Three of my siblings have birthdays within days of each other. My youngest brother, Derek, is in town this weekend so we decided to celebrate all three birthdays. My sister called to see if I'd help her make a blue tortoise cake. Of course I said yes, but I was thinking, "I didn't know she liked tortoises so much to want a tortoise birthday cake. And why would she want one blue? It must be a character from some anime show she likes."
Stephanie drew out the plans and cut the cake. We made the fondant and buttercream and meticulously cut the detail pieces. It was time to assemble and the first piece was falling apart with every stroke. The more we tried to fix it, the worse it got. We put all the pieces in the freezer and tried again. Nope, it was just a big, hot mess. We decided to make rice krispies. It looked like it was going to work perfectly! We thought for just a second to let the krispie tardis set up just a little bit longer, but six hours into this project we just wanted it done! Back to the fondant we went, rolling, wetting and sticking until we had it looking decent. The weight of the fondant on the, not completely set, rice krispies made our tall tardis, a stocky tardis - but it's still cute. We made planets to hold the 33 candles, and tonight when the family is over for the three cake birthday celebration, the tardis all ablaze will look fantastic!
My man clan had an apple pie class yesterday, in honor of President's Day, and it was delicious. However, there was one problem. I forgot to have them put a couple of tablespoons of flour in the apple mixture to thicken. When we cut into the pie, it looked like apple soup.
We need to have the 101 class again, this time making sure we follow directions!
I made my niece a sweet fairy garden for her birthday. I'm so excited for her to see it!Almost any container you have on hand will work. I got this bowl at Goodwill - it is 11 inches wide and 3 inches high. Choose your plants. I used a moss that I could divide and three miniature house plants. Put rocks in the bottom of your container for drainage and top with soil. Plant your foliage any way you wish and then it is time to embellish. I made two stone paths amongst the plants and added three miniature terracotta pots under the tallest plant.
I also purchased this darling miniature metal bike. Don't you think a fairy would have so much fun riding it around, especially because it has a wire basket to hold found objects? And what garden would be complete without a garden frog? I'm sure frogs and fairies are the best of friends. PS - I think a gnome garden would be adorable too. Seriously, look at these handsome blokes.
This is my lastest project that was seven color separations.
I chose to keep it simple, sweet and embrace a project without a lot of fine detail. That being said, I did have more detail on Lily but it didn't wash out in the screen and I didn't have time to redo that section. Not my favorite project but I learned a lot.This photo was my inspiration.
I made a resolution at the beginning of the year, to make something I've never tried to make before, for each month for 2012. I know it's only February, but I'm already behind!
Today I made naan bread (it was my January goal.) If I knew it was so easy, I'd have been making this often! I'm in love with homemade naan!
I followed Anjum Anand's recipe and here is her amazing demonstration video. The only changes I made, is instead of all-purpose flour, we grind our own flour, I used almond milk and olive oil.
1 cup flour
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tsp olive oil
Mix together dry ingredients. Make a well and add wet ingredients. Use your hand to mix into a smooth soft dough. Knead for approximately ten minutes, adding a little more flour if the dough is too sticky.
Place dough in an oiled bowl and cover. Let dough sit 15 minutes. Form dough into five balls.
Preheat oven and baking sheet. I put the rack on the upper shelf and set the oven to broil at 500 degrees. Roll out dough, place on the hot baking sheet and put it under the broiler. Mine was done in about 1-2 minutes. I brushed with olive oil and served.
You can also top the bread with poppy, nigella or sesame seeds, chopped garlic or fresh coriander before baking.
Today I made plain naan bread for lunch. I didn't have any yummy curry to eat with it, so I had hummus. It was heavenly.
On a side note - if you don't have a Nutrimill Grainmill, you might want to put it on your Christmas wishlist. Besides it being very nutritious, the taste and texture of freshly ground flour is amazing. Seriously amazing.