Sunday, 29 November 2009

Spanish Omlette

Now this is nothing fancy, and I make it all the time, but I thought it looked good on the plate.
In case you're interested, here's how to make it:
Spanish Omlette (some say Frittata)
Serves 4-8 depending on how large a slice you serve!)
Approx. 200g baby new potatoes, cut into half-inch pieces
6 slices honey roast ham, cut into half-inch pieces
Half a red onion, chopped
150g cheddar cheese, grated
6 eggs (you can make this with 4 eggs, but I stretched it out)
Olive oil.
Preheat the grill to Medium. Parboil the baby new potatoes. Fry the onion in a very small amount of olive oil. Set aside.
Whisk the eggs in a bowl. Add the cheese, ham, par-boiled potatoes, onion and salt and pepper. Tip this mixture into the same frying pan and cook on a medium flame for about 5 minutes until the edges come away from the side of the pan (this means the bottom will also be cooked).
Transfer the frying pan to the grill and leave for about 10 minutes, or until the top is golden and the egg has set.
Take out from under the grill; it will keep on cooking.
Serve at room temperature with salad.
I almost always make this with chorizo for that Spanish feel, but fancied a change this time. I may make it with peas and ham next time, omitting the cheese. You can make whatever variation you like.
My little Brother came to stay at the beginning of the week and we ate it. It's a simple mid-week meal that I make very often.

I had a great time with DB, who was in London for an interview. Here's hoping he gets the job so I can see him more often!
My eyes are now swimming in a sea of camel stockinette, so I must get back to the cardigan. Having frogged it down to the arm-holes due to the fit (I want to get it right), I have now finished the back, and almost one front. Just one more front and the tops of the sleeves to go.
I'm also about 80% of the way through the Aeolian Shawl.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Give-away Winner

I gave Rebecca an extra two weeks, but I'm afraid I haven't heard anything, so I've drawn another winner: it's Adriana! I've PM'd her on Ravelry and when she's given me her address I'll post the yarn off to her straight away.
In an effort to put off a project that I have to finish, in true knitter style I have started a new WIP: an Aeolian shawl, below:
I've well and truly caught the shawl bug, though it's the actual knitting process and finished project rather than the usability of them that I enjoy.
I've known about the Aeolian for a while but wan't sure I wanted to make one so intricate, but having looked for another shawl pattern and not found anything nearly as stunning, I cast on last night. It has the advantage of being by the same designer as the Swallowtail (Elizabeth Freeman), which I really enjoyed, and doesn't involve increases on the purl side, a major factor.

I'm not loving the colour yet, but it was in the stash and I thought I'd use it up. It's Allison Avery Merino DK in Crimson, and it's very soft. I think it works better in fingering weight and darker colours. Navy blue could be nice...

Toad also recently lent me her EZ book, Knitter's Almanac, which has proved for some interesting reading.

DH has declined to have a pair of these made for him!:

Saturday, 7 November 2009

The Hat

Just a short post today.
New yarn for the hat, although I can't start this until I've finished a few other secret gifts.
This is still Dream in Colour, but the colour's changed to Visual purple, which I happened to have in the stash, waiting for another project.

Ysolda's coming to Stash on Thursday so I'm going to pop along and meet her, and try to stop myself buying one of her books!

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Can You Guess What This Is?

It's for a friend so I can't say yet, but some of you may know!

I've also got some lovely Dream in Colour for a project for one of DH's relatives. I'd better get going on it as I have that and the camel cardigan to finish before Christmas.
This is Classy in Bermuda Teal, and I'm just waiting for the go-ahead on the colour so I can get started. I'll show you the project later, when I can.

By the way, I haven't heard from the winner of the yarn giveaway yet. Rebecca, please leave a comment or email me so I can contact you for your address and send the yarn off to you.
If I haven't heard in a couple of weeks, I'll draw another number.
Til next time x