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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Nikki Sixx - Shout at the Devil. Now w Pics on: August 24, 2010 03:35:27 AM
Hi All,

My buddy is dressing up as Nikki Sixx, we have most of the costume sorted but are running into issues with his crazy shoulder sydeny opera house thingo..  Any ideas on what it might be made out of / how it might be recreated / if it's even do-able???  I'm struggeling to even work out what it might be made of Huh

Links below to said crazy shoulder sydeny opera house thingo...




Thanks in advance for you're flipping fantastic ideas!!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / The Inaugural Tuna Mornay Off on: June 19, 2007 08:40:35 PM
During a recent visit to a friends house and discussion occurred regarding Tuna Mornay.. Two friends & Myself all firmly believe that each of us make the best Tuna Mornay..
Statements were made, snippets of recipes were given away, claims of crispiest golden topping, the creamiest sauce, and it's better with / without peas / corn were laid on the table, testimonials from partners were acquired, THE GAUNTLET WAS THROWN DOWN..
As the argument raged on the only solution that we all could agree on was to have a Tuna Mornay Off, a true test of who really makes the best Tuna Mornay and the Inaugural Tuna Mornay Off was conceived..

So this weekend the 3 of us will be undertaking a cook-off to find out who will take out the title of Grand Poo Bah, The Mac Daddy, The Most Schnizzel My Dizzel-nest of Mornays and the cook being named Tuna Mornay Master Chef 2007..

I'm currently doing the score sheets for the rest of the group to judge (blind tastings on a 1 - 10 scale) the Mornay's on..  So far I've come up with the following..

Appropriate use of Pasta / Rice
Appropriate use of Vegetables
Cheesiness Levels
General Appearance and Presentation
Golden Crispy Topping
Overall Taste
Taste of Topping
Texture and Creaminess of Sauce (No Lumps)
Tuna to Sauce Ratio

Anyone have any other suggestions on what a Fantastic, Amazing, Mouth Wateringly Delicious Tuna Mournay should be judged on?Huh?
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Salads.. on: December 28, 2006 06:19:57 PM
I know for most of you it's Winter, but here downunder it's perfect Salad weather & I've just found a few that look rather good & thought I'd share with you all..

Warm pumpkin, pinenut and orange salad

Serving size: Serves 4
Cooking time: Less than 30 minutes


400g cubed pumpkin, preferably Jarrahdale or Qld Blue, in 2cm dices, skin removed
60g pinenuts
2 large oranges, peeled & segmented
1 small red onion, cut into rings
fresh mint leaves
mixed lettuce leaves
cup orange juice
cup olive oil
pinch ground cinnamon
ground black pepper


Steam or boil the pumpkin until tender do not overcook as it will go mushy. Pan fry the pinenuts until they lightly brown.

Assemble the salad by arranging the leaves and mint in a suitable salad bowl. Make the dressing by mixing the juice, oil, cinnamon, salt and pepper together; shake or mix well.

When the pumpkin is done, leave to cool for a couple of minutes. Tip onto the salad with the warm pinenuts. Spoon over the dressing and toss gently so as to coat the leaves but not crumble the pumpkin. Serve immediately.

Watermelon, mint, lime and fetta salad

Serving size: Serves 6
Cooking time: Less than 60 minutes


red onion, sliced thinly
juice of 2 limes
small watermelon
200g fetta, broken into large chunks
cup mint leaves
1/3 cup pepitas
cup extra virgin olive oil
freshly ground black pepper


Combine onion and lime juice in a medium bowl and marinate 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, remove rind and seeds from watermelon and cut into large chunks about 3cm x 3cm.

Arrange watermelon on a large platter with the drained onion, fetta and half of the mint leaves.

Toast the pepitas in a small non-stick frying pan until golden brown and fragrant.

Sprinkle half the pepitas over the salad.

Top with the onion juices, olive oil, reserved mint and plenty of black pepper.

Serve with barbecued meat or fish.

Haloumi salad on Turkish bread

Serving size: Serves 4
Cooking time: Less than 15 minutes


280g jar chargrilled antipasto
170g jar marinated artichoke hearts
2 tablespoons pine nuts
250g haloumi cheese
x 40cm-long Turkish bread (pide)
200g baby rocket leaves
250g teardrop tomatoes
cup (60ml) balsamic vinegar

NOTE: This recipe is best made close to serving.


Drain antipasto over a bowl and reserve one-third of a cup (80ml) of the oil; slice the vegetables. Drain the artichokes and cut into quarters.

Add the pine nuts to a dry heated pan and cook, stirring, until the nuts are browned lightly. Remove from the pan. Cut haloumi into eight slices. Oil same pan and add haloumi, cook until browned on both sides. Meanwhile, cut bread into 1cm slices; grill until browned on both sides.

Divide the toasted bread between four plates, top with rocket, antipasto vegetables, tomatoes and haloumi; drizzle with combined reserved oil and vinegar, sprinkle with pine nuts.

4  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Super Quick & Easy Tomato & Bean Soup on: March 28, 2006 09:55:07 PM
Found this recipe the other day, it's so easy & so tasty..  Cheap too!!


1 tablespoon oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
310g can butter beans (cannellini style)
300g can red kidney beans
400g can tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups hot water
teaspoon dried basil leaves
teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1 chorizo sausage, sliced


Combine oil, onion and garlic in large bowl, cover, cook in microwave on HIGH 5 minutes. Add drained and rinsed beans, undrained crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, water, basil and oregano. Cover, cook in microwave on HIGH 10 minutes, add sausage.

Serving size: Serves 4
Cooking time: Less than 30 minutes

We used chorizo sausage in this soup, but 60g of your favourite salami would be delicious too.
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Rad Dyed Mother of Pearl.. on: March 16, 2006 09:49:51 PM
Hello All,

I got some nice big bags of this beautiful blue dyed MOP & I want to put it together as a very chunk necklace & bracelet set, I'm just not sure about teh best way of going about it..

I've thought about many strands of Tiger Tail, or somehow doing it with beading wire..  I've also got a load of similar coloured glass & seed beads that I can use with them..  So I'm really just looking for some suggestions about how you guys might go about it..  I'm thinking almost a choker style for the necklace & not too sure about the bracelet, so I'm open to any ideas / suggestions / technique recommendations!!  I've made a ton of stuff before & am pretty confident with things & would like to try something new too..

6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Any Ideas For Share House Cooking?? on: November 10, 2005 09:32:17 AM
Hi Gang,
I live in a share house with 7 other people, we all take turns cooking dinner for the whole house..
Has any one got some tasty, easy, super cheap & really filling recipes for large groups??  Oh, and most importantly QUICK!!
Even something more interesting than Spag Bog & Roasts would be great..
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / From the people who bought you the army bowl!! on: May 25, 2005 06:44:56 PM
The Plectrum Light


Thoughts, ideas anyone..

Glue, heat, what??

It's oh so good..
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A few bits & pieces I've made.. **Now with Earring Pic Tut** on: April 06, 2005 07:40:49 PM
I'm sure there's more than enough tutorials around here about how to do things like this, so I'm not going to bother..  However if you do want to know just let me know & I'll see what I can come up with..

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Pixalator.. on: December 01, 2004 09:31:21 AM
Ok so I'm not sure if this is a misc project or if it's more of a house decorating thing..  But I'm going with misc at the moment..
This weird wonderful invention is a pixalator, it might already be here under another name / form, but in my trawling through this site I haven't seen anything like it..  Basically it gives TV watching a whole new dimension..

To start, collect a LOT of toilet rolls, just the cardboard tube bit..  You may need to enlist the help of your friends here, it takes a fair few loo rolls depending on the size of your TV..
Next, find yourself a cardbaord box big enough to cover the screen of your TV..  Cut it so you just have the frame, not top or bottom & it's as long as a loo roll..
Get enough cheap white fabric to cover the box..  Cover one opened side of the box with white fabric, staple, glue, stick it on to keepit there fairly tightly..
Fill up the empty space with loo rolls..
And then stick it over the screen of the telly..
Flick off the lights & switch on the tube..  And watch the light display!!  As the image moves over the screen the colours on the fabric change..  I guess it's kinda like a super cheap Lava lamp!!  For the bext result, don't sit directly in front of the TV, if you sit off to the side it's much cooler..

Hope these instructions make sense..  It's the end of the day & I'm all blocked up thanks tot he cold I've had for a week..

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Photo Album.. on: February 09, 2004 08:55:53 PM
Hi Gang,

Long timer lurker, first time poster here..  Anyway, this nifty little project isn't from scratch, I cheated a little bit..  I bought this kit called a 'Memory Photo Album' or some crap for my bestfriend 21st.. (He'll be 24 this year, I got a little, shall we say, distracted??)

It was all pretty easy..  The Kit came with with all the bits I needed, I just needed to work out what kind of cover I wanted to put on it & then piece it all together..  So after much thinking (3 years of it in fact) I came up with an idea that was personal & special..  I got together my collection of Concert tickects & picked out all the ones that my Best Buddy & I had been to together & made a bit of a collage thing on the scanner & scanned away, printed them out on the colour photocopier & used them as the covering paper.. I think it's turned out looking pretty darn good..

Now I'm just waiting to get some pics back from the Photoshop to put in it.. I've gathered a collection of photo's of us together..

Hopefully he'll love his belated birthday present!!

Front Cover..  And Sorry about the SUPER size, I was in a hurry when scanning them & didn't resize..

Back Cover..

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