Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Some say frittata

It has been snowing for days and days, so I have been reluctant to leave the house. Today we had a window of a few warmish hours ( before more slush fell!) so I shoveled a bit and got ready for a visit from my knitting buddies. I had promised them lunch, so I opened the fridge and decided to use the eggs I bought at the farmer's market and make a frittata. This is like a quiche but without the crust, and can be varied as desired. It turned out to be so delicious that I thought I would write up the recipe!

 So here goes: Some Say Frittata:
2Tbs olive oil for skillet
6 eggs
1/4 cup low fat milk
1/4 cup low fat mozzarella cheese,
1/8 cup Parmesan cheese,
handful of cherry tomatoes,
handful of spinach,kale, 1/2 a zucchini, 1/2 an onion, .
Salt, black pepper, oregano,parsley to taste
butter for greasing 8X8 pyrex  ovenproof pan

Preheat oven to 400 deg F. Place 2Tbs of oil in skillet, and saute vegetables until soft. Meanwhile, grate cheeses and mix together. Beat the eggs with spices and the milk.
Grease 8x8 glass pan with butter. Arrange vegetables into bottom of pan and sprinkle cheese on top.Pour beaten egg mixture over top of veggies and cheese. Bake at 400 deg F for 45 minutes, or until edges are browned and eggs are set. You can stick a knife into the center to see if eggs are cooked thoroughly. Turn off oven and let sit for 10 minutes, or remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes before serving. Serves 3
This can be varied easily by using different vegetables, or adding meat or other delights.

Even Shadow approved!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Mittens and kittens

With the frigid and snowy weather we have been having, my hands have been really cold. I made a pair of felted mittens last week, as you know, but needed to make alpaca liners to have that extra layer of warmth. So, here they are:

It was very warm to knit with cats cuddled up next to me on the couch, and we all are hoping our feral kitten Shadow, will join us, but she prefers to run around. She is furry enough, it seems!

In other news, I knit another cowl, to test the lace design, and I think I like the first design better.But both are lovely and warm! Pattern is Blackbird Cowl, and I'm looking for testknitters, so let me know if you'd like the pattern!

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Felt like new mittens..

This winter
has been very cold, and my old favorite gloves are getting worn out. I've tried many kinds of glove and mitten configurations, but the ones which worked best for my Raynoud's syndrome ( painful cold fingers with exposure to cold) seemed to be alpaca mittens inside of polar fleece mittens. So I wondered if putting alpaca mittens inside felted mittens might do the trick also. I knit some huge mittens from one skein of Cascade 220, following this pattern:, and felted them as directed twice in the washing machine. They shrunk very nicely:

Above are the "before" photos, and here is the "after":
My plan was to line them with alpaca mittens, but I haven't made them yet. A friend gave me some lovely polar fleece, and I made liners for them, but the combination was too stiff, so I plan to knit some alpaca ones soon. Unfortunately the thumbs are a little too long, but that is fine. Meanwhile, I have more cowls on the needles!