Finally, the long awaited knitting update

Yes this is primarily a food blog, but my disclaimer above does also mention knitting, gardening, brewing, etc. So, now for a knitting update. I will just show you in photos. I am not that great of a knitter, but I do enjoy creating something that people can wear with my hands and it is great for couch time with movies, bar time and airplanes. I have been working on this scarf for a friends birthday for a long time, a really long time (one year and 2 months). In fact the first yarn I bought (mohair, that says it all) I started the project with it 5 times and frogged it (ripped it) apart each time, hating the yarn more and more. So, I finally said forget it, gave that yarn to a friend and went and purchased totally different yarn in a totally different color. This scarf is very long and has that nice woolly scent to it. Yarn doesn’t photograph well with flashes, but this stuff has a great depth of texture and color.

purple scarf

There is some requirement out there about cats and knitting and that they must sit on your projects to bless them or something like that.

clara sitting on the knitting

purple scarf


Farm markets, goat cheese, knitting and finally Wheatland is here!

veggies at the market

Well this started out as a food, knitting and brewing blog and got a little side tracked by all things food. I just started a new knitting project. People all around me seem to be in baby having mode, so I have started a baby blanket for my good friends who think they are pregnant with a hairy squid. They are two people who have lots of hair and are worried about the end result – the baby. It will probably be bald for the first two years out of spite for it’s nickname. None the less, I have chosen a sex free color that is water themed (baby should be an Aquarius too). As soon as I have more than 2 inches I will post a pic, right now it just looks like the beginnings of anything.

Oh and I read Harry Potter. Finally it was my turn. I was number 523 on the library list and my turn finally arrived. It’s a good one folks, but most of you have already read it. Now we need a new series like that, one that is magical and can transport you away with a few words, even if it is a kids book.

We visited the Ann Arbor Farmer’s Market and Zingerman’s Deli on Saturday and will post about my recent round of farm market trips soon. I have been doing some local research. We managed to spend way too much money on cheese, salted capers, cured sausages and smoked paprika. We did purchase wedges of about 10 goat or sheep cheeses (research again).

heirloom garlic at the farmer's market

Heirloom garlic

Tonight for dinner:

Homemade naan (with spelt)

Dal with garden tomatoes (the one pint out of 48 that didn’t seal this weekend while canning), red beans, curry leaves, fenugreek leaves, black mustard seeds, onion seeds, coriander, black cardamom, onion, ginger and garlic ( I just got it cooking so thought it best to write up the recipe right now)

Indonesian Beef Redang ( I know the rest of the meal is Indian, but I wanted to try it.)

Pakora’s with cilantro mint chutney – this time I really will post the recipe for the chutney. Mint, Cilantro, garlic, ginger, coriander seeds, yogurt, salt, lime juice and a splash of oil to emulsify.

The naan turned out wonderfully, flaky, soft and tender with a bit of tang. Thank goodness for my little toaster oven as my gas oven heats the entire kitchen. The Saag was great too, best batch yet. Beef Rendang – tasty, a bit too spicy hot (and I like it hot) and a bit to heavy on the coconut oil. Dal – creamy, spicy and healthy to boot.

OK, we are off to Wheatland Music Festival this weekend – a nice long, well deserved weekend with many of our friends. There probably will be about 8 different homebrews on tap and one cider for me, so we may never leave the camp as from our site we can hear all the mainstage music. We volunteer so in turn receive early passes in for camping on Thursday. I might even play my mando. Certainly I will knit. On the menu, Carne adovada, chicken curry, hash browns and various snacks, including my white bean truffle spread – all our friends like to cook up a batch of something to bring.

Whappy heatland (happy wheatland for those of you unfamilar with the fest greeting)

i’m out and i’m festing….

mando mando and the yarn that hates me

Just a short little post to show you my newest addition!

My new mandolin!

My brand new mandolin! I should be practicing right now, but feel more guilty about not blogging for so long, that I must blog, then practice. I am a beginner player. I know a few chords and now am working on learning the notes so that I can play the melody when I remember how to read music! I was lucky enough to have a loner mando for about a year from a friend who was too busy with her Ph.D and the bagpipes to play her mandolin. Very gracious of her. It was harder to bond with that mandolin since I knew it would have to be returned. My new one has already bonded with me! It was love at first click on Ebay.

I hate this yarn!

I am so happy my mandolin is here so that I can ignore my knitting project. I hate this sticky mohair that I bought! If I hadn’t spent an obnoxious amount of $$ on it, I would just throw it out. It is now in it’s fifth form of a scarf for a friend’s birthday (that was last Jan – see how I hate this yarn?) Most mohair doesn’t give me this problem. But most mohair still does not knit fast for me, add that to the stickiness of this stuff and …..oh, the mando is calling my name…….what knitting project?

(If you are reading this post from Google reader, the prior post about wild mushrooms and ramps won’t show up properly – click to the website to see the post and great photos.)

i’m out