Archive | September 2015

5 Things You Can Do With Coconut Oil

I love coconut oil, it’s so versatile and can be used for so many things so I thought I might list the top five things I use it for, as the complete list would make my hands ache from typing!

  • Cooking (obviously!). It cooks at a nice high temperature and gives the food a lovely flavour.
  • Hair conditioner. I try to slather my hair and scalp in coconut oil once a week, leave it on for around 15 mins and then wash off. Not only does it smell lovely, it makes my hair so soft and gives it a lovely sheen.
  • Body moisturiser. I rub it in to my elbows, knees, hands and feet before bed. Not every night, of course, but now and again. It absorbs quickly and really softens the very dry skin on my feet and hands. I could use it all over if needed but I tend not to bother.
  • Facial cleanser. Either used alone or mixed with olive oil, I gently rub it in all over my face, leave it for a minute or two, then get a face cloth, dip it in very hot water, wring it out then place over my face.Leave it for around 30 seconds, then wipe the oil(s) off.  No drying soap required and it cleans really well, doesn’t leave your skin oily and leaves your face nicely moisturised.
  • Polish. I use it instead of furniture polish. Rub it in, wipe it off. Simple as. Also, polishes shoes quite well. There you go, an extra tip. Six for the price of five!
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A new discovery!

So, there I was, cooking away, in my usual flustered manner. I am not a happy cook, it does not come naturally to me, unlike my brothers who are both brilliant cooks. Mostly I cook everything to a lovely golden black. Chernobyled, as my family would say. A quick stir with my wooden spatula and everything seemed to be fine. Looking around for my usual spare saucer to put said wooden utensil on, rather than my nice clean work surface, I panicked and just lay it across the top of the pan whilst I went to answer the phone. Another opinion poll. I gave my opinion – that the call was intrusive not a daily requirement, thank you very much (the next time they ring I will be less polite) then returned rapidly to the kitchen, remembering that I had left the pan on full heat. Totally convinced that it would have boiled over everywhere by now I was astonished to find that, yes, it was bubbling up to the top of the pan, but on reaching the wooden spatula, it stopped it’s journey and didn’t go over! Having had a quick google, I discovered that this is a REAL THING! (Yes, I do have better things to do but nothing more interesting. How sad.) So from now on my pan will be my spoon rest; saves getting a saucer and the cooker dirty. Can’t complain at that!

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Me!

  • Too much shandy again!

    Too much shandy again!

  • I am absolutely, morbidly, terrified of moths. Horrid things with woman eating fangs, 20ft wing spans and a penchant for dive bombing me. I have been terrified of them since I was around 6 years old, when I couldn’t sleep one night and lay there watching a moth flutter about in the moonlight. ‘How pretty,’ I thought. Then it dived down and got tangled in my very long hair. I couldn’t get it out and got into a right old panic! I am now convinced that they are conspiring to murder me in my sleep.
  • I have snogged Colin Firth! And yes, I do mean the actor. Many (many) years ago when I was 16 and living in Southampton, my older brother was at college with him. I went out with my brother and his group of friends a few times and Colin and I hooked up a couple of times and had a good old snog. We didn’t really click though, so nothing came of it. Sigh! If only I had known!
  • I am not overweight, I am undertall. I should have been about 6ft tall, but smoking in my teens stunted my growth considerably. (This is my excuse for being such a short arse) My weight reflects what it should have been if I had grown to my full, original intended height.
  • I love knitting and spinning. I think it is the bees knees. Does make my old hands ache these days and my knees can’t press the treadle on my wheel for very long anymore, but I do have fun with it. My sock making skills are famed throughout the land! When my daughter and her friends were going off to University I sat and knitted them all some nice, thick, woolly socks and ended up taking orders for more. I still get hints occasionally when they come to visit my daughter.
  • I cannot drink alcohol. I do try, but I am very unsuccessful. Last time I tried I had a very small glass of Baileys and had to be put to bed. The world was spinning. Fast. I did try half a shandy many years ago and only managed to drink half of it before I got the giggles. I love schnapps, but it doesn’t love me. One shot is all I can manage before the room is spinning again and I am bedwards bound. At least I don’t have to spend too much money to have some fun. Nowadays I try to avoid alcohol altogether and just enjoy laughing at everyone else when they are tiddled. Much more fun than a spinning room.