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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Onigiri earrings! :D on: September 07, 2008 06:10:23 PM
After making onigiri for the first time, [see my post at http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=266124.0], I was so addicted to cute little onigiri cartoons Grin So, I decided to make earrings! These were made out of ghetto #6 plastic shrinky dinks.

Here they are!






Let me know what you think!

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Red Velvet Wedding Cupcake Help... PLEASE!!!! on: September 01, 2008 07:51:08 PM
I never had a problem with my cupcakes sinking in before.
But I think your problem is the density of your batter.
What are you using to mix your batter? Also, do you mind posting the recipe?
I find that my cupcakes and cakes come out way fluffier if I use an electric mixer.
To ensure fluffiness, make sure you beat the butter really well, before adding the sugar.
Beat the batter really well after adding each egg, too.
By doing this, I turned a recipe for a really dense cake into really fluffy cupcakes Cheesy
Since you said that the taste was good, I don't think that the ingredients were a problem Smiley Just how well you beat it.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: cutting sushi on: August 31, 2008 08:32:41 AM
Every knife works good for me... except for plain old butter knives Grin
What I do is have a cup of cice cold water ready. I dip my knife into that, then cut the sushi.
It works a lot better.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Onigiri! [Rice balls!] on: August 30, 2008 08:05:49 AM
Yup, I use the short grained rice that I use to make sushi Grin

What you do is once your rice is done cooking, transfer it to a deep plate, and fluff it with a fork.

Once if cools for about 5-7 minutes [depending on how well you can tolerate heat], wash your hands with cold water and pat them dry. Get a separate plate, and pour a few tablespoons of plain old tablesalt in it.

Before making each onigiri, rub some salt on your hands for flavor.

Grab some rice, and shape it like a snowball.

[OPTIONAL: If you want to put a filling in it, you put a ball of rice in your palm, and make a hole in it (but don't make it go all the way through). Fill it with your desired filling, and cover it with more rice. Traditional fillings include Japanese pickles, canned tuna, and grilled salmon.]

You can either leave it round, or make the traditional triangle shape. Make sure you compact it tightly.

When you feel your hands are getting too sticky, rinse with cold water again and continue with salting.

Decorate with NORI! I used scissors to cut my nori Smiley But it was really hard, cause my onigiri came out really small Angry Darn tiny hands...
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Onigiri! [Rice balls!] on: August 29, 2008 07:11:14 PM
It's done with nori [Japanese seaweed] Smiley
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Onigiri! [Rice balls!] on: August 29, 2008 07:04:21 PM
Thanks!
Actually, I didn't eat these yet Embarrassed
I ate the ones that I didn't decorate. These are in my freezer.
Who knows when I'll eat the Grin ? I don't think i'll be able to though Wink
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Onigiri! [Rice balls!] on: August 29, 2008 06:33:33 PM
I made onigiri! This is often packed in bento boxes Smiley Onigiri is made by cooking rice, letting it cool for a bit, and shaping it. It can be filled with various fillings, and garnished with nori! Enjoy Cheesy If anyone wants to directions, I can post it Grin


Batch 1. I had literally no experience when I made this.


My first one-- this was kind of a joke Wink


Lovestruck, much?


Kitty!!! Meowwwwww!


Batch 2. This came out much better!


Ninja that failed Cry It was hard, because the colors were the opposite of real ninjas!


The pirateee. He looks confuzzled, much Cheesy


I love pandas Grin
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Summer Cucumber Salad with a Twist! on: August 17, 2008 11:37:05 PM
My grandma grows cucumbers in our backyard every year, and my sister and I recently discovered a delicious salad to cook up so we can eat all the cucumbers. The recipe is tasty, but improvised, because we were trying to clear the fridge. Dill was added because they were leftover from the pickles we made, and shallot replaced the onion that we ran out of. The measurements for the dressing can be modified and eyeballed to your liking.

Ingredients:
2 cucumbers [about 1 foot long each]
2 red shallots
2 sprigs of dill
DRESSING:
3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoons of white vinegar
1 teaspoon of fresh or dried basil
1 teaspoon of dried parsley
1 teaspoon of Italian Herb Seasoning [optional]
Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. Wash [and peel if necessary] the cucumbers and cut into slices.
2. Peel and mince the shallots into fine pieces, and place inside a sieve. Blanch the shallots for a few seconds, and rinse with cold water.
3. Finely mince the dill, and throw away the stems. Set aside.
4. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the dressing using a fork or a small whisk.
5. Place cucumbers slices into your serving plate/bowl, and sprinkle the shallot and dill on top.
6. Drizzle dressing on the salad. Chill in the fridge if you want a cold salad. 



If any of you try this, please tell me how it turns out Smiley Recipes like this get invented during summer vacation from school Grin
9  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Awesome homemade scrub! =D on: July 05, 2008 02:14:25 PM
I recently discovered the best scrub that has worked for me Smiley My recipe was kind of a mixture of many recipes that I saw. After using it on my hands and legs, my skin did feel like baby skin:D

Ingredients:
Salt [Sea salt, kosher salt, etc.]
Honey
Vinegar[White or apple-cider]
Lemon Juice

Directions:
1. Choose a combination of salt. When exfoliating rougher spots, like my heels, I like to use coarser salt, such as coarse sea salt. I use finer salts for more sensitive areas, like my hands. Usually, I use a combination of a little bit of coarse sea salt, and equal amounts of kosher salt and fine sea salt [coarse sea salt that I processed in a chopper]. However, you can use whatever you have on hand. I find that kosher salt alone works very well.
2. Add honey, vinegar, and lemon juice to your salt to form a paste. Again, you can use any proportions you like. I usually add a tiny bit of honey, a quick squeeze of lemon juice, and I add the vinegar until I make my paste. This is all on preference, so if you want your scrub to have a particular scent, add more of that ingredient:) Mess around with the proportions until you find something you like.
3. Scrub! This can get a bit messy, so do this right before stepping out of the tub. Rinse quickly with water, and towel dry. Admire your soft skin:D If you want, you can use a moisturizer afterwards.

Enjoy! If anyone makes this, let me know... I want to see if it worked as well on you as it did for me!
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you store citric acid? on: February 21, 2008 06:34:09 PM
Would the plastic take-out containers work? xD The small ones with lids. I think it might, but I'm not sure if it's airtight?
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