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  1. It is! It's a British version of a biscuit, (though to a brit, "biscuit" means cookie. ) Scones can be savory or sweet, these ones I wanted to serve with jam and cream, so I went sweet and flaky. This is my family's favourite Strawberry pie. In my family my dad is the pie maker, I had to "help" him for about 3 years before he'd even let me attempt to make the pie-crust by myself. He came from a family of four brothers, and somehow it was him that my grandma corralled to learn how to bake. While this may look simple, this uncooked Strawberry pie is just to die for. We make it for my Mum's birthday, which falls right in the middle of Strawberry season, so everything is very fresh! Niffer's Uncooked Strawberry Pie 1 quart strawberries 1 cup sugar 2 1/2 Tbls. corn starch 1 baked pie shell (bought or from scratch) 1 Tbls. butter Mash 2 cups berries, with sugar and cornstarch, Cook in small pot over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, stir in butter, then stir in remaining whole berries. Fill pie shell with mixture, chill in fridge, and enjoy. Garnish with some whipped cream if you like. ~ Niff
  2. I can't see the vid. When you say "pie birds" you mean the little ceramic birds you put in the pie to allow steam to exit yes? And while I do love me some pie..meh.. never been my favourite. ~ Niffer
  3. O.O If they're not in circulation, probably not. The 9999 kinda weird me out - is this a limited edition mint?? ~ Niff
  4. I love Venison! Especially in chili or my beef (or venison) and barley soup. I hosted a family shindig, had about 9 people over, made a delish butternut-squash soup and beef roast. Then went to the parade where I froze my badonkadonk off - but was smart enough to make crockpot hot chocolate. ((Though it was crazy sweet! milk, heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips..oy. Diabetes in a crockpot!)) But my scones turned out magnificently, no thanks to the recipe. So bizzarely, all the pastry/dough recipes I've been looking at have called for the ingredients to be thrown into a food pro. I stupidly followed it's advice the first time which resulted in that 'effing stiff pastry for my pasties. This time, I cut the lard in my hand, and what a difference it made! So these are my sour-cream scones: Super easy, and very good. I have no left. Ah well.... Now I need to decide what's next on my list... ~ Niffer
  5. From the album Niffer's Food Thread

  6. Thank you! That I had to youtube how to do. Finished result. First thoughts, the pastry was fluffy and crumbled well, the meat/veg were cooked well - but it was very much "worker's food". I really felt like it was missing something to really put it over the edge. It's good, filling, but basic. I have 3 pasties left that I'm going to freeze for another meal. Tomorrow I'm trying sour cream scones with clotted cream and my homemade strawberry jam. I don't have much experience with scone dough, I know it's crumbly, and that's bound to freak me out. To me, dough should be smooth and flexible - so its a bit of a learning curve. It's the Santa Clause parade tomorrow, so I'm having a bunch of people over after for hot cocoa, and hopefully warm scones. ~ Niffer
  7. From the album Niffer's Food Thread

  8. If anything they're british won tons.
  9. Here they are about to go into the oven. The pastry was a bitch to roll out, reeeaaalllly stiff, but held it's shape well. It filled with steak, potatoes, carrots, onions, herbs and some olive oil. Now we'll see how they bake up! Now the part I hate most - cleaning up the frikin' kitchen.. ~ Niffer
  10. From the album Niffer's Food Thread

  11. I have a couple favourite LP's that are skipping. Is there any way to fix them? Or are they permanently damaged?? I could use google, but I like my odds of getting responses here. ~ Niffer
  12. MMmm..that sounds great. Once I get my pastry recipe down (or just more experience with it..I'm out of practice.) I'd love to make meat pies for the freezer.
  13. PAST-ies...not "Paste-ies" ....there's a difference...namely that what I'm making has nothing to do with boobs. Yeah thanks Brian, I'll keep that in mind. It's a good thing I find craziness attractive.. ~ Niffer
  14. I refuse to do "Elf of a shelf" even though I know people who are ga-ga about it. The thing is effing creepy, and no, I don't want my child to feel like she's being "spied" on to report back to Santa. ((Then again we don't do I guess its all moot. )) ~ Niffer
  15. I like em.
  16. Awesome, I had not heard about that trick, (the penny, not the spackle) They are pretty old, so it wouldn't surprise me if its just schmutz. When you say clean with waching liquid, you're talking, like in the sink with water and a soft cloth right? Vinyls have the greatest sound (unless it's skipping ) I just love the grittiness of the sound, not to mention that I was raised on much of the music that originally appeared on LP's. Yeah, I could download the track, but where's the fun in that? I spent a year looking for "Kenny Rogers and the First Editions" on LP, (and no, not on amazon, but actual digging through antique stores and garage sales) It was like winning the lottery when I finally found it. The hunt is half the fun. ~ Niffer
  17. Happy Birthday Bassy-Boy!!
  18. I thought you guys were supposed to be wise..
  19. I see this, and think: Which makes me think of this: and then I lose my appetite... ~ Niffer
  20. They have these people called dentists; its my understanding that they actually do stuff like this for a living... ~ Niffer
  21. Really? ....I'm really tempted to say something about a 'happy ending' but it's just too easy.... ~ Niff
  22. I hope ya'll at last honor what you kill by using every bit of it.
  23. It happens more often then you'd think...