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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: New artist on: August 25, 2011 08:17:43 PM
Very nice! i love that with your first piece you went for something very complicated. The shading of the ridges around the eye sockets looks very good.
2  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: A Woodlander's Vegetable Pasty on: July 21, 2011 07:43:11 AM
A home-made Hot Pocket!  (I hope that's ok to say)   We love Hot Pockets but have been trying to eat a wee healthier.  I'm going to try this, thank you for posting!!

I love Hot Pockets too, though I rarely buy them Smiley This recipe is still probably decently high in calories and fat, but otherwise would be a lot better then a Hot Pocket, I expect. Thanks for reading!
3  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Redwall-inspired blackberry-apple crumble on: July 21, 2011 07:40:13 AM
I didn't think about posting actual measurements for a stick of butter, whoops. Thanks Goldfishpollywog!
4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: A Woodlander's Vegetable Pasty on: June 28, 2011 04:04:28 PM
Oh Wow! We have these plates! Cheesy Thanks for the recipe; both my sisters are Veggie, so this could be a nice meal for them. Smiley

I do love these plates! This is a nice vegetarian meal, and it could be made vegan by using a margarine or shortening crust, instead of butter. Thanks for the comment!
5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: A Woodlander's Vegetable Pastie on: June 28, 2011 04:01:40 PM
i've only ever made dessert ones which I am a giant fan of but this may have convinced me to do some as a main. Looks fantastic. Great job.

Now I want to make a desert pastie, as I have never tried making those before! Thanks for commenting Smiley
6  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: A Woodlander's Vegetable Pasty on: June 28, 2011 03:59:43 PM
Going to try out the recipe tonight! I love dinners in pie form, lol. Grin

Let me know how it turns out! Thanks for looking.
7  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Redwall-inspired blackberry-apple crumble on: June 26, 2011 08:55:50 PM
I always loved those books. I anticipate your other recipes also as this looks and sounds delicious!  great job. Smiley

Thanks! I have a couple other recipes I am working on, but I am still tweaking them!
8  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / A Woodlander's Vegetable Pasty on: June 26, 2011 08:52:33 PM
This is the second post in a series. See this http://freethoseradicals.blogspot.com/2011/05/redwall-inspired-blackberry-apple.html link for an explanation behind these recipes.

A pasty is made up of a filling of meat and/or vegetables, enclosed in a case of pastry. They are a good way to make food more portable, but are also quite delicious as a feature of a sit-down meal. Pasties also are mentioned often in the Redwall books.

From The Outcast of Redwall:

I'd like a beaker of strawberry cordial and a big pastie, a mushroom, potato, and onion one; after that I think I'd go for some hot apple-and-blackberry crumble, with sweet white arrowroot sauce poured all over it.

Vegetable pasties also make frequent appearances at feasts, or in heroes' haversacks when going on quests.

This is what I think a Woodlander's vegetable pasty might be like.

Woodland Vegetable Pasties

c lentils
1 chopped yellow onion
2 minced garlic cloves
2 Tbs olive oil
1 chopped carrot
1 chopped stalk of celery
1 chopped portabella mushroom
tsp salt
2 Tbs water
2 tsp flour or cornstarch
sprig of parsley, minced
sprig of rosemary, minced

Pie dough (can purchase, but I used of thishttp://smittenkitchen.com/2008/11/pie-crust-102-all-butter-really-flaky-pie-dough/recipe, and Deb's recipe and methods are foolproof)
Cook lentils in about cup of water for 25-30 minutes.
Meanwhile, fry the chopped onion and minced garlic in 2 Tbs of olive oil, until the onions are translucent.
Chop the carrot and celery in the meantime. Add these to the frying pan and sautee for 5-10 minutes. Add the chopped mushroom and salt to the pan. Sautee for another five minutes, then turn off the heat.

Combine the lentils and vegetable mix into a bowl. Once the mixture has cooled somewhat, add 2 Tbs water, 2 tsp flour, parsley and rosemary and mix together thoroughly.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Roll the pie dough into four or six circles, depending on how large you want your pasty. Place the filling on one side of the circle (2-4 Tbs of filling), then fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges together. Flatten the edges of the pasty with the tines of a fork to seal. Prick the dough several times with fork tines in order to allow steam to escape.

Cook the pasties for 20-25 minutes, the crust should be golden brown.

I had enough dough for four pasties, but enough leftover filling that I probably could have made six. One of these with salad was enough for my dinner.

There are making-of pictures at this link: http://freethoseradicals.blogspot.com/2011/05/woodlanders-vegetable-pasty.html
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: May He Live Long and Prosper on: June 23, 2011 08:56:48 PM
*hyperventilates a little* this is awesome! And perfect. I love that the details of his uniform are right, even down to the sleeve trimmings. As a trekie I totally approve Cheesy
10  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Redwall-inspired blackberry-apple crumble on: June 23, 2011 08:43:29 PM
I made this for a potluck, and it was devoured.  Just set a tub of cool whip next to it and washed the pan afterwards. Grin

Awesome! It is nice to hear that the recipe worked out well for you Smiley
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