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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Curried garbanzo wrap on: June 19, 2015 10:12:53 AM
I've been feeling that call to eat vegan again and so may be around a little more.  Smiley

Browsing Pinterest, I came across this and drooled:


...then made my own version:

The process is simple.  Thin down some tahini in water or almond milk.  Add a generous amount of curry powder, and also some sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Mix.  I chose to sweeten with some maple syrup.  Chop some carrots, spinach, scallions and yellow pepper, then add to the tahini.  Don't forget to add in a can of rinsed and drained chick peas.  Make sure your seasoning tastes right then either start eating right away or make a sandwich.  I made a wrap using some paleo coconut wraps I bought in a local shop recently.
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Astrology painting- Birth chart of a double Virgo on: May 28, 2015 11:43:01 AM
I love it!
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Israeli couscous and poached egg on: April 25, 2015 10:46:16 AM
Just made lunch.  Israeli couscous with poached egg. Pork belly, spinach, pine nuts, goat cheese, shallots, onion, garlic, lemon juice and zest, and spices.

It was delicious!

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Spirit doll or goddess : Round 2 on: April 10, 2015 09:36:27 AM
I will be watching this swap closely and might join in.  =)
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Lunch Room Envy Swap on: February 14, 2015 07:16:21 AM
I was just coming here to see if anyone would be interested in a culinary swap.  I'm not sure my personal needs are specific to lunchroom items but if we could turn it into a more general food/cooking theme, I'd be in.
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Beet Root Salad on: January 20, 2015 04:03:26 PM
Something I've been eating a lot of lately.  Beet root salad with spinach, sunflower seeds, goat cheese and a tahini dressing.  Hooray for spiroolis!

7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Roasted Butternut Squash Spaetzle on: January 07, 2015 01:03:15 PM
My culinary arts program is menu planning for an upcoming event and today, we were able to test-run our ideas.  My heart was set on spaetzle and so I created a roasted butternut squash version with pork belly, kale, and goat cheese (and herb) version.   

8  COOKING / Dessert / Pate a choux on: October 18, 2014 06:24:34 PM
How lucky am I that one of our community's colleges is now offering a Culinary Arts program?!

In baking class, we learned how to make pate a choux, turning it into cream puffs and eclairs.  I practiced a bit further at home, using the recipe in "The Professional Chef" by the The Culinary Institute of America.  I think they turned out!

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Random Swap Round 5 Gallery on: May 26, 2014 01:52:19 PM
Sorry this has taken so long!  As Alexus1325 said, I was at the cottage for the weekend and had a course to take earlier today.  We did get to swap on Friday and I'd have to say as as beautiful as the gifts are, getting to meet my partner in person was an absolute highlight.  Never did I think this could happen.  We must be the only two Crafstster members from our region.

On to the goodies and man, I feel so blessed to have been offered this package!  Alexus definitely paid attention to my wishlist and crafted based on a theme I wanted to focus on, feminine energy.

Being so delicate, this one was brought into the coffee shop in a separate bag, meaning it's the first gift I looked at:

It's so soft and lovely to touch and look at, the doily and pussy willows do add that special touch.  I'm so happy to have received something I can hang on the wall, it's just what is needed in my living room!  Although it may not seem so, the branches actually come out in all directions so that's another need effect.  To the right of it, there's a rose quartz carved into a woman's torso.  The first thing that came to me as I held it was pregnancy, so I'm not sure if that was intuition foreshadowing something or what!?

Next are some awesome knitted slippers!  I've been wanting these so badly and because I can't knit, I've been relying on others' talents to get my feet in them.  The light blue yarn is some of Alexus' handspun yarn.  I think she posted to project to the Fibre forum and I commented that they reminded me of jeans.  At least, I think I commented.  I know the yarn stood out and I at least thought that.  Anyway, she chose it for this project and I love the speckles of colour.  And even though it's 30 degrees Celsius out, I'm wearing the slippers (have been waiting since I got them to put them on, didn't want to ruin them at the cottage).

This one was a bit harder to take a picture of while wearing but it's the Cove hat taken straight off my Pinterest list, again a knitted project!  Alexus said she used a bit pot for blocking, it had to accommodate my 28" head that has mature/thick dreadlocks.  It fits perfectly!

And last but definitely not least, another big project, a knitted freeform scarf!

I love this one, and will treat it will considering how long it took Alexus to make it, about 25 hours!  And I don't think that's counting the time it took to spin a few of the yarns she used.  I love the fact that this one uses wool to give it a rugged aspect, but the yarns are so fine and the leaf trim also gives the delicate/feminine touch to it.  The ends taper off but I couldn't get it into the picture without sacrificing some of the details.

All of these projects were firsts for Alexus and I'm glad she took the risk, it all turned out beautifully!  Thanks so much Alexus and let me know when you're in town so we can get together for some crafting!

ETA:  Oops, there is also a handmade spindle Alexus made me.  I forgot I packed it in my spinning tote in case I got around to some spinning at the cottage over the weekend.  I will try to take a photo of it and post a bit later.  Gotta go get dinner started.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Random Swap Round 5 (signups March 2-15, 2014; sendouts May 17, 2014) on: May 13, 2014 08:53:26 AM
I still have a few things to do before meeting up with my partner.  Where has this swap period gone?!
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