Rice and Jeans

food, fashion, and life in Belize


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Twofer

The minty nails ended up lasting all week, I was quite impressed. But after 5 days and a Saturday morning of cleaning the house, the tips began to chip off. I don’t know what it is, but I just can’t keep myself from picking at the nail polish once it starts to peel. That little lifted edge is just irresistible!
The glittery rhinestone nail was still going strong though. We all know how hard it is to take off glitter polish, that thing is like cement! So, I decided to just change the other nails to a different colour, since I was not in the mood for a glitter battle.

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So I decided on a light pinkish lavendery shade. It was the Forever 21 brand, Love and Beauty “lavender”.

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I also added a fresh topcoat to the old glitter and stones.

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Which one do you like better?

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After Dinner Mint-icure

September celebrations are over, but it doesn’t quite feel like fall yet. Oh wait, it never will, the choices for seasons in Belize: “wet” or “dry”.  Well, I decided to squeeze in one more “summery” manicure, before I get all excited for Halloween manicures! I’ve been having an obsession with the colour “mint” lately.

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So I had to go with mint for my theme, but not just any mint,

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After Dinner Mints!

aka Minty Moos (so named by my grandmother).  I have also named my Mint robot floor cleaner “Minty Moo”.  He’s just so amazing.  I think he’s almost alive (after watching Wall-E), and he deserved a name for all the dog hair and dead spiders he picks up.

OK, back to the subject.

Always base coat first! I don’t like to show this step because my nails are grossly stained from never-ending nail polishings.  Base coats claim to prevent staining, but I have yet to find one that does.  I use it mainly for adhesion of the nail polish, to make it last as long as possible.

Then 2 coats of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in “Mint Sorbet”

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Then accent nail of Sally Hansen Gem Crush in “Big Money”, which is a pale (maybe 10K shade) gold glitter with bigger lavender flecks in it. 2 coats.

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Then I used these different sized nail art rhinestones that come in a wheel, and these crystal stickers that I think are really meant for scrap-booking. They come on a clear glue-like sticker, so just dig them off of the glue backing to use them. (not the jumbo sized ones obviously)

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While the glitter polish is still wet, place the stones randomly on the accent nail. I used different sizes of light pink, light green, baby blue, and lavender.

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Top coat of Seche Vite

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Mint anyone?

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Bang Bang Shrimp

Belize does not have any, and I mean ANY, of the restaurants found in the States.  Not even McDonald’s.  Well, we had a Subway for a second there, but it fell through.  So if you have a craving for something, you have to try to make it yourself.  Thankfully, pinterest and google are full of “copycat” recipes.   Here is my version of Bang Bang Shrimp, a delicious appetizer from Bonefish Grill.

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First, clean 1 pack of shrimp, and no, it does not come de-veined.  It comes with the shell, and that’s the only choice.  Well, the other choice is from the fisherman in a bucket with the head and feelers too.  This is the most time-consuming part of this recipe.  I recommend getting someone else to do this part, eg. husband, unsuspecting friend, anyone who wants Bang Bang shrimp.  You can either pull a Tom Sawyer whitewashing the fence, “Wow these shrimp guts are so fun to cut out!”, or if that doesn’t work, you can always fall back on the Little Red Hen move “Who will help me clean these shrimp?”  anyone who replies “Not I”, no Bang Bang for them!

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One hour later, because I insisted that the underneath vein also needs to be cut out (Eww):

Season with

Salt

Black Pepper

Garlic Powder

Paprika

Worcestershire Sauce aka “lea an perrins”

I don’t measure the seasonings, just sprinkle it on, not too much.

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Mix it all up in a container that has a tight fitting lid.

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Then add a couple tablespoons of cornstarch, put on the cover, and shake it up to evenly coat.

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Then leave it for a couple of minutes for the cornstarch to soak in, otherwise it will just float off in the oil.  In the meantime, make the sauce.

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1/4 cup Mayonnaise

2 or 3 tbsp Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce depends how hot you want it.

1/4 tsp Rice Vinegar

1/4 tsp Sugar

Confession:  I got the Sriracha at Sam’s Club in Chetumal, I don’t know if they have it in Belize.

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Mix it up, set aside.

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Now back to the shrimp.  See, the cornstarch looks absorbed, not as powdery white as before.

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Deep Fry in small batches.  I’m using my new Fry Daddy! 🙂

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Drain on paper towels.

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Then add the shrimp to the sauce, along with sliced green onions.

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Stir it up.  Serve on a bed of hydroponically grown bibb lettuce (the regular lettuce tastes like dirt).

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Now close your eyes and pretend you’re at Bonefish.  If only Corn Chowder with Lump Crab was the next course….*Sigh*

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Betta Hair…

No, I’m not trying to say “better hair” in Kriol, I’m talking about betta the fish!

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A few months ago, someone (who shall remain nameless) got me addicted to Pinterest. I kept seeing pins of these people with all different coloured hair. There were streaks, dip-dyes, “ombre” hair, my mind was blown. AND, they were quite normal-looking people, not punks or freaks or goths (no offense), and it looked SOOOO GOOD. I HAD TO HAVE IT!!

But, damn! I forgot….I live in Belize….can’t just go out an buy these things. Ugh!!! In the meantime, I googled, pinned, youtubed everything about how to do this craziness to my hair. Yes, I was gonna do it myself because, 1. I’m cheap!! and 2. I don’t trust other people with my hair. So, a few weeks later, I went to Chetumal (Mexico), the closest piece of civilization, 2 hours drive away, with the closest mall, the closest McDonald’s, the closest Walmart, the closest Sally Beauty Supply, you get the picture. I was able to procure all of my ingredients and tools for my crazy undertaking.

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I got this bleaching kit,and I got some Manic Panic colours: Atomic Turquoise, Hot Hot Pink, and I got After Midnight Blue later on.

So I did the bleaching kit to the ends of my hair. Oh, I forgot to mention, I have not dyed or highlighted or anything to my hair since 2003 (i think)…yeah let’s not talk about that…

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And it was HORRIBLE!!! I’m telling you, the ugliest, trashy-looking brass colour was lurking under my dark Chiney brown hair. Nope, I didn’t get the toner…from that store…2 hours away…in another country…damn!

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Anyway, I had to tell myself, keep going, “the end will justify the means” and “too late now anyway” and “ANYTHING will look better than that!!!” and “it’s just the ends, you can cut it off”.

So, I used the Atomic Turquoise with some Hot Hot Pink blended into the tips to make a purplish shade. And Hallelujah!!! I LOVE IT!!!!

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Most people’s reactions are “Is that permanent!?!??!” and “Is that your REAL hair?!?!?!”

My husband’s reaction: “I have to stop leaving you unattended upstairs”

My sister’s reaction: “It looks like Bitch Billy!!” which was her betta fish (aka Siamese Fighting Fish) about 15 years ago. Don’t ask me how he got that name…(RIP Bitch Billy)

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And last pic, a “fishtail” braid of course!!

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Let’s hope this doesn’t make me want to fight if I see other Bettas around!!


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September Celebration Nails

September is the month of celebration in Belize. We have the Battle of St. George’s Caye Day on the 10th, Carnival, and Independence Day on the 21st. So of course this calls for a patriotic manicure! And what could be more patriotic than the flag?

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First, google the coat of arms. Find one that does not depict the controversial “yellow” man, but one that depicts a more naturally hued logwood cutter.

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Copy and paste it into Word and print them off in a couple sizes.
Decide which size would fit best on your nail, and carefully cut them out with a small border of white on the edges.

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Using something with a rounded end, (I used this cuticle cutter) carefully burnish the circle into a contact lens-like shape so that it will sit nicely on the curve of the nail.

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Paint nails with base coat first, then 2 coats of a bright royal blue. I used China Glaze “Frostbite”

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Then while the polish is still tacky, carefully place the paper circle where you want it

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Next add a stripe of red at the bottom as if you were doing a French tip. I used China Glaze “Hey Sailor”

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Finally, add a top coat of Seche Vite.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY BELIZE!!

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Don’t forget the tootsies…

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1st Post Ever

Living in Belize has many challenges.  First, it’s hot.  Second, the streets have more craters than the moon.  Third, there are NO MALLS.  Fourth, you have go through about 10 recipes on Pinterest just to find one that you can get all the ingredients.  I could go on and on about the everyday annoyances and frustrations of living in the third world (*ahem*, not knowing if you’re going to find sour cream at the grocery store).  However, I’d like to share on this blog, my miniscule victories over these everyday inconveniences.  If you live in Belize, and life hands you lemons, REJOICE!!! and say “Where did you get these!?!?!?”