Thursday, 18 October 2012
I do apologise-There's something wrong with uploading the picture so I shall try to add them later.
Monday, 17 September 2012
This is beyond delicious. Try it with cream, ice-cream or on it's own.
2 over-ripe plantains
½ tsp mixed spice
½ tsp grated nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tin guava halves, drained, de-seeded and quartered
2 tbsp olive oil
150g/5oz plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
Preheat oven to 180oC/fan 160oC/350oF/gas 4.
1. Peel, slice the plantain lengthways and remove the seeds. Place in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add the mixed spice and nutmeg, sultanas, vanilla extract, guava and olive oil and gently mix. Sieve in the flour and baking powder and gently mix again.
2. Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake in a pre-heated oven for about 35-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
Serve warm with ice-cream or mascarpone.
You can substitute or have it with freshly sliced mango, tinned pear halves and blueberries
Tuesday, 4 September 2012
Thees are from the collection of a dynamic young Ghanaian fashion designer. Mina Evans. She's the daughter of a very good friend and I'm so glad to see some of her work. Classy,yet incoporating traditional modern all at the same time. Fantastic! Can't give credits to whoever took these photos cos I don't know, but whoever it is congrats and well done to Mina.
Monday, 3 September 2012
Tuesday, 28 August 2012
My locs at 4 years. I had a couple of inches trimmed off in an attempt to even things out and get them to lay better. I've got my loc filler in. You can see the different colours.
Seiwa's temporary extensions. They look really good. It doesn't show in the pic but the middle of her head hasn't got the extensions in. It's the type of thing that if you or I try, we will look wierd, but she gets away with it!
Friday, 17 August 2012
has very fine delicate hair, extremely coily, but it should plump out and begin locking quickly. She would have a little less than 200 locs in total. It was a pleasure to work on such a spirit-filled woman.
Wednesday, 8 August 2012
A few close-ups to see how my hair is growing. Most of the new hairs growing is white and wiry. I don't mind that too much. Mainly- I want it to grow so it can come in any colour although dark brown would be nice please Lord? Thanks :)What you see isnt build-up....it's plenty of white hair in the locs.
Sunday, 5 August 2012
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Monday, 23 July 2012
Saturday, 19 May 2012
So I'm using totally natural products to wash and condition my hair. Baking Soda, aka Bicarbonate of Soda in a solution(the big bottle/bottom photo). 2 washes with this and rinse. The final rinse is with diluted ACV(Top photo). The recipe for the shampoo is here: http://www.how-to-boost-your-immune-system.com/baking-soda-shampoo.html
I always wondered why B-soda didnt work for me (from back in the day when I had braidlocks). Now I know why. It's due to hardness of water in the UK. You have to approach it a little differently as you will see when you read the link above. I think it's great. I got VERY good results. My scalp was clean clean clean. What's more the ACV rinse that followed conditioned beautifully. I mean it left my hair really soft and fluffy. Here CV rinse http://www.how-to-boost-your-immune-system.com/vinegar-hair-rinse.html
I just thought I'd give this a go. Apparently using a baking soda or Borax solution to wash your hair/scalp is very healthy and the only way to deep clean. The borax also kills every unwanted fungus, bacteria excess sebum etc to give a happy environment for your scalp. I havent got any borax, but as soon as I do Ill be here with the recipe. Meanwhile you can get a deep clean this way. You can aslo inhibit unwanted scalp issues(both seen and unseen) by putting neat acv on your scalp and let sit overnight. Rinse out in the morning. Be careful not to put it on cuts/bruised areas. It can sting a little but that ok. Just remember you do this entirely at your own risk. I did it and it was fine.
Saturday, 5 May 2012
Not really. I got my locs cut or rather layered by Mary. What you see on my head is a lacefront wig. The idea was to hide my locs away under a wig...only...I'm encountering some problems. Namely, my locs are too long and thick in the back to fit my wig on properly. And this texture was the closest I came to finding a LF kinky/nappy textured wig. You're now wondering why I'm even bothering. I'm tired of trying to conceal scalp on top of my head. I think my hair is filling in, but after combining locs on top of my head it just looked so-sparse. Does anyone have ideas? I use scarves, hair bands etc. I put in loc bridges for fullness etc but that's time consuming. I 've made a few, but I find the hair isnt always a good match. Maybe it isnt noticeable to others, but it is to me. My daughter says I'm obsessing over hair and to just leave it alone. That's why I've got this LF wig. Perhaps a nappier texture will wing it. Sorry for whingeing...I should be grateful for what I have..Anyway I do apologise for the make-up-less face. Hope it isnt too scary lol. Cheerio...I'm sure I'll find my way and bring more positive news next time. Till then - oh I'll take some pics of my loc-cut and post them. It actually falls better and all the annoying bunching/lumps on the ends have gone.
* I have yet another idea to help fill my locs in. Like I say it's all time consuming. Does anyone in the uk offer such services I wonder. Well I'll come back and reveal the latest idea....
Friday, 20 April 2012
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Monday, 16 April 2012
It started on friday 23rd 2012. We woke early. The house was filled with relatives and close friends of my mother. Huge pots of Okra, meat stew bubbled merrily away. Mountains of fried fish, pepper and kenkey. Akara(bean doughnut) Coco(millet pap) gallons of tea/soft drinks bread. We were asked to present the sponge soap perfume etc(pictured) for our mum. Traditionally for washing the body, now a ritual. After this we went to the funeral home to prepare mum.( I had help wash her bc Im a daughter. My older sis couldnt hack it) The hearse took her to her dad's then mum's houses amid gunshots singing dancing etc. Finally they brought her home. We'd decorated a room for her.She was laid in state. We added a few finishing touches to her make-up and dress...family and friends did the file past. To be contd.