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Better Than Potato Salad

I have a feeling this recipe came from rec.food.cooking, but I can’t recall exactly.  The group is still going, having been adopted by google – click here to check it out.  As with any usenet group, beware – there’s a lot of spam around, but I’ve found some real gems there over the years, including a massive FAQ that gives you weights for every measurement of food you can think of.

Anyway, onto the recipe:
The background and string are from freebies from Scrap Girls (I really recommend signing up to their daily newsletter, it’s fantastic even for a non-Photoshop user), and the font used is called Cinnamon Cake, by Brittney Murphy Designs.
The recipe itself is really good for taking to barbecues – it makes a ton of salad, so you’ll need to use the biggest bowl you can find.  It’s also good for taking to work during the week, but if you’re planning on doing that it might be a good idea to add the radishes separately each day, as they tend to discolour and look unappetising.
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Feijoa Sauce

My cookbook has been getting new pages lately, but they’ve all been boring, non-foody things like how to store vegetables properly, and ingredient substitution charts.  All those things that the other women in my family all seem to know already.  Guess I’m a bit of a slowcomer to the whole housewife / efficiency thing.

This page is one that I’ve just finished, since I have a bucket of feijoas sitting on the kitchen bench, and another half-dozen buckets-worth out under the trees in the back section.  I love these little fruits, and have always eaten them raw or in a crumble, but this is the first time I’ve thought to use them for anything else.  Should be interesting…
This recipe sheet is cheating, really, as it’s part of a quick page from Scrap Girls.  The font is called Throw My Hands Up In The Air, by Kimberley Geswein, and the recipe seems to be all over the internet.  I don’t know where it came from originally.

Pikelets

Pikelets are a kiwi staple, and one of the first things we’re taught to cook as kids.  It’s also about the only reason I have a few Edmonds cookbooks floating about the place – I can never remember the exact measurements, so have to dig a book out each time.  Every time I make them, I end up wishing that I’d doubled the batch size, so today I sat down and did this page for my cookbook, with double amounts of everything:

Image

The beautiful green wallpaper is from a kit by KimB called Freshly Elegant.  Embellishments are by Misstyscrap, and are from a kit called My Little Garden.  The heading font is called Candy Inc, and was designed by Billy Argel, and the body text is a standard linux font called UR Bookman.

Broccoli Soup

Another recipe that I have kept for years, and have no idea where it came from.  Why didn’t I think it was important to note sources?  This one is for Broccoli Soup, and I haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds delicious:

This is built from pieces of a free kit by Wilma, who designs for Digiridoo Scraps.  I love the colour combination, and I’m going to re-use this one for more recipes.  For the font, I’ve used one of the linux system default, DejaVu Serif Semi-Condensed.

Vegetable Dip

Since I’ve decided to stop stressing about paints and collage materials, I’m drawn back to the digital scrapbooking supplies I’ve got, and my new cookbook.  I managed, in a moment of being a total moron, lose all of the files I had for scrapbooking and my old recipe cards, so I’m starting from scratch.  So the first recipe to go into the new cookbook is a dip one:

I can’t remember where I found the recipe, but anything with cream cheese in it is guaranteed to be a winner.  I can’t wait to try this, although I’ve found it at the wrong end of summer.  I’ll have to wait until a big sports final or something.

The kit I used for this is called Shhh, and is designed by the amazing Isa, who runs Bellisae Designs.  The two fonts are from MissTiina, which has a big collection of beautiful handwritten styled fonts for scrapbookers.

I’m hoping to get a few more recipes done soon, so I can start using the cookbook, so call back for updates!

New Cookbook

I collect cookbooks, old ones especially.  There’s nothing quite like a recipe that calls for a pound of lard, especially in modern-day recipe compilations!  The problem is storing twenty-three cookbooks just for the use of thirty recipes, so I decided to compile the ones I wanted to keep, and pass the books on.

Originally I settled on 4×6 cards, kept in a photo album, and decorated all artful-like, but I ran into problems with the small size.  So I’ve upscaled!
Behold, the project that I’ve had on the backburner for at least six months:
Okay, it’s not much to look at like that, but here’s how it started off:
One plain, A5-sized lever arch folder.  I’d already decided that whatever I went with needed to be expandable, since I plan on growing it forever.  This one has an arch a couple of inches high, so it’s going to take decades to fill it (I can’t wait!).
First, a coat of paint:
I added the tape down the spine so that it won’t crack with repeated use.  I actually really like the effect of the white threads on the dark background… but there was a bit more to do.  After waiting around for the paint to dry (no risking any bubbles on this baby!), I ended up with this:
The colour is a bit off in this photo, but the ribbon is bright, bright green, and the letters are very blue.  The whole thing has several coats of mod podge holding it together, so hopefully I won’t end up with a RECI ES book in six months.
I made the dividers before I chose the folder, and they poke out the end, which is fine.  That’s what they’re meant to do!  I’ve got sections for Basics, Sauces & Dips (probably my favourite part), Veges, Pasta & Rice, Beef, Pork, Chicken, Fish, Dessert, Biscuits & Cakes, Drinks and Misc.  I’m not much of a sweet person, so I don’t need much space for cakes and whatnot – give me a casserole any day.  The Misc is already full of recipes for cleaning supplies and random things from Flylady that I intend to use (her deep cleaning lists, nicely laminated so that I can cross stuff off as I go).
Thanks for looking 🙂

Feijoa Crumble

It’s autumn here, and this year’s feijoa crop seems to be a bumper one.  I’ve always loved them, in spite of everyone else pulling faces when I take to one with a teaspoon.  I’ve never managed to make a convincing crumble though, instead dumping a bag of the fruit on Mum’s kitchen bench and asking nicely for one.  Hopefully this recipe will be the start of a new tradition…

What did I use for this?  The font is called Adorable, by Micrologic Software, and the rest of from a kit called Heart of My Heart, by Sharon C.  I love the bright, funky colours!

This is the first recipe card that I’ve created with Photoshop!  I’ve been using GIMP, but since I use PS at work, switching between the two has been a headache.  No matter how much I prefer open source software, there are just too many compromises on features that I depend on for me to be happy with GIMP, so right now I’m saving like mad to be able to afford to buy PS before the free trial runs out.  It’s no small feat to have it running, either.  Since I use linux (Fedora 15 with the new GNOME 3, which I adore), I’ve had to get a bit creative to get everything running nicely together.  I’m still figuring out some of the finer points of running a virtual machine, but so far it’s been brilliant.

Sweet and Sour Beef

Tomorrow night’s dinner, hopefullly:

Recipe is from here.

New recipe card

Which I printed this morning in town and then promptly lost.  So I’m making it from the laptop screen, which, considering the lack of space in my kitchen, is involving a lot of dashing from bench to dining table and back again.

I got the recipe from here, courtesy of an enthusiastic cucumber plant and a google search, and I think I’ll be having a good look around to see what else they have recipes for, particularly the crockpot section, since the days are suddenly getting shorter at this end of the planet.

I’m in a sort of minimalist phase, so used no scrapping resources at all.  I really like it, and will probably use the template for a whole collection of simple, garishly-coloured designs, hehe.

Feel free to email me for a hi-res copy if you like the sound of it – it’s marinating in the fridge at the moment, so I can’t tell you yet how nice it is, but it sure sounds promising!

Cookbook cover

I bought a photo album for my recipe cards, after deciding that regular photos just won’t be stiff enough to cope with being stored in a box.  I got a light brown one – I’m a bit undecided on whether or not I like it – that has a space on the front for a photo.  So here’s the ‘cover’ for my cookbook:

The letters are on an angle because the photo space on the front cover is on an angle – I’m hoping that once it’s added to the album they’ll be more or less level.

And the credits:

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