Christmas was good for us. I don’t have a lot to say, so this post will mostly be pictures.
Will made candied cranberries, and we did cornish hens with a sourdough, pear, bacon and eggnog stuffing (OMG SO GOOD) and a side of yukon gold buttermilk mashed potatoes with a hint of truffles, some butter poached radishes and carrots, and a fantastic dark chicken au jous instead of gravy. After the chicken came out of the oven, he ladled hot oil over it so the skin got nice and crispy. I also made some yummy buttermilk biscuits/buns
It was a very good day, friends, presents and food. I really liked spending the whole day with Will, which doesn’t happen that often with work and all that jazz.
Will made such a delicious dinner a couple weeks ago!! it was braised chicken thighs, and we had a yummy cheese plate and olive encrusted bread.
I’ve also got a bunch of projects on the go, and I’ve baked a bunch of cookies. I just started a (hopefully) beautiful knitting pattern. Here I’m making it in a lavender slightly halo-y yarn and it seems to be going well so far. I’m a little concerned about how it’ll fit, since I’ve got a big hip to bust ratio. but the pattern description seems to indicate a good amount of stretchiness. I did change a couple things to suit my preferences of construction. I chained the stitches that I wanted to cast on, and I didn’t cast on as many as the pattern wanted me to, I think I have a larger yarn and needles than the pattern calls for.
I also did my first piece of double ended tunisian crochet! I just did a simple washcloth with crafting cotton. A plain natural color, and a rainbow yarn I got at the thrift store.
Really take a good look at it.. it’s amazing how the colors interact with each other and how the fabric feels.. it’s the opposite colors on the other side of the cloth. I didn’t use tunisian simple stitch, I did tunisian purl. It turned out really ridge-y and awesome, perfect for a wash cloth. I think it would be interesting to do this sort of stitch on a garment, with a softer thinner yarn.
Sometimes I think about a post on a blog I read once, I don’t remember the address 😦 It was the blog of a knitter, and she talked about how she happened to do smaller projects all the time, and wanted things simple and fast. She commented on how there seem to be two different types of knitters (and probably crocheters, as well). One is a product knitter/crocheter and the other is a process knitter/crocheter. I think I fall into the latter category. I’m constantly fascinated by the technique and forming the stitches, it doesn’t matter so much to me whether I have anything to show for my work, just understanding the inner workings of the craft excites me. Although it’s nice to have something to wear or give to someone at the end of the journey, it’s not the reason I do it. A product knitter doesn’t care so much about the way it’s done, as long as it gets done and it’s pretty 😛 not that they don’t care about the way in which it was created, it’s just not the reason they do it.
I think that the two types of people could be transferred into any undertaking or art system. What sort do you think you are? If you see yourself as both, which do you think you tend to favor anyways? or why do you think that it doesn’t apply to you, being the fancy pants that you are 😛
We ran out of yeast last week. I baked some delicious buns.. my best yet, if I do say so myself. So this week, because we had no bread left, and no yeast with which to make it, I decided to use a recipe for some flat bread I have in a bread book.
The recipe is for chapatis, which is a flat bread from India.
Last Thursday (the 11th) it was my birthday!! so we were going to go to this place called Cockney King’s, but it was full up with a line, and we did not want to wait. There happened to be a burger place across the street that Will said was good, so we went there instead. BURGER HEAVEN!! literally and figuratively. It’s the name of the restaurant, and the burger I got was the most delicious thing ever!! If anyone comes to New Westminster and has a craving for some meat (or not, they do have veggie burgers) on a bun, this is the place to go!
On Friday we decided to go to Okonomi Sushi, which I’ve been to before, it is fantastic! Will got the burning stone that you cook your meat on, and an insane amount of sake (which I have discovered is delicious when it’s hot). I got this bento box meal that was incredible and so filling. The service there is really good whenever we go, I love it that whenever someone walks in, all the people there greet you! no matter how far they are from seeing you 😄
Saturday and Sunday are a little confusing for me, I forget what happened in what order..(after I wrote it all out, I figured out what happened XD) I know on Saturday we went to Blood and Iron for our second sword fighting lesson! Afterwards we went to get groceries. On Sunday we went to metrotown and had lots of fun and got a couple cool pieces of jade jewelry. Will got a Flash flash drive, and I went to Lush!!
I also had an interview on Saturday, which I didn’t hear back from today. So I probably didn’t get it, but I feel I did well on the interview, which helps with my confidence.
On Sunday(or saturday?) Saturday Will made us this :
Alisea sauce is Will’s creation.. he’s so good to me. It’s a blueberry sauce that’s really yummy on pork too. It’s not too sweet, like you might suspect.
Skip forward to today: I made Ginger glazed Carrots from this recipe. It was good, a bit sweet for me, but I didn’t use “fresh” orange juice, I used tropicana. 😦 I tasted it part way through and I thought it was going to end up sweeter than it was. Will seemed to like it, though.
Will also got me cookies today!!! woohoo. it was from a place called Cookies by George, downtown Vancouver, and every cookie was perfect. Especially this one molasses cookie, and the chocolate chip.
We also got a Santevia gravity water system. Water actually tastes really good from it. I’ve been drinking more of it, which is good because I don’t usually get enough water in my system. we got it on sale.