Animal Sculptures Made from Reclaimed Kitchen And Household Objects

Animal Sculptures Made from Reclaimed Kitchen And Household Objects

Animal Sculptures Made from Reclaimed Kitchen And Household Objects

Artist Sayaka Ganz was deeply impacted as a child by Japanese Shinto beliefs that all objects and organisms have spirits, and was also taught that objects discarded before the end of their usefulness “weep at night inside the trash bin” (how awesome is that?).  As her artistic side developed, she infused her artwork with these beliefs, using discarded and reclaimed household objects as a medium for her sculptures. Ganz says:

Animal Sculptures Made from Reclaimed Kitchen And Household Objects

I only select objects that have been used and discarded. My goal is for each object to transcend its origin by being integrated into an animal/ organic forms that are alive and in motion. This process of reclamation and regeneration is liberating to me as an artist.

 

Building these sculptures helps me understand the situations that surround me. It reminds me that even if there is a conflict right now, there is also a solution in which all the pieces can coexist peacefully. Though there are wide gaps in some areas and small holes in others, when seen from the distance there is great beauty and harmony in our community. Through my sculptures I transmit a message of hope.

Animal Sculptures Made from Reclaimed Kitchen And Household Objects

Animal Sculptures Made from Reclaimed Kitchen And Household Objects

Animal Sculptures Made from Reclaimed Kitchen And Household Objects

These pictures are only a small representation of her work.  Check out the link below for a better idea what she’s capable of.

artist’s site, via Colossal -

Sriracha Spray Bottle

Sriracha Spray Bottle

This is perhaps the most credible work of evil genius that I’ve seen in recent memory.  Who doesn’t love themselves some hot sriracha?  What could be better than being able to spray an even layer across your food?  The Sriracha Spray Bottle is the creation of Reddit user aoisenshi.  Officially titled The Sprayracha – you can make one of your own, and lightly mist your foodstuffs with the most badass of condiments.  You can also keep a bottle by your bedside and thwart the violent criminal with a tasty hot spray to the eyes.  Who needs mace?

- via Reddit -

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins – Best Snacktime Ever!

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

I have a supreme weakness for this little treat.  I try to convert as many people as possible.  I’ve been called white trash for making this.  If that’s the case I’m donning a stained wife beater and parking a few broken cars on the front lawn.  Call me Cletus.  This stuff is killer.

It’s also almost effortless.  In about five minutes or so you can have a snack that’ll knock your socks off.  It’s hot, it’s Parmesan, it’s bread, and it’s butter.  What more needs to be said?

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

I generally make four halves, or two English Muffins.  Often I’ll think I’m not that hungry and just need a quick snack – so one muffin should be just fine.  I’ve never done that and not had to go back and make another serving.  So two English Muffins it is – always.

Split two English Muffins and pop them into the toaster.  I have a vertical toaster, rather than a toaster oven.  The first step you can toast them however you like.  Make it a light toasting.  You want the texture to be firm and toasty but they’re going back in after the next step, so don’t overdo it.

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

Once lightly toasted remove the four pieces and spread some butter on each.  They don’t need to be dripping in it, but if you’re going for it you might as well not skimp.  I have a big block of Reggiano Parmesan in my fridge at all times.  If there’s isn’t any in there…..well let’s just say I’ve gone out at three in the morning to go grab a block.  Parmesan addiction isn’t pretty, folks.  Grate a healthy dose of Parmesan onto each of the four pieces.  I’m sure you could get away with using the pre-grated, crumbly, powdery stuff they sell in glass jars at the store.  I won’t touch but I’m a Parmesan Prima Donna.

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

Once thusly coated in a layer of cheese they need to go back into the toaster.  If you’ve a toaster oven – no problem.  If you have a vertical slice toaster like mine you’ve got two options for yourself.  You can heat your oven up to 350 or 375 degrees F.  You can also just flip your toaster onto its side.  That way the cheese will stay on top and you can make these in a hurry.  Not all toasters and accomplish this feat and other get nervous just looking at it.  Do what makes you comfortable.  If you’re going to try it – there are a few things you might want to be aware of.

Some toasters shut off if they’re tipped over.  Great safety feature – bad for this purpose.  Other toasters have metal gates that come down on the toasted item to keep it in place.  These will mush the cheese and cause you a smoking sticky problems.  Don’t try it.  If you’re going ahead with this – please take these necessary precautions and pay attention to these important points.  Go forth with careful consideration.

  • CLEAN OUT YOUR TOASTER – Turn it upside down and make sure there’s not crumbs or big chunks of bread lurking.
  • DO A TEST RUN WITH BREAD – Check for any hot spots or weird toasting that might cause a problem.
  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR TOASTER UNATTENDED WHILE YOU’RE MAKING THIS - Ever.  At all.
  • WHEN YOUR TOAST IS DONE – YOUR TOASTER MAY FLING THEM ACROSS THE ROOM - Your toaster is designed to pop the toast up.  When it’s on the side it very well may fly across the kitchen.  Far.  Be careful.  Hot butter and cheese is like napalm.  My toaster is old and the spring is bad so it just clicks and releases gently.
Or just use the ovenI do sometimes and it works just fine.
Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

In another minute or two (more if you’re using the oven) you’ll be greeted with the most delightfully toasted buttery Parmesan bomb you’ve ever tasted.  I have to limit myself to a single serving each week, I would otherwise eat this and nothing else for the rest of my existence.  Scurvy be damned.

Buttered Parmesan English Muffins - Best Snacktime Ever!

For a nice snack for yourself (if you need to share I suggest a spade shovel and a shallow grave to eliminate that problem) you’ll need the following:

  • 2 English Muffins – Split Into Four Halves
  • Butter for spreading – Maybe a Tablespoon Or So
  • Freshly Grated Parmesan – Enough to Cover Each Muffin Generously
  • Love.  Much Love.

Fin.

A Few Simple Steps To A Properly Seasoned Cast Iron Skillet

A Few Simple Steps To A Properly Seasoned Cast Iron SkilletCast iron skillets are wonderful things.  They work on and in the oven, properly seasoned, they are non-stick, and they’re heavy.  Heavy is good.  Properly seasoned is the key, however.  Soak it in some soap and water and you’ve got a pan that will stick just about anything to the inside.  So how to season a pan to get that perfect non-stick surface?

1. Pre-heat oven to 325° to 350° F
2. Wash skillet with warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly.
3. Apply a thin coat of vegetable oil, or vegetable shortening with a paper towel on all surfaces, inside and out.  Everything.
4. Place in oven on center rack, upside down. Put a baking sheet on the rack beneath to catch anything that might migrate off it.
5. Bake for an hour, turn off heat, open door, and allow to cool inside oven before removing. 
6. You are done!  Enjoy your newly seasoned pan.

A Few Simple Steps To A Properly Seasoned Cast Iron SkilletTo wash, scrub with hot water and a brush without detergent.  Don’t use soap.  Never use sharp or metal utensils while cooking and never place in the dishwasher. If it does in fact find its way into the dishwasher, just repeat seasoning process.

Wanna Spruce Up Your Breakfast? Cook An Egg In Onion Or Bell Pepper Rings

Wanna Spruce Up Your Breakfast?  Cook An Egg In Onion Or Bell Pepper RingsOK so it’s a bit of stretch to say this actually a recipe.  It’s more of a little kitchen trick.  What better way to get yourself some functional and edible egg rings and add some taste and interest to your breakfast?  I made a batch of bubble and squeak this evening.  I wanted a little something to go along with it.  I steamed a little broccoli and decided to crack an egg.  I pulled a slice of bell pepper and a slice of onion out of the fridge and used them as edible egg rings.   A nice plate; the bell pepper mold makes a nifty presentation. Wanna Spruce Up Your Breakfast?  Cook An Egg In Onion Or Bell Pepper Rings

Looking for some other egg tricks?  Try egg in half an avocado.

UPDATE:

And on that note.  You’ll notice I got a friendly comment from Vanessa below.  She’s accusing me of theft and plagiarism.  While that’s not true, as I tried to point out in an email conversation, she’s a person that’s not to be reasoned with.  Our email conversation didn’t get much beyond some misplaced passive aggressive stuff before I realized I was wasting keyboard time.

I’m not sure what her affiliation is with Apron Strings Blog – I have to assume there’s some given the vitriol and anger that’s present in here.  No one gets that angry without having a horse in the race.  I’ll just say that we credit where credit is due.  On that note here is the link to the blog she thinks I’m stealing from…

Apron Strings.  That was posted a bit before mine, not very long to be sure.  But let’s parse that out a bit further.  Here are the same recipe, on different sites, posted much before Apron Strings got around to it.  There’s not a mention of any of these on that blog, but I haven’t cried foul nor do I think there’s anything fishy going on.  My mother used to do this for me while I was growing up.  I don’t think she invented it.  We’re a pretty lighthearted bunch around here but for the sake of argument here’s a few links to the same recipe posted earlier than either of us.  This took 30 seconds on Google by the way.

Food RenegadeSkinnyTasteEnjoyYourCooking

Vanessa went on to let me know that I also ripped off the avocado egg slice recipe from Apron Strings Blog as well.  Except that I credited the Reddit user that I got the idea from right in the post.  A Reddit user who posted his “idea” only a day or two before I got around to making it.  Did he rip her off?  Maybe.  I read Reddit, I don’t read Apron Strings.  I think it’s a worthwhile blog so I may pop over from time to time.  Reading doesn’t take very long.  Clearly, sending nasty messages takes even less.

Flip Your Toaster On Its Side For A Lazy Grilled Cheese Sandwich

I love a good grilled cheese sandwich.  Who doesn’t?  Not so interested in getting your pots and pans dirty and firing up the stove?  Try flipping your toaster on its side  and making an improvised grilled cheese.  While it’s not going to be the same as a great grilled cheese cooked the right way; in Paula Deen approved levels of butter.

Not all toasters and accomplish this feat and other get nervous just looking at it.  Do what makes you comfortable.  If you’re going to try it – there are a few things you might want to be aware of.

Some toasters shut off if they’re tipped over.  Great safety feature – bad for this purpose.  Other toasters have metal gates that come down on the toasted item to keep it in place.  These will mush the cheese and cause you a smoking sticky problems.  Don’t try it.  If you’re going ahead with this – please take these necessary precautions and pay attention to these important points.  Go forth with careful consideration.

  • CLEAN OUT YOUR TOASTER - Turn it upside down and make sure there’s not crumbs or big chunks of bread lurking.
  • DO A TEST RUN WITH BREAD - Check for any hot spots or weird toasting that might cause a problem.
  • DO NOT LEAVE YOUR TOASTER UNATTENDED WHILE YOU’RE MAKING THIS - Ever.  At all.
  • WHEN YOUR TOAST IS DONE – YOUR TOASTER MAY FLING THEM ACROSS THE ROOM - Your toaster is designed to pop the toast up.  When it’s on the side it very well may fly across the kitchen.  Far.  Be careful.  Hot butter and cheese is like napalm.  My toaster is old and the spring is bad so it just clicks and releases gently.

The picture will convey better than I’ll ever be able to put into words exactly what you’re doing.  As an added note: if your toaster has the little “cages” inside which grip the toast as it’s lowered, you’ll need to wrap the sandwich in parchment paper or similar to keep from getting a melted gooey mess.