In Japanese cuisine, kansui is the key ingredient for making ramen noodles. As I could not find any here, I decided to make my own. You can easily do this at home. And as it keeps fairly well, make a larger batch than you need. Or place this in the oven the next time you have something in it at the same temperature.

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Since my twenties I mainly used The Body Shop products for my face. This was a decision I made so that if I was overseas I could still buy what I needed if something ran out on our travels. When we went into hard lockdown I changed that. I decided to support South African companies. This was to ensure our local economy stayed viable in uncertain times. I have slowly phased out The Body Shop products. However, I do still buy the odd item from them. My most recent change was from The Body Shop’s foundation to a local one. But I colour matched in summer. The lack of sun on my winter skin means the foundation is too dark. I am toning it down using my moisturiser so that I don’t look like I have a fake tan.

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For years I used a foundation brush but when it became time to throw it out I decided not to replace it. Make-up sponges were all the rage, and I changed to using them instead. In saying that, the sponge did what it said on the box, and soaked up a lot of foundation. When I got a birthday voucher from The Body Shop I decided it was time to buy a new foundation brush. They have come a long way since I bought my first one. And I just love the one I chose. I am using less than half of the foundation I was using with the sponge. And the even effect was worth the expense of a new brush. The sponges I have left will be used for travel and I doubt I will have to buy any again in this lifetime.



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This alkaline salt is a necessary ingredient to make ramen noodles
Recipe Category: Condiments
Makes enough for: 4 grams


  • 5 g bicarbonate of soda


  • Preheat the oven to 120° Celsius
  • Line a baking tray with tin foil and sprinkle the bicarbonate of soda onto the foil in an even and thin layer
  • Place into the oven for 1 hour
  • Remove from the oven and place into a glass jar and use as needed
  • Can be stored for up to 1 month
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  1. I love ramen noodles but have never made my own – so this was very interesting to read! Raced to look up my supermarket – ha! good! . . . five different brands available . . .

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