Saturday, 31 May 2014

New addition to the dinner menu

I tried out this recipe for dinner tonight and served it with some spinach on the side. It was very yummy even the kids enjoyed it.
I halved the amount of salmon and only used 300 ml cream and milk (about two thirds cream, one third milk). I also used slightly less pasta, about 140 g. There was plenty for the 4 of us even with the quantity adjustments.
Nigel Slater is one of my favourite chefs. His style is very down to earth and simple, and of course tasty. While, I do love Michel Roux Jr, with 2 small kids, I don't think Michelin star haute cuisine will ever be produced in my kitchen. So when I'm looking for something new to try or have a particular ingredient that needs to be used soon Nigel Slater and Mary Berry are the cooks whose recipes I turn too. I always find something that's a hit!

Friday, 16 May 2014


I've released a new free pattern. Athena is the solution of what to do with the small amounts of sock yarn I have in my stash left over from other projects. It takes only about 7 g of yarn and is knit up in a matter of hours. It took me a couple of evenings but that included trying to figure out a design, ripping back when it didn't work and fixing a few mistakes along the way.

When it came to thinking up a name I went to Greek mythology. Athena was the Greek Goddess of knowledge and wisdom (among other attributes) and represents intelligence, creativity, education, enlightenment and eloquence. She is frequently depicted as an owl or with an owl which has evolved so the present day belief of the owl being the symbol of wisdom.

Books are obviously a source of knowledge and enlightenment, so what better than to combine the two and have a bookmark with an owl cable to make sure you don’t loose your page!