Looking forward to Spring!
Dearie me! I've had a couple of those weeks. You know the kind. The kind which last year I was determined not to have any more of. The kind of week where I focused on ONE thing to the exclusion -almost - of all the other things which make me happy. I have been ensconced in the kitchen.
One of last week's favourites: mixed vegetable fritatta. I made it with coconut milk as I am laying off the dairy for a while. Packing in the veggies, though!
I was searching for some anti-inflammatory recipes to pin onto my "Recipes for Health" Pinterest board, and I got completely carried away. Pinning late into the night, and making shopping lists ..... followed by four days of solid cooking . Apart from a lovely day in the studio at Jane-Ann's last Saturday, not a stitch has been stitched, I haven't been into my sewing room ALL WEEK. But we have eaten some fabulous - and very healthy - food, which I am pleased to say have met with approval from Himself as well as me.
We had this yesterday. It is a vegetable loaf, made with eggs and coconut flour and coconut milk.
It was delicious, both hot, with a homemade tomato and leek sauce, or cold with a little sauce smeared on it. It was a little like quiche and fritatta and .....strangely enough - a little like a savoury drop scone!
Below is a little something we had as a side dish with some cold left over chicken on Tuesday. Sweet potato, mushrooms, red and yellow peppers, (garlic of course!) red onion and spinach just wilting down gently.
This little lot became a deeply nourishing and quite ridiculously delicious Smokey Butternut Squash, lentil and coconut soup. We had it two days running and scraped our bowls each time. Yum!
Below you can see the dish of homemade hummus/humus/houmus/humous however you care to spell it. I added some very finely grated fresh turmeric for its extra anti-inflammatory properties. Jim had his on sourdough bread and I dug in with slices of carrot and celery. MMMMmmmmmmm!
And this mixture below became meatballs the following day, after a night in the fridge for the flavours to mingle.
This is celeriac and cauliflower mash - into which I chopped fresh coriander leaves to give it that lovely green colour and a subtle addition to the flavours. They really do go together very well.
Here it is in my favourite kitchen bowl. I'm topping today's fish pie with the remains. So we have eaten some very tasty and interesting new dishes these last ten days or so - I didn't photograph each one!
I have of course been playing music, that doesn't get forgotten. However I am beginning to feel the need to get my hands on some fabric again, so this weekend I will be back in the sewing room and revelling in cloth, wool, thread and yarn. Speaking of which - see what I have modified to help me sort my threads out!
The spot lamps which Jim bought me a couple of Christmasses ago were twisted around and put to good use:
All neatly packaged and ready to be threaded without a fight! I just looked at the lamp last week and suddenly the light bulb went on!!! So, finally, I can end this post with a photo which bears some relation to Textile Treasury! One of these days I will have my life arranged so that I do a little of everything in proportion, every week. How nice that would be! Hopefully I shall be heading for the sewing room tomorrow and into the weekend. to make up for all the time I haven't spent there. Have a good weekend, and I promise to find the time to read the huge backlog of your blog-posts which I have neglected.