quick pickled carrots with mustard

This recipe is oh so darned easy and so darned special at the same time. I had forgotten all about this crunchy condiment until I rediscovered it when visiting my aunt – she had made a small bucket-load of it and I probably ate half of it. Impressive, considering I hate carrots.

This pickle is beautifully acidic from lime, carries some heat from the mustard and fresh chillies, and it is naturally sweet from the carrots. Perfectly balanced, if you ask me. And it is a great addition to sandwiches and burgers, or as a side with curries and lentil soups. Here is how you make it, in about 10 minutes flat.
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quick pickled carrots with mustard

spicy nuts | with beer or without

spicy nuts
spicy nuts

There is no big story behind this one. I had a bag of natural almonds, I had some time, I roasted them. They were delicious. I thought I’d share.

Pop open a beer, get your strong arm out and make this now.

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spicy nuts | with beer or without

q&d | clear, glowing skin in 15 minutes

img_2256-7This is a cheap-as-chips DIY facial treatment that will give you beautiful, glowy skin in about 10 minutes. And radiant, clear skin with regular use over time. I was inspired by fellow blogger Sabiscuit, who is not only supremely creative but has this natural skincare thing down pat.

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q&d | clear, glowing skin in 15 minutes

q&d | the oil you should be using right now

We live in a time where, every day, there is something new being touted as the next super-whatever: super food, super drug, super treatment.

Oils, and especially argan oil, have been enjoying quite a surge in popularity and rightly so. They have been used since the dawn of time for their healing and nutritive properties. I’m here to tell you about one such oil that has been quietly overachieving for centuries and how you should make it part of your daily routine.

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q&d | the oil you should be using right now

q&d: lower carb yogurt

Ok, so low-carb yoghurt is easy enough to make blindfolded on a lame horse . . . and ultra-delicious.

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q&d: lower carb yogurt

q&d – 7 tips for using face oils

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face oils

Face oils have been around for some time but I’m afraid are a little misunderstood, particularly by those with combination/ oily skin. Well, the thing is, they are actually great for anyone and everyone if you pick well. Here are some tips to sort out your hydration concerns with face oils.

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q&d – 7 tips for using face oils

q&d – fixing too much blush

fixing too much blush
fixing too much blush

Got a little heavy handed with the rouge?  Or did the pigmentation of your newest blush catch you by surprise? Hello Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Fluid Blusher.

It happens: sometimes I get too much colour to the cheeks when I’m applying my makeup in poor light.

But you can fix it without starting over- here’s how.

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q&d – fixing too much blush