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21  Sesame Tofu in Vegetarian / Vegan by Goomba on: August 15, 2011 11:27:04 PM
While surfing the web one day I stumbled across a handful of sesame chicken recipes and it was starting to sound really good. I told myself a while back that I will never attempt to make Americana Chinese take out ever again;it's just never the same no matter what you do.
Well, I am officially a liar to some degree cause it ended up happening. After opening my freezer to take out chicken, I realized I had tofu that really needed to be used like this week. So the protein ended up changing.
The recipe needs a little tweaking for my general palate but it's a great jumping off point.



Tofu

2 blocks extra firm tofu pressed and cut into triangles
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons roasted sesame seed oil
cornstarch

For the Sauce

2 1/4 cups veg broth
1/4 cup corn starch
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 cloves garlic, grated
1 tablespoon ginger, grated
1 1/2 tablespoon Sriracha (optional)
1 tablespoon red pepper flakes(optional)
3 tablespoons sesame seed oil

Sesame seeds to garnish
Steamed broccoli
Cooked white rice



1. Combine tofu, soy sauce and sesame seed oil in a large bowl. Toss until tofu sucks up pretty much all the liquid.

2. Dissolve cornstarch in broth, combine all ingredients for the sauce in a sauce pan. Whisk and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer.

3. Preheat oil for frying tofu to 350 degrees. Add cornstarch to tofu and toss to coat. Drop each piece of tofu into hot oil. Fry in batches until golden and drain on paper towels.

Note:If the sauce thickens to much before serving, add a few splashes of broth and whisk in over low heat.

Thanks for looking.
Peace,
Goomba
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22  Single serving pot pocket pie in Vegetarian / Vegan by Goomba on: June 30, 2011 12:22:40 AM
After reading seeing this post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=383859.0 I really wanted to make something similar. I've  been making full sized pot pies for many years and have made dessert pocket pies a few times. This is the outcome of my actions.



The sauce is a little... off putting but it's a cliche pot pie cream sauce made with a blonde roux, salt, pepper, garlic, onion and cream. The whole thing was filled with mixed vegetables(I cheated and just picked up a bag instead of doing all the chopping),and potatoes.



My over all thought after getting to the inside was that it didn't have enough filling but my crust is perfect, tender and flaky with good color. The next time / when I go to write my recipe, the pie will be larger with closer to a cup of filling.
Thanks for looking.
Goomba
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23  Re: Ducks?! in Craftster Itself by Goomba on: April 01, 2011 07:28:35 AM
 no, I am talking of the fact that everyone's photos are ducks

such as yours and mine as seen in this post

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24  Bike Tube wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Goomba on: March 27, 2011 10:18:27 PM
I started this project a while ago, and just decided to finish it tonight



I cut a normal sized road bike tube in half, and cutting it down the middle to open it all the way flat. I measured my current duct tape wallet for length(it really is the perfect size) and cut two pieces of tube for it. I Then measured the size of my License and cut a section of tube just a little longer then that. I cut that section in half to make two parts of it..making the pockets.
stitched the sections together by hand (with green thread..cause i figured if I didnt put a border on it, the green would just be interesting accent marks)
the boarder was made from an old flannel. I used a machine for that which proved to be tough sewing through 3 layers of rubber and two layers of fabric. I missed the rubber in a few spots (some how) which I had to go back and do by hand. I was less worried about the inside so the seams ended up getting cut off from the fabric being to wide..but once again..im the only one to really see the inside.

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25  Tomato Rose Garnish in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Goomba on: March 27, 2011 05:15:47 PM


Decided it was a good day to teach myself a garnish technique and ended up slightly upset with how easy it was to do.


Basically, take a tomato and a good sharp pairing knife and cut the skin off a tomato. Try to skin it without breaking your cut as long as possible and leaving as much flesh on the tomato as possible...I was able to do the entire tomato with using an ultra sharp knife.
Once that is done. Flip it so the flesh side is up and start rolling. Once you have the rose the size you want, cut off the excess. Flip the rose up and use the tip of your knife to move it to a plate or where ever.
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26  Cycling Cap in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Goomba on: March 26, 2011 04:49:14 PM
Before I post the pictures I am just going to put it out there that I don't sew very much so my stitching is a little messed up but all in all, these hats are great.








The main part of the hat is made from an old pair of dress pants which is really thin...makes it nice while biking but made for a flimsy hat. The bill is made a cut piece of plastic folder. I'm sure with better quality fabric and a little more patience, these things would really shine.

I wish I could take credit for the pattern but I'm not that cool..so here is the link to it and the guy also has a collection of photos as well.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/pandaface/278411178/

All in all, this was way cheaper then buying one.
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27  Getting into cubeecraft stuff in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Goomba on: March 25, 2011 06:42:17 PM
I came across the Cubeecraft website a few days ago and basically had an excitement overload..so I've been slowly printing out and working on a few things in between all my other projects.



Classic (fossil) Gameboy

I also saved the image to my hard drive, opened it in Gimp and pasted in a screenshot of a hacked pokemon game.



and lastly:
Gordon Freeman (half life/half life 2) with his crow bar
resource- http://www.cubeecraft.com/



I also did a headcrab for Dr. Freeman flipped out and killed it already.
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28  The cake is never a lie (another Portal cake) in Dessert by Goomba on: March 23, 2011 10:04:11 PM
Ok, so right before I joined the forum I finally decided to attack this idea, then I joined and found out it's already been done by a few of you. However, that should never stop a person. Despite my dislike for making cake, I busted out the Cake from Portal.




sorry that the picture is just the URL. I didn't realize I was only at five posts.
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