Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Quiet week-end

Yes, quiet week-end around for Juliette and I.  Philippe left on Friday for a 2-week long trip.

We did not do much

Blue faux wrapped dress

some homework – Math (lots of it), English, Chinese, Biology… you name it…

some “Young Naturalist’ experiment – observation of water absorbed by flowers, hence the blue dye

some dress-making – faux wrapped dress (Butterick 5949)

some comfort food – macaroni and ham gratin

some eating out – we were craving for ramen and moon cake

some going to the movie – Guardians of the Galaxy… what to say… preferably nothing

some TV watching – the Great British Bake off and An Extra Slice… I can’t believe it is almost finished

some cat time – LaoShi loves to bring lizard home… then she needs some rest…

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Bok Tower Gardens

Just an ordinary Sunday, not running around, not planning anything…

Just a visit to Bok Tower Gardens… and a walk in the garden.

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Bok Tower

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Great British Bake Off

It is back… The Great British Bake Off on BBC1… and of course I’m following it…

Gone is the time when I thought I could be a competitor in the Bake Off.  The baking standards are so high nowadays, I am sure they prepare all year long.

So I console myself and bake for a very limited audience (Juliette and Philippe, and sometimes friends who happen to come by).

Peanuts butter cookies dipped in dark chocolate

Peanuts cookies 

First of all, I think my cookies were a bit too thick, a bit too dry and a bit overcooked, some of them got a nice crisscross with neat little squares in the centre, but others were uneven.  The chocolate coating had a nice shine but a tendency to melt fast (OK I baked this during a very hot week here in Florida – up to 100F).  I will probably bake these again.

 

Zesty Blueberry pie

Pie week

The recipe is from a Beautiful Mess blog. Really nice. Everybody liked the zesty taste.  The presentation could have been better, the blueberry juice overflew, I shouldn’t probably have used frozen fruits.  This one is a keeper, it will make it to my Black and Red book (I’ll have to speak about this book sometime).  Still I will have to work on it in order to avoid getting a case of soggy bottom.

 

Cardamom infused custard tart

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This is a mixed of multiple inspiration sources: the figs tart from one of the GBBO contestant, the smell of cardamom seeds and two more recipes from BBC Good Food (Custard tart with nutmeg pastry and Custard tart).

Presentation wise, it could be better: I’ve forgotten that the pastry will retract in the heat, so my edge is messy and too short in some places.  Consequently, I could not pour as much custard as I wanted.  The figs are a bit small and moved during baking giving me a not-too-pretty finish. Also, the custard curdled, I think I overheated the milk.  Not a success.

Overall, I think I might have been eliminated from the Bake Off long ago… and would have made it to the sister programme An extra slice with Jo Brand, which is so funny.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Brooklyn Tweed…

I did plan a totally different post for today… but Brooklyn Tweed happens…

I think I need extra arms, extra set of needles, extra everything to cope with this… So many lovely projects

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It’s a real pleasure to go through the booklet and the blog, the pictures are so beautiful.

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My favorite so far:

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Blackbay                      or                           Rowe?

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Crosby                        or                        Wake?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Bleu

Until recently, I did not realise I was a ‘blue’ person… but looking at my wardrobe, my knitting, even my kitchen ware, I am definitively a blue person.

So no surprise with my last knitting projects:

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Pattern: Moss & Leaves Stole by Kerri Shank.  Haven seen other projects, I think I should have blocked it a bit more aggressively.

Yarn: Heritage Silk Paint from Cascade Yarn , bought from  Sip and Knit. I actually used 2 and a half skeins.

Sampler shawl with beads knitted on.  I don’t know why it took me forever to finish this project.  I blocked the day before going to England in July.  It’s a gift for Alice’s guardian.  Now I’ve got some red yarn and I’m planning on knitting another one for myself.

 

Storm card

Pattern:  Dark and Stormy  from Thea Colman

Yarn: Madelintosh DK (recycled from Effortless)

I recycled this yarn from a previous project, Efforless.  I loved knitting Effortless, however the shape and the yarn did not work well together.  The cardi became longer and longer and looked more like a shapeless mope.  Furthermore, our cat had bit into the sleeves creating unwelcome holes.  So I frogged it and worked on a cable cardi.  This has been so much fun.  The cable panel is very easy to learn but not boring at all.  It’s a top-down, I love projects that don’t require assembling.  I wonder whether I should knit one for myself.

 

I have more blues to show, but it will have to wait for another post.