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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Paul the Octopus on: August 08, 2010 01:18:29 PM
this is so cool.  great idea using pipe cleaners in his tentacles!
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Jellyfish on: August 08, 2010 01:05:16 PM
adorable.  this is quite inspiring!
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: silly octopus on: August 08, 2010 09:19:13 AM
you know, the more I look at this picture, the more I think he would be much cuter as a jellyfish with a bit of modification...I'll get on that and report back Smiley
Okay, here's the jellyfish version.  I realized once it was finished that the color is less than ideal, it slightly resembles an oversized sperm cell!  sigh..I really need to get to a yarn store.

4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / silly octopus on: August 08, 2010 08:50:23 AM
Via the magic of google and a little youtube, I learned how to crochet a couple weeks ago and since then I can't stop!  (I used a similar method to learn to knit several years ago).  Anyway, I decided to try my hand at a patternless project, and this is what I got.

Subsequent versions could certainly use some revision, but I thought he was pretty cute!  The eyes definitely need some work, but I like the crazy look.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

I'm sure there are much better patterns out there, but I did write down my steps if anyone wants it.

5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: College/Cheap, fast, but not horribly unhealthy ---for Vegetarians!!! on: August 08, 2010 08:21:33 AM
When I'm in a hurry, and low on money, I buy canned chickpeas and jars of indian sauces (like tikka masala or korma). Then I just heat everything in a pan, and serve with rice. Mmmm.

Another thing i recently discovered is how easy and cheap it is to make your own tortillas. I actually learned from Robert Rodriguez, the director. They take a while to finish, but they're sooo good. Cheesy

I've done something similar with curry paste!  I mixed up a curry paste and added a bit of heavy cream (easily omitted, but it did give a very rich flavor, of course), a can of chickpeas, some cubed tofu, and served over brown rice.  And because I eat it on everything, I added parmesan cheese.  Definitely not traditional Indian, but I loved it and the leftovers were great, too.  But this is easily made vegan/less fattening -- the cream and cheese are absolutely not necessary.
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: What can I do with the extra eggplant? on: August 08, 2010 08:15:08 AM
I'm sorry for a later response, but hopefully it can help someone else -- I've been trying to find uses for the super-cheap eggplant at the farmers market now and had a good experience with an eggplant/pesto combination.

First, I fried the eggplant in some olive oil (just cut it in half lengthwise and dropped it in the pan).  There are probably better ways to do this (perhaps crosswise slices?).  Then, I drained the eggplant on a bed of paper towels to try to soak up excess oil.  While that's draining, throw some fresh basil, a clove or two of garlic, sprinkle of parmesan cheese, some toasted pine nuts and a bit of olive oil into a food processor (or blender).  Pulse, then add a bit more olive oil and mix again.  Spoon your pesto onto the flesh-side of the eggplant, bake in the oven at 350 just until pesto is a little bubbly and cheese is melted (about 5-10 minutes).

Sorry this is so imprecise, I hope it is understandable!   

P.S. Here's a recipe for pesto if you're not comfortable just eyeballing it:  http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fresh_basil_pesto/
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