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.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Christmas present

This morning I got a lovely gift from a Maltese pal , kof mine who is a cross stitcher as well. I can imagine the many hours spent stitching it with two small children. I really appreciate her work. Thanks lorraine xxxxxx

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Angry Bird

There is one thing I never do and that is play computer games. I just can't stand them. However I do love crochet and recently I downloaded an app for my ipad called Total Amigurumi and I just had to crochet Angry Bird. This is the result and the second photo shows the small tail at the back. I have not done any serious crafting for quite a long time so something quick and easy goes down well. Ok so now I have got him out of my system so I can continue something more worthwhile. In the meantime what to do with Angry Bird? I will probably just dangle him behind the windscreen of my car...glowering at the cars behind me ;)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Stormy weather

After last night's storm and gale force winds, it is still cloudy today with much less wind and hey, there are two rainbows. Take a look...what is that I hear, thunder again? Yes it is.

Monday, November 3, 2014

How to hem jeans!

Blue jeans are in fashion year in and  year out and especially common amongst teenagers and older. However sometimes they are ever so long and shortening their hems the usual way (cutting and turning up the hem then herringbone stitch all around) somehow takes away some of their professional make. I recently came across this tutorial which really leaves the hem stitching intact while at the same time shortening the jeans leg. Try it. I know I will :)

Something to smile about:)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sewing time

Yesterday I finally managed to squeeze into the day a few hours of sewing. It was not actually sewing and more like repairing things. I had two small cross stitch items lying around and at first I did not know what I would do with them. I do love decorated towels and so I decided to combine the two crafts and used them to decorate two towels for the small shower room. What do you think of the result?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Some light reading

One of my biggest hobbies is reading. I have to admit that my ipad has become a big distraction with facebook,emails etc. I have been a bookworm ever since I was a little girl. In between more challenging and complicated books, i like to put in some light reading. Mostly love stories. Where they lived happily ever know the type. This is what I am reading now.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Angry bird amigurumi

I recently downloaded an ipad app called Total amigurumi and in it there was angry bird. Now I have never pkayed the game or whatever but I seem to see this "bird" everywhere and decided to jake a small one for myself and then hang it somewhere in my car. This is as far as I have got so far...
My small note book is always there to mark rows and repeats. I seem to have the need for it for all my crafts :) I have other unfinished crafts but sometimes I need to work something small in between. something quick and easy.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Stitch in time

In Malta I belong to a group of cross stitchers called Stitch in time. We meet up just once a month, do some cross stitch which is then sold and the money donated to charity. Recently some members from the committee stepped down and it was touch and go if the club would continue or not. Thankfully some members stepped in to fill their place so the club will go on. It is so lovely to meet and chat to other ladies with the same hobby. Unfortunately this year I missed many of the meetings because of my husband's illness and other things. This mug is a souvenir they gave to us when the club had its anniversary in March. The cake is one I found on the internet showing the club's logo.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Cross stitch again

All this week I have taken up my cross stitch again. It had been so very long but a lot was going on in my life...bad things that I just did not feel like it and neither did I have the time with hospital visits. My dad is living with us too now. After mum's death he was not fit enough to live alone. So instead of dozing off in the afternoon in this heat, i take out my cross stitch work in progress and now it is very close to being finished. Here is what it looks like now. I started it way back in January 2012 so it is about time that it is ready.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to Sew a Curly Hem With Fishing Line

How to do a Rolled Hem on Sewing Machine

I have had this sewing machine foot for years but after several attempts and not so good results, I just gave up. Seeing this tutorial on Youtube makes me want to try it again which I will do first chance that I get.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Zucchini cake

I am not much into baking cakes although I have often posted pictures of beautiful cakes I find on the internet. Decorating cakes is out of the question for me but a cake I love to do when zucchini or courgettes or "qarabaghli" (as we call them in Malta) is in season is "zucchini cake". It is very easy to do ( which is why I make it) and everyone likes it. The mixture does not look very appealing but the result is good. Here is the recipe:-
3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 cups zucchini grated with largest holes in grater
1 can pineapple
3 cups self raising flour
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
mix everything together and bake for about an hour in the oven.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

It seems that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have finally tied the knot and in France of all places. This week they came to Malta where they will be starting to film their new movie called 'By the sea'. The set has been built in the neighbouring island of Gozo where a whole cove has been closed off for them while they film during the next two months. There was a rumour that they would get married during this movie but they had to do it in France. Couldn't they have waited for a couple of days and did it in Malta? The weather is fantastic right now so it must be beautiful there at Mgarr ix-xini where they are filming.
I am sure that the paparazzi will leave them alone here in Malta and I guess for them staying here will be their honeymoon too. Oh its so nice when important people come over to Malta because for many many years no one ever came. Many hardly knew where MALTA was.