we have a Stitch and Botch board so why not a Bake and Botch so we can share our mishaps and support each other through such tough times
i'll get things going Making a cake this afternoon for my friend, it's her birthday tomorrow so she's getting face cake, going to decorate it tomorrow before we go round only thing is, i sort of over filled the tin and within 10 mins is was overflowing onto the bottom of my oven, managed to scrape it up and put a tray under it, now i just have to hope it comes out ok, it has another 10 mins *crosses fingers*
previous botches used lemon concentrate instead of fresh lemon juice and my cheesecake made a bid for freedom when i took the tin off
my brother used 3 eggs instead of 1 size 3 egg to make chocolate muffins, they were different, but very tasty
so, share your botches? make me feel a little better about my meagre skills?
my friend lives in CA and i'm in UK and she's going to have a baby (number 2) in may and i want to make and send some items for baby i'm thinking a Starghan, i know it'll be thick and warm but i figure it'll be a nice play blanket, or good for when they go visiting maybe some booties or something but her boy, he's 4 (he may be 5 by the time baby arrives) and i want to send him something too, any ideas what i could make for him? or should i just send him stickers and sweets etc. he's such a sweet boy and he loves whatever anyone gives him any ideas?
so i made silly putty using borax and pva (elmers type) glue a while ago (made it at rangers, guides, i think we let the brownies play and at my mam's school) and it worked really well until i ran out of borax i tried to get more borax recently and couldn't, so i got borax substitute which is supposed to do everything that borax does, however, when i tried to make silly putty with my cousins it didn't work, at all anyone else have this problem? was it the borax substitute? was it the glue? (it said pva, but wasn't 'stolen from school' it was store bought and not as thick) or do you think we were just having an anti-craft day?
I made fidget pie last weekend to take to a family picnic (my brother was in his first kayak race, more of a fun run but he had fun, came in the top 20 and we were there to support him, of course). I got the recipe from the Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain Cookbook, it's a great recipe, not difficult at all (unless you're like me and either hit or miss with pastry, i got it on the 3rd try) and it was a huuuge hit ooh, recipe is also online on their website http://www.hairybikers.com/index.php?action=recipes&id=51 so, onto photos well, photo
it's layers of onions, potatos, apples and ham, seasoned with salt, pepper and sage i don't have a good pic of the pie as a whole but i can tell you how it looked lumpy, bumpy and golden brown i put the pi symbol on top, but held back from putting 3.141592653589793 etc. round the edge of the pie, i'm such a geek sometimes
a friend of mine asked me for help making a Yoritomo Takara costume for a con she was going to it mostly ended up me doing it, she helped, if i showed her exactly what to do and sat and watched her while she did it but anyhow, i made the hakama and armour, i got the hakama pattern as payment so i don't mind too much giving up 2 full days to it so here's some pics i got when we were done making
The Whole Shebang
i did tell her it needed pressing and carefully folding but by the looks of the pics from the event i don't think she bothered but she looked the part well enough i think
there's an open air/living museum near us (Beamish, it's awesome) and on one visit, i think it was for harvest festival, i picked up some recipes, some of which have gone down very well and some of which i haven't tried yet so i'm going to type them up for everyone to see and try, though i may have to come back later and add more because i'm sure some of my notes have slipped down the side of the sofa
Elderberry Wine Elderberries Sugar Ground Cinnamon Water Peppercorns Ground Cloves (quantities determined by the weight of elderberries. For every 8lb fruit, 1oz cinnamon and 1/2oz cloves)
Pick berries, removing large stems. Place in a preserving pan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Boil for 20 minutes pressing the berries occasionally, using a wooden spoon to make the juice flow. Strain through a jelly bag. Measure the amount of juice. Return to pan, add sugar, 1/2lb to every pint of juice and a small quantity of spices. Bring back to the boil, stirring till the sugar dissolves, boil for 20 minutes. Then, strain from pan and bottle when cold; keep for at least 3 months.
Oat Cinnamon Bread 6oz butter 12oz brown Sugar 12oz syrup 1oz flour 6oz rolled oats 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda pinch of salt 6oz raisins 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 pint of milk
Melt butter, sugar and syrup in a pan over medium heat. Sieve the flour, salt and cinnamon together and add in the raisins. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in warm milk, luke warm. Combine all ingredients and beat well till mixed. Put into 2 baking trays 12 inch x 7 inch. Bake in a moderate oven for about 25-30 minutes till brown and firm.
Everlasting Syllabub 1/2 pint of double cream 1/4 of a pint of Rhine Wine- German Hock 2 tablespoons of sherry-sweet type 1 lemon 4 oz sugar
Whip cream into soft peaks and whisk the sugar into cream forming a stiff mix. Beat in the wine, sherry juice and grated rind of lemon. Whip well till all is mixed and stiff. Fill wine glasses with the syllabub. This recipe holds its shape well and if chilled tastes better after 2-3 days, when the flavours will have blended.
Oatmeal and Cheese Biscuits 4oz fine oatmeal 2oz flour 3oz grated cheese Pinch of Cayenne pepper 1/4 teaspoon salt 3oz butter yolk of 1 egg Water to bind (small amount)
Mix together oatmeal, salt and flour, put into butter. Add the cheese and pepper, mix to a stiff paste with egg yolk adding water when needed. Roll out to 1/8th inch, cut into small biscuits. Bake on a greased tray in a moderate oven- 10 minutes.
choc chip scones, something i created when i was about 12, they're awesome though
pre-heat oven to 200degrees C rub together in a bowl 225g flour, 50g sugar, 50g butter and 1/2 tsp salt add in 50-75g of choc chips (or bashed up lindt bunny as i used today) and stir pour in 125ml of milk and combine with a round bladed knife knead briefly on a floured surface then divide into 2 roll/bash each piece down to a round, about 1cm thick and cut into 6 wedges place the wedges on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 mins cool on a wire rack eat plain or spread with some slightly salted butter (it really works)
i'd post pics but i don't have many of this bash left, and they don't look the best as they didn't rise well
remember, self raising flour is your friend if using plain flour, (like i often do) for this recipe you need to add 4tsp or baking powder (or the relevant amount of other raising agent for the amount of flour)
i've been working on this blanket since the beginning of summer (various things happened to delay the work) but now it's done a nice, even 30inches across it's cream, with a slight pearly-ness, really soft and machine washable
a closer shot of my lovely yo-yos
gonna ask mam to weave the ends in for me cause i'm useless at it, they always come out again, then all it needs it to be tied with a pretty blue ribbon and it'll be ready for Thomas' arrival
so this year we have rather spiffy pumpkins, a feegle and a death eater i painted the boyfriend, with a little help from mam and i made my mask, plaster of paris and 6? coats of silver poster paint (mam and i made my cloak about 7, maybe a little more, years ago) so photos
if possible i'll get a better pic of my mask later