Mini-Clapotis is complete : completely knitted, completely blocked and completely documented!!! It took me over an hour, while listening to the Science Show , to unravel all of the dropped stitches. Who knew that when you deliberately drop stitched they could be so determined not to run??? Now I need weather cool enough to wear it. I am off to P&P this afternoon and I think I shall just wear it regardless. Lizzie would, though I think I am just Jane, or a mixture of Jane and Mary.
Last night I watched JAG ( boring) NCIS (repeat) and Medical Investigation ( weird back story plot). MI finished this week. It is not terribly good, but not terribly bad either. It is watchable. Whilst watching I knitted quite a lot of Arisaig and I am nearing the division for the shoulder on the back. I think I will knit some bell shaped sleeves, with the flared ends in rib and then the rest of the sleeve in the heart-shaped lacy pattern. I will have to make this up as I go along as it isn’t what the pattern dictates. What a surprise, me, not following a pattern…
The Labradors are sunbaking. Out the front and out the back on the decking. They suddenly get too toasty warm and have to either hop in the paddle pool, or run inside for a bid slurpy drink and a lie in the shade. We have already had Pork Chop Wars : Harki wants me to throw her Squeaky Pork Chop toy and if I miss the cue Peri steals it and runs away. Harki chases her and it is a big game!!!! Harki had been marauding about the house tearing up plastic bags. She is mistress of all she destroys!!!!
The aforementioned Science Show had an excellent piece on The Lancelot Code. You can listen to it. It tells of how a woman has found hidden Greek mathematical and scientific data in a French manuscript of the Arthurian Legends. It is all about the Golden Ratio and Geometry and Science. It is much more interesting than The Da Vinci Code which is just a poorly told rehash of things I saw on the ABC when I was about 12. I know there are heaps of people who lurve TDVC, and I have read it, but it didn’t inspire me that much. Reading has fallen by the wayside later, not from a terrible lack of opportunity, but rather from a lack of new books. I have an unfilled Hold list at the Library and there are not many new books out. Well, there are hardback copies that only millionaires can afford at $55 a pop. I have to wait for the Library or paperback, whichever comes first, and with the scarcity of Library funding it is usually the paperbacks. I do have 2 new Dr Who books, and I will start one today. I have also started ordering from Petrachs all the Tamora Pierce books from go to whoa. Must have them…..
Jamie Oliver is on the Food Channel, so in his honour, a Jamie Recipe:
Banana and Blueberry French Toast
- firm, nice white bread
- blueberries or other fruit of your choice
- caster sugar
- 2 eggs
- butter for frying
- crème fraiche or yoghurt
- icing sugar for dusting
All you do is get 2 slices of nice white bread and butter them thinly on both sides. Toss your fruit in a little honey or sugar, or both, to sweeten it a bit. A little mashed banana holds it all together nicely. Beat a couple of eggs in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of caster sugar then dip both slices in the sweet egg mixture. Let the excess drip off then smear the fruit mixture on one slice , leaving a slight space around the edges of the bread. Put the other slice on top and press down. The egg will help the fruit to stick.
Fry in a little butter in a medium hot pan on both sides, pushing down so that the fruit is pressed into the bread. Once the bread is golden and slightly crispy, dust with icing sugar and serve with a dollop of crème fraiche or yoghurt and any of the remaining fruit.