Welcome to the second installment of Things I've Made From Things I've Pinned. This week I've been having a go at weaving. It seems like an understatement to say that woven wall hangings have been everywhere recently. My pinterest feed has been flooded with them. I've seen some amazing examples but it wasn't until I saw this tutorial from Honestly WTF pop up on Craftgawker that I finally decided to try making one myself.Read More
Hey. Just popping in quickly to share these origami vases I made using a fantastic tutorial I found on Pinterest. It's been a while since I've made something using a tutorial I've pinned. I need to do it more often. It seems like such a pity to pin these things but never actually make them.
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Ok, so, I pinned this recipe for the 'perfect' sweet potato fry a couple of weeks ago. I love sweet potatoes and I really love sweet potato fries, there's something about that sweet, salty combo I just can't get enough of but every time I make them something always seems to go wrong and I'm left with a soggy, mushy or burnt mess. Not this time. Not with this recipe anyway.
Apparently the key to the perfect sweet potato fry is to soak them in water first and then coat them in cornflour. I'd never tried this method before and I'm really pleased with how they turned out. I'll be making them like this again.
2 medium sweet potatoes,
2 teaspoons cornflour,
2 tablespoons olive oil,
2 tablespoons breadcrumbs,
2 tablespoons brown sugar,
Vegetable oil (to coat the baking tray),
Coarse sea salt.
(recipe adapted from Camille Styles)
(for the dipping sauce)
Sour cream or plain yoghurt,
Sweet chilli sauce.
1. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch thick pieces.
2. Soak the fries in cold water for at least an hour. Drain the water away and rinse the fries in cold water. Pat dry with a towel.
3. Preheat the oven to 230 c / gas mark 8.
4. Add 2 tsp of cornflour to a zip lock bag, add the sweet potato and shake until the potato is evenly coated in the cornflour.
5. Pour the fries into a bowl, add 2 tbsp olive oil and sprinkle over the 2 tbsp of breadcrumbs and the brown sugar. Mix together.
6. Line a baking sheet with foil and coat in a thin layer of vegetable oil.
The original recipe said to use a non-stick cooking spray. I didn't have one so I used some greaseproof paper to evenly spread a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil onto the foil instead.
7. Place the fries in a single layer on the baking tray. Try not to let any of the fries touch. Place the fries in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove the fries and turn them over before putting them back in for a further 15 minutes.
In the original recipe it says to place the baking tray in the bottom of the oven. I only have a middle and a top in my oven so I placed mine in the middle. Some of my fries did catch and burn a little on the edge of the tray. I probably could've done with taking them out a few minutes earlier.
6. Turn off the oven, leave the door open partially and let the fries rest for 5-10 minutes. They should get nice and crispy.
7. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with sea salt and eat.
There's a few ways I love to eat sweet potato fries, dipped in smoky barbecue sauce, sprinkled with chilli flakes and crumbled feta or in this case dipped in sour cream (plain yoghurt would work just as well) with some sweet chilli sauce swirled through it.
These sweet potato fries were crunchy and crispy and not soggy at all. They're a bit more time consuming than the ones I usually make but they turned out great so I'm not complaining. Definitely worth go if you've had the same problems and you're looking for an alternative to the soggy fry.
Has anyone tried this method of soaking them before? I'd love to know what you thought.
P.S. You can find more sweet and savoury treats here.
I discovered this fantastic blog called Design & Form whilst trawling Pinterest on the weekend, sadly it isn't being updated any more but you can still pore through the archives and enjoy it's beautiful minimal aesthetic and clever diy's. I loved these diy felt slippers, braided trivet and origami paper lily but it was this diy for an xl notebook that really caught my eye. You know how much I love notebooks and you can never have too many, right?
To make my notebook I used some A4 printer paper that I already had lying around. For the cover I used a couple of pieces of scrapbook paper from the Diy Shop range from Crate Paper. It's another one of those easily customisable projects that you know I love. The original diy used plain black paper for the cover but by choosing your favourite patterned or non-patterned paper or even making your own and adding some colourful ribbon or twine you can put your own unique spin on it.
Things you'll need to make your own Simple Diy Softcover Notebook: A4 paper, Scrapbook paper, A pencil, A ruler, Hole punch, Bakers twine, And some scissors.
1. To make sure all your holes are in the same place you'll need to make a guide. Mark on a piece of paper where you want the holes to be. I measured mine 1.5 inches and 2.5 inches from the top and the same on the bottom.
2. Line up the hole punch and punch out the holes. To make sure I only punched one hole at a time I used the end of my hole punch and then moved it in an inch. A single hole punch would work even better.
3. Take a stack of paper (10 sheets at a time worked best for me), use your guide piece of paper to mark the holes on the top piece and punch. If you're worried about your stack of paper moving around you can use a couple of binder clips to hold your paper in place. Keep going until you have a thick stack of paper.
4. Measure and cut out a couple of pieces or scrapbook paper for the cover. The piece I used is a calendar made up of rulers, I really like that you can use it to highlight and take note of certain dates. I wanted my book to be soft and flexible so I choose scrapbook paper for the cover but you could use a thin card if you wanted a more sturdy notebook. Just remember your hole punch needs to be able to punch through it.
5. Line up your stack of paper with the covers on both sides and thread some bakers twine through the holes. Tie in a tight knot on the back of your notebook to keep the front looking neat and tidy and you're all done.
Pretty easy, right? I love that it's nice and thick and the pages rip out easily as well. I think it would make a great sketchbook although I'd probably need a thicker cover if I was going to carry it around with me. For now this one is sitting on my desk so we'll see how it goes. If I end up liking it as much as I think I will I can always make another but this time with a stronger cover and maybe even some watercolour or sketchbook paper as the pages.
I fell in love with these tiny notebooks when I pinned them a few months back and since I use notebooks all the time it seems like a good idea to know how to make a few different types myself. You can find my other tutorial, this time for perfect bound notebooks here.
These mini notebooks are made using shipping tags, pretty clever, right? They're also really quick and easy to make. Have a go and let me know in the comments below how you get on.
SUPPLIES: Shipping/luggage tags, Scrapbook paper, Lined paper, String, A pencil. Hole punch, Stapler, Embossing tool, Ruler, Cutting mat, And a pair of scissors.
1. First you're going to want to take your shipping or luggage tag and trace around them onto your chosen scrapbook paper. Make sure to mark where the hole is as well.
2. Cut out your tag.
3. Line up your hole punch with the mark you made earlier and punch through the paper.
4. Use an embossing tool to score a line below where the tag starts to narrow and fold. Measure halfway down your tag and score another line.
5. Fold your tag, make sure the flaps all fit neatly inside each other. Trim if necessary.
6. Cut and trim some lined paper to fit inside your mini notebook.
7. Line up your pages and notebook cover and staple together.
8. Fold your notebook. If your pages don't quite fit you can always trim away any excess.
9. Loop some string through the hole and wrap around to keep your notebooks closed.
Don't forget you don't have to leave your notebooks plain, you can decorate them with stamps, stickers or other embellishments.
As well as the mini notebooks I also made a larger one. If you want to do the same here are the measurements I used.
To make a notebook measuring 5 3/4 by 4 1/2 inches you will need to make a tag 10 3/4 by 5 3/4 inches. To make the slanted sides measure and mark 2 inches from the top and 1 inch in. Join up with a ruler.