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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Drawstring jewelry bag on: March 17, 2009 04:54:36 PM
This is the second little bag I made in this style, and it's leaving me tomorrow, like the first one! I just don't keep my stuff, and most of the times I don't take pictures before giving it away. So: voil!

It's hard to see the tiny inside pockets:

Is this easy, or should I add a tute next time I make one?
Thanks for looking!
2  COOKING / Dessert / Traditional brazilian sweets part II: "Coconut kiss" - "Beijinho de coco" on: November 04, 2008 04:21:24 PM
Here goes my second brazilian tute!!! Coconut kisses!

It's a stovetop recipe, but it's much easier and faster than brigadeiros. Follow the steps...

1 can sweetened condensed milk
100 g/3.5oz dehydrated coconut flakes
1 tablespoon butter

Start cooking and stirring - non stop

Butter is still melting, and the mixture is still fluid. Keep stirring.

The first bubbles show up, and it's already getting thicker. Don't stop stirring.

As you stirr, notice that the mixture starts loosening from the pan. Stir.

Now the consistency feels like cold oat porridge - except that it's hot, and you can see more and more of the bottom of the pan. Don't give up stirring.

Stop. You're done. The advantage of this recipe is that the cold dough is not getting much harder than it already is, so get a feeling for the consistency while you stir.

See how firm?

The cook gets the first treat.

Roll them in sparkling sugar.

Stick a clove on the top.

Here I tried different colors of sugar.

I also tried icing colors.

Could this become a Thanksgiving treat, if you put some green on top?
Hope you like this one!  Grin
3  COOKING / Dessert / Brigadeiros - traditional brazilian sweets on: October 25, 2008 11:13:13 AM
No party without them - they are called "Brigadeiros" (bree-gah-day-rose) in Brazil, and are the must at any party, from kids birthdays to weddings. I made this tutorial for a friend - thought I could share.

1 can sweetend condensed milk
1 tablespoon butter
4 tablespoons cocoa
Chocolate sprinkles
Paper cups

Mix the condensed milk, the butter, and the cocoa in a deep Pyrex bowl. Don't bother about the butter, just make sure the chocolate is thoroughly mixed with the condensed milk, and the bowl is really deep.

Microwave on high for 6 minutes. Don't worry, it bubbles so much, you'll think it's going to run over. That's why the bowl needs to be deep.

When it's done, carefully (it's terribly hot) take it out of the microwave and stirr until it's creamy and shiny. Less than 1 minute. Let it cool, and give yourself a treat before moving on.

Once the dough cooled down enough to roll, cream your hands with butter and roll balls about the size of a truffle. Roll the balls in chocolate sprinkles and put them in tiny paper cups.

Enjoy!!!! Cheesy

4  COOKING / Dessert / Banana muffins or banana cake - doesn't matter! on: October 25, 2008 04:25:33 AM
This recipe came to me in a booklet my Mommy gave me years ago. It works as a cake, in a rectangular pan, but it also works in a muffin pan. It's great because it allows me to use up those bread crumbs I have stored in the fridge, and the bananas that weren't eaten and are ripening fast! And the smell....
Funny fact: even people who doen't like banana cakes like it. Somehow they don't feel the taste of banana.

Banana Cake
4 large bananas
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 cups breadcrumbs
3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder

In the blender: bananas, eggs, oil, cinnamon, and vanilla. Beat it.
In a bowl: breadcrumbs, sugar, baking powder. Mix.
Last step: Pour the blended mixture in the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix by hand - don't use the mixer.
Pour into pan of your choice and bake until golden brown.
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