Monday, August 5, 2013



25 gm butter
200 gm bacon
2 medium onions (160 gm total)
500 gm Lamb Kidneys (about 8)
2 teaspoons chopped garlic (10 gm)
1 450 can chopped tomatoes
125 ml red wine
Pepper and salt
10 gm toasted chopped almonds (about 8 almonds)
Parsley, chopped for garnish

Preparation. Peel onions and cut in half. Slice. Dice bacon. Trim and clean kidneys as necessary. Cut up into about 8 slices

Heat pan on stove with butter and sauté bacon onion. Once onion is becoming transparent add kidney and continue to gently stir and sauté. Add garlic, almonds, tomatoes and wine. Simmer gently for 15 minutes.

There is a large amount of gravy so you might want to remove the meat and reduce the sauce before heating it all together again before serving sprinkled with parsley. We ate this with cauliflower and cream cheese mash. It was plate licking good.

Sunday, August 4, 2013


I'm thinking of trying this. My next appointment at the hairdresser is on Sept 17th. That gives me 6 weeks. Not sure how I will manage when we have something special but perhaps the baking soda followed by lemon juice will work. 

  So, what do I use on my hair?  Most days, I just use water and give my scalp a bit of a massage in the shower.  Every 3-4 weeks, when the oil build-up gets to be too much, I cleanse my hair with baking soda and then condition my hair with lemon juice.  I achieve this by mixing 1-2 Tbsp of baking soda into a cup of water and slowly pouring it over my head in the shower.  I rinse fairly immediately because I feel like the baking soda strips too much moisture from my hair and my hair will feel too dry for several days afterward. The lemon juice helps neutralize the baking soda and restores some of that sheen to my hair.  I place the lemon juice in a small spray bottle and spray my already wet hair, massage in, then rinse out.  I have found that how long I go before I need a baking soda/lemon juice clean is longer every time.  Perhaps eventually, it won’t be needed at all.  I don’t use any styling product whatsoever in my hair and I don’t think that this would work for someone who really likes to style their hair using any kind of gel, mousse, mud, or spray.  I’m glad I went through the adjustment period with short hair, although now that my hair has such a lovely sheen, I am thinking about growing it long again.  I save a ton of time by not having to wash and condition my hair every morning.  Not to mention all the money I save by giving up shampoo! 
There are lots of recipes out there for homemade shampoos, but I don’t think they are necessary, unless you have a lifestyle where your hair really gets dirty.  So yes, I don’t wash my hair.  But my hair is gorgeous and my scalp is healthier.  I’m actually wishing I’d tried this about two decades ago!