Too much of a good thing is absolutely fantastic… and while I have my list of trusted faithful obsessions that never fail to delight, I eventually get tired of some monotonous things and move on to the next great thing. This is my current top 10 favourite things:–
1. CK Summer: I bought this last year in June when we were in Edinburgh and I absolutely LOVE it. Now I’m usually a Davidoff girl, Echo being one of my favourites; Valentino is a close second; but this has to be my scent of the year (or next two years more like it). Much like the original CK One, it is a unisex fragrance but has more of a masculine edge to it. The first time I wore it and walked passed my sister she said “I smell a delicious man”. Its simply intoxicating and in the male category of fragrances (and who doesn't love a man who smells nice?), it’s my absolute favourite next to Pleasures for Men by Estee Lauder.
2. Sleeping on my sisters bed when she's not here: Because I know she hates it when I do, and this fact somehow makes the bed and her pillows extra comfy.
3. Raspberry Jam: I'm actually in love with Raspberries, so i thought I'd give this a try and it's pretty good. I'm not sure if there are better brands out there... guess I'll have to do a little experimenting. Anyways, fig jam is also a favourite.
4. Lady Gaga: So she’s a bit of a freak (who isn't these days, at least she's honest about it) and I often wish I could give her a bath and put some decent clothes on her. But even though I didn’t care much for her in the beginning, she’s really grown on me like fungus in an old smelly shoe. It all began with “Poker Face” and the cruise we were on way back in Jan last year. Most radio stations tried to kill the song by playing it every 2 minutes, so I stopped listening to it for a while but I still love it. However, I found “Just Dance” to be mediocre and wasn’t thrilled with “Love Game” and dismissed any notion that I would become a fan. Then "Paparazzi" warmed me up abit, and “Bad Romance” got me into it again and by the time I heard “Telephone”, I was swinging from the chandeliers again. But what really got me hooked was her sentiments to my favourite all time group NKOTB. She opened for them during a recent concert tour in the US and said: “When I see them, I pretend to be all cool and collected but when they’re on stage, I want to hyperventilate and pass out”. And anyone who is such a fan of NKOTB is freakin Gold in my books.
5. Philips iPod Earphones: Because sometimes, I love drowning out the world and my Philips earphones kicks my iPod earphones' ass in terms of volume, value-for-money and quality.
6. Salt, Lemon Juice & Paprika combination: I love this combination so much that I put it on everything from pineapples to apples and if I could, I’d put it on my morning toast too.
Pineapple slices with salt & paprika and salt & crushed cumin
Granny-Smith green apples with salt, lemon & paprika combo
On the subject of Lemon Juice: I love to soak some china fruit (dried/salted plums to the foreigners – I wonder which other countries in the world have china fruit) in the juice of a lemon, then savour it. My addiction to this puzzles me and its weird, but the sweet/sour contrast does it for me. It’s completely unhealthy because the sodium and acidic levels are high, but its one of those guilty pleasures I indulge in every now and then.
7. Earth TV www.earthtv.com: I LOVE LOVE LOVE this site and could watch the World Live every day, the entire day and never get tired of it. One of our television channels broadcasts snippets of various places in the world in real-time as a program “filler” and I’m always transfixed – watching the cameras take me live across the world, detailing the different times in each place, the temperature and the events that are taking place over the course of the day. It’s like travelling the globe in a matter of minutes without putting your foot out of the house. A mini holiday on a screen. If I had earth tv as a channel, I would never watch anything else. Ever.
8. St Ives Apricot Scrub: I usually buy this product whenever I’m in the UK and it usually lasts until I return. I’ve been blessed with good skin and don’t really need to rely on products, but on that odd occasion or every few days when I need a scrub, I use this. It is the best product I’ve ever used for my face and I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else. It works amazingly leaving your face smooth to the touch and blemish free. I just wish I knew where they sold it here in SA so that I don’t need to go to London every time I run out.
9. Brother Naeem’s Blog: Stumbled on this a couple of months ago and it's my favourite "new" blog (by new I mean new on my blogroll). He tells us that he’s a married American of Pakistani descent, living and working in Saudi Arabia. I like diversity. Even more, I like the fresh take on a number of subjects from an Islamic perspective, and as a Muslim female living in a contemporary world where there is a constant struggle to keep some sort of balance, I can relate to most of what he’s saying. I particularly enjoy Mr. Naeem’s brand of humour and his personal approach in his blogs.
10. Coriander/ Cilantro: I use this herb in almost everything I make. My favourite thing to make is an apple salad dressing using coriander, lemon juice, salt, a green chili and a green granny-smith apple. It is fantastic as a dip for potato chips too.
What's left of the coriander, apple, lemon, chili & salt combo after I ate half with a packet of Lays chips
Another favourite and family specialty is “peanut chutney” with coriander, peanuts, chilis, a tomato, salt, lemon juice and vinegar. It’s like the savoury version of peanut butter and is great as a dip or on a slice of toast or with any meal.
Delicious peanut chutney with coriander, green chillies etc on a slice of toast
11. Pilates: When I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a ballerina so I would walk on my toes, en pointe just like they do in ballet. A lot of the movements in Pilates echo those in ballet and I think it’s a great way to relive my childhood… not to mention the routines a gruesome and are a great alternative to normal exercise.
12. Wedgewood Nougat: DIVINE is all I can say, and probably the best nougat in the entire world. The soft, smooth texture melts in your mouth and is nothing short of a symphony, a piece of heaven. Aside from the white fleshed nectarine, it is the best non-chocolate thing I’ve ever eaten in my entire life! It is so good, I’d even go and work there, for free. My favourite is the Macadamia Nougat because the macadamia nut is buttery and soft and adds to that whole melt-in-your-mouth sensation. The almond variation is really good too. I’m not picky, any will do.
The same company has a range of butter nougat biscuits called Angels, and if we could eat angels, this is what they'd taste like for sure... equally decadent stuff-dreams-are-made-of.