The trick to frozen vegies

21 Jun

Frozen vegies are great. So long as they’re frozen fresh, they’re almost as good as fresh, they don’t go mouldy in the fridge and they’re usually all cut up for you. Brilliant. The only problem I’ve ever had with frozen vege is some vegies, particularly¬†broccoli/cauliflower and beans don’t cook up very well. Beans go mushy and the heads of the broccoli and cauliflower end up still full of cold water.

Because of this, I usually only use carrots and peas in their frozen form, but tonight I was doing stir-fry and only had a frozen winter vegie mix to use. I decided to experiment.

What I discovered, is that if you chuck your vegies in a colander or strainer and run hot water over them (or soak them in hot water) for a few minutes, then leave them to drain for about ten minutes, when you cook them up they are just as crisp and delicious as fresh!

I’m glad I’ve figured this out, because it opens up a whole heap of options for cooking, and an empty fridge no longer¬†necessitates a hurried trip to the store.



19 Jun

Fact of the day: My favourite colour is orange.

Second fact of the day: Nice orange yarn is near-on impossible to find in NZ.

The solution to this problem?

A ball of cream yarn, some food colouring and a bit of bravery.

I dyed my own wool! It was a really fun process, not to mention easy and safe. I used this¬†tutorial, I wasn’t expecting fantastic results, it just seemed too easy, but the yarn speaks for itself:

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It’s actually more orange than red, but the colour saturation is something to be marveled at. I apologise for the slightly odd quality of the photo, winter’s set in and finding decent light for photos is getting harder. I also forgot to take a picture of it in it’s skein-y glory before Ma whipped up these neat dino spikes.

I’ve also used it in an owl hat that I’ll post when it’s finished, and there’s still some left over. One thing’s for certain, this sun-shiny yarn is brightening up my dull winter days.

Peacocks and bears, it’s a zoo in here!

13 Jun

What a productive few days I’ve had. Last week I made myself a stash bag to keep all my yarn and projects in.

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It’s made with some gorgeous peacock printed fabric that I picked up for $10 a metre, and the stash bag pattern from the Purl Bee.

Yesterday and today was spent working on this little beauty:

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The hat itself was made with the Shepherd Baby Merino that I’ve been umming and ahhing over, using this basic beanie pattern, and I made up the pattern for the ears myself.

In addition to this, a Very Exciting Thing happened yesterday — the wool shop is having a sale! And not just any sale, the whole shop is full of cardboard boxes bursting with wool. Mama and I, managed yesterday, among other things, managed to pick up numerous balls of Merino/Cashmere wool in pretty neutrals and warm colours, for $3.90 a ball! I’m losing the light right now, but I’ll try and grab a photo of our yarns tomorrow.



6 Sep

So today I did some baking. I’ve been oogling cupcakes online for a while, and decided to try my hand at frosting.


5 Jul

Tuesday night I couldn’t sleep. I tossed and turned, I read and watched that night’s episode of Downton Abbey, but even the beautiful clothes couldn’t lull me into the land of dreams.

It wasn’t until 5:30 that I finally drifted off, and the one thing I found most difficult during the midnight hours was food. I was damn hungry and there wasn’t a lot in the house.

We did have a can of ‘Cheesy Macaroni’, which I heated up in the microwave and took back to bed with me. A great discovery was made that night;

I don’t trust canned food.

As you can probably guess, that macaroni was awful, bland sauce and soft pasta that just fell apart, the important thing was that it took a lot of effort to even taste the macaroni, even though it looked quite appetizing. I didn’t trust it, because it came from a can. Packet macaroni is fine, and I can live on Two-Minute Noodles if I have to, but anything from a can (excluding plain fruit and veg, because really, how can you do a slice of beetroot wrong?), or a frozen ready meal, and it becomes almost impossible to get the fork into my mouth.

Maybe it’s because I like having control over my food, like knowing where at least some of the ingredients come from.

It’s a good thing I suppose, even if it does make midnight snacking more difficult

Trying to hold onto the sun

27 May

I have discovered, in my recent internet trawling, that I very much want a yellow leather satchel, only I can’t decide if I like this one:

Or this one,


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17 Dec

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