Thursday, March 31, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
On the search for alternative egg recipes for my second edition to the egg series, I came across this recipe for "The Best Scrambled Eggs". I decided to try to prepare something we cook up all the time, but in a slightly different way. Around here we whisk the eggs with milk, fire up the pan with butter and add the scramble eggs to an already heated pan. This method usually produces a nice fluffy, voluminous scrambled egg.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Last week was my first week home on maternity leave and I would have much rather had a baby to cuddle and get to know all week but s/he decided to stay put and cook for a while longer. So therefore I have had to find other things to do to occupy my time. Last week in Toronto was rainy and cold so much of the week was spent nesting and crafting.
I knew I wanted to craft some sort of doll because I have been consumed with thoughts of baby girls lately. If a boy decides to appear though, we'll just have to consider this new doll a gift from one baby cousin to another (here's looking at you Millie Girl).
So here was my inspiration:
This woman's dolls are incredible. They are also super reasonably priced, so if you don't feel like spending the entire day swearing at your sewing machine (the route which I decided to take) support her and buy one.
She's over on etsy, here's her link: Her pics are also much better than mine so if you do decide to make your own, check 'em out.
What you'll need:
- Fun Fabric
- Sewing Machine
- Paper/Marker (for template)
- Cotton Batting
- Sewing Notions
1. First I cut out templates in paper.
2. I then cut out the fabric.
3. I then stitched and stuffed the arms and legs.
4. Then I hand stitched the face and then sewed the face to the head and sewed the ears to the back of the head. I initially sewed lips but then decided I didn't like them so I took them off and just hand stitched super simple eyes and a v-shaped mouth.
5. From the left corner, sew the body attaching the arm and then the head and then other arm.
6. Stuff the body.
7. Sew the bottom of the dolls body attaching his or her legs along the way.
I'm pretty happy with how she turned out. Her heads a wee wonky but that's the good thing about hand made stuff. I might even attempt to make another, more gender neutral, doll this week. I also made a really simple rose to put in her hair which was just two different colored four leaf flowers cut out with circles in the middle. This is entirely optional.
Note: the incredible owl stuffed animal that my sister in law Rosey made for me. Isn't he the cutest???
Saturday, March 12, 2011
We have ALOT of eggs being laid here. The hens are worth their weight in gold, laying the Best Eggs Ever. I love eggs and could have them every morn but we switch from egg morning to oat/yogurt morning with pancakes/waffles on Sunday. I get slightly irritated on oat morning, it just isn't as satisfying as good ol' eggs. We are lucky here at the farm to be able to go out to the coop and scoop up some warm eggs under the bottoms of some hard working ladies.I could never buy eggs at the grocery store again.
Once you go fresh, you can never go back to mundane.
Anyway we grow slightly tired of the standard poached, scrambled, and fried with the odd omelet the we often prepare. I am on a mission to try different way to cook eggs, so the egg series is born! Today I tried soft boiled eggs.
Rating: 6 (out of 10)
I followed the directions cooking them for only 4 minutes but the kids found them a little too runny. The presentation in the egg cups reminded me of Royalty- like getting out the fancy tea cups. Our fresh eggs stuck to the shells a little bit , so next time I will try to use slightly older eggs. You can serve them with toast soldiers so that the kids can dunk them in the yolk.
In conclusion, soft boiled eggs are fun to eat and are kinda fancy. I will cook the eggs longer next time and use older eggs for ease in eating.
Next up coddled eggs.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
...Buckwheat pancakes for breakfast with stewed sour cherries and maple syrup. Leek, ham, and oyster mushroom quiche with a whole wheat crust, topped with aged cheddar for lunch....
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
squash ricotta filling
the first step in noodle making
I tried my hand at pasta making the other night (whole wheat ravioli stuffed with squash and ricotta cheese with a gorgonzola sauce, to be exact.) which turned out pretty good. I have made ravioli before only to have it blow up once it hits the boiling water but this time it went off without a hitch. Next time I will switch up the filling to something even more savoury like oyster mushrooms, as I found the squash too sweet for my taste. The pasta recipe on the other hand I will make again. If you have some time on your hands try making ravioli, you won't regret it. Click here for the pasta recipe.