Thursday, 25 August 2011

Cheap and Simple Flavoured Salts.

Today I decided to make some salt rubs as a cheap and easy way to put a delicious splash of flavour and colour to many/any meals! Read on for the simple instructions.

First I made paprika salt:-

3 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon table salt
1 tablespoon ground rock salt

Then mix!

This is the easiest to make as all the ingredients are dry. This will make 3 tablespoons of paprika salt. To make it spicy paprika salt, just add some dried red chillies! This can be used as a rub on meats before cooking and also as a finishing salt on meats, poultry, seafood, eggs and ANY Spanish or Mexican food! Use sparingly.

Next, inspired by wholsefoodsmarket, I made Citrus Salt:-

2 tablespoons ground rock salt
3 tablespoons table salt
Rind of 1 orange
Rind of 1 lemon

Leave the rind on kitchen roll to dry out for a few minutes.

Mix it!

On the website they baked the salt, but it can be used immediately and instead I left it to air dry, spread thinly between two sheets of kitchen paper. The result was a lovely yellow citrus coloured salt baking wouldn't produce. Citrus salt is delicious seasoning on seafood, poultry, (better than a takeaways lemon chicken!) vegetables or even a finishing salt for your margaritas glass rims or tequila, depending on your tipple! This makes about 7 tablespoons of citrus salt. 

Lastly I tried making a chive salt:-

50grams fresh chives, chopped finely
3 tablespoons table salt
2 tablespoons rock ground salt
1 tablespoon ground black peppercorns

Leave chives to dry for a few minutes on kitchen roll or bake for ten minutes on 220 degrees (with salt if baking). Then mix together!

Chive salt may take a whole day to air dry, spread VERY thinly between kitchen roll to speed up the process (if you want the flavours to blend naturally). It can also be used immediately as a rub on chicken or pork, sprinkled on roast potatoes or in a stir fry. I used it as a finishing salt on my omelette and a tiny amount on my jacket potato with cottage cheese. Delicious!

The final three:-

Store all of these in airtight jars and since salt is a preservative the flavoured salts should last for ages! I am going to experiment and NOT refrigerate the salts as it would end up damp again. 

Monday, 22 August 2011

Alice Adventures Luggage/Gift Tags

After a few weeks I have finally caught an hour to try out a new idea inspired by the Adventures of Alice. Though not completely finished as I am still at odds on how to go about it; I have made gift (or luggage) tags! 

After a (questionable) eureka moment of what I could make and how I could make it easier, it (ironically) took ages to make a stamp from some foam I bought due to my dodgy craft knives and I still cant decide whether it was worth it or if I should have just hand painted them. The Stamp:-

 Then I found about ten decks of cards to sort through in my house, some blue and gold craft rope (29p hobby craft sale!) and also the luggage tags (59p for 30 at 'The Works'). I think I can do much more with the all of this but I am yet to go crazy for fear of waste. ALL Alice related crafts of course!

These are my luggage/gift tags so far with a mix of crafty Alice related items:-

And a cheeky extra picture to see the sparkles of Alice, peering up at..? (The Cheshire Cat!) Each glitter matches the gift tag in colour and LOOK at the detail of illustration in the cards. 

Just in time to join Wendy with Handmade Monday. Lots of lovely Crafters linked together to share work and inspire each other. Fabulous! I cannot wait now I have some more time to get my creative juices flowing this week.

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Weekly Inspiration Board - Alice In Wonderland / Through The Looking Glass

A good friend I haven't seen in years is pregnant! She is having a baby girl and I am looking to make her an Alice in Wonderland inspired piece of artwork or craft. Hopefully she can decorate the babies room with my work and it can inspire a whole theme. Now where to begin? 

'Begin at the beginning,' the King said gravely, 'and then go on till you come to the end: then stop.'

'The chief difficulty Alice had at first was in managing her flamingo.'

I am really excited about the possible outcome. Imagine growing up in Wonderland.

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