Jan 25, 2012

I've Hit Bottle! French Onion Soup Roast Turkey.

I've hit the bottle.  The very bottom of a bottle of a hair styling product, to be precise.

It's only taken me about 5 years but by golly I've done it.  I now have a sneaking suspicion that in the 5 years I've been out of the hair gloss loop that this product may now be both discontinued and obsolete.  But  none of this has taken any of the gloss (!!) off my achievement.

To celebrate hitting the bottle and surviving an extra long, extra slow and wet drive home, I popped into Coles and found a replacement.  My good old Elvive is still available.  It's now around $11.  It took all my will power and sense of adventure to not buy it again.  After all, if I'm going to using the same thing for another 5 years, I might as well invest in newer technology.

Seeing as Pantene's Aqualight has been so good to me, I thought I'd give their Clinicare range a try.  I found this Luminising Elixir for chemically stressed and damaged hair for $20.  It's made in Japan which I found pretty interesting and reassuring.  The country that has given me years of good hair (thank you hair straightening and henna conditioning colour) and superior full face makeup removal (thank you Shu Uemura facial cleansing oil) will surely continue to provide through its provision of supermarket hair care.

After half an hour trying to open the tamper proof box, I finally got to the elixir - with a pair of scissors.  It has a pleasant, soft fragrance and is best applied on towel dried hair.  Readers, I went above and beyond tonight.  It's the night before a public holiday (so a technical Friday night) and I actually Parluxed my hair.  I know.  Just so I could tell you whether or not using the elixir lead to 'supremely smooth hair with shine and elasticity even at the tips of (my) hair'.  It's also a bit cool here in Sydney tonight and I didn't want to get a neck chill going to bed with wet hair.

I'm now sitting here patting my hair as I type.  It does feel smooth.  I've just checked for shine using my iPhone as a mirror and shine is indeed present.  Advertising campaigns seem to suggest that elasticity is best tested by tying strands of your hair around your finger in a knot and tugging.  My hair isn't long enough so I can't really comment on any increase in tensile strength of my hair.  What I can say is that my hair hasn't gone all sticky with this product which is encouraging.  I will report back in a couple of weeks with a longer term evaluation.

I have yet to make soup from a packet of Continental French Onion Soup Mix - there are just so many other good things to make from it.
The treasures I find in my freezer never cease to amaze me.  Just this weekend, I unearthed this oven roasted turkey breast left over from Christmas.  After a bit of google chef-ing, I found this unique way of cooking it to prevent it from drying out.  It turns out you can slow cook turkey using one of my favourite ingredients - a sachet of French Onion Soup.

All you need to do is dust your turkey with the soup mix and pop it in the slow cooker.  I placed my turkey on some scrunched up foil to prevent it sticking to the slow cooker.  Just a splash of water over the base also helps make a gravy from any of the meat juices.  I cooked my 1.25 kg boneless breast for 4 hours on high.

It turned out perfectly.   Very moist and with added flavour from the soup mix.  The turkey was served as a roast dinner on Sunday night.

Tonight, though, the leftovers were reworked into a lazy wet weather dinner.  Turkey and cheese melts.  The reason that bottle of Kewpie Mayonnaise is in the photo is that I had this feeling that ketchup and mayo would be prefect with the melts.  It was a vision that just came to me.  I was right.

Talking turkey and hitting the bottle in the same post.  It could only be the night before a public holiday.  Have a lovely Australia Day tomorrow, everyone.  Stay dry and if you're working like me, may it be q*iet for all of us.


  1. Does the hair product stop frizz...man I have THE WORST frizziest hair. I need help. Help me SSG.

  2. Have to say that the only thing that killed it for me was an intensive regimen of Japanese hair straightening at my Korean hairdresser.  Nothing gives you pin straight hair like complete chemical annihilation.

    SSG xxx

  3. Soup...pretty distant memory in the West right now for us! Hope your Australia Day goes well, it's always a busy one at my work! Fortunately, I managed to get tomorrow off so will be sitting under the air con instead.

  4. I need help with the frizzies too but I don't think my hair can take colouring and chemical straightening at the same time, unfortunately.
    I always thought those oven roasted turkey breast thingies were already cooked?

  5. I need help with the frizzies too but I don't think my hair can take colouring and chemical straightening at the same time, unfortunately.
    I always thought those oven roasted turkey breast thingies were already cooked?

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