Essence The Gel Nail Polish 63 itsy bitsy blue bikini

Itsy bitsy blue bikini, whose name is suspiciously similar to Bikini so Tiny by Essie, is surprise surprise is another blue shade. It a shade that was added to the line in the recent update, though we can’t say it’s the most original new colour, but I have a thing for pastel blue. I bought a few of The Gel Nail Polish formula, some were fab, some not quite as good, but this one doesn’t resemble gel nail formulas at all. It the most classic pastel blue nail polish. There’s no hit of green, nor is it muted, so it’s a pretty basic shade.The only other such shade that I ...

Catrice Supreme Fusion Lipcolour + Care 070 Remarry Berry

The launch of these confused me because as far as I know, Catrice already has a perfectly good line of moisturising, glossy lipsticks called Luminous Lips. Why the need for another one, I don’t know, but they utilised the idea that many had before – a lipstick with a different core. I got one of the two darkest shades in the line (there are 8 in total, my favourite is 030 Robin Rosewood, a pretty rose-mauve shade) and I must admit I had my concerns because based on my experience, glossy plus dark colour simply don’t mix all that well, but it’s actually not at all as smudgy as I ...

Red Kidney Bean Jambalaya

This thick and hearty vegetable stew is a vegetarian version of the classic spicy Cajun jambalaya stew loaded with red kidney beans, brown rice and plenty of vegetables. And once the beans are cooked, it’s essentially a simple one-pot meal with everything you need for a complete meal. The Cajun blend of herbs really complements everything in the dish and it makes a fair amount too so you can share with friends and have leftovers besides. Adjust the hot sauce according to taste, and be sure not to skip the liquid smoke as it adds an essential flavor. Red Kidney Bean Jambalaya Recipe by Lisa TurnerCuisine: American SouthPublished on May ...

Quinoa Chickpea Flour Falafel with Mung Beans and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

My regular readers will certainly know I adore small bites. Falafel is one of my favorites, and this version made with toasted chickpea flour, quinoa and mung beans is packed full of protein. They also happen to be baked instead of fried to cut down on oil. Crispy on the outside, yet moist inside, these nutty little bites served up with a creamy, sweet and tangy roasted red pepper sauce made with tahini, cashews and a bit of heat from jalapeño and spice, turns dinner into a real treat. Quinoa Chickpea Flour Falafel with Mung Beans and Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Recipe by Lisa TurnerAdapted from Food52Cuisine: Middle EasternPublished on ...

Baked Quinoa Balls with Peanut Dipping Sauce

Little people like me need lots of protein. And this tasty little appetizer idea provides a good and tasty dose with quinoa, beans and peanut butter. I adore little bites, and these little savory balls can be served as a light meal too, as they are quite filling. But these baked quinoa balls have more than just protein. Combined with sun-dried tomatoes, jalapeño, tamari, ground ginger and coconut milk, they have a wonderful rich and deep Thai-style flavor, and the zesty peanut butter dipping sauce with lime, tamari, coconut milk and toasted sesame oil is just heavenly. You won’t be thinking about how healthy these are! Almond or other nut ...

Beet and Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie

I’ve been topping up my breakfasts lately with quick frozen fruit smoothies, and this bright pink strawberry concoction has very quickly become one of my favorites. Cold, refreshing and creamy, it’s not only packed with plenty of sweet strawberry flavor but also with the super vitamin and mineral nutrition of red beets. It’s so tasty that I’ve started buying bags of red beets to have on hand instead of small bunches … and so nourishing, too, that you’ll want to serve it any time of day. In fact, I think I’ll go make another one right now! Beet and Strawberry Vanilla Smoothie Recipe by Lisa TurnerAdapted from Just Beet ItPublished ...

Sun-Dried Tomato Pizza with Olives and Cashew Cheese

I think it safe to assume that pretty much everyone enjoys pizza once in a while. And there is nothing quite like making your own at home. This one is vegan, but I assure you, the cheese won’t be missed. I did not resort to soy-based cheese either, because frankly I find that that stuff tastes like rubber. Instead, I went with a cashew mixture that included nutritional yeast for the cheesy flavor. It’s a wonderful treat to make on a weekend when you have time to fuss around a bit more than usual. This is one loaded-up pizza with tons of texture and flavor and protein too. Tangy tomatoes, ...

Vegetarian Sweet Potato Wraps with Crispy Chickpeas

Wraps are always a favorite in my kitchen, and this time around I wrapped up some slightly spicy roasted sweet potatoes and chickpeas served along with a tangy tahini lemon sauce. They don’t take very long to make at all. Once the chickpeas are boiled, everything gets tossed together with aromatic spices and then popped into the oven. The sauce is easily whipped up while the vegetables and chickpeas are roasting. I admit that I didn’t make my own flat breads this time around but purchased pitas from the store instead. I would however recommend making some homemade tortillas to go along with this scrumptious mixture of goodness. It is ...

Chickpea Flour Fudge

This might indeed be the easiest and tastiest fudge I’ve ever made, and it’s not your typical fudge. This delicious confection is made with toasted chickpea flour with a dash of cardamon and some lightly toasted sesame seeds. These days most everything I make is dairy-free, but this time around I went with butter. If you want to make it vegan, use coconut oil instead. I’m sure it would be just as good. Slightly crumbly yet creamy at the same time, the taste and texture of this fudge reminds me of both halva and buttery shortbread — a none-too-sweet shortbread halva if you wish. All you need is a few ...

Quick and Easy Spelt Tortillas

Now that I’ve learned to make my own tortillas at home, there is no going back. Goodbye to those rubbery things that are offered at the grocery store, complete with ingredients I don’t even know how to pronounce. This is my second attempt at making these in my own kitchen and they worked out even better than the ones I made a while back. Spelt flour features here. The dough was easy to work with and I had them made in hardly anytime at all. No fancy equipment is needed either. Just a bowl and a non-stick pan. I served these up with pumpkin falafel and a lemon tahini sauce. ...
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