Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Hairs a story for ya!

I seem to be blogging about quests lately...e.g. my quest for a keto pancake recipe.  Well please read below about a search that has been ongoing for a while now..
About a year ago (or longer) when I first visited Lydia in Oman I bought this AMAZING leave-in conditioner.  In particular it was really good over there because the desert air was so dry.
Soon after I had an awful hairdresser experience where the guy left the colour on for way too long (which I told him during it btw!!!  "No Amy, it's fine relax, relax" Grrrr!) and did some serious damage to my hair.  So when I went back to visit Lydee again (via Dubai) I bought a couple of bottles of it.
Sadly I am coming to the end of that stash and have been desperately trying to find a replacement for the some time now.  Here is but a few of what I've tried

This is "ok". 
I must say though it has the most beautiful scent and leaves your hair smelling fab all day long so that is nice.

I bought these in the States on my recent visit to Chicago,  They are a definite replacement possibility.  But not available in Ireland!

And then I found this in a drawer while doing some cleaning.  It's a little sample that came free with a a magazine.  And it is amazing!   So now I just need to locate it in a shop so that I can stock up on it.
Hello universe, if anyone sees this in Dublin please let me know!

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Quinoa pancakes

The quest for perfect Keto Pancakes continues!
Last week I made almond flour ones, and this week I tried a combination of almond flour, with coconut flour, and Quinoa!  Yes quinoa - it added a nutty grainy taste and texture and it was really nice,
I made 3 small at a time rather than 1 large.  So much easier for flipping over.

How good do these look?!
I shall be making these again for sure.  Here is the recipe if you are interested in trying:
1/3 cup Quinoa (before cooking)
1/3 of almond flour and coconut flour (2 to 1)
1 egg
Teaspoon of raising agent
1/4 teaspoon of stevia
Drop of vanilla essence
1 dessert spoon of cream cheese
Cook the quinoa according to instructions on the packet before mixing with everything else and there you have your pancake batter.

Ikea haul

My sister Katie was home for the weekend so we arranged to go to Ikea and hang out together.
First up was breakfast!  That slice of Daim cake is NOT mine!  I did have a bite of it though :-)
I only wanted a few things - mainly picture frames actually. And of course I ended up with a  few things more when I got to the cashier.  But overall I was happy - it was only €30 for all of this.  I am very happy with the table top ironing board as my current ironing board is in terrible shape, plus it is a complete pain trying to get it in and out of the storage cupboard.

I used two of the picture frames for some Key West related pics.
On the left is a shell found on the ocean floor near the Atocha on one of Mel Fisher's salvage expeditions.  It was given to me as a birthday gift and I love it so much.
And on the right is a print of Hemingway House
I am looking forward to visiting it (and everything else in Key West. Fishing!!) again this coming May!

Friday, 19 January 2018

Bikini haul

Earlier this week my sister Kate messaged me and asked if I would be in Penney's and if so could I get her a swimsuit in a particular size for her (she lives in Galway where they wouldn't have as much stock).
It was a few days before I could get to Penney's (with my college classes in the evenings) but I eventually got there on Thursday evening.  While picking her up the swimsuit I took the opportunity to try on and buy two bikinis.  I know it's very early to be buying them - I am not going to Key West until May - but when I need them then they will be sold out.  And the price!  It's for nothing, so I am glad I got them.
I like these bright colours! This was €8

This baby was €10.  I like the shape of it and the colours/pattern
*And if anyone can tell me how to photograph bikinis that they look nice that would be great thanks!

Saturday, 13 January 2018

LCHF Pancakes

This morning I rose early and got loads of stuff done all before 10am.  Before I even took a shower I did a "power hour" of cleaning which worked really well - get the nasty stuff out of the way before the nicer Saturday stuff.
Later that morning I went around the shop to get some food for the weekend.  And in particular some ingredients for pancakes!  Low Carb/keto ones!
Some of the things you see in the baking aisle are funny.
Hellooo, 1950 called, they want their packaging back!!
Actually, on that subject, has anyone actually even used shredded beef suet since 1950?? 

Et voila!
Almond flour pancakes. Not a bad way at all to start a Saturday!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Keto weekend

I am back on my ketogenic diet  - cutting out sugar and embracing good fats - and things are going well so far.  Some of the highlights of my weekend in terms of food are detailed below. 

And the lowlights you ask?   *Shrugs shoulders*  I can't think of any so far...  It's been a pretty good weekend all in.

Friday evening I had a glass of wine with Cillian in Ruin Bar on Townsend Street. Malbec...mmm!

Saturday, I enjoyed all things lovely like scrambled eggs with salmon for brunch, and nice Irish bacon and avocado in the evening.  Throughout the day I snacked on almonds, and coffee with cream.  Mmmm.

And then today, Sunday, I tried something new!  Enid made keto bread and invited me over to try some.  Read all about it in her blog here.  I liked it, but I did find it a touch dry.  Once I slathered it with some good kerrygold butter it was much better!  More mmm!

This evening for tea I had salmon and avocado...I just loooove it so much.  And dessert I had greek yoghurt.  Greek yoghurt is an acquired taste (it's quite bitter) and one which I have come round to in a big way. 

And finally I bought THIS which I cooked in the oven and will have it for lunch tomorrow and Tuesday, and hey possibly Wednesday!

January is officially ON!  (Bleugh lol)

Saturday, 6 January 2018

More Chicago..

Following on from my previous post about my trip for your reading pleasure here is some more Chicago/Wicker Park musings!

The Smoke Daddy BBQ
If you are anywhere near Wicker Park you simply must visit The Smoke Daddy!

Fall off the bone Baby Back ribs
Incredible, thick and gooey mac & cheese
The most SUMPTIOUS moist cornbread ever - so sweet I was tempted to save and eat it as dessert

Little vodka to accompany the ribs.  Plus a generous helping of their fab sauces to make the ribs even more melt in your mouth.  DIVINE!!!
Oh!  If you want to sound like a local be sure to call it Smoke Daddy's :)
 And also, did I mention the live music every night? 
Wicker Park
In my previous post I spoke about the great location I stayed in and all the great bars, restaurants and shops nearby. But most important of all I haven't mentioned the vibe!
There was a really cool and friendly atmosphere - a mixture between hipsterville USA (friendly and laid back) and the apres-ski of Europe (chilled and up for the craic).
So to that end here is me vibing out and having a great old time in Wicker Park :-)