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Monday Munchies #19

Today I made soup. It is a simple soup and I thought it needed something extra so I whipped up some Parmesan and parsley dumplings. They worked very well. (I forgot to wipe the bowl clean, I would be eliminated from MasterChef)

Soup-de-loop

Pasta and Vegetable Soup (with optional dumplings)
  • 1 1/2 cups small dry pasta
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
  • 4 sticks celery, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
  • a little oil for frying
  • 4 cups stock, chicken or vegetables

  1. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the packet, drain and set aside.
  2. Put the oil in the pan over a medium heat and sauté the onions, garlic and celery for 10 minutes, so the onion is transparent but not browned.
  3. Add the stock and carrot and simmer for 8 minutes. Add the cooked pasta and cook for a further 8-10 minutes till the carrot is tender.


Optional dumplings

  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 60g butter, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tbspn milk
  • chopped parsley
  • 125g grated Parmesan cheese

Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter using the tips of your fingers. It should be as fine as breadcrumbs. If you give the bowl a shake, any big lumps come to the top. Stir in the grated cheese and parsley.

Make a well in the centre and add the egg and 1 tablespoon of the milk. Swirl to mix and then gradually stir in the flour. It should be not too sticky, not too dry. Add a little more milk if you need.

Roll the dumpling mixture into walnut or ping pong sized balls and drop gently into the boiling soup after Step 2.



Board Now*

Despite various excellent diversions I am not feeling chirpy. On the upside there was dining out with The Knitting Group (excellent Indian Banquet) there was a trip to visit Mrs Valley and the native animals and lunch at a lovely cafe and even lunch with MrsDrWho and a little shopping.

Hobnobs lunch
Ploughman's Lunch: home-made pickled onions, chutney, beetroot and some pork pie with delicious potato and tomato salads, cheese and a gherkin!!!Here are some wallabies and a potoroo. I am sure Mr and Mrs Valley know their names!!


On the downside, I still have a sore shoulder and arm, though it is slowly improving, which is a plus. And I have broken my tooth again. I never broke any teeth before I was sick. I have decided this is another side effect from all my drugs as a sop to my feelings. And I am having Cardigan Issues.

OPAM

I finished my Chappai-ai Cardigan and it is too long and I don't like it. You can see my Doctor Who ZippyUppy Cardigan peeping out to show the length I prefer. It is a whole band too long. I have decided to cut it off and reknit the downwards, with fake side seams. This means I have to take out the zip and unravel the front bands.I want to embroider some more blue Event Horizon and maybe round out the circle a bit too. But it is finished.

Sigh.

I've re-covered my ironing board. I sewed the original small felted pad to the board. I bought some new 1.2cm foam and sewed that to a lining that I laced tightly over the felt and board. Then I sewed a new grey/green cover and while it was still damp, tied it firmly to the board. I made a channel with biased binding to finish it off and hide all the edges. I am very happy with the result, though I see a wrinkle which I hope will shrink as the cover dries.

Board now Still Board Life


Otto's base is re-covered. It was very difficult taking a photo, I had help. The cover works very well. Now I need to make a cushion cover to match. I also have new Velcro to sew on. I found it this afternoon. Lorelai Gilmore loves Velcro, she stole the first lot I bought and used it as a toy!!! Now she has her eye on the second lot.

Otto's ace of base
Last year the Doctor Who ZippyUppy Cardigan had a little accident with the caster at the end of the bed and a puppy. Said puppy still likes to keep her hand in.

Gilly helps all the time
Lorelai Gilmore has been helping me all day today. I am going to perform knitting surgery on the sleeve. Here is my plan: cut it off just below the holes and just above, then calculate the rows and increases needed and  knit  and graft the two pieces together. The green wool is just a little different in colour so I am going to put in a few blue stripes to separate it from the original sleeve.

Peri has been a bit lost looking so I am giving her more attention. We went to The Vet to be weighed. Peri is thin, but needs to be even thinner. Lorelai Gilmore has lost weight so I am feeding her more. When we go for our walk we come to a place where a tree has fallen over the path. I can't climb over it so we turn back to go home. The Labradors sneak under the tree and run ahead!! They think they are very wicked!!

Peri at the tree
Happy Puppy Gilly
I don't feel very inspired about Monday Munches for tomorrow. I haven't really cooked anything apart from porridge and grilled crumpet with cheese this week. I mooted a soup with MrsDrWho yesterday so I might make some. It's Autumnal food.

*[Percy runs into Vamp Willow, thinking it's the real Willow]
Percy West: Rosenberg? What are you doing, trick-or-treating? You're supposed to be at home doing my history report. I flunk that class, you're in big trouble with Snyder. Till we graduate, I own your ass.
Vamp Willow: Bored now.
[shoves Percy across the room]
Vamp Willow: I'm having a terrible night. Wanna make it better?(imdb)

Put Your Head On My (Frozen) Shoulder

I was going to say 'May The Fourth Be with You' because it's Star Wars Day but Yarnivorous beat me to it!! It appears that Dr K and I are somewhat in the same boat: she has a broken elbow and today I officially have a Frozen Shoulder. I have had a sore shoulder which has been getting worse for about six months but I have just gritted my teeth and got on with things. Last week at the Complementary Therapy Day people were agog at the state of my shoulder and thought it strange I hadn't really done anything about it. Now I know MrsDrWho has said I should stop complaining and do something but I Did Not Listen To Her. Apparently Frozen Shoulder is one of the most painful things my Physiotherapist said. I have a bad feeling about this.....

I have painful exercises to do otherwise he will do them for me and that will really hurt!! My shoulder and arm have been quite painful over the last few weeks so I am glad I was not feeling poorly for no reason. I must say that after a run through of all the exercises I have to do I was able to put my cardigan on much more easily, no more weird Cirque du Soleil contortions needed!!

I've been extra tired too, MrsDrWho, Wee Jock and Bessie's Dad and Mum and four assorted teenagers went to a Trivia Night organised by Mrs Reno. It was her Last Hurrah as P&F President. It was a good night which went till 11pm. Too late for me to be out and so I have been lying about, all pale and uninteresting!! We won three (or four?) rounds and then it seems we won the Trivia Night too. We had added up our score and thought we hadn't. Mrs Reno kept well away and she didn't write any questions or anything like that!! I have a gift voucher for a night out, a bottle of wine, a cheese pack (eaten already), some free photos, handmade soap...maybe something else, but there were buckets of golf balls to be hit at the range, boxes of chocolates and other great prizes!!

Come Home Soon
No, these aren't prizes, these are sad faces because I went out and left The Labradors at home. This is what happens when I take them out, well Lorelai Gilmore anyway:

Gilly Puddle Duck
While I was talking to the Ranger at the dam, she lay down in a big muddy puddle, like a frog. Twice. Oh no!!! She had to come home and be hosed, but worse than that, she muddied up Poor Peri!!!

Peri, Gilly's victim
It is very funny to think that Peri was the Clean Labrador and Lorelai Gilmore the Grubby Dog. I think Peri is looking very slim these days too, it is all the running she does with her sister!!

They met another Labrador, a very tall boy called Sandy. Lots of running and playing, though The Labradors were better behaved than Sandy, who was a big friendly puppy really!!! Look, it's a Labrador-go-round!!!

A Labrador-go-round
I have finished my cardigan after several set backs, and a few other things too. It is dull and rainy and I am going for a little lie down now so I can gather my strength for going out to tea tonight. So photos anon, and I'll update my OPAM Sticky Post. Tomorrow The GardyGardeners may come for Morning Tea, if it's not raining, and I can see a window of opportunity for taking photos. Then I think MrsDrWho might like something from the new Winter Family Circle, maybe the chocolate caramel tart creation on the front cover????!!!


Monday Munchies #18

It's very Autumnal here, icy crisp mornings and then sunny warm afternoons that draw slowly in at about 5 o'clock. So I want Golden Syrup Dumplings. I always make twice the sauce, I feel the dumplings need to swim in a puddle of sauce and custard. This recipe is for four people, but I would double the sauce. I was pleasantly surprised to find the dumplings were very light and fluffy: not that I thought they wouldn't be good, but they were extra good!!! You can whip these up in about half an hour too. Perfect.

Golden Syrup Dumplings serves 4
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 60g butter, diced
  • 1 egg
  • 1-2 tbspn milk
Sauce
  • 30g butter
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup golden syrup
Dumplings

Sift the flour into a bowl and rub in the butter using the tips of your fingers. It should be as fine as breadcrumbs. If you give the bowl a shake, any big lumps come to the top.

Make a well in the centre and add the egg and 1 tablespoon of the milk. Swirl to mix and then gradually stir in the flour. It should be not too sticky, not too dry. Add a little more milk if you need.

Meanwhile put the sauce ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to the boil over a medium heat, stirring every now and then. 

Roll the dumpling mixture into walnut or ping pong sized balls and drop gently into the sauce. Boil for 20 minutes and then serve with custard and cream. These also reheat well.