Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sneak Peek - Teikei Scarf

I'm currently knitting this scarf - I won the pattern in Kirsten's give-away.

Knitting has taken up a bit of my time of late, but I'm really enjoying it.   Only really knit during work lunch hours or at night, so it's taking a little while.  Also, the fact that I had to get used to knitting with stainless steel.  Felt at first like I was knitting with spider's web, but once I introduced the merino wool, it was easier but still slow to knit  - I really do love the look and feel of these yarns.

Purchased the yarn at Dairing - love that place.

Avril silk/stainless steel and Habu N-75 (2/48) Merino wool

Chose navy/grey combination.  Better hurry or else winter will be over before I finish.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cypriot Grain Salad

A while back, we decided to eat at Masterchef George's Hellenic Republic and had a fantastic meal which included this wonderful salad.  My sister's friend kindly emailed the recipe.  I just love it and make it quite often - it goes with everything - lamb, chicken, quiche - even nice on its own.

Cypriot Grain Salad

1 bunch coriander shredded (I chop mine up more)
½ bunch parsley shredded (same as coriander)
½ red onion finely diced
1 cup freekah (or cracked wheat)
½ cup puy lentils 
2 tbsp toasted pumpkin seeds (pepitos)
2 tbsp toasted slivered almonds
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
2 tbsp baby capers
½ cup currants
Juice of 1 lemon
3 tbsp extra virgin olive
Sea salt to taste
1 cup thick Greek yoghurt (I only make a small amount - about 2 tablespoons)
1 tsp cumin seeds toasted and ground
1 tbsp honey
Place freekah and puy lentils separately in boiling water until both just cooked.
Drain well and allow to cool.
Mix the yoghurt, cumin and honey till combined.
In a medium bowl place the coriander, parsley, red onion, freekah, puy lentils, toasted nuts, capers, currants, lemon juice and olive oil. Mix well, season to taste.
Place into serving dish and top with cumin yoghurt.

 Frikke - raw



Yoghurt, cumin and honey

The yoghurt is really lovely with this dish, but you can leave it out, if you wish.  It is a separate dish - so don't mix it into the salad - serve separately.


Thursday, July 21, 2011

Greensmart Pots

It's planting time yet again.  After an absence from gardening have stocked up on salads for this coming spring.  These Greensmart planters are fantastic as they are self-watering, self-fertilising and are elevated - no bending down.  Purchased the stands from Sage Horticultural products in Cheltenham, specially designed for these pots.

This planter has corn salad, spinach, 2 strawberry plants and lettuce.

This planter has the same but pak choy in stead of spinach.   In the garden beds I have perpetual spinach, rhubarb, parsley and various herbs.  This year will plant some tomatoes.    

Nagami Cumquats

I think it's going to be a bumper year for cumquats - not quite ready yet.   These are not the variety for jam but they are lovely to eat straight from the tree.  Now all we need is a bit of sunshine.

I'm determined this year to become self-sufficient in the produce department - the prices of some fruit and vegies are ridiculous when you can grown your own - tastes so much nicer!!!!   

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

RTW - Tailoring Sewalong - C'est fini!!!!

A while back I joined Sherry's RTW Sewalong to make a coat.  All was well, but then went on holidays so the coat didn't quite make the finish line - never mind.

On my return, all that was left to do were the buttonholes, but I dragged my feet a bit.  Next, had to take photos - which I kept on forgetting.  Finally remembered my camera and got some shots taken yesterday at work.   It's finished and I've been wearing it non stop - I just love it.   Perfect for Melbourne's winter - did I mention I love winter.

Excuse the crinkled linen dress

This colour is true

The colour in this picture is pretty true to life.  It's an unusual colour - I think.

Lining & Buttons
Had trouble matching buttons but found these at Tessuti and they matched perfectly.    I cheated and had the buttonholes done by Melbourne Tailoring Services - Guiseppe, the owner, was lovely - each keyhole costs $4.00 - well worth it for a professional look.

Am now making Jess a coat and Tessuti's New York Cape.  She's keeping me busy these days.

Oh - she's back home now and I'm so happy!!