While I'm not entirely enamoured of this show, I have to watch it with my hands over my eyes and peep through and sometimes put my fingers in my ears too, the Actual Knight is eminently likeable!!! The Knight(pictured in her own handknitted finery to the left), her family and I had a rendezvous at my favourite cafe last Friday. Kate and her family were so lovely and it was as if we already really knew each other, not just internetally. We are on the same wavelength about many things including cheering when young Mr 7 found his handkerchief!!! There was a beautiful present of a green starry needle roll for me, and we had cups of tea and chatted on for a couple of hours!! The time flew and all too soon off they went to wend their way to TinkingBell's town further along the coast!! **I forgot to say that The Knight and I met AmandaJ and The Spunk in town too. Who would credit it???? Our town is a small place, well our whole island is small!!
Both Harki and I had positive health news yesterday: Harki's ears are almost better and my numbers are up by 6 decimal points. The new doctor was very chuffed and I felt he was awarding me a Gold Star for excellent blood cells!!! I am slightly hypertensive(is that a real word?) so I have some new drugs!! The Getting of Drugs entailed an hour long wait and so yesterday I knitted half a sock. I had cast on and knitted 2 or 3 rows of rib, but my fingers flew whilst waiting and also at MrsDrWho's, where we had delicious tea and watched Stargate!!! Today I am wearing my hair like Vala's. Just because!!! These are The Mauritius Socks, for my friend with an interesting surname!!!
In other knitting news, The Burt Ward socks are complete at last and I love the pooling on the sole. What great zig-zagginess!! These were knitted in Hot Socks by Four Seasons, on 3.25mm, and I cast on 64 stitches. I can post them off to my sister now!!
Harki and Peri are very happy that Spring is here and they are spending a lot of time outside playing. Harki especially likes her squeaky toys, while Peri either steals the toy, or tags along. She likes to follow Harki's lead!! We have eaten brunch on the verandah of late, but as Daylight Saving starts soon it will be a bit too nippy for a while. On Monday we had Salada, bite-size, with Tzatziki, Roma tomato slices, avocado, black pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Really yummy. I plan to make my own Tzatziki soon.
Oh and my Bendy Neon arrived. It is hard to tell the exact colours, but there are hints of its variegation. It is pictured on the lovely green fabric MrsDrWho's mother brought me back from Macau. I plan to make a skirt!!!
Today it is a little cloudy. We have been for a walk and had brunch and now I plan to knit for a while and do some Spring cleaning. I made MrsDrWho some Almond Meringues. I know she will email me a photo to add later because I forgot to take one!!
I should just mention Donni is having a sale and a competition. You can enter and/or buy stuff!! Good stuff!! But remember, buying things is a better risk than any competition as the things you want always arrive!!!!!
Almond Chocolate Meringues
- 4 eggwhites
- 220g caster sugar
- 2 tbspn cocoa
- 1 1/2 cups almond meal, but you can use hazelnut meal or coconut
- 1 tspn of vanilla
- 100g dark chocolate
- 50ml of pouring cream
Preheat the oven to 160*C (140* ff) and line two trays with baking paper. Using a metal or glass bowl whip the eggwhites till soft peaks form, and then add the sugar very gradually, beating really well all the time. It could take 10 minutes and the mixture should feel smooth when rubbed between your thumb and forefinger.
Add the cocoa, vanilla and almond meal and fold through with a metal spoon. Then pipe or spoon little meringues of about 2 cm in diameter. Bake them for about 15 minutes or until crisp and then cool.
To sandwich them together: heat the cream in the microwave for about a minute then add the chopped chocolate and wait a minute or so while it melts. Gently stir till smooth. I pair up the cold meringues and then join them together with the ganache. I made about 40 little yummy treats.