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1  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.
2  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.
3  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?

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Messenger Bag on: April 29, 2007 04:09:23 AM
I made a collection of Messenger Bags using woven fiber fabric. In French it is called the Jute and I do not know what it's called in English.

It's got interior and exterior pockets and I used printed fabrics for the lining. It closes with a silver buckle. You only need to slide the tongue into it.

What do you think?
5  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Craft show in London on: February 21, 2007 03:09:39 PM
Just to let you know that there is a Craft show in Excel, London on 22-24 February.

I think entrance is 9, you can get 2 discount if you book in advance on www.nwe.co.uk

6  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / London Crafter Meet-Ups on: January 31, 2007 01:49:02 AM
I would like to meet like minded people interested in Crafting (Scrapbooking, Needlework, Sewing, Cardmaking, etc).

So if you are interested we could organise this and have our 1st meet up in February Smiley maybe in 3rd saturday/sunday in an agreed location or something.

7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / U.K. AND IRELAND / Fabric Shops in London on: January 28, 2007 10:50:51 AM
Just want to share some addresses to my fellow crafters in London area.

Borovicks Fabrics
16 Berwick St., London UK W1F 0HP, Tel: 44.020.7437.2180
Located in central London, Borovick's Fabrics offers bridal fabrics, evening fabrics and theatrical and dancewear fabrics.

Chelsea Textiles
13 Walton Street SW3 2JD, Tel : 44.020.7584.0111
A London fabric design center dedicated to faithful recreations of antique textiles for interiors and furnishings.

Regent St., London UK W1B 5AH; Tel. 44.207.734.1234
The impeccable Liberty (and expensive) offers fabrics and haberdashery, the well-known Liberty fabric store is worth a visit for London fabric hunters.

MacCulloch and Wallis
25 - 26 Dering St., London UK W1R 0BH; Tel: 44.020.7629.0311
Since 1902, the West End's MacCulloch and Wallis has offered fine fabrics, haberdashery and millinery supplies.

Peter Jones
Sloane Square, London UK SW1W 8EL
A London department store offering both fashion fabrics and furnishing fabrics.

RD Franks
Kent House, Market Place, London UK W1W 8HY; Tel: 44.020.7636.1244
London's largest selection of international fashion magazines and books, RD Frank's (locted in the heart of London's West End) also specializes in trend forecasting.

Soho Silks
22 D'Arblay St., London W1: Tel: 44.020.7434.3305
This hip London fabric shop, located in SoHo, specializes in silks, fake fur and animal prints.

Textile King
81 Berwick St., London W1F 8TW Tel: +44.020 7437 7372
A catch-all London fabric shop offering a wide variety of fabrics and notions.

The White House
102 Waterford Rd., London UK SW6 2HA; Tel: 44.020.7629.3521
A London fabric shop for fine linens, including bed linens and terry cloth.

Have fun!
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Handbag on: November 19, 2006 03:36:18 PM
Here is one of the handbags I made recently. It has a simple pocket inside and a slide through closure. I made several using different materials such as velvet, suede &  synthetic leather. All looked smart and cute.

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Simply Purse on: September 25, 2006 06:39:19 PM
I like making simple bags so here is one purse I enjoy making and friends love using.

Interior have pocket and strap with hook so to keep wallets/phones attached.

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / My Alphabets on: September 14, 2006 05:03:57 PM
I've recently cut our some monograms & alphabets for a friend.
It it a bit pricy because i can only make 4 pieces for every paper as it will not cut at all without much free space to hold to.

Just want to know what you think Smiley

Monograms: 8x8 cm

Alphabet sets

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