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21  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ on: July 14, 2015 01:22:40 AM
Incredible embroidery Ludi! The leaves look fantastic.  Grin

Prompt:  Team spirit - fandom
Team: Randomizer
Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: 5 points to team fandom - you go team fandom!!
Project Name: Stenciled Les Mis tshirt.
Project Link: NA
Brief Description: I am a huge fan of the musical Les Miserables (not brave enough to tackle the book yet!) I saw the stage show a few times last year, and watch the film every few months or whenever I need a good cry. 24601 is Jean Valjeans prison number. I like that the font has a kinda inmate feel to it. Excuse the embarrassingly blurry pic!
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22  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / slow cooked middle eastern lamb and quinoa salad on: July 14, 2015 12:58:49 AM



Slow cooked lamb:
First of all, the marinade. Crush a whole bulb of garlic. Mix with 1/4c ground cumin seeds,, 1T ground sumac, zest and juice from one lemon. A liberal amount of salt and black pepper. Score the fat of a lamb leg (I used a half leg - bone in, butt end. It weighed about 1.25kg, and was enough for both of us to have a big dinner and left overs the next day.
Then comes the hard part. Well, the first hard part. Seal in a freezer bag and leave to marinate in the fridge for AT LEAST two days. I'm serious. Let it soak up all that awesome delicious flavour.
Hard part; part two. Wake up ridiculously early (6.30am for me!) chop up a couple of carrots and an onion for the bottom of the cooker. Add that sweet delicious meat, fat side up. You could sear the meat if you wish but I had no time and it really doesn't need it! Add two cups of vege stock. I just used it because I had never used a slow cooker before and wasn't going to be home for ten hours and didn't want to risk the meat drying out! I would cut that quantity to 1c next time I make this.
Set slow cooker to low. Go to work, spend nine hours cooking for other people, all the while dreaming of your lamb. Return to an amazing smelling home.
The meat had been cooking for about 10 hours at this point, and was super tender. I tasted, adjusted seasonings, then removed lamb from cooker. I drained the liquid into a pot and discarded the vegetables. Add the lamb back to the slow cooker. The meat was literally falling apart every time I touched it, it was glorious! Simmer the liquid over a low heat until reduced to about 1/4 of the original volume. It will be syrupy and full of flavour!

While that was happening I had a salad to prepare!
First of all was the cumin labne: Stir 1T ground cumin seeds through 1c plain greek yogurt. Tie in a kitchen cloth or muslin and sit in a sieve. Sit sieve over a small bowl and leave in the fridge for about two hours. All the liquid will drain off and you will end up with a thick, spicy yogurt. I LOVE labne, I also like to add vanilla beans, cinnamon, honey etc etc to make a sweet one to go with fruit.

Pickled red onions: So easy! Bring 1/2c pale vinegar (I had apple cider, white wine vinegar etc will also work!) with a few big tablespoons of sugar and maybe 1T salt. Finely slice red onion. Add to vinegar mix, remove from heat and leave until ready to serve. These turn out bright pink and taste absolutely delicious on everything! Everyone should have a jar of these in their fridge at all times.

Then I simply had to put my salad together. I made it up as I went along and it was delicious.
2c cooked quinoa. (I used mixed, because it looks prettier!)
Coriander, mint and basil leaves.
Lemon zest. (preserved lemon would have been ace, but sadly I had none!)
Chopped roasted pistachio nuts.
Pomegranate seeds.
Finely sliced red chillis.

I didn't make a dressing, just tossed it with the juice of one lemon, 2T sesame oil and 2T of the pickled onion liquid.

Time to put everything together! I pulled the lamb apart, which was so easy, all I needed to do was nudge it with my spoon and it would melt. Pour over the reduced liquid and let that soak right up.
Top salad with pickled onions and labne. Sprinkle with dukkah (I bought mine from another favourite - but much more affordable! - middle eastern restaurant.) Add a lemon wedge on the side for extra flavour, pop open a bottle of wine and enjoy!

It really isn't often I spend so much time and effort making dinner for myself at home. So when I do I make sure it is extra special. I am already planning another trip to the butchers so I can make this again!
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Summer Nerd Games 2015 --June 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015-- ~Join Anytime!~ on: July 13, 2015 05:24:02 AM
Wow so many amazing projects as always in this thread. I've been super busy working on a swap item which has used all my creative energy in the past few weeks! I was going to use it for my Nerd Pride, before deciding to post this instead...

Prompt:  Red Alert! Nerd Pride
Team: Randomizer
Event: Foodology
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name: Slow cooked Middle Eastern lamb and quinoa salad
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439983.0
Brief Description: My boyfriend recently gave me a slow cooker, and this is the first thing I have ever cooked in it! I cook food for a living, I sometimes forget it is a craft. But it is definitely where I am able to let my true creativity shine and is something I am immensely proud of. I don't post things I make for work on here (I think that would be cheating!) This is a dinner I cooked for my boyfriend and myself last night. The lamb recipe is adapted rather liberally from one of my favourite restaurants that is far too expensive to eat at more than once a year.
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Slow cooked lamb:
First of all, the marinade. Crush a whole bulb of garlic. Mix with 1/4c ground cumin seeds,, 1T ground sumac, zest and juice from one lemon. A liberal amount of salt and black pepper. Score the fat of a lamb leg (I used a half leg - bone in, butt end. It weighed about 1.25kg, and was enough for both of us to have a big dinner and left overs the next day.
Then comes the hard part. Well, the first hard part. Seal in a freezer bag and leave to marinate in the fridge for AT LEAST two days. I'm serious. Let it soak up all that awesome delicious flavour.
Hard part; part two. Wake up ridiculously early (6.30am for me!) chop up a couple of carrots and an onion for the bottom of the cooker. Add that sweet delicious meat, fat side up. You could sear the meat if you wish but I had no time and it really doesn't need it! Add two cups of vege stock. I just used it because I had never used a slow cooker before and wasn't going to be home for ten hours and didn't want to risk the meat drying out! I would cut that quantity to 1c next time I make this.
Set slow cooker to low. Go to work, spend nine hours cooking for other people, all the while dreaming of your lamb. Return to an amazing smelling home.
The meat had been cooking for about 10 hours at this point, and was super tender. I tasted, adjusted seasonings, then removed lamb from cooker. I drained the liquid into a pot and discarded the vegetables. Add the lamb back to the slow cooker. The meat was literally falling apart every time I touched it, it was glorious! Simmer the liquid over a low heat until reduced to about 1/4 of the original volume. It will be syrupy and full of flavour!

While that was happening I had a salad to prepare!
First of all was the cumin labne: Stir 1T ground cumin seeds through 1c plain greek yogurt. Tie in a kitchen cloth or muslin and sit in a sieve. Sit sieve over a small bowl and leave in the fridge for about two hours. All the liquid will drain off and you will end up with a thick, spicy yogurt. I LOVE labne, I also like to add vanilla beans, cinnamon, honey etc etc to make a sweet one to go with fruit.

Pickled red onions: So easy! Bring 1/2c pale vinegar (I had apple cider, white wine vinegar etc will also work!) with a few big tablespoons of sugar and maybe 1T salt. Finely slice red onion. Add to vinegar mix, remove from heat and leave until ready to serve. These turn out bright pink and taste absolutely delicious on everything! Everyone should have a jar of these in their fridge at all times.

Then I simply had to put my salad together. I made it up as I went along and it was delicious.
2c cooked quinoa. (I used mixed, because it looks prettier!)
Coriander, mint and basil leaves.
Lemon zest. (preserved lemon would have been ace, but sadly I had none!)
Chopped roasted pistachio nuts.
Pomegranate seeds.
Finely sliced red chillis.

I didn't make a dressing, just tossed it with the juice of one lemon, 2T sesame oil and 2T of the pickled onion liquid.

Time to put everything together! I pulled the lamb apart, which was so easy, all I needed to do was nudge it with my spoon and it would melt. Pour over the reduced liquid and let that soak right up.
Top salad with pickled onions and labne. Sprinkle with dukkah (I bought mine from another favourite - but much more affordable! - middle eastern restaurant.) Add a lemon wedge on the side for extra flavour, pop open a bottle of wine and enjoy!

It really isn't often I spend so much time and effort making dinner for myself at home. So when I do I make sure it is extra special. I am already planning another trip to the butchers so I can make this again!
24  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: I Love Musicals Swap -Signup thru June 29; sendout July 29 on: July 13, 2015 02:33:07 AM
I'm all done, just waiting on the end of the weekend so I can mail out

You are such a speedy crafter! I have made one small item tonight. Hopefully it has turned out alright!
Will probably PM you again in a few days for more info on your daughter!
25  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Awesome Harry Potter Thing R2 (OAHPT) (SU CLOSED;SO July 13) on: July 12, 2015 10:59:53 PM
I'm about to walk out the door to head to the post office and mail out and.... I just got hit with a MASSIVE case of the nerves. I think what I made is awesome. I definitely spent at least 15 hours working on it. But. I am still scared it won't be enough! I am freaking out that maybe I am just a super slow crafter. Or that my partner will totally hate it. Or that everyone else is going to make super awesome amazing things and I will be the odd one out in the gallery who didn't make enough. Ugh. Please tell me I am not the only one that feels that way? Can't even find my camera cord so I can send a photo to Mistress Jennie to make sure it is enough. Uuugghhhhh....
26  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: I Love Musicals Swap -Signup thru June 29; sendout July 29 on: July 12, 2015 01:49:16 AM
WOW I am feeling so slow! I haven't physically started crafting yet! I had to finish the HP swap first. But now that is complete and waiting patiently to be mailed out I can finally start on this one. Well, I can start tomorrow. I have supplies for my first project ready and am excited to begin!
27  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Awesome Harry Potter Thing R2 (OAHPT) (SU CLOSED;SO July 13) on: July 11, 2015 04:59:17 AM
All my final finishing touches are finished. Will send on Monday!
I think this is definitely the cutest thing I have ever made.
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: satin stitched stag head. on: July 11, 2015 04:57:23 AM
Thanks!

I have a few pens that fade after about 24 hours, but I sometimes don't use them because they fade too quickly for my liking! So for this one I just used a regular black fine tip pen. I drew my design up on paper then traced it onto my fabric, using my window  Cheesy I know there are many other ways to do it, this is just what works for me. '
I look forward to seeing the embroideries you create.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Carpets and rugs on: July 11, 2015 04:54:24 AM
I don't think I would ever have the patience to work at such a large scale! I would probably give up halfway through.

To save them from cat pee, perhaps you could create wall hangings? Such beautiful work surely shouldn't be trampled on!
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Vintage Halloween Swap on: July 10, 2015 01:42:27 AM
I definitely need to join a halloween swap! What will the crafting requirements be for this one?
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