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Here are the BirdLife International instant news update for omsstravel.6666@blogger.com

05/03/2011 Malta spring hunting out of control!

BirdLife Europe, together with its national Partner BirdLife Malta, strongly asked for an immediate suspension of the ongoing spring hunting season in Malta, in order to prevent more protected birds from being killed and injured.

05/03/2011 The EU biofuel sustainability criteria tested– can we keep out bad biofuel?

Reports commissioned by BirdLife Europe and ActionAid find that current plans to produce biofuels from jatropha grown at Dakatcha woodlands in Kenya [notes] would breach the existing sustainability criteria under the Renewable Energy Directive (RED).

05/03/2011 The EU must reform fisheries and farm policies if it is to save biodiversity

BirdLife Europe welcomed the release of the EU Biodiversity strategy issued on May 3rd, setting out the key actions the EU must take in order to reverse the decline of biodiversity and ecosystems by 2020.

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The Latest from Bird Crafts

The Latest from Bird Crafts

Cake it Pretty TUTORIAL: Powder Milk Fondant - A tastier alternative to sugar paste fondant!

Posted: 03 May 2011 06:03 AM PDT

Remember the Alice in Wonderland Party I showed you here a few weeks ago? Well, today's blog post follows on from that party, and teaches you how to make the stunning, cupcake decorations you saw on the fabulous dessert table by my dear friend Claudia from the Brazilian blog Feito à Mao.

Let's Cake it Pretty! 

Ingredients: I suggest you make a smaller quantity when starting to get the hang of it before trying out a bigger batch - Please note: This recipe does not have very specific measurements, but different sugars and powder brands have different grain size so a specific measurements do not apply every time. It's a tried and tested version, but you may find a little more or less of something works better for the ingredients you have to hand.

* 1kg of Powdered Milk - Use the make from Nestlé as it was tried and tested
* Same amount as the milk powder, minus 3 fingers worth, of very fine caster sugar (do not be tempted to substitute with coarser sugar or icing (powder) sugar as it does NOT work) 
* Enough coconut milk to allow the dough to be worked without sticking on your hands Roughly 100ml  - Low fat versions of coconut milk give a less fatty mix and much easier to knead.
* Food coloring gel (from cake decorating stores) - Do NOT use liquid form as it will not work

How to make  the fondant:

1. Add the sugar to the milk powder and add a very small amount of coconut milk (about 100ml for 1kg of powder milk)
2. Knead the mix until you get a smooth, shiny (not greasy) dough that does not stick to your hand. At first is may seem impossible, but don't give up! Keep wetting your hands to make it easier to knead - Claudia's tip is to knead smaller portions of the dough.
3. Color batches of the dough in desired colors using a toothpick - Use small amounts of the gel coloring as even a small amount can get quite dark.
4. Shape and cut your dough as you would a sugar paste fondant. Keeping it wrapped in film when not being used.

The ready made fondant decoration can be frozen up to 3 months in advance, and defrosted in at room temperature, covered for about 2 hours - Do NOT open to peek inside until fully defrosted, as this may ruin the decoration!

These above photos show you just some of the Alice in Wonderland icons you can make using this powder milk fondant - Simply add the decorations to your cupcakes to transform any tea party into a yummy wonderland! :)

Claudia was kind enough to let me share with you today, her recipe and tips and tricks for making the tastiest fondant EVER! So a huge thanks, Claudia! :)

This fondant is  also easy to make once you get the hang of it, and can be used in an array of cake decorating projects, from cupcakes and fun edible decorations to 3-tiered cakes - I tried and tested Claudia's recipe some years ago for the first party I ever styled for my kids - A Care Bear Party, and I can say from experience they taste oh-so yummy!

Happy caking! :)

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Dr. Jungle's Animal Speak

Dr. Jungle's Animal Speak


Posted: 02 May 2011 08:42 PM PDT

Haflinger - Equus caballusHaflinger
Equus caballus

"I am a powerful, hard-working horse!"

With a heritage traced to the Alpine mountain ponies, the Haflinger is very hardy and strong,

but also sweet tempered!

The Haflinger, also known as the Avelignese is a rather small but sturdy chestnut colored horse descended down from the Tyrolean ponies of Austria and northern Italy. These horses only stand between 13 to 15 hands high, however they are ponies… Read More

More about Haflingers!