Ojon’s New Year Hair Resolutions

Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment

With 2015 here, head in to the New Year with your best hair yet thanks to Ojon’s New Year hair resolutions!

#1 HAIR RESOLUTION – TREAT YOUR TRESSES
This 2015 make sure to give your tresses a treat, at least once a week, with Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment.

Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment

Using Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment once a week can help to nourish hair helping to strengthen it and therefore reduce damage, breakage and frizz.

RESTORATIVE HAIR TREATMENT
A clinically proven intensive hair and scalp treatment that instantly helps hydrate and improve the condition of damaged hair. Formulated with pure Ojon™ Oil, the highly-concentrated treatment is rich in essential lipids similar to those found naturally in virgin hair.

Apply directly onto dry hair. Scoop 1 to 1½ teaspoon into palm of hand and warm by rubbing between hands until it transforms into an oil. Distribute evenly throughout hair and scalp repeating until hair is fully saturated. Comb through and allow to penetrate for 20 minutes before rinsing and shampooing. For very damaged hair, apply gentle heat from a hairdryer for 5 minutes and/or leave treatment on overnight.
 repairs cuticle damage
 strengthens hair to help prevent future breakage
 instantly restores hydration and shine

ABOUT OJON
Ojon creates highly-potent beauty rituals featuring naturally-derived raw ingredients found in the world’s rainforests. Centuries old harvesting processes help maintain the way of life for indigenous communities by protecting ancient traditions and sustaining their natural environments. Ojon’s rituals for hair and skin honour the purity and potency of these natural ingredients by keeping them as raw and unspoiled as possible. Introduced in the United States in 2003, Ojon is currently sold in six countries including the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Canada, Australia and Germany.

Responsible sourcing allows us to share the powerful benefits of these rainforest treasures without destruction or depletion of the resource, while providing a steady source of income for the indigenous groups that harvest them. A portion of our revenues go to the Miskito Indian tribes to help preserve the rainforests and their traditional lifestyle.

Come back next week for the the next Ojon Hair Resolution – an introduction to Co-washing!

What are your new year hair resolutions for 2015? I’m aiming not towel dry my hair when it’s wet which causes damage!

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Valentine’s Day: Fraisier Strawberry Cake Recipe

Seasonal Berries Strawberry Fraisier cake Recipe Valentine's Day

Wow the special person in your life with this impressive looking cake, this classic French Fraisier Strawberry Cake Recipe has a few short cuts, so you don’t need to be a master baker to make this version!

Seasonal Berries Strawberry Fraisier cake Recipe Valentine's Day

Cuts into 10 slices
Prep: 45 minutes
Cook: 35-40 minutes

Ingredients:
225g (8oz) soft margarine
225g (8oz) caster sugar
225g (8oz) self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Grated rind of 2 lemons
4 medium eggs
6 tablespoons limoncello liqueur

Filling
400g (14oz) strawberries, hulled
3 tablespoons cold water
2 teaspoons powdered gelatine
150ml (1/4 pint) double cream
500g (1lb 2oz) carton luxury vanilla custard

Topping
2 tablespoons apricot glaze or apricot jam minus the pieces of fruit
250g (9oz) ready made marzipan
Little icing sugar
Few small strawberries
Few chocolate hearts

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 170°C (150°C fan) Gas 3. Grease a 20cm (8 inch) heart shaped
springform tin with a little oil then line the base with a piece of non-stick baking paper.
2. Add the margarine, sugar and flour to a large bowl, electric mixer or food processor. Add the
baking powder, lemon rind and eggs and beat together until smooth.
3. Spoon into the lined tin, level the surface and bake for about 35-40 minutes until well risen,golden brown and a skewer comes out cleanly when inserted into the centre of the cake.
4. Leave to cool for 10 minutes then loosen the edge, remove the tin and lining paper and cool
on a wire rack.
5. When the cake is cold, cut into two thinner rounds, trimming the top level if it is a little
domed, then spoon the limoncello over the cut sides. Wash the cake tin and line the base
and sides with two strips of clingfilm. Put one of the cake halves in the tin and pull up the
clingfilm if needed so that it slightly overhangs the top of the tin.
6. Sort through the strawberries, reserve the medium sized ones for the side of the cake and
the larger ones for slicing. Cut the medium sized ones in half and arrange in a ring around
the outside of the cake in the tin so that the cut edge is pressed against the clingfilm. Slice
the rest and arrange as an even layer to cover the base cake.
7. Add the water to a small heatproof bowl, sprinkle over the gelatine powder and leave to
soak for 5 minutes then stand the bowl in a saucepan of just simmering water and heat until
the gelatine has dissolved and become a clear liquid.
8. Whisk the cream until it forms soft swirls in a bowl then fold in the custard. Gradually fold in the dissolved gelatine in a thin steady stream then pour the custard mix over the
strawberries in the tin and chill for 10 minutes until just setting.
9. Add the second cake half to the tin and press lightly into the custard. Gently spread the
apricot glaze or jam over the top of the cake. Knead and roll out the marzipan on a piece of
non-stick baking paper then cut into a heart, using the cake tin as a guide. Lift over the top of the cake and press into place with fingertips dusted with icing sugar. Chill for at least 4
hours.
10. When ready to serve, unclip the sides of the tin, peel away the clingfilm, then carefully lift the cake off and transfer to a plate. Decorate the top with the small strawberries and piped chocolate hearts, if desired.

Top Tip
If you’re not a fan of marzipan then simply leave it out and spread the top of the cake with melted chocolate or simply dust with sifted icing sugar instead.

To make chocolate hearts, melt 50g (2oz) dark chocolate in a bowl set over a saucepan of very gently simmering water. Spoon into a piping bag made of non-stick baking paper, snip off the tip then pipe heart shapes over a sheet of non-stick baking paper set on a baking tray. Chill until set then peel off the paper and add to the top of the cake when ready to serve.

Recipe and images courtesy of Seasonal Berries.

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Sponsored Post: Old el Paso Breakfast Burritos Recipe

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Celebrate National Breakfast Week with a Full English Breakfast Burrito!

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day but mornings leave me with very little time to eat properly. With a little inspiration from Old El Paso I’ve found a way to spice up my breakfast on the go!

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

My mornings are often a rush even on weekends, but there’s nothing I love more when I have the time than to make a full English fry-up for breakfast with a mug of piping hot coffee and a glass of juice on the side. Don’t get me wrong, I love cereal and toast as much as the next person, but a full English is pretty much a staple breakfast for a lot of families in the UK, for me it makes it a great treat. The great British fry-up typically consists of sausages, bacon, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, baked beans, hash browns, toast or fried bread and black pudding. Throw in some brown sauce or ketchup and you’ve got yourself a winning combination, but have you ever thought of adding something a little different to spice things up a bit? Old El Paso challenged me to turn an English breakfast into ‘The Brexican’ – using Mexican inspired flavours and ingredients.

Knowing time is never on my side in the mornings, I wanted a dish I could prepare quickly and eat on the go!

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Creating the Recipe

I thought about what my favourite ingredients were – sausages, bacon, eggs and beans being top of my list – and then thought about how I could make the breakfast portable. Old El Paso Soft Flour Tortillas seemed the perfect ingredient and meant I could turn my Brexican into a burrito! I also swapped baked beans for Old El Paso refried beans, scrambled the eggs with some Old El Paso Spice Mix for Roasted Tomato and Pepper Fajitas to add seasoning, and layered them up in a tortilla with crispy bacon and meaty sausages topped with chunky tomato salsa. It was a total experiment but it tasted great! To save time (and washing up) I baked most of the ingredients in the oven, then assembled, wrapped, rolled and away I went. For mornings when you have more time, I would also recommend serving the Breakfast Burritos with giant mushrooms topped with more salsa.

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Old el Paso Breakfast Burritos Recipe

A Mexican inspired twist on the classic full English breakfast. These Brexican Burritos are made using Old El Paso Roasted Tomato and Pepper Fajita Seasoning Mix, Soft Flour Tortillas and stuffed full of scrambled egg, crispy bacon and meaty sausages – delicious!

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

Medium Pork
20 mins Serves 4

What you’ll need:
8 Rashers of Lean Smoked Bacon
8 Sausages
4 Large Mushrooms, e.g. Portobello
6 Large eggs
Old El Paso Roasted Tomato & Pepper Fajita Seasoning Mix
Old El Paso Refried Beans
Old El Paso 8 Super Soft Flour Regular Tortillas
Old El Paso Thick ‘N’ Chunky Salsa

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 ̊C.
  2. Spread the bacon, sausages and mushrooms out across 2 baking trays and place in the oven to bake for around 20 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the sausages and mushrooms are cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, crack the eggs into the mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly before pouring into a saucepan and cooking on a low heat, until scrambled, stirring slowly throughout.
  4. In a second saucepan, gently heat the refried beans until hot. Using oven gloves remove the trays of bacon, sausage and mushroom from the oven.
  5. Finally, warm your tortillas in the microwave for 35-40 seconds.
  6. To assemble your Breakfast Burritos, spread the refried beans on the soft flour tortillas using a metal spoon, then top with a layer of bacon, sausage, scrambled egg sprinkled with fajita seasoning mix and a large spoonful of salsa.
  7. To wrap your burritos up – fold the bottom edges upwards, then the sides inwards to create a roll with one open end.

Tip: Try warming the flour tortillas through by simply microwaving for 30 seconds before serving.

For more recipes visit www.oldelpaso.co.uk/mexican-recipes.

Old El Paso Brexican Burrito Full English breakfast recipe National Breakfast Week

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