Sunday, March 22, 2009
The lentils take about 45 to cook, so just check on them every ten minutes or so. Taste the broth toward the end and make sure it is well seasoned (I always wait until the end to add most of my salt because the soup cooks down and the flavors concentrate).
I was actually very happy with how this soup turned out. Boiling the ginger mellows its intense flavor to a subtle spiciness and the lemon juice adds a nice brightness. And as with all good soups, it only got better the longer it sat in the fridge.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I used a pattern from Lion Brand Yarn (you have to create a login, but it only takes a minute). I didn't have any of those nifty plastic eyes, so I just knotted some of the black yarn and pulled the ends through the white circles.
I made a top hat and umbrella out of felt as an homage to Oswald Cobblepot, but I think he turned out much cuter than The Penguin. I puzzled for a while over how to make the umbrella, and I ended up gathering a circle of felt around a bent bobby pin, which worked pretty well.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
The details are really the fun part of this apron. For the pockets, I opened the cuff of the shirt and sewed along its edges. The straps are made from the strips of buttons and buttonholes that run down the front of the shirt. Just be sure to leave some extra fabric when you cut them off so you can sew down the rough edges. To fasten them, cut a button hole for the strap with buttons, and attach one of the buttons from the cuff for the strap with holes.
The only downside is that you might be too worried about getting such an adorable apron dirty to actually use it in the kitchen!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The body is made from an old t-shirt and the details of felt. I used a sewing machine to put the body together, so it took almost no time at all. I crocheted a little beret and scarf just to give it some personality, and to cover up the not-so-clean seam connecting the neck to the body.
Friday, February 20, 2009
~150 g dry garbanzo beans
4 tb lemon juice (to taste)
1-2 tb tahini
2 cloves garlic
1/2-1 tsp salt (to taste)
1 tb olive oil
water (for consistency)
After over an hour of mincing with that tiny knife, I had what could generously be referred to as a "rustic" hummus.
It doesn't have the smooth texture I'm accustomed to, but the taste is fantastic (especially if you are a garlic fan). I must have eaten a cup in one sitting, but it was well deserved after all that chopping. I probably won't do this again because it is so labor intensive, but it's good to know I can in case of emergency.
On a different note, you may have noticed the nutella jars in the first picture, which are holding lemon juice and salt respectively. I am a big advocate of saving all containers that seal (either jars with threaded tops or tins with snap on lids) instead of buying tupperware. It keeps the material out of the landfill and reduces the demand for plastic goods. Plus you've already paid for it, so why not put it to good use? There are also some stores, like Nature Mart, that let you bring in your own containers to use for bulk items (if your bulk store doesn't have this policy, talk to someone in charge about preweighing your containers).
Thursday, February 19, 2009
The body of the cozy is made of two layers of fleece, which protects the screen and provides a little cushioning if the iPod is dropped. The thickness of the material, however, made sewing the top together very difficult, and it turned out a little uneven.
The tab at the top buttons on the other side, a particularly good closure for this application because you can plug in your headphones while the iPod is still wrapped up in its cozy.
By the way, if you don't know who Mr. Freeze is, a. I'm very sorry, and b. he's a Batman villain. The image I used is from Batman the Animated Series, which is a must watch if you haven't already seen it.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
This is Professor Banana, a fridge magnet I made out of felt. It was a very simple project; the most difficult part was engineering the monocle out of thread so that it would hold a circular shape. I originally intended to make a whole series of fruit magnets with various personalities, but I spent so long hunched over this one that I didn't want to start another, and I never returned to the project. If I ever do, the next one will be Dame Apple.