Chipotle-Honey Beef Back Ribs & Crimini Mushrooms

chipotle honey ribs

Hey guys! Guess what I like to nom? RIBS! I love ribs. Maybe it’s because they come with handles for easier nomming? Anyway, this week’s recipe is pretty spicy – adjust the amounts to your taste. It’s a delectable, slow roasted beef back rib. Not a common choice, I know. But they’re very cheap, and easy to ace if done right! You will need: 4 large beef back ribs 250g … Continue reading

Red Bird Pile Chicken

red bird pile 3

Hey guys. This recipe, although not the most attractive dish, is absolutely delicious! A big, crispy honey-garlic chicken breast, smothered in a flavourful chunky tomato and bacon sauce. Yes, bacon. I’ve also been craving tomato like mad You will need: 2 cups diced tomato 1 small can tomato paste 3-4 strips of good quality bacon (no, not the maple kind) 2 large chicken breasts, skin on Fresh basil leaves – about … Continue reading

Winter Hair Woes

Hey Strangekittens!

I was  messing around with my hair this morning and realizing that the desolate weather lately up here in Vancouver has decimated the ends of my hair. I have a few tips and tricks for this, as it happens often, and I’ll share one here.

Stock courtesy of sxc.hu

Coconut Oil. Yes, coconuts have oil, apparently. In any case, you can find this in natural health stores (most likely), and some Asian Supermarkets(most of the time). Or regular supermarkets that stock organic stuff (good luck with that). Make sure you get the one that only has Coconut oil in it, and no other nasties!

But back to my point. Coconut oil is awesome for dry ends! But, I have to mention this here. There’s a big difference between ‘dry’ and ‘split’ ends. Dry ends are well, just a bit dry, and maybe coarse, because the little scaly bits on your hair are standing out. Split ends are actually peeling bits off, if you look at them closely. Split ends can only be really fixed by a good trim! Later on, I’ll post how I layer my own hair, too. (When I need a haircut)

At room temperature, Coconut oil is mostly solid. It melts super easily, though. It’s great for cooking oil too, but that’s another post. If you let it warm up a bit, it’s kinda paste-like and you can scoop it out with your fingers. You can pretty much use this like a hair oil mask. I would suggest a towel on around your shoulders or wearing an old shirt while doing this.

Personally, I distribute it through my hair from about the ear level down, but I have coarse, wavy, thick hair. If you have fine hair, you’ll probably only need it at the ends. You don’t need much, it liquefies when it gets warm. I use a couple tablespoons. Using a wide tooth comb, or your fingers, make sure it’s evenly coating your hair.  I then carefully twist it up into a bun on the top of my head and use a scrunchie or a loose hair band to secure it. Don’t make it too tight, you’ll stretch and weaken your hair. Putting it up in a bun makes it warm up a bit from your bodyheat and this helps the oil penetrate and work better.  If you want to help this along, put a plastic shower cap over your head. (You can get them from most dollar stores.)

If your hair is thick or long, let it sit for about an hour. If it’s fine, you can probably do 40mins. After that, go rinse it out well with warm water. And I mean well, if too much is left, you’ll have greasy rat hair!

If you did it right, you should have smoother, shiny hair! If it’s still greasy, go wash it again with a teensy amount of conditioner :) You should have less frizz, too.

It also smells like a coconut daiquiri! At least, mine does. I think it mixes with my Live Clean shampoo.

Note: I haven’t been paid to say that, I just love their products. It’s just like, my opinion man. :)

 

- Dannielle