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1  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Moules Mariniere on: December 10, 2007 03:41:27 AM
sorry if this sounds silly, but what are beards and barnacles? Tongue

these are things that are on the mussels which are not good to eat and carry sand.. barnacles are the bits that attche them to the poles or rocks
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Pork Rib Paksiw on: November 23, 2007 02:01:33 AM

Paksiw is very popular in the Philippines and could easily be used to cook other meats such as fish, poultry and beef. Paksiw is cooking something with vinegar and sugar and also used as means to cook the left-overs of letchon and roast chicken or beef.


    * 1 kg pork rib & belly
    * 1/2 cup vinegar
    * 1 tbsp minced garlic
    * 1/2 cup soy sauce
    * 1/2 cup water
    * 3 to 4 large red onions, sliced
    * 4 tbsps. brown sugar
    * 2 pcs bay leaves
    * freshly crushed peppercorns
    * salt to taste


   1. Separate ribs. In a saucepan, mix together meat, water, vinegar and  soysauce. Leave to boil until liquid had lessened to half or meat is tender.
   2. Add the garlic, onions, bay leaves and sugar. Continue to cook over medium-to-high heat. Do taste the sauce and adjust to your liking by adding more of vinegar or soy sauce or water or sugar. stir often to prevent from sticking.
   3. Cook until sauce is very thick or almost dry.
   4. Serve with rice.

Makes 4 to6 servings.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Moules Mariniere on: November 23, 2007 01:58:07 AM

Moules Mariniere

This is my son's favourite dish as well as mine.


2 kg / 4 1/2 lb mussels
2 shallots
2 garlic gloves (optional, see note above)
4 tablespoons chopped parsley, thyme and bay leaves
200 ml / 7 fl oz dry white wine
150 ml water
45 g / 1 1/2 oz butter
120ml cream or creme fraiche
salt and pepper


Clean the mussels as best as you can (best let fresh mussels soak in basin with clean water before preparation so grit and sand will fall off when they move around or something). Wash under cold water, remove opened mussels (they are dead and not fresh), discard beards and barnacles

Chop the onions and put them in a large pan with half the butter and wilt them for a minute or two.

Then add the garlic (optional), most of the herbs (reserving some as a garnish), the dry white wine and the water and bring to the boil.

Simmer for 15 mins.

Then bring the liquid up to a fast boil again and tip in the mussels. Put the lid on the pan for a few minutes, shake the pan, open and check all the mussels have opened. Discard the few that have not, as these will not be good ones.

Remove the mussels from the pan. If you cant scoop them out easily and quickly with a ladle, leaving most of the liquid in the pan, you can use a colander balanced over another large pan to drain them, catching the liquid in the pan below.

Keep the mussels warm while you deal with the liquid: boil it down for a couple of minutes and whisk in the remaining butter; check for seasoning or let individual season to their liking.

If you are using cream, stir it in now; then pour the liquid over the mussels in a large tureen, garnish with the remaining parsley and serve with French Fried Potatoes.

This recipe serves 4.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Comfy new blouse: first time! on: September 14, 2007 03:38:10 AM
Thank you!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Comfy new blouse: first time! on: September 09, 2007 12:35:28 PM
here's a new one with slight modification

thanks for looking!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Comfy new blouse: first time! on: September 08, 2007 10:20:45 AM
I love it! It look so sweet on you. Grin
Oh, and btw, we have the same camera*nods*

Yay, Oly rocks! Can't wait for the E-510 under the Christmas tree...
Thank you  Cheesy
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Comfy new blouse: first time! on: September 08, 2007 05:34:22 AM
I think it's amazing you copied that.  Was it difficult to do?  How did you know how much fabric to allow for gathering the top?  Wow.
nope it isn't. i just stretched the original, measured, scribble the pattern on paper, cut, compare it by putting the piece close to the original top. i think this is time a more time consuming way to do it.

Thanks all for your comments.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Comfy new blouse: first time! on: September 07, 2007 01:43:44 PM
i just used the one i bought and copied it and since i am too lazy to try elastic shoulder, i used a drawstring inspiration for the neckline.

here is the original i bought:

it is rather too tight around the belly so i added two centimeters on it.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Comfy new blouse: first time! on: September 07, 2007 01:19:25 PM

it has been a long time since I made my clothes but the other day, I found this sweet top from the shop and love it to bits! the only problem is it was a bit tight at the bottom. since i really like the design, i made my version using broderie anglaise fabric i had in the cupboard and i loved the result!

what do you think?

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: ::Bagsket - Tutorial ready:: on: June 27, 2007 05:35:51 AM

this is what I made last year july2006 - still using it  Smiley

I did not have time to improve the simple design because there is so much to do and very little time specially with babies and the moving, however soon I think I will work on it because it is just so cool Smiley

great colour combination by the way!
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