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Making Scented Candles

Candle wax is a fascinating substance. I used to spend hours playing with a lit candle, dipping my finger into the hot wax, feeling it cool and then peel it off. On the assumption that candle wax would be a fun and interesting material to manipulate, I had done a couple of candles way back when I was much younger.

Lately my interest in candles has been rekindled (pun intended), mostly because of this blog. For the purpose of this post I decided to make a scented candle. The process was as follows.

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Things needed:

a clean empty jar,

some candles,

essential oil (your preferred scent),

a toothpick,

a piece of string.

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Method

Tie a piece of string to a toothpick and let it rest on top of the jar. Make sure that it touches the bottom from the other side.

Fill a pot with water and heat. Place the candle wax inside another pot, and place inside the pot of water. Heat until all candle wax has melted. Add essential oil and stir.

Pour the melted wax into the jar. Once the wax had set and started to cool, I sprinkled some beads on it. Allow to cool entirely, and then trim the wick. Use the lid to close the candle when not in use.

Always remember to be extra careful when working with candle wax. It is an extremely flammable substance, and it should never be left melting unattended.

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Halloween with Design Sorbet

Malta has joined the celebration of Halloween only recently . If you go back a few years, you would have only found the occasional costume party here and there, but now lit up pumpkins in the windows and ‘trick or treating’ seemed to have found their place in our culture as well. Here at Design Sorbet we want to share the celebration of Halloween with you by sharing our autumnally experience at the pumpkin fest (‘Festa tal-Qara`Ahmar’ as we call it in Malta).

This Festival is being organised yearly at Manikata by the Koperrativa Rurali Manikata and the Manikata Parish Church, with the support of the Mellieha Local Council. Although we arrived late, in the rain and most of the stands where closing down, this event was still a worthy visit. It was enough just to see all the wet pumpkins still on farm carts, stands and in the streets with the rain pouring on them. It was quite a scene. You could smell the first smells of winter and the grey weather was just appropriate for the weekend before Halloween. We were also lucky enough to find two stands still open and I bought a quirky jar of pumpkin jam and two pumpkins. I couldn’t resist and as soon as I came home I started to work on a pumpkin soup (following my mum`s recipe) and kept the other one to carve or to draw on for this Wednesday.

If you still haven’t had any time to look up any pumpkin recipes or pumpkin carving ideas. I’ve done the job for you. Here’s something you can try out:

Mum`s Pumpkin Soup

Serves 6

 Ingredients: 

  • 1 kilo and a half pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 medium onions
  •  2 large potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • Juice of 1 medium orange (4 tablespoons)
  • Pinch of salt and fresh pepper    

   Method:  

  1. Cook the onion and garlic in olive oil, in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Combine the onion, garlic, pumpkin chunks, chicken broth, potato cubes, orange juice and cinnamon  in a large saucepan. Cook slowly for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat, leave to cool for few minutes and purée the soup with a hand blender.
  4. Garnish with fresh cream and herb of your choice. Add a drizzle of honey (optional).
  5.  Serve  in a blue bowl:) Accompanied with warm toasted bread and a glass of wine (maybe a Chardonnay or a  Pinot Noir).

Other similar dishes:

http://allrecipes.com/howto/pumpkin-recipes/detail.aspx?src=mer645

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ray-villafane-159286

http://www.thekitchn.com/10-ways-to-make-pumpkin-soup-recipe-roundup-179019

http://imenudibenedetta.blogspot.com/2011/12/capesante-con-crema-di-zucca.html

Pumpkin carving ideas:

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/inspiration-pumpkin-displays-98319

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/unique-pumpkin-carving-ideas-c-68338

http://dailypicksandflicks.com/2011/10/28/63-mindblowing-halloween-pumpkin-carvings-picture-gallery/