Bibimbap Waffle = Bibimbaffle Sam Upgrade

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This is actually an old post, however I would like to share it WITH THE WORLD. We had purchased a waffle maker a couple of years ago when a waffle party turned sour, WITHOUT A WAFFLE MAKER. Blasphemy.

I stumbled upon this website, I was hooked. Wafflemaker=more artistic panini press. My addiction to Korean food is no secret to anyone that knows me well, and this post had inspired me

Will it Waffle?

Bibimbaffle Original www.waffleizer.com

Ahh yes, Bibimbap. My college food go to in Calgary’s Chinatown. Kimchi House is the best place to get them. The size of bowl is great and you can’t beat the price.

Now as you can see in this photo, the essential ingredients are missing. MISSING. What I know of bibimbap, it’s a crime to leave out beansprouts, so I decided to do it some Sam justice and waffle-ize it the way I would like it.

 

 

OHHHHH YEAAAAHHHHHH!!! Look at that red rice. Just how I like it. DELICIOUS! I will say that when I put the rice in the waffle maker, I had to add a bunch of oil so it wouldn’t stick, BUT it did create that lovely burnt crust of rice that stone bowls add to bibimbap.

If you have never tried Bibimbap, I highly encourage you to do so! Especially if you enjoy spicy food!

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Airbrushing Edges

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I had ordered my business cards a while ago, and I ordered quite a bit, probably more than I actually needed, but hey Jukeboxprint.com did a pretty good job of helping me out with these. I wanted painted edges, but unfortunately the artwork on my business cards didn’t lend itself well to those kinds of papers, and I wasn’t ready to splurge more than $100 for this set, especially as an just starting out freelance graphic designer.

As for those cool ass edges of bright colour to help out my business cards stand out, I was initially just marking them up with Prismacolor markers, but I found that over time, the edges would bleed and would look really amateur. Some people would probably have never noticed (which is what I was hoping for), but when I saw this pin on Pinterest, I knew i had to try it out.

Chris Wood on Behance

I first tested with some spray paint that I had on hand, some gold, and then some lime. I used only one clamp and found that it had bled between the cards just a little, so I ended up using 2 clamps and it was magic.

 

I wanted to colours that I had originally used on my cards, so I went out to Modelland (which is very conveniently placed 3 blocks away from my apartment) and grabbed up these paints. These paints ran my just under $10 all together. I decided to get these since I already had a paintbrush, and I find that spray painting with control is difficult for me. Also most model shops will carry a larger array of colours vs. your Home Depot. These took up no space in my little studio, my basket of spray paint is getting kind of messy.

 

So the process was quite simple. Clamp and paint and dry.  My tips would be:

1. Clamp tight, you want the cards to be one smooth block

2. Don’t spray paint too much, just a little bit at a time, don’t want the paper to soak up the ink, you can paint in coats, but 1-2 coats was enough for me, depending on the colour.

 

I’m lucky that I have quite a few things that I can use for these DIYs. Definitely something I would do for a client if need be. I think next time I might tackle a gradient with the airbrush to achieve a different effect. Good luck!

 

1898 Hat for 2014 Manhead: THE COMPLETION

I actually finished this hat the same day I posted the pt.2 post. Only thing was that the boyfriend left the house with the hat by the time I woke up. Anyways, here’s the finished product.

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Finished! Excuse the light from the blinds, I thought it was more “dramatic”

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Full Frontal!

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Looking towards the setting sun

Hope  you all enjoy, and visit Ravelry for the pattern!

 

Part 1

Part 2

The Keto Thai Experience

Oh, the weight game. I feel like I always pull the card that makes you go two steps back. Of course it’s my own fault, but you know, birthdays, Christmas, people telling you to make food that no one else can make. Beh.

Anyways, to restart my atkins/low carb/keto adventure, I decided to try some new recipes. Good ol’ Google led me to a few new sites divvying out recipes for my easily bored palate.

Plate o food

Balsamic Orange Beets, Thai Salad, Thai Low Carb Peanut Chicken

Here’s whats on the plate

Roasted Beets with Balsamic Glaze from Simply Recipes

Thai Salad with Spicy Dressing from Nourishing Gourmet

Thai Style Low Carb Peanut Chicken from Ruled.me

 

I know that beets are not low carb AT ALL. They are the source of most of the sugar in North America, but I needed to use them up since they were sitting in the fridge for a week.

Honestly, I did not cook these verbatim. My biggest thing with these “thai” recipes that I had a problem with was the lack of fish sauce. I have never cooked or made any thai dish (other than desserts) that do not include fish sauce. Luckily being the filipino that I am, that stuff is readily available to me, and I added it as I saw fit. The only other change what that I used almonds instead of the peanuts in the Peanut Chicken as well as added coconut milk to fix the consistency. Knowing that I have an issue with peanuts (diet-wise, they oddly make me crave more food than I usually consume), I subbed them for slivered almonds in the processor.

I do believe variety is the key to a successful diet. Also, the ability to make vegetables taste delicious.

Hope you try out these recipes out too when your stuck in a rut!

1898 Hat for 2014 Man Head Pt.2

Here I am with last night’s progress. I grafted together the seams (poorly I would say, but its okay, it’s in the back), using a kitchner stitch. I also picked up the stitches afterwards, and I ended up picking up 87 stitches, so I decreased stitches to 84 in 4 rounds.

1898 Hat Progress

Almost finished!

 

I only have about 1/2″ to knit before I start the decreases to the top. Should be finished by this evening!

Part 1

Completion

1898 Hat for 2014 Man Head pt. 1

Partially knitted headband

It all started when my boyfriend needed a hat way back when. I had made a simple touque for myself while in Fernie while giving my friend a ride for his sister’s graduation. Having nothing to do, knitting seemed like the best thing to do since Fernie houses a small yarn boutique. My boyfriend wore that one for about a year and decided to throw that in the wash. We all know what happens to wool in the wash. The second had I had made for him was made out of acrylic so that one lasted a lot longer.

Last week, my boyfriend and I mysteriously started to lose all of our winter gear. I had lost 2 pairs of mittens in 2 days. Ridiculous. Anywho, he lost the hat I had made him. It made him sad, but I didn’t feel too bad since he didn’t pick anything out in particular when I decided to make it for him.

I decided that I would let him pick what he wanted off of Ravelry and this is what he came up with. A free pattern from the Seaman’s Church Institute. Here’s the free pdf.

1898 Hat

© Kristine Byrnes

 

So, upon reading the instructions, I was unfortunately very confused. Lots of terms I had no idea about. I figured it would mean I would have to navigate knitting it and just figuring it out along the way. I decided to google it just in case someone else had blogged about the process. To my surprise, the creator of the pattern had uploaded a video since there were others in the same boat as me.

 

Lucky me.

 

Partially knitted headband

Working on the headband

So here’s progress of what I’ve done as of last night.

Headband sideways

Headband sideways, see how it doubles over

I’ve used size 7 needles, in Lion Brand’s Fisherman’s Wool in Maple Tweed. I’m quite impressed with the pattern itself. At this point it seems well engineered for knitting ease. More than 95% of the stitches are knit. My only advice at this point if you’re starting this pattern is to USE MARKERS. In the video she says that you can get away with not using them after you’ve established that section, but for me that created a headache and mistakes. Markers made it easy for me to know when to pay attention to what I was doing.

Maple Tweed Wool

Fisherman’s Wool in Maple Tweed from Lion Brand

Look at my pretty homemade markers. It’s nice to have your piece always looking special, even in the middle stages. Definitely insures motivation for me to work on it.

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DIY Markers from odds and ends from home

Hopefully I’ll be finished the headband, probably tonight, and I’ll start the crown of the hat tomorrow. Honestly, I do not look forward to picking up 84 stitches.

Part 2

Completion

 

Weird Asian Snack: Corn Chee

the not sweet or savory Korean snack!

the not sweet or savory Korean snack!

We bought this a while ago, but I thought I would add it in. It’s a snack I got the Friday of the flood here in Calgary a couple of weeks ago from the E-Mart by our house while we were buying up some emergency ramen. I purchased it in hopes of something like Cartman’s Cheesy Poofs, however to my dismay, they tasted like mild corn pops with a white chocolate type cream topping. YEAH, a white chocolate smear right on every one of these curls. They weren’t overly sweet, and they had this taste about them that made me unsure of whether or not I liked them. They weren’t disgusting, so I kept on eating them in order to figure out how I felt about them.

2 weeks later, I still don’t know how I feel about these, but I know that I won’t be purchasing these babies again. Has ANYONE tried these weird thing out and liked them? Any other weird snack I should try out?

OVERGROWN

Sometimes you just can’t stop playing one song, over and over again, just like that preteen self I used to be. Oh yeah, BSB’s Quit Playin’ Games with My Heart was MAAH JAAAM (also, embarassingly enough, Nothings Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship was also a song I loved a lot cuz it was in that mannequin movie I liked so much, it’s okay, we won’t talk about it).

Currently, I CANNOT stop playing James Blake’s Retrograde.

SO GOOOD…. Just the right mix of soul and cinematic scoring that I am just a sucker for. The rest of his album, Overgrown, is equally delicious. I’m sure that I won’t outgrow the unhealthy addiction for this song anytime soon.

Steaky steak tacos

JESSSS

Don’t forget the hot sauce!

I just had a hankering for some non low carb food, especially the kind that you’re used to just making because you have no idea how to cook. Enter the era of when I first moved out to my own place. I remember buying jars of Classico pasta sauce, dry pasta, sidekicks, and frozen Delissio pizzas. Man. That was before my metabolism was a mess. I also remember making tacos for special nights, since there was so much prep and clean up involved. HA, little did I know that it would only get worse.

So here they are, in all their glory, my Steak Tacos, with all the regular fixins you would find in a regular taco, just… not as ghetto. Homemade salsa cruda, a recipe I found in an ancient second hand Mexican cooking book I found at the CBC book fair. The Complete Book of Mexican Cooking by Elisabeth Lambert Ortiz. The only other kicker is my petit beef tenderloins I purchased from CO-OP, rubbed in a homemade taco beef seasoning. Oregano, garlic powder, chili powder, hungarian paprika, salt and pepper. Other than that, grated cheese, lettuce, cilantro, sour cream, and oh yeah, a little douse of Tapacio Hot Sauce. Don’t forget, corn tortillas are the ONLY way to go.

you can see it from up here!

Layering order unnecessary

SALSA CRUDA (adapted from The Complete Book of Mexican Cooking)

  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, seeded, chopped fine
  • 2 serrano chili peppers (i actually just used jalapenos)
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4c  fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • pinch sugar
  • salt and pepper

Mix all ingredients and season to taste.

YUM! I found this great cooked in with scrambled eggs in the morning, or just with some plain tortilla chips.

How Did It All Fit In There?!

OooOooo PRETTY FABRIC!!!

there’s fabric here from over 10 years ago, when I first started sewing…. I’ll wait another 10 years, and then it’ll be cool.

I figured I would start with an actual post with actual content today. Today I will show you… MY STASH. No drugs, but kind of an obsession with any sewer I know. FABRIC. So many patterns and colours that imbue their light of inspiration to many a sewer. You touch a bolt of fabric and instantly you imagine yourself wearing a new pair of shorts or a new dress.

I have been pretty successful at keeping my hoard to a minimum (especially while looking at those picture on google of other people’s stashes), however I have kept my fabric in sad, large, and opaque rubbermaid containers. Everytime I wanted to make something, I had to dig through a pile of mess. You have no idea how elated I was to find this fabric organization solution on Pintrest. Not only does it keep everything neat, but it also allows me to look at all my fabric in a single glance.

This project is quite simple. I purchased a KILBY bookcase from IKEA for $39.99, and i spray painted the back panel a lime green. I took some leftover foam core and cardboard from school and cut it to the appropriate sizes for each shelves. I then wrapped fabric around the cards and fastened them with a pin. It did take me a while (one night and one morning) but it got done, and I am happy that I did.

this is where my fabric rolls! BWAHAHAH I’m punny…

Notice… this is where I sit when I sew. All I have to do is do a shoulder check and I can see ALL my fabric in it’s GLORY!! Hopefully those of you out there have figured out a good method of stashing away your goodies without forgetting them.