The tea savories were a big hit at [personal profile] wolfshark's stitch-'n'bitch, so here's the recipe:

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Note: Normally, Worcestershire sauce is made from anchovies, as well as vinegar, molasses, sugar, and onions -- if you wish the tea savories to be vegetarian, look for a vegetarian Worcestershire sauce.

From Eat Tea by Joanna Pruess with John Harney.
I got this out of the wingnut free daily -- they have the better crossword and good recipes on occasion. Supposedly this makes 2 quarts of soup

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I added a little black pepper to give it a bit more kick, but this is a *nice* soup right out of the pot. Let's see how it holds up in a day or two in the fridge.
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( Sep. 6th, 2006 03:20 pm)
Peach Crisp )
1 1/3 cup peaches, peeled and slices (about 3 peaches)
2 tsp lime or lemon juice
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp flour
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp butter
2 tbsp chopped nuts
heavy cream or vanilla ice cream (optional)

Directions )
neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (recipes)
( Aug. 5th, 2006 11:22 am)
A tasty chicken stew inspired by North African cuisine. Good over quinona, couscous or rice.

2 tbsp oil
2 large onions, sliced
1 tsp ground ginger
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 large carrots, diced
2 large potatoes, diced
3 lbs. skinless chicken pieces
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 tbsp raisins
1 can (14 1/2 oz) crushed tomatoes
3 small zucchini, sliced
1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, drained
2 tbsp chopped parsley

Directions )
Makes 6 to 8 servings.

It's very tasty and goes well with quinoa.
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( Mar. 18th, 2006 11:43 am)
What is the possible difference between "purple plums" and "plums"? I have a recipe that calls for both, and for the life of me I can't imagine what the difference is.
Take :

1 Cornish Hen
1 cup (ish) of the herbed vinegar [ profile] twistedchick gave me -- flavored with shiso (red Korean basil), lemon balm and sage
white pepper
1 tsp brown sugar
1 small onion
minced garlic
purified water

Put it all in a bowl, so that the hen is covered. Marinate overnight.

Place hen and about half the marinade in a pan and roast in oven at 450 degrees F for 40 minutes with carrots and potatoes.

Yummy, beautiful bird )

The hen came apart beautiful, was tasty, and hopefully the carcass will make an interesting stock tomorrow.
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( Dec. 30th, 2005 10:58 am)
Gooey Butter Cake is a treat that comes from St. Louis. My paternal aunt makes it for most family gatherings, and my mom and I made it twice at my sister's when I was on vacation last week.

Take 1 box cake mix, butter, 4 eggs, cream cheese, and a *pound* of powdered sugar )

It's sugary and gooey and quite wonderful.
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( Nov. 22nd, 2005 01:34 pm)
In preparation for the great tart bake-off tomorrow, I made Candied Citrus Peel today.

Actually, it was a lot of fun, and not nearly as tricky as I thought it might be.

Candied Citrus Peel from 'Shakespeare's Kitchen' )

It was fun, but since I was also making chili and chai at the same time, a bit messy. I'll be working on a pie and tarts tomorrow, so that should be even more fun (and more mess).
Went down to Archives yesterday and had ochazuke at Teaism while waiting for [ profile] twistedchick. I didn't scrap off enough of the wasabi, so it was eye-watering and nose-dissolving, but since I seem to be developing a cold, that's just as well. I really like ochazuke -- does anyone have a good recipe or a cookbook suggestion for it?

I lent [ profile] twistedchick one of my books on kumihimo, the Catherine Martin one that I think it an excellent primer, and showed her the Maru Genji square braid. We'll see if I've infected her or not in a few weeks. I just wish I knew were to get good plastic embroidery floss bobbins, as I use those for tama when I do kumihimo.

Then we went next door to the Teaism tea shop and I bought one bag each of chai, Dragon Well, and Moroccan Mint. It'll be interesting to see how they turn out when brewed at home.

We rambled around Chinatown for a bit, and then went up to Dupont Circle. I found a jade bead to use as a toggle in the handbag project, and three stone rings that actually fit. One's sodalite and will likely be part of my Ravenclaw costume, and the other two are red jasper that are just a touch loose on my thumbs. I'm going to keep them for costume occasions and just be very careful with my hands when wearing them.

The last stop of the night was Olson's. I picked up Sewing for Dummies, because I really need a beginner's text -- I know various bits about sewing, but nothing that's a coherent whole --and two CDs of early music. If I'd seen a copy of The Barchester Chronicles in the bin, I'd have bought that as well -- I think there's an interest in my local circle in seeing that and squealing over younger Alan Rickman dressed as a Victorian cleric.

Then I came home and fell asleep.

Now I've got to work on my resume, because damned if I'm going to work at a place where the management is going crazy. I don't suppose any of you would like to look at my resume in a few days and give me advice to improve it?
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( Feb. 23rd, 2005 09:42 am)
I just made lovely cream scones with the leftover cream from the ChocolateDeath!Cake I made last week for the potluck at work.

Easy Scone Recipe )

neotoma: Neotoma albigula, the white-throated woodrat! [default icon] (recipes)
( Jul. 20th, 2004 12:59 pm)
Cooking for myself this week, as the folks absconded on a cruise.

The problem, of course, is that I'm fine cooking for four, but lose all will to live when I cook for only me.

Thus, I've been playing a game of 'what do I have in my pantry?' for the past four days. Today it was a ripe avacado and an open bottle of cream in the fridge, so I made Guacamole Soup )

I'm ridiculously lazy about doing the shopping, so I'm probably going to be eating soup until I run out of chicken broth to use. Then I'll have to venture out into the wilds of suburbia and hike to the grocery.
A German-American recipe for you all today, since the fic well is dry at the moment...

Heisser Kartoffelsalat )

I've a weird idea about Buffy/Harry Potter crossover -- remember how alternate dimensions are canon in Buffy? And the Buffy-verse is just about one step above Hell and the universe's sub-basement?

What if the Buffyverse is so bad that almost everyone has a bit of magic ability because of predator pressure from the demons? A bit of magical ability makes you a less likely treat for rampaging demons, so you survive and your non-magical neighbor gets eaten -- thus you have children with magical genes and he doesn't have any kids at all. Your genes pass on to future generations, and with that kind of predator pressure every generation, eventually every human has at least *some* magical ability (which is canon in Buffyverse, or the "Xander, don't speak Latin in front of the books" scene wouldn't have worked).

But in a dimension further away from the demon realms (say, the Potterverse) there fewer people with magical ability simply because it's not such a valuable survival trait? Non-magical-neighbor guy manages to survive to pass his genes along, and just through genetic drift, magical genes become very rare indeed. In fact, they're only common in isolated populations (the Wizarding world, where magic is bred for, directly or indirectly), and in sports in the larger non-magical population.

So what happens when a really fabulous Buffyverse witch (like Willow) starts punching holes in reality and wanders into the Potterverse? Could she whup Voldemort from here to next year or would she terrify the Wizarding World into uniting in competent resistance, for a change.


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