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Friday, August 31, 2012

Play With Your Food

A group of seriously talented cookiers have collaborated on a project they called "Play With Your Food"!

The rules were  #1 to have fun, #2 choose a game, activity, toy etc that you can *play* with.

Enjoy their submissions...

ARTY McGOO - Paper dolls
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PALESTINE PAINTED COOKIE - Word Search and Cross Word
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MT LOOKOUT SWEETS - Cards and Poker Chips
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LIFE'S A BATCH - Candy Land
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SWEET TWEETS - Pin The Tail On The Donkey
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JILL FCS - Twister
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SWEET DOUGH - Dominoes
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OH, SUGAR! EVENTS - Wooly Willy
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THE COOKIE COUNTESS - Words With Friends
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FLOUR-DE-LIS -  Miss Pac-Man
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CUPOOKIE -  Hungry Hungry Hippos
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OH, SUGAR! EVENTS - Marble Maze
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SUGARBELLE - Fisher-Price Classics
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SWEET HOPE COOKIES - Horseshoes, Jacks, Marbles, Pick Up Sticks
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

What's for dinner, Ma (Part 2)

Anton Ego -  The Imperious Food Critic
When I told my friends that cooking is now my latest passion, they rolled their eyes. "Didn't you once say that given a choice, you'd rather scrub toilets than prepare a meal?", they reminded me.
Admittedly, I did say that but that was long before I started blogging and before Pinterest came along. Thanks, pallies! It's your tantalizing recipes that you share on you blogs that inspired me!
My closet-size kitchen is now my playground and I have so much fun trying out new recipes and snapping pics of them. The biggest pleasure of all is seeing Rodney, my picky 13-year old son asking for seconds these days. Menu-planning used to be such a challenge with him. Even Anton Ego would have been easier to please!

Keepers from last week's menu to share.....

TAU YU BAK (Translation in Hokkien - Belly Pork Braised In Soy Sauce)
This dish gives me warm fuzzies! Totally a childhood home-cooked comfort food at its best!  Remember the scene in Ratatouille when Anton Ego was instantly transported to his childhood at the first bite of his ratatouille? I can so relate to that! Yau Yu Bak always brings me back to Grandma's kitchen where a bubbling pot of this hearty family favourite would always await us whenever we visited.The rich woody aroma of cinnamon, star-anise seeds and cloves would permeate the entire house.  As kids, we loved our rice swimming in the dark flavourful gravy, not so much the pork pieces but the hard-boiled eggs that came with it. You can always tell when a neighbour cooks this stew!
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GOBI PAKORA - A yummy south Indian recipe that will get your kids to eat up their veggies. Florets of cauliflower deep-fried in a batter of chickpea flour. Serve as a snack or side dish.
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HASSELBACK POTATOES -  There are so many variations of these Swedish roast potatoes floating around but we love ours drizzled with thick cream and smothered in cheese and butter. After polling with Hubs and the boys, these  accordian-like potatoes are now the #1 fave. It's crack to us!

Tip :   Placing the potato on a wooden spoon as you slice along the length of the potato will keep your knife from slicing all the way through the potato.
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CUSTARD POWDER PORK CHOPS - I don't know what else to call them! They were originally intended for my Lemon Pork recipe but I ran out of flour and substituted with custard powder. They tasted so good on their own that we skipped the lemon sauce! The custard powder gives them a beautiful golden yellow colouring and crunch. And don't get me started on the taste! This one is a keeper!
Just marinate your chicken/pork with your favourite seasonings, dip in beaten egg, coat with custard powder and pan fry in a mixture of butter and  margarine/olive oil. Yummmmmm! You are welcome!
Curious, I googled to find if anyone else does this and learned that the Viets love their corn done this way! Ngô chiên bơ” (literal translation: deep-fried corn in butter) is a snack that's really popular with kids and adults.
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It's not even 5.00 PM yet and Josh asks, "So what's today's special, Ma?"

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Van Cleef & Arpels' Bals de Legende

Be dazzled by these stunning dancer decor clips from Van Cleef & Arpels' Bals de Legende high jewelry collection, inspired by five of the greatest balls of the century.

BAL DU PALAIS D'HIVER (WINTER PALACE BALL) St. Petersburg, Winter Palace, February 1903
BAL DU SIECLE (BALL OF THE CENTURY) Venice, Palacio Labia, September 1951
BLACK AND WHITE BALL New York, Plaza Hotel, November 1966
BAL ORIENTAL (ORIENTAL BALL) Paris, Hotel Lambert, December 1969
BAL PROUST (PROUST BALL) Ferrieres, Chateau de Ferrieres, December 1971
Le Bal Oriental (The Oriental Ball)

The Black And White Ball
Le Bal Oriental (The Oriental Ball)
The Rosemonde clip - The Proust Ball
leventail decor clip Le Bal du Siecle
 Notte Azzurra clip - Le Bal du Siecle
The Diamond Dancer decor clip -  Le Bal du  Palais D'Hiver
Cantratrice Clip - Le Bal Proust
Sapphire Dancer - Le Bal du Siecle

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Malin Koort - Paper People

Let  Swedish designer Malin Koort's delightlful community of paper people put a smile on your face.
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Di van Niekerk - Silk Ribbon Embroidery

My love affair with silk ribbon embroidery started when Hubs bought me a couple of silk-embroidered tissue box covers from Belgium. Learning this delicate art was on my someday list which somehow never happened, Next life!
I am sew in love with Di van Niekerk's breathtaking blog. It has everything about silk ribbon embroidery, stumpwork, video tutorials and more. There you will find the latest news and updates, learn more about stitches and techniques, and the most exquisite embroideries by talented artists the world over! Di van Niekerk is a professional fiber arts instructor, designer and author of 10 books.
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Love the little girl's hair!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Come Dine With Kate

Nope, Kate Jenkins is not your average granny blanket or cardigan knitter.At an exhibition, this British textile artist knitted up a feast, featuring mouthwatering wool-worked salads, pies, cocktails.....etc on her menu. For three weeks the Charlotte Street Gallery was transformed into Kate’s Café, a fantasy café brimming with realistically knitted food artworks.
Canned Sardines
Prawn Cocktail Starter
Fruit Platter With Wasps
Bento Box
Fish & Chips
Seafood Salad
Prawn Cocktail
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