[yiddish] To eat like an animal, i.e., quickly, noisily, and in great quantity.

Monday, July 16, 2012

I Can Craft: Shrink Plastic Chevron Tribal Necklace

I enjoy crafts as much as the next girl, but I am really bad at making straight lines and things like that. It is always a great feeling when I find a craft I can actually handle.

I just found out that you can make glass-like pendant jewelry out of shrinky dinks (I guess my mom deprived us as a child, because I don't remember ever playing with these) AND that shrinky dink material can be free! All you have to do is put on your best smile and ask your local deli for a sandwich box. It has to be the flimsy plastic kind that has the number 6 on it.

The possibilities are endless, people!

The Full Set of Supplies:
Set of 8 Sharpies - $8 from drugstore
Single hole punch- $1.50 from local dollar store
Ugly necklace whose chain I used- $1 from local dollar store
Stencil Set- $1.20 from local dollar store
Plastic Sandwich box- free
Scissors, Oven, Wax Paper- courtesy of my house 

Draw something cool on the flat part and color it, cut it out, punch holes, bake on wax paper in a preheated over for about 30 seconds and immediately flatten it down with a wet towel. I messed a few up by not flattening fast enough so I ended up sticking my hand in the oven to make sure I really flattened it before it hardened, but maybe I shouldn't do that....

The dollar store is key for keeping the cost down.  Once you get the basic supplies you can make so many necklaces; the only materials you will need to keep buying are the chains. Or you can really keep using the same chain, just adjusting the pendants you make on it. That means an endless supply of necklaces to match every outfit for about $10.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Best Carrots Ever

How about some more cheap vegetables that can be turned into something better: carrots. I found this recipe on Pinterest.

Slice, lightly cover in coconut oil and spices,  40 minutes in the oven at 450.

I sliced them with a knife which was a little tedious, but whatever. They key is the coconut oil (which has so many uses for kitchen and body- I am using it for my under eye wrinkles. I just wish I could open my jar without having to bang at it with a can opener every time).

Besides salt and pepper, I added chili powder, ginger,  and garlic powder to balance the sweetness from the coconut oil.

40 minutes is a long time to wait for a veg I typically eat raw, but so worth it.

P.S. Don't try this in the toaster oven. 

Monday, July 9, 2012

Best Fortune Cookie Ever

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Choco Rolls

If you have access to Asian supermarkets- you need to see if they carry this (I went to the Viet Market on 12th and Washington Ave here in Philly). I picked up Choco Rolls on a whim, after all their motto is "what a sweet taste."  A box of 14 was about $4. Kudos to my impulse purchase. They are are like the better version of a KitKat- a roll of chocolate covered, nougat filled wafer.  

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Quick Pickle Sandwich

I am like real poor these days. It sucks. So, I have to be creative with my eating. Despite my lack of cash, I refuse to have a bad meal, life is too short.

You can pick up a bunch of radishes for a dollar and a cucumber for even less.   

For my cucumbers, I just sliced and covered in salt and a light douse of white vinegar. I didn't completely cover them in vinegar because I have found it can get soggy. They can be eaten immediately or you can wait for more sourness. 

I usually slice my radishes and eat them raw with course salt and vinegar. I really love vinegar. This time I tried something different. I made a brine using this recipe as a starting point. I added some coriander and some kombucha just for fun. These need a day to be ready. 

The cucumbers and radishes work as a snack, but they can become a poor girl's lunch on some bread with cream cheese (low-fat, duh). 

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Things These Days (3 1/2 Year Update)

Since my move to Philly for law school and my blog obligations to my baby Midtown Lunch Philly, Fressa Girl dried up and became the neglected old maid who I forget to send greeting cards to on holidays. Some things have changed since I started this blog 3 1/2 years ago. I have a J.D. now... which is super great because it means I have the Bar exam in a few weeks followed by unemployment for an unknown duration. Other things haven't changed, food still makes me the most happy. So, since my readers are long gone, I may start posting the recipes and crafting that I do when I am procrastinating, just to keep track.

I'll start off with a sad story/ recent food creation. Someone stole my basil plant off my front stoop! Who does that? Before he was taken from me I was able to use his lovely leaves in a scape basil pesto. I got the scaped for a dolla at the farmers market. Most pesto recipes call for pine nuts. But pine nuts are expensive! So I substituted sunflower seeds and a handful of my roommates almonds.  I threw in some frozen shrimp and lima beans for added protein. It works. I hope my basil is being properly maintained and watered with care in this heat wave. What a jerk.