Monday, August 27, 2007

Garden Fare

It has been a long and busy summer (visit the knitting blog for the 411) here on the farm, thus the silence on this blog. I have been cooking up a storm and yesterday found myself over run with a variety of garden produce including cherry tomatoes, basil, garlic scapes (we plant garlic in the spring just for this reason) and green onions. I got creative and made us a lovely lunch.

Cherry tomatoes and goat cheese serves 2

2 tsp butter or olive oil for sauteing

2 garlic scape's chopped ( or 2 cloves garlic minced)

2 cups cherry tomatoes quartered

1 cup fresh basil leaves

3/4 cup soft goat cheese - crumbled ( more or less if you prefer)

Salt and pepper to taste

chopped green onions to garnish

1/2 package rice pasta (enough for 2 people) cooked according to package directions.

The whole thing goes together rather quickly so I would suggest that you cook the pasta first and while that is happening you assemble the rest of ingredients. Be ready to throw the garlic in the warmed pan as soon as you have drained the pasta

Melt the butter/warm the oil in a large skillet

Saute the garlic in the butter/oil for about 2 minutes over high heat and add in tomatoes, saute for another 2 minutes and add in the basil, as soon as the basil starts to wilt remove from heat and add in cheese, give it a quick stir to mix in the cheese but don't over stir or the cheese will all melt. Spoon the sauce over the warm pasta and garnish with chopped green onions - enjoy.

I have many recipes in draft form that just need a little attention and so there will be more posts here soon.


The disadvantage to Ravelry is that I posted this there and then was about to turn off the computer when I remembered that the whole world is not yet there and I really should share it with the rest of you too. (you'll be there soon, honest you will)

Harvey Kimono from Natural Knits for babies and moms
Knit with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport in Denim and Blue

I enjoyed it, parts of it where a a bit finicky and the arms/arm holes didn't quiet jive but I fudged it and I am certain that Sam will not mind

In other news, the garden has exploded again, never ever leave your garden unattended for more that 24 hours. Many crops are finished and picked already and I thought that I was done with most plants - well I was wrong. I have 1lb of snow peas, lots of beans and even a little lettuce still. The tomatoes are finally ripening now that all the company and partying is done - we have about 200 tomatoes that are all going to ripen on the same day! Once that happens I iwll spend hours canning tomatoes, unitl then I will continue making pickles and enjoy tomatoes, basil and goat cheese - there is a recipe on my other blog

Friday, August 24, 2007


I am playing on Ravelry today, I thought I would squeeze it in between zucchini and tomatoes for my life is now dictated by my garden again. Guess what I bought myself for my birthday...

enough for a sweater. I just added it to my Ravelry page as well, addicted I am. If your looking for me my username is bagknitter

Thursday, August 23, 2007

pictures as promised

Hello all, THe last of the guests have departed, the garden is sort of under control and I am taking the day off to knit and update the blog. This is a picture heavy post but I figured I would just fire them all into one post and be done with it ( actually that's a lie, there are more)

The day before the wedding, (I will get this shawl knit if it kills me!) Some of us were working

and some of us were not. In their defense they did get work done as well, just not before they enjoyed their beers and pickled herring

All dressed up for the big day, I did finish the shawl. They took the pictures on the farm and there are some fabulous ones

My parents came from the westcoast

The groom and his Dad, good Irish Ukrainian catholic that he is

There was an univited guest or two

The wedding was almost beautiful as the bride

I've never P. dance as much as he did that night - this is kung-fu fighting

How could I leave out the animals, Max's knew favourite spot, the outdoor water dish

Sidney, we decided we needed to keep him

and one of our resident butterflies

And since some of you some of you come here for the knitting here is a close up of the shawl, although not a great one

Melon Scarf or Shawl from Victorian Lace today
Knit with 1.5 skeins of Sea Silk. I probably could of added about 10 more repeats and made it the suggested size to use up the yarn but I felt like it was bit enough at 55 and I was running short on time.
Next up on the needles is some 2nd socks and P's sweater, even if it kills me.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

5 days in review ( well 6 with today)

Tuesday - clean house, get bed for parents to sleep in dropped off, drop off falls through, borrow van to get bed, van breaks, knit melon shawl, friends bring truck, get bed home at 11pm, truck dies in yard, 11:30 bed in house being made, truck starts and friends depart. 12am, do dishes, 12:30 parents arrive

Wednesday - cook, knit, cook, knit, sit in hot tub, send P to airport to get his sister.

Thursday - cook, tidy house, knit melon shawl, cook, finish shawl at 3pm, block shawl on top bunk before one of the groomsmen needs to sleep there, get dinner for 40 on the table at 8, sit in hot tub, tease a very happy(read drunk) P and a happy(also drunk) Dad, crash at 1am

Friday - drink coffee, lots of coffee, get groceries, iron clothes, take family photos, watch thunder and lightening storm blow in, watch wedding party flee from field to house (with photographer in tow) just at the rain starts to fall and the wind blow bricks from chimney into the yard, feed the masses again, pack them into cars to wedding, attend wedding, hug friends, hold back the tears (why do I cry at weddings) as I do the reading for them, watch L and A beam happily as they finally tie the knot, get in car drive to reception, enjoy my evening visiting with people I don't get to see enough, clean up hall, insist on bringing drunk guests home, deposit guests in afore mentioned bunk beds (groomsmen elsewhere tonight), crash at 2am

Saturday - rise to make breakfast for 40, lots of help was received from house guests, tidy up yard after the storm, 11:30, feed the masses again, watch L and A open gifts, 2pm start make loud noises about exhaustion setting in so that people will leave, tidy up, 2:30 nap for 2 hours, get up and go to friends house for potluck, take leftover wedding food and I am never cooking again, 8pm come home, enjoy hot tub, play with kittens, go to bed.

Sunday - kiss P as he leaves to drive sister to airport at 6:30, sleep in, drink coffee, blog and read email, go to phantom of the opera, eat dinner out ( see above never cooking again), enjoy hot tub and crash sometime before 1am ( or so I hope my day goes something like that).

See you all on the other side of the family visit (Thursday) with pictures of the shawl and oh yeah the wedding too.

Friday, August 10, 2007

kitten blurs

Time what's that, I don't have any. There is a wedding here next week, I am cooking 2 meals for 40. That and the garden has exploded, last night I made pickles. Anyone want some Zucchini? Here is some amusement for you, these are still the 1st batch of babies - the 2nd ones are cute but there are no pics as I am negligent. These babies are starting to go, actually the black one is gone already. - Never mind I don't know wherethe pictures have gone, stupid blogger!

I am almost finished the melon shawl, knitting the border and I as long as it is blocking by Thursday all shall be right with the world!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The Vortex

I have been sucked into the vortex of Facebook and Ravelry, sad but true. I have a few blog posts lined up in my head but no time to get them into cyberspace - so here's some pictures instead

You know it's hot outside when all they are wearing is a diaper and a pair of sandals. There were 2 kids but by the time I got my camera out they had turned the corner.

Max is working on getting bigger, he is almost bigger than Tai.

I am working on veggies. This is yesterdays haul from the garden. If you look closely you can see the tiles that people painted at the wedding reception, the knitting one is Jo's. I finally grouted them this week. I have also been painting and weeding and painting - what will I do when the reno's are finally finished.

This that same pile of veggies from the garden, washed and such. I got them all blanched/ frozen or put away but there is that much again today. We planted all this before I read Animal,
Vegetable, Miracle by Barbra Kingsolver but if you haven't read it yet I suggest you do.

That's all I got for ya today!
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