Saturday, 26 July 2014

Absence...

Hello, I truly wilt in this heat, I haven't had the inclination to do a single thing let alone any woolly bits...

...however as it was hubby's birthday a cake had to be made...

...it was rather scrummy I must say, chocolate, Swiss meringue butter-cream and sprinkles. No fondant anywhere, I hate fondant, I am yet to find one that tastes halfway ok...

...now off to rummage in the freezer, I don't need anything, but it is cool! x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Work In Progress Wednesday

Hello, we are enjoying the sun again today (by enjoying I mean hiding in the cool of the shade!) The sun gets too much for both me and DD1.

This week I have been chain crocheting some more squares for my blues granny blanket...

..and adding a few more hexagons to my English paper piecing, not quite sure what I'll turn it into yet, but as it's my first attempt probably a cushion...

...this blue starry hexagon is misbehaving and will not fit the gap, I think it's going to be coming out and going back in as the last in the round, whether that will help or not, I've yet to discover!

 Not a work in progress, but just wanted to show off the Frozen cake I made for my niece!

"Hi, I'm Olaf and I like warm hugs!"

Have a good Wednesday x

Friday, 13 June 2014

Leftover lunch...

Hello, I love lunch. (Also breakfast, dinner, tea, supper, elevenses, but that's another story). I love leftovers too and often make sure that there are leftovers from tea that I can have the following day for lunch. It beats a sandwich any day!

Today is leftover Aubergine and chilli linguine, mmm. I'm not usually a fan of aubergines and was slightly apprehensive as to what DH would make of it, no meat eek! I knew DD1 would lap it up and DD2 would not go anywhere near it, perfect a recipe for 4, definitely leftovers by my calculations!

Here comes the recipe:

Aubergine and Chilli Linguine

Ingredients:
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large aubergine, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (I used half a chilli for DH and DD1's taste, but would use a whole one otherwise)
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 400g fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 400g dried linguine
  • 50g pecorino, grated (this was too much to ask of my local Sainsbury's so made to with some regular sheeps cheese)
Method:

HEAT the oil in a large saucepan, and cook aubergine for 5 minutes until starting to brown and soften.
ADD the onion, garlic, chilli and oregano, and cook for a few more minutes.
POP in the tomatoes and balsamic vinegar with 200ml water.
SIMMER gently for 20 minutes until tomatoes are soft, reduced and thickened.
BOIL a pan of salted water and cook your linguine.
DRAIN the pasta.
SERVE with the grated pecorino

ENJOY, preferably with a large glass of wine (not on a school day though!) x

Friday, 6 June 2014

Rhubarb Gin

Hello, it's a few weeks since my last post, and since then we have had a lovely week in Dawlish with the girls, some rain, and a new favourite drink...


...Rhubarb Gin and Tonic...

This is sooo good, recipe below or find the original at Scarlett Pyjama's:

Rhubarb Gin

Ingredients:

  • 360g rhubarb - prepared weight
  • 50g sugar
  • 70cl cheap gin
  • lemon juice
  • 100ml sugar syrup

The Process:


CHOP the rhubarb into chunks and chuck into a mason jar, with the sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice.

CLOSE the lid and SHAKE it all up.

ADD the gin and SHAKE again.

HIDE in a dark place and shake every few days for at least 2 weeks.

WATCH the gin turn pinker by the day...

STRAIN off the liquid into a suitable bottle.

ENJOY :)


Friday, 16 May 2014

FO Friday...

Hello, a teeny finished object today...


I used Stylecraft Special DK in pomegranate, fondant, candyfloss and soft peach on a 4.00mm hook... x

Monday, 5 May 2014

Rhubarb Cake

Hello, it's that time of year when we are taken over by rhubarb. This year I am determined not to waste any. So have several plans for it including:


  • Rhubarb and Ginger Jam
  • Rhubarb and Custard Muffins

I have made both of these before as well as the traditional Rhubarb Crumble, which always leaves me with 'squeaky' teeth! What is that all about???

New recipes to try are:


  • Rhubarb Gin - how could this not be good!
  • Rhubarb Cake - see below...



Here we go...

Rhubarb Cake

Cake Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil (the original recipe used melted butter, but I don't have the patience to melt 1tbps butter and I'm not sure that such a small quantity would compromise the flavours!)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk

Topping Ingredients:

  • 3 cups rhubarb, chopped small
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil (again the original recipe called for melted butter)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon

Creating the Yumminess:

Preheat oven to 165c fan or whatever the equivalent is...

MIX together the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a bowl.
STIR in the oil, egg and milk, the batter will be really, really thick, I added a touch more milk to loosen things up a bit.
SPREAD in a greased, lined 13" x 9" tin.

COMBINE rhubarb, sugar, oil, egg and cinnamon, use the same bowl and save on washing up.
SPREAD the mixture evenly as you can on the top of the cake mix.

BAKE for 30 minutes (the original recipe stated 45 minutes but check after 30 as mine was done)

ENJOY warm from the oven with cream, ice-cream or custard or even better cold the next day.

This is such a minimum effort maximum taste recipe. I can't remember where I found it so cannot credit the originator, I hastily scribbled it down and didn't make a note of where it was from. If this is your recipe, let me know so I can give you the credit!

Any other rhubarb recipe suggestions gratefully received. x

Friday, 2 May 2014

FO Friday! At Last...

Hello, finally I have something finished, as promised yesterday here it is:
TA-DA!


My colours were inspired by Hazel at Quietly Stitching's Cath Kidston Style Strip Blanket. I already had all the colours she used of Stylecraft Special DK:
Cream
Fondant
Cloud Blue
Lemon
Meadow
I didn't have Lipstick so substituted with Pomegranate.

I also had an off cut of Cath Kidston Cut Flowers cotton duck fabric which worked well for the back.

The pattern for the cushion is Lucy at Attic 24's Granny-Stripe.

I am very pleased with the overall result and have to sit on my hands (difficult when typing!) to not point out all the imperfections to you. I'm not sure how well my hand stitching will hold up after it's been played with by the DD's but it's mine, I made it, I love it! x