Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Friday, 26 October 2012
The big fish that I hadn't completed due to the lack of the yellow is finally finished now. I thought it was the biggest one but apparently there are two this size with a similar colouring.
Thursday, 25 October 2012
Wednesday, 24 October 2012
For 4 people (or 2-3 people with a larger appetites) this is what I used but just adjust to your taste/what you have lurking:
- About 400 grams pasta (that's about 250 grams "raw" pasta)
- 125 grams diced ham or cooked bacon
- About 250 grams grated Cheese - this can be cheddar or something else that melts nicely. I used mature Gouda as that's what I had in the house
- 2 tablespoons fine breadcrumbs
- 2 medium carrots - diced, 0.75 - 1 cm/1/8 - 1/4 inch
- 2 tomatoes - diced, about 1 - 2 cm/1/2 - 3/4 inch
- 1/3 cucumber - diced, about 1 - 2 cm/1/2 - 3/4 inch (I do this by leaving the cucumber I need on the whole cucumber and cutting down the length in a cross hatch and then "slicing" the bits off)
- 2 spring onions sliced thinly
- You can also use mushrooms cut into small bits, onions, courgette aubergine, etc. just don't use tinned tomatoes.
How to make it:
1. Mentally divide the pasta into 5 use 1/5 to make a layer of pasta in the oven dish.
2. Sprinkle 1/3 of the ham over the pasta followed by the 1/3 of each of the different kinds of veg you are using.
5. Spread the last 2/5 of the pasta over the top of the dish.
6. Cover with the last of the cheese.
7. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top.
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
This one only uses 10 colours - I know I said 9 before but I forgot to count the colour I ran out of lol.
For the curious (and especially Kate *wink* ) Here is what the whole embroidery looks like as seen in the magazine I found the pattern in:
Monday, 22 October 2012
On to the next fish which is tiny compared to this one and "only" has 9 colours, one of which is ironically enough the yellow I need for this fish as well.
I did as much of the backstitching as I could till the thread ran out near the bit with the missing yellow so that when I have bought the yellow I don't have much left to do of the hated backstitch. Now that this photo is made I'm going to move the hoop to a more useful place so I can go and do the tail, then this fish will go on hold till I've got more of the yellow.
The next fish in this project is a bright happy smiley yellow fish :)
Tuesday, 16 October 2012
TUSAL: my jar is almost completely full this month it was started with the shells snippets and the leftovers from it, my First biscornu, then the 8 colour challenge, the fish UFO and last of all the star sign I mentioned above. If you look carefully you may spot the gold thread at the top and the silver and glow in the dark just under the greens.
IHSW October is this coming weekend - don't miss out and make time to stitch! If all goes I'll be able to find a bit of time to stitch during the weekend.
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
I hand sewed it all - not really a strength of mine but it's a skill I want to improve so I'm doing it more often.
Right now my priorities are:
- Finish the 8 colour challenge embroidery so it's a completed item.
- Finish the awning I'm supposed to make for the neighbours (but got side tracked from due to ill health)
- Make a wall hanging out of the shells embroidery
- Finish UFO #7
Thursday, 4 October 2012
- 1 pack of tortilla's - I used small tomato flavoured ones because that's what I had in the house.
- A pound of minced (ground) meat - I used half pork and half beef but you can use what ever you prefer.
- 1/2 - 1 sachet of taco spices - or use your own mix of herbs if you prefer.
- Chillies (optional)
- Half a pound of grated cheese
- Tinned or fresh tomatoes diced (1 tin or about a pound of tomatoes).
- Tin of tomato purée (optional - Best used if you only add half a pack of taco herbs)
- 2 finely chopped onions.
- In a large pan fry the onions in a bit of oil, margarine or butter.
- Once softened add the meat and fry till brown using a spatula or wooden spoon to break the mince up into little bits.
- If using fresh tomatoes: Once brown add the tomatoes and fry for a bit and a pint of water (about 500 ml )
- If using tinned tomatoes then add the tomatoes and about 2 tins of water.
- If using the tomato purée add it now.
- Add the taco herbs at this stage and mix well.
- Bring to the boil and allow to gently simmer for a good 30 minutes this will allow the tomatoes to get nice and soft.
- Preheat the oven to 170 C / 340 F.
- Find a round cake tin (a spring form is easiest) that is about the same size as the tortilla's.
- Butter the cake tin.
- Set aside half the cheese
- Place a tortilla at the bottom - don't worry if some edges stick up a little, tortilla's are not perfectly round - just press against the sides and make sure that every time you add a layer that sticky up bit ends up in another place.
- Spread some sauce over it, about 3 - 4 tablespoons
- Sprinkle a little cheese over the top of the sauce.
- Place another tortilla on top.
- Repeat till you place the last tortilla in the tin.
- Put another layer of cause on and use a liberal amount of cheese you set aside earlier on the top.
- Bake in the oven for about 20 minutes (if you used warm sauce) / 35 minutes if you used fridge cold sauce.
- Leave to stand for a few minutes then remove from the cake tin .
I know we did!
Monday, 1 October 2012
I'm a bit undecided on the colour of fabric to use - I have several Halloween type fabrics and some autumn ones as well or I may even use a solid colour - it depends what "speaks" to me when I go rootle in my fabric stash.
Colours finished since the last update:
445 - Light lemon
472 - Ultra light avocado green
727 - Very light topaz
734 - Light olive green
745 - Light pale yellow
E168 - Silver