Method Place milk in a pot and bring to a boil. In a separate bowl, whisk starch and sugar together, then whisk in the egg. Once the milk has reached a boil, pour a third into the eggs and whisk vigorously. Return the milk to the heat, and quickly whisk in the egg mixture. Boil for 1-2 minutes, whisking continuously. Remove from the heat, and whisk in butter and vanilla. Transfer to a clean bowl and cover the surface directly with plastic wrap to prevent a skin for forming. Chill overnight.
Pate Sucree (crust) 90g unsalted butter 35g sugar pinch salt zest of 1 lemon 1/2t vanilla - 1 medium egg - 140g pastry flour
Method Cream butter, sugar, salt, zest and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add the egg, and scrape down the bowl well, making sure the egg is fully incorporated. Sift the flour to remove any lumps, then add on low speed. When the dough comes together, place the dough on a sheet of plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge for 1 hour. Roll out pastry on a well-floured surface (you can use all purpose flour for this) until it's aproximately 1/8" or 3mm thick. Carefully transfer into your flan shell (mine is 7") or pie plate, and press in around the edges; trim any scrap. Chill again for 30 minutes. Bake at 375F for 15-17 minutes (the shell should be golden brown). Let cool.
Assembly Brush the inside of the pastry with melted chocolate and let cool. This keeps the pastry from going soft when the filling is added. Uncover pastry cream, and whisk slightly to make sure there are no lumps. Fill the shell with pastry cream, using a spatula to level. Cut up seasonal fruit to top your flan. For this one, I sliced and fanned strawberries, added sliced kiwi and papaya, then filled with fanned plum slices, Champagne grapes, figs and blueberries. Heat a little bit of apricot jam in a pot until it's liquid (you may have to add a little water to thin it out a bit). Brush the fruit to glaze it, and enjoy!
I love this contest. Really, I do. Simply because it showed me the fantastic variety of food and still life photography. I began loving this genre, and got a new goal for my own photography.
Thank you. __________________
About this photo:
Self-made cookiedough icecream topped with splitted dark chocolate. Even though cookiedough in vanilla icecream is nothing new, I believe that self-made is always best. Especially the mix of dark chocolate on top and sweeter chocolate in the cookiedough makes this creation round and unique.
Showing the most important ingredient at the side of the plate: cookies! Who doesn't love them?
I guess this is more like Craft This Again, really.
I've been seeing this everywhere lately and I thought I may as well give it a try. Plus I needed to do a cherry pie tutorial so I killed two birds with one stone so to speak.
The one to the left was made in March 2012 and was either the third or fourth thing I had ever made from clay. I can't believe I was so unbelievably proud of it. The one to the right was made last night.
Both pies were made from polymer clay, and the pie on the right is inside a bottle cap.
Woow... this was probably the most time-consuming project I ever did. But at the same time it was soo much fun and I realized how much I missed doing pieces of handicraft! (Which I used to do A LOT when I was younger.. ^^) This took about 35+ hrs in total, all the detail was killing me! xD But I am really happy with the result, it looks much better in reality, but I hope the photos portrait my idea and concept in a good way! ^^
About the idea for the diorama:
When I think of autumn the first thing, that comes to my mind, is that dreamy atmosphere autumn brings along. I love the feeling of sitting in a park and just enjoying the beautiful colorful trees and the rays of sun bathing the whole scenery in twilight. And the best thing is, if you can enjoy this atmosphere with a person you love, may it be a friend, a family member or your lover! ^^ People (and also animals ) seem to get closer together, as it gets colder outside. That's what the two people on the bench and also the fawn and it's mother are standing for. I also really love pavillons, they have that special kinda romantic appeal! So I placed the scene in one! I hope I succeeded in catching what autumn means and what it feels like for me! ^^
The shoebox measures 23cm x 34cm and is 13cm high (+ 13cm archway, so 26cm in total). It consists of solid carton. The following materials were used for the other items in the box: Trees, bushes: Artificial moss (it doesn't rot), wire, goldspray Bench: Solid stalks of straw, wire Persons, animals, kite, pavillon: Solid black carton, transparent yellow paper Underground: cut foam, synthetic turf glued on it (like used on model railways) Little details (flowers, latern, mushroom, leaves etc.): Different materials
Everything is handcrafted except the little mushroom, the little leaves on the ground are also bought, but I painted them red and brown to fit the autumn-theme. The little chestnuts are made of styrofoam painted with brown watercolors. Everything is glued/fixed with wire, so its safe for transport!
I am reeally excited how you like my diorama (or Dreamiorama xD).. I went to soo many different stores to get all the stuff and I spent so much work to get this done while also having an eye on my little daughter (she tried to destroy the diorama several times... haha ^^). I really hope all the work was worth it, if I won something, I would probably freak out..
I would be veeery happy about comments, favs and meaningful feedback! Without your support I would be nothing!
I wish everyone good luck and a happy and cosy autumn-time!
Not all attempts to play god have to turn out as hideous monstrosities. While combining crocodile and dog DNA was perhaps an ill-advised choice, the result is lovable, semi-huggable, and able to drag small, slow animals to their death in large bodies of water. Crocodog is ideal for swamp-dwelling families, preferably those who possess stronger-than-average leg bones.
WARNING: Engaging Crocodog in a game of fetch has been known to result in acute loss of limbs. Do not leave Crocodog unsupervised with other pets or children. The manufacturer of Crocodog is not responsible for injuries sustained as the result of improper handling. Improper handling is classified as petting, walking, holding, carrying, or touching Crocodog.