Introduction: Simple 4 Part Snack Stadium With Player Crackers
I will just quickly throw this together and see how it goes!
Hint: even if it goes well, it usually takes way more time than expected. As did this, but hey, the food prep is actually easy and the hummus - great! Take a look!
Step 1: Get a Building Permit
Just kidding. Sort of.
Think for a moment what snacks you'd love to have and how will you arrange them.
In my case I opted for this:
- Bottom plate of approx 26cm (10") diameter for the crackers, paprika and balls
- Top plate roughly 18cm long to hold the hummus
I mainly chose the 2 plate structure for looks, but also accomplished a few other things. Most importantly - the crackers are not getting wet due to contact with hummus.
Step 2: Assemble Your Team
Now is the time to pick the players for your team!
I created the T-Shirt cutter and name imprints using Adobe Illustrator and Fusion360. The files for printing are available on thingiverse.
You could design them in Fusion360 from start to finish, but I found the workflow less frustrating with Illustrator which I know how to use for simple outlines and text manipulation.
The process looks approximately like this:
- Draw desired outlines in Illustrator with pen tool or similarly
- Offset them twice: once for cutting wall, 2nd time for the thicker brim on the bottom part
- Mirror the design (!), save as SVG and import to Fusion360
- Measure how big the imported SVG is in Fusion
- Divide your desired size by the measured size, this is your ratio to enlarge by
- Undo, import SVG again, enter the calculated ratio
- Extrude the wall, brim and everything else. The cutter is 15mm high with brim measuring 3 x 3mm
- I adjusted the wall width to be 0.6mm to match my nozzle size and printed a single extrusion wall
Everything was printed in PETG since it has reasonable temperature tolerance for washing and outstanding layer bond. It also shouldn't be toxic as it's the material a lot of food packaging is made of.
Once again - don't forget to mirror your texts otherwise what you write may as well resemble Greek letters! You might imagine how I'm reminded of this every single time...
Step 3: Make Your Team's Apparel
A partnership with Nike won't help you here. A partnership with Bosch (blender) might.
I roughly followed the instructions of this recipe for the crackers.
The recipe is brilliantly simple! You will need:
- 60g (4 tbs) of butter
- 125g (1 cup) of whole wheat flour
- 1 cup of roughly grated cheddar or parmesan
- A pinch of salt
- 2-3 tbs of water
Throw everything except water inside a blender or food processor. Mix until it reaches the sand like texture shown in the first picture. Add water until the dough sticks together properly.
Roll the dough. You want it around 3mm (1/8") thick for both a tasty cracker and possibility to make the imprints easily. The thinner you go the crackerier your cracky crackers will be.
I found that the cutter sticks less when the dough is not cooled. On the other hand - it's harder to work with the already cut crackers if you need to move them when they're warm and soft. The workaround is obvious - cool them after cutting if you need to!
Bake until they start to brown (around 10-15 minutes) in 180 degrees C (350F or so).
Step 4: Grow the Lawn
I made the lawn from spinach and feta hummus by loosely following this recipe (site in Lithuanian).
The recipe (after my modifications) turned out like this:
- 400g of canned chickpeas
- 100g spinach
- 150g feta cheese
- The juice of 1/3rd of a lemon
- 6 cloves of garlic
- Some fresh red chili
- Ground black pepper
- 2 tbs of macadamia oil (any seed oil should do)
Throw everything in the food processor and do the Harlem Shake.
What I loved most about this hummus is that it doesn't layer up and there's barely any liquid buildup as time passes. Stored mine a bit over a week in fridge while eating some every day. Nothing went bad! Would totally make again!
Step 5: Sell Tickets, Buy Some Balls With Proceeds
You will want some match spectators in your stadium, right?
I didn't go overboard here - paprika of contrasting colors look great and go great with hummus. It's also easy to put underneath the rim of the smaller plate to create a spectator seat resembling structure.
Many other veggies should work in place of paprika. I would try carrots, celery root, maybe even beetroot. Go crazy, you never know where it will take you!*
It would boring game if nobody scored so get some balls too!
To make mine I used mozarella balls sprinkled with black sesame seeds. That's the best I could think to resemble football balls without extensive work to make it. The mozarella goes well with the hummus as well to my surprise (or lack of taste).
* I hereby deny any responsibility of you being sent to a psychiatric hospital for going too crazy.
Step 6: Whistle Loudly to Start the Game!
Assemble everything on the plates and invite your friends over for a great time together!
Make bets of who will foul, score a goal or dive and bite the players accordingly. :)
Hope you have a great time during the remaining matches.
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