’ve noticed the little white heads on my forehead are slowly disappearing. The other plus side to this is that I’ve been using far far less of my cleanser, which is perfect for me as I’m in love with a cleanser which like most things is really hard to get my hands on in NZ. As you can see I have the plain white original one, but there are loads of different sponges for different skin types, which is pretty cool. The only downside is that the sponge isn’t for life. As it is made from vegetable fibre it does come with an expiry, which I believe is about 3 months. However they are pretty cheap. I just googled Konjac Sponge and found a local seller, but I know they are widely available on Amazon or Ebay.

So there you have it, two editions to my beauty regime, that I am pretty darn chuffed with.

Thanks for reading

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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Recipe

Frozen Banana & Peanut Bites

So, I’m feeling a little like I am always starting my posts with an apology. I’ll get it over with really quickly. The blog has been put on the back burner the last month/few weeks. Things have been chaotic in this house hold, I won’t go into it, but it’s all very exciting, but very stressful. Anyhow I’m back today with a super easy peasy recipe, if you can really call it that. I’ve seen this idea on Pintrest and Youtube, so thought I’d give it a whack. So, without further waffle lets get started…

What You’ll Need:

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* 1 Ripe Banana

*Dark Chocolate

*Nuts of Your Choice (optional)

*Nut Butter of Your Choice (I’m using Pic Peanut Butter But Almond would work great too)

*Baking Paper

Method:

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1. Melt your dark chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments, alternatively you can do this using a double boil method on the stove top.

2. Whilst the chocolate is melting, chop your banana into small slices

3. Place a dollop of your nut butter of choice on top of the banana. If you’d prefer, you can leave this step out.

4.Place a slice of the banana on top to make a little sandwich.

5. This is where it gets a little messy. Place a sheet of baking paper on a tray or plate and put your banana sandwiches on top. Pour your dark chocolate onto the banana, so that they are covered evenly.

6.Add the topping of your choice, this is also optional. I decided to put some chopped walnuts on mine, but you could also use almonds, sprinkles or coconut flakes, the skies the limit with these.

7. Finally place in the freezer for at least 1 hour.

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You’re left with these gorgeous little bites. When the banana freezes it take on a ice cream like consistency and creaminess. If you close your eyes you pretend that this sweet treat is a lot more naughty than it really is. I feel a little bad making this into a recipe as it is incredibly easy, but they are so yummy I couldn’t keep these to myself.

Thanks so much for reading.

Stay Cool,

Bailey xox

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