This little gem of a condiment is probably one of the easiest things to come from my kitchen.
It’s so easy even Archie helps to make it – also it’s his favourite thing at the moment so he’s keen to have a stash in the fridge.
This pickle can be teamed with anything. Perfect for adding to burgers, pimping up a curry or stir-fry by adding a freshness. Basically it can make friends with any kind of dish and it will make it taste good.
QUICK CUCUMBER PICKLE
1 cup of white vinegar
1 cup of water
3/4 cup of white sugar
1 pinch of dried chilli flakes (optional)
1 telegraph cucumber (sliced)
Add vinegar, water, sugar and chilli (if using) to a saucepan and bring to the boil.
Slice your cucumber – not too thin and not too thick.
Once the pickle liquid has boiled take off the heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
Add the cucumber.
Cover with a lid and leave to cool.
It’s ready to eat.
You can keep it stored in the fridge for 1 week. Just put the cucumber and liquid into a sterilised* jar.
*To sterlise a jar – Make sure it is clean and fill it with boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Empty and add your contents. Don’t forget the lid. Place the lid in a bowl and cover with boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Remove and place on the jar. Remember once you have sterlised the jar don’t touch the inside of the jar or lid.
From monthlies to mood swings to hormonal breakouts the list can go on for the gems that women get thrown in life.
I have found 3 life savers of late and here they are.
Supabee for Women
Abeeco have made a little capsule of lady gold in the form of Supabee for Women. From the bee pollen for overall health and energy to the hormone balancing qualities of the Wild Yam and the natural libido enhancing properties of the Horny Goat Weed (I have not told my husband of these magical effects!) There are two other essential components Vitamin B6 for a balanced metabolism and Ginseng for a way to increase stamina and endurance (something we ALL need right?)
Basically this is a must have supplement for all woman at any age. Chinese medicine has been using Horny Goat Weed, Wild Yam and Ginseng for thousands of years to support hormone balance and over all wellness.
Now to the Horny Goat Weed which I hear you all say holy crapola Jess am I going to become a horn-bag after taking it? The answer is maybe but that’s up to you! haha basically a tonic-type supplement not a stimulant so you will see it’s effects over time. So start taking it now and book that romantic getaway in a month or two that doesn’t coincide with the visit of Aunt Flo.
I have been taking it now for 6-8ish weeks and so far so good. No PMS, a HUGE drop in hormonal breakout (1 -2 pimples rather than my normal cystic acne breakout) and I generally feel better!!
The Hello Cup
Speaking of Aunt Flo my next lady must have is the Hello Cup, an NZ made menstrual cup that is a game changer.
This little cup of genius is not only good for the environment because of no waste, it actually SAVES YOU MONEY – Because you are not buying tampons or pads every month. I was spending $20+ per month on all the essential equipment needed for her visits. Now I am on month 3 of using my Hello Cup and it’s paid for itself.
Various sizes available for all the different fannies out there. Pre-kids, post-kids, big ones and little ones, what ever kind of vagina you have Hello Cup has got your back …… or your fanny so to speak. The combo packs are a great way to test the boat and see which will work best for you. My only tip to dipping your toe into the world on menstrual cup is when you use it for the first time (first period) do it in the shower. Its a great way of getting all familiar with it and you without doing vaginal yoga on the bathroom floor!!
I am a complete cup convert. I never thought I would be either. I also get that some people just can’t get their heads around the idea but that is why we are all different and it would be boring as all f**k if we were all the same.
Oasis Drink Bottles
OK I would be talking smack if I said “oh yes I drink 8 glasses of water everyday to maintain my flawless complexion”. I am not the biggest fan of drinking water. If I drink water it has to be cold. There is nothing worse than warm water. These Oasis drink bottles are frigging genius. Keeping cold liquids cold for 24 hours (I tried it and it works!) and hot liquids hot for 12 hours. It’s perfect for work because I TRY (try being the word here!) to stay away from coffee and having the cold water is a great distraction. The only downside to drinking more water is the fact I have to pee all the time. I have had 3 vaginal births – the wee holding muscles are not what they used to be!
For winter I’m going to hunt out some herbal teas to grace the drink bottle with. I can not for the life of me drink cold water in the winter. Again it makes me need to pee a whole lot more and I can’t spend my whole time at work in the loo!!
Here are 3 of my Lady Lifesavers. I am going to make this a regular feature so keep tuned for more Lady Lifesavers.
If you have a Lady Lifesaver you swear-by tell me about it by flicking me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org