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January 2016

Donut Recipe Tryout :)

It has been a really long time since the last time I try any recipe. This doughnut recipe caught me because it uses something called tangzhong or water roux. And the tangzhong is really easy to make. It is said it will make the bread springy.

The first time I try this recipe I used Indonesian measurement (meaning I used real table spoon and tea spoon 😀 ). Ended up using too many yeast and lack of sugar. On 2nd try I used measurement spoon just like this

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Cool, eh? NOT! hahaha .. I’ll tell you about it later.

Anyway here’s the tangzhong. It feels really soft.

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Tangzhong
And now the doughnut dough. I added a couple spoon of flour because the dough ended up really sticky.

Let it raised twice, cut cut, raise again and and fry fry. Voila!

Lunch! Hahaha .. my son actually finish them of. You go, Son! 🙂

Oh, and it was delicious, the doughnut is soft but not too soft. Not bad for a second timer 🙂

Here’s the original recipe link :

http://www.the350degreeoven.com/2012/05/pastries-pies/homemade-glazed-donuts-krispy-kreme-doughnut-copycat-recipe/

 

Lalla Nour, argan oil

Argan Oil is one of the most happening oil in the beauty world. And you practically can use it from top to toe.

I have problem with acne since I was a teenager and I read so many review that this oil can actually help you with acne. After a long search (well not that long), I found Lalla Nour, it has good reputation and a lot people is using it and the most important thing is the price is reasonable :D.

Before I use Argan oil, I have been using rosehip oil for about 3 weeks, and my acne was getting worst and my skin feels rough. I thought it was because my skin was getting ready to peel, but it wasn’t. Don’t blame the oil, rosehip oil is not suitable for oily and skin with acne. I read the warning, but I was really tempted to try it because .. you know … miranda kerr is using it .. bla bla bla … hahaha … well, lesson learned.

The Regime :

OK, so I used Argan oil twice a day. In the morning, before I put on my sunscreen lotion, and before I go to sleep.  I use about 4-5 drops. Argan oil is easily absorbed by your skin, your skin won’t look oily.  Better than Sk*n Aq*a tbh.

The Result :

In 7 days, I notice that my skin is getting softer, I feel it when I wash my face. It feels more supple and moist. And after two weeks my skin is behaving good. My breakout is lessen. And I notice that there aren’t many black/whiteheads as much as before. You see, I like to pick my nose, you know, to get the whiteheads out? It’s addicting :D, and I don’t get them as much as before.

However this is not a miracle oil for acne. It doesn’t heal the acne fast. It takes its time, reaaaally slow. There’s no dry out. I think because its emollient properties that Argan oil doesn’t dry out your acne. But you will notice that in two weeks your acne will get smaller. Word of advice, do not touch your acne! So Argan oil can heal it faster without worsting the  redness.

Argan oil doesn’t seem to heal scar fast either. No drastic change on my skin appearance. Pores still big, black spots, but less dull 🙂

The Verdict :

I like Lallanour argan oil. Good price and quality 🙂

Shea butter and Coconut body butter – 1st trial

Hi!

This is my first .. well second blog actually. And this is happen to be my first ever DIY tutorial for body butter.

I found an easy recipe for body butter from this link :

http://liagriffith.com/homemade-whipped-body-butter/

It looks easy enuff. So I decided to give it a go. Since I don’t have all the ingredients so I make “some” substitution. I doubled the amount of the shea butter because I was not too fond with the cocoa butter I bought and this butter was intended for my kids so I omit the cocoa butter and replaced it with shea butter instead. Also you might be wondering why my coconut oil is in liquid form, it’s because I live in a tropical country where the room temperature is around 30 Celsius. And I also change the olive oil to sweet almond oil, because .. well that’s the one I have.

OK, so here we go :

1/2 cup of shea butter ( I used unrefined one)

1/4 cup of VCO (virgin coconut oil)

1/4 cup of sweet almond oil

And that’s it 🙂

Put all the ingredients in a bowl and melt them with bain marie technique (check this link for explanation). Be careful not to let any water taint the oil.

When all of the ingredients melt (well actually it’s only the shea butter that melts, all other oils are already liquid) cool it off. When it’s cool, I put it in the refrigerator to make the oil in a solid form. I’m not sure how long it took, but give it a couple hours will do, I think.

I was too excited and just can’t wait to whip this baby, so I forgot to take a picture. Anyway, here’s the result after I whip with a hand mixer in a low speed :

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Looks fluffy and yummy right? I thought with the shea butter it won’t melt so easy, well, I was wrong. This fluffy thing turned to liquid in minutes 😦 *sigh … So I have to refrigerate this butter all the time. Ah well …

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The result of this butter is very oily. It doesn’t absorb quickly and I think it’s a good massage oil instead of butter :p . But it does moisturize your skin and I like to use it when I’m @ the office.

Horay! I’m finished! My 1st tutorial! 🙂

Enjoy!

UPDATE :  After refrigerating, I let it in my room temperature after use. And …. it doesn’t melt! Yay! Its texture now is like a very soft balm with airy feeling of foam when you scoop it. Wonderful! 🙂

 

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