In less than two weeks I will be moving out of home, and would love some help with meal ideas.
I am used to cooking for myself a lot, since I am the only veg in my family. occasionally my sister and parents will eat with me.
I have a few meals planned already. Couscous with fried tomatoes and baby spinch, which is easy to cook up one serve. Pasta with tinned tomato and fresh vege sauce. Which will leave me with enough leftovers to take to school the next day. Baked beans with poached egg on toast. Or baked beans on a baked potato with cheese.
I also have an awesome tofu satay recipe, but I will either have to get my flatmates to eat it with me (I will be the only veg in my flat) or think up ideas to do with the rest of the tofu, 'cause I only eat about a third of a block at a time.
I love cooking, so I don't mind spending half an hour or an hour in the kitchen preparing my meal.
What I am looking for are meals that are somewhat cheap are are easy to prepare for one. I don't mind taking leftovers to school the next day, but I get bored eating the same thing all the time. I would also like sort of meal plans. Like, if you suggest something that uses one ingredient please reccomend a few more meals I could make using the same thing. I love beans (especailly chickpeas), but can only eat about half a tin at a time, and don't want to waste food. Tofu, like I said I would eat about a third of a block. And vegetables, I would like a few ideas that use the same vegetables. I don't like the idea of fake meat, or prepacked meals, I like to eat as much fresh and healthy food I can. Also, I probably wont have a freezer when I first move in!! So I can't freeze food!
Would also like lunch, breakfast and snack ideas. I will be taking a packed lunch to school each day. We have a bit of a kitchen so I can reheat food. Some lunch food ideas I have are: Carrot sticks. Popcorn. Muesli bars. Dried apricots. Nuts. Fresh fruit. Pita bread with hummus. Rice crackers.
But would love more ideas, so I don't get bored of the same things all the time.
As for breakfast, I don't have a huge appetite in the mornings. I can't sit down and eat a bowl of cereal or toast. Sometimes I can do a bowl of yogurt. I will be biking to school most mornings, so would like some ideas for food I could eat one handed!
And snacks, just food I could keep in the cupboard for when I get hungry during the evening and weekends.
Aaaaand one more thing!!!
I will be doing a big shop with my mum when I move into the flat, so would appreciate some starting off foods so fill my cupboards!
Thanks a lot for the help everyone. Sorry this is so long!!!
At the moment in school we are working on making a three piece collection for our end of year show next month. I found some gorgeous, soft yellow and black wool and decided I had to use it for my collection. I also found some yummy orange merino that went wonderfully with it. This is the first piece I had made.
And, it fit my mum sooo perfectly, I have decided to give it to her for christmas.
I love how the sleeves have gone, it was totally not intentional for them to flick up like that, but I think it is very cool.
I am also making a pair of high waisted shorts in the yellow and black to go with a top in the merino, the start of which is in the background in one of the photos and a black wool dress with a kimono sleeved jacket in the yellow and black to go over it. Keep an eye on this thread, because I will be adding the rest of my garments as I make them, and pictures on the models at the show!
Thanks for looking! Look forward to hearing any comments.
A few weeks ago I found some really cool floral fabric at a second hand shop, it was only $2 so I snapped it up, deciding to make a dress now that the weather has hotted up nicely. Then I thought, if I make it in class I can hand it in for one of my assignments...that was due in april. Ooops. So, killing two birds with one stone here, a super cute dress for myself, and one step closer to finishing all my work! Woohoo.
I had the tiniest amount of fabric..it was 120cm wide, and 90 long. Thank god I'm so small or it would have never worked, There was no fabric left over when I was finished. I was orignally planning on making the skirt a bit fuller, but couldn't.
All the pattern work, as usual is done by me. It took me a day and a half to do the pattern, and a day and a half to construct it. It would have been quicker buuuuttt, the zip I put in was too short, and I had to practically dislocate my shoulder to get it on. Had to unpick that and put a longer one in butttttt...it twisted, so I had to unpick it AGAIN and it finally worked. It's an invisible zip up the center back.
Umm, I think that's all I have to say about it, except for I did binding tape around the neck and armholes because I didn't want to line it or make facings. I was really happy to find tape that matched the colour of the flowers of the print.
Inspired by jilltheimpossible's awesome make love not horcruxes tshirt here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=312448.0 I decided to make my own, though I'm not even going to the opening night show!! Anyway, I bought a plain black tshirt and had some green fabric paint lying around I bought for another project (Soylent Green is people tshirt - will be coming in a few weeks). The paint is really cool, it comes in a wee squeezy bottle with a really fine tip. I don't have the patience for making a stencil, plus no freezer paper and was planning on just writing it with pencil first and then going over freehand with the paint. Mum had a better idea which I honestly LOVE and reccomend to anyone who can't be bothered with stencils, but still wants a cool picture or font they can't do by hand.
So what I did is this: downloaded a harry potter font from mugglenet.com, wrote what I wanted the way I wanted it in a word document, printed it, wrote with the fabric paint on the reverse of the paper and then pressed it on the shirt!!! I did each line seperatly so the paint wouldn't dry on the paper. I pressed the first line for too long and the paper got stuck to my shirt!!! the paint didn't show up too well on the black shirt and I went over it a few more times by hand, and mum had another awesome idea, GLITTER!!! The glitter is basically clear, but sparkles purple in the right light, unfortunatly the photo didn't capture this, but it looks awesome.
I have been working on these for the past 2 months or so in class. We have to enter a fashion competion for ametuer designers, and this is what I made to enter the streetwear section.
It's kind of crappy image quality. These are scans of printed out pictures, haha. You can't see it, but the front of the trousers is pleated and wraps over and then ties in the bow. It was really tricky figuring out how to do this, as these are the first 'real' pair of trousers I've ever made.
Both pieces are completly designed by me. I made the patterns and did about a thousand toiles of both before I got them right. And I still don't like the way the shirt sits. Sigh...
So, today I bought an industrial sewing machine. I have just started studying fashion design, and my school has bought new machines. So I bought my old one because I loved it, and need to get in a lot of sewing practise. And my domestic machine at home sucks.
Anyway, I have HEAPS of really cool stretch fabric, that I would love to make leggings out of. But I overheard my tutor telling someone else in my class that she wouldnt be able to make leggings 'cause the machines don't sew stretch. (Only has straight stitch on our machines) I want to prove her wrong! Anyone with experience with industrial machines be able to help me out? I was thinking I could change the tension, but I don't know if I could tighten it or loosen it!
So, febuary this year I started a fashion design course. I went into the class not knowing a thing about sewing, pattern making or anything, only a hugr interest in fashion and a creative mind.
For most of the term we have been learing sewing basics, pattern making basics and fashion history. We have been sewing ugly clothes in ugly fabrics, I didn't feel very inspired.
At the end of last week most of my class went onto waistcoats. I was still struggling with my dress. However on tuesday I decided to take a break from the dress and work on my waistcoat because well...waistcoats are like the coolest fabric ever. I decided to do mine in my size, because most of the class work we do is in standard size NZ 12, and i'm a 6. First of all I had to make a bodice block in my size, for something to base my pattern off, and also for size 6 dresses and shirts. After making my block I made my pattern. I decided I wanted to make a short waistcoat, with the front coming to two sharp points.
Yesterday morning I went over my pattern to make sure it was how I wanted it, cut it out and made a toile. After trying on my toile I changed my pattern around a bit, so it would fit better on me. I started looking through the classroom for fabric I wanted to sew it out of, but couldn't find anything in the big box we have. So my tutor OH MY GOSH, she opens up this door and it was a huge room full of fabric! My eyes fell upon a really cool paisley print, but after picking it up I realised it was far too thin to make my waistcoat out of, but held on to it, just in case. Then I looked up on a shelf and found a nice dark green velvet, and knew it would go GREAT with my paisley. So I cut out my fabric and then I had to go home before I go the chance to sew it.
This morning I was the first person to class, even beating my tutor! (Well, she was on hour late...) I spent all day working on it, worked right through lunch only stopping for a few quick cigarette breaks. My class was amazed, I am never this focussed! At 4 this afternoon I was finally finished, and after that big long story, here it is...
Back(It's not as uneven as it looks, just kinda sitting weird on my skirt):
What do you do when you friend mails you a HUGE box of cicada shells?
You put it in resin of course! Apologies for the crappy pictures, I always have a hard time photographing resin. I guess I should take it outside an turn off the flash. Maybe I will do that later, if anyone is interested in seeing better pictures. I still need to snap the legs off the back, and turn them into things! Enjoy. =)