aluminium foile

For lunch today I baked a bunch of sweet potato fries, and served that with hummus as a dipping sauce and a big side salad.

To make the fries:
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Chop your sweet potatoes length-wise into even-sized wedges. I like to cut mine quite thick, because they do shrink once baked. Spread the fries on a baking tray lined with aluminium foil. Drizzle some olive oil and season with dried Italian herbs, paprika, salt and a touch of cinnamon. Give the fries a good toss to coat everything evenly, then place it in the oven. After 15-20 mins, take them out, flip them over and put it back in for another 5-10 mins. The cooking time really depends on your oven strength/heat, so do keep an eye on the fries so they cook evenly and don’t burn.

  • *After Adam goes upstairs to look for the foil and Ronan goes to follow*
  • Gansey: Matthew’s room sounds like a perfectly logical place to look for foil.
  • Matthew: I don’t remember there being aluminum foil in my room....
  • Blue: No wonder you guys cook where you shit. If this is the organization system you guys have at Monmouth, I am seriously worried about you.
  • Declan: .......My brother’s about as smooth as a fucking cactus.
PSA: You don’t need charcoal to burn resin and loose incense.

For that matter, you don’t need a charcoal burner, tongs, sand, or the willingness to handle something that sparks and burns dangerously hot. You don’t need any of the things that every website insists you need to burn resin, herbs, or loose/granular incense mixes.

All you need is a tea light, aluminium foil, and a shallow (fire safe) dish.

Drape the aluminium foil over part of the dish and pinch around the rim so it stays securely in place. Turn up the inner edge or dent it a bit if you’re working with resins that liquefy when they heat up. Put the resin/herbs on the foil. Light a tealight and set it so the flame touches the foil (it doesn’t have to be completely underneath). Done!

My setup looks like this:

If you want, keep delicate herbs further away from the flame so they don’t burn until they’re acrid. Try to avoid touching the foil because it conducts a lot of heat, though I’ve never gotten an actual burn from it. Most herbs you can just brush off when you’re done and reuse the foil. If you’re using resin, some residue will probably remain after several uses and you might want to replace it if you don’t want a slight undercurrent of frankincense or whatever next time (or keep that piece of foil reserved for that specific resin).

This cost me nothing. It’s sturdy and I can’t knock it over accidentally. It’s not as smoky as charcoal methods because it doesn’t burn as hot, and if you arrange things right you can get scent with no smoke which is great if you’re concerned about smoke inhalation. I can just blow it out when I’m done. It doesn’t get the nasty smell that people complain about with self-igniting charcoal. Resins last a long time because they are heated gently and just ooze, solidify, and ooze again when reheated. It’s not as pretty as fancy burners but it’s safe, fast, and functional.

I never see methods recommended that don’t use charcoal, and charcoal burning just isn’t accessible for me. Hope this helps others having similar issues.

I had forgotten to post this tutorial here! It’s on all my other social media except this. Oops! I don’t have access to worbla or Eva foam all the time, as I cannot leave the house often and I’m quite poor. So I made a cheap alternative using materials people usually have in the house! If it’s hard to read you need: Duct tape Aluminium foil Paper/paper mache mix (flour and water) Mod podge (optional) FOAM brushes (optional) Hot glue (optional, for details) Paint And any velcro or clasps/buckles to attach the armor to yourself

Cowplant WIP

I made the armature for this bad boy this morning. I took some screencaps of the cowplant I had in my game, photoshopped the background out and printed the images in the size I want my cowplant figure to be when it is finished. The armature is made of galvanized wire, aluminium foil and Apoxie sculpt. For a list of tools I use please click here

Daily Podcast (09.30.15)
  • We're geeking out at Sebastian, I think we're freaking him out a little bit. You can see a few Captain America shirts going on.
  • Seb: I love it, it's great!
  • But it's true, we are very excited, we are huge fans of that stuff, obviously.
  • The excitement for the Civil War movie—which is, when is the release on that?
  • Seb: May, uh, May, next year. Yeah.
  • I have to say that your portrayal of Bucky and the Winter Soldier—the relationship with Chris Evans in those movies, so the core, the emotional core of the movie. Your friendship was so palpable and tangible that, if that didn't work, the movies wouldn't work. It's just a great job.
  • Seb: Well, thank you, thank you very much, yeah.
  • Mackenzie, do you like the Captain America movies?
  • Mackenzie: I haven't seen them. But I've heard—
  • What? Are you kidding? ARE YOU KIDDING?
  • Mackenzie: —so much about them going on tour with Sebastian that I can't wait! My heart is swelling with this talk of friendship.
  • Winter Soldier is so brilliant, and your co-star there is phenomenal in it.
  • Cause they made this pledge to each other decades ago, you know.
  • "Till the end of the line."
  • "Till the end of the line!"
  • Mackenzie: And they stick with it?
  • I know!
  • Mackenzie: I'm shocked that the movie is coming out in May because people are chumming at the bit for Sebastian.
  • Seb: But I will be back here, you know, and we can talk about that.
  • I almost wrapped my arm in aluminium foil but I thought that might be a tad bit over the top.

Coco-Cacao Energy Truffles                            
Power up your afternoon with these scrummy treats.  These babies are nut free. Great on the go energy boosting snack!                                

1 cup of gluten free rolled oats
1 cup puffed rice
¼ cup seeds (flaxseeds, pepitas and sunflower kernals)
¼ cup shredded coconut (set some extra aside)
½ cup sultanas
½ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup cacao nibs
1 tablespoon coconut butter
1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup
2 drops vanilla essence


Blend until smooth. Using hands, form balls and coat in shredded coconut.  

Tip: These can be kept in the fridge or the freezer in an airtight container, or wrapped individually in aluminium foil as a quick take away snack.  

I saw this post (In your OT3, who doesn’t know that aluminum foil shouldn’t go in the microwave, who knows but doesn’t say anything and who comes home to a crispy microwave and the other two rubbing burn cream on each other). 

I saw it totally clear with the frogs and wanted to elaborate:

  • Nursey is the one who doesn’t know you’re not supposed to microwave aluminium foil, since he basically hasn’t had to reheat any food in his life and just, I don’t know, nobody ever told him.
  • Dex is actually kind of worried, but he’s also kind of mad because OF COURSE Nursey never had to microwave cold food made several days ago, so the part of him that wants to see Nursey’s face wins. And it can’t be that bad, can it?
  • Chowder is the one who finds them, applying cream to each other while bickering like an old married couple, and he panics. When he realises they are actually fine, he helps them with the cream, gives out “make it better” kisses and steers them towards the couch for healing cuddles (Chowder actually believes those are a thing; Dex and Nursey are not going to complain).

Popcorn cluster crunches! I wanted to make popcorn balls but there were a few ingredients that I didnt have. I made quick and easy version of them. Super simple.

Spray cooking oil (optional)
Parchment or wax paper or aluminium foil
Or just a Cookie sheet
Popcorn kernels
Powder sugar

Optional for different flavor
Butterscotch chips
Chocolate chips
Or like a Reese’s chcolate spread

Layout a cooking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper and dust with powder sugar. I cooked the popcorn in a pot with no oil on the stove. You want to keep it moving. I made enough to cover the bottom of a medium-ish stock pot and it made a whole pot full. You can also cook in microwave in a brown paper bag (lunch bag style). Once it was popped move it to a separate bowl. I put in butter and marshmellows in the stock pot, once melted I stired in popcorn with a pinch if salt. I sprayed a table spoon with cooking spray to make it easy to scoop and form. I rolled each cluster in power sugar.

For the second batch I changed methods. I placed butter a spoonful or two of Reese’s peanut butter spread, Butterscotch chips in the microwave for 30 seconds. Im pretty sure the Butterscotch flavor won the battle between that and Reese’s. After 30 seconds stired and added a handful of marshmellows. I put back in for another 30 seconds then added another handful of marshmellows . I stired again and another 30 seconds. I added a pinch of salt, rolled my remaining popcorn in it and spooned out. These ones need a really good roll in powder sugar to prevent sticking.

My roommate thought the first batch reminded her of the pops cereal. The second ones are yummy as well.

Notes: This was my first time making these, so I may update as needed to talk about how they keep and texture. They are *best eaten same day* for maximum crunch but they can be stored in an air tight container. The longer you keep the more chewy/stalish they become. The plain ones are more crunch because they are less covered then the butterscotch reese’s spread covered ones. The butterscotch are more chewy
The Hatching

The time had come. She was actually ready, at least physically. Mentally was another matter, but it always was with her.

She’d spent the last month busily accumulating a small hoard for the baby, and attempting to be more sensible about her options. The stolen diamonds had been returned; they were tainted in her eyes, and maybe the baby wouldn’t care about that, but she did. She was better than that!

Instead she had gathered up the bundle of forearm length calcite stalactites and tied it with copper wire, creating a bouquet out of her aragonite cave flowers in the same way. With these went the handful of assorted jewels she had collected from the cave ruins, as well as the prized gold bar the Dao had used to trap her, it’s magic now inert.

That wasn’t all she had to offer though. Remembering Drew, she had also procured a 500 foot roll of heavy duty restaurant grade aluminium foil. Once, it had been rarer and more precious than gold. She had also found that bags of random pour semi-precious stones intended for rock tumbling projects could be had for relatively cheap over the internet. She had gotten six of those, figuring the baby might like the variety, and wouldn’t mind that they were rough.

She had gathered a trash bag full of old tin cans and converted them into several egg-shaped lozenges and, taking inspiration from Creeper, had begun hunting through thrift stores for silver tableware. Each store only turned up a few pieces, a handful of forks, the occasional gravy boat, but it added up. That was also how she had ended up with seventeen strands of freshwater pearls, and three dolphin shaped gold pendants. They just sold entire jars of unsorted random jewelry, from estate sales and the like.

All of this went together on a large decorative cloth that she had enchanted to float.

As for herself, she had decided to wear her fanciest dress, a flowing, Greco-Roman inspired creation of teal linen and violet silk, corseted at the bodice and accented with faux-gold laurel decorations. It wouldn’t make the same impact as it would have on a human crowd, but perhaps some of the dragons in attendance would have enough experience with humans to understand how clothes made statements, and the respect she was trying to display by wearing her best.

She waited by the waterfall, trying to purge her nervousness.