Giveaway Winner!

July 10, 2011

Sorry it took me a minute to get back to this space, and the random number generator, to pick a winner for the Green Giveaway.

The winner randomly selected was…..

Holly!

I’ll be sending you an email momentarily to get your shipping details.

As for more green goods? I know that Project Spectrum has moved into the BLUE phase, but there is still 1 or 2 lots of green to go before I switch gears. I see that summer is getting away from me quite quickly this year…

Who’s up for a little green yarn?

Project Spectrum | Green Yarn Giveaway

Leave a comment before July 2, 2011 5pm for a chance to win these 3 skeins of Jamieson’s Shetland Heather in the Pine colorway. Perfect yardage, yarn, and color, for a pair of wonderfully warm mittens or gloves.

Some more green yarn (and fabric) will continue to be given away over the next few days, so keep your eyes peeled.

Happy Summer!

June 20, 2011

Tomorrow is the first day of summer! I’ve spent the days, since my last post, working on the house, on work, on some projects, and visiting with friends and family. I have posts coming up, but until then, here are some summery photos.

Northeast Pennsylvania, at 70mph

Fort Edward, NY

(The amusement of standing in front of a bed of ‘Winter Savory’ as summer is about to begin is not lost on me)

Friday

June 3, 2011

Waiting to push down the plunger of my french press coffee and start my Friday.

Here are some pictures from the week –

Memorial Day

Fresh Brewed Iced Tea

Keeping cool

Project Spectrum | Green | Backyard Basil

Friday morning

As you can see, my camera lens has moved from the REDs to the GREENs. A more comfortable color in my life. I love all the greens.

Well, first things first. We have a winner of the 3 skeins of Koigu. Debbie was the lucky number picked from the random number generator this morning! Check your email, Debbie!

We’ve been hit with a somewhat brutal heat wave, here in Southeastern PA, and it’s taken away all my interest and energy in doing things on my to-do list. I meant to blog about 2 Project Spectrum RED items before the end of May, but since today is June 1st you can see that goal was missed. I’ll share one with you today, since the second is the red knee socks for Kasy and I don’t have the heart to ask him to model a pair of sport-weight wool knee socks when the temperatures are up to 91F during the day and get down to the mid-high 70s at night. Perhaps when the heat breaks later this week he’ll be willing to pop them on for a few photos.

Lolly posted a few red meals on her blog that fell in line with the celebration of red. I loved that idea and without even realizing, prepared a meal of red shortly after, myself. Like Lolly mentioned in her 3rd meal of the series, Kasy and I are also huge fans of Indian Food. We like spice. We like savory. Sadly, the Indian food takeout choices are pretty dismal in Philly. There are a couple of expensive restaurants (which we wouldn’t go to since they are very much out of our price range) or cheap buffet style. We’ve had some success at the buffet style places, but they are located in West Philly and we like to cook and recreate our favorite dishes from the stocks in our pantry, when possible. If I could master just one international cuisine Indian cuisine would be my first choice. Lucky for me, my friend Bridget lent me a cookbook that she and her husband use a lot – 5 Spices, 50 Dishes. We already shop at the local Indian grocer for rice, dried beans, and spices, but now we are working on honing our craft of curry cooking.

Seitan Meatballs in a Spicy Malabari Curry

I’d say for a first attempt at curry, this hit the nail on the head of AMAZING.

Adapted from the recipe in the cookbook for Lamb Meatballs in a Spicy Malabari Curry, I present to you

Seitan Meatballs in a Spicy Malabari Curry
Meatballs
-Prepare Seitan meatballs following this tutorial as a guide, not preparing the marinara sauce. Slightly undercook the meatballs, and set aside.

Curry
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
4 shallots, minced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tbsp fresh ginger
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 small can of tomato puree
14 oz of coconut milk (I didn’t have coconut milk, so I measured out 14 oz of warm water and added dried coconut flakes until the water was the level of coconut flavor that I like – not too mild but not too strong – and mixed it together and let sit for 20min. Worked fine.)
1 1/2 tsp salt

Heat oil in a large skillet, over high heat. When the oil begins to smoke, add mustard seeds. Cover the pan with a lid or spatter screen (I used a cookie sheet). When the seeds stop popping, add shallots, garlic, and ginger and stir continuous;y over medium heat, until shallots and garlic brown lightly. Add coriander, cumin, cayenne, and tomato paste. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Add coconut milk and salt and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce heat to a simmer and gently slip in the meatballs. Simmer for about 10 minutes, to ensure the meatballs are soaking up all the great flavors of the curry. Serve hot.

Serves 4-6

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The original recipe, in addition to having directions on preparing the lamb meatballs, also calls for coriander seeds and cumin seeds which you roast and then grind. In our spice cabinet, we have the ground versions of these spices and found that those work just fine. The original recipe also calls for sprinkling cilantro on top before serving but since Kasy isn’t a fan of cilantro (I am), I didn’t add that either. We ate this over leftover rice and lentils from the previous night’s dinner. IT.WAS.AMAZING. and so utterly easy. We had everything the recipe calls for in our kitchen, except for the shallots. Don’t you love when a meal comes together like that?

Let me know if you try this curry recipe, with meat or with seitan. I’d love to hear about your results. Now if only the heat wave would pass, and I could get back to making more curries over a hot stove…

As I’ve previously mentioned, red is a hard color to find in my closet or stash. I did unearth some Koigu mill-ends that I thought would be nice to give away in honor of the month of RED for Project Spectrum.

Project Spectrum | Red | Yarn Giveaway

2 skeins of a rusty red Koigu (92 grams total)
1 skein of a red purpley Koigu (37 grams)

Enough to make a pair of socks with contrast toes and heels! A favorite of mine.

If you want to throw your hat in the ring for this yarn giveaway, leave a comment before 5pm Tuesday May 31, 2011. I’ll pick the winner on Wednesday June 1, 2011 by random number generator.

Is red not your thing? Not to worry, in June I’ll have more yarn from the stash to win, in the color GREEN. I have lots of greens!

Like I mentioned previously, I’m working on some knitting projects that are bright red. The first of those projects were knee socks for Kasy and have since been finished. It’s been warm and rainy here, so not the best weather to have him model them. Soon. Soon. They are awesome.

The other of the two bright red projects is this sweater, for my mother.

WIP for my Mom

An Idlewood of her very own, in the same exact yarn as mine. That’s what she asked for, so that is what she’s getting. Luckily, I was able to score 8 skeins of the yarn from someone’s destash on Ravelry. You might recall, during my love song post to Rowanspun Aran, that I’ve mentioned the sad fact that this yarn is discontinued.

WIP for my Mom

I’m currently increasing for the arms, and hope to split them off soon to get moving on the body. Like my version, this sweater is to be worn with an inch or two of positive ease with minimal waist shaping and hit at a tunic length. Not sure on the sleeve length for this sweater yet, but my mom knows she has a bit of time before making that decision.