Sunday, January 2, 2011

tea time tartlets

Are these not the cutest little tartlets? The quincemeat preserves taste just as good as hoped. The pastry is a vegan almond sweet crust, so as to not exclude any guests from enjoying these tidbits; personally I think that a butter crust would add another layer of richness and flavor, but these are quite tasty (had to try one when they were cooled down enough to eat)

The mini-muffin-tins worked quite well, the little pies are about two small bites, which is just right in my humble opinion. My seven pointed star cookie cutter (used to make the toppers) is one that has been re-shaped from an inexpensive discount cutter. It is an easy way to get unusual shapes and not have to deal with soldering or crimping tinned steel; a bit of work with needlenose pliers and voila, a unique cutter for special occasions. A plate of cookies and the matching house-shaped cookie cutter makes a great housewarming gift.

'Twas good as ever to see the friends who made it over here this afternoon for plenty of good chatting and a bit of fiber crafting. To cut out, hole punch, and stamp all the pages for my 2011 planner took a bit of time; still needs the date numbers filled in; a new insert is made each year to fit my tiny japanese aluminum looseleaf binder. After teatime we headed out to Sushi Ichiban, where the discussions continued over delicious fish and rice and veggies. We are all moving towards greater sustainability in various small ways, which seems how any real change could happen, whether with better water gathering techniques, shifting allocation of personal resources, or various other strategies to not just survive, but to live with grace and generosity.
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Rob Ryan is a master of beautiful papercut design... enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. Alison - I think I got here through a link on SG some time ago, but am reading after a long break. Thank you for the lovely, thoughtful writing. It is so very appreciated.

    Best wishes for 2011 - as we set new goals and review old ones ;-)
    JoyceP(lunkett) in WI