Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cranachan Recipe


My sister in law and I are big fans of the Outlander series and tonight is the season one finale.  She gave me a Scottish dessert recipe ffor Cranachan. It uses 2 T. of honey and 2 T. of whiskey.  She's making it too down at her house.  

Here's the recipe:  http://outlanderkitchen.com/2014/09/17/cranachan-outlander-starz-episode-107-wedding/

I was going to make a chicken and mushroom pie also a Scottish recipe but our kitchen is in the middle of getting all the appliances changed....so that can wait for another day.
 P.S.  Made it....and ....umm......not good.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe I did something wrong.  Maybe I under-whipped it?  Over-whipped it?  Or maybe I should have just used Cool Whip?  But definitely prettier than it tastes.  


Pine Apple Salsa

Note to self:  If you take a picture of food on a glass plate, it just looks like you just plopped the food on the dining room table :)  Ooops. 2 cups of fresh pineapple (but you could use from a can), 2 T. mint (from my garden), 1 T. peeled minced fresh ginger (I used 1/4 t. from a jar), 1 T. lime juice and a seeded and minced jalapeno pepper.   It was a Weight Watcher Recipe...served with 1/4 lb. of grilled ham steak=4 pts.  The pineapple salsa would be something more interesting to bring to a summer pot luck than macaroni or potato salad.  

More raspberries.........

Still working on last year's raspberries from the property.  I can't really call it my garden because I had absolutely nothing to do with them being there.  14 half pints of Sundae In a Jar.




Monday, May 25, 2015

Linen Stitch Scarf


Cast on 450 stitches ............. What?????????  But I really liked the store sample so here I go....It's a linen stitch scarf using Koigu merino.  I'm already thinking Christmas.  I was at the Patternworks yarn shop in NH yesterday and they had a lovely sample in the shop.  It was this linen stitch scarf in a very  subtle mauve color.  The drape was NICE!!! The whole thing was just beautiful. So I went with the subtle look.  I bought a semi-solid gray, another with a denim blue combintion and a third that pulled together a gray, brown and denim blue. The lady in the shop said she did one in completely unrelated colors and it turned out beautiful. A great idea for using up those bits and pieces of left over sock yarns. I'm giving it a try in these three colors. I did only 6 rows while I watched/listened to the Bolts-Rangers game last night.  Might as well watch hockey while I can....my boys have been on the golf course for weeks now :(  Did I mention 450 stitches in one row?  The pattern is tedious and semi-brainless but I love the woven look.  What I'm wondering is this......If every row starts with a loose tail and ends with a loose tail on circular needles......do we really need the purl row or could some how the knit rows be modified to give the same look?  I know I've only done 6 rows and I'm already looking for an easier way to do this...but did I mention 450 stitches :)