Friday, 3 October 2014

Winter Woes & Warmers | One

A little winter series for you seeking out ways to cure common winter woes, and a comforting winter warmer recipe.

Chapped Lips

The cold weather really gets to your lips, as they have no sebum ducts of their own they dry out really easily. Plummeting temperatures and wind, plus the fact that you may lick them and saliva is very drying (yer I know it sounds gross but you know you do it!) all add to sore, chapped and flaky lips. Dry lips do not look good with your favourite dark Autumn/Winter shade of lipstick on as it will show up every imperfection! So I hear you ask, what is the best way to combat this woe?
There are several ways, it's all about finding what works best for you. I will list a variety of techniques for you to try out.
Firstly, you need to exfoliate off the dry flaky bits of skin. You can try using an old toothbrush to buff the skin off, dampen the brush slightly and use small circular motions to exfoliate your lips.
Another good method is using a flannel or better still a muslin cloth, they are scrubby enough without being too harsh that they will make your lips sore, use damp and rub gently over your pout.
Lastly, you could always use a lip scrub. The most well known one of these is currently by lush, and is a little pot of sugar scrub, they are really good and when you are done scrubbing you just lick your chops to get rid of the excess sugar!
Now you need to moisturise and protect your lips. Slap on some of your favourite lip balm to replenish the moisture, Vaseline is an oldy but a goody, Carmex is another of my favourites, it's good for soothing sore lips.
In the winter always put some lip balm on your lips if nothing else before going outside. It will leave a barrier to stop the elements drying them out, and keep much needed moisture in. I always find that if I wear lipstick daily, my lips feel much better after a couple of days. I guess because it stops me licking and chewing at my lips (my worst habit, my boyfriend is always telling me to stop, but I don't even know I'm doing it half the time) and it also provides the much needed barrier I have been waffling on about. Now has there ever been a better excuse to buy and wear more lipstick? I think not!

Baked spud with boston style beans

A steaming hot baked potato definitely says Autumn, it's a warming and comforting meal and so easy and quick to do. Throwing baked beans on top is easy as well isn't it? But what if you made a few simple changes to the baked beans to make them really special?

I have taken a humble tin of baked beans and used some inspiration from boston baked beans to make my own type of special beans.

boston beans

You'll need:

Baked Beans
Chili powder
Worcestershire sauce
Black treacle
Cherry Tomatoes
Smoked Paprika


Use a dash of oil in your saucepan and put in 2 cloves of garlic roughly chopped, let this soften then put your baked beans into the saucepan, add in about 7 cherry tomatoes halved,  2 teaspoons of black treacle, 3 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, 2 teaspoons of smoked paprika and 1/2 teaspoon of mustard (I used Dijon because it was all I had, use whatever you like best).
Heat on low for about 15-20 mins until the flavours come together and serve piping hot over your baked spud, add lashings of butter if you so choose because everything tastes better with butter.

I dressed my potato with a little dollop of creme fraiche. 

boston beans, comfort food
comfort food

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