I did that thing where I decided it was easier to create a new recipe than follow someone else’s (again). You do understand this is how I got into designing patterns as well, right?
I wanted a non-cream-based stew to use up the white fish in my freezer*. I wanted veggies and a clear broth, and fish. And I didn’t want to stop at the grocery store for clam juice or celery.
1 bulb of garlic (5-8 cloves depending on size)
2Tbsp olive oil
1 handful fingerling potatoes (probably 1.5 C sliced up)
1 C chicken stock
1 15oz can diced tomatoes
1 6.5oz can whole clams**
1 6.5oz can chopped clams**
2 fillets cheap white fish (feel free to substitute with something nicer ;-)
1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp thyme
salt and pepper to taste
Slice the shallots and garlic. Saute in the olive oil 2-4 minutes over medium high heat. Meanwhile grate the carrot and slice the potatoes.
Toss in the sherry. Stir. Toss in the carrots and potatoes. Add the chicken stock and enough water to cover everything. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Drain the cans of tomatoes and clams. Add both, plus the spices.
Nestle the fish into the soup add water if necessary to cover the fish.
Simmer for 10-15 minutes more, or until fish is done and flakes apart as the soup is stirred. Salt and pepper to taste.
And yes, I store my leftover soups in mason jars. I’m not trying to be a hipster, they’re just the most leak-proof lunchbox container I can find.
*which, honestly, I’ve decided was cheap, doesn’t cook evenly, and not worth buying again. But I’m not gonna throw it out either.
**the clams were not cheap. We’ve been buying Bar Harbor products since they showed up in our local store and I love them. But then, I’m predispositioned to love small, local-ish, companies…
Well well well, it looks like someone has found a tiny bit of knitting time.
These herringbone socks have been on the needles since November of 2012. There’s been a lot of hibernation for this project. But I’ve started knitting during pumping breaks. It’s only a few scattered minutes, but it’s better than nothing. Between the book and real life I don’t think I’ve knit at home in weeks.
At this rate it’ll be another year before this sock is finished. Luckily it’s the second sock. Also luckily Neil’s feet aren’t changing sizes.
Up. Breakfast. Kick up the wood stove.
Get the dogs out to pee. Pack lunch.
Stuff Windsor in the moby. Round up the dogs for a pre-dawn morning walk.
In the car and headed for work.
No wonder I prefer mornings when Neil can walk the dogs…
I’ve started a little sewing project! It’s my first sewing since Windsor was born, and of course it is for her:
I’m making a little dress for her baptism! The body will be made of 4ply crepe silk. Sound a little bit fancy for a baby? Possibly. I’ve finally found a use for the precious scraps of silk left over from when I made my wedding dress…
Did you know this is a thing?? It’s a vest to wear over myself and Windsor when we go on hikes!
I’ve been wearing her in a moby and/or woven wrap a lot. (For those of you not keeping up with the baby trends – these are all various lengths of cloth that I can use to tie her to myself)
But there’s always this gap exposing my neck and hers. And it can be tricky to zip us both inside a coat. So this vest solves those problems! Extra fabric in the front, two collars, extra zippers, and when it’s really cold I wear a coat over this as well.
Windsor seems to like it too!
This morning was just too cold. My poor old car finally decided not to start*. I don’t know why, it’s started in colder weather earlier this winter.
But apparently this did not make it too cold for me to go stand outside IN A VEST and take photos of my newest hat**.
Which also provided me a chance to take photos of the frost that forms on individual hairs when your breath freezes to them.
*oversimplification. It started, go 4 minutes up the road, then died. Stupid diesel tricks. Don’t worry, we’re all home now…
**I’m done with book knitting, which means I’m knitting new things! But I still have lots of book computer work to do. Which means I’m just photographing and saving my notes. Someday I’ll have time to write and format patterns…
I am a genius! Ok, that might be an exaggeration. But I DID make cocoa kettle corn the other day, and it’s amazing. Not really chocolatey, it’s kettle corn with a hint of cocoa.
I make kettle corn (and all my other popcorn snacks) in a whirlypop. For kettle corn I heat the oil and salt, add a 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels. And when they start to pop I toss a 1/4 cup of sugar in.
For cocoa kettle corn I also added a tablespoon of cocoa powder. I used the good hot chocolate stuff, but not baking cocoa. This powder has sugar, but not milk powder in it. I’m sure you could use anything else, but the strength of the flavor will probably change. So that’s a simple change but it made an extra tasty snack!
It’s that time again! I’ve run out of deodorant, which means I’m making more. Long time readers might remember, oh yeah, she uses that funny home made deodorant.
It’s true. But it works! Antiperspirants never worked for me, so it doesn’t bother me that this is just a deodorant. And it works so very well. The secret? No surprise, it’s baking soda. The kitchen’s best odor remover now appearing in an armpit near you!
I also have the world’s best moisturized armpits, because the baking soda is carried in a nice blend of cocoa and shea butters. Yum.
I follow Angry Chicken’s recipe. Baking soda, cornstarch, cocoa butter, shea butter, vitamin E, and some essential oils. Melt everything in the microwave, stir in the oils, and let it set. The whole process takes about 4 minutes. Angry Chicken warns about the ingredients going bad – I’ve had mine for several years now and nothing has gone rancid yet. But it can still be lots of fun to have a deodorant party, if you have friends who also might think it’s cool…
That polar vortex? We only got the edge of it. But that was just one of several cold spells this winter. How cold is it?
Perfectly good cars (gas cars newer than my ’98 diesel) didn’t start
Boiling water freezes into snow when you toss it into the air (no kidding, my favorite weather guys put up a photo)
We stoked the stove in the morning, the sun shone all day long, and the oil backup heat still had to kick in before I got home from work
Cold enough to freeze soap bubbles (I have got to try this one)
Frost forms on the inside door hinges
Frost forms on your eyelashes while walking the dogs
Frost forms on the inside panes of the window
At least frost is pretty
For the record it was -22F Tuesday night. Wednesday we had a high of -6F on Wednesday. That’s right. A high temp below zero in full sun. It is a cold, lying sun this time of year.
The last yarn I need. Have you heard of Kollage’s Hope DK? I hadn’t until I started asking around – and that surprises me! It’s an organic, american grown, cotton! It has a lovely hand, soft and a bit more shine than a dishcloth cotton. Perfect for a summery garment! And perfect for the design I have in mind for my book.
That pink thing behind it is the last garment blocking. I’m almost there…