Thursday, November 21, 2013

Easy Thai Coconut Milk, Homemade, Step-by-Step

Make your own fresh coconut milk and you won't have to worry about the preservatives  in the canned stuff.  Here's a video demonstration from You Tube:

The great thing about making fresh coconut milk in your own kitchen is that you can add ingredients according to your own family's likening, for example:

  • Sweeteners like coconut sugar
  • Flavorings like vanilla extract
  • Fruits like mango 

Try the fresh coconut milk in fruit smoothies and frozen like whipped cream.

But first you've got to crack open the coconut to get started on making the milk.    Personally, I've never been able to crack open a coconut as easily as the lady in the video.   I've got to practice more!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

I Could Inhale This Food - Edible Perfume Notes

Saffron Rice Cake with carrots, squash on plate
Saffron Rice with Veggies

Coconut is my favorite gourmand perfume note -- those fragrance notes are based on foods, especially spicy foods.    What a nexus,   it's the best of both worlds!!
Here are a few more popular gourmand perfume notes:

  • Honey 

  • Cumin
  • Saffron

  • Cardamom

  • Sugar or Caramel

  • Orange, Lime, Lemon
  • Almond
  • Butter
  • Mint

  • Chocolate

Rose petals with Glass of rose petal jam
Rose Petal Jam

Of course, I can’t forget about edible flower fragrance notes, like 

  • Violet

  • Lavender

  • Rose

 But I just luv, luv, luv the smell of fresh coconut and toasted coconut fragrances that remind me of Holiday desserts. Nothing beats eating coconut cake and sweet potato pie topped with toasted coconut for the Holidays.  
But the best are creamy coconut perfumes blended with everybody’s favorite flavor:  Orchid!!!  Huh?    You know… vanilla flavoring!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

How To Hydrate Skin In Winter… Inside-Out

Winter white hat and scarf
"Baby, it's cold outside.... Are you sweating too?"

By increasing your daily gulps of coconut water, you can reduce the chances of getting dried-out skin and dehydration in fall and winter.  Coconut water is not just for hot summer days.
Drinking even more coconut water in winter is a skin care secret for great looking skin all year around.

 Dehydrating Winter Conditions

  • Increased sweating while wearing extra clothing like sweaters and coats,

  • Irritating low humidity in fall and winter that's a major cause of winter skin itching,

  • Indoor forced air heating that literally bakes skin.

  • Icy winds that swipe moisture from  hands and face.  

Red chunky knit hat and scarf for winter
Bundled-up like a baby

A massage with coconut oil goes a long way towards keeping my skin supple and moisturized in winter.
But I swig more coconut water, however, to insure that my  skin and the rest of my body never suffer from dehydration, even when it’s cold outside.

My Getaway Plans With Palm Print Resort Wear

Green palm print skirt
Mychael was the winning designer on the ‘Creepy-Crawlers’ episode of Project Runway: All Stars.  And, he gave me the inspiration to go somewhere warm on the globe this winter. How?!  Well, early in the episode, Mychael wore a palm print shirt.

 I got an immediate flash:  ‘That’s it!!! I’ll go shopping for resort wear!’

Palm print Hawaiian shirt
Hawaiian shirt with a palm print
Yelp!  I’m going shopping for resort wear especially a dress, shirt or bikini with a palm print.

Once I buy the resort looks, I really have to go on the winter vacation... Right?!

Usually, shopping for a vacation never fails to get me into the mood of actually booking the trip.

Sad, ain't it?!

Winter's  Sooo...  Sad in Chicago

 Most years, I escape winter’s lockdown by driving through icy streets and trudging through several inches of snow to get to Chicago’s Garfield Park Conservatory.  It's a botanical house in a city park.

Garfield Park Conservatory

This is where I usually go to actually see, touch and feel Cocos nucifera  the  coconut palm tree.   Sad, ain’t it. 

But not this year!  I'll be walking in  my palm print sarong on warm sands somewhere far away.