I love this group- such inspiration!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: Yes! Donating to the Shaw Nursing home
Project Name: Lapghan
Brief Description: The prompt calls for something inspired by ancestors or is physically comforting and I think this is both. This is a blanket sized for draping over one's legs while seated. I made it to be useful for wheelchair users (small enough to cover but not get caught in wheel mechanisms) and used bright colors for spring. New England is finicky (70 degrees F. 2 weeks ago, snowing again today) so Spring colors aren't such a silly thing for a blanket around here. My goal is that it will go to a resident who needs it, perhaps one who doesn't have visitors or local family.
Over on the career board I am in training for a profession in "Pub/shopkeeping" so food related posts are required work. Here are a few I have been working on this semester:
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Flying
Project Name: "'zat? Splash!" Soup
Brief Description: Highlighting the "Hodgepodge" definition within the prompt this recipe is akin to "Pantry Suprise" meals. How do you make it? Well, you start with a cauldron (or crockpot/soup pot if muggles are nearby) and you go rummaging about in the cupboards and fridge to see what's on-hand. Decide how many bowls you'll need and start with your broth, then throw a bunch of things into the cauldron, wave your wand and boom! soup.
More info from my current example:
Generally I use 6-8 cups of liquid. Chicken, beef or veggie broth (or a mix of them) and you can supplement with water if you don't have enough on-hand.
This version included: left-over veggies and some chicken from previous dinners, a cup of frozen cut veggies, a cup of dry Barley from the cupboard and some Mrs. Dash all purpose seasoning. (About a Tblspoon.)
If you are using the crockpot/cauldron I go 3 hours on High.
If using a pot on the stove then bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Simmer about 30 minutes.
If using raw meats please follow suggested time/temp goals for said meats for food safety.
If you make this, know the risks: Pantry Surprise meals are an adventure: Sometimes you win, and sometimes your brother is scarred for life and gets a panicked look whenever you invite him to dinner.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
Project Name: Kreacher's French Onion Soup
Brief Description: Hygge is a way of life that is seeing a surge in popularity (Especially on Pinterest). I have embraced the basic goals of such a lifestyle (Cozy, friends and family centered, unplugged) for many years and only this winter did I see that it was a movement with a name. After Kreacher told Regulus's tale and was given the replacement locket as his own keepsake the house elf completely embraced keeping house and making it homey for his new master. This soup recipe is from Dinah Bucholz and can be found in her book The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Muggles and Wizards (Unofficial Cookbook)
. While I don't agree with her interpretation of cauldron cakes (She went pancake I went cupcake) I like her cottage pie recipe a lot so I thought I'd give it a go. I wasn't sure if Himself would like onion soup so I halved the onions for this go-around and used English Toasting Bread for the crouton bc I waited too long to make the soup and my baguette turned on me so I tossed it to the garden gnomes.
And finally, a detention:
Class/Challenge/House Pride: February Detention
Project Name: Valentine's day dinner
Brief Description: For Valentine's Day I made a pot roast in the cauldron with carrots and potatoes and a chocolate cake with vanilla frosting. The cake was a package mix and I made 2 layers. I used an orange marmalade in between the two thinking that orange and chocolate go together well. I don't recommend it. Stick with the frosting. This time around the frosting was also store bought. It doesn't diminish the time it took to make it and have it look good, though. I put a simple peanut butter cup shaped like a heart at the center of the cake.
For the dinner:
seasonings of choice
2 Bay leaves
3-4 lb pot roast
3 large carrots peeled and chopped
2 large celery stalks chopped
4-6 red potatoes (depending on size) washed and quartered.
8 oz Pumpkin beer
(I also made some asparagus on the side as it is his favorite vegetable.)
Brush the roast on all sides with the olive oil and then sprinkle the seasonings and coarse salt. I don't give measurements for these because I judge by eye and how we feel. Place the roast into the cauldron (crock pot) and place the veggies around it. Pour the beer over the veggies and splash some onto the meat being careful not to knock away all the seasonings. cover and cook on high for 4 hours or so, low for 8-10 hours. Be sure to check the temperature of the meat to be sure it is cooked through. (Or, do what I do and cook it until it falls apart.)
Warm up your dishes (I microwave mine for 1 minute and test. Be sure to check that your plates are safe to put in the microwave before you do the same.) and plate the meal in an attractive manner. Serve the meal the way your intended prefers. (In my case: In front of TV with an episode of ST:DS9 cued and ready. so romantic. haha). Wherever you eat be sure that the cake is visible so you both get to anticipate it's sugary goodness!