“Recipes” for DIY at-home facial

  1. Exfoliate
  2. Steam
  3. Mask
  4. Tone
  5. Moisturize

To exfoliate, mix sugar and honey and olive oil. Rub into skin for a minute. Wash off.

Steam for 10-15 minutes.

To masque, use a clay mask (oily skin) or mix plain yogurt with turmeric (and mashed banana if you have a overripe one). Leave on for 5 minutes. Use a cleanser to remove the mask.

To tone, mix diluted apple cider vinegar with witch hazel and a drop of tea tree oil. Wipe off with some cotton.

To moisturize, some jojoba oil and a drop of tea tree oil. Spot treat acne before bed.

Some other suggestions: Reader’s Digest

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Budget Meals: Day 5

Ingredients:
6 eggs $0.99
1 medium carrot $0.25
1 medium green zucchini $0.82
4 red onions $0.98
1 small yellow squash $0.40
Ginger $0.54
Total: $3.98
2 packages udon noodles
roasted peanut oil / sesame oil + vegetable oil
Kosher salt + freshly ground pepper
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced diagonally
3 tablespoons soy sauce

Directions
Thinly slice red onions, ginger. Slice thinly into sticks 1/2 carrot, 1/2 yellow squash, 1/4 zucchini. Saute onions and ginger and carrots in vegetable oil. Add the two squash, and cook, stirring.

In a separate pot, boil water and cook the udon for 1-2 minutes. Drain and add to the vegetables. Mix thoroughly. Season with soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil. Add a spoonful of cornstarch mixed with cold water, to form a slurry. Set aside

Scramble two eggs with chopsticks in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in some green scallions. Fry separately in a little oil in a pan. Add to the rest of the stir fry. Serve immediately. Serves 3-4.

Redoing my sister’s udon with tofu and bok choy, this is my budget version. I had a bag of frozen edamame lying around, so I tossed that in the stir fry. My kingdom for some crushed red pepper flakes!

~Jessica

Rigatoni carbonara

IMG_2667Amber’s recipe, learned in a cooking class on her Phillippines-Vietnam trip

Ingredients:
400 g pasta of your choice
2 eggs
75 g Parmigiano-Reggiano (aged three years), grated
3-4 strips of bacon (if only we had guanciale or pancetta!)
black pepper
100 g peas, frozen
2-3 cloves of garlic

Directions:
Bring a pot of salted water to boil, while you do other things. Fry the bacon until crisp but not too overdone. Beat the eggs, and mix in the cheese. Season this with some salt and pepper. Mince the garlic. Saute the garlic until fragrant. Add the peas to cook them a little bit, or cook them in the pasta pot of boiling water for one minute like Jamie suggests.

When pasta is al dente, drain and make sure you reserve some pasta water (we did not, sadly). Toss the pasta, peas, and bacon all together in your pan. Season with fresh cracked pepper if you have a grinder. Now, make sure the pan isn’t too hot, or the eggs will scramble. Slowly add the cheese-egg mixture so the heat of the pasta cooks it, tossing all the while. Jamie also suggests adding pasta water to thin the sauce if need be. Garnish with some more freshly grated Parmigiano and slivered basil (we took a few leaves from the window herb “garden”).

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I love fettuccine or linguine (pasta lunga) best, but we only had pasta corta (short pasta) in the cupboard. Amber had a hankering for this as we had all the ingredients and had been eating my grandmother’s cooking for several meals by now (food is equal to love, for Chinese families — accept the gifts of food and be grateful).

~Jessica

Huevos rancheros

IMG_2664Adapted from smitten kitchen

black beans (Deb used a can of Black Bean Soup — will try next time)
tomatoes
cilantro
salt
lime juice
poblano pepper
red onion
fresh Mexican sour cream
flour tortilla
Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, grated
1 egg

Dice the tomatoes, peppers, onion small. Mix this with salt, lime, and a few sprigs of cilantro. Set aside. Heat your griddle/pan. Toast both sides of the tortilla before adding the grated cheese. Crack one egg on top. Wait a little while, then flip to cook the rest of the egg. Remove to serving plate. (Here I heated some black bean-red bean-corn from quesadillas night). Add the salsa fresca, beans, and a dollop of sour cream on top/the side of your cheesy egg tortilla, whichever you prefer. Serve immediately.

~Jessica

One avocado one banana bread

Adapted from Food Network and A Little Yum. Similar to a previous post.

80 g (3/4 cups) all-purpose flour
3 spoonfuls of sugar
pinch of baking soda
pinch of salt
ground cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves (subbed with 5 spice powder)
1/2 avocado, chopped (we used the whole, made for a very moist cake)
1 egg
dash of pure vanilla extract
orange zest (optional — have used apple juice before!)
1 very ripe banana, mashed
2 spoonfuls of honey
100 g (4 tbsp) butter, softened
a couple splashes of milk (optional)

Preheat oven 175 deg C. Mix the dry ingredients together. Whisk the wet ingredients together. Combine the two. Pour into buttered baking dish. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool. Slice. Serve.

~Jessica

Shrimp rolled omelette

img-20170116-wa0034Similar to Japanese tamagoyaki. Adapted from mao mao Mom

12 shrimp
salt, white pepper, cornstarch, sesame oil
4 eggs
salt, rice wine, scallion greens
olive oil

Deshell and de-vein the shrimp. Rinse and chop small. Mix with salt, white pepper, cornstarch, and a dash of sesame oil. Set aside for 20 minutes. Beat the eggs with the seasonings and scallions.

Heat nonstick pan (must be nonstick!) and fry the shrimp in the oil until cooked pink. Remove from pan. Add half the egg mixture. Cook until it’s mostly done (a little wet on top still), and add half of the marinated shrimp in a line down the middle of the omelette. Carefully wrap the omelette around the shrimp, and cook on all sides. Serve. Repeat with the rest of the egg and shrimp.

~Jessica

Tiramisu

imag0665Adapted from Mario Batali and Anna Maria, made for Amber

1.5 cups (360 cc) espresso coffee
2 pinches of sugar

zabaglione
4 egg yolks
2 egg whites
1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
1/2 cup (120 cc) Marsala wine (or Port or Madeira) — we skipped this
1 lb (450 g) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1.5 cups (360 cc) heavy whipping cream

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10 oz (285 g) ladyfinger cookies (~40)
2 spoonfuls of bitter cocoa powder

Make about 1½ cups (360 cc) of espresso. Dissolve 2 teaspoons of sugar in the coffee while the coffee is still hot. Let cool.

Beat the egg yolks over a double boiler until they become fluffy. Beat in the sugar until the mixture lightens in color and forms ribbons when the whisk is lifted from the pot. Transfer the bowl over a pan of simmering water, and whisk until this thickens. This will thicken just before it boils, when small bubbles appear. Allow to cool 5 minutes.

Beat the egg whites to stiff peaks. Fold the mascarpone into the egg yolk mixture 1/4 at a time. Fold the mascarpone-yolk mixture into the egg whites until smooth. Fold the whipping cream into this and set aside.

Place the ladyfingers in one layer in the dish, and lightly soak them in the coffee. Evenly distribute half of the egg cream over the ladyfingers. Repeat with a second layer of ladyfingers (we ran out for this step) and top with the rest of the cream. Sprinkle with the cocoa powder and refrigerate for about 3 – 4 hours.

~Jessica