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2141  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding Shoes get flamed! on: February 28, 2008 05:24:11 AM
they rock, but personally I'd use some form of spray on varnis just to finish them- that's just 'cos of where I live, the weather here is really wet and mud would ruin their coolness.
2142  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: College/Cheap but not horribly unhealthy ideas on: February 28, 2008 05:18:44 AM
use chicken thighs instead of breasts, they're cheaper.

buy yourself a crockpot; it will be your best friend. it can turn cheap meat into a thing of beauty and you can put it on before you leave and come home to a hot meal.

here's my chicken stew:
Do this the night before you want stew.
Once you have procured your crockpot, get some dried barley, green lentils and split peas; or if in the UK buy your supermarket's cheapest "soup mix". you'll find it in the 'hippy' aisle along with the glueten free stuff and nuts.
rinse the pulses.
place them in the pot with cold water to cover them.
leave on overnight.

in the morning, throw in a small bottle of cheap beer (optional), 3 chicken thighs with skin removed (bones are optional),half a can of tomatoes, whatever root veg you have chopped into 1/2 in pices (also optional), 1 onion chopped, a clover of garlic chopped, minced or just poked with something sharp, and a handfull of herbs. stir all around. make sure the liquid covers the meat. go out for 4-5 hours.

it's a bit more work, but beats ramen with ketchup on hands down.
2143  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Give me your crockpot / slow cooker recipes...Please on: February 28, 2008 05:10:48 AM
I luuuurve my crockpot.

lamb curry
1lb cheap lamb- I buy Asda Smarkprice lamb shoulder chops for this (Asda=British WalMart)
1 can chopped tomatoes
2 small onions (I class 2" diameter as a small onion- in the uk if you eat seasonally, this is all you get in feb)
2tsp tomato paste (NB: 1 UK tsp is 5mls, they're bigger than US ones)
1/4 jar curry paste OR 4 UK teaspoons curry powder

brown lamb in a pan, remove from pan.
fry chopped onions until golden, add paste, fry a bit more until you can smell the spices, add meat.
coat meat all over, throw meat and onions in crockpot.
pour in the tomatoes, then half fill the can with water. swish round a bit, add tomato paste, stir then pour into crockpot.
stir crockpot contents, cook for 4-5 hours. meat should be falling off the bone.
try and retrieve all the meat, remove from bone and add back to the sauce beofre serving.

do not forget to taste it all, but DO NOT ADD SALT until you are ready to serve, crockpots have an amazing ability to make food get saltier and saltier if you add it at the start.

Beef Stew
1lb cheap beef- the cheaper the better
2 small onions
mushrooms- I like as many as possible, you may not so just leave them out.
2 small carrots (or 1 large one, small to me is 4in)
piece of swede (Rutabaga) peeled and chopped. again, do this to taste.
2 sticks celery (or 1. whatever. Smiley )
1 pt beer (UK pint)
large pinch dried sage
2 bayleaves
1 beef bullion cube

brown beef in a pan. crumble over bullion. I use oxo.
put all dry ingredients into crockpot, layering as you go- onion,beef,veg etc
pour on beer. beer should cover the meat, if it doesn't, add more beer OR add water.
cook for 4 hours. check it's done by tasting the meat. if it's melt in the mouth, it's done- or it's time to throw in some dumplings.

dumplings (for 2.5 people)
4 oz plain (all purpose) flour
2 oz shredded suet (beef or vegetable)
pinch salt
cold water

sift flour into bowl. stir or rub in suet- i find it makes no difference.
add cold water little by little until it forms a dough ball.
separate it into 4 or 6 balls.
float them on the stew, put the lid back on the pot and cook for another hour or so- if your crockpot is fancier than mine and has heat settings, crank it up to high and only cook them for a half hour.

variation on the beef stew: use wine instead of beer. use pork instead of beef. use chicken instead of pork. use lamb.....i could go on. vary your herbs.
chicken goes better with wine, is tasy with sage and bay or rosemary and bay.
beef with beer or wine, sage, rosemary or thyme. Bayleaves.
pork with beer or cider, sage, rosemary or thyme.
lamb with wine, sage, rosemary.... thyme doesn't do too well with lamb.
2144  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Your favourite sandwiches on: February 28, 2008 04:42:37 AM
me too... but I gots no bread, and I sure as hell aint making any lol!!!
2145  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Great Flavor Addition to Tea on: February 28, 2008 04:39:52 AM
I can't stand lemon and tea. But then I'm british so anything short of a bone china cup and a little jug of milk on the side is sacrelidge lol!!!
2146  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: From mama tee to girlie dress on: February 26, 2008 08:22:07 AM
I can also no longer donate. But thanks to people like you and your hubby, I survived my daughter's birth. People who donate blood are wonderful and should be more heavily recognised for their amazing gift. If I could, I would.

cute dress too Wink
2147  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Guess I'll start posting here too! on: February 26, 2008 08:17:16 AM
wow! the last one is so ubercute!
2148  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tampon Dispenser on: February 26, 2008 05:32:44 AM
omg that so beats my bag on the back of the door!!!

2149  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Faux Stained Glass kitchen windows - now with simple tut. on: February 26, 2008 05:26:30 AM
a hint for those who rent and might lose security deposits and suchlike is to do the same thing you mention, only create your art on pieces of acetate. it works really well, can be stuck up with sticky dots and come down when the landlord comes to inspect. you can buy it in A4 sheets or on a roll.
2150  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Stylist Record Bowl Tray on: February 26, 2008 05:20:19 AM
I love record bowls. had loads when I was at uni, all really kitsch 45s. kudos.
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