Appetizer Roll

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This is a make ahead appetizer is adaptable to many occasions by just changing the ingredients of the filling and the colouring for the dough design part.  In this recipe I’ve made it adaptable for St. Patrick’s Day. 

Preheat oven 350 F

Ingredients dough:

  • * 6 eggs
  • * 6 tablespoons oil
  • * 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • * 6 tablespoons flour
  • * 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • * salt

For the filling:

  • * 300 g cream cheese
  • * 3 tablespoons cream
  • * 4-5 bunches of broccoli cheese
  • * 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • * chopped dill
  • * 5 g gelatin

Method:

Separate eggs, in a bowl whisk together the 6 egg yolks, 6 tablespoons oil, salt,  then add 3 tablespoons of sour cream, 6 tablespoons flour and baking powder.  The egg whites beat in electric mixer at on high until nice and foamy and fluffy. Gradually incorporate the egg & flour mixture into the egg whites.

Line a large flat cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with baking paper. Size preferably rectangular, is 28×40 cm.

Add the design into pan first. Mix 4 tablespoons of dough mixture and put green food coloring until desired color is achieved. Pour on to baking sheet and swirl or create a design of your choice.  Pour remaining batter over. Bake in 350 F preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.

Use soft cream cheese, Philadelphia type. Mix cream cheese with sour cream and grated cheese, add chopped dill and season with salt and pepper to taste. Boil broccoli florets in steamer. Can put them in a colander over boiling water. Steam until cooked but still firm. Add cooked broccoli to cream cheese mixture.

Add 5 g of gelatin, first hydrated in water and then heated until dissolved.  Cool gelatin mixture 5 min before adding a tablespoon of cream and mix in gelatin, mix into the rest of the filling mixture.Make sure to mix well.

After removing the pan from the oven turn cake out on a damp towel. You will see the design. Let cool for 15-20 minutes. Flip cake over to the side without the design and spread cake with cream cheese  mixture.  Roll up and wrap tightly in plastic wrap.  Refrigerate for a 2 hours. Cut and serve.

Enjoy!

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Pet Peeve Time.

All I want to know is who is in the picture? That’s all.  So I Google the movie or characters, click on a picture, no one is identified in the picture clearly.  There are a lot of names in the text but the picture has no identification of who is actually in the picture and when it was taken.

Blog after, Blog after, Blog of just pictures no identification.  How lazy are people?  Some wonderful photos and some wonderful art work who knows who took the picture or even spent the time and drew and created the picture.  Oh and where the heck was the picture taken and when.  I have seen beautiful pictures and want to know where it is taken. No luck. :0(

Please identify photos and pictures and art and places and when it was taken.  I don’t read minds…. yet.

© Valerie Weik 2012

Sock Monkey © TapestryIII Graphics 2011 Identifying picture. This is my rendition of a sock monkey for Super Poke Pets.  This has never been published before.  Super Poke Pets does not exist any longer. Google got rid of this game.

Oh and never buy a virtual property you don’t really own it.  It belongs to the person you bought it from.  They have the power over the virtual property and can choose to take away your access to the virtual property.

Enough pet peeves for one day.  I shall continue trying to find out the identity of my 3 young stars.  Carry on internet.

Scary Stuff – Technology and Me

IMG_0095It started in the 1950’s with learning to use the sewing machine and graduated to the computer in 2000. Humm, that’s a span of 50 years.  In between there was the comptometer (a type of adding machine), manual typewriter, old copy machines that required to manually turn the crank. Remember those old DOS computers?  Electronic calculator >  They’ve gone digital!

Then there were software programs. Software programs that could do all sorts of things like:

  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Highlighting
  • Calculating
  • Spell checking
  • Inserting
  • Word processing
  • Graphs
  • Charts
  • Complex calculations
  • Translation

Communication: type a letter, send an email, leave a voice message, play telephone tag, have a meeting by Skype, or just meet face to face.  Postmen are only used to deliver junk mail now.

Phones too have undergone a transformation.  They now fit in your pocket. The office can contact you anywhere they want.  You’re scared to take a bio in case the phone rings while you’re in there.  The new multi-line phone system (I think these really are going to be obsolete) that has all the lines flashing at once.  Voice Mail is a wonderful invention and Email is even better.  Automated answering systems seem to be the norm for large companies.  What a waste of time they are.  Mind you they have managed to sort some of them out.  Nothing worse than being in an automated message loop that goes no where.

What’s really, really scary, you can now see the other person you are talking to.  Talk about the future slapping you in the face.  This was only a cartoon when I was a kid.  If we can imagine it, we can create it.

HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY WEEKEND

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Comptometer and Gestetner Copy Machine

Bohemian, Beatnik, Hippie and Boho Style

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Bohemian is the oldest term and is a french word meaning gypsy.  Originally this term was given to wanders and poor people who may have been refuges.  Today the fashion embraces older style clothing and jewelry of a more exotic nature as the trademark of a bohemian. This term came to be used for people who lead unconventional lives.

 

 

90px-Beatgirl_(3)After Bohemians was Beatnik, this group were anti conformist and had an influence on music, fashion, art, literature, and poetry. This movement started in the late forties and went right through to the mid ’60s. Beatniks were roamers and hitch-hiked around US spreading their beliefs. Socially this group expanded conscious spontaneity which changed the out-look of society.  They became a generation of free thinkers.  Not all society wanted to change but with time change was brought around both politically and socially.  This allowed society to really speak out about the world around them and politically in their countries.  Freedom of speech was the norm.

 

ModernBohoCrete2008Combination of Bohemian and the Beatnik created the Hippie culture. Ever changing music, fashion, poetry, politics and a mobile culture that traveled all over the world and influenced society on a global scale. Creative thinking and innovation changed fashion and music by the end of the 1960s.  It was a new age for the Post World War II baby boomers.  Innovation and technology started to change rapidly.

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Today we have the BoHo style of fashion and that is as it should be.  What goes around comes around. Boho Fashion is a mix of gypsy, hippie and bohemian.  This looks quite romantic and very feminine style of dress. With lots of bangles, dangly earrings, scarves, long skirts and ruffles. This embraces the last 100 years of fashion with a fresh twist with colours and fabrics.

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Be Wardrobe Savy – 7 Helpful Strategies

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At least one of these strategies will dramatically change the way you feel about getting dressed in the morning.

1. Dress by Color.

Every day for a week, make sure that your ensemble includes an item of a certain color: week one is red, two is orange, three is yellow, and so on. This will encourage you to search through your closet and actually wear the pieces that have been languishing, unloved, underneath your go-to items.

2. Rotate Your Closet

Instead of wearing the same small percentage of your closet every week another approach by organizing items by type (dresses with dresses, slacks with slacks) is to hang each item inside-out after you wear it if it doesn’t need to be washed. This way, you can easily see which clothing items you’ve recently worn, and which items you may have forgotten about.

3. Take Notes

Keeping a journal of what you wear each day, and how it makes you feel will help you identify which shapes, fabrics, and styles work best for your body, and lifestyle.  Taking notes will prevent you from making purchases that aren’t for you.  Learning what style didn’t make you feel great and would be a waste of money.

This strategy is ideal for those who have a ton of clothing but feel like they haven’t yet hit upon a cohesive style.

4. Choose Your Style

Look through your closet and think about what you wear all the time. While your uniform might be two or three basic types of ensembles, rather than just one, having multiple versions of these go-to items will free up time in the morning. Since you won’t be spending money on different clothing trends each season, you can play around more with shoes and inexpensive jewelry.

 5. Mix and Match Classy with Casual

 You’ll get more use out of your wardrobe–which could really help if you tend to underdress, or need to class up your look on a daily basis. This could mean wearing that beautiful silk blouse to the office or wearing that structured blazer to a weekend brunch. Reimagining items in a new light will give them a new life.

6. Document Your Clothes

Maybe you have what seems like hundreds of necklaces, or maybe you’ve got a lot of T shirts or pants. Set aside whether you need so many variations on the same item and make sure you’re actually putting your collection to use!

7. For every 3 items in your closet 2 must be…

For chronically cluttered wardrobes, for every three items that stay in your closet, two must be thrown out, donated or consigned. While it might be difficult to part with so much of the clothing you’ve collected over the years, you need to examine why you’re hanging on to so many items—especially if they’re not actively in use. Once you pare down your wardrobe to the essentials, you’ll have the momentum to tackle the other important projects in your life—and look great while doing them.