Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Stuff I've been making

I keep meaning to update with pics of stuff I've been making, mostly from stash, but there are some upcycled items in the mix!

Treasure hunt crowns - todays quickie, we had a treasure hunt at Playcentre and on the way home I was "told" that we NEEDED to make crowns with the treasure. Lucky I had some felt lurking in my piles of fabric, a quick cut, hand sew on elastic across the back, hot glue gun the treasure on, and voila one princess and one pirate king all happy!

Then there are the bakers dozen undies in VERY retro 80's cotton lycra, a score thanks to Mum who found a HUGE bag of the stuff going cheap, and some free fold over elastic someone was giving away! Of course Miss fussybum only likes the pink pair *rolls eyes*

And last but not least the swap I did recently, labeled "message in a jar" you had to make items to fit a 375-500gm jar, I chose a falafel container and made cloth reversible bags to go around the containers... then the kids stole the containers so the items just got wrapped up in the bags I made *le sigh*

The first jar was for the mum, who liked pinks, greens, sparkles, chocolate... one WIP bag from sequined lycra, a bamboo container I sparkled up with some fingernail polish, jaffas, and sparkly fabric covered buttons

The next was for a wee boy about 2yrs old who LOVES tractors, so one felt tractor fridge magnet, a tee shirt with a tractor sewn on the front, a lollipop and a keywallet with some keys in it as he loves keys too.

And finally for the 4 yr old girl who loves pink, dolls, fairy's etc... a wee purse in sparkly fabric, a lollipop, a bracelet and last but not least a mini waldorf doll with funky hair and a pretty sparkly pink dress. The doll took me ages to make and I was really pleased with how it turned out!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Undairy Food

I keep looking longingly at chocolate dairy food in the supermarket, so decided to try making my own. Of course I cheated and used chocolate soy milk, but you could make it from scratch no sweat.

1 ltr of flavoured soymilk (I used sanitarium chocolate flavoured)
4 Tbsps cornflour
1/2 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence

Whisk the cornflour through the soymilk and then heat until thick, cool then chill, to avoid the skin on the top put some gladwrap over the mix before cooling.

To make from scratch mix together

1 ltr soy milk
1 cup sugar (or to taste)
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla essence
4 Tbsp cornflour
4 Tbsp dark cocoa

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Stuffed Silverbeet

We have MEGA huge leaves of silverbeet in the garden at the moment, and as the grape vine has yet to sprout any leaves I tried stuffing the silverbeet instead.

red lentils
boiling water
chicken style massel stock

fry the rice in oil till starting to colour, then add the boiling water, stock, red lentils and cook till rice is tender, season to taste

Add as much burgher wheat or couscous as it takes to make the rice quite stiff and able to be rolled

Add any chopped vege you like - things like raisins, pistachios, spring onions, grated carrot, sliced celery

Wrap spoonfuls of rice mix in bits of leaves (remove the thick vein out of the leaves and cut to a suitable size if needed) and place the leaves in a small roasting dish.

Zest and squeeze a lemon, and add with 3 Tbsps oil, and chicken style stock dissolved in 1/4 cup boiling water and pour over the leaves.
Cover roasting dish and bake 180deg C for 20 mins