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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Sweet tomato soup Chinese take away style on: May 20, 2014 09:19:22 AM
When I asked my family for suggestions for Christmas dinner years ago, they asked for Asian food - but cheap Chinese take away style. (don't ask me why....) This soup stuck around since everybody loves it and It's super easy to make. I actually just whipped up a 4 liter batch the other day. It can be made more spicy by using a different type of sambal. I used a very hot sambal bajak.

Ingredients for 2 liter

2 stock cubes, vegetable or chicken

1 onion, chopped

2 or 3 garlic cloves

1 kg tomatoes

6 tablespoons sugar

4 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 teaspoon sambal ulek

1 teaspoon lemongrass powder

1 teaspoon ginger powder

2 tablespoons cornflour



Boil 1 liter of water and add the stock cubes, garlic and onion. Add tomatoes and boil again.

Mix together all of the remaining ingredients except the cornflour and add. Stir in, then puree the soup using a blender. In a seperate bowl, mix the cornflour with one or two spoons of soup and add.

This is the basic recipe. You can now add bean sprouts, chicken, meat balls, shrimp, etc for variety. For a truly home made soup you can even make fresh chicken stock. I haven't tried that yet, but it will be good!





2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / So, what do you do with cross stitch? on: March 26, 2014 02:14:02 PM
I have a daily commute of about 1,5 hour and during that time on the train, I normally do cross stitch. I'm not too big on the finished result of cross stitch, but I need to keep my hands busy, it's easy to transport and the repetitiveness is almost like meditation to me. Plus I know my stitching is fairly neat, it's by far my best craft, so that's rewarding as well. The only problem is, when I finish them, most of the times I just stick them in a box and never look at them again.

I stitch Christmas and birthday cards for elderly relatives and my mum, but I'm not really sure what do with my other finished work. I take small, uncomplicated projects with me: not too many colours, not much bigger than 5/6". I've stitched some funny things to hang up in my home, but there's only so many cross stitch you can put up with in your house, especially as I want to leave some space for the more complicated craft stuff that I'd much rather display. I'm a quilter as well and I've been told I should use them as panels in quilts, but I just can't picture it not turning out looking horribly old fashioned (in a bad way).

Does anyone one here have brilliant, non-boring finishing ideas?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Beginner Quiltalong on: March 04, 2014 01:08:08 PM
I'm kind of intimidated by the 14-in-2014 Quiltalong, so I was wondering if there's anyone else interested in starting a newbie quiltalong? Like, one where we count completed blocks instead of entire quilts  Grin

I'm experienced in all kinds of crafts and I've been trying to get into quilting for years. I like the finished result a lot, but I'm not really that good in sewing and cutting straight lines and I find it hard to keep myself motivated for large projects that get boring every now and then. I think a quiltalong thread would make me more productive.

Also, I'd like to experiment with different types of blocks, so I wonder if anyone would be interested in doing something like a block-of-the-month? So far, I've only tried log cabin and snow ball blocks and I think it would be much more fun to mess up new blocks together.

So far I've completed one quilt and working on two: a log cabin quilt made from old pairs of jeans and a snowball block flower print baby quilt (eternal WIP, waaaay too much cutting) .
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / What am I getting myself into? on: July 16, 2009 02:02:00 PM
So, a while ago I decided I wanted to quilt. I originally drew up a pattern for a quilt that was going to be huge (I wanted it to touch the floor on all 4 sides of a big double bed...  it would be 4 meters or something) but I decided that might be just a little bit too big for a first time. Tongue

So, instead, I opted for a readymade pattern and ordered a pattern & fabric from Red Rooster Fabrics, I haven't received it yet. The pattern is called In Full Bloom.  I think it's going going to be about 1m x 1m, so that's a lot better than my original plan....  here's the link to the pattern:  http://www.redroosterfabrics.com/content7369.html

I have no idea though, if this is difficult to make or not. I've looked through the pattern (it's available for free on the website) and it doesn't seem very difficult, and I am experienced in sewing, but I'm just a bit insecure because this is going to be my first project.

Also, I have no idea what to do for the actual quilting? I am going to do it by hand - I sew but I'm not fond of sewing machines - but I have no idea what kind of 'design' I should use. I've never seen any quilts in real life, except for some log cabin cushion covers, quilting is very unknown where I live. I really don't know what kind of thread and needle I should use for the quilting.

Thanks in advance!!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / What kind of craft products would sell? on: March 11, 2009 11:22:08 AM
I am a student and I also have a chronic illness that is very uncontrollable - I could be feeling well today and in hospital tomorrow. It makes it hard for me to keep a regular job like most students. I'm a big crafter, crafting is certainly work that I'm physically able to do as I can work whenever I'm well.

I would like to make some extra money to make it a little easier for me to pay my way through university. I can do a lot of crafts, but I'm not sure what kind of items people would like to buy. I have no experience in buying crafts; I always make everything I need myself. I'm not sure where to sell, maybe through the internet as there are no craft fairs in my area. I know a couple of websites where you can sell items.

I can do embroidery, sewing, quilting, am improving my knitting / crochet skills right now, and I also do a lot of papercraft. I can do a lot and I have a lot of ideas,  I just really don't know what kind of items people would buy...  Huh thanks in advance!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Stitch 2.0 on: September 07, 2007 02:38:44 PM
So, I'm a happy user of Stitch 2.0.

Now I wondered if there's any way someone who does not own Stitch can open the pattern I made? The extension of the pattern is .cse and I've never even seen that before.

7  EUROPE / GERMANY / Trier + questions about germany on: July 26, 2007 01:15:14 PM
I'm a Dutch girl going on holiday to Trier tomorrow. (I'm sorry, I'm bit late!) and I was wondering if anyone knows about nice craft stores - especially embroidery, but I'm also doing other crafts - in Trier or the surrrounding area?

Germany is very famous in the Netherlands because they have so many embroidery products, I know people who travel to Germany only because of that ... but I'll need to find a craft store for that!

Are craft stores generallly easy to find? In here they are well hidden and usually not in the centre of town. And could anybody tell me about German embroidery / cross stitch magazines that are worth to be brought home + shown off with?

Ich wnschte, dass ich mit Ihnen auf Deutsch sprechen knnte, aber ich habe vergessen fast die ganze Grammatik die ich gelernt habe auf die Schule. Es tut mir Leid.  Sad
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Very sweet cat :) on: June 28, 2007 03:26:37 PM
This cat is going to be embroidered in white on my new black pencil skirt.

I stitched this one in Holbein stitch, but the one on my skirt will be in plain backstitch. Nobody is going to see the back side...

The nose is in satin stitch.

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Tips and tricks for a starting quilter on: June 19, 2007 01:42:22 PM
I'm learning to be a needlework designer and I also have to make patchwork and a quilt. My teacher isn't that good at it and I've never really done something like this before (except for the obligated, unfinished and ruined patchwork I made when I was about 9 years old).

I'm thinking of using light pink fabric, a medium brown one and one with flowers in pink and brown. It's meant to be on bed for two persons.

What is the best way to start, and what's the easiest sort of quilt? Hopefully you experienced quilters can help me out. Thanks in advance !!  Smiley
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My first assisi embroidery on: June 18, 2007 11:05:45 PM
I finished my first assisi embroidery yesterday night. It's a traditional pattern in traditional colours, and I used cross stitch, holbein stitch (for the edges) and back stitch. (for the border).

I'm only not sure what the pattern is supposed to depict. They look a bit like giant rabbits, though  Cheesy

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