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My Heritage: Chippewa/Ojibwe Fry Bread Recipe!


My friend Laura and I have a decent amount of Native American in our ancestry (Ojibwe/Chippewa tribes for me, and Lakota for her), and we’ve both taken a pretty heavy interest in it. We were talking about how tasty fry bread was, and how we should figure out where to buy some, when we stopped and thought, “We can make that ourselves!” (Funny how it took that long to dawn on us.) It’s a super simple recipe, that doesn’t involve yeast, and we made them in about an hour (at the most.)

Without further ado, the recipe (modified from the first Chippewa recipe listed here):

You Will Need:

  • 1 +1/2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 tsp. baking powder (or 1 tsp. baking soda and 2 tsp. cream of tartar)
  • 1 egg (we used large)
  • 1/2 cup warm milk (we used skim)

Also:

  • 1/2 cup flour for kneading
  • Enough cooking oil to be 1/2 in. deep in whatever sized skillet you are using to fry the bread.

How To:

We used an electric skillet and vegetable oil to fry them (I suspect that frying them in coconut oil would be tasty, too) so I started by filling it a 1/2 inch deep with oil and turning it to 400 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients together well in a medium sized bowl. Beat egg separately and add to dry ingredients. Heat milk for 45 sec to a minute in the microwave and add slowly to the mixture.

Begin kneading in the bowl and once it seems a little more uniform, turn it out onto your “flour’d” kneading surface and knead for a minute or two.

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Role the dough out until it is (ideally) 1/2 an inch thick. Ours was probably closer to 3/4 due to a crummy rolling pin, but they still cooked all the way through.

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Once the dough is a uniform thickness, cut it into 2″ wide strips.  A pizza cutter would be perfect for this, but we just used a steak knife. Then cut those strips into 3″ long pieces.

Next, put slices in the middle of the pieces (I didn’t know what the heck they meant by that, so Laura was knowledgable and kind enough to demonstrate) like so:

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You are then ready to fry your bread! Place them in the oil carefully, and let them brown for a minute or two before turning and doing the same to the other side. Laura and I did two at a time so we could keep a better eye on them.

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Your finished product should be biscuity and delicious! Fry bread is typically served with a berry sauce (wojapi) but we’re eating it plain, because it’s that good. 😀

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Laura and I will be making more “heritage food” in the coming months, so expect more tasty posts!

-Sadia xoxo

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Lightening Blonde Hair With Hydrogen Peroxide


My step mom asked me to lighten her hair with peroxide and baking soda when she saw how well mine turned out! I kept track of measurements this time, partly since I would be doing her whole head, and partly since my peroxide and baking soda lightening post got so much traffic—I figured y’all would appreciate a recipe. 🙂 I also added conditioner to the mixture this time to make it more creamy and easier to apply.

You will need:

  • A small mixing bowl.
  • A brush to apply the mixture. (I used a spongey craft paintbrush.)

Mix together:

  • 6 tbsp Baking Soda
  • 3 tbsp Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1 tbsp Conditioner (I used Suave with Almond & Shea Butter.)

I wound up using about two and a half batches for Tiff’s fairly thin, shoulder length, hair. I just mixed more as I needed it.

(Update 8/9/2012: In case you don’t make it down to the comments, Lisa shared a mishap she had while attempting this herself. “I’d like to warn anyone and everyone. Do not mix this in an enclosed container. I mixed it in a fruit smoothie blender. When I tried to take off the lid, it literally blew up. It made a huge POP and that stuff went everywhere. It was also very hot!!! Scared me so bad.” Whenever there’s a chemical reaction going on—in this case, what’s changing your hair color—there will often be a gas that leaves the mixture and can create pressure in a closed container. Be careful!)

Apply as you would any other hair dye/bleach. I started on the under side of her hair and worked my way toward her hairline doing small sections and paying close attention to her roots and the ends of her hair. We were using a barber’s cape, and placed an old towel on the floor below her to protect the rug, so I let the hair with the mixture applied hang down until Tiff’s whole head was finished. Then I wrapped it up in plastic wrap to avoid bleaching furniture or her shirt while she waited for her hair to process. We let it sit for an hour and did not apply heat. Do not to leave the mixture in for longer than an hour to avoid damaging your hair. 

Cool Tip: I have heard that if you don’t do anything to it (no heat from flat irons, no hair dryers, etc.) for three days, your hair’s cuticle will seal up almost like new!

One more tip that I have to offer is to purchase some shampoo with a toner (like this one) in it that is made for blonde hair; this will keep it from getting too orange.

Here is a “Before & After” pic of Tiff’s hair:

I think it turned out super cute! Something about lightening up your hair—especially the strands framing your face—makes your whole look seem more summery and alive. 🙂

I also have a better photo of how my hair turned out from the lightening (plus my lovely sister on the left and sooper dooper boyfriend on the right):

Again, please share your own lightening endeavors, and give me some feedback!

-Dizzle


How To Lighten Hair With Hydrogen Peroxide & Baking Soda


Like this post? I am no longer actively blogging through Work In Progress (I am no longer a teenager, but still a weirdo) so feel free to follow me on Instagram, YouTube, and my other blog, Frugal Girl Glamour, to see what I’m up to!

NOTE: Bleaching your hair in any and all forms is bad for it. You should always do a strand test when dying your hair. This method is hardly any different than getting a box of color (Last time I used a box mix, my hair turned out very orange; this method leaves it a much more natural shade for whatever reason.) If you are wanting to dye the whole of your hair significantly lighter than it’s current shade, please go to a stylist. But if you’re doing streaks, or trying to lighten up a too-dark dye job, then this should do no harm.

Second NOTE: I cannot say whether or not this method will work on your hair. It works very well on my hair and my step mom’s hair, since we both have very porous strands. Whereas my friend had no luck getting this to work in her hair—it’s simply resistant to the mixture (and almost anything aside from salon grade bleaching/dying formulas) because her hair has low porosity. If your hair tends to damage or get frizzy easily, this will probably work for you better than someone who sees very little damage from styling and all that, but I cannot make any guarantees. 🙂

That’s aaaaaall…

I’m heading out to my aunt and uncle’s house this weekend with my boyfriend. My aunt and I decided that we’re going dye our hair, which I’m pretty pumped about. In preparation for dying streaks of “atomic turquoise” into my locks, I decided to lighten a few sections of my hair (since I have dark, nearly black, brown hair). I had tested a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide mixture on a small chunk of hair a few months ago, and decided to use that method instead of spending $10 on a bottle of hair bleach and only using 1/8 of it.

Supplies needed:

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda
  • Bowl
  • A brush to put the mixture onto your hair—I used a spongey craft brush.
  • Aluminum foil if you’re doing sections.
  • A plastic bag if you’re doing all of your hair.
  • An old t-shirt to wear.

I started with clean hair, and a general idea of which pieces of hair I wanted to bleach.

I sectioned off the parts of my hair I wanted colored, and tied the rest of my hair out of the way.

Here is the section underneath my bangs before lightening.

I then mixed up H2O2 with baking soda until it became a paste. This paste should be fluid enough to easily spread into your hair, but it shouldn’t be so thin that it drips all over the place.

(Update 6/12/2012: I provided the recipe in my “Lightening Blonde Hair” post.)

(Update 8/9/2012: In case you don’t make it down to the comments in my other H2O2 & Baking Soda Lightening post, Lisa shared a mishap she had while attempting this herself. “I’d like to warn anyone and everyone. Do not mix this in an enclosed container. I mixed it in a fruit smoothie blender. When I tried to take off the lid, it literally blew up. It made a huge POP and that stuff went everywhere. It was also very hot!!! Scared me so bad.” Whenever there’s a chemical reaction going on—in this case, what’s changing your hair color—there will often be a gas that leaves the mixture and can create pressure in a closed container. Be careful!)

I used tin foil to keep my streaks nice and tidy. I learned, somewhere on the internet, how to fold back the aluminum foil at the end so that you have something to hold onto while applying color/bleach to your hair.

Fold the foil like so.

The folded end goes on the underside.

When you color/lighten pieces of hair that frame your face, you want to place the foil to the side of your sectioned hair that is toward the back of your head. (So that you can see where you’re applying the mixture—clever, right?)

Like this.

Be careful to cover all of the sections evenly, and pay close attention to the ends. I find it easiest to take rows of hair to apply the mixture to, so every strand is covered without having to work too hard at it.

When all of your desired sections of hair are covered in goop and tinfoil (or a plastic bag, if you’re lightening all of your hair), then apply heat, using a hair dryer. I did for about five minutes (everyone in my house was trying to sleep… oops) but I’m pretty sure that if you have the patience—and it’s not one in the morning—spending ten to fifteen minutes heating the sections would be just about perfect.

This next part is pretty easy: Sit pretty and wait for blonde hair to appear!

Here I am. Sitting pretty.

I let my hair sit for about an hour and got significant results; certainly not platinum blonde, but blonde.

My blonde bangs!

I’m super happy with the final product! I was very tempted to lighten all of my hair to this shade—especially with how cheap and simple this method is. I’ll probably do another round of lightening on these sections, though, to ensure that the turquoise dye shows up without being dingy. 🙂

My hair doesn’t seem particularly damaged after this process, either. That might just be from going “no ‘poo,” though. Either way, I like it!

Things to Keep in Mind:

  • I have very dark brown hair. If your hair is lighter, you don’t need to leave the color in for as long as I did.
  • Heat is not necessary, but it speeds up the process.
  • Try not to get too much of the mixture on your scalp; it doesn’t feel very nice.
  • You can always repeat the process to get a lighter shade; keep an eye on the color of your hair every ten to fifteen minutes and rinse it out sooner rather than later so that you don’t risk going too blonde for your taste.

Please share your experiences with peroxide & baking soda lightening! I can only speak for women with dark, coarse, wavy hair. If you’re a redhead, blondie going blonder, or if you have very curly or very fine hair, I’d love to hear how this method worked for you!

Thanks for reading,

-Dizzle ❤

Disclaimer: I am by no means a hair stylist or anything of the sort. I simply love doing hair and makeup, and I like finding cheap ways to look good! Please use common sense if you attempt to lighten your hair this way, and please do not hold me accountable for potential mishaps.