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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 02/08/12

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN! LEARN TO BE A RADDISH CARVING EXTRODINARE!







   This diy comes from www.scissorspaperwok.com .  Why not learn a little veggie carving to add to your dinner party table?  Be careful with the knife!






There’s something really special about food that is cooked with love… There’s a calming deliciousness to it – did that even make sense? It did to me… A sure sign that a dish has been cooked with love, is when for no other reason than the pure pleasure of it, the dish been styled to be pretty. No, not ultra minimalistic, chic, stylish or savvy, just pretty… here’s hoping again that you get my drift.


Easy Carved Radish Flowers

One of the easiest vegetables to carve, with the x-pretty-factor is the humble radish. Radishes have a lovely coloured skin, contrasted with its perfect white flesh on the inside. If you’ve never carved anything before, start with this lesson, practice, and you’ll be set to create your own in no time. Use a knife that is very sharp, short and thin. If you want to make a small investment, a quick search (for vegetable carving knife) on Amazon will get you started.



soak radish in water and use thin very sharp knife


Before you start, make sure you soak your radish in some cool water for a few hours before starting. This will make the radish firmer and fresher.



Steps involved to illustrate carving a radish into a flower


Step 1: Cut the end off the bottom of the radish. Decide how many outer petals you want the flower to have, and mentally draw the lines where you’re planning to cut (see yellow lines above).
Step 2: Using the knife, cut the petals down to the top of the radish. It’s important to follow the curve of the radish. You may need to practice a few times before getting evenly cut petals. If you want the petals to spread out more, gently work them with your thumb between the petal and the centre of the flower.
Step 3: Cut the petals to shape with some scissors. Use scissors with a small blade.
Step 4: Repeat the last two steps on the bulb that has been left in the middle. This time cut the petals so they are in between the outer petals.
That’s the basic flower! Once you’ve mastered these flowers, you’ll find it easier to make up your own as you go!



Radish carved into flowers

Any questions, let me know :)

AUSTRALIA DAY!!!








    Australia Day (previously known as Anniversary Day, Foundations Day and ANA Day) is the official national day of Australia. Celebrated annually on January 26th, the day commemorates the arrival of the First Fleet at Sydney Cove in 1788. The hoisting of the British flag there, and the proclamations of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of New Holland.






    Australia Day is an official public holiday in every state and territory of Australia, and is marked by the Order of Australia and Australian of the Year awards, along with an address from the Prim Minister.
    Although it was not known as Australia Day until over a century later, records of celebrations on January 26th date back to 1808, with Governor Lachland Macquarie having held the first official celebration of the formation of New South Wales in 1818. In 2004, an estimated 7.5 million people attended Australia Day celebrations and functions across the country.






    The date is seen as controversial for many Australians, particularly Indigenous Australians, who see commemorating the arrival of the First Fleet as celebrating the destruction of the native Aboriginal culture by British colonists. Dating back to the 1938 Day of Mourning, there have been significant protests from and on behalf of the Aboriginal community, and the birth of the alternative nae Invasion Day. Others have begun to use the name Survival Day to highlight that a people and culture that was expected to die out has survived. In light of these concerns, proposals to change the date of Australia Day have been made, but have failed to gain widespread public support.






    Some of things that happen on Australia Day include family meetings, picnics and barbecuses, parades, citizenship ceremonies, Order of Australia honours, and the Australian of the Year presentation.

GLITTERING COOKIES WITH ALL THAT EXTRA SPARKLE!






   This recipe comes from www.purlbee.com .  These are very interesting.  They kind of remind me of little tennis balls.  What do you think?


Glittering Cookie Recipe




When the new Gourmet Cookie Book came out just in time for the holidays this year, we ran out to our favorite local bookstore, McNally Jackson, to get it. Since many of us here at Purl Soho grew up with Gourmet Magazine, it holds a special place in our hearts and we deeply miss its presence in our lives. The new cookie book is a compilation of the most delicious cookie recipe from each year of the magazine's 68-year existence which spans 1941-2009. It seems almost too good to be true!





We were so excited about the book that we decided to adapt one of the recipes for our Purl Bee readers to enjoy over the holidays. Since we share a common love for anything almond flavored here at Purl Soho, we turned their Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies from the book into our Glittering Almond Sandwich cookies. Yum! To adorn the cookies, we wanted to find the sparkliest sanding sugars possible. We were thrilled to find these at Williams-Sonoma. The large granules of sugar really catch the light and make the cookies sparkle before your eyes. Each cookie truly looks like a gem.


Glittering Sandwich Cookies

(adapted from The Gourmet Cookie Book)
Makes approximately 5 dozen cookies.

Cookies
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon almond extract
Sanding sugars in various colors

Filling
2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons almond extract
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
You will also need:
Parchment paper
Electric mixer
Offset Spatula





To Make Cookies:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place flour, cornstarch and salt in a bowl, mix togetgher and set aside.

With electric mixer, mix butter, confectioners' sugar, almond extract and vanilla until fluffy.
Add flour mixture and mix on low until dough forms.

Place each sanding sugar into a small bowl.
Roll dough into balls, 1/2-inch in diameter, then roll balls in sanding sugar. Place balls on parchment lined baking sheet, 3/4-inch apart.

Bake for 9-11 minutes. Bottoms should just be turning golden. Remove and place on cooling racks.

To Make Filling:
With electric mixer, mix all filling ingredients on medium until combined.

Complete Cookies:
With offset spatula place approximately 1/4 teaspoon of filling on half a cookie, sandwich the other half to form a ball.

Cookies will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days.






Happy baking and happy holidays from all of us at Purl Soho!