Saturday, 31 March 2012
Monday, 19 March 2012
My stitch library is growing - my favourite here is the boxed block stitch.
I've found myself doing a lot of crochet recently, but I started a knitting project last saturday so the crochet squares are on hold for the time being. I'm making a jumper to wear in spring time by the sea.
Maybe I'll take a crochet project on the plane to Japan though....
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Last night I attempted to make Battenberg cake for this month's cooks challenge.
Unfortunately, it did not go so well for me this time. It turns out a pink cake mixture does not necessarily make for a pink cake. The first batch I made was very subtle in colour so I wasn't incredibly surprised when it came out of the oven looking identical to the uncoloured half, but then I made a second batch and added much more pink food colouring - still no luck.
|Take 1: slightly pink. Take 2: VERY pink.|
I've since done some research and it looks like red food colouring is the way to go in order to achieve a perfectly pink cake. I think I'll have a second try next weekend.
In the meantime I had a lot of sponge to use up so made some mini cake slices with jam filling. The white iced ones have almond sponge and the pink iced ones are the 'supposed-to-be-pink' sponge.
Tasty. But not what I'd planned. Maybe my mum will win this month...
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
On Monday I met Simon and Kirstie's 8 day old baby called Rufus. He is the smallest person I have ever met and he was such a joy to hold (and so very well behaved for me).
I took him round some mini knitted items I had made. Actual birth day presents I suppose! A cardigan with pockets and a rabbit shaped rattle - there's a bell inside his head.
They were both made from patterns in this book by Erica Knight, and were quite a treat to knit (baby cardigans are so quick!). They also use lovely soft organic baby wool.
What a lovely meet and greet. It made me smile all the way home!
Monday, 5 March 2012
Following my bread-making class the other week a friendly fellow at work donated me some sourdough yeast called Herman. You may have heard of him, he's been around a bit.
He came with a friendship cake recipe and after cultivating the yeast for 10 days it was ready to make into a big cake! And a very tasty cake it is. Apple and cinnamon and raisins is always a winner in my book.
There was a lot of sugar involved (the brown sugar on the top is definitely the best bit).
Before baking the cake, the yeast was divided up into four: 1 portion for the cake, 1 to keep and grow, and 2 to pass onto some friendly folk over tea and tasting (hence the friendship cake).
Matt and I even did a trade: some yeast and cake for a knitting file. It's good to share! And I only have to wait another 10 days until I can do it again...
...I might make bread next time though. A slightly healthier option.