Everyday life is the special occasion!

January 19, 2017

Shrimps Kernels & Crab Sticks Pastry

This amazingly simple and easy to prepare  delicacy  features spicy and delicious shrimps  kernels and crab sticks wrapped in a tender puff pastry sprinkled with savory sesame seeds and it can be used as an excellent appetizer - if in smaller bits - or as a whole meal [it is quite satisfyiyng] sided by a greenery salad on a more busy or lazy day.The rich flavour of the filling together with the crisp puff pastry is a combination made in heaven! Enjoy!

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ground chili
  • salt q.b.
  • 4 tablespoons mustard
  • 500gr shrimp kernels
  • 250gr crab sticks 
  • 2 puff pastry sheets
  • sesame seeds
In a frying pan place the butter and minced garlic. Add the shrimp kernels, salt and ground chili to taste. Let cook fo5 minutes. Add the sliced crab sticks and the mustard. Simmer and let cook for about 10m - until the sauce evaporates a bit. Place the filling into the puff pastry sheet but prick the bottom with a fork first and cover with another one. Press the sides with a fork. Give some cuts on top with the tip of a knife. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Take to a pre heated oven at 180º until golden brown.

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January 17, 2017

December Beauty Buys

 Hair and face need an extra care during winter. These are my favourites from the past month. I hope you'll enjoy them!

 1. I was looking for a  mud mask that refreshed and deep cleaned my skin well without stripping itand the powermud by Glam Glow is super easy to use, as the texture is very soft in the jar and so easy to spread because of the oils inside. It smells nice, almost spa like. I usually apply a thinner layer and find it enough. The mask tingles a tiny bit , it tightens up while it dries and I wash it off after 10-15 minutes . Usually I add some warm water on my face to massage it, providing a mild exfoliation because of some micro particles inside. The dried mud just feels more emollient in contact with water, but the good thing is that it just makes it so easy to take off compared to many other cleasing masks, and it does not strip my skin of its natural oils. Price is steep but a little goes a long way with the products - I find all Glamglow masks last at least 6 months if not longer. 

2.  I had been dying to try dry shampoo because my fine hair doesn't  tolerate daily washes and after having watched a video by Jeanne Damas [one of the latest French  beauty icons] recommending it and I decided to immediately take the plunge. I've found that this one actually adds volume to certain areas of the crown., it helps my hair feel more full and textured and  it helps control some  oil.  You can spray it on your roots to freshen your hairstyle.  Klorane does not irritate my scalp and smells greatly.  The only con is that it isn't  cheap.and it's not completely invisible when sprayed onto the hair, so you have to blend it in When you first spray your hair, you’ll see some powdery residue that is easy to blend in with a hairbrush or a good tousle with fingers. I now have highlights so I buy this version.  I use sparingly, a few short bursts on the roots, and brush. It's best not to overdo it, or to use it several days in a row. It doesn't replace normal shampooing, but can be used many ways between showers.

 3. This is a really nice eye cream, with a delightful mousse-like texture that absorbs quite quickly. It is hydrating and feels good on, but not intensively oily/heavy feeling. It works all day in making my eye skin feel rejuvenated, tighter and brightener.  My eyes are do not have dark circles nor are they puffy, so I can't attest to how it works on those issues.  I love the packaging, the light fragrance, and silky light feeling when applying. The bottle of 15mm lasts a long time, because you do not need to use much at a time. Because the color is a light yellow, it acts as a mini-concealer. On a side note, when you reach the bottom of the container, and the pump no longer brings up the cream, you can pry off the top and put the inside container in a clean medicine jar.

January 16, 2017

In The Mood For

{burgundy or metallic silver nails for the coldest january ever}

 {this super warm and cool leather bomber for freezing days - a similar one at ZARA}

{Marc Jacob’s cool mascara for beautiful thick eyelashes}

{an unexpected rustic brick wall amidst a sophisticated modern décor}

{hearty comfort food for wintery weekend temperatures}

 {a very cool sweater with an even cooler quote - at Stradivarius}
{this black or red clutch that's perfect for night parties - at TOUS}