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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: Viking costume? on: March 25, 2012 04:21:58 PM
Wow, thanks so much for all those links!  Shocked  I was thinking of wearing this dress with a longer white dress/skirt with a long-sleeved shirt underneath (for warmth, because this shindig will be in my autumn/winter).  And then add appropriate bling.  That should be okay, maybe?
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Viking costume? on: March 25, 2012 06:04:14 AM
So I'm looking to dress as a Viking for a friend's 20th.  What fabrics do y'all suggest for a cloak/cape thing?  What patterns are good for an absolute newb to use?  Thanks!  Smiley
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What can I do with two bags of marshmallows? on: January 25, 2012 12:45:26 AM
BriShae:  Yumm!  I have two boxes of cocoa I've been told I need to do away with as well, so I might pinch your idea (if you don't mind).  Smiley  Thanks!

charlieandwillow: I don't actually have mousse-suitable containers (my ramekins are huuuuuuge), but soon as I grab some, I'll totally try it out.  Smiley  One of my boyfriend's sisters actually gave us Dutch chocolate mousse powder, so yay, taste-testing time!

Mrs Shak: Ooh, an excuse to pick up those $1/punnet strawberries they have at the market right now.  Thanks!

Banga: We're flying out for Vday, actually, and I'm pretty sure we can't take any food on the plane.  Sad  I'll keep this in mind for Christmas though (with fresh marshmallows!), I know a few people who'll love them.  Smiley  Thanks!
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Amazing Bubble Tea recipes? on: January 25, 2012 12:40:35 AM
Just a word of warning: pearls do NOT keep in the fridge.  The consistency goes terrible, and pretty much nothing you do will redeem it.  With that in mind, do not make more than you need, and if you do accidentally make too many, try to eat them all (but be warned that they are surprisingly filling).

I've actually had some luck keeping them in the fridge by keeping them submerged in water and changing the water out daily if I was keeping them in the fridge for longer than a day.  The thing you want to avoid is putting it directly in the fridge while they are still hot.

Really?!  Must just be the instant ones that go bad then.  I wait until mine are at room temperature before putting them in the fridge, but no matter what I do the very next day (like the next morning), they're just blegh.
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Help! I have a "meat eater" hubby! on: January 15, 2012 05:30:19 AM
Soups and stews?  Good ratatouille can have a huge variety of vegetables and you'd hardly know it.  Ditto vegetable lasagna.  Also, you could try fritters?  I like corn much more than my boyfriend does, but he'll tolerate it if it's in corn fritters with lots of batter and frying.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Amazing Bubble Tea recipes? on: January 15, 2012 05:28:08 AM
When I make bubble tea at home, I just brew up a big ol' pot of tea, add some vanilla extract and a light dusting of cinnamon (since the mister used my last cinnamon stick to make chutney and I haven't been bothered to buy more), and add just enough milk to change the colour.  I put my pearls in straight from the pot without bothering to cool them down, add ice, add tea, and it all tastes fine.

Just a word of warning: pearls do NOT keep in the fridge.  The consistency goes terrible, and pretty much nothing you do will redeem it.  With that in mind, do not make more than you need, and if you do accidentally make too many, try to eat them all (but be warned that they are surprisingly filling).

As to avocado tea, my folks used to make a dessert out of mashed avocado, milk, and sugar.  I imagine you could use this mush to flavour your tea before adding bubbles, but as I'm allergic to avocado, I haven't tested it out.

Good Asian groceries will usually have bulk packs of tapioca pearls as well as the instant stuff (and in different sizes and colours too), jars of jelly, and the motherlode: flavouring essences.  I've yet to try it out (I've been banned from buying more baking gear until I've gotten rid of all the stuff we already have), but they have lots of different flavours.  I'd like to try a pandan bubble tea with grass jelly.  Smiley
7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Re: Vintage/Handmade boutiques in australia? on: January 15, 2012 05:17:47 AM
There are a lot of handmade high-end boutiquey places up in North Melbourne, along Victoria St.  There's also some vintage places in Fitzroy.  I like Lost + Found and Circa.  And then obviously there's also Retrostar on Swanston St.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What can I do with two bags of marshmallows? on: January 15, 2012 05:12:23 AM
marshmallow crispie squares *nod*
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Ingredients
Serves: 12
50g butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
200g marshmallows
100g crisped rice cereal

Preparation method
Prep: 5 mins    | Cook: 5 mins | Extra time: 1 hour 50 mins
1. Grease a 22x33cm (9x13 in) tin with oil or butter.
2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the vanilla. Melt the marshmallows into the butter, stirring. Add the cereal when the marshmallows have melted; stir until cereal is coated. Quickly pour into the prepared tin. Use a sheet of greaseproof paper to press the mixture down flat and evenly into the tin.
3. Let set for 2 to 3 hours. Cut into squares.

Yum!~  Quick question, the mister doesn't much like plain rice crispie squares (he'll eat them, but he'll be ambivalent about it).  Would it be possible to dip them in chocolate or add like, chocolate sprinkles or gummy candy to the mix riiiiiight at the end?
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Australian Anzac Biscuits ( thats Cookies for the American folks ) on: January 15, 2012 04:54:05 AM
I made some ANZAC cookies recently with honey instead of golden syrup using the recipe that came with my new stand mixer, and they didn't spread quite as much.  They tasted pretty much the same though, just a little dry.
10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Tasty ways to jazz up popcorn? on: January 15, 2012 04:51:31 AM
I like coating my popcorn in honey and cinnamon sugar and eating it with milk, like cereal.

Seriously.  It and honey Crispix were the only cereals I ate as a kid.
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