Monday, September 14, 2009
of blogging about knitting, there has, in fact, been knitting going
on. Behold, the beginning of sock #1 of a pair for my wonderful Taz,
hopefully to be completed well before the holidays, considering the
long list of other holiday knitting projects I've decided I simply
MUST knit for various loved ones. But first things first: my
sweetheart must have warm feet! The pattern is a simple toe-up crew
sock using PGR short-row toes and heels, with 2x2 ribbing for the
cuffs. The yarn is Lorna's Laces in the Black Watch colorway (in case
you couldn't guess from the post title). I'm not too keen on the
barber pole effect I'm getting, but what can I do? Hopefully the cuffs
at least will have less pooling...
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
My other meals on Meatless Monday: Grape Nuts with strawberry yogurt for breakfast, and a salad with pistahios, blue cheese and pears for lunch.
You may have noticed that I skipped a Monday. Last week on Monday, I spent the day doing a 9-mile+ hike in Shenandoah National Park with my husband, and by dinnertime I was so exhausted I just wasn't thinking about what day it was or remembering to avoid meat. I think I might have "inadvertently" eaten vegetarian one day later in the week, though, so I guess it evened out.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
An idealistic young man is promising, principled and future-minded.I work in a place that's so packed to the gills with idealists, I'm not sure the first part applies quite as much in my specific situation, but man, there are soooo many workplaces (even supposedly "enlightened" ones) where all of the above rings painfully true.
An idealistic young woman is naive, stereotypical, and a liability.
An outspoken young man is a ambitious, intelligent, and possessing of wonderful
entrepreneurial spirit. He should be promoted.
An outspoken young woman is a bossy bitch who doesn’t know her place in the hierarchy. She should be put in her place.
- Don't drain the tomatoes. In fact, rinse out the can with water, and add that too. Things can get too dried out after the recommended amount of simmering, so be prepared to add even more water after that stage.
- It's ok to supplement the canned tomatoes with fresh, if you have some you need to get rid of, or if you don't have a big enough can.
- Use more cilantro than you think you'll need, and set some aside for garnish.
- You'll probably need more liquid in the spice paste than called for, too.
- Save prep time by boiling (and even peeling) the eggs ahead of time.
- Put out a dish of plain yogurt on the table for those with a lower spice tolerance to quench the flames.
Most Indian food, I've found, ages just fine, and a stay in the refrigerator overnight or even for a couple days will not hurt the flavor of this dish at all. I often cook this on a weekend, leaving only the rice cooking for the night I plan to serve it. I doubled the recipe this time, and that was enough for a dinner for two, plus two lunches for me.
My other Meatless Monday fare was much less impressive this week: raisin bran with soy milk for breakfast, overpriced organic grapes for a snack, and really awful leathery veggie gyoza-style dumplings from the gourmet-ish market around the corner from work. We also had red wine with dinner, but managed to open not one but two corked bottles before we found one that was good. Looks like it might be time to replenish the wine supply...
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
- Unpaid furlough days are great, except for that whole "unpaid" thing. Good thing I'm enjoying them, because I have to take five this month (every Friday).
- I am unreasonably proud of myself for getting up an hour early this morning to go for a walk/run on the trail by my house. The weather has been too hot and humid to bike to work lately (no shower at the office), but I had not replaced that activity with anything else (until today), which was NOT benefiting my waistline. Here's hoping I can keep it a daily habit!
- Speaking of health, it's interesting that my food-related posts have been getting more comments lately than my knitting-related ones (except when they've been getting no comments at all). I hope people don't think this has stopped being a knitting blog!
- It is totally unfair that I should have so many mosquito bites when I haven't even had the joy of camping this summer.
- I have no idea what to get my dad for his birthday, which is tomorrow. I mean, I know I should get him a book or a CD, but he already has sooo many of both, how do I choose? He is not the sort of person you give a gift certificate to, either.
- Now that, post-layoffs, I am basically
supposed to bedoing the work of two people at the office, my will to actually do said work has almost totally evaporated. I care deeply about the issues I work on, but I would still rather be knitting, reading, soaking in a nice cool pool, or some combination thereof. Not that I'm complaining about still being employed. I'm just sayin'.
- Another factor that might be contributing to #6 is the fact that Taz is coming home for his summer vacation for 2 weeks, and he gets here on Monday. The closer we get to Monday, the more that becomes the ONLY thing I can think about.
Monday, August 03, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
- one medium zucchini, sliced
- half a pint of mushrooms, white or baby Bella, sliced
- half a container of firm tofu, cubed
- three tablespoons of cabbage, shredded or thinly sliced
- one large clove of garlic, minced or pressed
- 3/4 teaspoon of fresh ginger, minced
- a dash of sherry
- a few drops of rice vinegar
- soy sauce
- black pepper to taste
- olive oil
Heat up the olive oil in a wok or frying pan, toss in the mushrooms and zucchini. While they begin to brown, put the tofu cubes in a bowl with some soy sauce. Once the mushrooms and zucchini have begun to soften, toss in the cabbage, then use a garlic press to add the garlic (or mince it very finely if you don't have a press) and add the ginger too. Let cook for a minute or two, then add the rest of the ingredients and cook for a minute or two more. Stir gently to make sure all the flavors are well blended and all the veggies are cooked. Serve with rice.
Or you could be like me and skip the rice. I like the texture it adds, and the way it soaks up the extra sauce, but I just don't need the extra carbs (and I had forgotten to put any rice on before starting the stir-fry). This makes enough for two portions, so for me that means a dinner and a lunch. Yummmmm!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I was out of town this weekend, so I didn't get to the farmers' market, but I still have a zucchini left from last week, and I think I might try experimenting with legumes (probably masoor dal?) and maybe quinoa this week. Wish me luck!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Meatless Monday's menu
Breakfast was honey-nut cheerios, currants, soy milk and a Danactive. Lunch was mom's potato salad and a peach. Afternoon snack was applesauce. And dinner was linguine with sauteed baby bellas, mom's basil-walnut pesto, and extra parmesan. Doesn't sound all that exciting the way I described it, and without photos you can't see how yummy it all was, but I assure you, it was delicious. Nothing like Mom's cooking!
Planning for the week
Now comes the rest of the week. Although I haven't vowed to be meatless the rest of the week, I have an amazing amount of fresh veggies I will need to use up. Suggestions are welcome! Here is my inventory:
- 3 large-ish beets, with greens attached
- 4 or 5 scallions
- about 1 lb of new potatoes
- 8 or 10 huge leaves of chard (I swear, they're 2 feet long!)
- 1 small sweet onion
- 1 medium red onion
- a decent-sized bunch of basil
- 1 1/2 pints of baby bella mushrooms
- 2 tomatoes
- 3 or 4 pale green zucchinis (one very large, the rest fairly small)
Additionally, I have a package of tofu, some frozen trout, a dozen fresh eggs, and 2 hard-boiled eggs. I am thinking stir-fry for sure one night using some zucchini and mushrooms with the tofu, and probably fish another night, but beyond that, I don't know. More zucchini pancakes? Cold potato soup? Quiche?
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Oh my goodness, there were definitely moments when I wondered if I was ever going to be able to write this post reporting that the sweater for Taz is done. But it is!!! I wish I had better pictures, but the lighting was far from ideal in his Barcelona apartment, and I was working with an unfamiliar camera. I also wish he weren't so shy and would have let me show his face in these pictures so you could get the full effect of how handsome he looks in his new sweater.
Here's a Rav link to the project info. The pattern is from an old 1966 pattern booklet called “Men’s Classics” put out by Bucilla. I found it a bit difficult to read at first because the pattern is laid out almost like a chart, with columns--one with directions, and the others with the stitch count (or whatever) for each size. It's also written for two different yarn weights, depending on what you prefer. I didn't really do any mods, other than forgetting to use smaller needles for the ribbing. I would have expected so much straight stockinette (in gray, no less) on such small needles to get pretty boring pretty fast, but it truly didn't. I'm sure part of that was because it was such a labor of love (awwww), but I also really found it meditative, and the yarn was so soft and nice to work with, I actually found myself looking forward to knitting on this. That fact could have something to do with the fact that I actually finished a sweater project in less than a year. (Ask me how long it took me to knit Samus, or where I'm at with my other sweater projects).
Anyway, the verdict on this sweater from my end is that it was a joy to knit, and I'm proud of how it turned out. The verdict from Taz is that he loves the color and the softness, it doesn't itch, it seems to fit well, and it's going to keep him so warm he won't be able to wear it until November or December in Barcelona. I'll take that as a compliment!
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Lucky for me, the West End Farmers' Market is on Sundays. My haul this week, from top to bottom: summer squash, zuchinni, heirloom tomatoes, basil, and new potatoes. I have to use all this in 2 days, since I leave for Spain on Wednesday, so I won't have much space for meat in my
diet even if I wanted to!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Thursday, June 04, 2009
Well, it took me long enough, but I finally have my whole stash catalogued on Ravelry. It feels great, even though it took me forever to do! Take a look if you want, but hands off--almost everything is destined for one project or another. Except maybe the Red Heart (please don't laugh). If you
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Even though it's not the biggest farmer's market around, this one is by far the closest to me, and it's got a more relaxed atmosphere than some others. It certainly had everything I needed! Now I have no excuse not to cook at home and eat right this week.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Ben very graciously offered to be in the picture to give a sense of scale. You'll notice he's perched atop a set of plastic drawers (full of yarn, of course). That's a little something I bought back when I thought my yarn obsession could be controlled by limiting "convenient" storage space. Don't laugh--I really thought that! Seeing all this makes me feel way better about being on a yarn diet until next April. I (might) not run out. Now I just have to get my act together to catalogue and photograph it all for Ravelry...
*Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy (coined by Stephanie, of course)
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
There hasn't been much knitting, an there has been much stress, mainly about how many of us at work are still going to have jobs to go to a month from now. It recently occurred to me that if I were giving myself more knitting time, I would not be giving myself an ulcer (no, I don't really think I have one). Lesson learned: I'm taking tomorrow off!
Sunday, May 03, 2009
More soon on MDSW, including pics of my treasures and maybe some cute animals.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Barcelona at sunset from Parc Guell. Pic thanks to this site.
But only for 3 weeks, not for the year-plus that I've been absent from the blog. There's no way you want to hear about everything that happened in the past year (and no way my fingers would hold out to type that long either). Suffice to say, it's been busy, especially on the job end of things, and there hasn't been nearly enough knitting, but it's been good.
Now for the reason I was in Barcelona: Taz is doing a 12-month MBA program there, and I was helping him get settled in. We spent a lot of time apartment hunting, and during the first two weeks, he was in an intensive Spanish class for 6 hours a day. We finally found an awesome apartment right before I had to leave to come back, but the long search allowed us to get to know some neighborhoods of Barcelona that one never normally sees as just a tourist, and we also met some really cool people that I think he will remain friends with.
In between the end of the Spanish class and finishing the apartment search, we managed to get away for a 4-day trip for our 3rd anniversary (of wedding #1). We spent the first two nights in Girona, which is an absolutely gorgeous medieval town, with most of the walls still intact, so we walked around them one evening. The second two nights we spent in Figueres, which is home to the Dali Theater and Museum. However our first day there, instead of going to the museum, we drove the short distance to Cadaques, out on the coast, to see Dali's summer house in nearby Port Lligat, and also go for a hike on the easternmost point in Spain. The second day was rainy, so we went to the very crowded museum. My favorite part was a series of paintings of stones that formed other figures. This photo doesn't do them justice, but it's the only one I could find.
The last couple days in Barcelona, after we moved into the new place, were spent grocery shopping and getting to know the new neighborhood. It is really cool to be able to picture where he lives and goes about his daily life. Saying goodbye at the airport was one of the hardest things I've done, and the intensity with which I miss him doesn't seem to be lessening as the days pass, but we are talking on the phone as often as possible, and focusing on my next visit, which is only about 2 months away. Meanwhile, I'm trying to get my head back into my work, and also into my knitting. I'm currently seaming a sweater for Taz, and am close to having several other FOs to show you. Stay tuned--I promise not to go away for so long again!!