Archive for September, 2012

Wine-Cork Angels – Weekend Project

September 14, 2012

Wine-Cork Angel

Bazaars for the holidays are just around the corner.  I’m in the groove creating new pieces that hopefully will be irresistible to ornament collectors.  This sweet little angel is four inches tall, weighs less than an ounce and is made of wired metallic ribbon gathered over a wine cork.  Her head is a one inch Styrofoam ball covered with paper-mache and painted a pale pink.  The wings are just a bow made of the same metallic ribbon.  Ordinary kitchen twine wrapped around the head creates her hair and the halo is a string of gold pearls.  An ivory satin ribbon with a violet satin rose finishes her adornments.Hang this sweet angel on your Christmas tree or the office tree.  Give her to a friend or loved one, or dress up a gift box with her for someone special.  She will be saved and cherished for years to come.

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Star Fruit Chutney

September 4, 2012

Roasted Chicken and Star Fruit Chutney

Star fruit or Carambola is another tropical fruit with a delicate flavor reminiscent of citrus and watermelon. Its sweet when ripe and makes a nice chutney.  This chutney has just enough jalapeño chili to offset the sweet and sour of the sauce and there’s texture from the onions, bell peppers and fruit.  This condiment really makes chicken and fish pop.  It certainly gave my roasted chicken and fried breadfruit chips a zing.Carambola are in season now here in the Caribbean so you probably can find them in major supermarkets.  They should be yellow with light brown spots on the ribs of the star.  If they’re green without any blemishes just set them in a bowl on the counter for a few days to ripen.  Again, if you’ve been following my blogs, fruit will not ripen sweetly if it was picked too green so its kind of a gamble buying green fruit from a market.  The best fresh produce markets offer a slice of their fruits in season so customers have the opportunity to taste the quality before they buy.

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Quilted Christmas Balls – Weekend Project

September 1, 2012

Its that time of year when all good elves start working to make gifts for the holiday bazaars.  I love going to bazaars and finding unique and beautiful arts and crafts.  So much fun and really fuels my creative side.  This year I’m making these quilted Christmas ornaments.  They’re  dazzling on a Christmas tree and make a fabulous heirloom gift.  read more

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Guava Jam with Star Anise

September 1, 2012

I’m no newbie when it comes to processing guavas…check out my page The Tongan Experience.  But I’ve got to tell you Puerto Rican guavas are the bomb in size compared to South Pacific guavas.  It takes a lot less Puerto Rican guavas (guayaba) to make jam than the South Pacific variety.

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Hamburger Sliders with Vinegar Peppers and Homemade Mayo on Focaccia

September 1, 2012

Start with slider size pieces of homemade rosemary focaccia.  Slice the pieces open horizontally and drizzle with a little olive oil infused with garlic. Toast them, cut side down, on a medium hot griddle until golden.  Slather some homemade mayonnaise on both sides (video by Food Wishes below) and top one side with a juicy hamburger seasoned with Adobo and fresh ground black pepper.  Top the other side of the focaccia with sliced avocado, sliced scallion bulbs and Vinegar Peppers.

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