Sunday, 15 April 2012

Quick and easy flatbreads

A super easy and very quick flatbread recipe.

Makes 2, all tablespoons are heaped
You will need:
6 and a half tablespoons SR flour
2 tablespoons hummous
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon of water (you may need to add a little bit more)
Small handful of freshly chopped herbs of your choice (I normally use parsley or chives, but a good few pinches of dried herbs works well too)
Pinch of sea salt, pinch of black pepper, good pinch of cumin seeds, ground together in a pestle and mortar (ready-ground cumin isn't as good)

* Add everything into a large bowl and bring together into a dough, adding a few more drops of water if needed.
* Turn out and knead for a minute or two.
* Half the dough and press both bits into two rounds with your fingers, to about half a centimetre thick (no need for precision here!)
* In a dry frying pan on a medium heat, cook the flatbreads for 2-3 mins on each side, or until golden and a bit brown.
* Leave to cool on a wire rack for a minute.

Great with curry, tagine or stew.

You can replace the hummous with a good dollop of Greek yoghurt
Replace the olive oil with peanut oil
Add some turmeric to add a lovely golden yellow colour
Try caraway seeds instead of cumin
Use coriander seeds and fresh coriander
A dollop of tomato ketchup instead of hummous

...all delish!

Designing baby shrugs

I have been busy designing baby clothes for my gorgeous niece. Here they are:

Ruffles (these aren't names, they're descriptions, 'ruffles' would be a terrible name for a shrug!)

Lace and cable

Stripes and crochet

It's actually more difficult designing baby clothes, well it is for me because I'm crap at knowing how small babies are. The stripey shrug will probably fit my niece when she is three!

Not sure about selling the patterns yet: separately, or as a little booklet? Maybe if I come up with another two, then a booklet of 5 patterns would be good value for a tenner.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Stripey cardi

I recently commissioned some wool from in a very special colourway - it's called Jabba's Palace! I'm a massive Star Wars geek, yes. But I didn't want to waste the beautiful wool trying out a pattern for the first time, so I bought some cheap Sirdar Click DK and made a little cardi from this amazing pattern. I'll blog about my lush new wool once I've taken photos.

What can I say? I love it! It knitted up really quickly, and it's comfy and nice to wear. Bloomin' marvellous. I even have enough wool left over to make my baby niece a shrug in the same colours - she'll match Uncle Andrew! How cute will that be?

I added the three square pics because I am currently addicted to Instagram for my Android phone.

I even have a Tumblr to show off the results (and a few things that tickle my fancy!)

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