Now I have the roller skating Gene and Olivia's song in my head. I also have a new printer/scanner/copier. Thankfully that is not in my head!!! I suppose if I were one of the Literati I would have been thinking 'Coleridge', but I'm not, and I'm not. I was idly shopping, actually I was shopping for sewing needles, when MrsDrWho rang me to say that there was a printer in the shop for $24-95. How cheap is that?? There was a 'Spend $45 first' rule, but she had already done that!!! It is not a Blue Ribbon printer etc, but it is fantastic because I had no printer. My old printer just printed: this scans and copies. As well.
The sewing needles accidentally became some Opal Caterpillar that I plan to use for the short row Rainbow socks from this month's Magknits. I am part of The Southern Summer of Socks KAL. I don't have any real goals other than to knit up my sock wool as birthday socks and socks for me. I have finished The Mauritius Socks. I knitted them in Lion Brand in Blues and Browns using 2.75mm needles and 64 stitches. These are a 5ply I think and they were very quick to knit, but there was only a few metres of wool left at the end. Perhaps these took a little longer as a certain Kitten 'helped' me.
I have started new socks, The Word socks, for my mum. I have adapted the Diagonal Fern lace pattern from Barbara Walker. I made a chart and I think I will reverse it for the other sock. The wool is Blues Cashmere/Merino from The Knittery of course!!! Yesterday The Knitting Coven met at a food-and-drinkless place and we had to retreat to a place of cups of tea etc. We were all a little out of sorts away from our comfort zone I think, and we will have to try out a few new places.
The weather has been very Crowded House and we had a blackout on our side of the river on Thursday night. The rain was intermittently torrential and we has a small (30cm), but real, tsunami after an earthquake off NZ. You would think that the rain would wash away all the interesting smells in the bush, but not so. The Labradors walked in the rain and then found a plethora of fantastic smells. There were smells to the left of them and smells to the right of them!! Harki's ears are pretty much OK now, though she must have drops in them twice a week. Harki always gets a treat for being medically good. Peri is not medically good, yet she asks with all of her 13 paws simultaneously for a treat too. She doesn't see why she should miss out, so she has to do an perfect 'Drop' and lie down as her job. She has 'Come' back when I whistled for her on our walks when there were other people or dogs we didn't know on the track. Truly there are still miracles being performed amongst us!!! You can teach an old dog new tricks.
I have been doing quite a lot of reading lately and I am waiting for a few books to arrive: the new Alex Rider which is set in Australia and the new Fiona McIntosh book, Goddess. My blood pressure has gone back down again, though I still have to go to the doctor on Friday. The Nurse-in-training took my BP and did my blood test on Tuesday. She was very good!!!
It's a long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll. OK, I know the world of popular song parody demands 'Chiko Roll', but I can't cook them. Here, instead, is a delicious sausage roll recipe. Even if I do say so myself.
- 500g (1 lb) mince, I used 100% preservative and fat free beef
- 1-2 tspn ordinary curry powder
- 3-4 tbspn mango chutney
- 1 grated brown onion
- 1 grated Granny Smith or cooking apple
- 2 slices of bread made into breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper
- 1 egg extra, mixed with a little water
- 4 sheets puff pastry
Preheat the oven to 200-220*C. Line two trays with baking paper. Place the first 8 ingredients in a bowl and then mix well with your hand for about 4 minutes. This helps the ingredients to emulsify and stick together well. Cut each sheet of pastry in half. I put the mince in a piping bag and then piped the mince along each of the long sides of the pastry. Then brush the opposite edge with eggwash, roll up the pastry and make sure the join is on the bottom. Brush with extra eggwash, cut into 4 equal pieces, prick the top with a fork and then refrigerate for 15 minutes. Cook for 25-30 minutes and eat hot or cold. I like mine with tomato sauce, but MrsDrWho preferred Sweet Chilli. You can change the flavouring to suit what you have. I am thinking of chicken mince, spring onion, parsley and red curry paste next time. These also freeze well, if there are any left over!!!