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11  COOKING / Dessert / Bake and Botch! on: January 06, 2011 05:47:48 AM
we have a Stitch and Botch board so why not a Bake and Botch so we can share our mishaps and support each other through such tough times

i'll get things going
Making a cake this afternoon for my friend, it's her birthday tomorrow so she's getting face cake, going to decorate it tomorrow before we go round
only thing is, i sort of over filled the tin and within 10 mins is was overflowing onto the bottom of my oven, managed to scrape it up and put a tray under it, now i just have to hope it comes out ok, it has another 10 mins *crosses fingers*

previous botches
used lemon concentrate instead of fresh lemon juice and my cheesecake made a bid for freedom when i took the tin off

my brother used 3 eggs instead of 1 size 3 egg to make chocolate muffins, they were different, but very tasty

so, share your botches? make me feel a little better about my meagre skills?
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Baby and Big Brother gifts to go to CA on: September 23, 2010 09:54:55 AM
my friend lives in CA and i'm in UK and she's going to have a baby (number 2) in may and i want to make and send some items
for baby i'm thinking a Starghan, i know it'll be thick and warm but i figure it'll be a nice play blanket, or good for when they go visiting
maybe some booties or something
but her boy, he's 4 (he may be 5 by the time baby arrives) and i want to send him something too, any ideas what i could make for him? or should i just send him stickers and sweets etc. he's such a sweet boy and he loves whatever anyone gives him
any ideas?
13  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / the Most awesome smart car EVER on: July 14, 2010 02:54:53 PM
my friend sent me the link to this, she knows me so well


someone please tell me i'm not the only one to think this is awesome
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / silly putty problems on: June 15, 2010 09:33:29 AM
so i made silly putty using borax and pva (elmers type) glue a while ago (made it at rangers, guides, i think we let the brownies play and at my mam's school) and it worked really well
until i ran out of borax
i tried to get more borax recently and couldn't, so i got borax substitute which is supposed to do everything that borax does, however, when i tried to make silly putty with my cousins it didn't work, at all
anyone else have this problem?
was it the borax substitute?
was it the glue? (it said pva, but wasn't 'stolen from school' it was store bought and not as thick)
or do you think we were just having an anti-craft day?
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Fidget Pie on: May 12, 2010 01:39:49 AM
I made fidget pie last weekend to take to a family picnic (my brother was in his first kayak race, more of a fun run but he had fun, came in the top 20 and we were there to support him, of course). I got the recipe from the Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain Cookbook, it's a great recipe, not difficult at all (unless you're like me and either hit or miss with pastry, i got it on the 3rd try) and it was a huuuge hit
ooh, recipe is also online on their website http://www.hairybikers.com/index.php?action=recipes&id=51
so, onto photos
well, photo

it's layers of onions, potatos, apples and ham, seasoned with salt, pepper and sage
i don't have a good pic of the pie as a whole but i can tell you how it looked
lumpy, bumpy and golden brown
i put the pi symbol on top, but held back from putting 3.141592653589793 etc. round the edge of the pie, i'm such a geek sometimes
16  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / L5R Yoritomo Takara Costume on: May 05, 2010 01:44:23 AM
a friend of mine asked me for help making a Yoritomo Takara costume for a con she was going to
it mostly ended up me doing it, she helped, if i showed her exactly what to do and sat and watched her while she did it
but anyhow, i made the hakama and armour, i got the hakama pattern as payment so i don't mind too much giving up 2 full days to it
so here's some pics i got when we were done making

Front View

Back View

Close-up Front

Close-up Back

The Whole Shebang

i did tell her it needed pressing and carefully folding but by the looks of the pics from the event i don't think she bothered but she looked the part well enough i think

C&C welcome
17  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / old recipes, Elderberry Wine, Oat Cinnamon Bread, Syllabub (circa 1825 to 1913) on: February 17, 2010 02:04:50 AM
there's an open air/living museum near us (Beamish, it's awesome) and on one visit, i think it was for harvest festival, i picked up some recipes, some of which have gone down very well and some of which i haven't tried yet
so i'm going to type them up for everyone to see and try, though i may have to come back later and add more because i'm sure some of my notes have slipped down the side of the sofa

Elderberry Wine
Ground Cinnamon
Ground Cloves
(quantities determined by the weight of elderberries. For every 8lb fruit, 1oz cinnamon and 1/2oz cloves)

Pick berries, removing large stems. Place in a  preserving pan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Boil for 20 minutes pressing the berries occasionally, using a wooden spoon to make the juice flow. Strain through a jelly bag. Measure the amount of juice. Return to pan, add sugar, 1/2lb to every pint of juice and a small quantity of spices. Bring back to the boil, stirring till the sugar dissolves, boil for 20 minutes. Then, strain from pan and bottle when cold; keep for at least 3 months.

Oat Cinnamon Bread
6oz butter
12oz brown Sugar
12oz syrup
1oz flour
6oz rolled oats
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
pinch of salt
6oz raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 pint of milk

Melt butter, sugar and syrup in a pan over medium heat. Sieve the flour, salt and cinnamon together and add in the raisins. Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in warm milk, luke warm. Combine all ingredients and beat well till mixed. Put into 2 baking trays 12 inch x 7 inch. Bake in a moderate oven for about 25-30 minutes till brown and firm.

Everlasting Syllabub
1/2 pint of double cream
1/4 of a pint of Rhine Wine- German Hock
2 tablespoons of sherry-sweet type
1 lemon
4 oz sugar

Whip cream into soft peaks and whisk the sugar into cream forming a stiff mix. Beat in the wine, sherry juice and grated rind of lemon. Whip well till all is mixed and stiff. Fill wine glasses with the syllabub. This recipe holds its shape well and if chilled tastes better after 2-3 days, when the flavours will have blended.

Oatmeal and Cheese Biscuits
4oz fine oatmeal
2oz flour
3oz grated cheese
Pinch of Cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
3oz butter
yolk of 1 egg
Water to bind (small amount)

Mix together oatmeal, salt and flour, put into butter. Add the cheese and pepper, mix to a stiff paste with egg yolk adding water when needed. Roll out to 1/8th inch, cut into small biscuits. Bake on a greased tray in a moderate oven- 10 minutes.
18  COOKING / Dessert / choc chip scones on: January 19, 2010 11:06:35 AM
choc chip scones, something i created when i was about 12, they're awesome though

pre-heat oven to 200degrees C
rub together in a bowl 225g flour, 50g sugar, 50g butter and 1/2 tsp salt
add in 50-75g of choc chips (or bashed up lindt bunny as i used today) and stir
pour in 125ml of milk and combine with a round bladed knife
knead briefly on a floured surface then divide into 2
roll/bash each piece down to a round, about 1cm thick and cut into 6 wedges
place the wedges on a greased baking sheet and bake for 10-12 mins
cool on a wire rack
eat plain or spread with some slightly salted butter (it really works)

i'd post pics but i don't have many of this bash left, and they don't look the best as they didn't rise well

remember, self raising flour is your friend
if using plain flour, (like i often do) for this recipe you need to add 4tsp or baking powder (or the relevant amount of other raising agent for the amount of flour)
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Yo Yo Baby-ghan on: December 10, 2009 06:44:25 AM
i've been working on this blanket since the beginning of summer (various things happened to delay the work) but now it's done
a nice, even 30inches across
it's cream, with a slight pearly-ness, really soft and machine washable

the blanket

a closer shot of my lovely yo-yos

gonna ask mam to weave the ends in for me cause i'm useless at it, they always come out again, then all it needs it to be tied with a pretty blue ribbon and it'll be ready for Thomas' arrival

please please please tell me what you think
20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / our Halloween on: November 01, 2009 03:53:47 AM
so this year we have rather spiffy pumpkins, a feegle and a death eater
i painted the boyfriend, with a little help from mam
and i made my mask, plaster of paris and 6? coats of silver poster paint (mam and i made my cloak about 7, maybe a little more, years ago)

if possible i'll get a better pic of my mask later
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