Thursday, 28 October 2010

Latest Team Challenge Sees TWO Winners

The Etsy Expats keep outdoing themselves. Our last team theme challenge "Miles to Go Before I sleep" was based on a poem by Robert Frost "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening". We had some fantastic entries, in fact all of them have been fantastic. So much that this week's vote turned out two very tactile winners: SamsShennanigans' pink Union Jack cushion and the lovely floral felted shawl by KarensLoom. We applaud you!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Team Theme Challenge: On the Road Again

And the winner is...(drum roll)...Loddelina's cute house key ring. Well done to the Paris-based bag lady (as in the lady who makes beautiful bags and purses that you will find in her shop). She swept away this week's team challenge "On the Road Again", as none of the other contenders came even close to her in the number of votes in favour. 

Next up, brace yourself for the next challenge "Miles to Go Before I Sleep".

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Team Theme Challenge: What I Remember of Home

This topic fit the Etsy Expats like a glove. Or as the Slovene expression goes, "it's written on our skins". Who knows better what home means than those who left theirs. This week the Expats reflected on where they come from and where they're at. Out of several beautiful entries, tialys took the cake with her lavender sachets. But svitrolica with her tree, moonandlion with her journal and anakit in her mother's garden certainly gave tialys a run for her money.

Stay tuned for next week's challenge which has already been opened on the social site.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

WE COULD ALL USE SOME - Weekly Team Theme Challenge

Another week, another need. The Etsy Expats know exactly what we all need. The winner of this week's "We Could All Use Some" challenge was the charming little moustache man by LauraGourmel, a fresh face among the Expats. He simply swept us ladies off our feet. But the voting was tight till the end, almost as tight as on Australia's Next Top Model, as LKADesign fought for the top position with all her heart!

Ready, steady, go! Next week's topic has been announced: "What I Remember of Home". Who better than the expats to know the home is where the heart is.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Expat Recipes: Chestnut Velouté with Pancetta

by AlegriaDesigns

This is a delicious entrée or main dish for dinner on a cold winter day

1 can of chestnuts
2 onions
1 cube chicken broth, or 1L mml (4 cups +) chicken broth
1 litre (1 quart) of water only if cube broth is chosen
20 cl (3/4 cup ) cream
olive oil
Optional : pancettas

Sauté the minced onions, add the chestnuts and stir.

Add the chicken broth and the water if a cube is used.

Cook for a 1/4 of an hour.

Season to taste

Add the cream and puree everything in a blender.

Cook slices of Pancettas with olive oil.

Serve the soup with a slice of Pancetta in the plate

Enjoy :)