Monthly Archives: September 2013

What I have been Knitting this week

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So, usually, I knit blankets back to back for Mission Without Borders and another local charity that sends blankets to birthing centers where the new moms’ don’t have enough for their babies. But lately I have been taking a break from blankets and knitting hats and scarves and booties for Mission Without Borders instead. The orphanages in the Ukraine need so much for their babies and it’s wonderful to think that these little shoes that I knit will be keeping some little one’s feet warm!

Here are some pictures of what I have been knitting this week:

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Cute fluffy hats! So cute and so quick to knit! My mom very faithfully and kindly sews them up for me as my hand sewing is absolutely terrible!

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Aren’t they adorable? This is such a quick and easy pattern. I can’t wait to experiment with this pattern with different wools!

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Red Velvet Cake

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I have always loved the look of red velvet cake and while I have once made red velvet cupcakes I have never made cake! So, today, I decided it was time to try it!  Here are some photos of my first attempt!

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The awesome fun that is red food colouring!

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The batter coming together beautifully!

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Ready to go in the oven.

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And, drumroll please……

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VOILA!!

Lavender Biscuits

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Today I made lavender biscuits for the first time.  I was a little skeptical but they are actually really yummy!  I thought I would share the recipe with you all!

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Lavender Biscuit Recipe

 

55g caster sugar

1 t chopped lavender leaves ( I misread the recipe and put 1 T in and they still taste great)

115g butter, softened

finely grated rind of one lemon

175g plain flour

 

Place sugar and lavender in a food processor. Process until the lavender is very finely chopped, then add the butter and lemon rind and process until light and fluffy. Add the flour and mix till it forms a still dough.

Roll out on and/or between baking paper and cut out shapes with cookie cutters. Transfer them to your cookie sheet with a spatula as the cookies crumble easily.  

Bake at 150 degrees Celcius for 12 minutes.

 

Enjoy!

 

Food….

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So yesterday I made my own vegan sausages!

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My Hubby was so impressed when he got home and saw these waiting for him;) It definitely wasn’t bad for a first attempt. I personally think the seasoning needs some more tweaking (and I already changed the seasoning completely from the recipe.) but I am sure with a little more practice I will get them just right shape-wise and taste-wise.  

Here is the recipe that I used:

 

Make your own vegan hot dogs!
Ingredients
  • 5 Tbsp (30g) almond meal
  • 9 oz (250g) firm tofu
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp smoked paprika OR several generous dashes liquid smoke
  • 1½ tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground mustard
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1⅛ cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Crumble tofu into the bowl of a food processor.
  2. In a liquid measuring cup, measure the 2 Tbsp soy sauce and add enough water to get to the 100mL line. Add to food processor.
  3. Add almond meal, oil, onion, garlic, paprika/liquid smoke, sugar, salt, pepper, coriander, mustard, nutmeg, cardamom, and cumin to the processor and pulse until smooth, about two minutes. Pour into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add vital wheat gluten and cornstarch to the mixture and stir to combine. Knead gently – the mixture will be soft but you’ll see strands of gluten forming.
  5. Divide the dough into eight equal pieces. Roll each into a rough hot dog shape (doesn’t have to be perfect). Wrap each dog in parchment paper and then aluminum foil. Twist ends of the foil shut.
  6. In a large pot with a steamer insert or basket, bring enough water to just under the steamer to a boil. Arrange your hot dogs in the steamer – close together is fine, and it’s okay if they’re touching.
  7. Cover and steam for 45 minutes. Turn off heat and let cool in the pot, uncovered.
  8. To cook, unwrap hot dogs and simmer in water for five minutes, or fry in a frying pan, or throw ‘em on the grill until hot and pretty with grill marks!
  9. Serve on buns with ketchup, mustard, relish, diced onions, or your favorite hot dog topping.

 

I also tried making my own chocolate flavoured peanut butter.  My little food processor didn’t get it as smooth as I would like but I will work on that.

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Today I am making 7 bean soup…will let you know how that goes!

Aren’t they pretty?

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Thrift Shopping Finds

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I love messenger bags! I only have one and it’s a weird colour and today, I found this adorable elephant bag for $5 at the Community Shop in Orewa! 

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There were these shoes at Hannahs (very pricey shoe store here in NZ) last summer that I loved but they were WAY out of my price range at around $90.  Today I was wondering through a Hospice Shop and I saw a blue pair….brand new…and my size…and they were $4!! Needless to say they came home with me!  They are ridiculous,event only shoes but I occasionally allow myself a guilty pleasure like these.  

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🙂

 

Devonport In Wool

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Last Sunday we met up with my parents-in-law in Devonport to have breakfast together.  Devonport is a really ritzy little suburb down on the shore of North Shore city Auckland. It’s very quaint with old villas and little old booke shops and the like. As we were walking along Victoria Street (the main street of Devonport) I saw this and just couldn’t resist snapping a few photos for my blog!  I had to share this with you. I have no idea who took the time to knit all these pillar covers but I thought they were adorable. 

 

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