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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: A Very Potter New Year (vegan) - house-colored spreads and two potions on: March 10, 2012 05:32:11 AM
Did you use nutritional yeast or active yeast in the Ravenclaw dip? Confused why active yeast would be used.

Theres a simple reason, actually... because I was too stupid to think of nutritional yeast. ^^ I had never used it before, so it didnt occur to me that there might be different kinds of yeast (though Id heard it before). By now, I considered using nutritional yeast in the future, but then again, looking at the prices, I probably wont. I dont know about other places, but the shops I checked mostly have small packages of nutritional yeast (125 g or something) and these cost the same as maybe half a kilo of active yeast. So yeah. I might be too economical about that, but I just dont see the point.
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / A Very Potter New Year (vegan) - house-colored spreads and two potions on: January 03, 2012 01:07:50 PM
This year, in honor of the last Harry Potter Movie having been released and all that, my best friend and I decided wed greet the new year with a marathon of Potter-Movies (indended: all eight in a row, achieved: movies 1-7 with minor interruptions), and of course, that called for the right kind of food to go along with it.
There is probably millions of Potter-related recipes out there, but most of them have two flaws (for us): They tend to use animal products, and, for the most part, they are sweet. Now, I love sweets just as much as the average person, but with Christmas just a few days behind us, I felt I wanted my part of the catering to be something else than cookies and pumpkin pies. Weeks before wed decided that wed have Polyjuice Potion (vegetable soup/stew) as a main course and had toyed around with ideas for a recipe of Felix Felicis (what could be better to toast the new year?), but I wanted to prepare something at home and bring it along to my friends house, and I wondered what that could be. Until, finally, inspiration found me and I decided Id make Whomping Willow-Bread and different dips or spreads to put on it, color-coded to signify the different houses of Hogwarts!
And then, of course, when I arrived, I decided I DID want something sweet, after all, and we bought some chocolate to make Cockroach Clusters for dessert. ;-)
So, heres a compilation of all the Potter-related food we ate that weekend:
Whomping Willow Bread 

Ordinary wholegrain yeast bread, though I made the mistake to use rye flour with only a little bit of spelt. Let me just say, it was a mess, and my mother confirmed from her somewhat broader bread-making experience (Ive only worked with wheat and spelt before) that a dough made with rye would always be extremely sticky. Originally, I intended to make long, slim loafs, twisted and made to look like branches of a tree, but the stickiness of the dough wouldnt allow that, so I had to just try and make it as branch-like as possible while having extreme difficulties to even get it off my hands. If I ever decide to make it again, Ill probably use spelt with only a little bit of rye or something else. What worked out well, though, was to add some sunflower and pumpkin seeds and brush the loafs with vegetable oil before I put it in the oven.

Hogwarts-housethemed spreads


cup red lentils, soaked and cooked
cup fresh tomato, tomato sauce or canned tomato
some concentrated tomato paste
1 small onion
salt, pepper and spices to taste

Dice and lightly braise the onion, then combine all the ingredients and simply puree or mix together.

cup chickpeas, soaked and cooked
juice of lemon
some vegetable oil
2 teaspoons ordinary mustard
2 teaspoons horseradish-flavored mustard (or a little horseradish and more of the ordinary mustard)
salt, fenugreek

Puree chickpeas, oil and lemon juice, then stir in the rest.

180 g Tofu
1 small bushel of parsley
a somewhat smaller amount of basil
pepper, salt

I dont remember whether I added any liquid, if the consistency calls for it, just use some water or vegetable oil. Otherwise, cut tofu and herbs into bits small enough to be pureed, then mix in that way, add spices.

1 cube of fresh yeast (I guess the dry kind would work as well, but Im not sure how much to use for the same effect I got with my 20g-cube)
1 large onion
80g flour
1-2 teaspoons vegetable fat or margarine
1-2 pea-sized pieces of tomato paste
vegetable broth
spices to taste (I used salt, ginger, allspice, some cinnamon, some rosemary, thyme and pepper)
blue food coloring

I admit that this one was hard to come up with. How do you create a blue spread? Since I didnt have any good ideas for naturally blue, vegan foods, I decided to make this relatively neutral yeast-spread and add some food coloring.
First, dice the onion and braise it. Then, dissolve the yeast in warm broth, (maybe cup, you can always add more if needed), stirring in tomato paste, flour and fat in the process. Add onion and spices to taste, then put the mixture on the oven to heat. This is important, since if you dont kill the yeast, it will grow and produce a sour, somewhat alcoholic taste thats not really what youre going for with this spread.  Food coloring can either be added before or after heating, though I suspect it would be easier before, since the flour makes the heated paste turn a little gummy.

Polyjuice Potion
1/2 skin of a boomslang, sliced (leek)
at least 6 large or 9 average bicorn horns, sliced (carrots)
4 to 5 roots of venomous  tentacula, diced (potatoes)
1 average bouncing bulb, diced (fennel)
1 cup of ashwinders eggs, soaked, cooked and crushed (chickpeas)
200g leeches, cut in half (beans)
2 large teaspoons magic sublimation paste (tahine)
dragon blood to taste (soy sauce)
small teaspoon of lacewing flies (rosemary)
powdered rock crystal and dragon scales (salt and pepper)
pulverized blades of knotgrass (allspice)
fluxweed, preferably picked in the light of the full moon (oregano)
cumin, nutmeg, basil

Heat oil in a LARGE kettle, then lightly braise boomslang skin and bicorn horns. Add tentacula roots, bouncing bulb, leeches and ashwinders eggs, together with enough boiling water to cover. Leave on the fire until everything is well cooked, then transfer about half of the potion into a second, somewhat smaller, kettle. Let  it cool off a little, then puree and add back to the original potion. Sprinkle lacewing flies, knotgrass and fluxweed on the surface and stir in counterclockwise, using your wand (optionally, a wooden spoon will do as well).  Season with remaining ingredients.
For the purpose of turning into another person, add any part of that persons body to a slightly cooled portion of potion. For simple nourishment, this step may be skipped.

Cockroach Clusters

Made according to this recipe on Instructables.com: http://www.instructables.com/id/Cockroach-Clusters/

Felix Felicis

Sparkling wine, with some apple-ginger-syrup added for color and extra taste.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Harry Potter Mini Book Earrings & Bracelet on: November 26, 2011 02:34:50 PM
Genius. I guess I wouldnt be patient enough to deal with that many individual pages, but Im really tempted to get back to making miniature books now!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Party in the Gryffindor Common Room on: October 16, 2011 07:40:48 AM
I would have loved to have a party like that when I was a kid!
And Id love to see your blogpost about it...
Especially since Im planning a HP-related event myself, in honor of watching all the HP movies in a row, together with a friend. Wink
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dumbledore Loaded Charm Bracelet on: July 24, 2011 12:14:28 PM
So pretty and unique! Im a fan of the "usual" charm bracelets you see on this board, but sometimes I think its a shame that people tend to stick to conventional themes so much. Your work really stands out from all the bracelets made of readymade charms!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Luna Lovegood Radish Earrings on: July 24, 2011 07:21:29 AM
Love that you made them three dimensional... I always thought it was kind of pointless that they made them flat in the movies, after all, Lunas really wearing those fruits in her ears, not just trying to make a weird statement about how she loves radishes or something!
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Fire Flower Mandala Crochet Waistcoat on: June 02, 2011 02:54:14 PM
Makes me think of Joseph and the amazing technicolor dreamcoat.
But maybe thats just because Im obsessed with Andrew Lloyd Webbers Musicals.
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Plarn & Pantyhose = One heck of a durable & thick scrubby on: June 02, 2011 02:46:28 PM
THANK you.
I always have too many ripped pairs of pantyhose and Ill need a replacement for my crappy current scrubby soon!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: My fabulous new clay pot on: September 25, 2010 02:50:43 AM
Hehe, Im planning to do the same once Ive moved to my new flat, so thanks for letting me know beforehand that acrylic will work. Cheesy
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tshirt latch hook area rug - or why I'm having children on: September 25, 2010 02:47:13 AM
Wow, I wish I would ever come up with a project as amazing as this one...!
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