I have a cold. Pretty much everyone I know has has a cold, a bad cold, or the full blown ‘flu and I have been lucky. Until Saturday night, and I have had a cold since then. We still go for our walks, because come hell or high water The Walk is sancrosanct. It means Hedy does a lot of running after the ball and catching it, and Gilly can roll in something smelly and then play in a muddy puddle.
Today is the first time I have been out. I went to the shop to buy vegetables for The Labradors and salty crisps for me. And the ingredients for the Feel Better Chicken Soup: garlic, ginger, chilli, chicken, noodles etc.
I also changed the bed. I needed a big rest after that. Since the paddle pool was filled there have been many wet and/or muddy feet on the bed.
Hedy Lamarr loves to play with WinnieWinston. He is a black Labrador toy that is meant to suction to a window with his suction feet. Hedy likes to dip him in the paddle pool, and then just duck him under a little more to get him really wet.
Lorelai Gilmore is losing her Winter undercoat. Big time. It comes out like clumps of merino wool. Luckily she likes to have her legs and fluffy bits ruffled and patted and so we can make a furry mess outside. The weather has been warm, 20*C today, but we had a huge electrical storm with teeming rain at the weekend. Gilly likes to cool off in a puddle, thankfully we have the paddle pool at home.
And just when Gilly is having a lovely time, along comes Hedy to stick her nose in. She’s putting on the brakes, and I think her ears are air brakes!
So that has been our little world these last four or five days: bed, a walk and sleep. I have had to cancel outings, and a visit to the vet for Gilly’s blood test. I can’t go to our 100th Knitting Dining Out tomorrow, that’s one hundred months over ten years, and I am sulking about it. I am very cross, but that is just the way it is.
We had some sad news that one of The Labradors dog friends, Jet, died yesterday. He had been sick for over a year. He was a lovely boy. Here he is playing with Gilly and our lovely Peri Naughty. Jetty is in Dog Heaven with Peri Naughty and Sandy.
We had some marvellous news as well, with one of my friends becoming a grandmother for the first time. I had a few happy tears tonight when she told me. I must get better and sew the baby’s quilt.
I have my usual appointment at the GP on Friday, so she will be be able to check if I am on the road to recovery. I am so annoyed, my friends are on school holidays and I could be gallivanting about. Well, gallivanting slowly, in a cafe, with a cup of tea!
I made Milo brownies a few weeks ago for Mrs Reno and the rest of the tin of Milo was hanging about doing nothing. I can't have Milo and so it was serendipity when NotQuiteNigella's Lorraine posted this recipe. I made a batch that very same day and took them to the doctors and nurses at The Vet, and also to the lovely chemist who has been checking my injured finger every second day. Phew, that was a lot of information!
I find that if I leave Milo, or coffee or some other powdered drink, too long in the cupboard, it goes rock hard and is spoiled. If you don't have Milo you can use cocoa, drinking chocolate, Ovaltine, or maybe Quik. Lorraine calls for milk and dark chocolate to be melted together, and I did this, but you can buy Cadbury Dark Milk chocolate in a bar now. That would save some melting, cooling and chopping time.
I followed the recipe faithfully and I was very pleased with the way the biscuits turned out. I used a 20ml tablespoon to measure out the dough and I made 28 biscuits. I think these would keep quite well in an airtight container for about a week.
Super Chunky Milo Choc Chip Biscuits/Cookies makes about 28
125g dark chocolate
125g milk chocolate
1 1/2 cups plain flour
4 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup Milo
pinch of salt
150g butter, melted and cooled
1 tspn vanilla extract
extra 2-40ml milk in case the mixture is too dry
At least an hour before you want to start baking the actual biscuits, break the chocolate into chunks and melt in the microwave for 1 minute and then stir well. Melt in 20 second increments, stirring well. It only took 1 minute 40 seconds, and you should still have a few small lumps of chocolate and stir those into submission.
Spread onto some baking paper on a tray and leave to cool and set. I put mine in the freezer because I am impatient. Once cold, chop the chocolate into chunks and set aside.
Preheat the oven to 160*C and line two trays with baking paper.
Put the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, sugar, Milo and salt, into a bowl and whisk together.
In another bowl or jug mix the melted and cooled butter, egg and vanilla extract. Also whisk this together.
Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the wet. Mix together and a dough will form. If the dough is too dry, and mine was, add the extra milk until the dough comes together. It needs to be not too dry and not too sticky.
Finally, mix in the chocolate chunks and the dough is ready to go.
Use a tablespoon to measure out the dough and then roll into balls and press flat on the tray. I did find these spread a little I fitted 12 on a tray. Bake for 12 minutes, I turned and swapped the tray half way through. Allow to cool slightly on the tray or they will break apart. When they are set, move them to a cooling rack.
MrsDrWho has not tasted these, but I made some chunky chocolate brownies and she said they were best when the chocolate was cold and hard and you could taste the chunks. However, you might like the chocolate to be warm and oozy: these biscuits do double duty.
I refuse to re-title my Friday Food, Saturday Food. I am allowing myself some leeway. This is another recipe from Jamie Oliver's book 5 Ingredients. I made this last week and it is so delicious: tangy, hot, sour and sweet. It is ready in the time it takes to cook the rice, I used the rice cooker, so 10-15 minutes. The recipe serves two generously, but it is easily doubled or tripled to serve more people. I especially appreciate that most of the five ingredients used in recipes are easily found in the supermarket. I don't have to seek out something special or tricky. My Pak Choi were larger, last week I had a bundle with three that were smaller. The recipe asks for salt, pepper and red wine vinegar outside of the 5 ingredients.
Once the rice and Pak Choi are cooked, you drizzle over a tangy hot dressing made from the chillies, onion and vinegar. It is perfect. There's nothing else to say. I love this, it is a great lunch (or dinner after you have been to the Burger Junkie for lunch) And you can also add any meat or fish to make it a main meal. I'm definitely adding this to my recipe repertoire.
Hoisin Pak Choi Rice serves 2
150g basmati or jasmine rice (about a cup)
4 spring onions
2 chilli, mixed colours just for the eye
2 Pak Choi (250g)
40ml Hoisin sauce
20ml red wine vinegar
20ml olive oil
Cook the rice using the method you favour. Gather your onions and chillies.
Trim the spring onions and thinly slice, separating the white and green parts. De-seed and finely chop the chillies. Place the white part of the spring onions, the chillies and the red wine vinegar in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper and stir together to make the dressing. Add the green part of the onions to the hoisin sauce and set aside.
Cut the Pak Choi in half and soak in some cold water to remove any dirt. There wasn't much in mine, but the first time round I didn't do this and there was a tiny crunch. I don't like that at all.
Heat a non-stick pan over a medium-high heat and pour in 20ml of olive oil. Carefully place the Pak Choi into the pan, cut side down, and leave to char. Char as much, or as little, as you like. I went for medium. It will take maybe 3 minutes?
Add the hoisin sauce and green onions and toss to coat the vegetables for 1 minute. It will be nicely glazed.
Add the rice and mix together gently for 1 more minute. Remove from the pat and spoon over the chilli dressing and serve. I could have eaten both serves!!! I do think this would keep well overnight and be a delicious lunch the next day.
It has been five weeks and three days since Hedy Lamarr accidentally chewed my finger, and I am doing very well: in fact the dead part of the fingernail fell of this morning when I was checking my injury. The skin covering my finger has died and is ready to slough off, like a snake skin. I realised this is why I had weird pins and needles feelings. When I touch the tip of my finger I touch the dead skin, then there's a layer of air and then the brand new pink skin. You can see some of the brand new pink skin below the fingernail. It is very strange. The dissolving stitches have dissolved and the remaining growing part of the fingernail should soon be growing. I hope. Because I have a suppressed immune system, it is a longer healing time than normal, but keeping the wound dry and clean has really helped.
I have still not knitted or sewed. I have two almost finished knitted hats from Before The Chewing. The first is just a plain and simple beanie I am making up as I go along, in Felici Worsted in Time Traveller (Doctor Who stripes, but they can't say that) for Uncle Dutch's birthday. The second is the Fisher Cable Hat for MrReno's birthday. Both are covered in dog hair because Lorelai Gilmore has started moulting. She helpfully had a big cuddly pat right next to the hats and I am just not up to removing all the dog hair yet. I plan to make MrsDrWho a Pussy Hat, and MrsReno is making one too, both from some Caron cakes.
The Labradors went for their Dental check in August. Last year we found out that Gilly had her very own auto-immune disease and so it is marvelous that a year later she is almost better than good. Hedy scored a 10/10 and Gilly a 9/10 and she must have another check in six months. Her auto-immune illness is managed by one tablet every second day and she can't be immunised. This is a worry, but she is well and happy. She leaps over trees in a single bound!!!
And such a look of concentration.
Hedy Lamarr has a different look. She has a muddy look!!! The weather is warming up and so when we get back to the gate at the dam she insists on running through and cooling down in the puddle.
Hedy is also helping around the house, and by that I mean by making a mess all around the house. She has never been interested in toilet rolls, but last week this one just took her fancy. And she just doesn't care. At all.
MrsDrWho, MrsReno and I went to The Quilt Expo. Outside there was a patchwork Mini!!!
Inside there were some wonderful quilts. I bought 16 mixed green batik fat quarters for $20. Such a bargain. One of the prize winning quilts was hand pieced (3000) hours and hand quilted (2000 hours).
And here is the owner of Esme's Patchwork's Splendid Sampler. I started this when Hedy came to live with us and because she came to live with us I stopped!!
I have plans to make a quilt-as-you go baby quilt soon for my friend's first grandson. It will be a race between my finger healing and the baby arriving.
In Australia we are participating in a, what I consider to be ridiculously expensive and unnecessary, postal survey about same-sex marriage. We elect politicians to write and enact laws. And it is going to cost $122 million. I am voting yes. I believe that marriage is a civil contract. I am not religious, and feel very cross that some religious people want to tell non-religious people what to do. I think it is right and proper that churches decide which couples they will marry, that right is a binding law. But the world will not end, the sky will not fall if there is fairness and equality. Yes, there is activism on both sides, but without the brave and forward thinking Suffragettes, women would not now have the vote. I know that other people will not agree with me, and that is fine. Australia is a country where I can disagree with you, and you with me, and I can live with that. I will be very sad if the law is not passed in the affirmative. It's Time feels as appropriate now as it did back in 1972, albeit for a different cause. Here's a link to the video. I hope that if anyone disagrees they will do so in a polite and respectful manner. We don't have rudeness or swearing or cruelty on this blog.
It’s time for freedom, It’s time for moving, It’s time to begin, Yes It’s time
It’s time Australia, It’s time for moving, It’s time for proving, Yes It’s time
It’s time for all folk, It’s time for moving, It’s time to give, Yes It’s time
It’s time for children, It’s time to show them, Time to look ahead, Yes It’s time
Time for freedom, Time for moving, Time to be clear, Yes It’s time
Time Australia, Time for moving, It’s time for proving, Yes It’s time
Time for better, Come together, It’s time to move, Yes It’s time
Time to stand up, Time to shout it, Time, Time, Time, Yes It’s time
Time to move on, Time to stand up, time to say ‘yes’, Yes It’s time
The ABC showed the first of thirteen Countdown specials, one for each year it was broadcast, last Sunday. I grew up watching Countdown and on Sunday I turned the sound on the TV up to 60 and did sad, old people dancing in the lounge room. Gilly and Hedy thought I was having a conniption. I knew all the words and all the tunes and all the people, and I am very much looking forward to the next twelve shows.
Friday Food on Saturday. I am almost keeping up with Friday Food, so I feel I am managing a bit better. I bought myself Jamie Oliver's 5 Ingredients as it was on super special at The KMart for $24. I do like the way each recipe is set out, with the five ingredients photographed and arrayed to the left of the page and the recipe next to them. And one whole page for the photo. I really like having a picture. This recipe was very easy to make, though I think I tucked the puff pastry strips too far under the chicken and it was a tad under-cooked. So do 'just' tuck them under. It was easy to buy the ingredients, but I had to cut the chicken breasts as ours are much larger then the ones he uses.
I used one sheet of frozen butter puff pastry. I just cut strips in a kind of pattern and hoped for the best!
Other than that, I was very pleased. The flavours went very well together and it was exceedingly tasty. If I was serving this to my family I would add some potatoes, because I don't think it is a proper Australian tea-sized portion. If you don't like pesto, you could use a red pesto, wholegrain mustard, some relish or pate.
Flaky Pastry Pesto Chicken serves 4
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, I used butter puff
about 500g chicken breasts, cut into approx 125g portions
4 heaped teaspoons of green pesto
400g ripe cherry tomatoes, on the vine if you can
400g green beans
salt and pepper*
*These don't count as part of the 5 ingredients. I am OK with that.
Preheat the oven to 220*C and prepare two oven trays. Flatten the chicken breasts with your hand, or in my case the jar of peanut butter, so the fat end is about the same thickness as the thin end. I sandwiched the chicken breasts between some baking paper to do this. Place on the roasting tray and season with salt and pepper.
Cut the pastry into strips. Spread a teaspoon of pesto over each piece of chicken ( and I somehow missed this photo) Then lay 4 strips overlapping on each breast, 'just' tucking the ends under.
On another tray, season the tomatoes with salt and pepper and drizzle them with olive oil too. Place the chicken on a top shelf and the tomatoes underneath and bake for 20 minutes. I turned the trays half way through. In retrospect the pastry could have been a little browner, but I was hungry and decided it would do.
While the food is baking, trim the ends of the beans and boil them in salted water for 7 minutes. I microwaved them for 5 minutes.
To serve, remove the tomatoes from the vine, squash half on a board or platter ( or each plate) and toss in the beans. Slice the chicken on an angle and serve on top of the beans, with the remaining whole tomatoes.
I found this recipe in the September BBC Good Food magazine, through the Zinio for Libraries app. I liked this recipe because it could be made without any electrical mixers. Basically you cream butter and sugar with a spoon, or spatula in my case, and then mix in the rest of the ingredients and bring the dough together with your hands. It is a version of the Italian Baci, or kiss, biscuits. They are usually made with hazelnut meal, but these substitute almond meal and add chocolate. They are called Lady's Kisses.
The recipe made 100 individual biscuits and 50 sandwiched together. I was quite scrupulous and used a measuring teaspoon. The recipe says you can make 40 sandwiched biscuits. I found that 15 minutes was plenty of time to cook these, perhaps because they were smaller as I made 100 instead of 80.
I really like the idea of putting the melted chocolate for the filling in a piping bag, though I used twice as much chocolate as the recipe said. I just snipped the end and it was a snap to swirl on the chocolate. I think these would also be nice with a little ganache and maybe some orange zest for something different.
These biscuits would keep longer un-filled, and I think they could be frozen that way too. Otherwise keep them for up to a week in an airtight container.
I am posting from my iPad again. The computer is working well, but I seem to need much more rest as I am healing my finger. So blogging from the iPad it is!!
Baci di Dama makes 40-50
200g butter, softened
200g caster sugar
250g plain flour
150g almond meal
20g Dutch processed cocoa
50-100g dark chocolate
Line two trays with baking paper and set aside. You do not need to preheat the oven at the beginning as the biscuits need to chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. I turned the oven on when I started rolling the dough to make the biscuits after they chilled.
The butter should be soft enough to squish when you poke it with your finger. Beat the caster sugar and butter with a wooden spoon until it is creamed. This should only take a minute as the butter is soft.
Add the plain flour, almond meal and cocoa and mix well. It will be quite crumbly, but it is easy to bring together with your hands to make a dough.
Flatten the dough and wrap in cling film or place in a ziplock bag. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. At the end of the chilling time preheat the oven to 180*C or 160*C fan forced. Roll teaspoons full of the dough into balls and flatten slightly when they are on the tray. The biscuits don't spread very much.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. I swapped and rotated the trays half way through. Once the biscuits feel firm they are ready, if you cook them too long the chocolate will catch and taste bitter.
Cool for 5 minutes on the tray and then move to a rack to cool completely. They cool quickly, so melt the chocolate and pour into a piping bag and cut off the tip.
Match the biscuits by size and organise them in pairs. Pipe a swirl of chocolate on the flat side of one biscuit and then sandwich with another. I found it was best if the chocolate had cooled a little, otherwise the top biscuits slid off the bottom biscuit!
And the Lady's Kisses are ready to serve, perhaps dusted with a little icing sugar. They are a dainty bite, or two.
I was reading some comments on a YouTube video where people were cross if they searched for a recipe and the person posting the recipe had things to say before the recipe. This is one of those posts, so skip ahead if you want just the recipe!!!
My finger, chewed by Hedy, is healing well. I shan't put a photo, because it looks awful, but it is doing extremely well. It still hurts and I can't properly write, brush my hair, use keys in locks, bake, sew or knit. But I am getting there.
My iPad broke. The wifi antenna broke, and it would cost $420 to fix it, or $469-ish to buy a new one. I had to wait a fortnight, but I used my birthday money to buy one. MrsDrWho lent me one of her old iPads that she had taken to use at school. I am very grateful. My new iPad is silver and white and all shiny. I also have a military grade(?!?!?) cover to protect it from Labradors.
Yesterday my computer went for its yearly service and they found it needs a new hard drive or something or other. I am not exactly sure, they did tell me, but I am still a bit swirly in the head. I still have some birthday money and whatever happens, I have backed up and they can access all my data.
So that is three things: finger, iPad and computer. I firmly believe that major appliances, and/or body parts now, know when your tax return is coming and they choose that moment to break down. Thank goodness for birthdays!! So I am blogging using my iPad, so please forgive any strangeness, well any more strangeness than usual. I also had a bit of trouble replying to comments, so please, bear with.
And now to the recipe. I bought the new Jamie Oliver book for Uncle Dutch for his birthday. I couldn't finish his hat (finger) but I made some Butterscotch Schnapps Boozy Fudge. I had a flip through Jamie Oliver 5 Ingredients and chose the Apple Crumble Cookies. I haven't really baked so this was my first foray. The recipe is exceedingly easy, not so easy because I didn't use a food processor, and of course there are only 5 ingredients. I couldn't buy raw caster sugar anywhere, so I made my own by mixing half and half raw sugar and caster sugar.
I baked the first batch of biscuits at 200*C for 10 minutes but the dried apple pieces on top caught. I baked the second batch at 180*C for 8 minutes and also flattened the biscuits a little more. They turned out well, and I didn't bother with the extra dried apple on top.
The biscuits do taste apple crumbly, and are very moreish. They are quick and easy and really did make 24 as promised.
Apple Crumble Cookies. Makes 24
100g dried apples, finely chopped
100g raw caster sugar
100g unsalted butter, cubed and cold
200g self raising flour
and a pinch of salt, which makes 6 ingredients really
This is how I made the biscuits without a food processor, I'll put the food processor method at the end.
Preheat the oven to 200*C or 180*C fan forced and line two trays with baking paper.
If you can't buy raw caster sugar, make your own by mixing together 50g of raw sugar and 50g of caster sugar.
Add the cubed butter, self raising flour and a pinch of salt, and rub into the sugar until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Finally add the dried apple.
Make a well in the centre, add the egg and then mix. I brought it together and kneaded it with my hands. My dough weighed about 480g, so it was easy to divide it into 24 balls, each 20g.
Flatten each ball into a 4cm diameter biscuit. Press into some extra chopped dried apple. This is the first tray I baked. The dried apple caught.
I recommend really flattening the biscuits and then baking them for 8 minutes at 180*C in a fan forced oven. Cool slightly, and then place on a rack to cool completely.
The biscuits should keep for about a week in an airtight container. I ate mine with a cup of tea and Gilly and Hedy had one each when I knocked the first tray of biscuits on the floor!!
To make the recipe the recipe using a food processor, whiz the dried apples until finely chopped and then add the cubed butter, flour, sugar and pinch of salt. Process for a minute until a fine crumb is formed. Add the egg and pulse until combined. Scrape down the sides as needed and continue on as in the recipe above, rolling balls of the mixture to make the biscuits.
I accidentally pressed Publish prematurely, so I had to go back and add this part in.
Well that was an unexpected turn of events. I had a ride in an ambulance, a couple of days in hospital and some plastic surgery: no new nose or perky breasts though.
I have left handedly sewn some kitchen cloth over my bandage in an attempt to keep it somewhat clean.
Late Friday afternoon Hedy Lamarr stole a pig's ear from the shopping and was eating it in her little box. I put my hand in her mouth to extract said pig's ear and she chewed down at the same time and accidentally chewed my finger. There was no malice on her part, no pulling or tugging, it was just an accident. I have put my hand in dogs' mouths for twenty-eight years and never been chewed before.
Her tooth went through the centre of my middle fingernail on my right, and dominant, hand. It was like taking a well roasted carrot and pressing your finger into it. There is a hole, and the edges of the carrot split: I did worry I would lose the end of my finger.
Our wonderful health system kicked in. Neighbours rang the ambulance and applied pressure and held my arm up. Dion the paramedic put on a dressing and then took me to the Fast Track Emergency. They cleaned me up and I saw a doctor and a plastic surgeon. I was bumped by a young man who had punched a window and broken a hundred bones in his hand, and by 9pm I was in a bed on a ward.
The worst part of the whole thing was not eating from 2pm Friday until 9-30pm Saturday. I had the best sandwiches in the world, saved from dinner by the nurse. I had talked about sandwiches all day. No liquids either, but I had three bottles of antibiotics and a litre of fluids through my cannula. The nurses, doctors and ward staff were wonderfully caring and made sure I was as comfortable as possible.
The next door neighbours looked after The Labradors. My friends came to visit and I dozed on and off. When they finally took me to the operating theatre, the plastic surgeon decided she could operate using a local, rather than a general, anaesthetic. Apparently I am brave. No one realised I had only have two paracetamol until Saturday morning, I just put up with the throbbing, I thought it was normal. When they gave me some Endone the pain went straight away.
The surgeon didn't need to remove my nail, she just stitched the top half on to protect the nail bed, stitched the nailbed and finger closed and Bob's your uncle, it was over.
MrsDrWho brought me home and The Labradors were more excited to see her than me. My friends brought me so much food the fridge is too full and I had to freeze a quiche and some homemade soup. Hedy was afraid of my hospital smell, but Lorelai Gilmore took it all in her stride.
I am allowed to drive if I forgo the drugs, so we went for a walk this morning and now we are back in bed, full of drugs, and ready for a day of sleep. Oh and a month or so of no knitting or sewing or legible writing. And showers with numerous plastic bags and sticky tape.
An awful thing happened, but in the end it was all sorted out and not so bad. Accidents happen and you can't change that. I am grateful to have wonderful family and friends and live in a country where there is free health care. I don't have to pay a cent for my stay or operation as far as I can tell.
Gilly and Hedy outside the back door. Hedy has "opened" one of their beds, collected some sticks and chewed her red placemat. Gilly is just a good girl.
The August Coles magazine has this recipe for scones made with lemonade and cream, but no butter. I made a plain version of these scones in 2010. I followed this recipe faithfully, except for the raspberries: I used frozen boysenberries or Loganberries from MrsReno's garden.
I found the dough to be very sticky and it was difficult to cut out the scones. I placed them close together and they sort of melded into one large segmented tessellated scone. Happily, once the scones cooled a little I was able to cut around each one and so make individual scones. MrsDrWho tasted the scones and declared them delicious. They are very light, but don't keep very well. This is an easy recipe to halve if you only want eight scones. I made 15 scones, and was too lazy to cobble together the leftovers to make scone 16.
The recipe calls for 600ml of cream, 250ml of which is used in the dough and the rest is for brushing on the scones, and whipped for serving.
The Typepad is working as normal today. There are no bullet points or numbered lists on my Compose page and I can't click and drag pictures to make them bigger or smaller. I have asked why, but I have to wait for Help.
Raspberry & White Chocolate Scones Makes 16
3 cups (450g) self raising flour
1 cup (250ml) lemonade, chilled
1 cup (250ml) thickened cream, plus 350ml more
150g white chocolate, finely chopped
150g raspberries, fresh or frozen.
Preheat the oven to 220*C and line a tray with baking paper. Place the flour in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Pour in the lemonade and cream.
Here is where you also add the chocolate and berries before you fold the ingredients together. I forgot, and added them when I remembered. Use a butter knife, or flat non-serrated knife, to fold the ingredients gently together. It will be a quite sticky dough.
Tip the dough out onto a board and use floured hands to gently bring the dough together. Press out until is is 3cm thick. Use a 5cm floured scone cutter and cut out each scone and carefully place it on the tray. I placed mine close together and I would do the same next time, even though they spread. Brush the tops and sides with some of the remaining cream.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. I actually baked mine for 20 minutes. Allow the scones to cool slightly on the tray. I cut around my scones to separate them. Whip the remaining cream and serve with the warm, or hot scones.
It is very annoying when all your friends are on holiday and/or have relatives visiting. There is so much socialising to do: it wears me out!! It is the best kind of tired. The tired I feel when I am tired from too much laughing, talking, eating, and walking on the beach.
It was a milestone birthday for MissSingapore and we celebrated with a vegetarian picnic at the beach. That was her heart's desire: a picnic at the beach and then a long walk to the other end of the bay.
For a Winter's day, it was pretty perfect. The sun shone and there was a light breeze. It was too cold to go in the water, even to paddle, but it was a perfect walking along the beach day.
Thousands of little crabs must have erupted all at once sometime that morning. The waves were small, but very noisy. It is true that the sea air is very invigorating. I collected lots of cuttlefish for some birds I know.
I finished a cotton doily for MissSingapore. The body is knitted on 2.5mm needles and then the edging crocheted with a 2.5mm hook. I blocked it by drawing a circle around a large saucer, dampening and then pinning each crocheted loop, making sure the first double crochet was exactly on the line. It turned out very well, thought in the picture the edging is wonky.
I also sewed her a bag version of MrsDrWho's Star Wars wall-hanging(#112)
Here is my specially adapted Celery shopping bag (#111) It will hold three bunches of celery comfortably, four sparse bunches at a pinch.
I sewed the final Cat bed, #3, for MrsDrWho's birthday. At our house you have quite a difficult time trying to take photos sometimes.
The Cat bed has some super soft polar fleece on top, and then some Star Wars furnishing fabric on the bottom, or vice versa. There are five layers. I have photos of the first two beds as well.
When I look at Gilly in the last picture she looks very worried and sad. It was not long after Peri died, and I think it is when she started to become ill. She missed Peri Pumpkin terribly.
Here are two very happy Labradors on their rainy walk. The camera angle makes Hedy look Giant. Lorelai Gilmore is exceedingly well. She plays rough and rowdy rebel games with Hedy all the time. In fact most of the time I was editing photos, they were playing Tug-of-War with a piece of cloth. Hedy Lamarr has been wicked. She chewed a clock. We shall speak of this no more.......
This Winter the mornings have been very icy and especially cold. So cold, that there was ice on the inside of the windscreen and tiny drops of ice frozen on the tips of the conifers at the dam.
A few years ago I bought some Supernatural fabric from The Spoonflower for MrsDrWho's sister. I planned to make a dress for her. And today I did. I am not confident at all sewing stretch fabric, so I used a beginner McCalls pattern, 7348. I only had one yard of the Supernatural fabric, so I bought some cotton jersey from The BlackSpot of Doomlight (tm) It sewed beautifully and has a lovely drape. The Spoonflower fabric wasn't as easy to sew. I made View A, and had to add an annoying 10cm to finish each shoulder as the yard was not quite long enough. I did some excellent pattern matching. I still have to finish the hem tomorrow. I stopped sewing before I made a mistake.
I have been very busy dining out and there will be more dining out tomorrow. I have made chocolate, and boozy gin, fudge and Nutella truffles. It is no wonder I have been tired!! The Labradors and I rested all day on Tuesday after the beach excursion. I think we will rest again tomorrow.