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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: February 11, 2016 11:13:32 AM
Oh thank you so much for the MoM!  I appreciate it, it's been hard, hard weeks here between surgeries and such.  I have done a bit more crafting, but haven't been been able to browse most people's things.

I'm going to come on tomorrow though and rave over projects, as well as posting a couple more myself.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 28, 2016 07:32:26 AM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy

SPEW:  
House: ravenclaw
Project Name: thai sticky black rice with mango sorbet
Project Page Link (if available):
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) This is all about the congelation or change of state.

It is also easy and pretty impressive, I cooked dinner for some friends last night and I was able to cook this the night before and reheat the rice to serve.

You have to start with the right kind of rice, I get it in my local asian shop, it is called thai black rice. It is a whole grain but a different variety to regular rice. It is really simple to make, you simply cook the rice with a can of coconut milk in a saucepan, It takes about 45 minutes to cook, once done you stir in sugar and salt, topped with some toasted coconut shavings if you have them (I didn't) It also reheats really well in the microwave.

This was the recipe I followed. http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-coconut-black-rice-pudding-176861

it is traditionally served with mango, but ripe, nice to eat, mangos are rarer than hen's teeth in Ireland, so I used a large can of kesar mango pulp (30oz) I also got this from the asian store. Sorbets need about 20% sugar, a little more is OK. There was 5% sugar in the mango already, so I added more sugar, plus a little water to dissolve the sugar, lime juice and put it into an ice-cream maker.

can mango pulp (30oz)
5oz sugar
1/2 cup water
Juice of 2 limes.

dissolve the sugar in the water (warming it on the stove to help it dissolve if necessary)
mix in mango and lime, stir well. Put into an icecream maker.

If you don't have an icecream maker, just put it into a container into the freezer, take it out and stir it well to break up any ice crystals, after about an hour. repeat this once or twice more until it is frozen.

I managed to get a mango that was pretty ripe, so I had some fresh mango on the side.

Project Picture:

I remembered to take a photo before I had eaten all the leftovers for lunch today.

Hey, GF too!!!  I've made it with arborio before but I'd love to find black rice somewhere.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 27, 2016 11:29:16 AM
@tiamatfire:  Both of your cooking projects look delicious!   Smiley  But....  please remember there needs to be a complete recipe, or a link to a complete recipe, in order to get House Points for any cooking submissions. Details of what constitutes a complete recipe are in the first post of the thread. 


Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Nanaimo Bars
When you make Nanaimo bars, you need to chill everything twice chill the base after placement, and then the custard layer before putting on the chocolate.  These are DELICIOUS, and 100% Canadian (and GF).


Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor
Name: Three Broomsticks - wings
I miss pub food, its so hard to find stuff thats safe and gluten free.  Im guessing the Three Broomsticks sells more than Butterbeer, and that theyd have pub food too.  I made extra mild GF buffalo wings at home.  I baked them at 425F turning partway through, then tossed them in a sauce made of c. Franks red hot, 1/3 c. butter, c. ketchup, and a splash of cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and a pinch each of smoked paprika and garlic powder.

I forgot to add the nanaimo recipe!  Sorry I was at work - copied and pasted from Canadian Living.  I hope the recipe for the wings was enough, it has all the measurements I was given in the recipe.  I just reformatted it slightly.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 26, 2016 03:20:30 PM
Jen - I'm so sorry about your fire!  That is awful, and I hope you can get back to your kitchen soon.

More stuff!

Class: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Nanaimo Bars
When you make Nanaimo bars, you need to chill everything twice chill the base after placement, and then the custard layer before putting on the chocolate.  These are DELICIOUS, and 100% Canadian (and GF).

Ingredients:
1 cup (250 mL) graham cracker crumbs (I used GF animal crackers)
1/2 cup (125 mL) sweetned flaked coconut or shredded coconut
1/3 cup (75 mL) finely chopped walnut halves (I used pecans)
1/4 cup (60 mL) cocoa powder
1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten

Filling:
1/4 cup (60 mL) butter
2 tbsp (30 mL) custard powder
1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla
2 cups (500 mL) icing sugar
2 tbsp (30 mL) milk (I used water as the milk was close to expiry), (approx.)

Topping:
4 oz (113 g) semisweet chocolate, chopped (I used chocolate chips)
1 tbsp (15 mL) butter

In bowl, stir together graham crumbs, coconut, walnuts, cocoa powder and sugar. Drizzle with butter and egg; stir until combined.

Press crumb mixture into parchment paperlined 9-inch (2.5 L) square metal cake pan. Bake in 350F (180C) oven until firm, about 10 minutes. Let cool in pan on rack.

Filling: In bowl, beat together butter, custard powder and vanilla. Beat in icing sugar alternately with milk until smooth, adding up to 1 tsp (5 mL) more milk if too thick to spread. Spread over cooled base; refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Topping: In heatproof bowl over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate with butter. Spread over filling; refrigerate until almost set, about 30 minutes.



Class: Apparition
House: Gryffindor
Name: Three Broomsticks - wings

I miss pub food, its so hard to find stuff thats safe and gluten free.  Im guessing the Three Broomsticks sells more than Butterbeer, and that theyd have pub food too.  I made extra mild GF buffalo wings at home.  

Baked plain chicken wings at 425F turning partway through until no pink remains. Toss with sauce (below).

Mix together c. Franks red hot, 1/3 c. butter, c. ketchup, and a splash of cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and a pinch each of smoked paprika and garlic powder.  Cook over low heat until butter melts and sauce comes together.



Class: Arithmancy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Ribbon Wands
The kids love waving these around, particularly running their hands through the ribbons which are all different textures grosgrain, satin, and a rough, iridescent woven one.  We painted dowelling, then I screwed in an eye screw, used a tough split ring, and used a ribbon clasp to hold the ribbon.




Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor
Name: Dinosaur Hat
You cant argue this isnt bright!  My daughter is feisty and loves dinosaurs, but specifically requested a pink hat.  Well, mom delivered! The pattern is "Roar" on Ravelry.



Class: Flying
House: Gryffindor
Name: Ornament Wreath

As some of you may know, I love ornament wreaths.  I had to replace my first last year, but then it went missing when we moved house in the Spring.  So, I made another one this year!  It's my favourite yet - the ornament set had lots of different sizes, textures, finishes, and colours.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 11, 2016 11:12:15 AM
Challenge: Free the House Elves #1
House: Gryffindor
Name: I want adventure in the great wide somewhere

My BILs girlfriend and close friend of mine LOVES Belle, and looks a lot like her.  Two years ago she made a movie-accurate costume of Belle in her blue dress from the beginning of the movie.  I made her this for Christmas.  I altered a few of the princess amigurumis from my e-book to end up with the right shape, invented an apron, and used the Belle wig cap from the Belle pattern without the little top bun.  She loved it!



Challenge: Free the House Elves #2
House: Gryffindor
Name: Sugar cookies
We made a huge batch of sugar cookies for Christmas, with frosting.  My daughter helped me decorate them!  The icing is a standard buttercream recipe, and the sugar cookies are the soft-frosted from Gluten Free on a Shoestring.



Challenge: Free the House Elves #3
House: Gryffindor
Name: Elsa

My daughter loved the Elsa I made for a friend this fall, so I just had to make her another one for her stocking (she knows Mommy made it and not Santa).  Its the same pattern from the Jana Whitley e-book on Ravelry, with glass floral gems to weigh the bottom down.



Challenge: Free the House Elves #4
House: Gryffindor
Name: Anna

To go with Elsa in the stocking Smiley  I didnt embroider this one so it would be done in time for Christmas, but she didnt seem to mind or notice!



Challenge: Free the House Elves #5
House: Gryffindor
Name: Ariel
SPEW:  Possibly? 

I made this Ariel for my friend.  She acted as a surrogate for a friend of hers, and although she had an uneventful pregnancy the week before delivery was fraught with complications.  The baby girl was born healthy and beautiful, but she was sick for quite a while after with a kidney infection, then retained placenta, and PPD and mastitis.  I found out her favourite princess, and made her a little figure to remind her of the little princess she gave to someone else.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 11, 2016 09:31:32 AM
Dearest Headmistresses - is it too late to submit to the Headmistress's challenge?  All 5 of my crafts were completed before Jan 7 but we had some serious life problems happen on Thursday-Friday and I wasn't able to submit them.

It's OK if not, but I wanted to check!

You have until Jan 12th to submit the Free the House Elves Challenges.  Smiley

Thank you!  Seriously - in 4 days we had a major medical diagnosis (me), and major job change (husband), and a surgery date scheduled (son).  I'll put them up tonight!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: January 10, 2016 03:31:26 PM
Dearest Headmistresses - is it too late to submit to the Headmistress's challenge?  All 5 of my crafts were completed before Jan 7 but we had some serious life problems happen on Thursday-Friday and I wasn't able to submit them.

It's OK if not, but I wanted to check!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 29, 2015 12:40:44 PM
I'm sorry I've been AWOL ladies!  I didn't get holidays this year (except Christmas day and Boxing day off).  It's SO lovely of you to offer to help!  A bunch of my friends and I though amassed plenty of squares for him to make a large afghan, and he thankfully had insurance so will be able to replace all the things he needs eventually.  You are all TOO wonderful!

I have projects to submit but they'll have to wait for the weekend.  Lovely work so far everyone!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 14, 2015 10:17:46 AM
Oh my lord that is so terrible!  I'm so sorry to hear that Sad  Well there are 4 more winging their way towards you as well!  Hopefully they get there before Christmas Eve.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: HP Craftalong ~ Winter Semester - Dec 1 - Feb 28, 2015 on: December 08, 2015 07:02:19 PM
Another submission!

Class: Muggle Studies
House: Gryffindor
Name: Tacky Christmas sweater

So it turns out Muggles have a tradition of doing Christmas exchanges and parties while wearing ugly or tacky sweaters!  I found the base sweater at a Value Village quite cheap (it was even knit in two different dyelots so the shoulders are darker than the sleeves!) then decided to embellish it.  I cut the tree out of green felt, then rather laboriously stitched on sequins by hand for ornaments.  I cut out and sequined a star, then sewed them both to the sweater.  I think it came out pretty well!  I plan to add to it each year - maybe plastic lights or a "Merry Christmas" sign.



And Day 7 and 8 advent calendar:



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