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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Looking for good Lemon Meringue recipe! on: September 02, 2005 02:56:24 AM
here is the link to delia smiths ones.
she's an incredible cook, her recipes are mouthwatering and easy to make. always a success when presented to guests!
hope u like

2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Ancient Foods?? on: September 02, 2005 02:52:25 AM
here is an easy recipe for an olive pat often found on the table of the rich and powerful during the roman empire.

mince black olives (the big ones are nicer) in a blender and slowly add a little olive oil and vinegar. blend and add a little parsley and celary leaves, some cumin, fenel and coriander seeds and a few leaves of fresh mint, if u have. use as pat on slices of italian bread or pita (which is very similar to piadina, a typical italian type of bread). u can make in advance, put in a jar in fridge, should hold for up to a few weeks.

3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What to do with blackcurrants? on: August 12, 2005 12:58:16 AM
here are a couple of jam recipes, and of course u can freeze them and use when u want, for example to top a cheese cake, or add to muffin mix to make black currant muffins, or serve after dinner with some sugar and whipped cream, or add to icecream

Black Currant Jam

6 cups black currants
4 cups water
6 cups granulated sugar

Place currants and water in a large, heavy-bottomed non-reactive pot. Bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat; simmer for 15 minutes or until softened, stirring occasionally. Use a potato masher to crush, if desired.

Stir in sugar over medium heat until dissolved. Increase heat to high; bring to full boil, stirring constantly. Boil rapidly for 6 to 10 minutes until jam thickens, stirring constantly. Test for setting point.

Remove from heat; skim off any foam.

Ladle into sterilized jars to within 1/4-inch of rim; wipe. Apply lids and rings. Process BWB 5 minutes. (Alternatively, ladle into hot, clean jars and BWB 10 minutes.)

Let rest at room temp until set. Check seals. Refrigerate any unsealed jars for up to three weeks.

Yields 7 half-pint jars.

For a slightly milder currant flavor or for when you have fewer berries available:

Black Currant Apple Jam

3 cups black currants
3/4 cup water
4 cups coarsely grated peeled apples that soften, about 3-4 apples or 1 lb.
4 cups sugar

As per previous recipe, cook currants in water. Mash, if desired. Stir in apples; return to boil over high heat. Reduce heat; boil gently about 10 minutes, or until apples are softened, stirring occasionally.

Stir in sugar over medium heat until dissolved. Increase heat to high; bring to full boil, stirring constantly. Boil rapidly for 12 to 14 minutes, until jam thickens, stirring often. Test for set. Follow directions for BWB canning above.

Black Currant Rhubarb Jam

4 cups black currants
2 cups water
3 cups diced rhubarb, in 1/2-inch pieces
5 cups sugar

Cook currants as per Black Currant Apple Jam and crush, if desired. Add rhubarb. Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly. Boil rapidly 4 to 7 minutes until jam thickens. Test for set.

Remove from heat, skim foam, bottle and BWB as in previous recipes.

4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Big Mac 'n' more recipes on: August 12, 2005 12:40:24 AM
I'm a Big Mac maniac, and per chance came across this awesome web site packed with recipes to recreate all the most famous dishes served in restaurants across the US in your own kitchen.
hope u have as much fun as i do trying to recreate things at home!!!

5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Denim Diva Shawl w/ real denim fringe on: August 12, 2005 12:33:05 AM
i cant crochet to save my life. trying to learn (downloaded pics from internet, and going by trial and error!), but not so easy with a crazy cat who thinks yarn is the best cat invention since meatballs (which she thinks are the best game ever, roll them around the house and then u can eat them too!!!!). but this shawl is..... well...its....something that i have to have, at all costs, sleepless nites trying to understand crochet instructions included! Tongue
so (i'm down on my knees at the moment) please, please pleeeeesssssssssseeeeeeeeeee post instructions, and i will love u forever more! Grin
(btw, saw ur blog and u make the most incredible looking things with ur crochet hook, i'm in awe Shocked)
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Wall-Filler on: August 03, 2005 05:06:56 AM
so do i. it looks really nice, like something i'd easily be tempted to buy in ikea!
great go, might try something similar too!
simple but really nice. Cheesy
7  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: *STRETCH MARKS* on: July 25, 2005 09:35:01 AM
i'm pregnant, and every doctor i've been to so far has advised me to use almond oil to prevent stretch marcks.
as the oil smells, well, of vegetable oil, i advise u add some essential oil such as lavander and camomile, they're the perfect combo if u put the oil on after a bath or relaxing evening shower and are planning to have a nice sleep.
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: "my country doesn't have that" swap signups 6/28-7/20 Send By 8/24/2005 on: July 06, 2005 03:57:08 AM
ooohhh i'm so hypped up at the idea!  ;Dmy first swap! wonder which country i'll be working with??
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: revamped furniture on: May 25, 2005 10:50:30 AM
u've just inspired me!
i have the ugliest melanine table in the kitchen begin to have something done to it to make it a little more attractive, and now i know what to do, PAINT IT!!!!!!!!
thanks for the useful info on sanding it slightly. will certainly follow your indications. Grin Grin Grin
10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to lighten hair? on: March 18, 2005 08:09:32 AM
use camomile. wash hair with shampoo, rinse with camomile, and apply, if u use, conditioner. that and sun will make hair lighter within a couple of weeks (plus gives a lovely purfume to hair!)
do remember though that hair dye does wash out a little, so even if it looks really dark now, after 3/4 washes your hair will appear lighter.
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