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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Kamikaze Fish Hat on: February 14, 2010 06:34:38 PM
Yes! After starting this...eh, sometime around September of last year, I **finally** finished making the "Fish Hat" by Thelma Egberts: http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEwinter08/PATTfishy.php.

The coloring (which didn't quite come through in the photos...) was based off a WWII Japanese fighter plane, the A6M Zero. Why? Because those were the colors I had and it seemed like a good idea. The eyes where crocheted and then sewn on (slightly lopsided...).






2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Once In A Blue Moon Okonomiyaki! on: December 31, 2009 04:38:11 PM
 Grin
Lord, I missed this place! And, as a belated Hanukkah/Christmas/Yule/Kwaza/Festivus gift, have a lovely Okonomiyaki Recipe.
For those of you who don't know what an okonomiyake is, look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okonomiyaki
It's basically a Japanese hybrid pancake-omelet which contains shredded cabbage. (Or other crisp greens like ice-berg lettuce.)
Been making okonomiyakis for quite a while now, mainly because they're fast and awfully delicious! While okonomiyaki are traditionally made on a flat-top griddle, I don't own one personally so I make mine in a large skillet or frying pan. My first few tries came out horrible due to the fact that I was using a cast-iron skillet, which got way too hot for good okonomiyaki making. It was also difficult to flip the okonomiyaki due to the skillet's shape and it's weight caused problems when I tried using the "plate" method to flip it. If you go the pan cooking route, I'd advise you to use something with a non-stick coating. It makes the flipping much easier. If you're using a griddle, I suggest using two of the broadest spatulas you have, because half-cooked okonomiyaki have a bad tendency to break in half and make one hell of a mess.

Here's one in honor of both the New Year and the fact tonight is a Blue Moon! It come out very fluffy and pretty damn tasty.
>>http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/glossary/g/BlueMoon.htm<<



Forgive the crappy focus, but it was the best picture I could get with my camera.


THE RECIPE!

{Adapted from the wikiHow article: http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Okonomiyaki

1 cup a/p flour (self-rising if you like it fluffy!)
3/4 cups water
4 eggs
1/2 tsp of poultry seasoning
dash of cayenne pepper
salt
pepper
roughly 2 cups coleslaw mix (Or shredded cabbage*)
roughly 1 cup grated carrot
roughly 1/2 to 1 cup cheese (cheddar, especially white cheddar, or blends work well!)
1 clove minced garlic
1 small onion, diced or sliced thin
Blue food coloring
{Any other fillings you'd like can also be added, but keeping with the lunar theme, crab or other kinds of seafood and mushrooms are especially approriate.}

1) Whisk together flour, seasoning, and eggs in a bowl large enough to fit all the ingredents, adding in enough water to make it a lump free batter.
2) Heat a pat of butter and oil a large skillet or on a griddle on medium-high heat till the butter starts to brown. Be careful not to let the pan/griddle get too hot, or it may burn.
3) Fold in the coleslaw mix, carrots, cheese, garlic, and onion (plus any other fillings) into the batter. Make sure everything is coated well, then add in a few drops of food coloring to give it the shade of blue you'd like (Too few, and it will end up a pale green color)
4) Dump the batter into the skillet or onto the griddle, making sure to make it into a circular shape.
5) Cook roughly 5-6 minutes or till the sides of the okonomiyaki are set. If using a skillet, run a spatula around the edge and shake the pan to make sure the okonomiyaki isn't sticking to it.
6) Carefully slide the okonomiyaki onto dinner plate, give the pan or griddle a spritz of non-stick cooking spray, and either place the pan over the plate and then flip or just use the plate to flip the okonomiyaki back onto the griddle. Watch out for splatters, since hot oil? It freakin' hurts.
7) Cook for about 5 more minutes or till you can pierce the middle with a toothpick or knife point and it comes out clean.
Cool Slide onto a plate and cut into 4 to 8 wedges. Serve with okonomiyaki sauce (if you can find it)/a sweet bbq sauce (if you can't find okonomiyaki sauce), Japanese mayo, or any other toppings you'd like.

Makes from 1 to 8 servings, depending on how hungry you and your dinning companions are.

HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR!



BONUS: A Mayo Sauce Recipe
{Note: Measurements are rough estimates as I rarely write this kind of thing down...}
1 to 2 cups mayo
1 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp sugar / 2 1/2 tsp honey
1/4 tsp salt
Dash of poultry seasoning or other spice blend
2 to 3 tbsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp crushed garlic or garlic powder
pepper to taste

1) Whisk everything together in a bowl til well blended. {Tip: Mash the garlic with the salt into a paste. That way, it won't clog the nozzle of the squeeze bottle.}
2) Pour into either a squeeze bottle or some other air-tight container and store in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
3) Squirt or spoon onto okonomiyakis or anything else you'd like. It's especially good as a dip for fired chicken fingers.


Feel free to try these out and let me know how things work for you.
3  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Mario Brothers Goomba on: June 03, 2009 08:36:45 PM
JOY! 
Now I can give my little bother, eh, brother a Goomba to go with the Bombom!

^___^
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Monokuro Boo - black and white piggies *With patterns* on: May 19, 2009 06:22:35 PM
Holy sow! I love these little piggies. 

Thanks for posting the pattern. I've just started making amigurumis, and there's a nice basket full of yarn in my house that's just begging to be used... Cheesy

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Green 'round Grenades on: May 19, 2009 05:55:42 PM
These have to be some of the coolest things I've seen in a while!
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Knit Murloc on: April 21, 2009 10:24:16 PM
Now this, this is a nice piece of work! I felt the need to share this with my little brother (who plays WoW constantly...). The resulting rant he gave about Murlocs lead to much laughter. He did approved a knitted dragonhawk, though.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Amelia Earhart Cashmere on: April 21, 2009 09:17:29 PM
I just started working on one of these myself! It's very nice to see such a lovely example.

Small question, though: Did you use the cast-on and bind off edges as the seam for the hat? I've read through the pattern, but the seaming part just confused me a bit.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: SEAMLESS SHORT SHORTS #2 on: April 21, 2009 07:58:56 PM
Nice shorts! I heartily approve.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Shrunken Head purse! on: September 11, 2007 06:24:10 PM
The is the result of yet another visit to the AntiCraft (God do I love that place!) .Not much to say, other than I absolutely loved how it turned out! Especially happy with the hair. I started doing the dreads first as in the pattern, gave up and decided to just crochet them instead to give them a very corkscrewy look.



Face detail, showing off tea-stained cotton:


Dreadlock detail!


10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: The "Sexy Granny" purse (may be NWS) on: September 07, 2007 01:35:16 PM
Why, thank you!
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