Here is a step by step instructional blog on how to make your own bar of soap complete with oil from Montreal's favourite plant, Ms. Mary Jane.
I'm not gonna lie, I'm new to the whole make-your-own soap thing myself. But it's easy and it's fun. And with a little help from the crafty Tania Schaffer from Cold Bones, we'll get through this together. Check out her ETSY shop for homemade jewelry and zombie dolls!
A big ol' block of glycerin (vegetable glycerin to be vegan friendly).
You choose the quantity you want to make , this is the base for your soap. To make 8 bars, we used about 8 soap bar sized blocks of glycerin and melted them together.
2 Tbsp Hemp Oil (moisturizes your skin/Vitamin D/battles acne, psoriasis and eczema/ is all around bad-ass)
2Tbsp Olive Oil (moisturizes your skin/Vitamin and E)
An empty plastic container or cookie cutters to make your soap bars any shape you like
1 Tbsp Spirulina Powder (for natural green colour/keeps your skin firm)
A few dashes of Peppermint Extract (for that fresh mint scent)
1Tbsp Sea Salt (to exfoliate your skin)
Hint: You can find any of these ingredients at your local health food store or possibly cheaper on etsy.com
Feel free to improvise and add anything in your kitchen that you think would look, smell, or feel nice in your soap. For example, tea leaves are a really cute touch. The sky's the limit people! Here's how we made ours:
Melt down your glycerin block in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time until it's liquid. Stir in your hemp oil and olive oil.
Then, mix in your other ingredients. In this case, that's our spirulina powder, peppermint extract and sea salt.
Now, pour your liquid in to a container of your choice. It can be in an old margarine container, an discarded milk carton, whatever. For optimal fun, pour the mold in to cookie cutters on a cookie sheet. We recommend pot leaves (http://ccstore.cannabisculture.com/product/Stonerware-Cookie-Cutter-25420 ) or zoo animal shapes. Whatever you choose, put it in the fridge to set for about one hour, or until hard.
Finally, pop your hard soap out of the container and cut it in to bars of your choice. You can also cut the plastic container off by slicing off the side if it's being stubborn. Tada! You're now a fucking BOSS at making your own soap. It's that easy people. A sure-fire gift idea for your girlfriend, your boyfriend, your aunt, your mom, your local hockey hero, or, you can just keep the soap for yourself, you sexy stoner you.
Big shout out to Tania Schaffer for sharing her kitchen and her knowledge.
2021 is a fresh start for just about everyone. And for some, that means finally heading to the kitchen and learning how to cook.
Cooking can seem rather overwhelming for certain people, so we decided to reach out to one of the best Montreal chefs, Chef Pamika Sukla, owner of Pamika and Mae Sri, two incredibly popular Thai restaurants in the city, known for authenticity and flavour beyond compare.
Chef Pamika Sukla offers some of her tips and advice to help you get started and make 2021 the tastiest yet.
Answers were edited and condensed for clarity.
Cooking can feel really daunting for those just starting out. What's the best place to start?
The thing that makes it overwhelming for most people is that they often try to take on too much at first.
Whether it's finding the best recipe, going to the grocery store wondering if this particular one has all the ingredients, buying the tools, preparing everything, balancing the flavours, making sure the elements are well cooked - all these tasks can make a person feel like cooking is an insurmountable, time-consuming problem.
But it doesn't have to be. Make it as simple as possible in the beginning. Start with meal kits, detailed online recipes and sauces that provide you with tried and true flavours. Consider these like "training wheels" for cooking. They take out the stress of having to balance the flavours on your own, knowing how much of this to put or how much of that to cook.
You can be confident that if you follow the guidelines, you'll get a decent result and that positive reinforcement of making something delicious will give you the motivation to cook more and more!
With enough repetition, things will start to click and you will get a sense of what a well-seasoned dish tastes like. A good meal kit or sauce with a specific step by step recipe provides you with a structure so that you can focus on mastering the basics first.
More importantly, it allows you to have fun in the process because that's what it's all about!
What is the biggest mistake that people make when they start out cooking?
Underestimating the base of your dish.
A good example in Asian cuisine is rice. It's quite common for people to brush off the importance of knowing how to properly cook their rice. There is an art to washing the rice, choosing the right grain for the dish and adding just the right amount of water so that the texture isn't too mushy or too dry. We tend to focus on the flavours, the seasoning, the fancy presentation, without first mastering the basic elements of the dish.
The basics can seem boring but they are most important! It's like building a house. You wouldn't start decorating a room before establishing the solid foundation first. The same goes for cooking!
Bonus one from Chef Pamika: a lot of people don't taste their dish as they cook it! You have to taste along the way. Every time you cook, you're using different elements.
Different pieces of meat or vegetables were grown in unique ways. They all have their intricacies that might affect the flavour and texture of your dish.
What is something that can seem really intimidating to people that are new to cooking that is not as scary as it looks?
Cooking an authentic Pad Thai! At our restaurants, Pamika and Mae Sri, people always ask me what the key to a delicious Pad Thai is.
The steps I do are hard to explain in words and as a picture is worth a thousand words, we recently made a recipe video that you can watch online to learn and cook my version of Pad Thai: In the video, I use our Pad Thai sauce prepared in-house at the restos. It's made in small batches to make sure the quality and taste are always up to the highest standards and true to Thai traditions.
Just recently, we made them available for everyone to buy! You can order them online and have them delivered to your place!
If you're feeling adventurous and want to explore different flavours, we've knocked out the hardest part, the sauce. By using the basic techniques shown in the video and our sauce you can recreate and enjoy an authentic Pad Thai in your very own home.
It's like having your taste buds travelling to a different continent minus the cost of the flight ticket!
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Joe Taylor, 42, told MTL Blog he started his side-hustle, Deadly Soaps, a few months ago. He uses a 3D printer to print his moulds, as well as ingredients like non-detergent vegetable glycerin, natural essence oils and activated charcoal.
The ballsacks, however, are a new product offering.
"I like to work at home in my underwear. So making soap seemed like a good idea," he said. "I think due to the humoristic nature of them they've become quite popular."
In just one day of selling 'Sac Soap' on Facebook, he said he's made $400. The regular size costs $8 and the large size costs $12 so, according to math, he's already sold between 33 and 50.
As far as local goes, 514 Cannabis is about as local as it gets. Grown at a state-of-the-art vertical farm in Anjou, the company's first product, "Saint-Henri Kush," aims to capture the vibrant spirit of its namesake.
Soon expanding to other neighbourhoods and provinces, the "Saint-Henri Kush" is only one of a planned range of products, including the "Vieux-Port Hash" and vape pens.
"We're slowly expanding the company and we have some arrangements with four small local boutique growers in Quebec to grow and package their products," said Goulakos.
"Eventually we'll have 'Les Amis de 514' products to feature local craftspeople and we'll talk about your history and your area, how it supports the 514."
While it has a potent THC content, one of the most important aspects of 514 Cannabis is its focus on developing high-quality terpenes.
Simply enough, a terpene is where the unique smell and flavour of cannabis comes from. Think of them as the essential oils of weed.
"It's a hybrid with an Indica base," explained Goulakos. "Our real knowledgeable customers really understand this terpene thing — it's like drinking fine wine. We'll have the terpenes listed on the bag so you always know what you're getting."
"Our role is to educate the consumer so they'll know what to look for when they go to the SQDC."
If everything goes according to plan on July 1st 2018, weed will be legalized in Canada. In the meantime, Quebec has to figure out exactly how this is all going to work.
In the news so far, the focus was mainly on who will be able to sell it. The SAQ, Pharmaprix and even Couche-Tard have all thrown their hats in the ring and that hasn't exactly been figured out yet, but either way there's a more important question we need to answer.
How old will you have to be to buy weed in Quebec?
In Quebec, Alberta and Manitoba, you only have to be 18 to buy alcohol while the minimum age in the rest of the country is 19. So we're already a little more laid back the most of the country, and a lot more fun than the U.S.
But when it comes to weed, will Quebec choose 18, 19 or 21?