All posts for the month November, 2014

dog coat pattern

Published November 23, 2014 by lisaolisa

coat Perfect if there’s an old quilted jacket lying around. Not only instructions, but to-scale pattern. Great even if you need to buy a scrap of fabric. I love the idea of stitching words on the coats. We’d need: Saintly, Goofy, Neurotic, Terrified.



sweet potato biscuits

Published November 16, 2014 by lisaolisa
Cutting biscuits by improvising with a drinking glass.
Source: 3191 Miles Apart

adapted from Martha Stewart Living Magazine
yield: about 20 small biscuits

1 pound sweet potatoes or yam (one large one is usually sufficient)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
8 tablespoons unsalted butter (chilled), cut into small pieces
1/4 cup milk

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Prick the sweet potato and bake until soft (about one hour…you can also do this more quickly in a microwave). Once the sweet potato has cooled, scoop the flesh from the skin and pass through a food mill, ricer or sieve. You should have about 1 3/4 cups puree.

Stir together the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and cayenne. Cut in butter with a pastry cutter (or use your fingers) until it resembles a course meal. Mix milk with sweet potato puree and add it to the other ingredients. Mix dough, just to incorporate (I use my hands). If the dough is really sticky, add a touch more flour. Turn dough out onto floured surface and knead a few times. Pat out to a 1/2 inch thickness. Cut biscuits with a biscuit-cutter or glass. We make ours small, about 2 inches in diameter. Place on parchment-lined cookie sheet and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Place in preheated oven and cook until risen and slightly brown, about 12 minutes (longer for larger biscuits). Serve warm.