Living in old London there is a lot to see, do, experience and eat. So.much.to.do. It can be overwhelming, but mostly in the regularity of it all most things like museums or particular sights are thrown into the ‘I’ll get round to that’ pile of things. Living somewhere can really take the excitement out of it and so often those concerts have sold out before I even clicked on ticket site or the event falls the same weekend I’ve been invited somewhere.
Recently one of my friends, who I’ve known since her time back in New Zealand came up with the idea to do something cultural once a month together which has been great as a new foreigner of sorts. She has lived here her whole life and there is so much she hasn’t done or experienced and it’s been wonderful to get together with Keeley and do things that could be brushed off for ‘I’ll do that later.’
Reality dictates that later doesn’t usually arrive and so last weekend while looking at Turner paintings together we decided to do a Jack the Ripper tour despite being in the middle of winter and in true London style it rained virtually the entire time as we walked through three areas of the east end visiting some of the sites and hearing the entire story of this historical story that is as vivid now as when it happened in eighteen eighty eight.
The tour guide really set the scene to a time where gas lamps provided virtually no light and what life was like for them back in the late nineteenth century. Prior to our tour we warmed up with mac and cheese, pizza and dessert before braving the cold cobblestoned streets. Despite my sodden feet by the end of the night, it was a really interesting tour which I had only wanted to do in the winter to really up the atmosphere of this infamous crime story.
A beautiful fruit of winter is orange and today is less about eating and more about slathering all over your dry bod to smooth away that scaly winter skin that becomes so prevalent with the season. I’ve been making this scrub for a couple of years to help moisturize my skin and remove the dryness away. This is super easy and if you have a whole bunch of oranges you could make a large amount of this and gift away, your choice as all the ingredients will most likely be in your kitchen and once the orange peel is dried this is super easy to put together.
Orange Body Scrub
Makes 1/3 cup (roughly one week of scrub for one person)
1 orange, rind with no pith
3 tablespoons rough sea salt
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons orange juice
Preheat the oven to 60°C/140F and place the orange rind into a baking tin. Bake until dry and stiff for approximately 1 1/2 hours.
Once dry allow to cool and place in a pestle and mortar (or blender) with 1 tablespoon sea salt and grind until smooth.
Place in a bowl with the remaining salt, sugar, olive oil and orange juice. Stir to combine.
Place in a glass jar.
Slather and scrub away problems in a warm shower.
Note: This will last for up to 1 month.