Wednesday
Aug042010

sorbet

We like having sweets after dinner.  I actually really like ice cream but my tummy does not agree with my taste buds all the time.  It gets back to that egg thing and maybe even a little bit of lactose sensitivity.  I have ended up making sorbets.

Why do I make sorbets?  Because I make better then you can by and they are cheaper for the organic bit.  Just ask Russell about the flavor!

Fruit Sorbet

1 10 ounce frozen berries, any kind

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

Put the sugar and the water in a pan.  Bring to a boil and let boil one minute.

Put the fruit and syrup in a blender.  And blend for a couple of minutes.  I really mean a couple of minutes.  It will help.  I then pour the berry syrup mixture into a large pyrex and put it in the freezer.  

Two or three hours later, I pull it out and stir it.  I break up all the frozen bit and make it smooth.  I then put it in the freezer again.

Two to three hours after that, I pull out the sorbet and mix it up again.  I break it all up.  It then goes into the freezer until it is solid and we eat it.  

I did not get a picture of that.  We ate this pyrex in three sittings, twice without bowls.  This is better then ANYTHING you can buy out.  Russell said, "Oh, yeah!"

Now I think I am going to try some of the New York Times recipes.  They ran ice cream recipes without egg but a tablespoon or two of alcohol to keep it soft.  Do not be surprised if those with my alterations come this way.  Yummy in the tummy!

Tuesday
Aug032010

everyone liked it

I have been working on a dress for a couple of weeks.  I really liked the fabric but it is very busy.  I was also planning on a wrap bodice for it.

I added the skirt to it and tried it on.  The bodice was not quite right and the fabric as a dress was just TOO much.

 

I refashioned even before the it was finished.  I cut the bodice off and finished the waist band.  Added buttons and wore it to work on Monday.  I got so many compliments.  I think part of it was that this is not the normal style of print I wear.  But I like it.

The bodice is going to become quilt pieces.  I have been making at least one nine square a day.  I will have a new quilt within the year.

Monday
Aug022010

"new" sewing  machine

When we go traveling, I always end up wanting to sew.  But my machine is a piece of furniture and weighs as much as I do.

However, I found a portable sewing machine.

 

It is a 1900 Singer made in England.  Which means it is two years older then my treadle sewing machine I use everyday.  The cool thing is that it uses the same bobbin, shuttle, and bobbin winder for both.  It weighs a ton but it means it can go with us when we travel.  It does not take any electricity.

It is a hand crank!  Which means I can take it anywhere with us and have a sewing machine.  Even Douglas Fir National Campground or Elwha River National Campground.  Elwha is actually less primitive then Douglas Fir, it has running water for part of the year.

I can just envision myself at our picnic table sewing under the evergreens at both!  Yes, I know, be aware of bears! (Yes, there are bears in the vicinity of both)

Friday
Jul302010

roasted garlic butter

When we had dinner with friends, I made french bread to go with the lasagna.  I soon realized that I was craving garlic bread.  To be honest, we do not have any of the easy foods to create this wonderful comfort food.  So, I went about making roasted garlic butter.

Roasted Garlic Butter

1 head of garlic

1 teaspoon of good olive oil

1/2 cup of butter, room temperature

Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Slice the top of the garlic off, exposing the cloves.  Drizzle the olive oil in there.  Bake for 30 minutes or until soft.  I just usually call it good at 30 minutes, turn the oven off, and let it sit longer.  I also use a toaster oven for this step and put the temperature at 300 or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

When the garlic is cool enough to touch, put the butter in a bowl.  Squish out all the garlic from the paper around it.  This is messy!  Take a fork and mix it well.

I do believe the four of us ate almost all of this on warm sourdough french bread.  Simple decadence!

Thursday
Jul292010

dinner with friends

We had dinner with friends this week.  I made dinner and we took it to their home.

I made bread:

And garlic butter:

And lasagne.  Lasagne is one of those things that is easy but time consuming that I make.  I may laugh here and say what else is new!

Lasagne

1 pound homemade pasta noodles (2 eggs, 2 cups of flour, two pinches of salt, water)

1 batch of spaghetti sauce (four to six cups)

1 batch of béchamel sauce (made with four cups of milk)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.   In your baking dish, spread béchamel sauce on the bottom.  Put a layer on noodles (I do not cook, just use a lot of sauce).  Add a layer of pasta sauce.  Add a layer of bechamel sauce.  Repeat until your pan is full, ending with sauce.  I try to make sure all the noodles are covered.

Bake for one and half hour.

You can add other things to the lasagna.  I added spinach to the pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese between the layers.  I have served this just plain with noodles and sauces.  I know when I put this on the table in front of a group of friends I should just not expect to have anything leftover.  Unless of course, it is the roasting pan!  We had no leftovers from this dish and everyone was trying to save room for our friends FABULOUS chocolate chip cookies.  Good intentions and such you know!