Saturday, March 14, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

Before I go to sleep

I love to read and always have a book to carry around with me when I have to wait somewhere. Somehow reading an ebook is not the same thing as feeling the pages of a book. At the moment I am reading the book "Before I go to sleep" which has also been made into a movie. I want to finish reading the book first before watching the movie. Somehow the books are always better. I love these strange stories. It is about a woman who forgets everything that has happened to her whenever she goes to sleep. Must be a terrible thing to go through if it was real. Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth are  my two favourite actors and they both take part in this movie.  Here is the link to the movie trailer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQdnOYpyBCo






Saturday, February 14, 2015

rabbit pie

In Malta rabbit has been eaten ever since I can remember. People used to breed
rabbits for their family to eat or else to sell them to others. Recently they have been kept as pets so some people tend to be shocked at the mere thought of eating a rabbit. They are such sweet and cuddly animals so I can understand this. I eat rabbit but I cannot say that it is my favourite type of meat and whenever the children had rabbits as pets, we never ate those! Anyhow, this is one recipe for cooking rabbit meat.

RABBIT PIE

Chop up one rabbit in small pieces and marinade in 150ml red wine for about an hour and a half. Fry 4 chopped onions until golden and afterwards add the rabbit pieces and mix. Add one bayleaf, 200g peas and 50g tomato concentrate. Allow to cook until the meat is tender. Remove the bone from the meat. Open up the pastry and line a dish. Add the rabbit meat and cover the dish with pastry. Cook in the oven until the pastry is golden brown and serve warm.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Lampuki pie

This is certainly not a cooking blog and if there is one thing I hate, that is cooking and cooking programmes. They always make it sound and look so easy and their kitchen remains spotless. No I prefer crafting and only cook because I have to.
However there are some recipes that are traditionally Maltese and one of them is Lampuki pie. Lampuki are a type of fish which are caught in Maltese waters from August to around December. In Malta they are caught when they are of medium weight. If they live and continue on their way to wherever they are going, then they grow quite big.

Here is the method of making this Lampuki pie:-
Fry the fish and when they are ready, remove the fish bones completely taking extra care. Chop the fish into pieces and fry it in the same pan as the onion, garlic, marjoram, mint and basil. Add two tablespoons tomato concentrate and leave it to simmer slowly for a few minutes. Add some chopped cauliflower florets and spinach, chopped black olives, capers and a chicken cube. Add a glass of red wine. Keep the consistency rather dry.
Prepare a tray with pastry. Spread the fish mixture and cover with pastry. With a fork pierce the pastry and bake in a moderate oven for about half an hour or until the pie looks ready.

More scarves

I have said over and over again that I would not knit more scarves but how can I resist when I come across such a beautiful blue colour of ribbon yarn. The yarn skeins are smaller it seems than the ones that I used for scarves in the past. I had to use two skeins to make one scarf this time. Worked on only 8 stitches this yarn has been a joy to knit with. I have already seen other types of wool at the shop that I would like to do.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The life of a cat :)

There she is all wrapped up in her favourite fleece jacket. It must be wonderful being a pampered cat and sleeping so much during the day.every morning she goes upstairs where her jacket is prepared for her. She sleeps then i go and wrap her in the jacket so she can sleep to her hearts content.Do cats dream, I wonder?

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Freebie Sunday






Perhaps these are being posted late because they would have been very useful for gift wrapping some nice Christmas present. However special occasions always come up and soon Valentine's Day.

freebie pattern

These cute curls made in crochet are often used as a fringe for shawls and other items especially hair accessories,

Thursday, January 1, 2015

2015

Oh I am so glad to see the end of 2014. It was a horrible year. The weather is cold and wet with record low temperatures. Some saw snowflakes which are unheard of in Malta but everything seems to be changing. I dream of having a better year with lots of time for my hobbies so I can create things and relax at the same time. I hope to fit in some weight loss this year too. I know that I would feel better for it but I am a comfort eater and rough times made me eat more. I pray that God will keep his hands on my family and friends. The first day is already over so lets start...

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Cold days are here

It is a cold and very windy Sunday. The fireplace was lit and here we are all gathered round it to keep warm. It can get cold in Malta too. Relaxing a bit, i decided to start some new knitting project. One of my secret hobbies is making dolls clothes for 18 inch and other types of dolls. I found this pattern online for a doll's cardigan and decided to start it. I had never worked with 2.5 mm knitting needles. I need to get the tension for them right because I want to do bead knitted doll clothes in future. Up to now i had always worked with thicker needles. Seeing the small delicate result was great and i am enjoying it. I am only halfway through the first sleeve so far. The yarn is LA LANA and its 100% acrylic.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas greetings

Another Christmas has come and gone. The family were here and at least the food was good. It was the first Christmas that I cooked because in previous years we would go to my parents house but mum died this year and dad is with me so it was up to me. The day started with 6 hours at the ER because of my son. But when he was discharged, the day started taking shape and i decided to go ahead with dinner etc. So much I wanted to do craftwise this year but it was as if somehing was pulling me back and stopping me from doing what I love.what will the year 2015 bring with it?best wishes to you all xxx

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Sea Urchins

In the clear blue Maltese beaches...mostly rocky ones you find sea urchins. They are round spiky creatures and in summer some people enjoy picking them carefully because of their spikes and selling them. They make a very good sauce for pasta and nowadays their insides (roe) is also sold in supermarkets in small plastic tubs and so the gruesome process of breaking open the urchins while they are still alive is prepared already by someone else. Here is a recipe for the sauce. In Maltese these sea urchins are called "Rizzi".
Well you need to chop up 2 large onions and three cloves of garlic and fry them both in some butter.  Add 400g tomato pulp and 3 tablespoons tomato concentrate. Add some water and mixed fish herbs. Allow to simmer until the sauce starts to reduce. Add the sea urchin roe and continue to simmer for 15 minutes.  Preferably this sauce is to be used with pasta shells like fusilli rather than spaghetti.