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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Healthier Potato rosti brunch (I just had for dinner) on: December 17, 2014 02:10:28 AM
So, I was looking to make potato rosti without adding a tonne of oil or relying on butter. I decided to just grate the potato reasonably finely, squeeze out the water, add herbs and cook in a pan sprayed with olive oil. Surprise - it was just as good. Hash browns and the like are yummy, but I really can't face that much oil (or recipes calling for butter. Not in my dinner!)

I then popped the rest in the oven to bake.


I wilted some spinach, added mozzarella slices and pesto then topped with two eggs.


I recommend this to you to fill your belly. Veganise by leaving off the eggs and cheese and it would still be great just pesto-ed and spinach-ed.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / 1930s chairs get a facelift on: November 09, 2014 08:49:43 PM
I got these cool chairs given to me so I decided to give restoration a go. They're from the 1930s and were made by my great grandmother's brothers.


Pic is from before I adopted them. Yellow vinyl!

Surprise #1 - they were stuffed with horse hair and hay. This wasn't a surprise to anyone I told (depression, perfectly normal etc. etc.) but certainly was to me.

I started by pulling the old vinyl off and keeping it to make patterns. It turns out that I threw them away  because I was using foam for the stuffing and the old pieces didn't fit over that anyway. I ended up just cutting bits that were bigger than I needed and fitting them to the chair as I went. I did re-use the plastic tube from inside the piping at the front.

Surprise #2 - I knew they had been reupholstered once along with some other chairs in the 1960s. I didn't know they had used a million nails or that they had left the nails in from the previous upholstering. I removed all of them. It took forever!

Surprise #3 - the hardwood is too hard for staples. Upholstery tacks and a hammer it is!

Then I sanded, stained and satin varnished the wood to make it all pretty.


Next, I replaced all the old hessian and strapping and purchased high density foam (100mm) for the seat and medium density foam (75mm) for the back. Cut to size with an electric carving knife. I also retied the springs in place.



Finally, I upholstered the chair in reverse order with a few decorative tacks for style. The fabric is a fun texture with a tough felt/fleece looking backing to make it suitable for upholstery.

I'm going to make some cushions and move them to a nice corner of the lounge. Pics when I've organised my loungeroom furniture.


My first upholstery project done!
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Spicy broad (fava) beans - crunchy bar snack :) on: November 03, 2014 04:46:18 PM
I love a crunchy, savoury snack with a drink. In fact, I am a monster who gobbles them all. To prevent over-gobbling and dying from salt overindulgence, I decided to stick to healthier options.

Broad beans (fava beans to those of a more American persuasion) make great snacks. They are easy to cook and very tasty. You could make them from dried beans (there are recipes online) but I have a bounty of fresh beans since it's springtime.


First, pod the beans. The half tomato is not required  Cheesy - breakfast leftover/morning snack Smiley


Then, boil a little water and pop the beans in.


They just need 2 minutes to loosen the skin.


Next, pop them in a colander and drain. Run the cold tap over them.


Give 'em a swim in some cold water. Then put them back in the colander and shake so the skins are loosened and wrinkled.


Pop the outside leathery skin off. It comes off very easily.



Dry the halves on paper towel so they go crispy in the oven. 10 mins or so sitting there and they are dry.


Mix them in a flavoursome concoction of your choice. I like olive oil, garlic, black pepper, chilli and Chinese five spice. A Cajun blend would be nice, too.


Pop them in the oven on a flat sheet until they're crunchy. Mine take about 25 minutes at 200oC. Just keep them in until they look munchy and they're done. Soft inside and crispy outside. Yum!
They will still be green - unlike when made from dried beans.

 
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Herby onion bread on: March 09, 2014 11:02:00 PM
This stuff is yummy!



Ingredients:
1 packet dried yeast (I think they're 7 grams each)
2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups grated tasty cheese (or less than this with a little parmesan on top)
6 tablespoons of chopped herbs. I use all flat leaf parsley but basil would work as well. Olives maybe too)
1 egg
Half a Spanish onion, sliced finely and soaked in lemon juice for an hour. Skip the soaking if you like a sharper onion flavour.
2 tbsp olive oil
Milk or egg wash


Put one cup of flour, the water, sugar and yeast into a bowl. Mix to a thick paste and leave (covered with cling film) for 30 mins. It will go fluffy.

Add the other cup of flour, cheese, salt, herbs, onion, egg and oil to the paste and stir. I do this step in a mixer with the dough hooks on. You could knead by hand. It takes about 10 minutes to knead, adding a little flour when it becomes sticky.

Put the dough in an oiled bowl and leave for 15 minutes covered in cling wrap. Dough should rise and double. Punch it down and knead lightly.

Shape the dough however you like. I braid it like a round challah, but you could do a loaf, pull-apart balls or plait it. Cover with wrap and leave for 10 minutes.

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7D8PSBsy1M) - Challah shaping video

Brush with egg or milk wash (parmesan if you like) and bake for ~30 minutes at 190oC fan forced. A little longer if you don't have the fan. It should sound hollow when tapped.

Eat warm or cold - just keep away from hungry hands who tend to burn themselves on the hot loaf.  Cheesy

This is my challah baked at the same time. One of the three is a bit misshapen  Grin



And everything uncooked.

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Propaganda stencil work on: October 22, 2012 01:36:49 AM
Here's some stuff for my next show! It's called the Teacher Artmaker Project and is for secondary teachers who are also artists making art about their experience. We look at the tension of being both a teacher and an artmaker as well as the pressure put on art teachers to continue making art when other teachers may not be expected to practice their discipline. Oh, and how being a teacher working with teenage artists impacts our work. It's quite fun!

These are about 1m high and made from original single-use stencils. The original images were made in Illustrator. I glued newspaper to MDF board and then sprayed over the top. It gave them a slightly imperfect paste up look.

I'm nervous about putting them on show, though. I've really put a lot of honesty into the descriptions for the catalogue and I feel so vulnerable having myself out there!








6  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / 1 angel FOUND for vegetarian/vegan pride swap on: February 18, 2011 07:03:08 PM
Here's the original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=366733

imafundork needs an angel.

The package is 1 medium, 2 smalls and three recipes.

You don't have to be a vegetarian or vegan, as long as you're happy to craft in the spirit of the swap.

Please let me know if you're interested.

Edit: Angel found. Thanks to everyone who volunteered!


7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Vegetarian/vegan pride swap GALLERY on: January 07, 2011 12:34:42 PM

We have a sender, so here's the gallery!


Original thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=366733.msg4307490#msg4307490

8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Vegetarian/vegan pride swap (CLOSED) sendout by 20 Jan 11 on: December 06, 2010 09:26:46 PM
Swap name: Vegetarian/vegan pride swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: schnerby
Sign-up date range: 7/12/2010 - 21/12/2010
Date to send item by: 20/1/2011

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES


Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
This is a swap for vegetarians, vegans and everyone in between. I'm ok with you joining up if you're looking to cut down the meat in your diet as well as long as I can find enough people willing to swap with you. Just please respect that this is a thread for vegetarian/vegans and therefore pro-meat comments are innapropriate.

We'll be swapping 1 medium, 2 smalls and 3 recipes.

Please discuss any extras with your partner and make sure they agree before you send. It's ok to say 'no' if someone asks to send extras, and it's ok to agree to extras if that suits you.

Ideas:
Aprons
Kitchen gear
Recipe storage
Pro-veg crafts - market bags, tshirts etc
Storage jars
Magnets

Let me know if you think of anything else and I'll add it to the list.


If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country (IN THE FORMAT IT APPEARS ON YOUR PACKAGE. Don't just include a 2 letter state code - it's not unique to the USA and no I don't know what they stand for)

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Are you vegetarian or vegan or something in between?
Please be specific about what you do and do not eat (eggs, honey, milk, soy, GM foods, whatever).

Do you have any food allergies?

Gluten free or any other similar requirements?

Any foods you just don't like?

Any veggo/vegan friendly foods you want to experiment with? (eg. nutritional yeast, quinoa...)

Are you a new veggo/vegan or has it been many years?

Would you be ok with being partnered with a person who is going veggo/vegan but not there yet?

Would you be ok with being partnered with a person looking for less meat in their diet?

If frugal living something you're in to?

Are you looking for simple recipes, gourmet, weeknight dinners or anything else specifically?

Anything you're curious about (including more protein, low fat cooking, regional cuisine etc.)?

Are any type of recipes inappropriate for you? (ie. you have no oven or slowcooker)?

What kind of crafts would you like to recieve?

Optional question: Are you a parent? Would you like to be partnered with another parent?

Anything you'd really like to make?

Anything else worth knowing (wists, links etc.)?



IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

1. schnerby
2. leighi123
3. dharma_rebel
4. mom2em
5. pusspuss
6. IdlersDesign
7. applesandpumpkins
8. princessblueberry
9. thedish
10. desm88
11. Rosie1981
12. imafundork
13. mermaidcafe
14. Lady Lovecraft

 

9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Yummy sugar-free vegan currant loaf/muffins on: November 27, 2010 10:29:04 PM


This recipe is super yummy, simple, cheap and acceptable to all omnivores I've tried it on.

This might not be the most attractive photo, but I assure you it's very tasty. Quite muffiny in texture.

1 cup boiling water
1 tea bag. Any sweet herbal tea/infusion will do. I use Lipton cranberry, raspberry and strawberry infusion.
1 cup self raising flour
1 cup dried currants


Make a strong cup of tea with the water. Put the teabag in a bowl and put the crurrants on top and then pour the tea mixture over. Let this sit overnight or at least 6 hours. Mix in the self raising flour and bake 180c for 30 minutes (for a log tin, less for muffins).

That's it. Simple, huh?


Here's the tea I use: http://brandcom.unilever.com/b2Public/lipton/au_en/product/realCategories/LiptonHerbalInfusions/LiptonCranberryRaspberryStrawberryHI/detailsPar/fullsizeImage/lipton_berry.png
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Martial arts swap on: September 01, 2010 04:48:59 PM
Anyone interested in a martial arts swap?

We could make gear bags, mouthguard covers, martial arts themed crafts, embellished towels, water bottle covers...

I do karate, and know little about other martial arts, so maybe other people could contribute some ideas.
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