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21  Buttercup Squash and Pear Soup in Recipes and Cooking Tips by dreadlocklove on: September 02, 2015 10:08:06 AM
Buttercup, possibly my favourite type of squash now. Roasted and pured with sauted pear, coconut milk and nectar, as well as some spices.

I just don't have a formal recipe but basically, peel and cube a buttercup squash, toss it with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast for about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, cube about two or three pears (I only had bartlett at my house but will be trying it with bosc next time) and sautee them in a bit of coconut oil or butter. Drizzle with coconut nectar (I'm sure maple syrup or agave nectar would work just as well) and add some allspice and ginger. Add the squash to the pears, pour in some coconut milk (about one can of full-fat) and water (however much you want to cut the richness and give the preferred texture) simmer for a couple of minutes then puree in a blender. Add salt and/or other seasoning to taste. I garnished with some toasted butternut squash seeds I had as well as with a bit more allspice.
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22  Re: OWS Gallery and Discussion Rounds 116, 117, 118 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by dreadlocklove on: July 26, 2015 12:07:55 PM
I received a book from scarlet_nights a couple of days ago.  The Back-Country Kitchen has been on my Amazon wish list for some time now and given the camping season, I'm happy to have it in my house!  Thanks so much!
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23  Curried garbanzo wrap in Vegetarian / Vegan by dreadlocklove on: June 19, 2015 10:12:53 AM
I've been feeling that call to eat vegan again and so may be around a little more.  Smiley

Browsing Pinterest, I came across this and drooled:


...then made my own version:

The process is simple.  Thin down some tahini in water or almond milk.  Add a generous amount of curry powder, and also some sea salt and freshly ground pepper.  Mix.  I chose to sweeten with some maple syrup.  Chop some carrots, spinach, scallions and yellow pepper, then add to the tahini.  Don't forget to add in a can of rinsed and drained chick peas.  Make sure your seasoning tastes right then either start eating right away or make a sandwich.  I made a wrap using some paleo coconut wraps I bought in a local shop recently.
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24  Israeli couscous and poached egg in Recipes and Cooking Tips by dreadlocklove on: April 25, 2015 10:46:16 AM
Just made lunch.  Israeli couscous with poached egg. Pork belly, spinach, pine nuts, goat cheese, shallots, onion, garlic, lemon juice and zest, and spices.

It was delicious!

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25  Beet Root Salad in Recipes and Cooking Tips by dreadlocklove on: January 20, 2015 04:03:26 PM
Something I've been eating a lot of lately.  Beet root salad with spinach, sunflower seeds, goat cheese and a tahini dressing.  Hooray for spiroolis!

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26  Roasted Butternut Squash Spaetzle in Recipes and Cooking Tips by dreadlocklove on: January 07, 2015 01:03:15 PM
My culinary arts program is menu planning for an upcoming event and today, we were able to test-run our ideas.  My heart was set on spaetzle and so I created a roasted butternut squash version with pork belly, kale, and goat cheese (and herb) version.   

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27  Pate a choux in Dessert by dreadlocklove on: October 18, 2014 06:24:34 PM
How lucky am I that one of our community's colleges is now offering a Culinary Arts program?!

In baking class, we learned how to make pate a choux, turning it into cream puffs and eclairs.  I practiced a bit further at home, using the recipe in "The Professional Chef" by the The Culinary Institute of America.  I think they turned out!

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28  Re: Random Swap Round 5 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by dreadlocklove on: May 26, 2014 01:52:19 PM
Sorry this has taken so long!  As Alexus1325 said, I was at the cottage for the weekend and had a course to take earlier today.  We did get to swap on Friday and I'd have to say as as beautiful as the gifts are, getting to meet my partner in person was an absolute highlight.  Never did I think this could happen.  We must be the only two Crafstster members from our region.

On to the goodies and man, I feel so blessed to have been offered this package!  Alexus definitely paid attention to my wishlist and crafted based on a theme I wanted to focus on, feminine energy.

Being so delicate, this one was brought into the coffee shop in a separate bag, meaning it's the first gift I looked at:

It's so soft and lovely to touch and look at, the doily and pussy willows do add that special touch.  I'm so happy to have received something I can hang on the wall, it's just what is needed in my living room!  Although it may not seem so, the branches actually come out in all directions so that's another need effect.  To the right of it, there's a rose quartz carved into a woman's torso.  The first thing that came to me as I held it was pregnancy, so I'm not sure if that was intuition foreshadowing something or what!?

Next are some awesome knitted slippers!  I've been wanting these so badly and because I can't knit, I've been relying on others' talents to get my feet in them.  The light blue yarn is some of Alexus' handspun yarn.  I think she posted to project to the Fibre forum and I commented that they reminded me of jeans.  At least, I think I commented.  I know the yarn stood out and I at least thought that.  Anyway, she chose it for this project and I love the speckles of colour.  And even though it's 30 degrees Celsius out, I'm wearing the slippers (have been waiting since I got them to put them on, didn't want to ruin them at the cottage).

This one was a bit harder to take a picture of while wearing but it's the Cove hat taken straight off my Pinterest list, again a knitted project!  Alexus said she used a bit pot for blocking, it had to accommodate my 28" head that has mature/thick dreadlocks.  It fits perfectly!

And last but definitely not least, another big project, a knitted freeform scarf!

I love this one, and will treat it will considering how long it took Alexus to make it, about 25 hours!  And I don't think that's counting the time it took to spin a few of the yarns she used.  I love the fact that this one uses wool to give it a rugged aspect, but the yarns are so fine and the leaf trim also gives the delicate/feminine touch to it.  The ends taper off but I couldn't get it into the picture without sacrificing some of the details.

All of these projects were firsts for Alexus and I'm glad she took the risk, it all turned out beautifully!  Thanks so much Alexus and let me know when you're in town so we can get together for some crafting!

ETA:  Oops, there is also a handmade spindle Alexus made me.  I forgot I packed it in my spinning tote in case I got around to some spinning at the cottage over the weekend.  I will try to take a photo of it and post a bit later.  Gotta go get dinner started.
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29  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by dreadlocklove on: April 15, 2014 02:50:32 PM
I love the whittled knife and that Facebook reminder is absolutely hilarious!

Well, I've been working on a distance education course and haven't been crafting as much.  I do have some finished projects to post but they're for a swap so I'm going to hold off to post until my partner receives.

My son had to create an Easter/Spring Hat for their upcoming hallway fashion show.  We decided on a bird's nest.  Here it is:

I bought the paper shreds, plastic eggs, and "birds" (the chicks were the closest to birds I could find) at Buck or Two, and the rest of the supplies came from around the house.  Originally, we created a nest separate from the hat and wanted to attach it but things were getting lop/heavy-sided so we settled for glueing the paper to the hat itself.  The branch makes the project "stick out" a bit more.  =)
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30  Re: Empty Bowls Fundraiser Pottery in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by dreadlocklove on: April 10, 2014 09:48:39 AM
I completely forgot to come back here..  Thanks for the kind words!

One of the organizers of the event (and potter) finished up my bowls for me.  Here they are:

I bought a ticket and ended up choosing this one at the organizers' request.  It was her favourite of all the 175 bowls made and said I'd be silly not to take it.  There were so many beautiful pieces to choose from and it was hard to decide but ultimately, I felt it would be a good souvenir as my first batch of pottery experiments.

Sadly, the origami started to crack before it was fired so the organizer had to do a lot of trimming to keep it pretty.  It's definitely not the end-result I was hoping for but unique in its own way.  =)

As soon as I can, I'd love to sign up for some classes!  I ended up going to Michael's today to get some Stonex clay for a swap project.  I'm not sure how it's going to turn out but considering I don't have access to a kiln, it's the best that can be done for now!
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