Three Hundred and Forty: An awesome skirt!

 

I had a little browse on Etsy recently as it is a great hub of amazing hand-made products where you can just see the love and effort seeping out of some of the products on the site.

I happened to come across two lovely pieces one of which arrived today, and the other I'll post about when it arrives. The first of the two is a lovely skirt fashioned out of Pac-man bed sheet and has been really well made by the lovely deastar who I have also found out is a cosplayer and creator of amazingly detailed costumes.

So no wonder I'm happy with the quality of this skirt!

Three Hundred and Thirty Nine: LOVEFiLM on the Xbox 360

 

The new Xbox 360 dashboard update came out today, and well I'm a little disheartened on the update, firstly because I was really looking forward to BBC, 4oD and YouTube on my Xbox 360 whenever I felt like it.

I of course was a little disappointed when all that popped up for the available apps was LOVEFiLM, now I don't hate LOVEFiLM, I used to use them for a while during university, they provide a really good service provided you remember to send your DVDs back straight after watching them.

With LOVEFiLM being the only addition I decided to sign up for a trial and give the streaming service a go, having the thought of being able to catch up on a few films while also being able to pop on some classics for while I'm eating, cooking or doing something around the house.

Sadly I was disappointed straight away, not having the chance to do anything I wanted, I can be a real sucker for a cheesy rom-com or a silly comedy or a cheesy sci-fi film. My interest in films is pretty broad so I was ready to be blown away with choice.

This did not happen as after looking through all 50 rom-coms there were a couple I'd heard of, all the rest being rated between 1 and 3 stars. There was a lack of Alien films, or many good Sci-Fi that I hadn't seen.

So all-round I guess I've been left in a bit of disappointment, I would hope that they improve their number of streamable films. However as LOVEFiLM has been available on PS3 for some time now I can't see the service improving a large amount sadly.

I will still keep my fingers crossed for more films to become available on the service though!

Three Hundred and Thirty Eight: Totally loving Zelda Skyward Sword

 

If you haven't gotten it yet you really should!

I can only guess there's lots of Zelda goodness left for me to play, but I've already pumped over 30 hours into it and I can't wait to put in even more and bring it all to a close.

I am really loving the world design, beautifully stylised characters and the music. I also just got the harp and it's so beautiful to just run around and play the harp, even though I don't think I've got the jist of playing it properly yet.

Out of all the character changes to suit the style for SS Beedle really nails it, not only is he easily recognisable but if you don't think Beedle is seriously cute then you're dead inside! Although perhaps you aren't but he's got a real youthful charm about him in Skyward Sword that reminds me he is still one of my favourite re-occurring characters in the Zelda series.

Three Hundred and Thirty Seven: Yeah! Another Catherine Collector's Edition!

 

So some may know that I picked up the Catherine Love is Over Edition, well when I say picked up, I mean imported from America. Which of course sadly is region locked, stopping me from experiencing Catherine with English dialogue.

However times have now changed and Deep Silver have announced a Catherine Stray Sheep Edition, allowing me to pick up yet another collector's edition for this challenging puzzle game.

If it had been the exact same version as the American release I would have bought a standard copy, however it has totally different bits and bobs that come with it, so I couldn't really say no. Plus of course I want to make sure I support the UK release of Catherine!

The contents of this Collector’s Edition are the following:

  • An exclusive T-Shirt that is a replica of the Rave-T-Shirt that Vincent wears in the game
  • Two Stray Sheep bar-themed coasters
  • A seductive Catherine poster that is exclusively available in this deluxe edition
  • A pizza delivery box from the Stray Sheep Bar that serves as the packaging for all the extra items found in the European deluxe edition.

Fingers crossed it goes up for pre-order somewhere soon, and that Deep Silver announce the release date.

Three Hundred and Thirty Six: A lovely Christmas friendly Gingerbread biscuit recipe

 

I love making gingerbread biscuits, the dough is soft enough to manipulate and add details, they're fun to make and go great with a cup of tea or on their own. Although they are very sugary so I warn you if you're not a fan of rich biscuits.

225 g butter
145 g dark brown sugar
160 ml liquid molasses
1 egg, beaten
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
500 g all-purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, stir together the butter, brown sugar, and molasses over medium heat until dissolved.
  2. Pour into a large mixing bowl, and let it cool for around 5 minutes.
  3. Stir the egg and vanilla into the sugar mixture until smooth.
  4. Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, and then stir it into the wet mixture. Cover and chill dough overnight, or for a few hours if you’re short of time.
  5. Once you’re ready to start making them, preheat oven to Gas Mark 3 ( 165 degrees C ).
  6. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4 cm thickness, or thicker dependant on how chunky you want your cookies. The thicker the dough the softer the cookie. I generally roll it quite thin so they’re nice and crunchy.
  7. Cut into equilateral triangles, circles and squares and prepare to make triforces, pacman and tetriminos.
  8. Once your basic shapes are ready you can then add them to a baking sheet with some greaseproof paper, make sure to spread them out evenly as they will slightly enlarge.
  9. You can now add detailing on the shapes and then also decide if you’re ready to make some more complex biscuits, like the Prince, Darwinian’s Toro or even LocoRocos
  10. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, you can test if their cooked by gently poking a cookie, they should be firm but slightly soft, as they will cook a little more when out the oven, and harden. Be careful the cookies don’t go dark on the edges as then they’ll be slightly burnt.

My recipe is a slightly altered version of an anonymous member on AllRecipes. I've been making these biscuits for five years now and I'm still not sick of them.

Three Hundred and Thirty Five: Some lovely homemade coleslaw

 

I've never been a fan of coleslaw, something about the types I usually eat taste a bit cheap and sharp, and just not that nice to eat.

However I was given some homemade coleslaw today and after hearing how easy it is to make and see how tasty it can be, perhaps I'll try and make my own in the future.

Three Hundred and Thirty Four: Catball Eats it all!

 

A new iOS game came out today which is a simple Katamari style game of eat things and get bigger so you can eat it all. The gameplay is pretty simplistic and can also be challenging if you don't eat things quick enough.

I completely fell in love with the main character Catball though, and the whole game has a really cute pseudo-realistic look that hopefully everyone will fall in love with.

You can get it for free with the first two levels at the moment, and then they'll be lots of stuff you can purchase as well.

Three Hundred and Thirty Three: A Cherry clafoutis

 

Now this is the dessert I wanted to make, I saw it baked by Garry Rhodes on an episode of "The Great British Food Revival", he said how his partner always loved having him make it and it would always blow her away with how tasty it was.

So I gave it a go and OMG it was delicious, I managed to eat two thirds of it and was tempted to finish it all off, but stopped myself as I was absolutely stuffed.

The recipe is so simple I'll post it here; I can definitely see myself making it again in the future. The recipe is straight off the BBC Food website and is not one I have created.

  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 75g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 40g plain flour
  • 100ml double cream or crème fraîche
  • 100ml milk
  • butter, for greasing
  • 225g cherries, stoned

1.Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Place the eggs and sugar in a large bowl and whisk together. Sift over the flour and whisk well then stir in cream or crème fraîche and milk. Leave to rest for 10 minutes.

2.Lightly butter a large baking dish and sprinkle with sugar to coat. Scatter the cherries in the dish and gently pour over the clafoutis batter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the batter is just firm to the touch. If it is too soft in the centre, bake for a further five minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool a little before serving.

Plus if you don't manage to eat it all, it tastes just as good cold, not as good but it's still delicious, so it's a great accompaniment with your sandwiches for lunch.

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