Thursday, 17 March 2016

It was the best of sprays, it was the worst of sprays

Welcome to the tale of two, very different, dry shampoos. Ok three, but that didn't fit with the title.

My absolute favourite is COLAB

It can be quite expensive (depending on your definition, of course) at £3.49 for the sheer and invisible version or £4.49 for the extreme volume version but I always stock up when Superdrug have it on half price. I enjoy both, but the extreme volume just edges as my favourite.

Tied for being the worst dry shampoo are herbal essences and Superdrug own brand.

Now these are bad for two different reasons. Ironically, for the very reasons that I thought they would be great. Allow me:

Herbal Essences. The Volume
Made my hair feel like it was stuck with cement. Think a bit less exotic beach, loose and sexy and slightly more Blackpool on a wet Saturday in off season, after being dragged through a hedge backwards. Or lego hair.

Of course, the fact that the spray nozzle broke and I had to replace it with a different spray top from another finished product, didn't help positively influence my experience either!

Superdrug. The Colour
Sometimes dry shampoo can be the enemy of brunette hair. The very thing that makes it great (the fact that the powder sits there and absorbs the grease like tiny little sponges, or my thighs at Krispy Kreme) is the very thing that can make it such a pain in the backside if you have dark hair. Spray too much and you end up looking like you've spraypainted an attractive line of grey down your center part. Enter potential superhero Superdrug insert product name here.

To be fair, it wasn't expensive - around £1, from memory - so perhaps it's a bit mean to slate it. However, there's no sense having it if it's not half decent. It half did it's job, in that my hair didn't look horrendous - and I definitely didn't have that granny-grey tinge - BUT whenever I put my hands up to my head, my fingers were left with brown residue. How attractive! I don't know, maybe I sprayed too much but I didn't do anything different to how I would normally use dry shampoo.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Italian Meatballs

Pretty much the food of the gods... 
  • 350g sliced sausage (I use the Malcolm Allan low fat packs, but sausagemeat or linked sausages may also be used), cut into bite-sized pieces. 
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 2 medium onions, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 pint stock
  • 100g mushrooms, sliced
  • 240g pasta (I like farfalle)

Seasoning, to taste

The method used by my mum is to shape the sausage into 24 nice, little balls. I chop each slice into 12, which works for me and is less work. Once this is done, fry in the oil, add the onions, garlic and pepper and fry till the onion is nicely softened.

While you are frying off the base vegetables, cook the pasta according to pack instructions.

Add the two tins of tomatoes, stock, tomato ketchup and the seasoning to the pan with the onion and sausage and allow to simmer to a nice thick sauce.

Once the sauce has thickened, add the pasta noodles to the pan and stir in. Be very careful at this point as there is likely to be a whole lot of food and not a lot of room in your pan, and you don't want to be throwing it around all over the place.

You may top with cheese if you wish; I'm quite partial to a slice of leerdammer light torn on top and melted for 30 seconds in the microwave.

Having been recently inducted, I totally love my ceramic non-stick pan. Mine is by the brand JML, which is pretty much the only non-stick pan to work on my induction hob. I find this is much, much easier both to cook in and to clean that the standard, stainless steel pan that I had before.

Linzi x