Monday, 30 April 2012

Quinoa Burgers

Today, whilst raiding the cupboards to make my brunch, I found a packet of quinoa. I also found a courgette and lots of cheeses in the fridge. This is what I came up with.

served with tahini
They are v tasty, but next time I make this, I'll make a couple of alterations - the mixture prior to cooking was very gloopy. I think I added too many eggs and cream cheese. I added more flour to make it less gloopy, but I was worried that the flavour would be lost. That said, I've eaten 4 of them already and am happily stuffed!

Anyway, here is what I did, with notes in green.

To make 10 burgers:
1 cup raw quinoa
2 cups water           
2 tbl cheddar cheese, grated           
1 tbl cream cheese         I may miss this out next time   
1 tbl feta cheese, diced            
1 courgette, grated
3 eggs                           I will try with 1 next time, maybe 2
6 tbl plain flour             I started with 3 tbl, but added more to make the mixture more solid.
2 spring onions, finely diced            
fresh black pepper           
sea salt           
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp parsley            
1 clove garlic, crushed           
olive oil for frying            

  1. Bring the water to the boil. Add some salt and the quinoa. Lower the heat and cover for about 10 minutes or until all the water is absorbed.
  2. In the meantime, squeeze the grated courgette to remove excess juice.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together. Refrigerate for 20mins to make the patties easier to work with. 
  4. Heat some oil in a frying pan on a medium-high heat.
  5. Drop a ladleful of the mixture into the pan. I got about 4 burgers in the pan. Leave to cook for about 3 minutes and form a crust. Flip the burgers and cook for another 3-4 minutes on the other side.
  6. Put the cooked burgers on a plate covered with kitchen roll to absorb the excess oil. Repeat until all the burgers are cooked. 
waiting to be eaten

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Electric Beats and Grape Pop

Just a quick couple of pics of my second swirl attempt, using China Glaze Electric Beat and Grape Pop. This time I taped up my fingers with parcel tape to keep most of the varnish off my fingers. This worked really well. After I removed the tape, there wasn't much cleaning up needed. Unfortunately, I wanted to re-do a nail (it was too pale compared to other nails) and couldn't use the tape, else I'd have messed up my other nails.

I also used softened water, rather than tap water. I think this helped keep the swirls more vibrant, but not entirely sure. What do you think?

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Cable Rib Beanie Pattern

I know! Two posts in one day, but I've finished writing this pattern, so I had to post. This is the first pattern that I have properly written and published. This hat is knitted using the magic loop method. 
As you get closer to the crown, you may want to switch to DPNs, however, I found it manageable on circulars using magic loop. 

I intend to add a fleece lining, so I will post again with instructions to make a beanie lining. In the meantime, enjoy!
This beanie will fit an average adult head - my head measures 55cm in circumference, whereas DH's head is 60cm. The beanie fits both of us :)
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Quantity Yarn Shade
Main 2 skeins Debbie Bliss Rialto Chunky Duck Egg [43011]
Contrast 1 skeinDebbie Bliss Rialto Chunky Bullrush [43010]
1 skein of the above yarn is 50g/60m. The actual amount I used was 87g/105m of main colour and about 16g/19m of contrast.

14 sts per 10cm in st st

6mm circular needle
Cable needle
6mm DPNs (optional)
Stitch marker

Special Abbreviations
C6B Put next 3 sts on cable holder and leave at back of work, K3, then K3 from holder

Knitting Instructions
Cast on 64 sts with contrast colour using a stretchy cast on, such as TillyBuddy's or long tail.
Join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Place stitch marker to indicate start of round.

Round 1 In contrast colour, *K6, P2; Repeat from * to end.
Change to main colour
Round 2 - 12 *K6, P2; Repeat from * to end.
Round 13 round 13: *C6B, P2, K6; Repeat from * to end.
Round 14 - 21 Repeat round 2
Round 22 *K6, P2, C6B; Repeat from * to end.
Round 23 - 27 Repeat round 2.
Round 28 Repeat round 13.
Round 29 - 34 Repeat round 2.
Round 35 Repeat round 22.
Round 36 - 39 Repeat round 2.
The body should measure 17cm.

Crown shaping
Switch to DPNs if you prefer.
Round 1 *C6B, P2tog, K6 ; rpt from * to last 2 sts, p2tog  [56 sts]
Round 2 *K5, K2tog; rpt from * to end  [48 sts]
Round 3 *K4, K2tog; rpt from * to end  [40 sts]
Round 4 *K3, K2tog; rpt from * to end  [32 sts]
Round 5 *K2, K2tog; rpt from * to end  [24 sts]
Round 6 *K1, K2tog; rpt from * to end  [16 sts]
Round 7 *K2tog; rpt from * to end  [8 sts]
Round 8 *K2tog; rpt from * to end  [4 sts]
Break yarn and thread through remaining 4 sts and tighten to close. 

Weave in all ends.

Cookies and Painted Swirls

Last night, after coming back from the pub, I decided to bake some choc nut cookies. I didn't have a large enough tray, so the cookies spread into the corners of my tray and into each other. Whilst they look a bit wonky, they taste scrummy.

The recipe calls for 1 egg plus 1 yolk. In my drunkeness, I separated the white into my mixing bowl :( So I ended up putting 2 eggs into the dough. I'll definitely use this recipe again, but will attempt it with 1 egg and 1yolk, not 2 eggs!

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Today I decided to try a new technique called Swirl. Using a bowl of water, a stylus and three varnishes, I painted my nails with some fun swirls. This technique has great effects, but is quite messy.

Barry M Yellow, Nails Inc Shoreditch and Seven Dials 
I worked on my right hand first, the swirls are quite subtle. It wasn't easy taking pics with one hand of the other hand using a camera phone, but managed to take some pics.

As I got more confident with technique, the swirls became more vibrant; so the colour on my left hand is bolder.

When I finished, I went to collect the post and some new varnishes had arrived :)
China Glaze Electric Beat, Seche Vite, China Glaze Grape Pop
I think I will try the swirl technique again with these two colours, perhaps after I've applied a base colour first.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

My Daft Cat

Marley is an odd cat.

He likes sticking his head into jugs of water.

 He won't use the ginormous activity centre we got him, but he'll sleep on the ironing board.

He's still goregous though :)

Friday, 13 April 2012

Guarding Bum Fodder and Wall Paint

March 2012 FOs

I completed a few projects this past month :)

April 2012 WIPs

Saving the Wall Paint
I've been trying to think of a way to stop my favourite clock, which has a raw edged metal frame, from scratching the wall paint in the living room. I first thought about using bubble wrap or something similar, but ended up glueing some scrap ywarn (Rowan Big Wool) to the frame.


can barely see the yarn from this angle
but you can see it from the side
It's working, but it's not the pretty; so I'm going to knit a cover for the frame.

Bender the first Guardian of the Bum Fodder
I've also recently been working on a toilet roll cover based on the robot Bender from Futurama:

I was not too keen on this at first, as there is a lot of sewing involved, but he's coming along nicely. More notes on him can be found here.
Bender in progress
Debbie Abrahams Mystery Blanket 2012
This is progressing nicely, but I've not taken any pics as yet. Unfortunately I'm still 2 months behind, as I joined in March, but the project started in January. TBH, I think I'll always be 2 mths behind, as I have other projects on the go. Nemmind!