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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Yes, it is possible to knit with licorice... on: October 03, 2008 11:33:52 AM
Someone actually used licorice to make...well
http://knitty.com/ISSUEsummer04/PATT302calories.html


Heh. That's funny!

I like that its difficulty level is "chewy." Wink
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Yes, it is possible to knit with licorice... on: October 02, 2008 02:17:14 PM
BAHA!  It might actually be easier to crochet with. 

I'm totally going to have to do that. 


I wonder if it would be too gross to put in a swap package.  I mean, I'd obviously wear gloves and wash my hook.  LOL

Craziness, I love it!

I really need to try to crochet some day. :p

... I was actually considering the possiblity of making edible scarves as gifts. Wink Or maybe making some fashion-forward candy necklaces. I think you could get away with it if you wore gloves and sterilized your needle/hook.
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Yes, it is possible to knit with licorice... on: October 02, 2008 02:14:40 PM
cool. evety time i try this my licorish breaks  Cry . what brand did u use?

It's some brand "manufactured in Holland" called Maggie Lyon Chocolateirs.

The poor green licorice broke when I tried to add in a red strand. I kept trying to do tight, neat little stitches. The skewers helped a bit, too. I could use the pointy bit at the end to dig out the loops. Smiley
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yes, it is possible to knit with licorice... on: October 02, 2008 02:05:08 PM
... though it might take someone more experience with knitting than I!

I received some licorice laces as part of a care package. I thought the laces were funny and yarn-like.

About halfway through the box, I thought, "I need to knit something with this licorice."

This is the result.





Although I'm terrible at knitting, I thought the end result was kinda of funny. It reminds me of the beginnings of a minature Gryffindor scarf. Wink

Moral of the story: play with your food!
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / A tisket, a tasket, a pink-n-purple basket... on: November 05, 2007 07:45:30 AM
I spent this past Saturday taking a basket-weaving class at my college. It was so awesome; I love crafting from natural materials!

Here's the melon basket I made:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2334/1874891776_30583fe020.jpg?v=0



I can't wait to make another one!

Sorry this post is so brief: I have a Shakespeare and Biology class to attend. Smiley
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Move over, ramen: cheap soba soup on: September 17, 2007 03:57:32 PM
Mmm, sobalicious.
Mum makes something similar to this, I think it uses the same noodles, but instead of a broth it's this soy-sauce like soup base called Memmi that we dilute with a little water. But this sounds good, I have to try it  Smiley I never knew you could use a microwave to cook soba! Smart.


oh and~when I first saw the "huge blackberry" picture I just saw that cellphone and thought "that's not a Blackberry...it's an LG!" Then the monster loaded. Did you eat it or build it a shrine?

Memmi sounds yummy! I've never heard of it. Do you think I could find it at my local Asian market?

As for the blackberry... I'm happy to say that I covered it in a fine dusting of sugar and savored it slowly. Smiley
7  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Move over, ramen: cheap soba soup on: September 17, 2007 01:49:21 PM


As a college student, there are many days where I can't bear the thought of eating yet again in the dread cafeteria. When these feelings overwhelm me, I turn to a deliciously cheap staple: soba noodles.

I bought a huge pack of noodles for $4. I have eaten at least 13-15 bowls of soup out of this pack--and there are still plenty of bowls left!

There's no set recipe. Nonetheless, here's a good set of guidelines.

INGREDIENTS:

-Soba noodles
-"Rooster sauce," a.k.a. Sriracha hot sauce (you limit the amount added to a few drops if you don't like spice)
-Soy sauce
-Sesame oil
-Onion, peppers, etc.

1) Break up some noodles into a bowl.
2) Fill up the bowl with enough water to cover the noodles plus a little extra.
3) Put in microwave for 5-6 minutes (depending on your microwave). The noodles should boil and get soft.
4) Take out of microwave and add sauces to suit your mood. I generally use a 3:2:1 ratio of soy sauce, sesame oil, and Rooster sauce.
5) Mix and serve.

The nice thing is that you can add sauce as you go along. If it doesn't taste right the first try, add some more! Add water, add veggies--whatever!

Onions work really well with this dish. Peppers and carrots also taste quite good. The best(!) addition, though, is prusciutto. (I'm sure that I'm misspelling that.) The Italian ham cooks just enough to salt and flavor the broth. I wish I had some with me. Wink

Enjoy! It's really good, I guarantee. (Make sure you drink the broth!) The Rooster sauce will knock your sinuses out if you add enough to the broth. Yum.

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Just for fun, here's a huge blackberry:

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Feast of Felt: plush tea, sandwich, strawberry, cake, and more! on: September 17, 2007 01:30:13 PM
I love food. I love making plushies. It makes sense to combine the two, right?

I figured I'd lump all of my felt food into one happy post. Smiley





My new pincushion!



The lighting makes my egg look moody.



Look! A red velvet cake with buttercream icing! Mmm...



Do you drink your tea with cream and sugar? I do. The Earl Grey is calling me.



This strawberry is huge. It easily dwarfs the cup of tea and the cake. I had to use my cute polka-dot felt!





My sandwich! This has so much detail work. It has pepper slices, bacon, provolone cheese, onion, condiments, a sprinkling of herbs, shredded lettuce, and a pickle. Yum.



A close-up. Just because I love this dorky sandwich.

I'm starting to really dig sewing by hand. No machine malfunctions! Tactile pleasure! What's not to like?
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ani, the Felt-tastic Tapir on: June 30, 2007 05:20:52 PM
This is my latest odd mammal plushie.

Ani is a tapir, a crazy snout-laden mammal. He's made from blanket-stitched felt and lots of stuffing. Despite being a bit awkward and wobbly, he does his best.







Note the heart on his butt. Oh, yes.

(A note on the name: "tapir" means "nestle" in French. "Anidar" means "nestle" in Spanish. Tapirs live in Central and South America. It's one of those crazy linguistic roll-arounds.)
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sherry, the Plush Liquorice Swizzle Stick (Seriously) on: June 13, 2007 08:15:54 PM
Sherry is a twisted stick of black liquorice. She's delicious, though a bit of an acquired taste.

Capping the liquorice strands was a challenge.





I wish I had better photos, but c'est la vie.

Thanks for looking!
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