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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / 3 challah loaves on: May 20, 2008 09:33:23 PM
Hello all! I recently started to make bread for the first time and decided to try making challah, for starters. Here are some of my results. Bigger images are available (all linked to flickr) if you click on the ones below. Please enjoy!





Here is the first loaf of bread I ever baked! I accidentally let it rise an extra hour (or two?) so the braiding effect was lost, but fortunately it was still tasty. For this I used the recipe from chaitimeblog.wordpr ess.com but halved it.





My second challah was my favorite in appearance and taste. This time I used a recipe from www.bakingandbooks. com/ but used fresh apples (grated, with juice squeezed out) instead of dried ones. I also halved the recipe here. The results were dense, soft, and sweet. I should also point out that both of these blogs either describe or link to helpful tutorials on weaving dough.





This third loaf also uses a recipe from Baking and Books, the apricot chocolate challah. This time I decided to use the exact amounts in the recipe but divided the dough up into 4 loaves. Also, I used white chocolate which makes it hard to see in the picture, but trust me, you could taste it.

So that's what I've done so far on my challah-making adventure... once I've tried baking more of other types of bread I'll have to write a new post here but until then, thanks for looking!

2  COOKING / Dessert / tiny pies :D on: March 12, 2008 07:34:53 AM
My first attempt at mini-food, assisted by my good friend Emily:



Some are filled with blueberries and others are filled with peach + rum.



And mini chicken pot pies! These are really delicious.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Kon (from Bleach) amigurumi on: November 26, 2007 11:05:12 PM
This was a birthday present for my brother, who is a big fan of the anime Bleach.

For those unfamiliar with the series, this is Kon (screenshot credit: wikipedia):



And this is my crocheted version!



I used one of Ana Paula's Tiny Ami patterns but reshaped the torso, crocheted the muzzle, and added the hand/foot "pads" and belly button. Thanks for looking!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Ann Taylor LOFT cardigan stitch question on: October 13, 2007 12:32:55 PM
Hi everyone, I'm wondering about the stitch pattern that is on the front, near the shoulders on this cardigan:

"Long Sleeve Cardigan with Waist Tie"

Is it the same as/similar to the Barbara Walker pattern used in the mug and French press jacket pattern that mk_carroll posted here in craftster? I'm having a hard time deciding because both seem to be this wrapped k2, p2 smocking stitch but the cardigan Xs just seem more compact and different somehow. Any thoughts? Thanks Smiley
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / quick pork chop topping on: August 18, 2007 09:48:58 AM
http://www.flickr.com/photos/spinphase/1149718139/

I usually just eat pork chops plain, but this time I cooked some green apples in white wine and a little bit of sugar, drained it, and then sauteed with some nuts and cranberries. It goes well with the fried saltiness, I think Smiley
6  COOKING / Dessert / my first successful mousse :) (and first post!) on: August 18, 2007 09:38:18 AM

[Something New]: chocolate mousse by spinphase, on Flickr

This is the second mousse I've ever attempted. I first tried to make mousse using this recipe (eggless) but for whatever reason the coffee mixture turned chunky during the folding... any thoughts from anyone who has used a similar recipe?

The chocolate mousse pictured above uses this (egged) recipe and it worked! I would really recommend making this.
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