Chocolate Cream Pots from Laura Calder

Chocolate Cream Pots

1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate
6 egg yolks
1/4 cup sugar (optional)

Heat the oven to 325ºF/160°C. Heat the cream, milk, and vanilla. Melt the chocolate over a bain-marie. Whisk the melted chocolate into the yolks in a bowl, then whisk in milk. Strain. Pour into 6 ramekins and bake in a bain-marie until set at the edges, but slightly jiggly still in the centre, 20 minutes. Remove. Cool. Wrap and refrigerate several hours before serving.

This comes from the Food Network site for Laura Calder’s French Food at Home TV series. She has stick figure grrl drawings on her site too. I don’t know if she draws them herself or not.

An EntreCard Contest for FoilWoman

Many of the bloggers at EC (Entrecard) are having contests to win EC credits/ points. So far they are based on building traffic. Mine is not.

I offered to make a new graphic for FoilWoman awhile ago. Something she could use as a blog background or a banner or both, up to her where she puts it. But nothing I have tried is anything I would really want to show off. I’m just not a graphic designer, not even great at drawing anything beyond stick figures. I know my proportions are skewed and my dogs could just as easily be elephants. I’m ok with that. It’s just fun for me.

But, I really would like to have FoilWoman with a graphic for her blog. So, the contest idea just came to me as I was making coffee this afternoon.

The rules:

The graphic can be any media – scanned, drawn, photo, etc. But it must be FoilWoman approved at the end. She will be picking the winner. Also, I think it would be fair or nice if she was able to ask for tweaks too. I will post the specifications she emailed to me here so you know what she has in mind.

From FoilWoman – What I’d like (if doable — I’m a grownup — we don’t always get what we want): A picture that depicts me as fairly fierce, that doesn’t hide that I’m not the skinniest chick on the planet, and that incorporates something, like my knitting, like the tinfoil costume, something.

The prize is currently 2,000 EC credits. I have that much sitting in my EC account at the moment. I could offer more, or prizes for runners up. But, right now it is 2,000 which I can donate to the winner.

The deadline is a week. That should be enough time. Or if more time is needed a rough draft could be given to Foil Woman to judge. So deadline will be April 9th, 2008.

Do we need other rules? This is my first ever contest so likely I have overlooked something. Let me know.

FoilWoman is not on EC. But drop in and visit her blog, say hello and get a feeling for her style and personality.

Stick Figures as an Art and a Fetish

WoT Stick Figure Art Gallery

Unique and kitschy.

Also… The Stick Cam

The Art of the Stick… should they be allowed to wear clothes?

Stick Humour

Sadly… Stick Figure Deaths

Stick Murders too.

Stick figure cartoons.

I’ve never heard of Screen Beans before. But I will look into it another day. I like the description, simple and cute.

Screen Beans: clip art stick figure people characters that are compact, resizable, editable, and very lovable and useful.