Posts for February 7th 2008
If you think cutesy pink Valentine cupcakes are too sentimental and passé then wait until you check out these Bleeding Heart cupcakes. Instead of being cutesy hearts, they're almost gruesome, and the best part is that they actually bleed jam! I love how fun they are, and especially adore the use of marbles to create the indentations! To check out the recipe and create your own bloody valentine, read more
Kick-start your Chinese New Year dinner party with an elegant cocktail. A lychee martini is sophisticated, cool, and festively flirty. When you sit down to dinner offer guests a dry Riesling, fruity Sauvignon Blanc, or crisp Chenin Blanc; all would pair nicely with the menu. If you really want to serve a red, look for a light, smooth Pinot Noir. Don't forget water and sparkling water. A refreshing option for non drinkers is lemonade. To see the recipe for the lychee martini, read more
This morning, a friend of mine sent me the link to this Messy tablecloth by Polish group AZE design. The plain white tablecloth is embroidered with outlines of plates, cutlery, a cheese board, serving spoons, and more. I think it would be fun to try and put dishes in the right place — except for maybe that spilled wine glass — but I don't know if I'd actually use it as my main tablecloth. What do you think? Would you use it?
It's been demanded that I make these Rose and Chocolate Marshmallows. And although I'm not the hugest marshmallow fan, I think these lovelies might just change my mind. — Chocolate and Zucchini
This week I was in the mood for something classically comforting but unordinary at the same time. I decided to make a kicked-up version of tomato soup. What makes this recipe different? Garbanzo beans and coriander, which are not your average tomato-soup ingredients. These elements are pureed with canned tomatoes to make a soup with a wonderful texture and vibrant flavor that's subtly unusual. The recipe is so unbelievably easy and the soup is ready in under 30 minutes. It's an excellent option for a fast and easy dinner. To see how I made it please read more
Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Rat. Although most Westerners would never dream of eating rat, it is actually a delicacy in many places, and surprisingly rat consumption is on the rise, especially in places where the bird flu was rampant and another source of protein was needed. Personally, I'd give the little rodents a try; call me crazy but the recipe for rat steamed with lemon leaves actually sounds appetizing and that picture above doesn't look too shabby either. Rat-atouille anyone?
I hate to say it, but pretty soon the peak season for butternut squash will be over. Butternut squash are best from early Fall to Winter, and although Spring means a plethora of appetizing vegetables, it's sad to see the squash go. To make the most of it while we can, serve a curried version of the veggie tonight. It's a delicious meal atop couscous, flavored with peanuts and chutney. This recipe is perfect for the vegetarian in your life, so get it now and read more
For some folks, Valentine's Day is all about chocolate, for others it's all about the bedroom. For those of you who are into both, I've rounded up a few fun — and a few tacky — sensual chocolate gifts. While these may be a little risque, they are all definitely safe for work, but if you blush, don't say I didn't warn you! To check out my finds, click the "Start Slideshow" below.
To maintain a healthy diet, we should eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Likewise, to have a cozy kitchen we should incorporate these fit-friendly foods into the decor! From plates to kitchen timers, it's easy to get your fill of fruits and veggies when browsing the Yum Market on TeamSugar. I especially enjoy this pear printed fabric that FinnLover discovered. It's designed by the Finnish brand Marimekko; they recommend using the fabric as a tablecloth but I think it would make delightful dish towels.
To get your fill of fruits and veggies, check out the rest of the collection below.
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