Today

There was a lot of baking and sewing in my kitchen today (yes, I sew in my kitchen). It started with meringues, because I needed egg yolks to make a cream filling, the second thing I made today. As the cream filling was cooling down, I prepared profiterole dough. When they were baking, I cut some corduroy stash fabric, when my bread was in the oven, I sew the fabric pieces together. Here’s the result of my day (dinner excluded, which was a nice babi pangang). Lot’s of activity here, as long as I still can. I’m so happy with the sewing machine I’m loaning.. Can’t wait to put her that dress on!

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Anna Maria, Linnea and Sara

They fit so well together, those three. I never thought I would get it done ‘in time’, this vest and a second Quick Change Trousers.

This trousers were not as easy as the first I made, I must admit. First, there was a little fabric problem. I really wanted to use this corduroy fabric, but I didn’t have enough. It was a little leftover piece from a skirt of mine, but I couldn’t get four leg pieces out of it. I tried and tried and tried, and came up with the following: I took away one inch on the outside of the leg pieces, and therefore added a stripe in the width of the fabric in between the leg parts. Also for this I didn’t really have enough fabric, so instead of taking a 2″ stripe of fabric, I used only a 1″ stripe. This means, the legs are about 1″ more tight than the pattern says.

I didn’t want to add a contrasting fabric on the back, but made the back pieces in the width of the fabric as well. So there is a contrast, but it’s not so big, making this trousers more easy to combine.

When sewing the lining and outer fabric together at the waistband, my sewing machine stopped. Just stopped! It gave up! Needle downwards.. There was no movement at all  possible anymore. Did I mention it was late at night? And that I still had some curtains to finish as well – preferably using a sewing machine? After a lot of screwing and taking apart my sewing machine, I was somehow able to get the needle out. Trousers saved. I’ll spare you the rest.. On the next day, Ivo worked for hours to take it apart completely. We now know where the problem is – it’s not the motor. But we don’t know WHAT the problem is – so it might be the motor.. I was in despair a little bit. So much still to be done, then problems like this.. I started sewing curtains by hand, but then a neighbor kindly gave me her sewing machine to finish my work! I’m so happy she was so generous, even though she has had bad experiences with lending her sewing machine – a friend returned it broken. Anyway, now I was able to finish my curtains (2x – coming soon!) and the trousers in a day.

The pullover gave me less trouble, though it went a lot shorter after blocking (which made me wonder). I might add two more figures to the length, but for now, it’s fine. I’m happy to have it finished! I’m starting to bite my nails though, it’s time for a new project..

Dear due day…

… I never thought we would meet. I have been thinking a lot about you, the past few weeks. But I didn’t expect you to come and show your face, while I’d be still pregnant. Oh, how I had the feeling this would be a February child! But February passed, and even though the baby tried for one day, it decided to stay a little longer.
It feels so funny, meeting you. From now on, every day will get more and more exciting. I never thought I would feel happy to actually meet you in this stage, but I am. And you chose a wonderful day as well. There is sun, there are birds singing, it’s spring. And I will enjoy you today!

Dear baby,

I’m so excited to meet you soon. We are ready for you, things are prepared. But for now, the two of us will just enjoy this time together, as long as you’d like to stay ‘us’, until you want to meet the world. I feel fine, having you where you are. Take your time, my little one. Take as much time as you want. Just know you’re so welcome.

Three weeks of growing

What’s to add? Things are going quite well. One of the Gherkins gave up, but there are still several leftover (what did I thing, putting 8 in the ground?). The peas got a little more room..
This week, some plants arrived! I expected them only in April, but there they were: 2 cranberries, 6 strawberry plants, 1 raspberry bush and 1 blackberry bush. I didn’t know what else to do but to put them in the garden, there just isn’t any other place to put them. I covered them with lots of straw and keep my fingers crossed. Until now, it’s warm here. Spring has arrived!

Yarn along

Yesterday evening, I finished the knitting part of the Linnea vest I make for Sara. When trying it on, she told me it was pretty – which made me very happy. I think she’s right though, it turned out nicely. I really like the pattern, I’m so happy I bought it! It went quite quick after all. And it’s not really too big, as I had thought. I’m still doubting of making it a little longer. Now, it’s only weaving in ends, blocking, and sewing on buttons. I might even get the whole thing done before the baby arrives..

Boboti – a recipe

Today, I want to share a recipe with you. Boboti is a wonderful South African dish, that I have tasted in many varieties, once even at a party at the South African embassy in The Netherlands. I think it’s delicious! I’ve combined a couple of recipes to come to the following.

Ingredients – serves 3
Oil
1 onion
500 grams minced meat (either bovine or lamb)
2 tablespoons of hot Curry powder
2 teaspoons of Curcuma
2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
1 green hot pepper, thinly sliced
2 green apples (Granny Smith is wonderful), diced
Some parsley

Some leftover bread, crumbled (optional)
A little bit of milk (optional)
A splash of lemon juice
1 tablespoon of sugar
50 grams of raisins
40 grams of chopped almonds

4 eggs, beaten

 

Preheat oven to 175 Celsius / 350 Fahrenheit.
Heat a big saucepan. Cut the onion and saute in oil, add the minced mead and saute until nicely brown. In the mean time, soak the bread in a splash of milk (just enough to have it cover the bread).
Add the spices and the green pepper to the saucepan and saute for about 10 minutes on low temperature. Taste, it should be very spicy now (you could add some Chili if you like your food hot). Eventually add more of the spices if you like.

Add the apple dices and parsley. Add the soaked bread, the lemon juice, sugar, raisins and almonds and stir until mixed completely.

Put in a baking dish and pour the beaten eggs over it. Put into the oven for about 30-35 minutes.
In the mean time, cook rice. If you’d like to add a little extra to your rice, cook a cup of raisins with your rice!

Serve immediately with the rice and enjoy!

I’d love to hear what you think about this. We love the apples in it so much.. My little toddler is eating like mad (for her, the spicier the better).

Two weeks of growing

Things are happening in my kitchen window! The growing is incredible.. Even the broken peas started growing again, from different spots. And my parsley suddenly sprouted like mad. It’s fascinating..

Things are growing much faster as I thought. The peas, beans, snow peas and gherkins are going to need a better -bigger- place soon, roots are all over the place. I’m not so sure what to do with them. It’s definitely spring here, with milder temperatures, blue sky, birds returning and trees getting a green glaze again, but I’m not sure about putting my sprouts outside yet. Nightly frost will definitely not be over yet.. Anyway, they’re all growing so fast, I could even give it a try and still have enough time left to put new seeds in the ground, in case they don’t survive. We’ll see. It’s the first time I’m having things like peas, it’s just trying out I think.