Thai Basil Chicken: WIN

Since coming back to America my adventuring has been put on hold and I have been focusing on reconnecting with family and friends I haven’t seen for the past 4 years of being abroad.

One big thing I have been doing is missing my Thai diet. Not only have I reinstated breads and dairy into my diet, my portion sizes have been on the rise. Welcome back to the fast food nation! Actually, pizza aside I haven’t been eating all that much fast food, but when Louis C.K.’s joke “the meal is not over when I’m full. The meal is over when I hate myself” becomes a reality, I mean……

Anyway, since I miss the lighter feeling of Thai food on the stomach and  I made pizza a staple meal last week in California, I have decided to change things up a bit. I’ve taken to the kitchen to attempt playing Thai chef! The great thing about Thai food is that a recipe is literally just a suggestion of what to put in it and you can bend it however you want. On the other hand, ingredients are difficult if not impossible to find.

I found this recipe for Thai basil chicken (pad grapow gai ผัดกระเพราไก่) and decided to try it out. There are three ingredients you will probably have a problem finding; Thai chilies, holy basil, and dark soy sauce.

I still haven’t found dark soy sauce or Thai holy basil, but I did get lucky with the chilies! I found green chilies at Winco and a couple of days ago I found frozen red chilies in an Asian market! If you live in the Boise area you can find them at Orient Market on  Emerald St. For the Thai holy basil I just use regular Thai basil and you can find that in most supermarkets. I’m sure you can make dark soy sauce at home but I just leave it out. It’s still good!

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The picture doesn’t really do it justice, but making this Thai dish was a definite success!!

Quick Pimple Remover: FAIL

When browsing pinterest you will usually come up with a pin that has a long list of ‘life hacks’. I found one that states:

“You can shrink a pimple in minutes by putting a dab of Listerine on it. The alcohol will dry it up and cause it to fade.”

This is bullshit.

I happen to have some Listerine and decided to try it last night since some of those pesky pimples were forming on both my upper eyelid (just under my eyebrow) and near my lip. I grabbed the Listerine and optimistically dabbed it on. And then I watched and waited….and waited, and waited….and eventually fell asleep. Not only did neither the color nor the size reduce at any point last night, but they were both drastically worse this morning! My left eye is puffed up and the pimple is twice as big as the night before. I look ridiculous. I will admit that the pimples getting worse is probably just nature taking its course and not the Listerine, but the Listerine certainly didn’t help as advertised. Not once did I even see any visible reduction or change in my pimple immediately following the Listerine treatment. So, with sadness in my heart (because honestly, don’t we all want that quick and easy fix?) I proclaim this pin to be one big fail. Sigh. Who knows, maybe the folks from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” were right and Windex is the wonder drug/cure all? Stay tuned….

(Just kidding about that, I’m not spraying my face with Windex or letting it anywhere near my eyes)

Lemon Facial Scrub: WIN

I see all of these “nailed it” attempts and/or mockeries of pinterest posts and curiosity has led me to test a few of my own pins. Since I don’t exactly have a kitchen or my own home to freely create in, my options are somewhat limited, but I’ve started this project with a simple DIY facial scrub.

I found tha pin that links back to this site with the recipe, but I’ll just fill you in now to make it easy.
Ingredients:
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp sugar

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I have lemon juice but I decided to squeeze a real lemon, not sure if that will make a difference or not, especially since I am using cheap honey. Girls on a budget, ya know?

Simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and you have your scrub. Rinse your face with warm water to open the pores and  apply the scrub evenly onto your face and neck, gently rubbing it in for about a minute. In theory the sugar acts as an exfoliate while the lemon brightens and clears, and the honey and oil smooth your skin. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with a towel. Apply moisturizer and voila! You are finished.

I don’t have any moisturizer so hopefully my skin will not look like the Arizona desert tomorrow. However I do live in Thailand and I don’t think my face has ever once felt too dry. I don’t even remember what dry skin feels like, so possibly foregoing the moisturizer will be beneficial for my skin and make it feel less oily. At the moment it actually feels quite nice!

Since this is a work in progress and I will see how my face looks and feels tomorrow,  I am so far giving this pin a tentative win. To be completely honest I share my room with ants (the little monsters never seem to go away); I haven’t had any problems with them yet but with all that sugar and honey in this scrub I am absolutely terrified I will wake up with ants crawling all over my face. (Oh my gosh can you imagine?! I would totally lose it…*ugghhhh*)

So…final judgement TBD, but so far the first test went well!

Oh PS lemon juice can make your skin more sensitive to the sun so wear that sunscreen! (I’m telling all of you this in an attempt to remind myself). Also, this scrub is rumored to work wonders with acne, acne scars, uneven skin tone, and sun spots. Score!

UPDATE: I did not wake up with ants all over my face (thank the Lord) and my face does in fact feel nice. Neither oily nor dry; it’s perfect. Only time will reveal the long term benefits, but I’m going to give this scrub the all clear and call it a WIN! 🙂